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It’s the 16th post of the new local music blog I’m producing in collaboration with AM 1220 KHTS and the Santa Clarita Valley’s No. 1, award-winning website, www.hometownstation.com.
Peeples Place at KHTS is online every Friday morning with hot SCV music news, reviews, features and photos at www.peeplesplace.com, with an on-air preview on the AM 1220 KHTS morning show each Thursday at 8:10.
This week, we have news about Jessie’s new addiction, a new twist on an old Christmas tale, Feaver-pitch voting in the SchoolJam USA competition, guitarist and musician’s musician Carl Verheyen at the Canyon Club, and lots more.
We’ll find out who’s premiering on “House Blend” on SCVTV Saturday night, what’s hot at our local record store, and who’s playing live this weekend around town and nearby.
But first, we’re going to lead off with our trivia question!
SCV MUSIC TRIVIA: DROP DOWN & GET DEL — We have a winner in our current contest! Cindy Smith of Santa Clarita correctly named Del Shannon (and included his real name, Charles Westover) as the artist who lived in Canyon Country and whose 1981 album “Drop Down and Get Me” was produced by Tom Petty, and featured the Heartbreakers as Shannon’s backing band.
Congrats to Cindy, who wins a pair of KHTS Restaurant Row certificates and a couple CDs from the Peeples Place at KHTS swag vault.
So here’s our new question: Name Jack Mack & The Heart Attack’s lead singer. Hint: He lives in Valencia. If you know the answer, email firstname.lastname@example.org (KHTS employees past and present and members of the band are not eligible, sorry!). We’ll toss all the correct entries into a hat and randomly choose a winner.
OK, now let’s rock some SCV music news.
JESSIE RETURNS WITH NEW ADDICTION — Singer/songwriter Jessie Seely won the SCV Rock Star competition’s “Best Video” award as a solo artist in 2008, and showed enormous potential then. Three years down the road, and after taking some time off to get her day job act together, she’s back with a new band. They’re playing at Howie’s in Castaic Friday night and at The Vu in Newhall Dec. 10 (see “More SCV Music Live” below).
Red Addiction (from left): Jozzy Roads, Marco Antonio Caban, Caleb Hill and Jessie Seely.
“As for my music, I’ve MISSED IT LIKE CRAZY! And it’s finally time to get back at it!” she wrote this week. “My brand-new rock band is called Red Addiction. Guitar maniac Jozzy and I have been writing in our spare time. Not surprisingly, some songs are VERY twisted…just like me, right? I’m having a blast making killer tunes with my boys Jozzy, Marco and Caleb.”
Red Addiction also has a new Facebook page to keep fans up to date.GET SCROOGED AT CTG’S ‘CHRISTMAS CAROL’ — The Canyon Theatre Guild presents “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” premiering Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Nov. 25, with shows running through Dec. 18.
In the West Coast debut of this new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, Dickens guides Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future to rediscover his holiday spirit.
Showtimes are set for 8 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, with two weeknight shows on Dec. 20 and 21 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15/$17; call the CTG’s box office at (661) 799-2702 to order. Find the CTG at 24242 Main St. in Old Town Newhall 91321.
VOTING STILL OPEN FOR THE FEAVER IN SCHOOLJAM USA COMPETITION — Support the local SCV band in its bid to win the national SchoolJam USA competition for high school students. Dylan, Braeden, Zack and Cole entered one of their hot originals, “Bleeding Man.” Click here to vote; you can vote once a day. You can also search for and nominate other favorite bands.
SCV LOCAL MUSIC SPOTLIGHT — For the latest on what’s new and hot in local music, we checked in with our friends at Rock Candy Music & More, the Santa Clarita Valley’s only retail record store, at Bouquet and Plum Canyon in Saugus. Staffer David Green gave us the update on what’s new on the shelves.
“We got the She & Him Christmas album in,” Green said. “We also have a new 7-inch from Hot Water Music that’s really awesome. It’s called ‘The Fire, The Steel, The Tread/Adds Up to Nothing.'”
We also asked about new local releases, but there are none this week, he said.
