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Prince Tribute Band to Perform at Last Concert of the Summer

| Entertainment | August 22, 2019

Dearly beloved, we will gather at Central Park on Saturday, August 24, for the final performance in this year’s Concerts in the Park series. Prince tribute band Erotic City will take the stage at 7 p.m. for the free concert at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

From the high heels and the lace pants to the purple coat and electric energy, there will be everything you could ever want in a Prince show. Lead singer Julian Stefoni has been paying tribute to Prince for 20 years and has toured with Erotic City all over the United States, including New York, Chicago and even Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis.

Celebrate the end of summer with family and friends at the ultimate Concerts in the Park finale. Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the live music under the stars. Complete the concert-going experience with tasty snacks from a variety of on-site food vendors.

Stay up-to-date with information about next year’s Concerts in the Park series as it becomes available at santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 22, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

Aug 23, Fri
6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              The Grizwalds                             Classic rock
6:30–9:30             Backyard Grub n Brews        Mod-U-Lates                              Classic rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–10pm                Hyatt Val – Great Pacific       Dole – Humphries duo           Indie bl & rk
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Pop & orig
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Overdrive, on the patio          Classic rock
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             varied                                            Acoustic rock
9–12pm                Salt Creek Grille                                      Galo Pacheco                             Acoustic rock

Aug 24, Sat
6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Al Bermudez                               Live music
6:30–9:30             Backyard Grub n Brews        G – 3 band                                   Classic rock
7–10pm                Santa Clarita Central Park     Erotic City (Prince tribute)    Summer Concerts
7–10pm                Hyatt Val – Great Pacific       Dole – Humphries duo           Indie bl & rk
7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               Rough Around the Edges       Classic rock
8–10pm                Double Trouble Wine            Gary Coppola + Time Mach   Classic rock
8–10pm                Alchemy                                     Sean Wiggins do                        Covers & orig
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Miles 2 Go                                    Classic rock
8–12m                  Brass Monkey Pubhouse      Black Valentine                         Hard rock
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   Robert Heft Blues Band          Blues mix
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Lance Allyn                                 Acoustic CR
9–12m                  Rock Inn                                      Saloonatics                                  Cover rock
9–12m                  Eighth and Rail                         PULP                                              Hard rock

Aug 25, Sun
10a–2p                                 Saugus Swap meet                 The Fulcos                                    Live music
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
5–8pm                  Salt Creek Grille patio            Herbie Kae trio                           Jazz
5–8:30                   Vincenzo’s Newhall               Drop Zone Lite                           Classic Rock
5–9pm                  Amer Legion Newhall            Classic Rock Jam                        Classic rock
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                  U.S. 99                                          Blues, Rk&Rl
6–10pm                Black n’ Blue                              Al Pascua Project                      Smooth jazz
Aug 27, Tues
6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Community Pints night           Live music
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Robert Heft Blues Band          Blues mix

Aug 28, Wed
6–9pm                  Route 66 Classic Grill              Various bands                            Live music

Aug 29, Thur
6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                The Gamblers                             Live music
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Deep Fried Daddys                   Classic rock
Aug 30, Fri
6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–10pm                Hyatt Valencia lounge           John Pinto                                    Live music
7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               Open Mic Night                         Varied
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Pop & orig
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Fulcos, on the patio                 Classic rock
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             tbd                                                  Live music
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Dole Humphries trio                               Indie Rk&Bl

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | August 22, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This past weekend, I opened a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon to see how it is developing. 2014 was a tough year for our grapes because we didn’t have a lot of water, which made the wine a bit astringent. If you follow me, you are aware that we have a Cabernet Vertical coming next week. I had someone ask me what type of petite bites I serve. Well, depending upon the wine and what is in season, the answer is from cheese to dessert and anything in between.

Last year, the 2014 was paired with a dark chocolate covered cherry. Then the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, another favorite of mine, was complemented with a chocolate almond cupcake with blackberry creamed honey drizzle and a cinnamon cream cheese frosting with a blackberry chocolate decoration. That was definitely a hit!

When pairing the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon or any other wine, I first taste the wine and see what notes there are. This dark and rich estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon has bold tannins with aromas of black cherry, plum and freshly cracked black peppercorn. On the palate this wine has intense flavors of currants and pomegranates followed by a woody spice. I would enjoy this with spaghetti Bolognese, Vella dry jack cheese or chocolate cherry cheesecake. Hmmm…what will I present, you will have to come join me and see.

Come celebrate International Cabernet Day at Reyes Winery. We will be having a Vertical Tasting on Saturday August 31st at 12pm. The cost is $30 per person. Tickets for all events can be bought at: https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

Also, just a reminder that August 29th is International Cabernet Day! Social media has a hashtag for it, #CabernetDay. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Cabernet. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass — #Cabernet and #ReyesWinery.

For more information, please visit www.reyeswinery.com.

“The Andrews Brothers” Hits the Stage at the Canyon Theatre Guild

| Entertainment | August 22, 2019

By Ashley Matkin
Contributor

From Roger Bean, the author of the smash hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” The Canyon Theatre Guild presents “The Andrews Brothers,” a fun-filled musical adventure that is sure to make you smile.

A USO show is threatened with cancellation when a famous trio of singing sisters fails to show, and it’s up to three persevering stagehands, Colin Robert (“Les Miserables,” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”), John Joseph (“The Wizard of Oz”) and Brandon McCravy (“Guys and Dolls,” “Addams Family”) to fix it.

The show must go on; and it does with the help of a popular pinup girl and background singer, Laine Matkin (“Zombie Prom,” “The Little Mermaid”).

Under the direction of Musette Caing Hart, who was also the co-choreographer, the show is described as a “well-oiled machine, being performance-ready a week BEFORE the dreaded tech rehearsals even started.”

Co-vocal Director Robert William said, “25+ songs is intimidating to approach, we wanted to get the 40’s style and harmonies perfect and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome.” Co-vocal Director Skylar Cutchall added, “We all worked so hard in nailing the feel of the 40s music. It’s been a challenge, but the actors have created beautiful work.”

