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Wine of the Week – What is a Rosé Wine? 50 Shades of Pink!

| Entertainment | July 17, 2017

You find them from pink to fuchsia … and all the shades in between, such as blush, crepe, rouge, salmon or coral.

By
Beth P. Heiserman

Róse wines, often called blush wines, are normally made with red grapes, but have a much lighter color than red wine, which is the result of the way the wine is created. There are three ways to make a Róse: skin-contact, saignée or blending.

Traditionally, róse wines are made with red wine grapes, crushing the grapes and leaving them to ferment for a few hours with the skins on. The length of time the juice has contact with the skin determines the color and tannin content. Also, various grapes create different hues of wine.

To maximize the tannin levels and add color to a red wine, some of the pink or róse juice from the beginning stages of winemaking can be removed, which is referred to as the Saignée method. It literally means “bleeding.” The pink juice that is removed can be fermented separately to produce rosé, which has been used as a “topping wine” to fill the ullage, which is the space created in a barrel from evaporation.

Róse wine may also be made by blending red and white wines, but this is relatively rare. Using this method, we at Reyes Winery have created a róse that blends chardonnay, Muscat and a syrah for color. We now have produced four vintages of Rosa’s Choice Róse. Our 2015 Rosa’s Choice Róse has the aromas of strawberry and spun honey. It’s salmon colored with a fruity finish characteristic of our vineyard. It is crisp and refreshing.

Now Playing in Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | July 14, 2017

Santa Clarita Regional Theatre Presents ‘The Little Mermaid’
Audience members—both young and old—are welcome to visit the sea with the latest show at the Performing Arts Center in Valencia. A feature of the Canyon Theatre Guild’s Playhouse Season and produced by the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre, “The Little Mermaid” opens on Saturday, July 22 with a classic tale of romance and magic.

Performances are Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through August 13. The Performing Arts Center is located on the College of the Canyons campus, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road. For tickets, call the Box Office at 661-799-2702 or visit CanyonTheatre.org/shows.

‘Don’t Hug Me’ at Canyon Theatre Guild
Described as “Fargo” meets “The Music Man,” the latest show at the Canyon Theatre Guild is an ice-cold musical comedy set in Minnesota. It opens on July 29 with a free wine and champagne reception before the show at 7 p.m. The reception is open to ticketholders that are over 21 years of age.

Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m. on August 18 and 25; Saturdays at 8 p.m. on July 29, August 5, 12, 19 and 26; and Sundays at 2 p.m. on July 30, August 6, 13 and 20.

Ticket prices are $19 for adults, $17 for juniors (under 18) and seniors (over 62), with a special student promotion of $8 for those age 21 and younger with a school ID. The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. For more information, call 661-799-2702 or visit Canyontheatre.org.

Santa Clarita PAC Season Tickets Now on Sale

College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center began the sale of individual tickets for the Santa Clarita PAC 2017-18 season on Wednesday. The new season features a diverse lineup of musicians and artists, as well as family-friendly programs.

Highlights of the season include:

• Chart-topping rock band Three Dog Night – Sept. 16, 2017
• Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-Along – Oct. 7, 2017
• Country music legend Dwight Yoakam – Nov. 12, 2017
• The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular in “Snowkus Pocus” – Dec. 3, 2017
• Grammy-winning comedy duo Cheech and Chong – Feb. 10, 2018
• Cabaret performance by Mark Nadler – April 7, 2018
• Olate Dogs, “America’s Got Talent” winner – May 19, 2018

Other acts include: The Underwater Bubble Show; “Animaniacs” Live!; The Chieftains; and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company’s “Mexico, Al Son de la Banda.” The center will also host a number of College of the Canyons theatre, music and dance department productions, as well as community group performances.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit canyonspac.com or call the box office at (661) 362-5304

Rollercoasterwater Releases New Album ‘Well Aware’

| Entertainment | July 13, 2017

No, that’s not your CD player skipping, or your fax machine having a psychedelic stroke. It’s Rollercoasterwater’s new album “Well Aware,” and it’s ready to be blasted through your Subaru’s speakers.

Rollercoasterwater is an experimental psychedelic electronic band that originated in Santa Clarita, started by vocalist/samplist Chuckie Behring and percussionist Robin Levy in 2011. Together, this psychedelic, experimental pop group has opened up for big names, including Avery Tare from Animal Collective.

