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Music in the SCV

Performances in varied genres and settings await you

Posted: September 17, 2009 4:18 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2009 6:00 a.m.

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Fans of local live music (and/or karaoke and/or good beer) all mourned the closing of the Londoner pub in Canyon Country recently. And it came at a really bad time - just as the SCV's summer outdoor concerts concluded. But those truly in the know, know, that local music lives on - in a wide variety of genres and in a diverse array of venues.

You've got your top-shelf settings, such as the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, bringing you cabaret-style performances, holiday concerts and big names, including Kris Kristofferson - and the Roy O. Disney Music Hall at Cal Arts, bringing you more eclectic offerings.

You've got your intimate wine bars and restaurants with rock bands, Latin, jazz and blues, and even rare concerts at the Canyon Theatre Guild. Every "Third Friday" (not always to be taken literally), up and coming young bands perform at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

And, of course, karaoke is offered in many locations around the SCV. For that, I like the atmosphere at Bergie's. Other Signal staffers recommend Mulligan's.

The point is, you do not have to be musically-starved this fall and winter, and you don't have to go "over the hill" - though we've added CSUN and the The Canyon Club to our list, just in case you want to.

So here, compliments of Escape, is a smattering of the music venues you might sample. But be sure to confirm details before you invite all your out-of-town friends. Things do change.

Clubs, bars, theaters and restaurants

All Corked Up
26340 Diamond Place,
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Phone: (661) 799-7979
Web site:
Live music events on Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Bedford Park (classic rock)
Saturday, Sept, 19, 7:30 p.m.: Thom Teresi Band (jazz, classic rock, blues, Latin)
Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Alan Wright Band (blues, classic rock, soul)
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Blue Sky (classic rock)
Saturday, Oct. 3, 5-9 p.m.: International Wine Festival at COC

Bella Cucina
27430 The Old Road,
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 253-3900
Web site:
Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday, 7-9 p.m.: Nancy Dee Horak performs
Fridays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, 9:30 p.m.: Blues Label (blues-rock). $7 cover charge.

16404 Delone St.,
Canyon Country, CA 91387
Phone: (661) 251-3133
Bar and steakhouse, with karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m.

Canyon Theatre Guild (CTG)
24242 Main St., Newhall, CA 91321
Box Office Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon - 7 p.m.
Phone: (661) 799-2702
Web site:
Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.: As part of the "Rock the Denim" series, local musician Brad Alden and band will celebrate the release of his second solo album with an intimate concert at the Canyon Theatre Guild. (

Doc's Inn
23912 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91321
Phone: (661) 254-1651
Live bands Friday and Saturday nights.

The Greens Sports Bar & Restaurant
26501 McBean Parkway,
Valencia, CA, 91355
Phone: (661) 222-2900
Every other Friday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Bad Penny

Mabel's Roadhouse
26328 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus, CA 91350
Phone: (661) 259-8822
Notes: Live DJs Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday and every second Friday of the month. Live rock bands on the first, third and fourth Fridays of the month and every Saturday night. Live entertainment begins at 9 p.m. and continues to 1:30 a.m.

Mojito Caribbean Cuisine
26876 The Old Road,
Valencia, CA 91381
Phone: (661) 254-2018
Web site:  
Notes: Live Latin music and dancing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with no cover charge. Music performed by two-time Grammy winner Ino Alvarez (Cuban jazz, salsa)

25848 Tournament Road,
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 255-3356
Karaoke Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Live bands every Friday night from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

New Moon Restaurant
28281 Newhall Ranch Road,
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 257-4321
Web site:
Saturday nights, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Live music by P.C.H.

The Roast House
26532 Bouquet Canyon Road,
Saugus, CA 91350
Phone: (661) 296-3866
Web site:
Notes: Live bands (including orchestras) or DJs Thursday - Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., no cover charge. Check Web site for details.
Currently on Thursdays it's Midnight Pie (acoustic rock band) and complimentary cigars.
Friday, Sept. 18, Roxey (classic rock)
Saturday, Sept. 19, Dry Canyon (classic rock)
Friday, Sept. 25, Bronco Billy (country and western rock)
Saturday, Sept. 26, Randon (classic rock)
Sunday, Sept. 20, live music 5 to 8 p.m.