Co-choreographer Annette Sintia Duran said, “These kids are dancers and can move. They were up for any challenge I threw at them.”

Audience member Rita Hanan wrote, “This was probably the best show I’ve seen in years. The singing, dancing and humor were totally amazing and I can’t wait to see it again. I highly recommend this play and I promise you won’t be disappointed!”

“The Andrews Brothers” is filled with songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Rum & Coca-Cola” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”.

Don’t miss this show about mistaken identities and madcap adventures – along with the music of an entire generation that highlights this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II.

Playing Saturdays and Sundays, through September 7, at the Canyon Theatre Guild located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall.

For tickets, call the CTG box office at 661-799-2702 or visit www.canyontheatre.org.

Take a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole with Bras for a Cause on September 7th

| Community, Entertainment | August 16, 2019

Soroptimist International of Valencia is pleased to invite you to attend our 16th Annual Bras for a Cause event. Since its beginning, this signature event has raised over $350,000 for Circle of Hope and Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center. This year’s event will be held September 7th, from 6pm to 10pm at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, and the theme will be “Alice in Wonderland.”

However, this won’t be your childhood Alice. The ambience will have more of an enigmatic and jaunty feel. The event includes dinner, raffles and a live-modeled auction of artistically-styled bras with themed baskets. Nearly every model participating this year has had personal experience with breast cancer. The club’s goal is to empower women who have been through breast cancer treatment and to celebrate their journey.

Feel free to dress to the occasion, join in the celebration and show support for these brave women. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available, and tickets are on sale now. Last year’s event had a sold out crowd of almost 300, and is on track to sell out again. You do not want to miss this event!

For more information: www.sivalencia.org/bras-for-a-cause or email: PresidentSIV@gmail.com or PublicitySIV@gmail.com

The Replicas to Perform Popular Hits at Concerts in the Park

| Community, Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Dance your heart out at Concerts in the Park on Saturday, August 17. Hear the talented variety band, The Replicas, perform top hits from a variety of different artists. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The Replicas perform songs from a wide array of artists and genres. From Frank Sinatra to the Foo Fighters, and Alternative to Country, there will be something for everyone as the band showcases its vast musical repertoire. As a part of The Replicas Music and Productions talent agency, members of The Replicas come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and share their passion for music with others either on stage, in the studio or by educating the next generation of musicians.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy live music under the stars at the second to last concert in this year’s Concerts in the Park series. Remember to pack blankets and lawn chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the show. Complete the concert-going experience with tasty snacks from a variety of on-site food vendors.

For more information about Concerts in the Park and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, please visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

WISH Education Foundation and Westfield Valencia Town Center Partner to Make Summer Events a Community Experience

| Community, Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Westfield Valencia Town Center has gifted the WiSH Education Foundation all the coins from the recently retired fountain from inside the mall. The money will be used to present two events this summer – the Burrito Bowl on August 20th and Cocktails on the Roof on September 6th, both located on the Westfield property.

The 10th annual Burrito Bowl, held on Town Center Drive from 7-9pm, features football linemen from each of the six comprehensive Varsity football teams as they race against time and each other to eat a four foot bean burrito donated by Sharkey’s Restaurant. New this year is a team from Fox Sports West trying their hand (and mouths) to beat the players! Teams and cheer squads raise money by creating banners that can be voted on by community members by going to the Westfield Valencia Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldValenciaTownCenter/) or their Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/p/B01f1FxAAi8/) .

You can purchase raffle tickets from any cheer squad or football team member; Westfield is also selling the $5 raffle tickets at their management office for prizes that include a $2,000 shopping spree, a staycation at the Hyatt with breakfast and four tickets to Magic Mountain and gift cards to a variety of restaurants and retail locations.

Community members can also win tickets to the popular Cocktails on the Roof event by going to the Westfield site’s Sweepstakes Event Page (https://www.westfield.com/valencia/events/all-events/cocktails-on-the-roof-sweepstakes/54002). The event, now in its fifth year, is held from 8-11pm on top of the Macy’s parking garage and features signature cocktails from restaurants, spirit vendors, wineries and breweries, food and dancing to a DJ in a rooftop party atmosphere unlike any other event in our region. Private lounges that include two VIP early entry tickets are available but limited in number. Tickets are on sale now and you can see an updated list of participants at www.cocktailsontheroofscv.org. If you would like to sponsor or participate, please contact Executive Director Amy Daniels at wish@hartdistrict.org.

WiSH funds programs and initiatives in the Hart School District not paid for by tax dollars alone. Our current funding focus is STEAM with an emphasis on the ARTS. We are currently working to provide musical instruments to all school in the district but continue to fund programs from literacy to STEM and everything in between. Our dollars go where it counts – into the classroom to provide our students with the tools needed for SUCCESS!

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | August 15, 2019

by Beth Heiserman

My annual vertical tasting is right around the corner and spots are filling up fast. This is a fun and educational event at Reyes Winery. Every wine has a story and I have many to tell about each and every wine.

Our 2013 estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an interesting tale to tell. When the time came last year to send wine in for judging, this was not one on my list to be sent. I hesitated because we only made a small amount, only 48 cases were produced. By mistake this vintage went out instead of the 2015 that I wanted to be judged. The wine ended up winning a silver medal. I guess the mistake was in my favor.

In 2015, I made the decision to only produce two barrels and make it a members-only wine. The remainder of the Cabernet that year went into the collaboration of the 2013 Ryan’s Blend. That is a blend of our estate Cabernet and Merlot with Cabernet and Petit Verdot from Leona Valley.

The 2013 Cabernet is robust, aromatic and complex. I mentioned a few months ago that it won a double gold medal from the most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition. It exhibits black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of black pepper on the palate. It is a full-bodied wine with a distinctive ripe black cherry and blackcurrant. We aged this vintage for 23 months in French Bordeaux oak barrels.

I have brought this in the tasting room this month as my newest release. Even though it’s a members-only wine, everyone can try it. As long as a wine is on the tasting sheet, non-members can enjoy it as well.

