the automatic music explosion

Max - Drummer from The Automatic Music ExplosionThis face demonstrates the excitement and carefree spirit of the automatic music explosion. I was working the guest list at last night’s Derby Doll bout so I met the drummer, Max earlier in the night. He and his wife were so kind and patient. Eventually, I suited him and his entire band/guest list with purple arm bands so they could use the “staff” bathroom behind the stage.

These guys travel in a pack and even have their own dancers who danced in the front of the group and later passed out buttons, stickers and tiny fliers listing upcoming gigs. Their flier also says: “We want to play at your high school.” I would highly recommend that you hire this band if you need someone for a high school event. They are high energy and seem to pull on the best aspects of rock and roll from the 70’s to current.

I think this is a band parents and kids alike can enjoy. In fact, I just realized, they have a Ramones feel. Look at how many parents and kids love The Ramones equally today. But there is something about seeing bands like this when they are young, fresh and full of vinegar that is unparalleled. I saw The Ramones in the 80’s and 90’s which is quite different from what you’d see if they were all alive and together today.

the automatic music explosion at the Doll Factory in Los AngelesGreat as they are, these pictures can’t even begin to convey the excitement this musical group extracted from the crowd. The audience for this band was by far the largest, most energetic and enthusiastic I’ve ever seen at an LA Derby Doll bout. The group commanded attention and the intesity eminating from the stage captivated the audience. The singer, Jodie thrusted large, poster-sized signs above her head and engaged the crowd in activities such as bobbing ballons to each other overhead and screaming the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the words, “fight, fight, fight” at the top of our lungs.

The show ended with the singer smashing her tamborine on the concrete floor. Anita Kill leaned over and yelled in my ear, “at least its cheaper than destroying a guitar.” “Yeah”, I screamed back. I was dancing the entire time. Laura Palm-her, who is evidently a friend of the band (and who I owe a kiss and a hug for hooking them up) was dancing on her skates with the singer. Several other Tough Cookies joined in the festivities.

Here’s a video of The Automatic Music Explosion at the Kiss or Kill show at Safari Sam’s in Hollywood.

Here are some of their song titles:
Law of Attraction
Roller Derby
A Girl Like U

Highlights from the Long Beach Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parade 2008Here I am, rarin’ to go to the Gay Pride parade. I’ve got on my roller skates and my gear and a stack of hypnosis business cards in my hand to pass out to parade spectators. Yes, I am a hypnotist and I can help you change habits or reach goals that are important to you. I want to work with fun, open-minded and creative people so why not go where fun, open-minded and creative people are? Hmmmm? Isn’t that what the Law of Attraction or “The Secret” is really about?

Anyway, you don’t want to hear all about me, you want to see some of the fun pictures my husband took (yes, I am married to a man AND I went to the Gay Pride Parade.) I know it is shocking, but there are many straight people there and yes of course, kids and dogs. So here’s some of um.

Justin Rudd and his dogs at the Long Beach Gay Pride Parade 2008 Let’s start with Justin Rudd. I may have to do a whole separate blog about him because he’s quite the fashizzle of Long Beach. He might just become as well known as Snoop Dogg as a famous Long Beachian. Earlier this week, he spoke at a business networking event that I attend through the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. Can you believe this guy is in charge of 38 public events in the City of Long Beach? Thanks to him, Long Beach has the one and only dog beach in Los Angeles County. But like I said, it requires a separate blog entry. For now, just look at his cute mug and go to his website if you want.

Moving along. Does anybody really have a problem with this guy? Come on.

What a cutie.

Move over Barbie.And this guy. Move over Barbie, Ms. Pride has stolen your thunder.

Orange County Roller GirlsOf course, the post would not be complete without a picture of some derby girls. Here are the O.C. Roller Girls. They play on a flat track, whereas the L.A. Derby Dolls play on a banked track. There will probably be more banked track teams in the future but for now there are only a few places in the entire country that have a banked track. I feel so fortunate to say I am one of a fairly small crowd of people who gets to experience the “ride” on that track. You can really glide on it and use the momentum of the track to pick up some serious speed.

