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NIGHTLIFE: Claremont concerts and shows; The Press to host benefit concert

Local bands convene at The Press for Priceless Pets
A benefit concert for Priceless Pets, featuring the Squeakin’ Wheels, Claremont Voodoo Society and Ellen Chase Harper will take place this Saturday, August 31 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Press Restaurant.
Priceless Pets is a no-kill animal shelter in Chino Hills, who rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted and abandoned dogs.
Tables at The Press are obtained only with a dinner reservation. Last seating is 8:30 pm. Standing room only after 9:30 pm. Call 625-4808 to make your reservation. Kitchen is open until 1:30 a.m.

The Press is located at 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont Village.



CASA DE SALSA: 415 W. Foothill Blvd. This is a restaurant that offers weekly live entertainment. 445-1200.

Thursdays: Michael Ryan and Friends. 6 to 9 p.m.

—Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Romantic guitarist Vicente Victoria. 5 p.m.

—Sundays: Mariachi San Pedro. Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EUREKA CLAREMONT: 580 W. First St., Claremont. Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; closes at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. “Hoppy” Hour daily from 2 to 6 p.m. 445-8875.

—Mondays: Local Mondays featuring $3 Dale Bros. Brewery pints.

—Tuesdays: 50 percent off all wines by the glass.

—Wednesdays: Steal-the-Glass craft beer of the week. Meet the brewer first Wednesday of every month.

—Thursday, September 5: All Tito’s Vodka drinks $2 off and Eureka Thursday Night Music featuring Aaron Tripp B.

THE FOLK MUSIC CENTER: 220 Yale Ave., Claremont Village.

—Open mic night, the last Sunday of every month. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m.; performances run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $1. Info: 624-2928 or www.folkmusiccenter.com.

—Sunday, September 8: Beginning ukulele. Bring a ukulele or borrow one at the workshop. 4:30 to 6 p.m. $20.

—Saturday, September 14: It’s difficult to imagine Frank Fairfield living in an apartment, let alone using email or a cell phone. It’s much easier to picture him in the back of a boxcar, plucking his battered banjo. Mr. Fairfield may have an old folk sound, but he’s just 27, and he hails from California's central valley—not Appalachia. He plays fiddle, guitar and banjo while singing and hollering. With his Brylcreem-parted hair and high-waisted pants, he brings an old-time aesthetic to his music. 7:30 p.m. $12. 

FLAPPERS COMEDY: 540 W. First St., Claremont Packing House. 18+. Show times: Friday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

—Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31: Gabe Kaplan has worked as a standup comic, a sitcom and film actor and a sports talk show host. He has been doing standup for 50 years and, along with Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield and Robert Klein, was one of the original comedians at the NYC Improv. A rare opportunity to experience one of the creators of modern standup. His experiences as a student in an under-achieving class in the early 1950s was the basis for Welcome Back, Kotter. (1975).

—Sunday, August 25: Two Milk Minimum features a rotation of outlandish and zany comedy magicians, jugglers, musicians, improv artists, puppeteers and novelty acts. $10. 4:30 and 7 p.m.

—Sunday, September 1: St. Jude Children’s Hospital Two Milk Minimum Fundraiser. 4:30 p.m.

— Sunday, September 1: Silly Sundays (open mic/auditions). 9 p.m.

—Thursday, September 5: Fruit Cocktail featuring Jackie Monahan. 10 p.m.

—Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7: Gina Yashere broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the final 10. She is also known in the US for her regular appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as Madame Yashere, The Surly Psychic.

—Sunday, September 7: Comedy Traffic School. 8:30 p.m.

FOX THEATER POMONA: 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. www.foxpomona.com.

—Friday, October 25: AFI.

—Saturday, October 26: The Naked and Famous.

HIP KITTY JAZZ & FONDUE: 502 W. First St., Claremont Packing House. Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Live jazz every night. Admission: 2-drink minimum. Info: 447-6700 or www.hipkittyjazz.com.

Friday, August 30: The Tim Gill All-Stars (big band/swing). 8 p.m. $5 cover charge.

—Saturday, August 31: The Hard Shine Blues Band (blues). 8 p.m. $5 cover charge.

—Sunday, September 1: Groove Session (funk). 7 p.m.

—Tuesday, September 3: Beat Cinema (DJ). 10 p.m.

—Wednesday, September 4: Open Jam Night with Claremont Voodoo Society. 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 5: The Fingers (funk/rock). 7 p.m.

Friday, September 6: Barbara Morrison and Jack Hale’s Six Shooter (jazz/blues). 8 p.m. $5 cover charge.

—Saturday, September 7: Griff Hamlin and the Circle City Horns (blues/jazz). 8 p.m. $5 cover charge.

HOTEL CASA 425: 425 W. First St., Claremont. Call 624-2272 or visit www.casa425.com.

—Wednesday, September 4: Brandon Bernstein performs 6 to 9 p.m.

THE PRESS RESTAURANT: 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont Village. Thursday through Saturday until 2 a.m. Live DJ every Thursday at 11 p.m. 21+ after 9 p.m. Standing room only after 9:30 p.m. No cover. 625-4808.

—Friday, August 30: The Barrelhouse Kings (singer/songwriter). 10 p.m.

—Saturday, August 31: Claremont Voodoo Society and The Squeakin’ Wheels (blues/country). 10 p.m.

—Sunday, September 1: Sunday dinner piano music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3: King Trivia Night. Answer trivia questions for a chance to win beer. 9:30 p.m.

—Wednesday, September 4: Half-off Wine Wednesday. 11 a.m. to closing.

—Thursday, September 5: Baldy Mountain Jazz Band (jazz). 10 p.m.

—Friday, September 6: Mr. Squeeze and the Medicine Show (eclectic/Americana). 10 p.m.

—Saturday, September 7: Jetpacks & Laser Guns (rock). 10 p.m.

PIANO PIANO: 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Live dueling piano show times: Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 21+. $5 cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays after 8 p.m. (no cover charge with student ID). 547-4266.

—Tuesdays: Taco Tuesday with $1 tacos, $2 Coronas and $3 margaritas. Rock the mic or jam with the band.

Wednesdays: “Rockstar Karaoke.” Rock the mic or jam with the band. $2 Bud Lights and $4 Vodka Rockstars. 9 p.m.

RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANIC GARDEN: 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont in the California Courtyard. Tickets: $6 for adult members, $3 for seniors, students and children 3 to 12 years. Non-member prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, students and children. Call 625-8767 or visit www.rsabg.org. Gates open at 6 p.m., performances begin at 7 p.m.



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