Homegrown brewery adds to San Juan Capistrano’s culture

  • Joe Wilshire, left, co-owner of Docent Brewing, serves a customer in the brewery’s “public house.”

    Joe Wilshire, left, co-owner of Docent Brewing, serves a customer in the brewery’s “public house.”

  • San Juan Capistrano Mayor Kerry Ferguson, right, presides over a Docent Brewing ribbon-cutting with brewery co-owners, from left, Scott Cortellessa, Joe Wilshire and Brian Hendon.

    San Juan Capistrano Mayor Kerry Ferguson, right, presides over a Docent Brewing ribbon-cutting with brewery co-owners, from left, Scott Cortellessa, Joe Wilshire and Brian Hendon.

  • Docent Brewing’s public house serves food and brews in a social setting.

    Docent Brewing’s public house serves food and brews in a social setting.

  • The chalk board reminds patrons, among other things, that beers are available to go in quart-sized cans.

    The chalk board reminds patrons, among other things, that beers are available to go in quart-sized cans.

  • Victor Geesink, left, and Alex Dehesa play foosball against a backdrop of Docent Brewing kegs.

    Victor Geesink, left, and Alex Dehesa play foosball against a backdrop of Docent Brewing kegs.

  • The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce hosted a business mixer at Docent Brewing that doubled as a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the business on May 11.

    The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce hosted a business mixer at Docent Brewing that doubled as a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the business on May 11.

  • Brewer Bryan Giesen, foreground, is flanked by Docent Brewing co-owners, from left, Joe Wilshire, Scott Cortellessa and Brian Hendon

    Brewer Bryan Giesen, foreground, is flanked by Docent Brewing co-owners, from left, Joe Wilshire, Scott Cortellessa and Brian Hendon

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San Juan Capistrano is known for its historic Spanish mission, for its migratory birds called swallows, for its indigenous people the Acjachemen, for its equestrian heritage and maybe, now, for its beers?

Joe Wilshire, Brian Hendon and Scott Cortellessa, owners of the town’s first brewery, say they are encouraged by the reception they’ve received since they opened for business on March 27 at 33049 Calle Aviador, in an industrial district bordering San Juan Creek.

Docent Brewing creates craft beers on site and operates “San Juan Capistrano’s Public House,” serving food and a variety of brews in a social setting. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 7 Sundays.

We asked Wilshire about the enterprise:

How did you come up with the name?

Over the last five years we attempted to get clearance on many different names with no success. Once we connected with our brewer, Bryan Giesen, he had a beer named Docent. As we developed our business philosophy and mission, we realized that Docent was a perfect match for what we wanted to do in the beer industry – guide people through the process of discovering new locally crafted beer.

Why San Juan Capistrano?

We are local guys. Brian Hendon and myself live right across the creek from the brewery. Scott lives in Laguna Beach, right down the road. San Juan Capistrano is a city full of great history and charm. It was always our goal to be San Juan’s first brewery and we made it!

How are things going?

Things have gone as we had hoped. People are embracing the “Public House” vibe we are going for, and we are meeting our neighbors and making new friends every day.

What kind of beers do you do?

Everything except sours. At least for now. We really want to have something for everyone that is willing to explore our beers. That means we hopefully will get people that are making Docent their first brewery experience. For those guests, we offer our “Canteen,” “Self Titled” and maybe our delicious pale ale “Peel Top.” But we also want to have offerings for the seasoned beer connoisseur. Our brewer along with the rest of us Docents are ready to take on that challenge.

How many beers do you plan to do?

We will have a lineup of about 8-10 beers that will remain regulars on our wall, But the great thing about being a small craft brewery is the ability to experiment with different recipes and styles and give our guests the opportunity to explore those tasty creations alongside us. We currently have the equipment necessary to do about 2,500 barrels per year. That may take a little time to hit our max production.

Are your beers available outside the brewery?

Currently our beers are available at several local restaurants and tap rooms that focus on local crafted beer.

What in the founders’ backgrounds led you all to start a brewery?

Brian Hendon has been exploring the craft beer scene since the mid 90s. Brian and Scott are brother in laws, married to sisters. Scott and I have kids the same age that have grown up together. All of our experiences hanging out together, traveling together and enjoying each other’s company always revolved around craft beer. We thought we had some good ideas about creating a local brewery that the community would embrace as a public house — a place to meet your friends and make new ones. So far, so good.

In brief, list five things the community should know about Docent Brewing.

1. Our brewer, Bryan Giesen, is a local. Born and raised in Dana Point. He developed all of his recipes home brewing over the last 10 years.