“It started (with) me in my teenage years being a choir boy and discovering loopers and electronic instruments and how they could be used with my classical vocal training,” said Behring.

With this, he set out to “make pop music that felt futuristic.”

To listen to their new album, check out Rollercoasterwater’s social media pages, where it can be streamed online.

https://www.facebook.com/Rollercoasterwater

https://www.youtube.com/user/RollercoasterWater
https://rollercoasterwater.bandcamp.com/

 

Choir for Adults Over 55

| Entertainment | July 2, 2017

Santa Clarita Encore Chorale, a non-profit musical arts program for seniors, invites adults 55 and older to join the fall 2017 semester. The group will perform a holiday repertoire including favorite songs and carols of Christmas and Hanukkah. SCV’s Encore Chorale debuted in fall 2015 as one of the newest affiliates of the national Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest, fastest-growing choral program for seniors in the nation.

Kickoff rehearsal is Friday, August 18, 2017, continuing for 12 Fridays (and two Thursdays, due to Labor Day & Thanksgiving holiday weekends).  The chorale will practice from 4-5:30 p.m. (plus half-hour sectional rehearsals TBD). The 15-week semester ends with a free public concert on Friday, December 1. Rehearsals and the concert will be held at the Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Road (near Calgrove and I-5). A modest semester “tuition” helps cover costs, and the introductory rehearsal is free.

For more details, contact conductor Cheri Walters at 661-347-3221 or email cheri.walters@gmail.com. You may also contact Roberta Kessler at 818-291-6548 or rkessler@accoes.com.

Right Side Up Band to Play in Canyon Country

| Entertainment | June 29, 2017

Cover bands seem to be all the rage here in Santa Clarita. If you wish to partake is this rage, local group Right Side Up will be playing a show at The Backyard Grub n’ Brews in Canyon Country on July 1 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Right Side Up is known for covering an array of tunes, from Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles. This rock trio, made up of guitarist Dan Kirkpatrick, drummer Peter Smith, and bassist Robert Heller, are known for playing venues all around the Santa Clarita Valley. Not only that, but singer and lead guitarist Kirkpatrick has years of professional music experience under his belt, and has written music for several hit television shows.

The Backyard Grub n’ Brews is located at 26509 Golden Valley Road. For more information about Right Side Up and show dates, check out the group’s Facebook and official website.

Country Showdown Winner Performs at Concerts in the Park

| Entertainment | June 25, 2017

Savannah Burrows, who last year won the local round of the KHTS Country Showdown, returns to the stage at Central Park as part of the City of Santa Clarita’s summer Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union. Burrows is set to perform in front of nearly 15,000 fans in a concert that will also feature country music group Double Wide on Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m.

Burrows competed in the regional round of the Country Showdown in 2016, a competition that has featured some of the biggest names in country music, including Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Luke Bryan. She beat out 10 acts in the local stage before winning at the California Finals last September.

In addition to competing in the nationwide Country Showdown, Burrows has opened for the Swon Brothers, nominees for the Academy of Country Music award for Best Vocal Duo. She has also performed live at the Blue Bird Café in Nashville, Tenn., on the same stage where Country music icons Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift were discovered.

The City’s Concerts in the Park series is an ongoing summer event taking place on Saturdays beginning at 7 p.m. from July 8 through August 26. The show featuring Burrows and Double Wide is the lone country music performance on the schedule this season.

To learn more about Savannah Burrows, visit SavannahBurrowsMusic.com. For more information on Concerts in the Park, visit Santa-Clarita.com/Concerts.

Youth Theatre Institute at Canyon Theatre Guild

| Entertainment | June 23, 2017

Children with an interest in role playing have an opportunity to gain theatre skills through workshops at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Newhall. For kids ages 6-10 there are two sessions available with Ingrid Boydston, who will direct “Courtesy Quest in the Kingdom of Polite.” The first session is July 3-14 and the second session is July 17-28 from 9 a.m.-12 noon from Monday-Friday. Each session ends with a play performance by the students. Tuition is $299 + $25 registration fee.

Kids ages 10-13 will work together for a performance of “Impossible Adventures Waiting to Happen” July 10-28, meeting Monday-Friday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. The tuition is $399 + $25 registration fee. Mike “Sir Dude” Davies will direct the workshop.

