In the months since The Canyon Santa Clarita opened at Westfield Town Center, most of the valley has gotten the memo: There’s a new concert venue in town where you can order dinner and drinks while you listen to live concerts by professional bands.
What residents may not know is that there’s also a Soulful Sunday Brunch. Last week’s live music was top quality jazz with a lead singer who grew up in Santa Clarita, so she exuded the comfort of someone crooning among old friends. The velvety sounds of Natalie Mendoza and the Fabus Four filled the room with the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Sky” and familiar tunes like Sinatra’s “I’ll Never Smile Again.” The four-piece band, with guitar, percussion, bass and sax, are in high demand, performing ‘40s classics all over Southern California. Mendoza and the Fabus Four hasve teamed up for concerts at Cicada in downtown L.A., the Wiltern Theatre, and many other landmarks.
The brunch was also classic – Belgian waffles, custom omelets, a buffet with everything from ribs and sausage to biscuits and gravy. It was everything you expect from a Sterling Venue Ventures restaurant. The personnel are young, attractive men and women and your seating choices include floor level tables, booths that sit above the dance floor, and couch combos. You can end up with another layer of nostalgia if you’ve been to one of the other venues owned by Sterling: The Saban in Beverly Hills, The Canyon Club in Agoura, The Rose in Pasadena or The Libbey Bowl in Ojai.
As similar as the feel is to Agoura’s Canyon Club, the advantage at The Canyon Santa Clarita is that it’s the most recently opened venue. The floors, tables and décor have the same simple charm, but with the obvious advantage that everything’s brand new.
But don’t worry – the music can still take you back. Natalie Mendoza and the band will entertain at Soulful Sunday Brunch again on March 18, April 8 & 22, and the Brandon Ragan Project will be playing March 11 & 25, April 1, 15 & 29.
The Canyon is located at 24201 Valencia Blvd. in the Westfield Town Center Mall. Visit WhereMusicMeetstheSoul.com for reservations.