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.

California Chamber Artists Concert

| Entertainment | June 2, 2017

For those who wish to trade in their ripped jeans and mosh pits for wood pews and violin riffs, The California Chamber Artists will be performing a concert at Valencia United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 11 at 7 p.m. A donation is suggested.

Part one of the concert will feature soprano Lisa Tenorio and ten cellists, directed by Dr. Daniel Feeting. Together, they will be performing a Bachianias Brasilerias by composer Heitor Villa Lobos, whose last name literally means “wolf village” – a surprisingly metal name for a 20th century Brazilian art musician.

Following the first performance will be Brahms String Sextet in G Major and Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, performed by violinists David Ewart and Bob Miskey, violists Louise Brown and Cecile Asuncion, and cellists Joyce Geeting and David Mason.

If you can’t make it to this one, or can’t get enough of Heitor Villa Lobos & crew, the same line-up will be presented at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks on June 11 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 818-340-3940.

Live Music

| Entertainment | June 1, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!
June 1, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright band Classic blues & rock
June 1, Thur 6:30-9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
June 2, Fri 6 – 9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
June 2, Fri 7 -10p American Legion 507 Big Dog Blues Band large area for dancing
June 2, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Copperhill band Live music on the patio
June 2, Fri 8-12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Rick Ilejay Live music
June 2, Fri 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Classic rock

June 3, Sat 10a–3p Elks 2379 Catch 22 Car show, chili cookoff, etc
June 3, Sat 8p–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up a little of everything
June 3, Sat 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Mustang Brothers Live music
June 3, Sat 9p–12m Shot Exchange Frankly Speaking band Classic rock
June 3, Sat 9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Blues & Classics
June 2 & 3, Fri & Sun 8-11p Wine 661 Live music
June 2 & 3, Fri & Sat 9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Live music
June 4, Sun 10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Copperhill band Live music
June 4, Sun 1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Danielle Carter Trio Live music
June 4, Sun 2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz
June 4, Sun 5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Hipshot Country
June 4, Sun 5-9pm American Legion 507 Pro Blues Jam Blues Jam

June 6, Tues 7-10pm Bergies steakhouse Art Menezes Blues
June 8, Thur 7-10pm Bergies steakhouse Teresa James & Rhythm Tramps Classic blues & rock
June 9, Fri 6 –9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
June 9, Fri 7-10p American Legion 507 Tom Teresi & Street Smart jazz large area for dancing
June 9, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Mystic Posse Live music on the Patio
June 9, Fri 8-12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright duo Blues & classic rock
June 9, Fri 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Dallas Hodge band Classic Rock & blues

Submediocre to Play Wolf Creek Charity Event

| Entertainment | May 25, 2017

The crowd is silent. Scattered hacks and coughs echo across the quad. Feedback rings as lead singer Tate Dickens approaches the microphone.

“Hey, we are Submediocre … so don’t expect too much.”

The audience chuckles as Dickens counts the band into a first song. But the moment Submediocre started to play, the crowd’s expectations of another disappointing garage band experience melted away with each chorus and outpouring of applause.

That was two weeks ago at Saugus High School’s Literary Magazine poetry reading, and Submediocre has plans to lower (then raise) your expectations once again. This Saturday, the group is headlining Jam-A-Palooza, a charity event at Wolf Creek Refinery for Santa Clarita’s Child and Family Center.

The theme? All local, independent musicans (who happen to be Saugus High School graduates).

“We wanted to give student bands a chance to play music in front of a live audience. We also wanted to raise money for a cause,” said Dickens.

Submediocre will be playing original songs from their newest EP, “Take 2,” with a few covers sprinkled into the set. Accompanying Submediocre will be alternative band Full Safari, formerly known as The Ooze, and Kingblue, a one-man-band made up of Ethan Hubbard.

Jam-A-Palooza will take place Saturday, May 27 from 7-10 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Brewery off of the Rye Canyon Loop. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children ages 10 & under. All net proceeds will be donated to the Child and Family Center of Santa Clarita.

