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‘Bye Bye Birdie!’ On Stage at Hart High

| Entertainment | 25 mins ago

The William S. Hart High School Drama Department will entertain audiences for two weekends with 1950s themed musical “Bye Bye Birdie!” The theatre students will bring the spring musical to life on April 19, 20, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., with matinees on April 28-29 at 1 p.m.

Appropriate for all ages, the setting for “Bye Bye Birdie!” is Sweet Apple, Ohio in the year 1958 and the plot centers around rock star Conrad Birdie, whose draft number comes up. Struggling songwriter Albert Peterson is a part of the storyline, plus girlfriends and even the Birdie Fan Club. There are songs for the ensemble that bring them together, giving these local teens the chance to experience life on the stage.

You can buy tickets for “Bye Bye Birdie!” at the door. The Hart High School Auditorium is located at 24825 Newhall Avenue in Newhall.

Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

| Entertainment | 20 hours ago

This week we’re celebrating “Wines of the Week,” since this weekend is the Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival, which is your chance to sample what’s flowing at 34 wineries!

The Festival will be held from 12 noon-4 p.m. at Reyes Winery, 10262 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce. Guests will enjoy wine and food while listening to live bands, and meet vendors with handmade crafts and wine related items.

Proceeds benefit Zonta Club of SCV. Sponsors include: The Santa Clarita Gazette, Mercedes Benz of Valencia, California Bank & Trust, SCV Advanced Audiology, Pepsi Co., Anheuser Busch, Reyes Winery, Christine Sexton of Realty Executives, Jorja Harris of Farmers Insurance Agency, Russ & Barbara Cochran, Charles Wine Co., KHTS Radio and The Santa Clarita Signal.

Guests will enjoy wine, spirits and beverages from:

1.       Reyes Winery
2.       Stephen Hemmert Wines
3.       Domaine Kreger
4.       San Antonio Winery
5.       Bouquet Vineyards
6.       Agua Dulce Winery
7.       Absente
8.       Bobcat Winery
9.      Du Nasi
10.   Brown Knows Cider
11.   Anheuser Busch
12.   Copper Hill Brewery
13.   Aquafina/Gatorade
14.   LA International Wine Comp
15.   Coruce Vineyards
16.   Charles Wine Co
17.   Honu Coffee
18.   Parhelion Cellars
19.   Ballestas Ranch
20.   Chavez Vineyards/High Desert Cellars
21.   Barrett Cellars
22.   Golden Star Vineyards and Winery
23.   Vina Sympatica
24.   Patger Brothers Winery
25.   Hoi Polloi Winery
26.   Brewery Draconum
27.   Entourage
28.   Thief and Barrel

Food vendors include:

1.       Truffle N Toffee
2.       Gourmet Blends
3.       Grandpa Fred’s BBQ
4.       The Pickle B
5.       California Bakery
6.       Porto’s Bakery
7.       Broken Bit Steakhouse
8.       Bonefish Grill

And other vendors at the Festival include:

1.       Exquisite Things Jewelry
2.       Magnolia Vine
3.       Reine River Studios
4.       JL Vision
5.       Bency Co
6.       M Cigars
7.       Savannah Lilly
8.       Crazy Kraut Products
9.       Prussmeier Fine Pens
10.   Virginia Miranda
11.   Chalk-O-Lot
12.   So Cal Mirror Booth

For more information and tickets,
visit SierraPelonaVintners.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | 23 hours ago

Apr 19 Thurs
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10pm Senses, 3rd Thurs Old Town Newhall Mary White band Cowboy theme
7–10p Bergies steakhouse RH+ = Robert Heft band Blues mix
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Apr 20, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Dole – Humphries Live music
7–10p Backyard Grub & Brews the Bill James Group Smooth Jazz
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 Chris Ralles trio Classic covers
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Daniel Kirkpatrick Classic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Jukebox Blender on the patio Rock & soul
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rk mix
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Apr 21, Sat
10a–7p Hart Park in Newhall Cowboy Festival live music & fun
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes Classics & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Nomad (w/Brodie) Classic rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band Blues/rock mix
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Tewks & Beans Classic covers
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Apr 22, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet The Fulcos band Live music
10a–6p Hart Park in Newhall Cowboy Festival live music & fun
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggens & l0ne Goat Covers & orig
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille Traxx band Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Morgan Ridge band Country
5–9pm Amer. Legion Newhall Classic Rock Jam Lg dance floor
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Apr 24, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Chris Cardenas Blues mix
Apr 25, Wed
6–8pm The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
Apr 26, Thur
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse SRBQ band Blues mix
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Apr 27, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11pm Wine 661 Blasucci & Cinque Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Walt & Pam Country
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock

Jeri Goldenhar, aka Truth Jones

| Entertainment | 24 hours ago

According to local musician Jeri Goldenhar, aka Truth Jones, her band’s original songs are fairly autobiographical. Members of the community have a chance to get acquainted with them through their music – plus classic covers – at the Women of the Blues Festival next month.

