Ska, rock and reggae band PapaFish, based in Northridge and a favorite in the Santa Clarita Valley as well as the San Fernando Valley, rocks a set of brand-new material in the group’s TV debut on the next premiere edition of SCVTV’s “House Blend.”
The WAVE award-nominated music-and-interview program, hosted by longtime Santa Clarita journalist Stephen K. Peeples, airs on SCVTV and streams on the Web at www.scvtv.com on Saturday, April 25, at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.
PapaFish members Nancy Rae (vocals), Jason Frogoso (drums), Greg Menjivar (guitar), Dante “Peruvian Thunder” Chocano (bass) and Tony Sangiacomo (sax) kick off their “House Blend” set with “So Far” and “Chicks Can Dance,” from the band’s just-released EP “The Lab.”
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They also introduce the official video for PapaFish’s latest single, “I to 10,” and close the show with “Lost,” a song Menjivar said was only about two weeks old, and hadn’t even been recorded yet. It marked another in a long series of world premieres on “House Blend.”
Between songs,“House Blend” host Peeples talks with PapaFish’s bandmembers about how they formed out of jam sessions on a CSUN dorm balcony (“when ska tripped over rock and face-planted into reggae,” as they put it); how they paid production and packaging costs for “The Lab” and expanded their fan base through a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign; and how much they’re looking forward to playing the 10th annual Summer Meltdown concert for autism awareness, to be staged Saturday, May 4 at the Santa Clarita Skate Park by the Yes I Can students with and without disabilities at Canyon High School. It will be PapaFish’s third Summer Meltdown.
Find out more about PapaFish and “The Lab” at the band’s official Facebook page.
About SCVTV’s ‘House Blend’ with Stephen K. Peeples
“House Blend” is booked, researched, written and hosted by Peeples, who also co-produces the series at the SCVTV Media Center in Newhall, Calif., with SCVTV studio director Megan Perez. She also directs the show, assisted by SCVTV’s Austin Dave, sound engineer Mike Mazzetti and the studio staff. Leon Worden, SCVTV president/CEO, is the series’ executive producer.
Now in its third season, “House Blend” premiered on SCVTV, community television for the Santa Clarita Valley, in September 2010. The half-hour show airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time, with an encore Thursdays at the same time. Santa Clarita Valley viewers watch on Time Warner Cable Channel 20, and viewers throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties watch on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.
The program also streams live everywhere via the Web at scvtv.com at the same times.
In addition, all “House Blend” programs produced to date — more than 30 original editions with music and interviews and a dozen all-music best-of compilations — are archived and viewable on demand; click here.
A series highlight is the May 2011 “House Blend” program featuring folk-country-bluegrass legends Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen; the show was one of three finalists for a WAVE award from the Western Alliance for Community Media. Read more here.
PapaFish photo: Stephen K. Peeples
In addition to his “Peeples Place at KHTS” blog, Santa Clarita journalist Stephen K. Peeples is a features writer/reporter and photographer for KHTS Radio News (hometownstation.com) and SCVNews.com, and host, writer and co-producer of the weekly “House Blend” music and interview television show on SCVTV, community television for the Santa Clarita Valley (scvhouseblend.com). A former SCV music and entertainment columnist for The Signal (2004-2011) and drummer with SCV jazz group RainTree (raintreejazz.com, 2010-2011), Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” MIPF/Rhino, 1992), an award-winning radio producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” Westwood One, 1988-1990) and an award-winning online editor (The Signal website, 2007-2011). For more information, email email@example.com or visit stephenkpeeples.com.
Source: Peeples Place at KHTS