September 10, 1988 |
An old notion--that competition is healthy--certainly applies to local rock bands. A "Finals Showcase" earlier this week at Bogart's in Long Beach featured six bands from Orange County and Long Beach contending for a chance to perform at a music festival in Toronto. It produced nothing but good-to-excellent performances, highlighted by an outstanding set from Ann De Jarnett. National Peoples Gang and Chain Gang also were first-rate.
December 9, 1988 |
The Coach House, the leading club in Orange County for touring pop talent, will try to build an audience for home-grown music with twice-monthly bills featuring local rock groups. The first show, Dec. 23, will feature two bands from Orange County, Wood and Smoke and Imagining Yellow Suns, along with a Los Angeles group, One Day. "We'll give 'em decent days and keep the ticket prices down and see if we can make it work," said Ken Phebus, the Coach House's booking agent.
March 21, 1991 |
A cynic might say that anyone who still has a taste for punk rock at this late date must have done too much slam dancing without a helmet. The slammers will be there--in force--when four bands from Orange County's original punk rock wave convene for a show Saturday night at UC Irvine.
May 8, 1995 |
To much of the world, the connection between rock music and skateboarding begins and ends with that wistful example of perfect Southern California maidenhood floating in slow motion against a perfect Southern California sky in Tom Petty's "Free Fallin' " video. The rock-skateboarding connection made over the weekend in the Olympic Velodrome at Cal State Dominguez Hills involved nothing quite so elegant.
August 12, 1990 |
The mystery of the missing scoreboard at Olympiastadion remains unanswered, so let's stick with the questions raised by Saturday's clueless affair at American Bowl '90. Was there no scoreboard because the Rams and the Chiefs made one unnecessary? Or did the Rams and the Chiefs stop scoring because there was nowhere to put the points?
November 14, 1998 |
The last time Colombian rock group Aterciopelados played at J.C. Fandango in Anaheim--the steady haven for Pan American bands in Orange County--singer Andrea Echeverri threw herself off the stage into the crowd. Fans held her above their heads like the hallowed diva, the "florecita rockera" (little rock blossom), she is for most Spanish-speaking rockers.
January 11, 1988 |
The catastrophic fire that razed Big John's Billiards in Anaheim on Sunday morning left Orange County's rock music community collectively stunned at the destruction of one of only two places in the county where young bands could play original music. "Oh, wow! This changes everything," said an audibly shaken Jim Palmer, the independent booking agent who had brought literally hundreds of aspiring groups into the pool hall that became a nightclub each Friday and Saturday night.
March 5, 1997 |
In an apparent first for Orange County's dominant movie chain, the 750-seat Edwards Mesa Cinema will host a biweekly series of alternative-rock concerts, starting Friday. Most of the acts will be ska- and punk-flavored bands with a Christian message--a key element in the Edwards chain's approval of the series. But the promoters say they will try to reach a general rock audience, filtering in suitable secular bands on three of the eight scheduled nights.
June 29, 1989 |
Time to catch up on major and minor happenings around the Orange County music scene: -- Dr. Dream Records, the Orange County-based alternative rock label, continues to carve a niche for itself as a home for interesting local bands. The label's latest signing is Eggplant, a Huntington Beach band whose varied, witty approach to rock makes it a good candidate for acceptance on the college radio scene. Comparisons to Camper Van Beethoven are likely. Eggplant headlines July 7 at Night Moves, 5902 Warner Ave., in Huntington Beach, along with two other worthy local rock contenders, Lost Dog and Don't Mean Maybe.
August 30, 1994 |
Stephen Rochford fondly recalls the warm summer evenings of his childhood in Fullerton, picnicking with his family in neighborhood parks while listening to a concert band playing classical and pop tunes. Today, Rochford directs the Irvine Valley College Summer Band, one of a handful of community-based bands carrying on that tradition for a new generation. Back in the 1960s, community bands in Orange County drew big crowds--at least 500 people, routinely, Rochford recalled.