“Moonraker, my band, just launched a podcast,” Green said. “It’s free and you can find it on iTunes. It’s called ‘The Moonraker Podcast.’ The first one was recorded in Thousand Oaks.”
The podcast is also available for download at www.moonraker.libsyn.com. Green said they’ll probably release the second episode, recorded on the band’s recent tour, next week.
Rock Candy Music & More presents live shows by local artists on most weekend nights; tonight, it’s Ben Schwab at 7 p.m. and Rimpau at 8 p.m.
SCV MUSIC ON TV: OPEN THE CODA, NATHANIEL DOBIES DEBUT ON ‘HOUSE BLEND’ — “House Blend” hosted by yours truly on SCVTV Saturday night at 10 presents the premiere broadcast of our show featuring rock band Open the Coda and pop/folk singer/songwriter Nathaniel Dobies.
In their first “House Blend” appearance, Santa Clarita’s Open the Coda — guitarist Josh Larson, drummer Trevor Thomas singer Melanie Parson and bassist Zach Relles, pictured at left on the set with yours truly — taped their segment at the SCVTV Media Center in Newhall on Oct. 29.
They rocked the house with “Take it or Leave it” and “Prescription Candy,” both band originals as yet unrecorded, and premiered in this edition of the show.
Nathaniel Dobies of Canyon Country, who opens the half hour, also taped his “House Blend” debut at SCVTV on Oct. 29. Performing solo and unplugged, Dobies premiered a pair of originals, “So Many Voices” and “Why Don’t We Do It,” from his forthcoming debut album.
“House Blend” airs Saturdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time on SCVTV (Time Warner Cable Channel 20 in the Santa Clarita Valley, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 in Los Angeles and Orange counties), and streams live everywhere via the Web at www.scvtv.com. The show’s archives are also available 24/7 on demand at www.scvtv.com/html/housebl end-current.html and www.scvhouseblend.com.
Check out the SCVTV website for more local music listings.
FLEMING’S NEW TRIO DEBUTS AT OUTWEST — Thanks to Leon Worden at SCVTV for sharing this: Fresh from an appearance the night before at the Coffee Gallery in Pasadena, the brand-new Western trio Almost Kin will make its Santa Clarita Valley debut Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bobbi and Jim Bell’s OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center on Main Street in Old Town Newhall.
Almost Kin is none other than Michael Fleming (pictured at right), director of the city of Santa Clarita’s annual Cowboy Festival and summer Concerts in the Park series, together with pals Steve and Kathy Coon (left and center).
Before taking over the festival and joining the city staff as a full-time arts and events supervisor, Fleming led another trio, New West, for 15 years.
An accomplished Western songwriter, Fleming won both the Academy of Western Artists’ Will Rogers award in 1997 for best Western swing song and the Western Music Association’s song of the year award for his composition, “Sometimes This Old Cowboy Gets the Blues.”
It wasn’t a fluke. In 1998 Fleming again won the WMA’s song of the year honors for “Below the Kinney Rim,” which he co-wrote with fellow SCV resident Les Buffham.
Rounding out the new group are voiceover artists Steve and Kathy Coon, who were two-thirds of Scambooty, a popular if somewhat raunchy comedy trio.
As Almost Kin, the three artists promise an eclectic-acoustic mix of new original songs and smooth harmonies with dollops of humor thrown in for good measure.
OutWest is located at 24265 Main Street, Old Town Newhall 91321. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. A donation of $15 includes light refreshments.
It’s OutWest’s final concert of the year and a full house is expected, so reservations are essential. Call (661) 255-7087 to reserve a seat. Guests should dress for TV because they’ll be on it.
CARL VERHEYEN, A MUSICIAN’S MUSICIAN, SHREDS AT CANYON CLUB — The Carl Verheyen Band, an exceptionally talented trio featuring renowned guitarist Carl Verheyen, bassist Dave Marotta and drummer (and Valencia resident) Walfredo Reyes Jr., returns from its European tour to play at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on Thursday, Dec. 1. It’s well worth the drive from the SCV.