The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. To register, call 661-799-2702 or visit CanyonTheatre.org.

The Suspenders to Play at Schoonerville

| Entertainment | June 23, 2017

If you want to rock out to four adult men playing blues-rock covers, boy, do we have the event for you. The Suspenders will be playing at Schoonerville on Bouquet Canyon on July 14, from 8 p.m. until they can’t play anymore – but, most likely, 11 p.m.

While you are guzzling pitchers of beer, enjoy former White Sox pitcher Wayne Edwards of The Suspenders wail on the drums. As if playing for major league baseball team wasn’t impressive enough, Edwards is also the son of Wayne Edwards Sr., who sang with The Hondells, the popular ‘60s group whose biggest hit “Little Honda” was penned by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

And when things get out of hand, you have the right to remain silent, because Wayne Edwards has also been an LAPD officer for 15 years. Be sure to rock out hard – but not too hard.

For more information about The Suspenders, visit their Facebook page online. To see Wayne Edwards in the flesh, head over to Schoonerville July 14.

Band of the Week: Death Tape Super Bass

| Entertainment | June 20, 2017

If you’ve been hearing a constant surge of drone noise, you should see a doctor. If you can’t seem to get enough lo-fi drone noise, look no further than Death Tape Super Bass.

Death Tape Super Bass is a solo project by Alex Steinmetz of Santa Clarita, who uses four-hour recording sessions to create music pieces Steinmetz calls “experimental synthesizer music.”

It’s all played on a small panel that contains a short piano keyboard and several knobs and controls. An analog synthesizer, as it is called, produces the low hums and ambient noise (soundscape) which can be accessed by listeners online.

Steinmetz began making music at the early age of 14, performing and playing in various punk bands. He started his solo projects shortly after graduating high school, eventually creating the focused sound he has developed today.

“I want to keep the dirty analog synthesizer sound, but I don’t like setting rigid boundaries for things I want to do,” says Steinmetz. “Doing the same thing over and over again gets boring quick, so I’m always interested in growing and trying different things.”

When it comes to live performances, Steinmetz says that due to the studio-driven nature of his work, live events are not very practical avenues for people to listen to Death Tape Super Bass.

As an artist and musician, Steinmetz creates music for the sake of listening, and has also used his talents to create soundtracks. He recently created music for a short film by Gaby Escovar called “And I,” which debuted at the Redcat in Los Angeles.

For more information about Death Tape Super Bass, visit https://deathtapesuperbass.bandcamp.com/.

Artist of the Week: Tommy McGuan

| Entertainment | June 8, 2017

If you want to make people laugh for a living, stand-up comedy might just be your calling. If you want to be booed off stage for a living, stand-up comedy is also the perfect career path for you. As strange as that may sound, according to local comedian Tommy McGuan, both are the keys to comedy success.

McGuan, a Canyon Country native, attended California State University, Chico upon graduating from Canyon High School, where he majored in history. He began his comedy pursuits three years ago when he asked a friend, who had dabbled in stand-up comedy, to critique his material.

To McGuan’s surprise, rather than just giving criticism, his friend booked him to perform a set at the former Formosa Café in West Hollywood. As many as 33 of his friends came out to support him, and what was originally a few-minutes set turned into a 10-minute performance roaring with applause.

“I was grateful for the support from my friends,” McGuan said. “I thought, ‘This is what I want to do.’”
But not every experience has been as amazing as his first in West Hollywood. McGuan’s comedy ride has been filled with surprises. Most comedians have had their fair share of bad sets, a practice otherwise referred to as “bombing,” and McGuan is definitely no exception.

“I did a show in Paris while I was backpacking through Europe. I had done stand-up six times. I thought, ‘I could do it!’ [The producer] put me on, and it was awful,” McGuan laughed. “The crowd was so close to booing me. The producer sat there with his head in his hands. I didn’t know if I could be a comedian.”
That was one bomb of many, according to McGuan.

“I didn’t perform for a couple months after that show. … For the next year I just bombed. That’s when I realized my material actually wasn’t good. If I wanted to be as good as I wanted to be, I would have to put the work into it.”

The work McGuan put into his set eventually paid off, and he reached a point where he had developed an hour of usable material. He recently had the opportunity to film his first special last week at The Main in Newhall, and hopes to eventually pitch the special to an online streaming service, such as Hulu or Crackle.