“I am thrilled to be fronting the band for the Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society Women of the Blues spring festival,” Goldenhar said. “Hopefully our listeners find themselves in all the music we share. We truly feel blessed to do what we do.”

Her band is known in the blues community as Jim Gustin and Truth Jones.

Jim Gustin and Jeri

“Jim Gustin has been my musical partner in crime for almost 17 years,” she said.

Goldenhar has been singing for audiences since she was 2 years old, a preacher’s kid originally from Santa Clarita.

“I was raised in a musical family, and I started writing songs with my sister in junior high school,” she said.

She’s still with “family,” in a group with recordings and tours among their many experiences to date. And she’s always at home onstage, singing with a seasoned ensemble and sharing vocals with Gustin.

“We all have day jobs, so this is a labor of love,” Gustin said. “We can just play what we want to play and not worry about how much the gig pays. It gives us freedom to play what we want.”

Touring is a way for their music to reach as many people as possible.

“While we sing about a lot of painful things that people go through, we believe that because of our relationship with God that we have peace and comfort through that,” Gustin said.

The band is playing at the Women of the Blues Festival on May 12, 2018 as a pre-Mother’s Day fundraiser to benefit the Blues Society and Single Mothers Outreach. The festival will be held at Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Santa Clarita, at 3:30 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Gazette is a media sponsor for the concert and performers include Truth Jones, Kelly’s Lot, Bridgette Rios Purdy, Laurie Morvan Band and Teresa James. Tickets are $25, and $15 for SCV Blues Society members. Tickets are $30 at the gate.

For more information about the Women of the Blues event, visit SCVBlues.com. You can check out Truth Jones on the band’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/jimgustinandtruthjones, and listen at: https://www.reverbnation.com/jimgustinandtruthjones.

Wine of the Week – Grenache

| Entertainment | April 12, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

The climate Grenache likes best is hot, dry and windy, which is why Agua Dulce is ideal for growing these red wine varietals. These grapes ripen quite a bit later than most varietals. Grenache can be noir, blanc, gris or rosé, and these grapes are mainly grown in France, Australia,Sardinia/Italy and California’s Central Valley.

Ampelography, or the study of different vines, all started in the mid-1800s, when experts worked to identify and classify grapevines. It helped them to determine which vines were resistant to disease, such as the powdery mildew of pests known as phylloxera.

Grenache grapes were, most likely, brought from Spain.When it’s blended with Syrah and Mourvedre in Australia and France, Grenache may dominate the other flavors in wine. Sometimes blended with Syrah and Mourvedre in Australia and France, in the Rhone region of France it is generally blended with most wines. Grenache Noir is the prevailing varietal of the blend Chateauneuf du Pape.

Country Rock Band Made up of Canyon Country Talent

| Entertainment | April 12, 2018

When Magnolia Drawl performs in Santa Clarita, it feels like comin’ home for three of the band’s members. That’s because it actually is home to musicians Mary White, Shellie Dorman and Dave Patt, all residents of Canyon Country. When banded together with the talent of Hugh Cline of Tarzana, the group creates a popular country rock sound that can be heard in and outside the Santa Clarita Valley.

It started when two groups converged almost two years ago. For more than 10 years, White and Cline performed as a country rock band, while Dorman and Patt were in other bands performing rock and rhythm & blues.

“We are like family. We love each other and love what we do,” White said. “We are all trained in music and have been performing professionally since our teens. We’ve also had the privilege of touring all over the world entertaining our U.S. Military. Our goal is to have fun and it becomes contagious and rolls over into our audience. Our show becomes a FUNFEST!”

Country rock is a close, though not exact, description of the group’s musical style.
“We definitely have a sound all our own,” White said. “Our original songs on our CD range from old traditional country, like Hank Sr., to psychedelic sounds similar to Led Zeppelin, finding its way back to current country, ready for today’s radio.”

Rarely does a band capture enough talent for four lead singers, but according to White, their harmonies are among their greatest assets. But they’re rare in more ways than one.

“Another unique trait we have is that you rarely see a female sax player in a country band,” White added. “Our fans love that part of the show.”

White plays the saxophone, acoustic guitar, and steps out as lead vocalist; Cline does vocals and plays rhythm guitar; Dorman is a vocalist and bass guitar player; and Patt is a drummer and vocalist.

The public is invited to celebrate the release of Magnolia Drawl’s latest album on Saturday, April 28 from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Burbank Elks Lodge, 2232 Hollywood Way in Burbank. There is no cover charge. The band writes original music, and songs on this album include such titles as “California Cowgirl,” “Mama Was a Hooker” and “The Hey Song.”

The day after the release party, the band’s music will be located on I-Tunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and many more platforms.

You can purchase their music or find out where they are playing on their website, Magnoliadrawl.com. CDs and merchandise are also available at their shows.