Below is a picture of a girl who reminds me somewhat of myself. I don’t mean to be corny and nostalgic but it’s true. I was always wearing lots of bracelets and doing something crazy with my hair. Most of my fashion came from the Goodwill. I really loved to be creative like that. Then when I started going to college and getting older and taking on “professional” roles like business owner and college instructor, it’s like I forgot all about that stuff because I felt I needed to fit into some imaginary “role.” Well screw that, I’m tired of it. From now on, I make the rules about me. Heck, according to Ekhart Tolle, that’s what we’re doin’ anyway, right?

Pink Punker Girl

Okay, did I mention that my husband (aka rinkrat) took all the photos in this blog? Let’s face it, none of this would be nearly as interesting without the images to create the story around. There are a BUNCH more photos over on his flickr page if you want something fun to look at.

Ciao for now. I’ll be back later with more about The Ray and that picture I promised you.

There’s So Much to Love about Roller Derby

This Saturday night, May 3 I went to the Doll Factory to see the LA Derby Doll All-Stars play the San Diego Derby Dolls.  The game was exciting to be sure, lots of energy, lots of screaming and the fact that LA won by 115 points, well…that just leaves me speechless.

I’ll be honest, its not just the game or the rules or the uniforms that keep me going to roller derby, it’s the people. Never will you find an assemblage of more cool people per square foot than you do when you enter the Doll Factory. 

If your only exposure to LADD is that you heard about it from a friend, saw a video or read an article about them in the paper, I’m sure you could make all kinds of snap judgments and analyses of what you think roller derby is and what you think the people are like but until you set foot in the building and feel the energy first hand, you really don’t know anything about what makes roller derby so cool.

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from the evening here.  I have more favorites on my Facebook page and you can see even more action by visiting the photo gallery at

Aunt Flo throws free tampons to the excited audience

Aunt Flo throws free tampons to the excited audience


While the rest of the Dolls hold out their hands to “five” the crowd, P.I.T.A. keeps her hands on her hips and gives her ass for “fives” maintaining true form to her derby name.

Myna Threat supporters (mom and grandma?) wait to see if they won the raffle

Myna Threat supporters (mom and grandma?) wait in silent anticipation to see if they won the raffle. They just might be eligible for a skateboard without wheels or an oversized VANS (off the wall) tennis shoe.

LA Derby Dolls Fearleader

LA Derby Dolls Fear Leader. Pink flower in her flowing blond hair, scowl on her face and skull belt buckle on her waist.

Dr. Rick celebrates his birthday with the LA Derby Dolls

Dr. Rick celebrates his birthday with the LA Derby Dolls

Mila Minute jams backwards

With an 80 point lead on the scoreboard, Mila decides to finish off the jam skating backwards. The crowd went wild, the screams were deafening.

Dolls jumpin' over Dolls, all in the name of Derby

Dolls jumpin’ over Dolls, all in the name of Derby

This is how happy I am at the end of a bout.

Even though I arrived at 5:30 to work the guest list and stood on my feet for five or more hours, this is what I feel like after a Derby Doll bout: Charged.

Hoopin’ in the Hood w/ Comic Roy Anthony

Roy Anthony does great work for the community including bringing comedy right to the neighborhood that needs a good laugh. On this evening, the comic line-up included Roy Anthony, “The Funny Lady of Comedy” and “Woody” the ventriloquist.

Sheri Zampelli hoops at a church fundraiser in Los Angeles and all participants enjoy the comedy of Roy Anthony and his fine selection of comics.

