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Band of the Week – The Suspenders

| Entertainment | March 17, 2017

When there’s an emergency, you can call 911 – or, you can call The Suspenders. With a drummer in the LAPD, a Beverly Hills Detective/bassist, a retired police officer on vocals, and a guitarist in the postal service, this group puts the “blue” in blues.

The Suspenders play anything from Led Zeppelin to B.B. King, and their modus operandi is blues/rock covers. “Some people play golf, we play rock ‘n’ roll and blues,” says lead vocalist Mike Mathis, who makes it his goal to ensure that everything they accomplish is for the sake of fun.
“If we are not having fun, we’re done,” says Mathis. “I am not into personality clashes or turning this into some kind of drill.”

Having a good time is not a problem for these longtime buddies. Some of them, Mathis says, have been playing together for about 20 years. All of these band members have years of experience under their belts. Well, not belts – suspenders.

The group’s name stems from making light of their age. “The Suspenders is an inside joke about being older. We aren’t kids, and we have a lot of background in music,” Mathis said.

Throughout the group’s years of being together, they have played at The Improv, The Londoner, and several other local venues. As for their latest gig, they will be playing at Schoonerville in Saugus on April 28 at 8:00 p.m.

For more information about The Suspenders, check out their Facebook. Or, you can visit their twitter page online.

twitter.com/suspendersrock1

www.facebook.com/The-Suspenders-431122656996843/

Band of the Week: Ric’s Phunk Bus

| Entertainment | March 10, 2017

The idea of seeing five white guys perform funk music in a cover band, to some, sounds about as fun as giving yourself a thousand paper cuts and proceeding to jump into the Dead Sea. But this five-member funk-punch draws large crowds wherever they go, enticing audiences with groovy tunes while adding to their ever-growing fan base.

Ric’s Phunk Bus is a gang of spry, college-aged funk enthusiasts who first met through the band program at Saugus High School. After graduating, the five friends (Tevin Schmitt on sax, Luke Nilan on guitar, Josh Martin on drums, Ricardo Astiazaran on vocals, and Harrison Schmitt on bass) decided to use their musical talents as a way to get together and enjoy each other’s company.

Ricardo Astiazaran, keyboardist and vocalist of the band, says that “music is what brought us together in the first place. Unfortunately, we don’t meet as often as we would like to … but we make it work by getting enough practice time on our own and working well together on the rare occasion that we are actually able to see each other.”

As for their repertoire, they play mostly funk songs, hence the band name, Ric’s Phunk Bus – but the band is also careful to add variety to the set list with some R&B/soul and jazz music.

Ric’s Phunk Bus had no plans of touring when they first formed, but recently they have aspirations of recording demos and expanding their performances. “We’ve been talking about possibly getting more gigs around L.A.,” said Ric. “But mainly, we do it just to have fun and take a break from all of the responsibilities that surround our lives.”

For now, you can catch Ric’s Phunk Bus perform at Vincenzo’s in Newhall. To contact Ric’s Phunk Bus, call Harrison at 661-904-5069.

Entertainment

| Entertainment | March 3, 2017

­­When you combine equal parts blues, soul, and R&B with a dash of rock ‘n’ roll, (mix thoroughly), you end up with Jim Gustin and Truth Jones – no need to salt to taste.

The group is headed by singers Gustin and Jeri Goldenar, otherwise known by her stage name, “Truth Jones.”

Together, the two singers have been a wailing duo for 15 years, and with a groovy ensemble to accompany their vocals, the group has achieved beyond their performance goals and expanded outside of California.

“We are doing a short tour in Oregon in early March, because we are releasing our second CD,” Gustin said. “We all have day jobs, so this is a labor of love. It would be nice to be able to do it full time. 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.”

But touring isn’t their only ambition – it’s also a way for their music to reach as many people as possible. According to Gustin, their lyrics reflect their own personal experiences, as well as the trials of others.

“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 hosting a “Sneak Peak CD Release Party” at the American Legion Auxillary in Newhall this Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Listeners will have a chance to preview their album “Memphis,” which is set to release at the end of March.

