You’ve veered onto Peeples Place at KHTS! Happy Black Friday! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and have a chance to get out and play a little this weekend.
It’s the 17th 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, except this week, because yesterday was Turkey Day.
This week, we have news about Almost Kin going OutWest, humor helping a great cause, Christmas muscial comedy at the CTG, Feaver-pitch SchoolJam voting, Mariachi madness at the PAC, Henry Diltz book signing at The Grove, a guitar player’s guitar player rocks the Canyon Club, and more.
We’ll find out what’s hot for Black Friday at our local record store, who’s appearing on “House Blend” on SCVTV Saturday night, and who’s playing live this weekend around town and nearby.
But first, since no one got it last week, we’re going to lead off with our current SCV music trivia question!
SCV MUSIC TRIVIA: Name Jack Mack & The Heart Attack’s lead singer. Hint: He lives in Valencia. If you know the answer, email email@example.com (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 one lucky winner, who will score a pair of Restaurant Row certificates and a couple of CDs from the Peeples Place at KHTS swag vault.
OK, now let’s rock some SCV music news.
REMINDER: 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.
SCV LOCAL BANDS ON FACEBOOK — Opened last summer, the SCV Local Bands Facebook page is picking up fans and attracting post from local artists. Check it out.
‘HUMOR HELPS’ LOCALS IN NEED — Comedian Michael Loftus (pictured) headlines the semi-annaul family-friendly “Humor Helps” comedy show to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter on Sunday night at Blessed Kateri Church, 22508 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus 91350.
There’s a silent auction at 6 p.m., and showtime is 6:30. The Comedy Central star is bringing a couple special guests, we hear.
Loftus, one of the most sought-after writer/performers in comedy today, hails from Ohio and got his start in his late teens with the improv group Midwest Comedy Tool & Die. He also participated in workshops with Second City founder Paul Sills, appeared on “Premium Blend” and “Star Search,” and was a staff writer on “The George Lopez Show.”
He’s also been spokesman for the Cleveland Indians and CBS, and appeared in films such as “Criminal Minds” (1998).
More recently, Loftus’s one-hour special “You’ve Changed,” about surviving marriage and that one argument you can never win, premiered on Comedy Central in 2009 and is now available on DVD. The “Humor Helps” gig is one stop on his current stand-up tour. Check out the load of Loftus videos on YouTube, and find out more about Loftus by visiting his official website.
Tickets to Sunday’s show are $20 and all proceeds go the Emergency Winter Shelter (it’s tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law). To purchase yours, go to www.laughstub.com and search “winter shelter.” If you also enter the coupon code “HH2011,” you’ll get $2 off. You can also get tickets by calling Dee at (714) 510-6972 .
The EWS opens for the season on Dec. 1. Get more info about the shelter at santaclaritashelter.com.
GET SCROOGED AT CTG’S ‘CHRISTMAS CAROL’ — The Canyon Theatre Guild presents “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” premiering tonight, 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 long-lost 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. For more info, visit canyontheatre.org.
VOTING STILL OPEN FOR THE FEAVER IN SCHOOLJAM USA COMPETITION — Support the fast-rising 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,” one of the new tunes in their CityWalk set (pictured) a few months back.
Click here to vote; you can vote once a day. You can also search for and nominate other favorite bands. Eight of them will be invited to perform at the live finals in Downtown Disney at Disneyland in Anaheim on Jan. 21.
Meanwhile, you can catch them at The Roxy Saturday night (see “More SCV Music Live” below).
MARIACHI MADNESS AT THE PAC DEC. 11 — Mariachi Los Campos de Nati Cano, one of the most popular mariachi ensembles in the United States, spices up the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 11.
The Mexican-American ensemble has one Grammy and nine albums to its credit, and has performed hundreds of shows over more than 50 years on-stage, on-air and at the White House.
And this concert is special — it’s part of the PAC’s “Connect” series, in which attendees can get a chance to meet and interact with the artists.