Hopefully you will love our members-wines so much that you will become a member, too! Please ask your server for it to be part of your flight. Make sure and say hello to me when you visit, I love to hear what brought you in. #CabernetDay

For more information visit www.reyeswinery.com

On the Town with Jason Wright Downs

| Community, Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Greetings fellow Santa Claritans, and welcome to a column that’s all about having fun around town!

I enjoy many different aspects of our vast and ever-changing culture, from the Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl to cutting a rug at Mabel’s Roadhouse (even though you won’t find a single rug in the entire joint); from new films to classic theater, from delightful books to delicious bites, from walking tours to hikes and bikes…we’re fortunate enough to live in one of the great entertainment meccas of the world. Join me as we celebrate all the area has to offer!

Here’s what I got up to this week: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Ahmanson downtown, an opening at the TAG Art Gallery on the Miracle Mile and dinner at Piccola Trattoria in Canyon Country.

First of all, who doesn’t love a good farce? How many plays have you seen that make you laugh so hard and so long your face almost falls off? You don’t see many truly good slapstick spoofs, and The Play That Goes Wrong was right on the money. Pure silliness, pure fun.

The Ahmanson Theater, directly across a beautiful park from City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, continually puts on quality work that the family and I all enjoy. The play that goes horribly wrong in The Play That Goes Wrong is called “The Murder at Haversham Manor” – a 1920’s murder mystery (which doesn’t actually exist). From beginning to end the prat falls and pranks do not disappoint as we watch a desperate bunch of players do their best, and fail miserably, to get through a single performance without becoming victims of crashing set pieces or murdering each other (for real). As my wife often says, “Why is watching someone fall on their face always so funny?”

(We can unpack all that implies on some other occasion.)

My mother-in-law, Margaret Raab, is a Valencia resident. She moved from Buffalo, New York two years ago after teaching art to middle school students for 25 years. To say that she’s taken to being a “California Girl” like a pro surfer takes to the waves is an understatement. She is also taking the art scene by storm.

Since moving here, Peggy, as her friends and family call her, has had her art accepted into many of the best galleries around Los Angeles County, from Newhall to the Huntington, including the TAG Gallery on the Miracle Mile near Beverly Hills. It’s a pretty big deal! The gallery was beautiful, the art was exciting, and the wine was cheap (but plentiful), so a good time was had by all.

Jason Alexander (of Seinfeld fame) was the big celeb sighting at the gallery, which convinced us all my mother-in-law had officially hit the big time.

Everyone turned out for the TAG’s 14th annual 2019 California Open, which is a national juried exhibition celebrating contemporary and modern art. The piece that won the event was a stunningly detailed pencil drawing of a woman holding her face in her hands; very dark, emotional, and well done. Here’s the painting that won my mother-in-law her place in the highly-acclaimed show…it’s called The Kiss.

Pretty incredible, eh? (And yes, it’s for sale. Visit www.margaretraab.com and feast your eyes.)

When we moved to SCV from New York five years ago, I never would’ve guessed that the great Italian food in the “city that never sleeps” could be rivaled by a tucked away, little hidden gem in Canyon Country,…but, oh boy was I wrong!

Santa Clarita’s best kept secret is out: Piccola Trattoria is the real deal. And here’s a tip if you want to eat anywhere around 6pm — you may want to book your reservation well in advance. The Trattoria is busy and for good reason.

I’ve only been to Italy a couple of times in my life (so far) and let me tell you from my limited palate and experience, when you close your eyes and take a bite of their lasagna, you may as well be in Firenze! (For me, it was a toss up between the lasagna and the veal parmesan as the winning dish of the evening…my wife was for the shrimp risotto all the way.) Even our lovely waiter, Serge, was a recent Italian transplant!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Italy, try this for yourself: Order anything on the menu at Piccola, scoop up that fork full of fresh melt-in-your-mouth pasta (or whatever you fancy), close your eyes (after the fork is in your mouth…we don’t want anyone losing an eye), and you will instantly be transported to the Piazza del Duomo.

So, there it is, folks. Feel free to let me know what you like doing around town so I can check it out and write it up. You can reach me at: reachjasondowns@santaclariagazette.com.

Until next time, bon voyage, break a leg, and bon appetit!

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | August 15, 2019

Aug 16, Fri
6–8pm Valencia Marketplace Ride the Tide band Pop & rock
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx band Classic rock
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas Band Country
8–1am Amer Legion Newhall Heavy Metal night Hard rock
9–12m Alchemy Vinyl Gypsies band Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn Route 69 band Rock classics

Aug 17, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Al Bermudez Live music

7–10pm Santa Clarita Central Park The Replicas (cover rock) Summer Concerts
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall M Squad band Movie tracks

8–10pm Double Trouble Wines Elwood Moon Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Future X Husbands Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Pop, rock
8–12m Brass Monkey Pubhouse Right Side Up Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Miles 2 Go Classic rock

9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Freddie’s Bomb Factory Hard rock

Aug 18, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Old Dawgs, New Tricks Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grill Drunken Monkies Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam & Chad Watson Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Ton Teresi Jazz Jam Jazz Jam
6–10pm Black n’ Blue Reflections band Ltn-jazz fusion

Aug 20, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Harry Orlove, Lynn Keller, Alicia Morgan

Aug 21, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music

Aug 22, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Dole – Humphires duo Folk, rock
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Val Rael, Gary Swan, Stuart & Danny
7–9pm The Main, Old Town Nwhl Note by Note Variety

Aug 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery The Grizwalds Classic rock
6:30–9:30p Backyard Grub n Brews Mod-U-Lates Classic rock
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Dole – Humphries Folk, rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room tbd Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

What’s New – What’s Next with SCAA Art Classic

| Entertainment | August 9, 2019

The Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) has got it all with its 30th Anniversary celebration at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Valencia, on Friday, November 1st.

New this year is a free art show from 10 am to 4 pm filled with oil, watercolor and floral demonstrations. There will be musical entertainment, a fine art exhibition, silent auction, booths showing art and jewelry, beverages, and so much more in the Grand Ballroom.

