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Music fans go Craze-Y at Central Park

Local favorites draw quite a crowd

Posted: August 11, 2008 4:58 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2008 5:02 a.m.

As The Craze rock out onstage at Central Park Saturday night, future rock star Noah Faden, 7, of Chatsworth, takes his brother Zander, 5, on a wagon ride downhill.

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New wave retro-rockers The Craze rocked out for an all-ages crowd numbering around 3,000 at Central Park Saturday night, in the latest free "Concert in the Park" staged by the city of Santa Clarita.

Based in the Antelope Valley but also popular among Santa Clarita Valley music fans, the four-member band featured tunes from their debut album, "Introducing The Craze," and their most recent six-song EP, "Get Up!," which includes the single "Shakin," now scoring airplay on KROQ-FM and more than 40 other alternative stations across the country.

Jesse (lead vocals, guitar), Giddy (lead guitar, vocals), Rudy (bass, vocals) and Ainsley (drums) played almost all the songs from the first album, including "Turn On My Radio," "Baby Blue" and "You," the "Get Up!" title track and "Middle of the Night," and a few choice covers, including The Beatles' "Revolution" (the fast single version) and "Day Tripper" and Billy Idol's "White Wedding."

The guys also welcomed a new female vocalist named Mia on stage to sing lead on covers of "Back on the Chain Gang" (Pretenders) and "I Love Rock ‘n' Roll" (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts).

Another highlight was the local premiere of a new Craze original, "Conversation," slated for the band's next album.

The concert and a backstage interview were filmed by Lisa Lane and Lisa Lujano of La Lu Productions for inclusion in the duo's "Rockstar Reality" documentary about the Santa Clarita Valley rock scene.

The Craze's next local show is at The Londoner Saturday, Sept. 6, a much smaller, more intimate venue. Check the band's Web site at www.myspace.com/thecrazetheband for more info.

The quartet's Central Park concert was the sixth Concert in the Park staged this summer by the city. Next Saturday night: Ken O'Malley & The Twilight Lords, who play classic American and British roots rock along with Irish favorites.

Concerts in the Park takes place every Saturday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 23. Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.

For more info about the series, call (661) 286-4018 or visit the city's Web site at www.santa-clarita.com.

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