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| Thursday, Jun 16, 2016

Stars of SCVTV’s “House Blend” music and interview show will shine from the mountains to the sea this weekend.

Thursday night, bad-ass local punkabilly blues-rock band Hard Six opens for L.A. rockapunkers Three Bad Jacks at this month’s “Senses on Main” block party on Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

Hard Six – featuring Fuse blowing up on guitar and lead vocals, Vogelcide man-handling his stand-up bass, Six pounding hard ’n’ fast on the skins, and Ms. DeeDee sometimes belting vocals – opens the show at 7 p.m., and TBJ will headline after that.

A fleet of food trucks will roll onto Main Street for the rave-up, and adult beverages will also be on sale along with soft drinks for the kids. Admission is free. Call 661-250-3787 or visit the Senses on Main website for more info.

Hard Six is also among the bands ripping it up at this year’s Roadshow Revival festival at Ventura’s Mission Park Saturday, June 25. The band blew the Roadshow crowd away last year and were invited back for an encore.

At both the Senses and Roadshow Revival gigs, the Hard Six sets will feature tunes from the band’s latest album, “Haunted Ride” (available via CD Baby, among other places). Check the Hard Six website for more details about the band and the album.

And if you haven’t seen it or want to see it again (it’s worthy), you can catch Hard Six’s appearance on SCVTV’s “House Blend” hosted by yours truly, featuring the title track and “Heartbreaker” from “Haunted Ride” and a couple more killer tunes, plus our interview. It’s on demand anytime right here.


Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps in Valencia

On Friday night the 2016 Valencia Jazz & Blues Summer Concert Series kicks off with favorite local blues belter Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps. The band’s November 2014 “House Blend” performance was one of the coolest of the show’s fifth and final season.

Ms. T and the guys have been gigging all over the world this past year (including a load of dates with Eric Burdon), and it’ll be great to see them back in A-town.

Showtime is 7 p.m. on the street outside the Hyatt Regency Valencia off McBean Parkway, and admission is free. Find out more about the series and this summer’s schedule at the official website.


Wumbloozo in Burbank

Another popular “House Blend” alum, Wumbloozo, founded and fronted by ex-Gigolo member Michael Richard, rocks Cody’s Viva Cantina on Riverside Drive in Burbank Friday night starting at 8. Get more details and directions on the gig’s Facebook event page.

You can get a preview right now – watch the band’s “House Blend” show from the fifth and last season in 2015 here.


Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen in Carpinteria

Folk-rock and bluegrass legends and “House Blend” premiere season veterans Chris Hillman (mandolin, vocals) and Herb Pedersen (acoustic guitar, vocals) were musical partners in the Desert Rose Band in the ’80s and early ’90s. They toured the world as a duo for years after that, but haven’t gigged much in the past couple years.

The good news is that Hillman, who lives in Ventura, and Pedersen, from Sherman Oaks, are joining voices once again on Saturday night, to play a benefit at the Plaza Playhouse Theater in Carpinteria, just up Pacific Coast Highway a few miles north of Ventura.

With proceeds going to the St. Nicholas Shrine in New York City in memory of victims of the 9/11 terror attack, the Plaza performance will also feature a set by the Agape Trio – Patti Stathis, Greg Pantages and Hillman.

Showtime’s 7:30 p.m., and it is billed as Hillman and Pedersen’s last appearance for 2016. Not to be missed. Get tickets here.


0615-rock-hillman-pedersen-hb-skp-052111Chris & Herb on SCVTV’s ‘House Blend’

If you can’t make the gig (or if it sells out), you can see Hillman and Pedersen’s aforementioned “House Blend” episode in a special encore broadcast on SCVTV Saturday night at 10.

This Season 1 show taped in May 2011 was nominated later that year for a prestigious W.A.V.E. award, the equivalent to an Emmy for public television in the Western United States.

Chris and Herb performed The Byrds’ timeless hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” plus Pedersen’s “Wait a Minute” (from “Southwest,” his 1976 debut solo album); “Wheels” (from the Flying Burrito Brothers’ 1969 debut album, penned by Hillman and fellow country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons); and “Desert Rose,” from the fourth Desert Rose Band album (1990).

The duo’s acclaimed “At Edwards Barn” live album on Rounder (2010) features all four songs and would be a worthy addition to your library.

During our “House Blend” interview segments, Chris and Herb reflect on their 50-plus years of friendship, and recount some of their adventures as members of The Byrds (Hillman), The Dillards (Pedersen), The Flying Burrito Brothers (Hillman) and DRB.

See it on Channel 20 on Time-Warner, Spectrum in the Santa Clarita Valley, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and streaming everywhere else at scvtv.com.

And that’s what’s thumpin’ this week on the SCV Rock Beat. This one’s dedicated to the memory of my journalist-scholar father, William A. Peeples, who would be 95 today.

You’ll find lots more local entertainment news 24/7 at HometownStation.com, SCVNews.com and my blog, stephenkpeeples.com.


skpSanta Clarita journalist and Grammy nominee Stephen K. Peeples is an entertainment reporter for SCVTV and SCVNews.com, as well as KHTS Radio News and the station’s website at HometownStation.com. Peeples also hosted and co-produced SCVTV’s WAVE-nominated “House Blend” program from 2011-2015, and posts more entertainment news and reviews on his own site at http://www.stephenkpeeples.com.




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