Then “The Gala” begins at 5 p.m. with professional entertainment, food and a no-host bar and drinks, a live auction led by Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Keller at the mike, followed by our Art Award’s Ceremony. Tickets can be purchased at the SCAA website using the Eventbrite for $25. each.

For more information, details and updates, visit our SCAA website: www.santaclaritaartists.org

Comedy, Trivia and Theatre Take the Stage at The Main! Tickets on Sale Now for Performances in August

| Entertainment | August 8, 2019

Spend your final days of summer laughing, listening to music and challenging your brain at one of many shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are on sale now for a variety of theatre, comedy and music shows. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase at select shows, in addition to concessions.

The 10 by 10 Variety Night occurs on the first Thursday of the month and features music, film, storytelling, magic, comedy and more. Ten performers, from a variety of genres, are selected to perform a 10-minute piece of their choosing.

Tina Howe’s “Painting Churches” was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the basis for the 1994 film “The Portrait,” starring Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall. The play follows Gardner and Fanny Church as they prepare to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, now is retired, slipping in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Margaret, who they call Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees for she hopes to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them— and them with her. Performances occur on August 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and August 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors.

A late-night interactive phenomenon for 30 years, Greg Allen’s “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” was the longest-running show in Chicago history. This ensemble experiment in presenting “30 Plays in 60 Minutes” has also surprised audiences for years in New York and San Francisco. Our intrepid Neo-Futurists race a 60-minute timer to perform each two-minute play in random order, based on the spontaneous whims of the audience. Themes range from comic, tragic and political to even personal or abstract. Performances occur on August 9, 10 and 17 at 10:30 p.m. and August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Note by Note is a free music night delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more! This month, don’t miss Baker’s Brew, an experimental jazz band based entirely on improvisation. The show is on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

The Sidecar Music Series is back and better than ever as Hardly Sisters visits the MAIN stage for some original acoustic music. With influences from Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and even Celtic, Hardly Sisters brings big vocals and harmonies to all their songs. They also incorporate various instruments into their performance, including guitar, bass, keyboards, mandola, mandolin and harmonica. They have a lot of fun with storytelling songs, as well as beautiful ballads. This tightknit group has decades of music under its belt and it shows in their passion for playing together. The show is Friday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go directly to the theater.

“Soundcheck” heats up in August with the musical stylings of Aaron Kellim and Lowpass Collective. “Soundcheck” is the SCVTV Community Media Center’s newest music series that provides a platform for young musicians from the Santa Clarita Valley to show off their musical prowess with the performance of original songs. Singer-songwriter Aaron Kellim brings an infectious brand of sunshine pop while Lowpass Collective fuses jazz and ethnic artpop for an eclectic experience. The show is Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students with I.D.

Rounding out the month is Quiz and Recreation: A Parks and Rec Themed Trivia Night on Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. Think you know everything about Pawnee, Indiana? Assemble your dream team, grab your color-coded binders and treat yo’ self to some trivia over at The MAIN theater! Trivia Night is free to attend and is appropriate for any non-Eagletonians aged 18 and older.

Learn more about these events and purchase tickets to shows by visiting AtTheMain.org/tickets.

Supernatural Songstress Sayed Sabrina’s New Album,“Thou Art That,” Drops August 8

| Entertainment | August 8, 2019

Sayed Sabrina’s voice is unlike any other, thrilling her audiences across the globe. She can hit notes that others only dream about; with ease and power; she is a force to be reckoned with. Sabrina is extremely proud of her new project, “Thou Art That,” slated for a summer release on August 8.

Many legendary players share in this debut: Bobby Watson (Rufus, Michael Jackson), Sarah Morrow (Dr. John, Ray Charles), Gary Herbig (Elvis, Tower of Power), Carlos De La Paz (Cid, Mandrels), Mitch Manker (Ray Charles) and Bryan Head (Dick Dale, Roger Hodgson). This colossal studio album promises to climb up the blues, rock, jazz, and soul radio charts.

The super-talented Sayed Sabrina multi-tasked on this project. She played the piano on all tracks, and was responsible for composition and lyrics on every song. She also produced the entire album.

The first single, “Goodie Two Shoes,” has a gritty brass based backbone with a heartfelt message that is what everyone needs to hear in our entitled society. It will be hitting radio later this month. The second release, “The Pedestrian,” demonstrates edgy vocals, with street-smart lyrics that are comical, curious and exciting. This song will really make you think.

Sayed Sabrina’s previous release, “Big Boy Blues,” was a huge international success and is currently in its 3rd printing. Not a stranger to performing, Sabrina has played on the same bill as B.B. King, Los Lobos, Jimmy Cliff, Dr. John, Leon Russell and Tower of Power to name a few. She is a consummate entertainer and with her blazing vocal prowess, that is both fiery and enchanting, she always leaves her fans wanting more.

The album release party for “Thou Art That” will be at the popular Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, located at 28912 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills, CA, on September 5, 2019. The album will be available on all digital platforms, as well as CD and vinyl, on August 8, 2019.

Sayed Sabrina’s sound has been compared to Shakira, with Janis Joplin sprinkled in for good measure. She is her own unique messenger, spreading her music, her way.

In a recent interview, she opened up about a number of things; including how her father inspired her, her personal message, music mentors and more. :

What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
SS: My birth inspired me to sing, I remember being born. My father sang and had the most beautiful, stunning gorgeous voice in the entire universe. His voice inspires me to this day; it is in my heart and soul whenever I sing.

What message do your songs convey?
SS: My songs hopefully convey the message of tolerance and love. Of intolerance to those that would hurt another. I didn’t plan on making a protest album; it just turned out that way. I write what comes to me, what I’m feeling. I write a lot of love songs too, they’re actually all love songs. You could call it an inspirational album, but a lot of the time when folks hear the word “inspirational” they think it’s going to be religious or something. I am not religious, I believe in no religion. I believe in kindness, truth, science and historical fact. I worship my family.

