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Wine of the Week – Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat

| Entertainment | August 24, 2017

There are wine snobs, aficionados of fine wine, individuals who love wine, and those who just enjoy wine. There is no right or wrong in wine; it’s what appeals to your palate that matters.

When sampling a flight of wine in a tasting room, make sure you sample the wines from light to dark, then to sweet or sparkling for the best experience. Always remember when tasting wine at a winery, or a wine bar, you don’t have to drink all of it; there are usually spit/dump buckets on the counter. Drinking bad wine may hinder your experience. Wine is subjective. Everyone has different tastes.

Make sure to eat crackers when wine tasting, for two reasons. First, it helps to clear your palate in between wines, and second, it helps to keep something in your stomach. Drinking on a full stomach is a good choice. Occasionally, crackers, or other food that pairs well with a vineyard’s wines, are available. Don›t expect to make lunch out of their crackers.

Pairing food with the wine you taste will enhance the flavor and give you a better experience. In the tasting room at Reyes Winery, I always have goodies that vary each week. One of my favorite pairings is lemon crème almonds to pair with the Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat. This is a lighter tasting Muscat with aromas of Meyer lemon and orange blossom. It pairs well with chicken Alfredo, lemon Stilton cheese, or lemon thyme curd with raspberries.

The Muscat grape has more than 200 varieties. These grapes are grown all over the world and come in a variety of colors. The most familiar of the varieties of Muscat is Muscato Asti from the Piedmont region of Italy, which is used for sparkling wine. In Spain, they fortify the grapes and call them Moscatel. Muscat can be dry to very sweet. History tells us these grapes have been around since at least 2,000 BCE. The Muscat name might have originated from the Italian word “mosca,” meaning fly. These grapes have high levels of brix, or what we call sugar levels, which attracts fruit flies and bees. Every year, about two weeks before harvest, we start to see them in the fields at Reyes Winery. When we harvest the grapes, I love to sample a few. They taste just like the wine. Our Muscat grapes have a lemony floral taste, as does our Muscat wine.

Band of the Week – Scallion

| Entertainment | August 18, 2017

Although scallions aren’t the kind of onion to make you weep, Scallion – a local experimental band from Santa Clarita – is the kind that might make you shed some tears of inspiration.

Unreachable by most forms of social media, Scallion uploads most content to Bandcamp, where listeners can download their discography in the form of MP3 files, or purchase cassette recordings. That’s right: cassettes. Pop them into your Walkman, snuggle into a pair of earphones, and get ready to cry about art.

Nothing Can Depress Me

Each of the band’s releases is showcased with unique album designs. One song uploaded by Scallion is entitled, “NOTHING CAN DEPRESS ME,” and is paired with an out-of-focus picture of a dog wearing a bandana.

For more information about Scallion or to listen to their tunes, visit www.scallionpa.bandcamp.com.

Reyes Winery – What Causes ‘Red Wine Headache’?

| Entertainment | August 17, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

For years, the cause of “red wine headaches” was believed to be sulfites; however, it may not be that simple. Sulfites are a preservative found in various quantities in wine and many other foods, including canned tuna, pizza dough, jams, gelatin, trail mix, cheese and deli meat. Sulfur has been used in wine as far back as Roman times to keep wine “fresh.”

Research done on red wine headaches has found that histamine and tyramine, which are other chemical substances naturally present in wine, may be the culprits. Several studies done in Europe indicate that red wines, in general, contain more histamine than other wine. Other possible causes of red wine headaches include an allergy to an enzyme found in red wine, or from the residue of herbicides and pesticides that some farmers spray on their grapes. Some people have severe reactions to an enzyme found in certain foods, such as pineapples, avocados, chocolate, soy, mangoes and apricots. These foods are known to trigger migraine headaches in some individuals. It is likely that the enzyme found in red wine could have a similar outcome for some people. Those who lack a chemical in their intestines that helps metabolize histamine can be at risk for developing a red wine headache. Tyramine can cause blood pressure to rise, which can cause a headache in some people.

The whole discussion of a red wine headache can be a headache for wine producers, as no clear cause has emerged. Most likely it is a different “trigger” for different people. The one fact that most experts agree on is that wines made in California, Washington and Oregon are physically tolerated by more people than European wines.

