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.
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.
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.