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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | July 14, 2010
Alex Stephens was born to make music, and his living room can attest to that. There is a small bust of Beethoven, his grandfather's saxophone and his guitar in one corner of his living room. His first clarinet and his grandfather's violin hang on the wall above. Several of his father's guitars line the wall along with a mandolin and ukulele. "I just love music," said the Huntington Beach resident. "It's in my blood." The signature piece in the room is a black baby grand piano where Stephens, 23, picked out notes for an arrangement of "In the Glow of the Moon" that won him a national honor.
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October 3, 2002
Michele Marr The idea came out of a burning desire to find a better way to reach people their age -- young people in college or just starting a career. Music seemed a natural way. Music and maybe some drama -- expressive stuff. Intense. They call the event "Consumed." "It's going to be an artistic evening," said Celeste Merry, who was asked to start a band to play at the events. The first event, planned for the first Friday of each month, will be held this Friday night at Calvary Baptist Church.
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By Ashley Breeding | November 19, 2008
Anomie Belle first realized she had the power to move people with her music at the age of 12, when she brought a crowd of 400 Unitarian summer campers to tears with a performance of a song she’d written about the loss of a loved one. “At the time, I felt guilty for making them cry,” she said. “At first I felt like I’d done something wrong, but that experience is what inspired me to write music about issues that are more personal to me.” In those days, the Portland, Ore., native was known by her given name, Toby Campbell, an angsty teenage girl whose poetic songwriting was inspired by musician Ani DiFranco and Christopher Pike suspense novels.
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July 18, 2002
A LOOK BACK I had the privilege of watching our musical ambassadors of goodwill play at one of the senior retirement homes in Orange County. You should have seen the expressions on the faces of these people as they sat in the audience watching Tom Ridley and the members of the Huntington Beach Concert Band as they played selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma;" it was quite a sight. The residents of Quaker Gardens in Stanton enjoyed the band's signature piece --"Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever" -- and sense the happiness that was brought to them by our concert band as they played Berlin's "God Bless America."
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August 8, 2002
Mike Sciacca Kerry Chester could not have envisioned where music would take him when he first sat down at a Hammond organ some 43 years ago. Music has taken Chester on an incredible journey, he says, one that has its roots in Orange County and recently, found its way to Brazil. The 49-year-old Huntington Beach resident is probably a far cry from where his mother had intended him to be. "I think she was hoping I would become a church organist," he chuckled.
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By John Depko | December 10, 2008
Chess Records was one of the first successful labels to help create and feature black musicians. Their signed stars included legendary artists like Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and Etta James. Their rhythm and blues sound was the real basis for the rock ‘n’ roll hits that propelled Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and countless others to major stardom in pop music. “Cadillac Records” is the newly released film that provides a docudrama version of the events behind the scenes of this American tale.
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By Ashley Breeding | February 4, 2009
San Francisco-born performer Sarah Hethcoat developed a passion for music when she began exploring the ivories at age 10. A talented but somewhat bored pianist, Hethcoat found more enjoyment in lending her voice to theater, while writing and composing her own music took a back seat. She wouldn’t realize until many years later, through a spur-of-the-moment project, that the latter was her calling in life. “Some friends [who owned a recording studio] and made music asked me to write a few songs for tracks they’d recorded,” she said.
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By Josh Aden | December 19, 2007
Before the advent of TV, radio shows dominated the broadcast world. There were news programs and audio dramas. With musical acts, comedians and fun giveaways, radio variety shows were prevalent World War II-era entertainment. Networks didn’t broadcast recorded material until the late 1940s, so the shows were done live, often in front of a studio audience from the swankiest hotels and ballrooms of the era. It was the Golden Age of Radio, yet with entertainment options in a seemingly unlimited supply today, the style is largely forgotten.
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January 4, 2001
-- STORY BY TORUS TAMMER, PHOTO BY SEAN HILLER HE IS The guy who buys your used CDs. DISC TRADER James Robison, 28, is the assistant manager of Moby Disc, a music and video store in Huntington Beach that sells everything from movies, cassettes and vinyl records to new and used compact discs. Robison, who has been an avid music fan since his early teens, said it is important to have a decent knowledge of bands and music, especially when you are trying to assist customers.
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June 21, 2001
Heather Miller, 7, and her cat, Ruby, won best in show for softest fur in the Pampered Pet Contest at the 22nd annual Youth Expo in April at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center . . . The following Girl Scouts recently earned gold awards: Jodi Jones, Sarah Lilly and Laura Mazurk, Solo Troop; Julia Raia, Troop 607; Stephanie Dailey, Stephanie Dodge, Holly Edwards, Kathryn Haynes, Britton Klein, Kristen Klueger, Kristin...