Live Entertainment

| Entertainment | May 25, 2017

May 25, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse John Davis, Paul Marshall Classic rock & more
May 25, Fri 6-9p Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic easy rock
May 26, Fri 6 – 9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
May 26, Fri 7 -10p American Legion 507 SCV High School Open Mic /large area for dancing
May 26, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Wildside Live music
May 26, Fri 8-12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Live music
May 26, Fri 9p–12m Valencia Wine Co PULP Party rock

May 27, Sat 2 – 4:30p Agua Dulce winery Mary White band Country
May 27, Sat 8 – 11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Lone Goat/ Classics & originals
May 27, Sat 8p-12m VFW 6885 Soundwaves Surf & classic rock
May 27, Sat 9p-12m Valencia Wine Co Counterfitz Alternative rock
May 27, Sat 9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft band Blues & Classics
May 26 & 27, Fri & Sun 8-11p Wine 661 Live music
May 26 & 27, Fri & Sat 9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Live music
May 28, Sun 1 p.m. Drifters Bar Live Music, Memorial Day BBQ, Free Food
May 28, Sun 10a – 2pm Saugus Swap Meet The Fulcos live music
May 28, Sun 1-5p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Mary White Duo Country

May 28, Sun 2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz
May 28, Sun 5-9pm VFW 6885 Apache Rose Varied classic rock

May 28, Sun 5-9pm American Legion 507 Pro Blues Jam Blues Jam

May 30, Tues 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Bunky Spurling Blues & classic rock

May 31, Wed 6-9p Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic easy rock
June 1, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright band Classic blues & rock

‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Canyon Theatre Guild

| Entertainment | May 18, 2017

Broadway favorite “Guys and Dolls” will open later this month at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Newhall. Set in the 1940s, characters include nightclub performers, gamblers and even members of the Salvation Army in its early days. The main story involves the lead character, a fly-by-night gambler, attempting to woo a Salvation Army missionary in order to win a bet. There is a side story where a showgirl tries to hook her fiancé of 14 years, who happens to be the founder of “the oldest, established, floating crap game in New York.” The musical comedy has some of the best known tunes from Broadway since it opened in 1950.

“Guys and Dolls” opens Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Adult audience members who arrive at 7 p.m. can enjoy a free wine and champagne reception. Performances are Fridays, June 16 and 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.; Saturdays May 27, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 28, June 4, 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Ticket Prices: $19 Adults, $17 Juniors ( under 18) & Seniors (62+). Call the CTG Box Office for reservations at 661-799-2702.

Band of the Week – Post Nothing

| Entertainment | May 12, 2017

Few cool things really tie Santa Clarita and Lancaster together, yet Post Nothing is one of the admirable adhesives between our towns that a boring 40-mile commute attempts to separate — and we can thank COC for that.

With Hans Cruz on guitar, Riley Thornbrugh on bass, Matt Fullove on drums, and Jed Bookout on vocals, Post-Nothing is a hardcore punk band from Lancaster and Castaic (with some members attending College of the Canyons) who have played for countless ears throughout the West Coast.

Just as with many other great things, Post Nothing got off to an ironic start in 2011 when they formed as a flippant punk band whose style was anything but taking themselves seriously. Back then, they were called “Trap Her Keep Her” and opened shows for artists they liked, just so they could get in for free.

Things took an unexpected turn, however, as Trap Her Keep Her steadily gained a local following. This inspired the first out-of-state tour for the band, and that’s when they realized that the name Trap Her Keep Her came off as “rape-y” and “patriarchal” to certain folks, Bookout said. From there, the name Post Nothing was adopted, and they have been through several line-up changes and tours since.

Post Nothing takes pride in their self-sufficiency as an unsigned band, covering the costs of their own music and merch, as well as booking their own shows. In June, Post Nothing will be touring with the band In Decline, marking their 10th tour as a band. The first show begins June 1 at Voodoo Vinyl in Lancaster, and their last on June 10 in St. George, Utah. They will also be performing in July with the band Crushed?! in Arizona and New Mexico.