Are you working on new music?
SS: I write all of the time, nonstop. I am always writing something. I don’t call it work. It’s what I’ve always done. It helps my psyche. I’m an artist, not a musician really. I think of my songs as my diary, I have many songs. I am already started on my next album, and have enough material for several.

Who are your music mentors?
SS: My biggest mentor is my Father, then my childhood school choir teacher, Adele Bloom. A mentor is someone that helps give you encouragement along the way. They do what it is you’d like to aspire to do. For me to be honest, the only two people in my life that ever encouraged my singing were my Father and my choir teacher. My first solo album with my originals only happened because of the push of a dear friend that has passed on from this dimension, Ray Hernandez, drummer, he was known from the band BB Chungking and the Screaming Buddha Heads.

Where do you see your music going in the future?
SS: I see my music withstanding time. Maybe not all of it, however, it’s a dream of mine to have people moved by my songs long after I’m gone, like a Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Etta James, truly timeless.

For more about Sayed Sabrina, go to www.sayedsabrina.com or visit her on Instagram at @sayedsabrina

Rock Out with Grateful Shred on Saturday Night

| Entertainment | August 8, 2019

Grateful Dead Tribute Band to Perform at Concerts in the Park

The eyes of the world, or more specifically, the eyes of Santa Clarita, will be on the band Grateful Shred at Central Park on Saturday, August 10. This talented Grateful Dead tribute band will perform during the City’s Concerts in the Park series. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.
The four members of the Los Angeles-based band came together in 2016 to perform one show and have been together ever since. Grateful Shred channels the elusive vibe of Grateful Dead and delights audiences with their look, sound and atmosphere. Grateful Shred’s free-spirited approach to their performances allows their gentle spirit and authenticity to shine through.
This Saturday night, grab your friends and family and head to Central Park to hear famous hits like “Scarlet Begonias” and “Ripple!” Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the music. Complete the concert-going experience with tasty snacks from a variety of on-site food vendors.

For more information about Concerts in the Park and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, please visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Wine on the Train and in the Vineyard

| Entertainment | August 8, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I had another event this past weekend, the “Beer, Wine and Blues Train” at the Fillmore & Western Railway. We had two very popular wines, Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Pinot Grigio, and the estate Grown 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Last Saturday night marked the start of the Railway’s Hot August Nights weekend train excursions. This is a fabulous event if you’ve never been.

Tyna from Wolf Creek Brewery joins us on every “Beer, Wine and Blues Train” ride. Each of the cars is completely different. The train that we are in is called the Powhatan Cafe Parlor and it’s from 1928.

The Powhatan was built by the Pullman Co. in 1928 for the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac RR. This car was named after an American Indian Chief who founded the Powhatan Confederacy and whose daughter, Pocahontas, married John Rolfe, an English colonist and settler of the Jamestown Colony. This luxurious Powhatan car served for many years on the East Coast hosting Senators, Congressmen and the elite on its daily track between Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Royal American Shows (Carnival) purchased the Powhatan in the mid 50’s for use as the “Pie Car,” circus slang for “Dining Car.” In 1982 the car was sold for use as an ice cream parlor and was located on an isolated track on a busy Ft. Lauderdale corner until 1990. The Powhatan was purchased by Fillmore & Western Railway Co. for the movie business and has since been lovingly restored to its yesteryear grace. The car made its movie debut in Disney’s “Tall Tales of Pecos Bill” and has been in numerous Hollywood productions such as “Seabiscuit” and “Water for Elephants.” Currently the Powhatan is used for daytime dining and murder mystery events on special occasions. Rumor has it that this car is haunted by a cowboy entity.

Purchase your tickets for the “Beer, Wine and Blues Train” at www.fwry.com.

Reyes Winery also has an annual event coming up, the Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical on August 31st. It is $30 per person, which includes a taste of each of Cabernet’s from 2009-2016 with a petite bite of food to pair. Last year, I paired this popular and favorite of mine (2011 Cabernet) with parmesan, balsamic and Cipollini onions on a black pepper water cracker. Our 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon has received 88 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (12/2017 Edition). This outstanding rich and luxurious wine exhibits flavors of intense dry strawberry with a hint of cracked black pepper and finishes with soft and detailed tannins. It pairs well with duck, cranberry, pepper and garlic herb rib roast, peppercorn crusted Chevre, or strawberries with a balsamic reduction. Come join me for this fun and educational event. Sign up on our website or in the tasting room. #CabSauv #CabernetDay

William S. Hart Regional Park Presents “Upcoming Hart Park 2019 Events”

| Entertainment | August 8, 2019

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Friends of Hart Park presents its upcoming William S. Hart Regional Park Events Calendar.

Silents Under the Stars: August 10th – 6pm,

BBQ dinner by Rattlers, music by the “Grateful Dudes Bluegrass Band”, a classic William S. Hart silent movie “Square Deal Sanderson”, with live accompaniment by Ray Lowe, Hart Mansion twilight tours and a silent auction to benefit the animals of Hart Park. Hart Hall & Patio.

For more information: www.friendsofhartpark.org/

Summer Movies in the Park

The community is invited to enjoy two more outdoor, fun-filled summer nights with sing and dance-a-long family friendly participation tunes like “Baby Shark”, “Chicken Dance”, “Hokey Pokey, Macarena, Classic Oldies, Disco and more, featuring Hart’s own, DJ Al Ewing. Friday, August 16th “Mary Poppins Returns” at DUSK and Friday, August 30th – “Captain Marvel” at DUSK. Snack concession on site. Free Admission.

Annual Hart Park Train Show: September 14th & 15th – 10am to 4pm, daily.