“With [Mariachi founder] Natividad ‘Nati’ Cano, we’ll have a jam session,” said Adam Philipson, managing director of the PAC. “Before the show, you can hear a lecture in the PAC about the history of Mariachi, and then if you bring your own instrument, you can actually jam with the Mariachi.”
The Connect session is free and starts at 6 p.m., one hour before the concert at 7. It’s open to the public, but doesn’t include admission to the show. For more information, call (661) 362-5343.
Tickets cost $25-45; purchase them now at www.canyonspac.com.
Check out the PAC’s complete 2011-2012 schedule.
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. It’s “Back to Black Friday Day” for independent record stores everywhere, including at Rock Candy, so co-owner Billy Yergensen highlighted a few of today’s new releases.
“We’ve got a Janis Joplin boxed set called ‘Move Over!’, and a boxed set of Pink Floyd with all of the singles from ‘The Wall’ on 7-inch,” Yergensen said. “These are all limited-edition and exclusive — you can’t get this at Best Buy, you can only get them at independent record stores.”
“There is a Beatles box — four vinyl singles in the original artwork sleeves and a 21-inch poster. It’s a limited-edition numbered package. That’s super cool,” he said. “And we have ‘Syd Barrett Octopus’ — this is really cool. It’s a tin which has photographs, a photo book and a color vinyl.”
“Finally, we have The Lonely Boys single “Black Keys,” which is an exclusive for Black Friday. That’s a vinyl-only release,” he said.
We also asked about new local releases, but there are none this week, he said.
Rock Candy Music & More usually presents live shows by local artists on most weekend nights, but they’re taking a break for Thanksgiving weekend. Live shows resume next Friday.
SCV MUSIC ON TV: SERENA & BAND, THE DELTAZ ENCORE ON ‘HOUSE BLEND’ — “House Blend” hosted by yours truly on SCVTV Saturday night at 10 presents an encore broadcast of our recent show featuring teen pop/rock singer/songwriter and actress Serena from the suburbs of Saugus, and roots-rocking brother duo The Deltaz from the hills of Malibu.
In her second “House Blend” appearance but first with her band (Adam on guitar, E-Man on bass and Blake on drums), Serena taped her segment at the SCVTV Media Center in Newhall on Oct. 29. They performed “Your Fault,” a Serena original from her debut EP “Allow Me to Introduce Myself,” and “Listen,” another original she hasn’t recorded yet, and premiered on this edition of the show.
The Deltaz, featuring Ted Siegel on guitar and lead vocals and his younger brother John on drums, backing vocals and harmonica (with Aaron Stern on bass for the session), also taped their “House Blend” debut Oct. 29. Premiering a pair of originals from their not-yet-released second album, “Meet Me There,” they rocked an electric version of “I Know You” and a funky unplugged song titled “Dollar Blues.”
“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.
HENRY DILTZ BOOK SIGNING AT THE GROVE DEC. 10 — There’s a handful of rock photographers who’ve become icons in pop culture, and Henry Diltz is one of them.
Fresh from his 50th anniversary tour picking banjo with the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz will be guest of honor at a book-signing event at Barnes & Nobles’ location at The Grove at Farmer’s Market, Fairfax and 3rd in L.A. 90036, on Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 2 p.m.
Because Diltz’s work is so well-known, and he has so many friends and fans in L.A., B&N expects a big turnout and has deemed this a wristband-only affair — B&N people will start giving them out at 9 a.m. to fans who purchase a copy of Diltz’s new book, “Unpainted Faces.”
For more info on the signing, call (323) 525-0270 or visit the B&N “Unpainted Faces” event page.
As we heard when he was my special guest last year on “House Blend” on SCVTV, Diltz was a musician (the MFQ) long before he picked up a camera as a hobby in 1966 and started taking pictures of his friends. They happened to be other musicians, famous and soon-to-be-famous, among them Buffalo Springfield, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, CSNY, Joni Mitchell, Cass Elliot, America, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, The Doors, Eagles and scores more.
Even the most reclusive artists felt comfortable with Diltz because he was one of their own, not a press photographer. What started out as a hobby soon turned into a life’s work as a professional. He has more than 300 album covers to his credit, like the first CSN album, The Doors’ “Morrison Hotel,” James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” and Eagles’ “Desperado.”