For more information about Post Nothing and a list of upcoming shows, visit their facebook page online at https://www.facebook.com/postnothing.edu/.

‘Elephant Man’ Performance at Sanctuary Church

| Entertainment | May 11, 2017

A local church is pooling its talent to bring the community a live stage performance of Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” for the next two weekends. The Sanctuary in Newhall has built a professionally designed stage and with a combination of entertainment industry talent from their congregation is bringing the thought-provoking script to life.

“The reason we chose ‘Elephant Man’ is because we loved the story as it is, but also what it represents historically, because it stems from an actual life, as the story suggests,” said Jonathan Edwards, executive pastor at The Sanctuary. “The story allows someone taking in the story to not only hear and listen and watch a story play out, but oddly enough, identify with it.”

The main character in the drama — “John Merrick” — is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, a 19th century Londoner who was born horribly disfigured. The storyline covers the ability of a young doctor to transform him from an object of pity to a favorite of the aristocracy.

Directed by actor Mark Henderson, a member of The Sanctuary’s congregation, the aim of the church’s production is to inspire a depth of thought and discussion.

“With some plays you go to you walk away and say, ‘That was cool; that was fun.’ But with this one you get in the car, you sit down and ask yourself, ‘How does this apply to me?’” Edwards said. “My issues might not be as evident as this man, John Merrick, but — you know what? We all have a version of what this man went through.”

Performances are May 12-14 and May 19-21 at 7 p.m., with one matinee on May 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased online at ElephantManPlay.com.

The Sanctuary Church is located at 26444 Friendly Valley Parkway in Santa Clarita.

Live Music

| Entertainment | May 11, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!
May 11, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Steve & Ryan Arklin Classic rock & blues

May 11, Thur 6 – 9p Vincent Hill (Acton) Z-Band (E Zane Wood) Country and classic rock
May 12, Fri 6-9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current
May 12, Fri 7-10p American Legion 507 Phil ‘n the Blanks large area for dancing
May 12, Fri 8-11p Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote Country
May 12, Fri 9p-12m Valencia Wine Co Vinyl Gypsies Varied rock
May 12, Fri 9p–1am Docs Inn Frankly Speaking band Classic rock—————————————————————————————————————————————————
May 13, Sat 8p-12m VFW 6885 Cervantes Varied rock
May 13, Sat 9p-12m Valencia Wine Co TBD
May 13, Sat 9p – 1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Mystic Possey Varied rock
May 12 & 13, Fri & Sat 8-11p Wine 661 Live music
May 12 & 13, Fri & Sat 9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille Live music
May 12 & 13 Fri & Sat 9 p.m. Drifters Karaoke Friday, Live Music Saturday
May 14, Sun 10a – 2pm Saugus Swap Meet Brothers and Others mixed
May 14, Sun 1-5p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Variety

May 14, Sun 2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz
May 14, Sun 5-9pm VFW 6885 Boys Night Out Country & classic rock

May 14, Sun 5-9pm American Legion 507 Chuck Strong & SRBQ SCV Blues Society on 2nd Sun

May 16, Tues 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Jim Gustin & Truth Jones Blues & classic rock

May 17, Wed 6-9p Vincent Hill Station Miles to Go Classic rock
May 17, Wed 6-9 p Route 66 Bike Night Live Music
May 18, Thur 7-10p Bergies steakhouse Gigi Worth & Guy Thomas Classic rock & more
May 19, Fri 6 –9p Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music Classic rock to current

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 14, 2017

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

Apr 14, Fri  7:00-10:00p American Legion 507     Mod-u-Lates                  Great music & dancing

Apr 14, Fri  8-12p          Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) David Reeves Carpenter            Country

Apr 14, Sat 8:30-11:30   Wine 661                       Miles 2 Go band                        Classic rock

Apr 14, Fri  9-12p          Valencia Wine Co          Mighty Anchovies          Classic rock

Apr 14, Sat 9p – 1am     Docs Inn                       Frankly Speaking band  Classic rock