The High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club (HDMMRC) will be displaying their interactive HO scale modular railroad displays. Hart Hall – Free Admission

For more information, go to www.hdmmrc.com/events.php

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | August 8, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

Aug 9, Fri             6–8pm                  Valencia Marketplace           Fort Worth West band            Country
7–9pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)                        Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–10pm                Hyatt Val. Lounge                   Dole – Humphries duo            Folk rk, CR
7:30–10:30p        Vincenzo’s Newhall               Wardencliff quartet                 Jazzy mix
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & Friends                Classic rock
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                     Pop & orig
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 7th Switch on the patio            Classic rock
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             James Hackett                            Acoustic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Lance Allyn                                  Acoustic CR
9–1am                  Doc’s Inn                                   Frankly Speaking                      Rock classics

Aug 10, Sat

6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Sweetwater Gentlemen        Bluegrass

7–10pm     Santa Clarita Central Park     Grateful Shred (G.Dead trib)               Summer Concerts
7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               Scambooty band                      Swing classics

8–10pm     Double Trouble Wines          John Surge – the Haymakers                Country
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Ryan Matthew                           Live music
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Horn & Tom Kolb                Classic rock
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   Nomad band                               Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             Ann Drexler                                 Jazz, R&B

9–12m                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Robert Heft Blues Band        Blues mix

Aug 11, Sun        10a–2p                                 Saugus Swap meet                 Sweetwater Gentlemen        Bluegrass
1–5pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Natalie Wattre                          Folk rock
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic     Various
5–8pm                  Salt Creek Grill                          G – 3  Band                                  Classic rock
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                   Mary White band                      Country
5–9pm                  Amer Legion Newhall            SCV Blues Society Jam            Blues Jam

Aug 13, Tues      6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Sean Wiggins duo                     Classic rock

7–10pm     Bergie’s steakhouse              Eric Garcia, Moses Sparks, John Davis

Aug 14, Wed      6–9pm                  Route 66 Classic Grill              Various bands                            Live music

Aug 15, Thur       6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                Sean Wiggins duo                     Classic rock
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Gary Coppola + Time Mach   Classic rock
7–10pm                Senses in Old Town Nwhl     Havana Nights theme            Latin Jazz

Aug 16, Fri           6–8pm                  Valencia Marketplace           Ride the Tide band                   Pop & rock
6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              various bands                             Live music
7 – 9pm                Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–10pm                Hyatt Val. Lounge                   Lance Allyn                                  Acoustic CR
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic covers
8–11pm                The Local Pub & Grill              Nick Horn                                     Live music
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Benny Thomas Band                Country
8–1am                 Amer Legion Newhall            Heavy Metal night                    Hard rock
9–12m                  Alchemy                                    Vinyl Gypsies band                   Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

Jason Downs – Showbiz to Santa Clarita

| Entertainment, News | August 8, 2019

Three-year-old Jason Downs took his first dance steps watching his parents bopping around the living room to the 50s Oldies but Goodies. Born in Columbia, Maryland in 1973, the budding actor, singer and dancer grew up in the small community of Ellicott. “I first heard Elvis Presley sing while dancing with my parents, and when I watched him perform on some television reruns I was absolutely transfixed,” explains Jason. “His presence was electric and when I saw the frenzy he created in the audience, I was hooked – I knew I wanted to sing, dance, and act just like Elvis. I watched, I studied, and soon I was doing a flawless impersonation of the King of Rock and Roll.”

Downs with Neil Patrick Harris in Clara’s Heart

At the age of nine, Downs joined Ellicott’s Little Theater on the Corner and landed the role of Conrad Birdie in the youngsters’ production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” The live theater experience sharpened Jason’s love of acting; he was swept away by the dynamic relationship between the audience and the actors on stage.

It wasn’t long before he had added the moves of Chuck Berry and Cab Calloway to his dancing repertoire. Then he saw Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video when he was ten, and became a student of his movements. Jason’s impersonations of the singing stars made the young performer a hit at parties as well as on the stage, but he began to feel that something was missing, “Impersonations were a good party trick, but I needed to develop my own unique style. I bought a guitar and began studying and writing music – learning the craft of song writing in my spare time,” he said.

Downs on the set of Hairspray and with Ricki Lake

Jason continued acting and in 1987, at the age of 13, the teen landed a role in filmmaker John Waters’ movie “Hairspray,” starring Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, and Divine.

“The movie was patterned after the popular ‘American Bandstand’ television show hosted by Dick Clark,” explains Jason. “It featured the music and dances from the 50s. Waters loved my dancing; he called me ‘the Mashed Potato kid.’ (The Mashed Potato was one of the popular teen dances of the day). I only had one speaking line, but I was a featured part of the ‘council’ (the regulars on the dance floor) and I became a local celebrity.”

Jason got an agent and began doing national commercials and voice-overs. Academics were still an important part of his life, but he was a paid actor through most of his childhood in Maryland and admits that his favorite part of high school was performing in the musical productions.

He earned scholarships to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. To help pay for the prestigious school he got part time jobs, worked as a handyman for Fifth Avenue families, and began concentrating on his singing and songwriting. “After I graduated, I made a country western demo and showed it to a woman who worked for one of these families. She gave it to a cousin who was a hip-hop producer for rappers. He liked the sound, and told me if I could add some rapping, we could shop our ‘Hick Hop’ sound to Jive Records.”

In 2000, Jive produced Jason’s first album with the eye-popping cover title “White Boy with a Feather.” Reaching back to an ancestry that included some Cherokee blood, Jason struck a pose on Wall Street wearing nothing but his boots, guitar and a feather in his hair. The cover and the songs created a sensation – especially in Europe where the album worked its way into the United Kingdom’s Top 20. The successful album sales led to concerts and touring in front of cheering European crowds.

“I was living the dream,” says Jason, “but the bubble was about to burst. As I was preparing to do a second album, Jive Records was sold and the phenomena of Apple Music and iTunes shook the music industry. I was suddenly on my own with few prospects and realized that my music success had been based on a trendy craze. I was still being an ‘impersonator.’ I hadn’t developed the unique style I wanted and that had sidetracked my acting career. After graduation, I could have been working my way up the acting ladder, doing guest shots in television series like ‘Law and Order’ instead of playing to the fleeting adoration of fickle teenage fans.”