McGuan has also helped create a local comedy series called Garage Chronicles, stand-up comedy performances that take place in garages and backyards, bringing the comedy scene straight to Santa Clarita.

For more information about Tommy McGuan and his work, visit his website at http://www.tommymcguancomedy.com/.

Motown in Town at Hyatt Valencia

| Community, Entertainment | June 3, 2017

Guests at an annual event in Santa Clarita get to move to the music of the ‘70s while raising money for the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. This year’s “Motown in Town 2” will feature a live concert celebrating the music of the Temptations, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and many more from the era.

An exhibit called “The Art of Motown” will be set up in the lobby, featuring the work of local artists. There will be a boutique and a silent auction at the event also, to raise additional funds for the Senior Center.

Motown in Town 2 will take place on Sunday, June 25 from 5-10:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, located at 24500 Town Center Drive. Tickets for the dinner, concert and dancing cost $65, while a ticket for just the concert and dancing costs $40. You may purchase tickets at FastFrame in Valencia (661-291-1325) or the SCV Senior Center in Newhall (661-259-9444). You may also call 661-312-3422 or visit ZonyGordon.com/creative-source-marketing.

Friday Night Jazz and Blues Concerts to Open June 16

| Entertainment | June 3, 2017

A popular music concert series is returning to the Valencia Town Center this month. Established 18 years ago, the Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series will once again feature regional, national and international entertainers in a street party setting, while offering interactive activities for adults and children.

This year’s series will run every Friday night from 7-9:30 p.m. beginning June 16 through August 4. The events will take place in the street on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

“We have one of the most exciting line-ups ever,” said the show’s producer, Barbara Myler. “In addition to the extraordinary sounds offered from some of the top jazz and blues recording artists in the world, the scheduled series will bring a variety of interactive programming for the entire family, as well as a variety of food and beverages, including wine and beer for the adults.”

You can enjoy the program’s VIP Experience to entertain clients, special company or personal celebrations by reserving VIP tables. Benefits include: your seats waiting for you, bar service, special food options, etc. (based on availability). No pets or outside food or beverages are allowed. Admission is free.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series is produced by Summit West Public Relations & Marketing. For more information regarding the series or sponsorship opportunities, visit ValenciaJazzandBlues.com or call Barbara Myler at 661-290-2911.

California Chamber Artists Concert

| Entertainment | June 2, 2017

For those who wish to trade in their ripped jeans and mosh pits for wood pews and violin riffs, The California Chamber Artists will be performing a concert at Valencia United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 11 at 7 p.m. A donation is suggested.

Part one of the concert will feature soprano Lisa Tenorio and ten cellists, directed by Dr. Daniel Feeting. Together, they will be performing a Bachianias Brasilerias by composer Heitor Villa Lobos, whose last name literally means “wolf village” – a surprisingly metal name for a 20th century Brazilian art musician.

Following the first performance will be Brahms String Sextet in G Major and Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, performed by violinists David Ewart and Bob Miskey, violists Louise Brown and Cecile Asuncion, and cellists Joyce Geeting and David Mason.

If you can’t make it to this one, or can’t get enough of Heitor Villa Lobos & crew, the same line-up will be presented at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks on June 11 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 818-340-3940.

Live Music

| Entertainment | June 1, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!
June 1, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright band Classic blues & rock
June 1, Thur 6:30-9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
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June 2, Fri 6 – 9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
June 2, Fri 7 -10p American Legion 507 Big Dog Blues Band large area for dancing
June 2, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Copperhill band Live music on the patio
June 2, Fri 8-12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Rick Ilejay Live music
June 2, Fri 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Classic rock

June 3, Sat 10a–3p Elks 2379 Catch 22 Car show, chili cookoff, etc
June 3, Sat 8p–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up a little of everything
June 3, Sat 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Mustang Brothers Live music
June 3, Sat 9p–12m Shot Exchange Frankly Speaking band Classic rock
June 3, Sat 9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Blues & Classics
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June 2 & 3, Fri & Sun 8-11p Wine 661 Live music
June 2 & 3, Fri & Sat 9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Live music
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June 4, Sun 10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Copperhill band Live music
June 4, Sun 1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Danielle Carter Trio Live music
June 4, Sun 2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz
June 4, Sun 5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Hipshot Country
June 4, Sun 5-9pm American Legion 507 Pro Blues Jam Blues Jam

