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.