2. Brian, Scott and myself worked on this project for about five years before we actually got the doors opened.

3. We have a kitchen. Check out our menu online at Docentbrewing.com

4. Kids and dogs are welcome.

5. If you are stopping in for the first time or the 100th time, say hello. We look forward to meeting all of our guests. Cheers!

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At a lively Wango Tango, pop and partying reign supreme

  • Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Miley Cyrus delivers a birthday cake to her mom during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Miley Cyrus delivers a birthday cake to her mom during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Miley Cyrus delivers a birthday cake to her mom during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Miley Cyrus delivers a birthday cake to her mom during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katy Perry performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Katy Perry performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katy Perry fans sing along during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Katy Perry fans sing along during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katy Perry performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Katy Perry performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katy Perry performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Katy Perry performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Katy Perry fans “Roar” during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Katy Perry fans “Roar” during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Backstreet Boys perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    The Backstreet Boys perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Backstreet Boys perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    The Backstreet Boys perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • James Valentine and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    James Valentine and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Zedd performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Zedd performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Zedd fans light up their phones during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Zedd fans light up their phones during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Alessia Cara performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Alessia Cara performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Machine Gun Kelly performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Machine Gun Kelly performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hailee Steinfeld joins Machine Gun Kelly onstage during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Hailee Steinfeld joins Machine Gun Kelly onstage during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Fans on the barricade during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Fans on the barricade during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hailee Steinfeld performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Hailee Steinfeld performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hailee Steinfeld performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Hailee Steinfeld performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Niall Horan performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Niall Horan performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Julia Michaels performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Julia Michaels performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Palmieri girls of Lawndale pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    The Palmieri girls of Lawndale pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jasmine, Jayleen and Samantha take a selfie during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Jasmine, Jayleen and Samantha take a selfie during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Luis Fonsi performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Luis Fonsi performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Luis Fonsi performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Luis Fonsi performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Patricia and Maddie of Mission Viejo pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Patricia and Maddie of Mission Viejo pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Aaron Carter performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Aaron Carter performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Aaron Carter performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Aaron Carter performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Torrance fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Torrance fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Riverside fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Riverside fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Redondo Beach fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Redondo Beach fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Julia Michaels performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Julia Michaels performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Niall Horan performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Niall Horan performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Backstreet Boys perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    The Backstreet Boys perform during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Alessia Cara performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Alessia Cara performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Hailee Steinfeld performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Hailee Steinfeld performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Noah Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Covina fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

    Covina fans pose for a photo during KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Swift, Contributing Photographer)

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Since 1998, KIIS FM’s Wango Tango has been the biggest night in pop music, giving fans a chance to see 10-14 of their favorite Top 40 artists on a single stage. Think Mariah Carey, the Spice Girls and *NSYNC all on one bill — or Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado and Pink. It’s a mega-screen, pyrotechnic-filled, super-concert sprinkled with appearances by B-level celebrity guests and KIIS FM radio personalities. In other words, it’s pop-heaven, and the super-lineup that hit the stage of the sold-out StubHub Center in Carson on Saturday — including Katy Perry, Machine Gun Kelly, and Zedd — did not disappoint. The sun was shining, the music was loud, and the party didn’t stop until well into the night.

Here are some highlights.

Wango Village

While waiting for the StubHub doors to open at 4, attendees were free to wander Wango Village, a pop-up area featuring a giant Ferris wheel, food trucks, games and sponsor booths filled with free stuff. Some of the swag up for grabs included Coca Cola sunglasses, Fujifilm Instax backpacks, technicolored Otter Pop merch and even a few Chevy cars. The village also had its own stage, treating fans to free performances by Aaron Carter, Olivia Holt, Jordan Fisher and more.

Moms

With the event taking place on the eve of Mother’s Day, it was only right that the night was filled with nods to everyone’s mama. After Katy Perry’s opening set, Ryan Seacrest brought out his mom, explaining that it was her first Wango Tango and adorably high-fiving her after she introduced Noah Cyrus. Cyrus concluded her set by bringing mother Tish onstage to celebrate her birthday. Big sis Miley rolled out a birthday cake, and all of StubHub — significantly made up of tweens and youngsters with their own moms — joined in on “Happy Birthday.”