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June 6, Tues 7-10pm Bergies steakhouse Art Menezes Blues
June 8, Thur 7-10pm Bergies steakhouse Teresa James & Rhythm Tramps Classic blues & rock
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June 9, Fri 6 –9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
June 9, Fri 7-10p American Legion 507 Tom Teresi & Street Smart jazz large area for dancing
June 9, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Mystic Posse Live music on the Patio
June 9, Fri 8-12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright duo Blues & classic rock
June 9, Fri 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Dallas Hodge band Classic Rock & blues

Submediocre to Play Wolf Creek Charity Event

| Entertainment | May 25, 2017

The crowd is silent. Scattered hacks and coughs echo across the quad. Feedback rings as lead singer Tate Dickens approaches the microphone.

“Hey, we are Submediocre … so don’t expect too much.”

The audience chuckles as Dickens counts the band into a first song. But the moment Submediocre started to play, the crowd’s expectations of another disappointing garage band experience melted away with each chorus and outpouring of applause.

That was two weeks ago at Saugus High School’s Literary Magazine poetry reading, and Submediocre has plans to lower (then raise) your expectations once again. This Saturday, the group is headlining Jam-A-Palooza, a charity event at Wolf Creek Refinery for Santa Clarita’s Child and Family Center.

The theme? All local, independent musicans (who happen to be Saugus High School graduates).

“We wanted to give student bands a chance to play music in front of a live audience. We also wanted to raise money for a cause,” said Dickens.

Submediocre will be playing original songs from their newest EP, “Take 2,” with a few covers sprinkled into the set. Accompanying Submediocre will be alternative band Full Safari, formerly known as The Ooze, and Kingblue, a one-man-band made up of Ethan Hubbard.

Jam-A-Palooza will take place Saturday, May 27 from 7-10 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Brewery off of the Rye Canyon Loop. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children ages 10 & under. All net proceeds will be donated to the Child and Family Center of Santa Clarita.

Live Entertainment

| Entertainment | May 25, 2017

May 25, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse John Davis, Paul Marshall Classic rock & more
May 25, Fri 6-9p Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic easy rock
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May 26, Fri 6 – 9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
May 26, Fri 7 -10p American Legion 507 SCV High School Open Mic /large area for dancing
May 26, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Wildside Live music
May 26, Fri 8-12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Live music
May 26, Fri 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co PULP Party rock

May 27, Sat 2 – 4:30p Agua Dulce winery Mary White band Country
May 27, Sat 8 – 11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Lone Goat/ Classics & originals
May 27, Sat 8p-12m VFW 6885 Soundwaves Surf & classic rock
May 27, Sat 9p-12m Valencia Wine Co Counterfitz Alternative rock
May 27, Sat 9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft band Blues & Classics
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May 26 & 27, Fri & Sun 8-11p Wine 661 Live music
May 26 & 27, Fri & Sat 9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Live music
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May 28, Sun 1 p.m. Drifters Bar Live Music, Memorial Day BBQ, Free Food
May 28, Sun 10a – 2pm Saugus Swap Meet The Fulcos live music
May 28, Sun 1-5p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Mary White Duo Country

May 28, Sun 2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz
May 28, Sun 5-9pm VFW 6885 Apache Rose Varied classic rock

May 28, Sun 5-9pm American Legion 507 Pro Blues Jam Blues Jam

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May 30, Tues 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Bunky Spurling Blues & classic rock

May 31, Wed 6-9p Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic easy rock
June 1, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright band Classic blues & rock

‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Canyon Theatre Guild

| Entertainment | May 18, 2017

Broadway favorite “Guys and Dolls” will open later this month at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Newhall. Set in the 1940s, characters include nightclub performers, gamblers and even members of the Salvation Army in its early days. The main story involves the lead character, a fly-by-night gambler, attempting to woo a Salvation Army missionary in order to win a bet. There is a side story where a showgirl tries to hook her fiancé of 14 years, who happens to be the founder of “the oldest, established, floating crap game in New York.” The musical comedy has some of the best known tunes from Broadway since it opened in 1950.

