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ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
For all of the Beatles' worship of Elvis Presley, the Fab Four recorded little of the King's material. So the prospect of Ronnie Mack indulging his recent infatuation with the Beatles-influenced L.A. power-pop scene gave an extra, promising dimension to the program he set up for the 13th annual Elvis Birthday Bash on Friday at the House of Blues. How might Elvis classics sound with chiming guitars and ringing Mersey Beat harmonies supplied by various acts on the power-pop scene?
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NEWS
June 22, 1995 | MIKE BOEHM
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 1998 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1996 | ROBYN LOEWENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Connie Nelson, Willie Nelson's ex-wife, can remember the moment Willie became a Leon Russell fan. "I was driving out in the middle of nowhere and had just bought Leon's new 'Carney' tape about 1972 or '73 and was listening to it," she said. "I stopped in the middle of the Texas desert, pulled the car next to a pay phone, called Willie and said, 'You've got to hear this.' 'Carney' was blasting from the car radio. Later, they met and Willie started to grow his hair long soon after that."
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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