Innumerable musicians are in “cover bands,” wherein they reproduce other artists’ usually well-known songs, but singer and guitarist Jim Kweskin turns this common precept on its ear.
Mr. Kweskin, who plays Claremont’s Folk Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, has made a name for going on 60 years by finding old songs—in most cases very old songs—and adding his own imprint.
Live music fans will soon have another nearby option when the Canyon Club opens its doors at the Montclair Place mall.
“I’m trying like a crazy man to open up on the 30th of November,” said owner Lance Sterling. The Canyon Club Montclair, located at the west end of the mall in the former food court area, will boast a $1 million audio/video system and have a capacity of 1,300.
Well, not just a band anyway. Since the group’s nascent beginnings—at a 1982 house party right here in Claremont—it’s been more of an ever-evolving conceptual art project that has veered off on innumerable tangents, each sharing the common theme of being completely engrossing and wholly original.
The husband and wife musical duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, known as The Mastersons, believe artists have an obligation to speak up.
“We’ve heard that old, ‘Shut up and sing,’ thing before,” Mr. Masterson said, “and we just don’t buy into it. Art should be provocative, and that isn’t always what people want to hear.”
The Mastersons appear in Claremont at 7 p.m. next Monday, June 25 as part of Scripps College’s Levitt On The Lawn series.
It’s kind of a glorious time to be a punk rocker in Los Angeles.
Who could have imagined “X Day” at Dodger Stadium? But there it was, this past August, with LA’s professional baseball club honoring the city’s most decorated punks, and then the Grammy Museum following suit in October with an exhibit dedicated to the acclaimed band.
Fearless freaks and purveyors of rapturous live shows, both visually and aurally, The Flaming Lips will land their rock ‘n’ roll spaceship in Pomona Monday, October 9 for an 8:30 p.m. performance at the Fox Theater.
And though the band has upped its game on the production end of things since 2005—fans can expect substantially more than balloons and blood at Monday’s show—The Lips’ 56-year-old singer, lyricist and co-songwriter Wayne Coyne’s mantra remains charmingly intact: let’s love one another for a while.
Local heavy rock band Ojos Rojos is releasing a new five song EP Friday, “Sons of Love and Death,” and will be celebrating with a free 10 p.m. record release show at The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont.
The Claremont-based band blends the riff-heavy psychedelia of desert rock with the snotty but tuneful Manchester sound.
The Dustbowl Revival is making a mid-career pivot. The acclaimed Venice, California band—which plays a free outdoor show Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Scripps College’s Bowling Green—released its new self-titled record last Friday, and fans may be surprised to hear some of the new flavors in the grooves.