This is also the band’s final gig of 2011, and a couple of surprise guests may join them on stage.
Verheyen joined the popular British rock group Supertramp in 1985 and has played for millions of fans worldwide since then. He’s also released nearly a dozen CDs with his own band, played on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows, produced a pair of instructional DVDs, authored two books, writes for Guitar Player magazine and posts guitar tips online that get thousands of views.
Also named one of the world’s Top 10 guitarists by Guitar Magazine and recipient of numerous musical honors in the States, Germany, France, Italy and the U.K., Verheyen is every bit the musician’s musician, well-respected by his peers and fans alike for his stunning technique and fire in the soul.
Speaking of peers, check out what some of the world’s best-known guitarists say about him:
“Carl is known as a studio guitar player but he’s much more than that. His records have the great feel of a live player. He plays with a lot of feeling.” — John Fogerty
“Carl Verheyen is a REAL guitar player!” — Robben Ford
“Carl is one of those experienced, great players that you could put in any situation and get a wonderful guitar solo. I personally love the fact that he enjoys what he does and radiates positive energy whenever I have seen him.” — Steve Morse
“We’ve been friends for many years and Carl has always amazed me with his versatility and technique. He’s a fine player.” — Albert Lee
“Carl is a true pro and a great player/musician. He can do anything, and as one who is supposed to do this, me (ha-ha), Carl comes through with heart and soul and is really not only an awesome musician but a really good guy. That counts ALOT in this biz, especially these days. I have never heard anyone say anything but, ‘Wow, Carl can f-ing play!’ from anyone I have ever met, and that includes (back in 1927 when I started). He is a REAL MUSICIAN. I see him at the airport on the road with his own band (I can relate) and workin’ it, but yet a guy that few can emulate in the L.A. studios. I like it when good guys win and have the heart that goes with it. Yo, Carl!” — Steve Lukather
Verheyen’s bandmates are equally skilled and passionate. Marotta reunited with the band after a few years off just in time to play on their latest live CD and DVD, “The Road Divides” (which includes a track shot at the Canyon Club) and has toured and/or recorded with Burt Bacharach, Gino Vannelli, Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Hornsby, David Benoit, Colbie Callaits and Kenny Loggins.
Marotta worked on the movies “What Happens in Vegas” and “Wild Hogs” and conducts bass seminars and music workshops for colleges, music schools and musical instrument manufacturers.
Carl, Wally and Dave take five.
Reyes Jr. is in high demand as a session and road ace thanks to his signature combination of Latin, Afro-Cuban and world percussion. He’s worked with Santana, Steve Winwood/Traffic, Lindsey Buckingham and David Lindley, among many others, and calls the SCV home when he’s not on the road.
Tickets go for $20 per and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more info about the gig or to buy tickets, visit www.canyonclub.net. For more on Verheyen, check out his official website, blog and the band’s Facebook fan page.
MORE SCV MUSIC LIVE — Who else is playing in the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend and soon, or spreading the local musical love outside the valley?
The monthly all-ages Suburbia concert at the Sports Complex, booked and organized by Higher Level Productions, features Lockdown, Blackout, Bison Swing Set, The Cadence, Papafish, The Grittys and Costello. Doors open at 6; tickets are $8 with a flyer or $10 without.
SCV trio Meridian plays the Chatsworth street food truck gathering from 6:30 to 9 p.m. That’s near the corner of Chatsworth and Zelzah, next to Menchie’s frozen yogurt.
Musician and singer/songwriter Melissa Kaye plays free sets every Friday at La Toscana Trattoria Grill in Valencia. Catch her tonight from 7 to 9.
Sheandra and Christian rock and jazz band Ambient perform at the Stage Door performance space in Keyboard Galleria Music Center on Soledad Canyon Road. Admission is a voluntary donation and the show starts at 7.
Johnny Strat (real name John Stratton, pictured at left on “House Blend” in February 2011) performs an acoustic show with special guest Kesha Shantrell at Undergrounds, in the lower level of New Life Church on Newhall Ranch Road. Showtime is 7:30, and it’s free. “Come ready to sing!” Stratton says.