Downs decided to take a time out and escaped to a quiet, introspective life in Woodstock. The hiatus turned his life around. He met his future wife and fellow actor, Sharon. The couple had two children and Jason began to develop an appreciation for life outside the limelight. He didn’t give up acting altogether. In Woodstock, basking in a newfound maturity, he found he could be himself, not just an impressionist, and landed his first staring role in the independent film, “Racing Daylight.”

Another life changing moment occurred when Sharon’s sister, Laurie, introduced him to his soon-to-be brother-in-law, Weston Middleton. The two men quickly bonded over shared show business experiences and the couples became close friends. The friendship led to the collaboration and support of each other’s career goals.

Middleton’s movie industry jobs prompted him to move to California and return to his hometown of Valencia and in 2014, the Downs family decided to join them. By now, Jason had added a new talent to his show business repertoire — writing novels and screenplays.

Once settled in their new hometown, it was a natural next step for the two men to explore a new business idea – an Internet Protocol that uses integrated media to develop screen writing technologies. Both Jason and Weston have been working with the Santa Clarita Business Incubator to make their idea a reality.

Getting acclimated to a new town and working on a new business partnership are just a few of the activities that are keeping Jason busy these days. “I love the Western history in the Santa Clarita Valley,” says Jason, “it prompted me to write the script ‘Time Dancer,” which is about a time traveling cowboy in the 1850s. His ranch is located in Placerita Canyon. The script gives me a meaningful way to contribute to this valley’s history and keep the history of the Western alive. It’s also a way to connect with the community.”

Part of that connection involves the Santa Clarita Rotary Club, an organization he joined earlier this year. He has been lending his talents to the club’s fundraising and service projects. Most recently, Jason served as master of ceremonies for Rotary’s Peoples Choice Car Show, which was held in June to raise funds for three organizations dedicated to helping the homeless: Family Promise, Bridge to Home and The Village Family Services.

“My family and I love this community,” concludes Jason, “and by contributing the skills I have learned over my career in the entertainment industry, I hope to play a new part — a part in Santa Clarita’s dynamic commitment to the quality of life for all its residents.”

Go Your Own Way to Concerts in the Park This Saturday

| Entertainment | August 1, 2019

Mirage Will Bring the Look and Sound of Fleetwood Mac to Central Park

On Saturday, August 3, landslide over to Central Park to hear Mirage – Visions of Fleetwood Mac, play hits from the Grammy-award winning group. The five-piece band, known for its accurate recreation of the look and sound of Fleetwood Mac, will perform during this year’s Concerts in the Park series. The free concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Mirage was formed as a spin-off of a Stevie Nicks tribute band, Bella Donna. Bella Donna was praised by Stevie Nicks herself after hearing one of the band’s live performances. Now lead singer Michelle Tyler is helping recreate the magic of Fleetwood Mac through Mirage.

You can go your own way Saturday night, as long as it leads you to Central Park. Hear the songs that catapulted Fleetwood Mac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including “Dreams” and “Don’t Stop.” Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the music. Attendees can also picnic at the park with tasty snacks from the different on-site food vendors.

For more information about Concerts in the Park, and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, please visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | August 1, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Friday night I was in downtown Los Angeles at LA Live and most of the evening everybody kept requesting our 2009 Cabernet. That was definitely the favorite of the evening, followed by our 2011 Syrah and then our 2015 Rosa’s choice rosé. Then on Sunday night, I was in Marina Del Rey doing an event called Wine Over LA. Ironically, the top three favorite wines were the same from the previous event, and in the same order. After being open now for eight years, our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is still at the top of our guests’ favorites.

In the tasting room every month I rotate the tasting sheet. When I takeoff everyone’s favorite and put a different Cabernet on, many people panic because they think we’ve sold out. We have not yet sold out, but our predictions are within the next year we will.

Every August in the tasting room, I feature all our Cabernet Sauvignons on the tasting list. This month is no different. You will be able to sample our 2009 through our 2013, which is our brand new release. You will also be able to sample our Cabernet blends.

Reyes Winery’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon has won a gold medal & 95 points & Best in Class from the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and 86 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (06/2018 Edition). This robust and well balanced “members only” wine has matured gracefully and transformed its tannins to deliver a soft, velvety, delightful experience. This Cabernet has improved with age and has further enhanced its aromas of cherry and cocoa, you can also taste peppercorn, pomegranate and a hint of mandarin. This wine pairs well with a buffalo Steak au Poivre with herbed fingerling potatoes, sharp white cheddar or triple dark chocolate cake.

For all the fans out there who love Cabernet, on August 31st at noon we are having a special vertical tasting for you to enjoy. It is $30 per person which will include a tasting flight of our Cabernets from 2009 through 2016, a petite bite to pair with each wine and guests will be able to take the tasting glass home.

Don’t forget, Cabernet Day is August 29th and we are celebrating our award-winning Cabernets all month long. #CabernetDay #WhatisInYourGlass #ReyesWinery #VisitSantaClarita #AwardwinningCabernet.

For more information, visit www.reyeswinery.com.

Swing Into August with Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | August 1, 2019

Swing Dancing Havana Nights SENSES Block Party Highlight Monthly Slate

An unmistakably tropical vibe has descended on Old Town Newhall as the monthly Thursdays@Newhall series cruises through August with music, dancing, a block party and more. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

The party begins on Thursday, August 1 at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), when ten performers will take the stage for ten minutes each and share their music, film, dancing, comedy and storytelling at the monthly 10 by 10 Variety Show from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. International award-winning magician Chris Lopez will entertain the audience with a performance that will show why he’s received seven magic awards and headlined shows around the world. Additional performers in August include magic from Brian Hoffman; storytelling with Tom Crawford and Emerson Dameron; music with Joe Romersa and from Doug and Rich; poetry by Mai Do; comedy from Maria Delgado and Aidan Park; and a screening of the short film “Actress Unseen.”

JAM Sessions returns to the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street) on August 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with lessons in swing dancing. Attendees will boogie the night away as Shea Hanson breaks down swing dance steps, pivots and turns that anyone can master. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome to learn the steps then dance to live music from The Big Butter Jazz Band, a group dedicated to playing traditional New Orleans jazz. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to Old Town Newhall.