For more information about Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, check out their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/jimgustinandtruthjones

Mar 3, Fri 7:00-10:00p American Legion 507 CD Release Jim Gustin & Truth Jones cover = 1 free drink also Teresa James, Kelly Z, Deb Ryder, Tommy Marsh, Chuck Strong, Mark Campbell
Mar 3 & 4, Fri & Sun 8-11p Wine 661 Live music no cover
Mar 3 & 4, Fri & Sat 9-12 p.m. Valencia Wine Rock – classic and popular minimum purchase
Mar 4, Sat 9p – 1 am Shot Exchange Classic rock by Frankly Speaking band

Mar 4, Sat 8p­­ – 12 am VFW 6885 Country &/or Classic rock no cover
Mar 5, Sun 5-9 pm VFW 6885 Country &/or Classic rock no cover
Dinner avail to purchase until 7pm
Mar 5, Sun 5-9p American Legion 507 Sunday Blues Jam $5 cover = 1 free drink
Host band is Craig Williams, Eric Davis, Val Rael with many others joining in & taking turns
Mar 7, Tues 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Blues & rock no cover
Strong VanWinkl band with featured guests Jim Gustin & Truth Jones
Mar 9, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Classic rock & some blues no cover
Paul Marshall and Paul Marr join Chuck Strong and likely John Davis & Dave Grover
Mar 10, Fri 7:00-10:00p American Legion 507 Mod-U-Lates band cover = 1 free drink Wendy Hersh, Jim Scimonetti, Art Mendoza, Vic Mandrillo, Tom Brailey

Artist of the Week – Don Edwards

| Entertainment | February 24, 2017

A New Jersey native, Western History fanatic, and a Grammy-nominated cowboy singer, Don Edwards continues to leave his large, cowboy boot print in the American Folk music industry, and will be performing at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival this April.

Edwards has been producing music for over 50 years and has caught the attention of prominent folksters, including Gene Autry and Nanci Griffith. He has been signed to several record labels, the most notable being Warner Bros. Records.

Edwards, throughout his career, won eight Wrangler Awards from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, won the Western Music Associations Male Performer of the Year five times, and has two albums recorded in the Folklore Archives of the Library of Congress. In 2005, Don Edwards was inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame. Edwards was honored with the production of his own signature mahogany 12-fret guitar produced by Santa Cruz Guitars.

For more information about Don Edwards and his music, visit his website at www.DonEdwardsMusic.com

Live Music in and around Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | February 23, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!
Feb 23, Thur 7-10p Bergies Steakhouse Classic rock & some blues no cover
Gigi Worth and Guy Thomas join John Davis and Chuck Strong

Feb 24, Fri 7:30-10:30p American Legion 507 Big Coyote – country cover = 1 free drink
Chuck Murphy, Ted Gonlag, Tedd Baron, Ed Eblen, Robert Heft – great dance floor!

Feb 24, Fri 8-11p Wine 661 Live music no cover

Feb 24, Fri 9-12m Valencia Wine Co Rock – classic and popular no cover
The Snareheads celebrating a few birthdays in the band

Feb 25, Sat 8-12m VFW 6885 Rock n roll no cover
Big Coyote – country

Feb 26, Sun 8-12m VFW 6885 Classic rock w/some country no cover
L.A. Fender Benders with Andy Roth, Ed Eblen, Vern Monnett, E Zane Wood

Feb 26, Sun 5-9p American Legion 507 Sunday Blues Jam $5 cover = 1 free drink
Host band is Craig Williams, Eric Davis, Val Rael with many others joining in & taking turns

Feb 28, Tues 7-10p Bergies Steakhouse Blues & rock no cover
Strong VanWinkl band with featured guest Robert Heft blues band

Mar 2, Thur 7-10p Bergies Steakhouse Classic rock & some blues no cover

Mar 2, Thur 6:30-9p Casa de Pizza Sinatra style traditionals no cover
Jimmy Carnelli with friends (not in SCV but close by in Mission Hills) dinner reservations a must

One More Weekend of Comedic Shakespeare at Canyon Theatre

| Entertainment, Uncategorized | February 23, 2017

The Canyon Theatre Guild has brought a hilarious and unusual parody of Shakespeare to the stage once again. It doesn’t take a seasoned student of The Bard to appreciate “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged Revised.” In fact, even if you never saw a Shakespeare production in your life, it’s funny just to watch three men try to portray 30-plus characters, all in a two-hour show.