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 17, 2017

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

Aug 17, Thurs    6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Lance Allyn                         Classics & originals

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

7–10pm                        Downtown Newhall        Senses, 3rd Thursdays  Flashback to the 80’s theme

7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Steve & Ryan Arklin      Live music

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Aug 18, Fri        6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Dole – Humphries          Classics, folk rock

6–8pm              Valencia Marketplace     Sgt. Pepper                  Tribute to the Beatles

7:30–11:30p        American Legion 507      Another Time Around      Fogerty, Orbison & dancing

7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Pizza               Code Red band                 Classic rock

8-11p                     Vincent Hill Station          the Fulcos on the patio      Live music

8–12p               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Matt Loewy                   Live music

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Jeff Ross (Badfinger)    Classic rock

9p–12m            Valencia Wine Co          Dallas Hodge band       Blues & classic rock

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Aug 19, Sat       7–10pm                        Central Park                  40 oz to Freedom          Sublime rock tribute band

7–10p               Backyard Grub & Brews Alan Wright band           Blues n classics

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Sean Hughes               Classic & folk rock

8p–12m                        VFW 6885                     Emerald City                 Rock

9p–12m                        Valencia Wine Co          Vinyl Gypsies                Classic Rock

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Robert Heft band          Blues & more

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Aug 18 & 19, Fri & Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm       Salt Creek Grille           Live music

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Aug 20, Sun      10a–2pm           Saugus Swap Meet       Two Dogs band                        Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   New & Emerging Artists from Song Writing School of L.A.

2:30-5:30p         Valencia Wine Co          Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo   Classic rock, blues & jazz

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Rob Staley                    Country

4–9pm              American Legion 507     Blues Jam & remembering Stephen Semola night

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Aug 22,  Tues    7–10pm            Bergies steakhouse       Gary Coppola               Blues & classic rock

Aug 23,  Wed    6–9pm              Vincent Hill Station        Miles 2 Go                    Classic easy rock

Aug 24, Thur       6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Z-Band                                  Classics & blues

7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Alan Wright                    Rockin’ Blues

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Aug 25, Fri        6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p                    American Legion 507      Mod U Lates                       Classics, sax & dancing

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Seventh Switch on the patio   Live music

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Jeff Ross (Badfinger)    Classic rock

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Pulp band                     Rock & classic rock

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Natalie Wattre                Live music

Car Show at Wolf Creek Brewery

| Community, Entertainment | August 17, 2017

Residents who like the look of hot rods and classics can see a variety of vehicles while quenching their thirst with ice cold beer at Wolf Creek Brewery’s Car Show. There will be food trucks and live music from the band Right Side Up, so guests can dance or belly up to the bar while enjoying a host of cars on display.

The Car Show will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 6 p.m. and family members of all ages are welcome. One car will earn the People’s Choice Award. Wolf Creek Brewery is located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. For more information, call 661-294-9977.

The Canyon Comes to Town

| Entertainment, News | August 17, 2017

In the three decades since Santa Clarita was founded, the community’s never grown a reputation for notable nightlife. That could change by October. Sterling Venue Ventures is nearly ready to open the doors to Canyon Santa Clarita, taking up seven former retail store spaces in the Westfield Town Center Mall.

Approximately 1,000 guests will be able to fill the concert venue, where food and drinks are served to add a flavorful backdrop for the musical performance.

The corporation’s owner Lance Sterling developed the gold standard in nighttime entertainment since he ran operations at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

“Treating a customer well used to be looked down upon,” Sterling told the Gazette in January. “We had to explain we were a concert entity, but we did things differently. Now, at Canyon Club, it’s acceptable to go to a venue and have dinner.”

Many Santa Clarita residents have made the trip down to Agoura Hills to go to Sterling’s concert site The Canyon Club. He says the newest site will resemble the Agoura venue and The Rose in Pasadena, another one of Sterling’s clubs.

Most bands are “regulars,” playing every year at one or more of Sterling’s venues. They include names such as Pat Benatar, Kenny Loggins, Willy Nelson, and the Gin Blossoms.

“We have standard operating procedures — the bands expect a certain thing and customers expect a certain thing,” Sterling says.

It is clear the business owner has it down to a science, considering he was pretty much “spot on” in estimating construction time.

“We’re doing well. The city’s been great — everybody’s pushing me along as best they can,” Sterling says. “We’ve given ourselves 3-4 weeks of just stuff happening, and only one of those four weeks has been eaten up.”

Sterling gets some deja vu by including Caliburger in the plan, a restaurant also at The Rose, and he has worked with Westfield in the past.

“They called us in and showed us locations in the mall. It was amazing that a city actually asked us to come,” Sterling says, underscoring Santa Clarita’s readiness for such a newcomer.