Santa Clarita is playing host to Magnolia Drawl at some of the following upcoming shows:

April 19 SENSES Block Party
Main Street, Newhall
7:30pm-10:00pm
May 4 The Canyon Club (Opening up for The Babys)
24201 Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita
7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
May 6 Canyons Fest
College of the Canyons
17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
May 28 Santa Clarita Valley Veterans Memorial Inc.
23278 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall
10:00 a.m. (duo)

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 12, 2018

Apr 12 Thurs

7–10p               Bergies steakhouse       Alan Wright band           Blues mix


6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       On Tap band                 Live music

7–10p               Route 66 Classic Grill    Double Play                  Acoustic duo

8–11pm             Wine 661                       Miles 2 Go                        Covers w/fiddle

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Lance Allyn                  Varied mix

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        The Fulcos on the patio          Family band

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Galo Pacheco               Classic rk mix

9–1:30a             Doc’s Inn                      Frankly Speaking          Classic hard rk


11a–6p             Central Park                  Jazz & Beer Festival      live jazz

6–10p               Vincent Hill Station        Miles 2 Go                    Covers w/fiddle

8 pm                Double Trouble Wine    Sidney and the Detours, a night of Reds, Whites & Blues (Featuring Sidney and Scott from Pagter Brothers) No Charge

24338 Main Street (8th & Main)

8–11p               Wine 661                       Dole – Humphries          R & B, Indie rock

8–12m              VFW 6885                     Breakfast with Barbie         Classic rock

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Sean Hughes                Covers & orig.

9p–12m                        Salt Creek Grille                        Lance Allyn                   Classic rk mix

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Apr 15, Sun

10a–2p            Saugus Swap Meet       Lee & the Real Deal       Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Acoustic mix

3–7pm              Vincent Hill                    Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic       Live music

4–7pm              Salt Creek Grille                        Dole – Humphries          R & B, Indie rock

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Pam Loe & Hipshot       Country


6–8:30p                        Wolf Creek Brewery       Community Pints night   Sean Wiggins

7–10pm                       Bergies steakhouse       Crooked Eye Tommy           Blues mix

Apr 18, Wed

6–8pm              The Local Pub & Grill     Dole Humphries                        R & B, Indie rock

6–10pm                        Rout 66 Classic Grill      Bike Night & Live Music    various

Apr 19, Thur

6:30–9p                        Casa de Pizza               Jimmy Carnelli               Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

7–10pm                        Senses, 3rd Thurs in Old Town Newhall   Mary White band  Cowboy theme

7–10pm                        Bergies steakhouse       Alan Wright band           Blues mix

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Apr 20, Fri

6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Various

8–11pm                        Wine 661                       Chris Ralles trio                 Classic rock

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Dan Kirkpatrick            Classic rock

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Jukebox Blender on the patio  Rock / soul

 

New Event to Benefit WiSH Education Foundation

| Community, Entertainment | April 6, 2018

Wine on the Roof … Dine on the Roof is a new fundraiser from the group responsible for the popular Cocktails on the Roof, an annual event in the community that benefits the non-profit WiSH Education Foundation.

The new event will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018 and planners are tapping local winemakers to provide beverages, and bringing together chefs and restaurants for food. Held on the rooftop of Macy’s parking garage at Westfield Valencia Town Center from 7 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy ambient lighting, music, photo opportunities and more.

Winemaker Steve Lemley of SCV Custom Crush Services is a co-host of Wine on the Roof. He will curate the wines from his local facility, where he houses the products from more than 20 different wineries. Most of those shared that evening will be making their debut. Some of the winemakers will be seated throughout the venue to allow for knowledgeable discourse.

Wine on the Roof … Dine on the Roof has a distinctive layout to allow for camaraderie and conversation and you will be treated to a multi-course dinner. Because this is seated dining, a limited number of tickets are available. Ticket pricing is set at $125 per person or 2 for $200. After April 15, ticket pricing will be $150 per person or 2 for $275. More information is available and tickets can be purchased at www.WiSHscv.org.

Some of the experts creating food for Dine on the Roof fare include Chef Daniel Otto, who is opening a new restaurant in the near future; Chef Lucio Teraza of Olive Terrace Bar and Grill; Chef Ignacio “Nacho” Munoz and Pastry Chef Kristina Waggoner of Salt Creek Grille; Chef Louis Pechan of Hundred Miles LA; the Culinary Team at Bonefish Grill; Chef Trevor of the Newhall Press Room; Chef Martin De La Cruz of Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company; the baristas of Honu Coffee; the sweet makers from Nothing Bundt Cakes; and the Beams of Sweat Beams Ice Cream.

The evening will begin with appetizers, followed by bread from the Speakeasy Bakery, main courses, and desserts, all with wines from Pulchella Winery. Santa Clarita winemakers at press time include Steve Lemley, Nate Hasper, Mark Blatty, Scott Page-Pagter, Doug Minnick, Ted Behlendorf and Dan Erland Andersen.

For information and tickets, visit http://wisheducationfoundation.org/wine-under-the-stars/.

The Facebook event page has updated info and has a very interactive “discussion” tab: https://www.facebook.com/events/533629337011873/.

There are many ways to support the WiSH Education Foundation. If you would like to be associated with this inaugural event, contact Executive Director Amy Daniels at wish@hartdistrict.org for current sponsorship opportunities.