At last weekend’s show, the actors at the Canyon Theatre Guild production brought irreverence to a new high, bantering with audience members (be careful if you’re in the front row!) and making every audience member laugh. The three men in tights moved swiftly on and offstage, removing layers of colorful costumes and changing the pitch of their voices.

If you’re asking, “To go or not to go,” the answer is yes, but call for tickets soon, because the show closes on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. Tickets can be reserved by calling the CTG Box Office at 661-799-2707.

Band of the Week: Right Side Up

| Entertainment | February 3, 2017

Three guys walk into a bar – and the rest is history. Well, replace “bar” with “Vincenzo’s in Newhall,” and you have the right idea.

Right Side Up, a seasoned blues-rock trio, began their journey in 2014 when the owner of the popular local pizza joint was searching for a band to play on New Year’s. The owner had seen them play at an open mic, but at the time, Robert Heller, Dan Kirkpatrick, and Paul Stillman weren’t official – and that quickly changed.

Together, the group became Right Side Up, based on the colloquial phrase meaning “proper,” or in their terms, “cool and groovy.” They play anything from blues/rock to a little bit of country, and covers are their specialty.

Right Side Up is a combination of years of experience and diverse backgrounds. For one, bassist Robert Heller has been playing since he was a teenager in South Africa. He moved to England in his early 20s and played in local pubs for a few years. Later, he moved to Canada and raised a family. He ended up in Los Angeles 10 years ago, and has continued his musical pursuits professionally and socially.

“The greatest thing is doing something you really enjoy and watching people you play with enjoy doing it,” says Heller. “When you’re younger, you’re much more stressed about performing well, and you are concerned about fame. I am having the most fun (with music) now.”

Dan Kirkpatrick, guitarist and singer of the band, has also had years of experience in the music in-

dustry. His songs have been featured on several hit television shows, including “My Name is Earl,” and “The Goodwin Games.” Since Paul Stillman moved out of town, the group has added a new drummer into the band, Peter Smith, who has proven his drumming chops with years of experience and his months with the band.

As for touring and gigs, they play at the Persia Lounge, Chuy’s, Vincenzo’s, and more recently, Sierra Saloon. Robert Heller and his wife host the annual Bridge to Home Cowboy Breakfast Fundraiser at his wife’s firm, where the group plays, along with other bands. Right Side Up is also working towards establishing a music library in Heller’s in-home studio that they can license and market to others in the entertainment industry.

For more information about Right Side Up and show dates, check out the group’s Facebook and official website.

www.facebook.com/rightsideupmusicca
www.rightsideupmusic.com

Entertainment

| Entertainment | January 27, 2017

Bergies Bar & Grill
FRIDAY – DJ, SATURDAYS- KARAOKE
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS – LIVE BANDS
Jan. 31 – Eliot W. & Friends
16404 Delone St, Canyon Country
(661) 251-3133

Drifters Cocktail Lounge
SUNDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY
Karaoke with Johnny 5
THURSDAYS – Karaoke with four different DJ’s
SATRUDAYS – Live Bands
18240 Soledad Canyon, Canyon Country 91387
(661) 252-2471

Vincenzo’s Newhall
FRIDAY Jan 27 – 7:30 p.m. – Like Zeppelin
SATURDAY Jan 28 – 7:30 p.m. – The Grateful Dudes
SUNDAY Jan 22 – 5:00 p.m. – Corky Knight and the Daze
24504 1/2 Lyons Ave, Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259-6733

J.R.s Comedy Club

January 27 & 28
Chris Strait & Olivia Harewood
8:00 p.m.

Now inside JJ’s Bar and Grill
25848 Tournament Road
Valencia, CA 91355

www.comedyinvalencia.com

661-259-2291

Band of the Week

The Grateful Dudes

If anyone is trying to keep bluegrass and “dot net” alive, it’s The Grateful Dudes, and since the ‘80s this group has seen their fair share of players and pizza.

The band was started by Rodger Phillips and Scott Micale in a group called the Pacific Light Opry, which was later changed to “High Strung.” After these two musicians split off from the original band, they created “The Grateful Dudes.” Although the name is a clever spin-off of “The Grateful Dead,” the band has nothing to do with rock music, or hippies for that matter – just dudes who like to play bluegrass tunes.

The group has been performing at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall for over 30 years with several band mates coming and going, also referred to as “Sub-Dudes,” and “Past-Dudes.”