Sterling’s son, also named Lance, will be general manager of the new location. He had moved to Santa Clarita and felt the area was economically ready for the company’s brand. In addition to music, The Canyon Santa Clarita will also host comedy and murder mystery events.

The grand opening bands will be a surprise, but tickets for fall concerts can already be purchased on the Canyon Club website. Visit Wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.

Band of the Week – Love Underwater

| Entertainment | August 11, 2017

Half New Brunswick, half Santa Clarita, Love Underwater is the geographical centaur of the Antifolk genre — you can decide later which city represents the head and which is assigned to the lower body in this particular metaphor.

Love Underwater originated in New Jersey, but due to lead vocalist Leila Bishop’s recent move, takes up residence in SCV. Other members included Ben Brown-McMillin, Lex Douras, Wyatt Rydelewski, Marc Stasio, Jill Deegan, Kai Kiernan, and Victoria Romano.

Together, the band is a large ensemble sporting a gigantic harp. The harp part might sound strange to some, but that’s exactly what the genre antifolk is built for. Some describe antifolk as the evolution of folk, or the merging of punk and folk. The genre puts lyrical content above all else, and promotes uniqueness and personality as a staple.

The New Jersey natives put out their latest album Crosswick in the summer of 2016. As of recent months, the group began donating all merch proceeds to charity, particularly the Transgender Law Center.

For more information about Love Underwater, find them on Facebook or visit https://loveunderwater.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

Reyes Winery – History of the Corkscrew

| Entertainment | August 10, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Did you ever wonder how people opened a bottle of wine before corkscrews? Since winemaking has been around for 8,000 years, you would think that efficient wine storage would have had more progression. But then again, most wine is still made the same way in some parts of the world. For many centuries, the winery would sell barrels to stores and the stores would bottle as they sold it.

Kenelm Digby is considered the creator of the commercial wine bottle. In the 1630s, Digby manufactured wine bottles which had a tapered neck, a collar and a punt. Digby’s bottles were much more durable than what was available. He made them in green or brown color, which protected the contents from light. In 1662 parliament recognized his invention for the modern wine bottle.

The original corkscrews were called “worms.” They had handles and what attached in the center was a pointed helix. You would screw the worm into the cork and extract it. Corkscrews became necessary, as it was difficult to remove a cork. Its original design was derived from a tool that was used by the musket men to remove gunpowder from charges that were unsuccessful. In 1681, it seems to be the earliest reference to a corkscrew, referring to the “steel worm” used for removing corks.

In 1795, a patent for the first corkscrew was issued in England. This alteration from the original had a disk attached, which prevented the worm to go in too far and get stuck. Then, in 1802, the next patent was issued for a single hinged corkscrew in 1882. From there you had the single-lever, double-hinged, screw pull, winged and all the modern styles including the “rabbit.”

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 10, 2017

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

Aug 10, Thurs    7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Deep Fried Daddys       Blues & classic rock

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Aug 11, Fri        6–9pm             Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

6–8pm              Valencia Marketplace     Platinum Groove                       Pop, disco, & dance music

6–10pm                        T.P.C. Westridge           Mary White band                       Country

7:30–11:30p        American Legion 507      Shari Puorto !                     Blues, rock & dancing

8-11p                     Vincent Hill Station          Morgan Ridge on the patio                Country

8–12p               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Gil Karson                     Live Music

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Dole – Humphries          Classics, folk-rock

9p–1a               Docs Inn                       Frankly Speaking band  Classic rock

9p–12m            Valencia Wine Co          tbd                               Live Music

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Aug 12, Sat       7–10pm                        Central Park                  The PettyBreakers         Rock tribute bands

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Gigi Worth & Guy Thomas     Classic & rock

8p–12m                        VFW 6885                     Apache Rose                Live Music

9p–12m                        Valencia Wine Co          Barfly                           Rock & Roll

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Joe Ferraro band           Live Music

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Aug 11 & 12, Fri & Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm       Salt Creek Grille                       Live music

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Aug 13, Sun      10a–2pm           Saugus Swap Meet       Lee & the Real Deal       Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   The New Mexican           Live music

2:30-5:30p         Valencia Wine Co          Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo   Classic rock, blues & jazz

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Lynn Rutherford                        Country

5–9pm              American Legion 507     SCV Blues Society – Jam       large area for dancing

7–10pm                        Acton Park concerts      Miles 2 Go                    Classic easy rock

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Aug 15,  Tues    7–10pm            Bergies steakhouse       Jim Gustin & Truth Jones      Blues & classic rock

Aug 16,  Wed    6–9pm              Vincent Hill Station        Eli Locke                      Country & classics