Black Eyed Peas at Universal City Walk 1998

Here are some photos from 1998 when my husband and I went to see the Black Eyed Peas at the Universal City Walk. This was at the very beginning of their career so it was no big deal to walk right up to, of the Black Eyed Peas. I can honestly say, most people were not there to see the Black Eyed Peas, nor did they even seem to know who the Black Eyed Peas were. The event was for Kobe, a Galaxy (soccer) player and the Black Eyed Peas just happened to be the entertainment. My husband and I were one of maybe 5 people who were there for the Black Eyed Peas only. Check out these photos.

The Black Eyed Peas (Manager?) was so excited that I knew all the words to all the songs that he insisted that I get them to sign the Behind The Front album cover (scroll down to take a look). My husband took these photos of me with the band. Notice, no one was paying any attention to us, we were in the middle of the store and not one person asked for their autographs or to take their pictures…too bad for them! I KNEW the Black Eyed Peas would go places!

Look at how young Taboo is in this picture. If the Black Eyed Peas had been discouraged early on and given up, they wouldn’t be who they are today. The same tenacity, faith and persistence that I’m sure they use to be successful is available and possible for all of us. In fact, if you listen to some of their lyrics, that’s exactly the message they want to convey. Believe it for yourself and great things can and WILL happen!

Here is the promo Behind the Front album cover I got signed by the Black Eyed Peas at the store that day. I didn’t want to take it out of the glass so it is a little fuzzy….Sorry about that.

Phyllis Diller’s Mansion Photos

Sheri and Dr. Kate hang out in Phyllis Diller’s costume room. Check out the zebra covering on the wall and ceiling. You can’t see it here, but one entire wall is all wigs from the rainbow afro wig to the spiky wild woman wig. You can see a few of her costumes off to the side. The room was filled with fun sequin costumes with feather boas and all kinds of other good stuff!

Here is a portrait near Phyllis Diller’s fireplace. If you look very closely you’ll see it’s a collage of everything from bottle caps, to a can of Beef Bouillon to hair spray cans to a tube of Poli-Grip to plastic hair rollers. Such fun.

Phyllis Diller's Mansion

While I was there I bought a piece of art called “Four O’Clock Kitty Time” and also asked Ms. Diller to sign a photo. It was fun to tour her hallway, see her workspaces and to lounge in her large living room alongside a Baby Grand Piano.

Marilyn Monroe Exhibit aboard the Queen Mary

Check out some of our fun photos from the Marilyn Monroe Media Event and advance tour of the “World Premier of Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit.” aboard the Queen Mary. We had a blast! Go to for more information.

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Sheri Zampelli and Dr. Kate Bergam pose with the Marilyn Monroe look-alikes, aren’t they fun?

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Hugh Hefner is interviewed on the red carpet as Playboy Bunny’s stand by.

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Sheri Zampelli runs into some of her favorite people from the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce:
Edwina McKay from Drake Office Overload,
Mike Johnson, Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Membership,
Steven Kimbrough, Owner of Laugh is Hope Comedy Club
and on the end, Richard Greenbaum, Attorney at Law with his assistant, Patricia.

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Hugh Hefner poses with all the Marilyn Monroe Look-Alikes

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Panel members discuss the topic: Was it Really Suicide?
Panel Members include: June DiMaggio (niece of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn’s closest friend), Robert W. Otto, President and CEO of Marilyn Monroe Exhibits, Hugh Hefner, Mark Roesler, chairman and CEO of CMG Worldwide.

According to June DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe was a very intelligent woman who often read and quoted Emerson. Why is it that our society rarely allows a woman to be beautiful, sexy AND intelligent?

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Sheri Zampelli and Dr. Kate Bergam with Comic, Roy Anthony.

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Sheri Zampelli and Dr. Kate Bergam with Comic, Roy Anthony and Comedy Club Owner, Steven Kimbrough.

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Sheri Zampelli and Dr. Kate Bergam in front of a beautiful Cadillac.

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Marilyn Monroe ice sculpture. Doesn’t it look great against the woodwork in the Queen Mary Grand Ballroom?