Band Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Album

| Entertainment | April 6, 2018

Twin sisters Kalia and Keeli Javan of KiKstart are raising money for their upcoming album with a working title of “flashbaKK.” The band recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help raise funds for the project.

Like many entertainment industry hopefuls, the Canyon Country sisters are turning to social media for both support and exposure.

Their Indiegogo page for KiKstart says, “We promise you that this will be one of your favorite albums of all time. It will include at least 13 songs. We just turned 19 in January. Successful funding of this project will be an awesome late birthday gift!”

KiKstart performed in numerous shows in venues that include the famed Whisky A Go Go, The Mint L.A., The Arena, Lucky Strike Live, and Republic of Pie. They have repeatedly used opportunities such as these events to raise funds to help charitable organizations.

“We believe this album will help move our career forward,” said a press release sent out about their campaign. “This album will provide us with a way to keep doing what we love, and at the same time have a tangible way of sharing this passion with our fans.”

In November 2016, KiKstart released a Christmas album, “Our Savior’s Birth.” They sold it to benefit their church, raising $600 for The Sower Santa Clarita ministry.

“Our long-term intention is to have a much bigger following and … have more influence and raise more money when we do fundraisers for different charities,” the Indiegogo page says. “It’s such an incredible feeling to be able to do what you love and at the same time help others.”

The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise a sum of $10,000 to cover various expenses involved in making the album. Those involve studio time, replication, packaging and printing CDs, licensing for two cover songs, as well as digital distribution, barcode and download cards. The band also hopes to have an album release concert if the campaign is able to raise $14,000 for their efforts, and a professional music video for one of the songs if a total of $20,000 can be raised.

More information about KiKstart and different methods for contributing to the success of the project can be found on Indiegogo: http://igg.me/at/flashbaKK. You may follow KiKstart on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

The First Stage of Growth for a Vine

| Entertainment | April 5, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Contributor

Every month, Vlad from Truffles ‘N’ Toffee does a chocolate and wine pairing. This month he will be in the tasting room April 7-8 with his delicious shortbreads, in addition to his amazing truffles. You get to enjoy two samples of chocolate with Reyes Winery’s award-winning wines. We will be pairing the lemon shortbread with our 2011 Muscat. This is a lighter tasting Muscat with aromas of Meyer lemon and orange blossom. Also, the coconut shortbread pairs well with the 2014 chardonnay, which depicts aromas of pineapple, honey and passion fruit. It reminds you of being in the middle of a flowering orange grove. Vlad’s peanut butter banana shortbread is marvelous – my favorite. The wine that pairs with it best is our original White Delight that was released in 2012, which won silver medals from the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru Competition and 2015 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition. A blend of Chardonnay, Muscat and Trebbiano, it has aromas of butterscotch and peach.

The 2013 Viognier has won a gold medal and 91 points from the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition; a Silver & 88 points from the 2016 Toast of the Coast; plus a Bronze from the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. This wine has intriguing aromas of white peach and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate you get delicious notes of white peach and lychee with this refreshing, lingering finish. Its crisp fruitiness and acidity make it delightful to pair with many foods. We have fewer than 14 cases, so come taste it before it’s gone. The Reyes Winery tasting room is open weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Make sure you tell us you saw this article when you come in.

Video Contest for Local Teens

| Community, Entertainment | April 5, 2018

‘Heads Up!’ Winnings Total $10,000 in Prizes

The issue of reckless driving is on the front burner for local teenagers and concerned adults. Because of the numbers of injuries and fatal accidents due to distraction, the City of Santa Clarita is inviting local young people to create compelling, informative videos about the subject. The contest is only open to William S. Hart Union School District middle and high school students.

The “Heads Up! Teen Video Contest” is open to submissions until April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Videos should be 30-60 seconds and highlight the importance of distraction-free, safe teen driving. The top three most creative and engaging, teen-produced public service announcement (PSA) videos will win a share of $10,000 in prizes for video and audio equipment. In addition, the first place video will be shown on the big screen in local movie theaters.

The top three selections will win B&H gift cards for the purchase of audio and visual equipment. The first place winner will receive a $5,000 gift card and will have the video shown in movie theaters throughout Santa Clarita for five weeks (a $2,500 value). Second place will be awarded a $2,000 gift card, and third place will receive a $500 gift card. Entries may be submitted by an individual or a team. Winners will be announced on May 18, 2018.

This contest is part of the “Heads Up” campaign, led by the City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. The goal of the campaign is to combat unsafe behaviors in drivers and pedestrians.

For more information about the “Heads Up! Teen Video Contest,” such as official rules and how to apply, visit santa-clarita.com/HeadsUpContest or contact Nick Robles at nrobles@santa-clarita.com or (661) 255-4306.