Lose yourself in the tropical atmosphere as you head down Main Street for the Havana Nights SENSES Block Party on August 15 starting at 7:00 p.m. You’ll enjoy the sounds of Latin jazz music and learn new dance moves, such as the Tango and Salsa. Swing by early for dinner at the event or from restaurants in Newhall, then top the evening off with a mojito from the on-street bar, this month sponsored by Newhall Refinery.
Also on August 15, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Abstract Realism,” from artist Brad Sergi. Abstract Realism is an art form that marries the two contradictory terms, using abstract patterns, colors and textures to complement realistic art that aims to replicate nature. Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet Sergi from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. “Abstract Realism” will be on display at The MAIN from August 13 to September 6, 2019.

The Note by Note music night on August 22 concludes the month’s lineup of events from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The MAIN. Note by Note is a free night of music that delights audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more! Featured performers in August include James Houlahan, J.C. Hyke, Ian Stahl and Baker’s Brew Band. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | August 1, 2019

Aug 2, Fri
6–8pm Valencia Marketplace Sgt Pepper band Beatles trib
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Crush Jones Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Jazz & Blues Finale Teresa James – Rhythm Tramps Val. Mall
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Pop & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Wildside, on the patio Cover rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Jerry Best Acoustic rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn S.R.B.Q. band Blues-rock mx

Aug 3, Sat
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery fahr.west Country rock
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
7–10pm Santa Clarita Central Park Mirage – Fleetwd Mac trib Summer Concerts
7–10pm Hyatt Valencia lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–10pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Ctry, Bl, folk
8–11pm Wine 661 Eliot Waldhorn Flamenco guitar
8–12m VFW 6885 Cody Bryant Band Country & CR
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Morris & Sullivan Acoustic rock
9–12m Rock Inn Sean Hughes band Rock, pop
9–12m Eighth and Rail Snareheads Dance rock

Aug 4, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Lee & the Real Deal Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Acoustic mx
3–5:30p Double Trouble Wines David Marchant Acoustic mix
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grille patio Jaya Bolan band Classic rock
5–8:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Gigmasters Live music
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Classic Rock Jam Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sweetwater Gentlemen Bluegrass

Aug 6, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Dan Kirkpatrick Blues mix

Aug 7, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music
Aug 8, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Three Feet Under Classic B-side
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Tommy Peacock & Feathers Upbeat rock

Aug 9, Fri
6–8pm Valencia Marketplace Fort Worth West band Country
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Hyatt Valencia lounge Various musicians Live music
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Pop & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station 7th Switch, on the patio Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking band Rock classics

SILENTS Under The Stars Returns to William S. Hart Park Friends of Hart Park Present Annual Fundraiser

| Entertainment | July 26, 2019

Get ready for a unique opportunity to experience the film history of the Santa Clarita Valley in a setting like no other. SILENTS Under the Stars returns to William S. Hart Regional Park on Saturday, August 10, from 6-10 p.m. Presented by the Friends of Hart Park, this unique fundraiser allows guests to view “Square Deal Sanderson,” a 1919 silent film starring William S. Hart with live musical accompaniment by Ray Lowe. This unforgettable experience will take place under the majestic oaks at Hart Hall.

In addition to the movie, guests will enjoy an authentic barbecue meal, grilled up by Rattlers BBQ, musical entertainment by the Grateful Dudes bluegrass band and a chance to tour the Hart Mansion. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on some historic and unique items in a silent auction. These items include; original artwork by local Santa Clarita artists, LA Conservancy Walking Tour of Choice for 15 people, Disney Concert Hall tickets, custom hand-painted Vans shoes with images of Hart and Fritz, a family lifestyle photo session, collectibles, a variety of gift baskets and much, much more!

Nancy Gallardo, chair of SILENTS, say this is a unique experience, one you don’t often have an opportunity to enjoy. “I am honored to be the chair for this 11th annual SILENTS Under the Stars,” Gallardo said. “This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Friends of Hart Park. The community has been very generous, donating some wonderful items to our silent auction, which is always a big hit.”

All proceeds from SILENTS benefit Hart Park and the Hart Park animals. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased on-line through EventBrite at friendsofhartpark.org/silents or by calling (661) 222-9542.

Redemption Road K9 Hosts First Annual LA PSA Family BBQ and Battle Royale

| Entertainment | July 26, 2019

by Natalia Radcliffe

For dog lovers looking for something to do this weekend, Redemption Road K9 is hosting its first annual LA PSA (Protection Sports Association) Family BBQ and Battle Royale on Saturday, July 27.

At the event, people will have the opportunity to observe a demonstration of the dogs that have graduated from PSA, as well as those that are training to get their certificates. People will also be able to hear from Zignature, the dog food brand that Redemption Road K9 uses, as well as some special guests in the field of protection sports.

According to John Anthony, the co-founder and director of training for Redemption Road K9 and the president of the LA PSA club, the idea of the sport is that it is challenging and pushing the breed standards. He mentioned that dogs who graduate from PSA can end up working with the military, police or private security organizations.

Those who are members of the LA PSA club have some unique benefits.

“We’re the only club in California that offers health insurance and workers compensation for handlers, trainers, dogs and decoys,” said Anthony.

For those interested in joining LA PSA, there will be a table to sign up for the club at the event.

In order to participate in the club, or any other kind of training that Redemption Road K9 offers, owners have to sign a responsibility pledge, promising, among other things, to take care of their dogs and not train them to become weapons.

“Our goal is to make the community safer,” explained Anthony.

The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Redemption Road K9’s property, found at 36260 Anthony Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91390. Food will be available in the form of a potluck.

To attend the event, RSVP by contacting Shirin E. at 415-504-2379, or emailing LAPSAResearchGroup@gmail.com.

For more information regarding Redemption Road K9, check out their website at www.redemptionroadk9.com or their Facebook page. For more information regarding Protection Sports
Association, visit their website at psak9.org.

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