Apr 15, Sat  8-12m        VFW 6885                     Debra Lee band                        Country

Apr 15, Sat  9p – 1am    Valencia Wine Co          Vinyl Gypsies band       Classic rock
Apr 14 & 15, Fri & Sun  8-11p      Wine 661                     Live music

Apr 14 & 15, Fri & Sat  9p-12m    Salt Creek Grille           Live music

Apr 16, Sat  1-5p                       Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins w/ Paul    Classic fun

Apr 16, Sun  2:30pm      Valencia Wine Co          Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo

Apr 16, Sun  5-9pm       VFW 6885                     Chad Watkins & Pam Loe  Country

Apr 16, Sun  5-9pm       American Legion 507     Sunday Blues Jam
Apr 18, Tues  7-10p       Bergies steakhouse       Frank Christopher          Classic rock

Apr 20, Thur 7-10p           Bergies steakhouse        Alan Wright band             Classic rock & Blues

Apr 21, Fri  7:00-10:00p American Legion 507     large area for dancing    Mixed rock & Classics

Apr 21, Fri  8p               Sweetwater Café           Dallas Hodge & Bob Heft          Classic rock & Blues


Band of the Week – The Siren and the Poet

| Entertainment | April 14, 2017

The Siren and the Poet, a progressive folk band from Santa Clarita, is composed of singer/songwriter Connor Pratt — and that’s just about it.

A lover of the arts, Pratt attended Sonoma University in Arizona for acting. Throughout his studies, he found himself writing music much of the time.

“I like to call my style ‘progressive folk.’ It’s centered around the idea that my own narrative and life are constantly changing so, therefore, the sound that expresses it should be as well,” says Pratt. “It can vary from stripped-down acoustic guitar to a more dramatic soundscape with synthesizers and sound effects.”

Pratt’s solo project stems from previous endeavors with another band, Condemn Us as Saviors, which he describes as an extension of the musical concepts and material that were otherwise intentionally left out of songs in the original group.

Although there are more words in the band’s name than there are band members, Connor has goals of changing that someday.

“I hope to make it into a collaborative project in the future, finding other musicians to lend their hand to my sound.”

For those who would like to find out more information about The Siren and the Poet, visit the project’s Facebook page, where you can check out the band’s music, performance dates, and videos. Or, follow Connor Pratt on Instagram.

Live Entertainment

| Entertainment | March 31, 2017

Bergie’s 3/30 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
4/4 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
4/6 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Classic Rock & Fun
No cover
American Legion 507 3/31 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
4/2 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
4/7 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Blues & Classic Rock
Sunday Blues Jam
Jazz & Varied  Cover
Valencia Wine Co 3/31 9 p.m. – 12 p.m. Stone Soul Band  cover: Minimum Purchase
Central Park 4/1 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Strawberry Tequila Festival No cover
Vincenzo’s Pizza 4/1 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Griswalds Band Food/Drink Purchase
VFW 6885 4/1 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
4/2 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cervantes Band
Surfer Style No Cover
Doc’s Inn 4/1 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Frankly Speaking No Cover
Wine 661 4/1 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
4/2 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Live Music
cover: Minimum Purchase
Salt Creek Grille 4/1 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
4/2 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Live Music Minimum Purchase

Cowboy Festival Features Varied Music Lineup

| Entertainment | March 31, 2017

The 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group, will offer a wide variety of musical genres to the widely-known Western themed event. Bringing back old favorites and introducing new performances, the 24th annual event will feature more than 20 musical acts on five stages at William S. Hart Park, two venues in Old Town Newhall and other venues throughout the City.

Admission to the main Cowboy Festival on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at William S. Hart Park, includes access to performances by 21 bands and artists on five different stages: Mane, Ranch House, Hart Hall, Heritage Junction and OutWest. Tickets may be purchased at CowboyFestival.org/Tickets.

The venue will feature Western, Americana and Bluegrass bands playing on the Mane Stage include award-winning Jon Chandler, Tony Furtado, Dead Winter Carpenters and The Show Ponies.