Albums of the Week

| Entertainment | April 5, 2018

Death Tape Super Bass: Closed Circuit

Death Tape Super Bass is an electronic/industrial/punk/ambient/noise/drone/experimental project formed by Alex Steinmetz in Santa Clarita. His newest album, Closed Circuit, is described as his first album recorded entirely live without overdubbing and recorded on a ‘monosynth’ style modular setup. If you know what that means, you’re going to love this album.

 

Let There Be Light: Sean Arison

With 11 releases on Band Camp, Sean Arison is one busy guy. His most recent project, Let There Be Light, has 17 tracks – all ambient, some 20 minutes long. Flip on this meditative album when someone cuts you off in traffic.

 

 

Mochi Robinson: Things Unseen

Mochi Robinson is a former CalArts student and Santa Clarita resident. His latest release, Things Unseen, drifts from his usual genre of soulful electronic music and explores contemporary, electronic indie sounds. Put on your headphones and ignore responsibilities with this soundtrack.

Non-Profit of the Week – Single Mothers Outreach

| Community, Entertainment, SC Living | April 5, 2018

Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) is a non-profit organization based in Santa Clarita which serves struggling, single mothers living in the area. SMO provides several programs and services to help mothers get back on their feet financially and emotionally. Services and programs include case management, donations, holiday programs, workshops, therapy, clothing, Financial Peace University, workforce development and much more.

Single Mothers Outreach was founded in 1995 by a divorcee who sought to find women like her in need of a support group. As SMO continued to grow, it eventually acquired its 501(c)(3) non-profit status and opened its storefront office in Canyon Country in 2002. After serving mainly as a crisis organization, the board of directors shifted the organization by focusing on providing such programs and services to ultimately empower moms to rise above their difficult circumstances.

The organization’s mission is to “empower single parents and their children by providing hope, support, and resources so families can become self-sustaining and thrive.” SMO seeks to ensure that members are able to become established and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Today, SMO is located at the Savia Community Building owned by Real Life Church. In addition, in 2013, SMO opened Closet on Main to assist in raising funds for the organization. Closet on Main is a high-end, secondhand boutique where all the proceeds go toward providing funds for families who are in desperate need of a helping hand. Many mothers have been physically and emotionally abused and SMO is a place of hope and support for them. This organization seeks to provide a sense of hope and love for families.

Make-a-Mother’s Day
Each year Single Mothers Outreach celebrates members on Mother’s Day, as many of these moms have no one to honor them or celebrate with them. SMO provides a morning full of games and activities, brunch and gifts. SMO hopes to make this day a special one to make members feel loved and appreciated for their selfless work. This year’s Make-a-Mother’s Day will take place on May 5, 2018.

Hero of the Week  – Single Mothers Outreach Client, Jenn

I moved to Santa Clarita about a year and a half ago, after I had been in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship that ended when I realized my ex had committed a crime against a child. I stood up for the teen in my community and began the divorce proceedings. After four years of fighting against his plans to keep us trapped and homeless, we were able to break free from that cycle. We were free and decided to have a fresh start in California.

I was told about Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) from a single mom I met and I am so blessed and thankful for finding her. We had no belongings when we moved, as we had lost our home and many other things – we only had what we could fit in our car. I have three children, so you can imagine, not a lot fits in a vehicle with four people; however, it did bring our family closer.

We finally found a home and started receiving assistance from SMO. We receive clothing vouchers to shop at Closet on Main, which helps cut down on the expense of clothes and shoes. We were also part of the Adopt-a-Family holiday program this past Christmas and my girls and I were so pleasantly surprised with all of the gifts we received, it truly made the holidays so much nicer. SMO also spends a day blessing single moms with a Mother’s Day brunch (see Make-a-Mother’s Day above), which is amazing. We also get to participate in donation days where we receive items to use for home and school, including backpacks and school supplies.

The volunteers at SMO are fabulous and very kind anytime you have a question or need help. I love to see the emails when there are items that are given to moms in need to help their struggling families – including furniture and diapers. This organization is such a great inspiration and blessing for so many and I am very proud to say that they are the best thing that has happened to my family after the horrific experience we had to endure. I am currently taking Financial Peace University classes and it has changed my whole life. My daughter took it as well, and she is on the road to saving and giving back to the community. Thank you SMO for all you do for so many.

Women of the Blues to Benefit Single Mothers Outreach

The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society will host a spring festival on May 12, 2018 as a pre-Mother’s Day fundraiser to benefit the Blues Society and Single Mothers Outreach. Several artists are slated to entertain the community at “Women of the Blues” held at Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Santa Clarita. The Santa Clarita Gazette is a media sponsor for the concert.