Finally, the group landed on four members – Rodger Phillips, Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet and Herb Pedersen.

The Grateful Dudes perform every Saturday night at Vincenzo’s in Newhall, and every second Sunday at the Bluegrass Jam. For more information about the group, visit www.grateful-dudes.net.

Bank of the Week

| Entertainment | January 13, 2017

Hello Sunrise is an indie dream-pop group from Santa Clarita.

Formerly known as Cyprus Cove, this group is made up of Robert Rodriguez Del Toro (writer, guitar, piano and bass), Cory Cranston (guitarist), Lucas Bugbee (drums), and Carol Chavez (trumpet and backing vocals).

Cyprus Cove released their first self-titled EP in early 2015, and produced another full-length album shortly thereafter. The band’s most recent album release was entitled “Belong” in April of 2016. As for Hello Sunrise, their debut self-titled EP was produced three months later in August.

The group lists their recording location as a household bedroom, otherwise known as Bread Studios.

https://soundcloud.com/hello_sunrisehttps://hellosunrise.bandcamp.com/

Entertainment this Week

| Entertainment | January 13, 2017

Live Entertainment

Drifters Cocktail Lounge
SUNDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY
Karaoke with Johnny 5
THURSDAYS – Karaoke with four different DJ’s
SATRUDAYS – Live Bands
18240 Soledad Canyon, Canyon Country 91387
(661) 252-2471

Cajun Belle
THURSDAY – KARAOKE
EVERY SUNDAY – LIVE BLUES AND JAZZ
Live Cover Bands
18283 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country, CA 91387
(661) 251-3354

Bergies Bar & Grill
FRIDAY – DJ, SATURDAYS- KARAOKE
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS – LIVE BANDS
Jan. 3 – T.J. Sullivan & James Martin Kelly
Jan. 10 – Moses Sparks & Jim Altman
Jan. 17 – Alan Wright
Jan. 24 – Sean Wiggins
Jan. 31 – Eliot W. & Friends
16404 Delone St, Canyon Country
(661) 251-3133

Route 66 Classic Grill
FRIDAYS @ 7
Acoustic Duo by Double Play
18730 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 298-1494

Vincenzo’s Newhall
FRIDAY Jan 13 – 7:30 p.m. – Jazz It COC Music
SATURDAY Jan 14 – 7:30 p.m. – The Grateful Dudes
SUNDAY Jan 15 – 5:30 p.m. – Thom Theresi
24504 1/2 Lyons Ave, Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259-6733

Wine 661
FRIDAY and SATURDAY – 8-11 p.m. – Live Music
24268 Valencia Blvd, Valencia
(661) 288-2980

Persia Hookah Lounge
SATURDAY – Live Music
24328 Main Street, Newhall
(661) 259-4100

Shakespeare Abridged and Willy Wonka at Canyon Theatre

| Entertainment | January 13, 2017

Two upcoming shows at the Canyon Theatre Guild are bringing levity to local audience members. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a parody that has entertained people worldwide since it was written in 1987. In 90 minutes, three actors literally perform segments of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays on stage. It’s considered by most an irreverent and witty script bringing comedies, histories and tragedies to life.

The Today Show said about the show, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare you’ll love this show!”

While audience members who are familiar with Shakespeare’s writing may laugh from the satire, the comedy is also directed at those who are totally unfamiliar with The Bard’s material. After all, he was the most widely known playwright in the English language. Performances are Fridays, January 27 and February 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, February 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.

The CTG is also bringing Willy Wonka to the stage this month. Telling the story of the adventures experienced by a young lad named Charlie Bucket, it follows his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. With songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Doctor Doolittle”) and Anthony Newley light up the stage. After finding one of five golden tickets hidden in Wonka candy bars, Charlie joins five others in a bizarre tour of the Wonka factory. He and the other kids – some of whom are described as insufferable brats – must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory … or suffer the consequences. Performances are Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m, and Sundays, January 29 and February 5 at 2 p.m. and February 12 and 19 at 6 p.m.

The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. Tickets for both shows can be reserved by calling the CTG Box Office at 661-799-2707.