“Unpainted Faces” is a new book produced by my Rare Cool Stuff Unltd. partners and me for the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, in which Diltz is a partner, and which is celebrating its 10th anniversary right now. Revised, updated and expanded from the original book released only in Japan, “Unpainted Faces” gathers more than 150 of Diltz’s classic black & white images, capturing the aforementioned and many other musical icons, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, in very intimate, human moments.
Individually remarkable, the “Unpainted Faces” images collectively document the rise and further rise of the California rock sound and the singer-songwriter phenomenon of the late 1960s-1970s, among other scenes.
From Laurel Canyon to Monterey Pop, from Woodstock and Miami back to Malibu, as Robby Krieger of The Doors notes in the text, “Henry Diltz always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.” Or, as Eagles’ Glenn Frey puts it, “This is not history, this is evidence!”
As a longtime fan and friend of Henry’s, it was my honor to write the introduction and author biography for the book, which was 100 per cent MADE IN THE U.S.A. by Rare Cool Stuff with eco-friendly domestic paper and printing and binding by American artists and craftspeople.
You can order “Unpainted Faces” right now by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Click on the ad image for a larger image; forgive me if the promo copy rings familiar.)
REMINDER: 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 this 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.
Carl, Wally and Dave take five.
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.
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?
Joe Iaquinto and Wendy Hersh of Bedford Park cover classic rock at The Cellar Wine Bar and Restaurant in Centre Pointe tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. It’s free.
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.
Brett Vogel plays at Salt Creek Grille in Valencia tonight, starting at 9 p.m.
Odaal and Prima Donna rock the Black Friday Blowout at The Vu Bar and Lounge in Newhall at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively. Chris and the crew at Radio Buzzd will also be broadcasting live from the patio all night.
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 10 p.m. and it’s free.
Smile Empty Soul is one of the headliners at StingFest 2011, an all-day event with music, vendors, art and more at Stinger’s Bar and Night Club on Club Center Drive in San Bernadino. Other headlining bands include Death by Stereo, Manntis and Attika 7. Admission is $15 for ages 18+.
The Feaver plays The Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard with a bunch of other bands, including JetStream and Plead the Fifth, starting at 7:15 p.m. For tickets, call the Roxy box office at (310) 278-9457 or visit www.theroxyonsunset.com.
Galo Pacheco performs at Salt Creek Grille, starting at 9 p.m.
Local alternative/progressive rock band The New Revive plays a show at The Vu. Cover is $5 for ages 21+.
Apolaustic, featuring singer Jill Danielle and keyboardist Brian Michael, play a free show at The Cellar in Centre Pointe from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They also perform there every Thursday from 8 to 10.
Dave Ford and The Last Set play a free gig from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the bar at Salt Creek Grille.
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Los Angeles-based psychedelic rock band Nacosta celebrates the release of its first EP, “Wilderness City,” with a party and show at El Cid on Sunset Boulevard starting at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $8 for ages 21+ and all attendees will receive a free copy of their EP.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
The Shoemaker Brothers return to Mixers Lounge in Saugus for a free show at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3
The Santa Clarita Master Chorale and Santa Clarita Children’s Honor Choir perform classic holiday songs from TV shows and movies, selections from “Messiah” by Handel and the world premiere of Kevin Memley’s “Magnificat” Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway in Valencia. Tickets are $26 for general admission or $21 for students, seniors and children. Buy tickets online until Dec. 1 at www.canyonspac.com, or call (661) 254-8886.
Friday, Dec. 9
College of the Canyons’ Jazz Ensemble and Lab Combos welcome the season with the Holiday Jazz Band Concert 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC in Valencia. Tickets cost $5-$10. Buy tickets online at www.canyonspac.com.
Saturday, Dec. 10
COC follows up the jazz concert with its vocal/choral music department in “Sounds of the Season” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $5-$10; buy them online at www.canyonspac.com.
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Special thanks this week to all the artists, managers, media relations reps, families, friends and fans. Extra special thanks to Alda 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.