Performers include Truth Jones, Kelly’s Lot, Bridgette Rios Purdy, Laurie Morvan Band and Teresa James. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for members of the Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society cost $15 and $20 for the general public. Tickets purchased at the gate cost $25. For more information about the Women of the Blues event, visit SCVBlues.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 5, 2018

April 5 Thurs
7–9pm Newhall Library outside – Mary White band – Country
7–10p Bergies steakhouse – Sean Wiggins band – Classics + orig
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April 6, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery – The Grizwalds band – Classic rock
8-10P Double Trouble (8th & Main) – Honey Pig – Traditional Country
8–11p Wine 661 – Jeff Ross solo – Classics + orig
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) – Gil Karson – Covers + orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station – Morgan Ridge on the patio – Country
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April 7, Sat
12n–4p Wolf Creek Brewery – Steve Jones – Acoustic+blues
4–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery – Dos Locos – Covers
6–10p Vincent Hill Station – Siren Valley – Acoustic mix
8-10p Double Trouble (8th & Main) – Zach Alwin/Steve Denning – Soul and Pop
8–11p Wine 661 – Ron Suffredini solo – Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885-  Big Coyote – Country
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)-Jimmy White  – Country rock
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Apr 6 & 7, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and April 8 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Apr 8, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet – Midnite Crisis – Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) – Robert Heft duo – Blues mix
3–7pm Vincent Hill – Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic – Live music
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille – G-3 Band – Rock covers
5–9pm VFW 6885 – Mary White band – Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall – S. Scott & Blues to the Bone – SCV Blues Jam
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Apr 10, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery – Community Pints night various
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse – Artur Menezes & Celio Salim – Blues
Apr 11, Wed
6–8pm The Local Pub & Grill – Dole Humphries – R & B, Indie rock
6–10pm Rout 66 Classic Grill  Bike Night & Live Music various
Apr 12, Thur
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse – Alan Wright band – Blues mix
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Apr 13, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery – Live Music every Friday Various
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill – Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 – Miles 2 Go Covers w/fiddle
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) – Lance Allyn – Varied mix
8–12m Vincent Hill Station – The Fulcos on the patio – Family band
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn – Frankly Speaking – Classic hard rock

Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival Early Bird Prices End April 6

| Community, Entertainment | April 5, 2018

Tickets are still available at early bird pricing through April 6 for the Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12-4 p.m. VIP ticketholders may enter at 11 a.m.

The annual event is expected to draw more than 1,000 visitors to sample wine and food, while meeting vendors with handmade crafts and wine related items. Attendees will hear live music and receive giveaways such as a gift bag and a specialty event glass.

The festival will be held at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, located at 10262 Sierra Highway.

Proceeds benefit Zonta Club of SCV. Sponsors include: The Santa Clarita Gazette, Mercedes Benz of Valencia, California Bank & Trust, SCV Advanced Audiology, Pepsi Co., Anheuser Busch, Reyes Winery, Christine Sexton of Realty Executives, Jorja Harris of Farmers Insurance Agency, Russ & Barbara Cochran, Charles Wine Co., KHTS Radio and The Santa Clarita Signal.

Pre-paid tickets cost (general/VIP): $75/$100 through April 6 and $85/$110 if purchased between April 7 and April 21. For more information and tickets, visit SierraPelonaVintners.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 29, 2018

Mar 29 Thurs
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Kelly Zirbes band Classic rock
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6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx band Covers
8–11p Wine 661 Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Acoustic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Classic rock
9 – 1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic hard rock
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Mar 31, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Varied mix
7–10p Pocock Brewery Alan Wright & Jim Blazer duo Blues & C.Rk
8–12m VFW 6885 Henry Becker Country mix
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins band Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Boomers band Live music
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic hard rk
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Mar 30 & 31, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and April 1 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille
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Apr 1, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Seventh Switch Live music
1–5p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Amer. Idol
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Lee Harper band Country
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Apr 3, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Frank Christopher guest Blues–rock mix
Apr 4, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Apr 5, Thur
7–9p 24500 Main St, Newhall Mary White & Magnolia Drawl Country
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Sean Wiggins & lone goat Classic & orig
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Apr 6, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Jeff Ross solo Classics & orig
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Gil Karson Covers & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on the patio Country

Artist of the Week – Brandon Richards

| Entertainment | March 23, 2018

He’s 19, he’s single, and he likes long walks on the beach. His name is Brandon Richards, and his musical talent is as broad as his eHarmony profile.

In December of 2016, Richards picked up the ukulele because he “was bored, unemployed and needed something to do other than sit around and do nothing.” A few months later, he had released his first EP entitled “I Don’t Even Play Guitar: Songs Written on the Ukulele.”

After a revelation about his love for music, Richards decided to give the guitar a try.

“I told myself, ‘Hey, maybe I should learn guitar, because music is actually pretty rad,’” he explained. “My prayers were conveniently answered when my buddy showed up at my house and just handed me a guitar.”

Learning guitar helped to expand his genre. Richard’s sound could be described as pop, indie-folk, and lo-fi mixed into a blender and set to medium-low.

“What makes my music special is that it’s all about emotion,” he explained. “I’m a feely person who likes to make feely music.”

Richards writes music for fun, self-expression, and to connect with others. He performs around Santa Clarita, and has played at several open mics, fundraisers and charity events.

He summed up his intent: “If my music could at least help one person … that would make me pretty happy.”

Brandon Richards’ latest album, “Love Songs for the Love Sick,” can be heard and purchased online at https://brandonrichardsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/love-songs-for-the-love-sick.

