June 22, 1995 |
Advice to musical snackers attending this year's Taste of Orange County: Get a good helping of the festival's ample roots offerings, and we don't mean radishes, carrots and rutabagas. On tap are such illustrious figures as B.B. King, the blues master who is a prime contender for the title of dean of American roots music, even if he is seldom seen without formal wear.
August 16, 2001
5pm Theater "Travelin' Light" is a program of eight, 10-minute plays from members of New Voices Playwrights Workshop, all concerning the thrills and spills of vacationing. In one of the pieces, a young man on holiday in England starts to believe he is Hamlet.* "Travelin' Light," co-produced by the Chance Theater and New Voices Playwrights Workshop, Chance Theater, 5576 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. Saturdays and Sundays, 5 p.m. $10 to $13. (714) 821-6903 or www.chancetheater.com.
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.
July 13, 2000 |
So Hustler doesn't take checks, which stinks if you're sniffing around the Sunset Strip retail store sans cold hard dinero. But not if you know Slim Jim Phantom. The Cat Club owner opened his doors a wee bit early, letting us laze around while we waited for a cash delivery. (The Cat Club's a stone's throw from the Hustler store.) Slim Jim gave me the skinny on a few new happenings. Ronnie Mack's Barndance just made its debut at the Cat Club, and it makes perfect sense.
July 9, 2001 |
The annual Hootenanny Festival always celebrates the maverick spirit of roots rock and punk music, and this year's edition on Saturday at a new site--Hidden Valley Ranch in Irvine, adjacent to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater--was no exception. But thanks to key moments in headlining performances by rock elder statesman Chuck Berry and veteran punk band Social Distortion, Hootenanny 2001 also turned into a poignant thanksgiving for another day on planet Earth.