Aug 17, Thur       6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Lance Allyn         Classics & originals

7–10pm                        Downtown Newhall        Senses, 3rd Thursdays  Flashback to the 80’s theme

7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Steve & Ryan Arklin      Live music

 

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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Aug 18, Fri        6–9pm             Wolf Creek Brewery       Dole – Humphries          Classics, folk rock

6–8pm              Valencia Marketplace     Sgt. Pepper                  Tribute to the Beatles

7–10p                    American Legion 507      Another Time Around      Fogerty, Orbison & dancing

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        the Fulcos on the patio      Live music

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Dallas Hodge band       Blues & classic rock

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Matt Loewy                   Live music

Celebrate International Blues Music Day at LA Summerfest

| Entertainment | August 3, 2017

In celebration of the 5th annual International Blues Music Day, LA Summerfest is partnering with the Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society to host BluesFest this Saturday, Aug. 5 at Rivendale Park and Open Space in Towsley Canyon.

Several blues artists will be featured throughout the night, including Blue Devils, Blues to the Bone, The Good News Blues Band, Chuck Strong and SRBQ, and Stephen Marshall and GS All Stars. This year, BluesFest was set to debut the High School Guitar Slinger Showdown, but due to a last minute cancellation, there will be an alternative play-off taking place.

BluesFest is also a fundraiser for the SCV Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools program, which aims to educate young people in the art of blues and bring younger musicians into the blues fold. The Sons of the American Legion will also be participating in the event, helping fundraise for the program with drink and food sales.

Tickets for BluesFest are free, but can be purchased as a donation online for $10 at https://scvblues.ticketleap.com/. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs to the outdoor event, and food and drink vendors will be present on site.

The SCV Blues Society also hosts monthly jams every second Sunday at the American Legion Post 507, free to attend and open to the public. A $5 donation to support veterans is requested at the door, and the Legion provides a drink.

For more information about BluesFest and the SCV Blues Society, visit www.SCVBlues.com. To find more events at LA Summerfest at Rivendale, visit www.LASummerfest.org.

 

 

 

Student-Run Record Label Helps Local Artists

| Entertainment | August 3, 2017

With a crowd of over 100 people and an artist lineup of six, you might think that last Friday’s music showcase at Vincenzo’s in Newhall was arranged by top record label executives sporting gold chains and Versace turtlenecks. Well, you would be very wrong — because this groovy affair was put together by a group of COC students (sans gold chains) under their newest record label, Hipified Records.

Kick-started by label president Edwin Gonzalez in the Spring of 2017, Hipified Records is a club at College of the Canyons, doubling as an independent record label that provides local artists with opportunities to showcase their music, as well as educate them about the music business.

“COC is in the process of starting a commercial music business program — part of this is having a way for students to become more involved with the program,” Gonzalez said. “Because of that, Hipified Records was formed.”

The label is also trying to help establish a music/entertainment scene that many feel is absent in SCV. So far, Hipified Records has assisted by hosting a total of four music showcases, and Gonzalez believes things are already off to a good start.

“Showcase four was a highlight for the record label,” Gonzalez said. “This was the largest turnout, and we have nowhere to go but up.”

Gonzalez says the label is currently working on putting out its first album by spring of 2018, which will be a compilation of songs from local artists. The project itself will cost a few thousand dollars, and Gonzalez hopes that it will be covered by the money raised from showcases, as well as possible grants from the college.

 

Aside from their goal to produce an album as an independent label, Hipified Records’ main goal is to educate students about the business side of the music industry.

 

“We are trying to help students and artists from SCV prepare themselves for negotiating with contracts and record labels,” said Gonzalez.

To contact Hipified Records, or for inquiries as an artist, send an email to HipifiedRecords@gmail.com or visit Hipified Records’ official instagram page.

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/

 

Lost Dog in Topanga

| Entertainment | July 8, 2017

One man, one band, “Three Songs I Recorded on My Phone and Two I Didn’t.” Lost Dog in Topanga, an experimental indie band from Santa Clarita, is minimalism in the flesh.

Nate Ramer of Lost Dog in Topanga  recently released his album entitled “Three Songs I recorded on My Phone and Two I Didn’t” on June 12 of this year. A compilation of four original songs and a cover of Wilco’s “Summerteeth,” the recordings are archived songs from Ramer’s phone recorded over the course of three years. That’s 1.6 songs a year.

For more information about Lost Dog in Topanga, check out Nate Ramer’s Bandcamp profile at lostdogintopanga.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.

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