Festival-goers will get into the Wild West mood with the intertribal pow wow drum group Wild Horse Singers and Dancers, the certified genius and old-time magician Pop Haydn, the gun spinning of Joey Dillon and the comedy sketches and yodeling of Sourdough Slim. In addition, folks will not want to miss the transporting tales of Joe Herrington and the authentic performance of Ballet Folklórico.

Visitors can hear the classic cowboy sounds of Carin Mari, Andy Hedges and Dave Stamey. Tom Corbett & Bill Knopf, Gary Robertson and Kristyn Harris will also bring their own Western tunes and rhymes, along with the Youth Poetry Presentation.

Boots will get tappin’ with the heady sounds of Western bands, including Syd Masters & The Swing Riders, Run Boy Run, The Vivants and The Haunted Windchimes.

New to the Cowboy Festival, this stage will feature musicians and authors interchangeably. These rough and ready performers will be John Bergstrom, Almeda Brawdshaw and the Women on the Move Trio. Western tales will be shared by the authors Andria Kidd and P.W. Conway, and many more. Also at the OutWest Stage area, the Buckaroo Book Shop will offer a common meeting place for readers and writers.

Tickets for separate performances and activities taking place on Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 23 are available for purchase as well. Canyon Theatre Guild, The MAIN, the Rancho Camulos Museum and Hart Mansion will host intimate, sell-out performances.

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On Friday, April 21 audiences can enjoy the soul of cowboy music exposed by the melodies of the Sons of the San Joaquin and Kristyn Harris at the Canyon Theatre Guild. Individuals and groups interested in attending these performances are encouraged to buy tickets early, as seats sell quickly. On Saturday, April 22, Grammy-nominated Don Edwards will take the stage, along with The Haunted Windchimes, a traditional folk and American roots band.

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The intimate, 81-seat theater, The MAIN will be highlighting Western, rockabilly, and Americana musicians and storytelling. On Wednesday, April 19 Mary Kaye and Joe Herrington will provide Western music and storytelling. On Friday, April 21 The California Feetwarmers will pay homage to ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing. On Saturday, April 22 Rosie Flores will show off her award-winning honky-tonk and rockabilly stylings.

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On Friday, April 21 the Rancho Camulos Musuem will be hosting Jon Chandler, the “best western songsmith since Ian Tyson,” says the Los Angeles Daily News. This award-winning author and songwriter will highlight the afternoon at Rancho Camulos, where participants will enjoy a Southwest buffet and costumed, docent-led tours of the Heritage Valley, in addition to Jon Chandler’s musical talents.

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On Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m., authors Garner Palenske and Nicholas Cataldo will be bringing the history of Wyatt Earp back to the Hart Mansion.

For more information on the 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival including additional performers, ticket pricing, schedules and more concerts hosted by partnering organizations, visit CowboyFestival.org or call the Box Office at (661) 250-3735.

Band of the Week – The Suspenders

| Entertainment | March 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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



Band of the Week: Ric’s Phunk Bus

| Entertainment | March 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


| Entertainment | March 3, 2017

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

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

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

“We are doing a short tour in Oregon in early March, because we are releasing our second CD,” Gustin said. “We all have day jobs, so this is a labor of love. It would be nice to be able to do it full time. We can just play what we want to play and not worry about how much the gig pays. It gives us freedom to play what we want.”

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

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

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

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


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

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

Artist of the Week – Don Edwards

| Entertainment | February 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

Live Music in and around Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | February 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One More Weekend of Comedic Shakespeare at Canyon Theatre

| Entertainment, Uncategorized | February 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

Band of the Week: Right Side Up

| Entertainment | February 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



| Entertainment | January 27, 2017

Bergies Bar & Grill
Jan. 31 – Eliot W. & Friends
16404 Delone St, Canyon Country
(661) 251-3133

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

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

J.R.s Comedy Club

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

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



Band of the Week

The Grateful Dudes

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

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

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

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

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

Bank of the Week

| Entertainment | January 13, 2017

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

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

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

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


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