February 21, 1998 |
"If it weren't for Carl Perkins," Brian Setzer declared Thursday night, "we wouldn't be here." That's true enough for a broad range of pop acts, but even more so for Setzer's Stray Cats, who reunited at the House of Blues to perform an energetic tribute to the late rockabilly pioneer.
November 5, 1998 |
The Love Ride encapsulates many of the elements of the ultimate Southern California experience: celebrities, music, good intentions, great food, freeways, cars, motorcycles, beautiful landscapes and gorgeous sunshine just slightly tinged with exhaust.
July 1, 1999
The star-spangled banners of two off-the-mainstream musical movements will fly Independence Day weekend over the parklike Oak Canyon Ranch festival grounds. On Saturday, the fifth annual roots-celebrating Hootenanny Festival features acts fired by blues, country music and early rock 'n' roll, many adding a punk wallop to their vintage sources.
April 24, 1999 |
April showers bring May festivals. Beach Fest '99, an annual charity event that offers an abundant, smorgasbord-like selection of bands from the Orange County/Long Beach music scene, takes place May 15-16 at Shoreline Marina Green in Long Beach. The following weekend, May 22-23, brings a large helping of national blues and roots-rock talent to another waterfront location, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, site of the annual Doheny Blues Festival.
January 4, 1998
MOVIES Football player-turned-actor Howie Long plays a "smoke-jumper" who has to battle two forest fires and outwit a homicidal escaped convict in cinematographer-turned-director Dean Sempler's "Firestorm." Talk about your tough days. The film opens Friday in general release. THEATER Richard Dreyfuss headlines as Benedict Arnold in L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater staging of "The General From America," by Richard Nelson.
July 7, 1997 |
Chuck Berry's witty songbook is in no danger of going stale, but his headlining set on Saturday at the Hootenanny '97 Festival included an apt revision of "Rock 'n' Roll Music." "Some people said rock 'n' roll would fade / It's been 40 years since that remark was made," Berry sang. The modest, folksy Hootenanny is a reminder of why rock 'n' roll has been worth preserving.
November 16, 2000
IRVINE 8:30 & 10:30pm Comedy Whenever political pundits discuss the Washington-Hollywood connection in presidential politics, they undoubtedly bring up Bill Clinton's 1992 appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" during which the future chief executive donned a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and blew "Heartbreak Hotel" on his sax. We all know what Bill's been up to these past eight years, but what about Arsenio? * Arsenio Hall, Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
May 4, 1995 |
Several artists with ties to the local blues scene have been nominated for W.C. Handy Awards, the blues world's top honors. Winners will be announced today at ceremonies in Memphis. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, the Riverside-based band that plays regularly in Orange County, is a candidate for blues band of the year in a field that also includes the Charlie Musselwhite Band, Roomful of Blues, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets and the Smokin' Joe Kubek Band.