It’s New Year’s Eve!

| Entertainment | December 29, 2016

Live Entertainment

Drifters Cocktail Lounge
SUNDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY
Karaoke with Johnny 5
THURSDAYS – Karaoke with 4 different DJ’s
NEW YEARS EVE – Party, Free Shuttle, Live Bands
18240 Soledad Canyon, Canyon Country 91387
(661) 252-2471

Cajun Belle
THURSDAY – KARAOKE
EVERY SUNDAY – LIVE BLUES AND JAZZ
Live Cover Bands
18283 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country, CA 91387
(661) 251-3354

Bergies Bar & Grill
FRIDAY – DJ, SATURDAYS- KARAOKE
TUESDAYS – LIVE BANDS
NEW YEARS EVE – Karaoke
16404 Delone St, Canyon Country
(661) 251-3133

Route 66 Classic Grill
FRIDAYS @ 7
Acoustic Duo by Double Play
18730 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 298-1494

Vincenzo’s Newhall
24504 1/2 Lyons Ave, Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259-6733

Wine 661
FRIDAY and SATURDAY – 8-11 p.m. – Live Music
24268 Valencia Blvd, Valencia
(661) 288-2980

Persia Hookah Lounge
SATURDAY – Live Music
24328 Main Street, Newhall
(661) 259-4100

Vincent Hill

Party 8pm  – Runaway Train

553 W. Sierra Hwy, Acton

661-272-4799

JR’s Comedy Club

NEW YEAR’S EVE
2 Big Shows (5:30 and 8:15)
at the Embassy Suites
Double Headliners
John Dicrosta and Lenny Schmidt

This year the shows will be in the Banquet room at the Beautiful Embassy Suites located just one exit North of Magic Mountain Parkway. 28508 Westinghouse Place Valencia, CA 91355

www.comedyinvalencia.com 661-259-2291

 

Band of the Week – together PANGEA

| Entertainment | December 23, 2016

Newhall’s major exports include more than a few cowboy souvenirs and a Carl’s Jr. Sometimes the occasional punk band slips right past the train tracks and turns into a huge deal. That’s what happened to together PANGEA.

Together PANGEA is not a slave to the punk genre, or proper capitalization. They started in a garage, but do not align themselves with a garage band. They are from Newhall, but are currently based in Los Angeles. Got all that? Good.

The group met at CalArts, and with band members William Keegan, Danny Bengston, and Erik Jimenez, their performances began to spread across southern California, opening up opportunities for them to play with artists like Ty Segall, Wavves, and The Black Lips.

As together PANGEA grew in popularity, they caught the attention of major record labels. Since their start as a band, they have been signed to several labels, the most notable being Harvest Records, who has signed popular groups like Death Grips, TV On the Radio, and Glass Animals. Their debut album BADILLAC was released with Harvest in early 2014.

Their music has been known to take the alternative to digital media, with their preferred physical mediums being cassette tapes and vinyl.

Their newest album, THE PHAGE, was released under Burger Records in 2015. The band is currently touring with Twin Peaks across the United States, and they have set dates in Canada and throughout the east coast.

www.facebook.com/togetherPANGEA
www.togetherpangea.com
www.youtube.com/togetherpangea

Photo from www.facebook.com/togetherPANGEA

Entertainment This Week

| Entertainment | December 22, 2016

Drifters Cocktail Lounge
SUNDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY
Karaoke with Johnny 5
THURSDAYS – Karaoke with 4 different DJ’s
SATURDAYS – 3 different Live Bands
18240 Soledad Canyon, Canyon Country 91387
(661) 252-2471

Cajun Belle
THURSDAY – KARAOKE
EVERY SUNDAY – LIVE BLUES AND JAZZ
Live Cover Bands
18283 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country, CA 91387
(661) 251-3354

Bergies Bar & Grill
FRIDAY – DJ, SATURDAYS- KARAOKE
TUESDAYS – LIVE BANDS
and Joining Chuck and Skip:
December 27: Val Rael & Victor Herstein
16404 Delone St, Canyon Country
(661) 251-3133

Route 66 Classic Grill
FRIDAYS @ 7
Acoustic Duo by Double Play
18730 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 298-1494

Vincenzo’s Newhall
FRIDAY Dec 23 – 7:30 p.m. The New Mexican
SATURDAY Dec 24 – 7:30 p.m. The Grateful Dudes
24504 1/2 Lyons Ave, Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 259-6733

Wine 661
FRIDAY and SATURDAY – 8-11 p.m. – Live Music
24268 Valencia Blvd, Valencia
(661) 288-2980

Persia Hookah Lounge
SATURDAY – Live Music
24328 Main Street, Newhall
(661) 259-4100

Band of the Week: Rollercoasterwater

| Entertainment | December 15, 2016

If nihilist graphic design and a psychedelic Hallmark Card company had a lovechild, that too-illegit-to-quit sprout would be Rollercoasterwater.