Gary McGrath and Ann-Marita, erstwhile of The McGrath Project, will perform free duo sets at The Cellar Wine Bar and Restaurant in Santa Clarita (Centre Pointe) at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday night.
Howie’s Pub in Castaic hosts “Metalmania” with local bands Fight the War, Character Assassins, Red Addiction, Hibernation Index, Poet Warrior, Urban Savages and Danny Get Down. Showtime is 8 p.m.; cover is $5 for ages 21 and older.
The Helen Wheels Band performs at Valencia Wine Co. and Jay Bolan plays at Salt Creek Grille tonight, both starting at 9 p.m.
Keyboard Galleria Music Center invites local drummers to show off their skills and win prizes all day at “The Drum Event” on Saturday, Nov. 19. Drummers of all skill levels — from beginner to professional — can compete for Fastest Hands, Fastest Feet, Drum Solo and more. To sign up, call (661) 259-5397 or visit www.keyboardgalleria.com.
Saturday night, also at the Sports Complex Activities Center, Higher Level presents another all-ages mini-rock fest featuring Sans Pareli, Open the Coda, Canadian Haymakers, City Under Fire, The Feaver, Of Opposite Design, Derringer and Submissioner. Take two cans of food for the SCV Food Pantry and get in for $8. Otherwise it’s $10.
Metal band Mind Grenade is set to headline the Val Verde Music Festival at Val Verde Park & Community Center starting at noon. Other performers include Thick Pockets=mc2, Realization Orchestra, Disregard Tomorrow, The Junkyard Dogs, Cobra and more. Admission is free and the concert rocks till 10 p.m.
Local post-alternative/progressive-rock band The Victor Ship will play at The Breathing Room on Zelzah Avenue in Northridge alongside Children of Nova, Main Street Cinema and Penny in a Pie Pan. Tickets cost $10 at the door, and the show starts at 6:30. This is The Victor Ship’s last show for a while, and they have some surprises in store.
Tidemouth is set to open the Pitzer Punk Show at Pitzer College on Mills Avenue in Claremont. Other acts include Life of Refusal, Stresscase, They As In Them, Plagues and a Mindrot/Skullf**ked split set. Tickets cost $5. All proceeds will benefit Bridgetown DIY, a nonprofit community center.
Jay Bolan performs again at Salt Creek Grille, starting at 9 p.m.
Teen singer-actress-dancer Ariana Sloan, one of my guests on “House Blend” on SCVTV during the summer, performs on pop night at The Whisky on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Accompanied by Jon McClellan on guitar, Sloan’s set starts at 6:45, and will feature tunes from her debut EP, “Day One.” (The duo is pictured during their “House Blend” performance).
The Babylon Social Club — featuring SCV singer Sarah Niemietz plus Herman Matthews, Bennett Salvay, Leslie Smith, W.G. “Snuffy” Walden and Terry Wilson — rocks Cafe Cordiale in Sherman Oaks. The musical conversation starts at 8:30 p.m. and it’s free.
Friday, Nov. 25
The band Bedford Park will play a free gig at The Cellar Wine Bar and Restaurant in Santa Clarita at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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Special thanks this week to all the artists, managers, media relations reps, families, friends and fans. Extra special thanks to Frieda Peeples for her invaluable production assistance, and to Nadine A. Peeples for her invaluable encouragement and support.
With a face perfect for radio, I’ll see you on SCVTV Wednesday evening at 6:04-ish with the weekly SCV Entertainment Minute, and on AM 1220 KHTS Thursday morning at 8:10 when I preview the NEXT edition of…Peeples Place at KHTS.
Stephen K. 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), an award-winning online editor (The Signal website, 2007-2011) and former music and entertainment columnist (The Signal, 2004-2011). He is host, writer and co-producer of the weekly “House Blend” music and interview show on SCVTV (www.scvhouseblend.com), a writer/reporter for KHTS News (www.hometownstation.com) and SCVNews.com, and drummer with on-hiatus SCV jazz group RainTree (www.raintreejazz.com). For more information, visit www.stephenkpeeples.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.