The First Stage of Growth for a Vine

| Entertainment | March 22, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Contributor

“Bud break” … what is that? It is the initial growth from the bud on a vine, and when it starts, dormancy is over. Then flowering starts approximately 60 days later. The third phase is when the fruit sets, and the fourth is veraison, followed by harvest.

Every year after harvest all the plants go dormant. We generally need at least 45 days of 54-degree weather every year to have a good harvest the following year. Generally, “bud break” starts around the third week of March, and if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, it starts in September. Since the weather here has been a little weird since fall, this season seems to have started a bit later than it did the past few years. In 2011 we had frost in April, which destroyed our crops. We ended up having to bring in grapes from another region to produce the amount of wine we needed.

This year’s weather has been different since November. We’ve had warm spells in December, with not a whole lot of rain until the last few weeks, when we got a tremendous amount of rain for our area. We’ve also had weather under 30 degrees, including this week. When I came to the vineyard Sunday morning there was snow on top of all the Sierra Pelona Mountains. When I walked over to my office, my steps had chunks of ice and they pretty much stayed there most of the day because it was so cold. Robert and I were talking about the cold weather and he went out to make sure that the few vines that already have started to break were OK … and they were.

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 22, 2018

Mar 22 Thurs
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Eliot Witherspoon band Classic rock
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Mar 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Monkey Bump Classic rock
8–11p Wine 661 Colene & Co R&B, jazz, swing
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Amer. Idol
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock
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Mar 24, Sat
6–9p Wolf Creek Brewery The Future X Husbands Rock covers
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Tony Capko & Hervie Kae Jazz
7:30–10:30p Sweetwater Cafe Debbie Lee band Blues & C.Rk
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country mix
8–11p Wine 661 Jeff Ross Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joel Hatcher band C.rock & blues
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Mar 23 & 24, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Mar 25 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Mar 25, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Splinters Live music
10:30a–1:30p TPC Valencia Mary White band Country
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
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Mar 27, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Mikey Mo guest Blues mix
Mar 28, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 29, Thur
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Kelly Zirbes Classic rock
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Mar 30, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Acoustic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Classic rock

Albums of the Week

| Entertainment | March 16, 2018

Blood Bagel: No Stop

Blood Bagel’s genre is Moldy Peaches meets 50 Cent. With songs like “ I Am a Nacho Without the Sauce” and “My Father Loves Me But Not in That Way,” this album will take you on an adventure, whether you choose to actually listen to it or not. Blood Bagel is largely influenced by Denny’s breakfast, with hints of pain and sadness.

https://bloodbagel.bandcamp.com/album/no-stop

Death Tape Super Bass: Forming EP

Alex Steinmetz is an experimental noise artist and synth savant from Santa Clarita. If you are from this city, it is your patriotic duty to give this one a listen. For those who are unfamiliar with noise punk, start with the volume on low.

https://spiderbaby.bandcamp.com/album/forming-ep

Vufcup: Free Admission

Diggy Kat of Vufcup is an album-making machine. His latest release, Free Admission, is now available for listening on Band Camp. They can also be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

https://vufcupofficial.bandcamp.com/album/free-admission-ep

What Element of Wine Makes it Taste Dry? – Tannins

| Entertainment | March 15, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

There are different origins of tannins: skin, seeds and the wine barrels themselves. Tannins are present due to naturally occurring polyphenols found in plants, seeds, wood and skins of fruit such as grapes. Tannins are usually in red wines, but sometimes in white wines if they are aged in a barrel or have skin contact, like our 2015 Amber Chardonnay.

Skin tannins make you feel like you just bit into an unripe persimmon – very astringent, but over time in the bottle they can smooth out. We generally leave the skin on for about eight days, and the longer the skins are on the grapes, the rougher the wine.

Tannins created by seeds aren’t really tannins, but they are similar, so they have been categorized together. They tend to be bitter, so when winemakers press the grapes they are usually gentle. Cheaper wines tend to press the grapes heavily, which releases a bitter taste, but the residual sugar sometimes covers up the astringency.

New oak barrels have tannins that can be overpowering for young wines, especially those that have thinner skins than other wines. You should use an aerator or decanter for these types of wines to help smooth them out.

Most tannic wines need food to help round out the astringency. Once a month, we have Vlad from Truffles “N” Toffee to do a chocolate pairing. He will join us in the tasting room March 24 & 25 from noon to 5 p.m. You get to enjoy two samples of chocolate with Reyes Winery’s award-winning wines.