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 8, 2014
The executive producer of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach stuck to his word and presented to city officials last week a plan for a considerably smaller event this summer. The July surfing competition would do away with the live-music stage, significantly limit the number of vendors and disallow alcohol in the VIP areas, said James Leitz, IMG Action Sports vice president and executive producer. During a meeting April 3 of the city's Specific Events Committee, its members — from various departments including police, fire, business development, public works and community services — provided suggestions for how to make this summer's surfing competition tamer than last year's.
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By Michael Miller | February 3, 2014
Ray Wylie Hubbard likes to play with punctuation. A few years ago, he released an album title with two periods, a colon and a set of parentheses, and as he prepares to stop in Huntington Beach, he's at work on an autobiography whose title can work as a self-endorsement or an admission of defeat. Spoken out loud, it's "A Life Well Spent. " But look at it on the book cover, and it reads "A Life. Well, Spent. " So has the country singer's life been well spent, or is he, well, spent?
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By Candice Baker | November 26, 2013
Music to my ears: Not in the mood to go to the mall on Black Friday but want to find a classic(al) deal? The Pacific Symphony is hinting to its email subscribers about special one-day-only deals available on its website, http://www.pacificsymphony.org . Weekend smorgasbord: IKEA will continue its Seize the Days promotion with daily doorbusters this weekend, like a four-opening Expedit shelving unit for $19.99 (regularly $39.99)...
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 11, 2013
A proposed plan presented to the Downtown Task Force for next year's U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach scales down the event considerably, but safety is still a concern among committee members. Next year's event would be more "sport-focused," according to James Leitz, IMG Action Sports vice president and executive producer of the event. The new plan calls for omitting the live music stage, village area, free giveaways and public skateboard bowl. Instead, Leitz proposed to have a high-end surf stadium viewing area, a skateboarding bowl only open to professionals in the competition, a retail area and eight booths for major sponsors.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 11, 2013
With some rare downtime last fall, Bobbo and Tracy Byrnes of the band The Fallen Stars decided it would be interesting to divert themselves from their usual Americana songs and try something different. Being science fiction fans, the Huntington Beach-based band chose to write songs inspired by the short-lived TV series "Firefly. " The show, written by Joss Whedon, consisted of only 14 episodes and led to the movie "Serenity. " Tracy Byrnes said it wasn't on television long enough to go bad and offered just enough fodder for their songs.
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August 16, 2013
Calvary Chapel of the Harbour and Surfriders Academy will host their first Labour of Love Music Festival during Labor Day weekend. The one-day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at the north end of Bolsa Chica State Beach. More than 50 vendors will set up shop, and eight bands will provide live music throughout the day, said Marcus Barrera, founder of Surfriders Academy and a member of Calvary Chapel of the Harbour, in Sunset Beach. Free surf lessons will be given to the first 40 children who arrive, he said.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | August 14, 2013
Last month's riot following the U.S. Open of Surfing still lingers in the minds of residents and city officials, but an upcoming event expected to draw scores of electronic dance music fans has some just as concerned. Wet Electric is set to take place from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, with some 10,000 revelers over the age of 21 expected to occupy Huntington State Beach at Brookhurst Street and Pacific Coast Highway. The one-day event, the first of its kind in Huntington Beach, is set to have giant inflatable water slides, a zip line, sand sculptures, a music stage with disc jockeys and a fully stocked bar, said Steve Thacher, president of Premiere Media Group, the parent company of the promotion group staging the event, Activated Events.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | July 31, 2013
The toddler made a beeline for Twinkle as fast as her feet - wearing Cookie Monster shoes - would let her. Freeing herself from her father's grip, she aimed her blue eyes skyward and launched herself at a pair of legs clad in polka-dot tights, pink leg-warmers and high-tops. Standing nearby, her older sister, dressed in a printed tutu similar to Twinkle's, looked mesmerized by the painted hearts on the entertainer's cheeks. The lady in question - though not much taller than a teenager herself - responded to the children's sing-song goodbye with a flying kiss, in a blur of rainbow-colored nails and big, false eyelashes.
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June 3, 2013
Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts and Edison High School participated in the 43rd annual MACY awards May 25 at Segerstrom Hall in the Center for the Arts. It was the first time the show went on without co-founder Lee Childress, who started the program with her husband in 1969. Childress died last year at 95. The MACY - Music and Arts Commendations for Youth - awards recognize high school musical theater from throughout Orange County. Forty-two schools participate.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 11, 2013
It's zero period at Marina High School on a serene Tuesday morning and students are slowly making their way onto campus. But on the north side of campus, the sound of voices harmonizing softly emanates from Room 322. Vocal music director Eric Graham and his Viking Chamber Choir are practicing the song "Since Feeling Is First," by composer Joshua Chai, for an upcoming music festival. This group is one of six choir classes with Graham at the helm. This couldn't have been the case seven years ago. "This room wasn't here when I started," he said.
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