“Guys and Dolls” opens Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Adult audience members who arrive at 7 p.m. can enjoy a free wine and champagne reception. Performances are Fridays, June 16 and 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.; Saturdays May 27, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 28, June 4, 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Ticket Prices: $19 Adults, $17 Juniors ( under 18) & Seniors (62+). Call the CTG Box Office for reservations at 661-799-2702.

Band of the Week – Post Nothing

| Entertainment | May 12, 2017

Few cool things really tie Santa Clarita and Lancaster together, yet Post Nothing is one of the admirable adhesives between our towns that a boring 40-mile commute attempts to separate — and we can thank COC for that.

With Hans Cruz on guitar, Riley Thornbrugh on bass, Matt Fullove on drums, and Jed Bookout on vocals, Post-Nothing is a hardcore punk band from Lancaster and Castaic (with some members attending College of the Canyons) who have played for countless ears throughout the West Coast.

Just as with many other great things, Post Nothing got off to an ironic start in 2011 when they formed as a flippant punk band whose style was anything but taking themselves seriously. Back then, they were called “Trap Her Keep Her” and opened shows for artists they liked, just so they could get in for free.

Things took an unexpected turn, however, as Trap Her Keep Her steadily gained a local following. This inspired the first out-of-state tour for the band, and that’s when they realized that the name Trap Her Keep Her came off as “rape-y” and “patriarchal” to certain folks, Bookout said. From there, the name Post Nothing was adopted, and they have been through several line-up changes and tours since.

Post Nothing takes pride in their self-sufficiency as an unsigned band, covering the costs of their own music and merch, as well as booking their own shows. In June, Post Nothing will be touring with the band In Decline, marking their 10th tour as a band. The first show begins June 1 at Voodoo Vinyl in Lancaster, and their last on June 10 in St. George, Utah. They will also be performing in July with the band Crushed?! in Arizona and New Mexico.

For more information about Post Nothing and a list of upcoming shows, visit their facebook page online at https://www.facebook.com/postnothing.edu/.

‘Elephant Man’ Performance at Sanctuary Church

| Entertainment | May 11, 2017

A local church is pooling its talent to bring the community a live stage performance of Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” for the next two weekends. The Sanctuary in Newhall has built a professionally designed stage and with a combination of entertainment industry talent from their congregation is bringing the thought-provoking script to life.

“The reason we chose ‘Elephant Man’ is because we loved the story as it is, but also what it represents historically, because it stems from an actual life, as the story suggests,” said Jonathan Edwards, executive pastor at The Sanctuary. “The story allows someone taking in the story to not only hear and listen and watch a story play out, but oddly enough, identify with it.”

The main character in the drama — “John Merrick” — is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, a 19th century Londoner who was born horribly disfigured. The storyline covers the ability of a young doctor to transform him from an object of pity to a favorite of the aristocracy.

Directed by actor Mark Henderson, a member of The Sanctuary’s congregation, the aim of the church’s production is to inspire a depth of thought and discussion.

“With some plays you go to you walk away and say, ‘That was cool; that was fun.’ But with this one you get in the car, you sit down and ask yourself, ‘How does this apply to me?’” Edwards said. “My issues might not be as evident as this man, John Merrick, but — you know what? We all have a version of what this man went through.”

Performances are May 12-14 and May 19-21 at 7 p.m., with one matinee on May 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased online at ElephantManPlay.com.

The Sanctuary Church is located at 26444 Friendly Valley Parkway in Santa Clarita.

Live Music

| Entertainment | May 11, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!
May 11, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Steve & Ryan Arklin Classic rock & blues

May 11, Thur 6 – 9p Vincent Hill (Acton) Z-Band (E Zane Wood) Country and classic rock
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May 12, Fri 6-9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
May 12, Fri 7-10p American Legion 507 Phil ‘n the Blanks large area for dancing
May 12, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote Country
May 12, Fri 9p-12m Valencia Wine Co Vinyl Gypsies Varied rock
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May 13, Sat 8p-12m VFW 6885 Cervantes Varied rock
May 13, Sat 9p-12m Valencia Wine Co TBD
May 13, Sat 9p – 1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Mystic Possey Varied rock
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May 12 & 13, Fri & Sat 8-11p Wine 661 Live music
May 12 & 13, Fri & Sat 9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille Live music
May 12 & 13 Fri & Sat 9 p.m. Drifters Karaoke Friday, Live Music Saturday
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May 14, Sun 10a – 2pm Saugus Swap Meet Brothers and Others mixed
May 14, Sun 1-5p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Variety