Route 66 Classic Grill
18730 Soledad Canyon Road,
Canyon Country, CA 91351
Phone: (661) 298-1494
Web site:
Live music every Sunday from 12 - 5 p.m. year-round on the patio.
Live bands on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Salt Creek Grill
24415 Town Center Drive, #115,
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 222-9999
Web site:
Live music Thursdays 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9 p.m. - midnight, Sundays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (jazz). Smooth jazz live radio broadcast on the patio with The Wave, 94.7 FM, on Sundays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Notes: Acoustic music augments the comfy upscale ambiance.
Friday, Sept. 18, 9 p.m.: Jay Bolan
Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 p.m.: Jay Bolan
Friday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m.: Mark Anthony
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m.: Mark Anthony

Valencia Wine Company
24300 Town Center Drive, #105,
Valencia, CA
Phone: (661) 254-9300
Web site:
Notes: Wine retail store combined with an elegant wine bar. Live music on occasion.
Fridays, Sept. 18 and 25, 8:30 p.m.: Helen Laprairie Band

Vincenzo's Pizza
24504 Lyons Ave.,
Newhall, CA
Phone: (661) 259-6733
Web site:
Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Live bluegrass music
Sunday nights, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Live rock, blues or jazz

The Vu Ultra Bar
22505 8th Street,
Newhall, CA 91321
Phone: (661) 255-7833
Web site:
Live music and DJs every night of the week with Karaoke Tuesdays. Cover charge on Friday and Saturday nights.
Notes: Local guru Nathan Tenney hosts Kung Fu Funk on Sunday nights - old school funk music accompanied by projected Kung Fu films from the 70s.
Friday, Sept. 18: Un:Armed, Guilt by Association, Dagger Divide, Silent Shot, New Heir, and DJ Kosher. Must be 21. $5 cover charge.

Wine 661
24268 Valencia Blvd.,
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 288-2980
Web site:
Notes: Wine retail store where you can sample a wide selection of wines and beers. Fridays and Saturdays.
Friday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.: Paul Weiss and band (jazz)
Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.: Ann Drexler & Co. (R&B, jazz)
Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.: Echo Hill (fun music from all eras and genres)
Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.: Ashley Newton Band

Larger venues

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway,
Valencia, CA 93555
Phone: (661) 362-5304
Web site:
Thursday, Sept. 24, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, 8 p.m.: Feedback Wave Riders, featuring Ulrich Krieger, Marty Walker & Brian Walsh on woodwinds; Tony DiGennaro & Mike Fink on electric guitars; and Chas Smith on enhanced pedal steel guitar.
Monday, Nov. 9, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, 8 p.m.: Concert featuring new works by CalArts Graduate Composers, performed by the New Century Players under the direction of David Rosenboom. Additional Graduate Composers Concerts on December 14, and March 8, 2010.

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
at College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road,
Valencia, CA 93551
Phone: (661) 362-5304
Web site:
Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.: An Evening with Linda Purl
Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Fall Jazz Band Concert featuring COC Jazz Ensemble and the COC Lab Jazz Combo
Friday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.: Danu: A Christmas in Ireland
Saturday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.: Winter Spectacular. The Canyons Prelude Strings, COC Student Orchestra and Symphony of the Canyons combine to present a concert of orchestral winter classics including Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite."
Sunday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.: Go country Acpoustic Holiday Concert. Phil Vassar brings his heartfelt ballads to the stage along with Jonathan Singleton and The Grove.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.: Taste of the Holidays, presented by COC Choirs. Diverse musical selections, from your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah songs to multicultural pieces representing a variety of languages and styles throughout the centuries.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m.: Santa Clarita Master Shorale, ‘Tis the Season. A merry collection of traditional holiday favorites, including Benjamin Britten's captivating "Ceremony of Carols" with harp accompaniment.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m.: Kris Krisofferson
(visit the Web site for the rest the rest of the PAC season)

Santa Clarita Sports Complex
(Third Fridays)
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway,
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
Notes: On the third Friday of every month, local Santa Clarita music bands perform at the Sports Complex in the Activities Center. The music ranges from hard-core to alternative to hip-hop. (Sometimes the "Third Friday" is another day, such as a Saturday.)
Saturday, Sept. 26, performances start at 5:45 p.m.: The Heretics, Xenocide, One Way Fare, America Runs the Show, Heavy Hitters, Character Assassins, A Midnight Affair, Few Will Follow. $10 at the door.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Concerts
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway,
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 255-4100
Web site:
Notes: Concerts are frequently held during the afternoon/early evening. Must buy park ticket, no other charge. Check Web site for more information.
Saturday, Sept. 19: Newsboys, The Afters, and Project 86

Outside the SCV, but close

California State University Northridge
Plaza del Sol Performance Hall

18111 Nordoff St.,
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-2488
Web site:
Thursday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m.: Rojas & Barbosa Lima
Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m.: Debbie Reynolds
Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.: Imani Winds
Saturday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m.: Smokey Joe's Cafe
Saturday, Oct, 24, 8 p.m.: Lavay Smith/Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

The Canyon Club
28912 Roadside Drive,
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone: (818) 879-5016
Friday, Sept. 18, Don't Stop Believin' (Journey tribute band), Queen Nation (Queen tribute band)
Saturday, Sept. 19, Average White Band
Sunday, Sept. 20, Peter Frampton
Thursday, Sept. 24, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
Friday, Sept. 25, L.A. Guns, Bulletboys, Franki Banali & Friends The Led Zep Set
Saturday, Sept. 26, Venice


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