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | March 15, 2018

Mar 15 Thurs
7-10pm Downtown Newhall Senses, 3rd Thursdays Irish theme
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Marsh, Gustin, Davis Southern rock
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Mar 16, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone Classic rock
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go C.Rock w fiddle
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft duo Blues & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Family band
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Mar 17, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Lynn Rutherford Country mix
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sting Theory Irish Shenanigans
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock – St Pats
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Mar 16 & 17, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Mar 18 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Mar 18, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Brothers & Others Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley band Country
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Mar 20, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys Rock-blues mix
Mar 21, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 22, Thur
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Eliot Witherspoon Classic rock
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Mar 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Colene & Co R&B, jazz, swing
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Classic & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 8, 2018

Mar 8 Thurs
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Coyote Country
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Mar 8, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
7:30 – 10:30 Schoonerville Catch 22 band Rock
8–11p Wine 661 Chris Ralles trio Rock mix
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Walt & Pam Country
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on the patio Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock & classics
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Mar 10, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Varied styles
8–12m VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Chad Watson Country
8–11p Wine 661 David Blasucci Rock, R & B
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright band Blues & rock
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Mar 9 & 10, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Mar 11 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Mar 11, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Urban Soul Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Robert Heft band Blues & more
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall 2nd Sun SCV Blues Society Deep Fried Daddys
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Mar 12, Mon
7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 13, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Wilson Live music
Mar 14, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 15, Thur
7-10pm Downtown Newhall Senses, 3rd Thursdays Irish theme
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Marsh, Gustin, Davis Southern Rock
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Mar 16, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Michael Ruiz Acoustic rk & ctry
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic rock w/fiddle
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft duo Blues & more
8–12m Vincent Hill Station the Fulcos on the patio Family band

Jim Messina at The Canyon

| Entertainment | March 8, 2018

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Jim Messina’s career is a lot like watching a river run. From his first music experience as a teen, he has continually grown, evolved and altered course, but his creative output goes on and on.

If you aren’t familiar with Jim Messina’s solo career, you surely know him from his successful collaborations: Kenny Loggins, Poco, Richie Furay and Buffalo Springfield, to name just a few.

What the crowd gets on Friday, March 16 when Messina appears at The Canyon Santa Clarita is what most concertgoers want: to hear beloved music from the past and travel forward with the artist as he reminds you of the many songs he had a hand in creating.

When you interface with Jim Messina, you visualize the river once again, in his depth of thought which has been formed, in part, from time spent at Esalen, a renowned retreat center in Big Sur that focuses on personal transformation. He uses the word “gestalt” to describe his world view, which could also be used to describe his music experience – a lot of pieces forming a distinctly original whole.

Messina’s drive to be his own person, his own musician, was at times problematic.

“One of the problematic aspects of being a recording artist and a performing artist is that once you get into the major leagues, they try to figure out what you are and pigeonhole you,” he explained. “It happened with Poco. The evolution I saw myself going through, and Richey (Furay), who I collaborated with … we were coming up with something new and different. We were too rock for country and too country for rock music.”

Poco sold out every concert, Messina said, but didn’t sell enough records.

“It didn’t translate to radio, which was really important in those days,” he said.

In 1970, Messina met an unknown singer/songwriter named Kenny Loggins. As an independent producer with Columbia Records, Messina auditioned band members, rehearsed and recorded demos for Loggins, shared connections, and ended up adding his voice to Loggins’. The result was an album entitled “Sittin’ In” with such popular songs as “House at Pooh Corner” and “Danny’s Song.”

The duo later moved on to have successful solo careers, and when Messina is asked about the necessary change of partners in the business, he compares it to marriage.

“Even for couples in loving relationships, there’s an attraction, a like-mindedness, there’s fun, creativity, doing things together,” he explained. “Then there’s the effort involved in making it successful – making a household work, or with a group it’s making enough to sustain a tour, staying in hotels. … It’s awkward, because when it’s time to move on, when do you tell the person you don’t think this is happening? For me, it’s always been, ‘How do I make this choice and not leave in a mean spirit?’”

While Jim Messina’s musical style is almost too original to describe, it’s helpful to know what inspired him. It began when as a seventh-grader he heard the song “Tequila” recorded by The Champs.

“The sound of the drummer playing the bell, that feeling resonated with me so much,” he said.

Surf music was another influencer, such as surf-rock guitarist Dick Dale.

“His band was so good,” Messina said. “He had a great drummer, had a rhythm guitar player. … It was a magnificent sound. I was in awe of the guitar and amps. It was unbelievably inspiring.”

There is a strong Latin flavor to Messina’s music, perhaps from some of his childhood living in Texas. And holidays with his Italian uncles, who would play mandolin, adds an exotic flair to his style.

“It’s just something I breathe and like the scent of,” he said, “more so now, because I’m doing ‘Be Free,’ which has almost a Greek influence, and Arabic influence.”

When it comes to advice for young musicians, Messina keeps it simple. “Avoiding drugs, avoiding alcohol, avoiding hanging out just to hang out,” he said. “I took the opportunity to learn as much as I could. …
I think you have to be prepared for when opportunity knocks. Spend the time to be the best you can be.”

Jim Messina’s creativity continues to flow, even when not in a studio or onstage, though at times the river moves a bit slower. These days, Messina spends free time painting, and he has a wood shop and metal shop at home in Santa Barbara County.

“If I’m not making records, I’m fixing a gate or building a fence,” he said. “Even though music is a way of life, it’s not all of life.”

For tickets, visit wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.

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