May 14, Sun 2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz
May 14, Sun 5-9pm VFW 6885 Boys Night Out Country & classic rock

May 14, Sun 5-9pm American Legion 507 Chuck Strong & SRBQ SCV Blues Society on 2nd Sun

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May 16, Tues 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Jim Gustin & Truth Jones Blues & classic rock

May 17, Wed 6-9p Vincent Hill Station Miles to Go Classic rock
May 17, Wed 6-9 p Route 66 Bike Night Live Music
May 18, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Gigi Worth & Guy Thomas Classic rock & more
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May 19, Fri 6 –9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 14, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV! 

Apr 14, Fri  7:00-10:00p American Legion 507     Mod-u-Lates                  Great music & dancing

Apr 14, Fri  8-12p          Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) David Reeves Carpenter            Country

Apr 14, Sat 8:30-11:30   Wine 661                       Miles 2 Go band                        Classic rock

Apr 14, Fri  9-12p          Valencia Wine Co          Mighty Anchovies          Classic rock

Apr 14, Sat 9p – 1am     Docs Inn                       Frankly Speaking band  Classic rock

Apr 15, Sat  8-12m        VFW 6885                     Debra Lee band                        Country

Apr 15, Sat  9p – 1am    Valencia Wine Co          Vinyl Gypsies band       Classic rock
Apr 14 & 15, Fri & Sun  8-11p      Wine 661                     Live music

Apr 14 & 15, Fri & Sat  9p-12m    Salt Creek Grille           Live music

Apr 16, Sat  1-5p                       Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins w/ Paul    Classic fun

Apr 16, Sun  2:30pm      Valencia Wine Co          Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo

Apr 16, Sun  5-9pm       VFW 6885                     Chad Watkins & Pam Loe  Country

Apr 16, Sun  5-9pm       American Legion 507     Sunday Blues Jam
Apr 18, Tues  7-10p       Bergies steakhouse       Frank Christopher          Classic rock

Apr 20, Thur 7-10p           Bergies steakhouse        Alan Wright band             Classic rock & Blues

Apr 21, Fri  7:00-10:00p American Legion 507     large area for dancing    Mixed rock & Classics

Apr 21, Fri  8p               Sweetwater Café           Dallas Hodge & Bob Heft          Classic rock & Blues

 

Band of the Week – The Siren and the Poet

| Entertainment | April 14, 2017

The Siren and the Poet, a progressive folk band from Santa Clarita, is composed of singer/songwriter Connor Pratt — and that’s just about it.

A lover of the arts, Pratt attended Sonoma University in Arizona for acting. Throughout his studies, he found himself writing music much of the time.

“I like to call my style ‘progressive folk.’ It’s centered around the idea that my own narrative and life are constantly changing so, therefore, the sound that expresses it should be as well,” says Pratt. “It can vary from stripped-down acoustic guitar to a more dramatic soundscape with synthesizers and sound effects.”

Pratt’s solo project stems from previous endeavors with another band, Condemn Us as Saviors, which he describes as an extension of the musical concepts and material that were otherwise intentionally left out of songs in the original group.

Although there are more words in the band’s name than there are band members, Connor has goals of changing that someday.

“I hope to make it into a collaborative project in the future, finding other musicians to lend their hand to my sound.”

For those who would like to find out more information about The Siren and the Poet, visit the project’s Facebook page, where you can check out the band’s music, performance dates, and videos. Or, follow Connor Pratt on Instagram.

Live Entertainment

| Entertainment | March 31, 2017

Bergie’s 3/30 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
4/4 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
4/6 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Classic Rock & Fun
No cover
American Legion 507 3/31 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
4/2 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
4/7 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Blues & Classic Rock
Sunday Blues Jam
Jazz & Varied  Cover
Valencia Wine Co 3/31 9 p.m. – 12 p.m. Stone Soul Band  cover: Minimum Purchase
Central Park 4/1 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Strawberry Tequila Festival No cover
Vincenzo’s Pizza 4/1 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Griswalds Band Food/Drink Purchase
VFW 6885 4/1 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
4/2 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cervantes Band
Surfer Style No Cover
Doc’s Inn 4/1 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Frankly Speaking No Cover
Wine 661 4/1 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
4/2 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Live Music
cover: Minimum Purchase
Salt Creek Grille 4/1 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
4/2 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Live Music Minimum Purchase

Cowboy Festival Features Varied Music Lineup

| Entertainment | March 31, 2017

The 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group, will offer a wide variety of musical genres to the widely-known Western themed event. Bringing back old favorites and introducing new performances, the 24th annual event will feature more than 20 musical acts on five stages at William S. Hart Park, two venues in Old Town Newhall and other venues throughout the City.

