Mike Hernandez’s Musical Talents Are a Star

For a break from City Hall toxicity, try open mic in Tarzana Singing to small audiences, playing to large audiences and getting paid to do so is nothing new for City Councilman Mike Hernandez….

Mike Hernandez’s Musical Talents Are a Star

For a break from City Hall toxicity, try open mic in Tarzana

Singing to small audiences, playing to large audiences and getting paid to do so is nothing new for City Councilman Mike Hernandez.

In fact, he’s been doing it for 30 years.

His most famous performance was perhaps his first — in the middle of a protest march on the city of Los Angeles, when he sang along with the other musicians, including the L.A. Philharmonic.

It was called “The City of Angels,” and it became a sensation.

That’s when he went to Hollywood to meet with George Lucas and talk about his latest movie, “American Graffiti.”

“When that movie came out, my producer told me, ‘I’ll bring you to Los Angeles and you’ll be paid and you’ll get to meet George Lucas and Lucas would be happy if you’d come and talk to him.’”

That was 1961, and Hernandez had no expectations of his career — or the film it helped inspire.

“I had no expectations at all,” he said.

On a trip to Los Angeles to visit him, Hernandez saw another concert at the Pacific Theatre, and this time, he was impressed.

“I thought, Wow, the Pacific Theatre is great. It doesn’t look like an entertainment venue. It looks like an arts venue. I thought, I can do that.”

Hernandez’s musical talents were immediately evident.

“I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve played music since I was young. I know I could play music. And I played music,” he said.

He decided when they got back to L.A., he would perform with musicians, and the city councilwoman would come see the show.

On the opening night, they brought in some musicians, including a trumpet player. Hernandez looked at him and said, “Do you have anything?”

“Well, I’m a singer,” the musician said.

Hernandez said he wanted a harmonica player, and when he played one solo, he told him to put a hand

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