With EP titles like Dripping Retina and Zooming into an Octagon Flavored Sugar Crystal, you might think that this peculiar pair throws words into a blender and hopes for the best, but this duo has smooth chaos down to a science.

Rollercoasterwater was started by vocalist/samplist Chuckie Behring in 2011 and featured percussionist Robin Levy. “It started as 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.”

Together, this psychedelic, experimental pop group has opened up for big names, including Avery Tare from Animal Collective. Rollercoasterwater’s influences go beyond the musical genre. Their facebook page lists some of them as Franz Kafka, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Transcendental meditation, even warehouse parties and, that’s right – polygons.

Behring has been producing new music, which can be found on their Bandcamp website. Behring describes this new music as having “harmonic tribal (songs) with intricate beats that have a kind of Nintendo-64 twist to them.”

Rollercoasterwater also has music videos that are currently uploaded onto their You-Tube channel, and have been performing in the Los Angeles area.

https://www.facebook.com/Rollercoasterwater

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

Band of the Week – jb mac band

| Entertainment | December 8, 2016

The laws of physics state that when four dudes and a guitar are present, a garage band is formed. For the jb mac band, it was no different.

Originally named “fogpo,” or Four Old Guys Playing Oldies, this group began 12 years ago and had no intention of venturing outside of their front yards. But one day, guitarist Art Montoya’s sister, Cynthia Aponte, wanted to audition to sing for the group. “She just blew our doors away,” said Montoya.

After Aponte was welcomed into the group, for obvious reasons, the band changed their name from “Four Old Guys Playing Oldies” to the jb mac band, named after the combined first initials of each band member.

The jb mac band established their reputation performing covers of classic pop and rock songs, playing anything from “Sugar, Sugar” to “Love Potion Number 9.” What was once a way for friends and family to enjoy each other’s company soon became a hit with the community.

“It’s so funny to all of us that people even call us back. It’s like, are you serious? Us? The reaction is surprising,” said Montoya.

The jb mac band can be seen playing throughout California, from restaurants and bars, to country clubs and fancy hotels.

“We are completely blown away that we are even out of our garage,” shared Montoya.

While other modern music groups have their presence plastered across social media, the jb mac band can be reached with a phone call. They have a YouTube channel, but the clips are slightly dated. When asked about the band’s ambitions, Montoya expressed that they are unconcerned with notoriety.

“We are just thrilled, humbled, and surprised,” he said.

To book the jb mac band, call Art Montoya at 805-320-3089.

Music Department to Present Second Electronica Concert

| Entertainment | November 25, 2016

After a successful show at the Downtown Los Angeles headquarters of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in October, the College of the Canyons music department will present a second “Electronica Musique & Multi-Media” show on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Black Box Theatre.

The free concert will feature the innovative sounds of COC students enrolled in various music courses, such as Music 142 (Electronic Music Production) and Music 146 (Electronic Music for the Stage), which will be juxtaposed with the movements of COC dance students.

“Audiences should expect to enter a dream-like environment where lights, video, and live dancing will all blend to create an otherworldly experience,” said Dr. Bernardo Feldman, chair of the college’s music department.

Some students will perform as DJs, transforming computer-generated sounds into rhythmic textures, while others will create dream-like landscapes through the layered sounds of traditional instruments, sophisticated electronics, and vocals.

Under the artful guidance of Professor Phylise Smith, members of the COC dance department will be incorporating elements of free improvisation, combining ballet techniques, modern dance movement and hip hop.

“By combining the visual elements of dance and video, the music finds the ideal complement to involve the visual senses and, thus, to transport the spectator to a magical place,” added Feldman.

Once considered an obscure type of music, electronic music has quickly become a form of mainstream sonic expression with an ever-increasing market and with numerous fans that share their music through new media.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.canyonspac.com.