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.
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.
November 19, 1993 |
Sports heroes struck poses alongside professional models Tuesday at a fashion gala at Roxbury South in Santa Ana. The event benefited Athletes & Entertainers for Kids, an organization dedicated to helping critically ill, disadvantaged and disenfranchised children. Co-chairmen of the event, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and supermodel Kathy Ireland, have served as spokesmen for AEFK for five years.
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.