Admission to the main Cowboy Festival on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at William S. Hart Park, includes access to performances by 21 bands and artists on five different stages: Mane, Ranch House, Hart Hall, Heritage Junction and OutWest. Tickets may be purchased at CowboyFestival.org/Tickets.

MANE STAGE PRESENTED BY HERITAGE SIERRA MEDICAL GROUP
The venue will feature Western, Americana and Bluegrass bands playing on the Mane Stage include award-winning Jon Chandler, Tony Furtado, Dead Winter Carpenters and The Show Ponies.

RANCH HOUSE STAGE PRESENTED BY KIND SNACKS
Festival-goers will get into the Wild West mood with the intertribal pow wow drum group Wild Horse Singers and Dancers, the certified genius and old-time magician Pop Haydn, the gun spinning of Joey Dillon and the comedy sketches and yodeling of Sourdough Slim. In addition, folks will not want to miss the transporting tales of Joe Herrington and the authentic performance of Ballet Folklórico.

HART HALL STAGE PRESENTED BY FRONTIER TOYOTA
Visitors can hear the classic cowboy sounds of Carin Mari, Andy Hedges and Dave Stamey. Tom Corbett & Bill Knopf, Gary Robertson and Kristyn Harris will also bring their own Western tunes and rhymes, along with the Youth Poetry Presentation.

HERITAGE JUNCTION STAGE PRESENTED BY SOLAR CITY
Boots will get tappin’ with the heady sounds of Western bands, including Syd Masters & The Swing Riders, Run Boy Run, The Vivants and The Haunted Windchimes.

OUTWEST STAGE PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO
New to the Cowboy Festival, this stage will feature musicians and authors interchangeably. These rough and ready performers will be John Bergstrom, Almeda Brawdshaw and the Women on the Move Trio. Western tales will be shared by the authors Andria Kidd and P.W. Conway, and many more. Also at the OutWest Stage area, the Buckaroo Book Shop will offer a common meeting place for readers and writers.

Tickets for separate performances and activities taking place on Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 23 are available for purchase as well. Canyon Theatre Guild, The MAIN, the Rancho Camulos Museum and Hart Mansion will host intimate, sell-out performances.

CANYON THEATRE GUILD
24266 Main Street
On Friday, April 21 audiences can enjoy the soul of cowboy music exposed by the melodies of the Sons of the San Joaquin and Kristyn Harris at the Canyon Theatre Guild. Individuals and groups interested in attending these performances are encouraged to buy tickets early, as seats sell quickly. On Saturday, April 22, Grammy-nominated Don Edwards will take the stage, along with The Haunted Windchimes, a traditional folk and American roots band.

THE MAIN
24242 Main Street
The intimate, 81-seat theater, The MAIN will be highlighting Western, rockabilly, and Americana musicians and storytelling. On Wednesday, April 19 Mary Kaye and Joe Herrington will provide Western music and storytelling. On Friday, April 21 The California Feetwarmers will pay homage to ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing. On Saturday, April 22 Rosie Flores will show off her award-winning honky-tonk and rockabilly stylings.

RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM
5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru, CA
On Friday, April 21 the Rancho Camulos Musuem will be hosting Jon Chandler, the “best western songsmith since Ian Tyson,” says the Los Angeles Daily News. This award-winning author and songwriter will highlight the afternoon at Rancho Camulos, where participants will enjoy a Southwest buffet and costumed, docent-led tours of the Heritage Valley, in addition to Jon Chandler’s musical talents.

HART MANSION
24151 Newhall Avenue
On Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m., authors Garner Palenske and Nicholas Cataldo will be bringing the history of Wyatt Earp back to the Hart Mansion.

For more information on the 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival including additional performers, ticket pricing, schedules and more concerts hosted by partnering organizations, visit CowboyFestival.org or call the Box Office at (661) 250-3735.

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