Hailee Steinfeld’s recovery

“Rock Bottom” songstress Hailee Steinfeld took to the stage in disguise, blending in with her dancers in a hooded jacket that concealed her face. The audience loved her big reveal, but as soon as the hood came off, the music stopped. A confused Seinfeld looked around desperately before resignedly saying, “I guess this stuff happens sometimes.” Poor Steinfeld continued to have issues, struggling with her mic pack during “Starving” and getting her jacket stuck as she tried to take it off after “You’re Such A.” With the crowd behind her, she managed to recover well, rallying with confident renditions of “Love Myself” and “Most Girls.”

Two members of One Direction

Niall Horan received the highest-pitched screams and performed one of the mellowest sets, playing a quiet cover of the Martin Garrix/Dua Lipa song “Scared to Be Lonely,” a dancey, Maroon 5-esque song off his upcoming album, “On the Loose,” and his sexy new single, “Slow Hands.” Taking in Horan’s performance was his One Direction band mate, Liam Payne, whose unscheduled appearance during a between-sets interview sent a shockwave through the audience — the thought of one-half of the Zayn-less One Direction being under one roof was too much for the crowd to handle. Payne explained that he was there to see Horan as well as Zedd, whom he collaborated with for his upcoming album.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus took to the stage as a special guest, playing an abbreviated set of three songs, including the balloon-filled, first-ever performance of her breezy new single, “Malibu.” Cyrus’ radically toned-down appearance — as well as her decision to cover Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” as she tossed flowers to the crowd out of a very country-looking basket — served as a full display of the stylistic 180 she’s making with her new music. She looked genuinely happy to be going back to her roots, giving one of the most enjoyable performances of the evening.

Maroon 5 covers Prince

Adam Levine and company showed their Wango Tango veteran status with an expertly executed set packed with hits. “Don’t Wanna Know,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “This Love,” “Harder to Breathe” and a particularly infectious performance of “Sugar” got the whole StubHub audience on its feet — but it was their cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” that stole the show. Levine deftly handled the holy pulpit opening as well as the guitar theatrics, bringing his axe out onto the runway to shred. The crowd ate it up — with all the “Voice”-watching moms giving the loudest shrieks of approval.

Backstreet’s back

Closing out the night was a blast from the boy-band past. The Backstreet Boys hadn’t been on the Wango Tango stage since 2001, but that didn’t stop them from stealing the show with classics like “Larger Than Life,” “The Call” and “As Long As You Love Me.” Folding-chair dancing that was straight out of 2001? Check. Matching white outfits whose subtle differences showed off each guy’s personality? Got it. Palpable waves of butterfly-clip, flip-phone nostalgia hitting the crowd during “I Want It That Way?” You better believe it. People started to trickle out — mostly parents with children who weren’t even born when the Backstreet Boys were on the radio — but those who stayed were treated to a good-old-fashioned display of POP. Backstreet’s back. All right!

 

1102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango
Where: StubHub Center, Carson
When: May 13

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P.J. Harvey performs a dreamy show beneath the stars at the Greek in L.A. on Friday

  • PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    PJ Harvey performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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P.J. Harvey returned to Los Angeles on Friday with essentially the same show she played here nine months ago, making it easy to parse the differences between her stop at the Greek Theatre on Friday and at the Shrine Expo in August on this tour behind her most recent album, “The Hope Six Demolition Project.”

And with Harvey and her band in terrific form both then and now, and the set a similar mix of the best of “The Hope Six” and best-loved songs from earlier in her career, it mostly came down to this: It’s just so much nicer to fall into the dreamy world the English singer-songwriter creates when you’re seated beneath the stars in Griffith Park than it is inside the vintage Shrine a few miles south in downtown L.A.

The top of the set was identical — Harvey and her eight musicians (longtime collaborator John Parish was absent on Friday) marching on stage with saxophones and marching band drums, setting a somber tone for songs such as “Chain Of Keys” and “Ministry of Defence,” the lyrics of which tap into Harvey’s ongoing interest in the ways in which the personal and the politic collide to shape our world, in her world, often to dire affect.

In its stage and lighting design this is a show designed to amplify the sense of drama that Harvey clearly intends to deliver. The theatricality of the night is amplified by her personal style – elbow-length black leather gloves, knee-high black leather boots, what looked like the feathered plumage of a great black bird as a headdress.

And in singing her songs, whether the bitterly upbeat “The Community of Hope” or an older warning such as “The Words That Maketh Murder,” Harvey is never less than fully committed, acting out the songs with passion as her voice delivers the same.

That latter song, a catchy guitar-and-hand-clap-driven tale of the horrors of war, earned the first big response from the crowd that filled most of the Greek on Friday. As one of four songs from the earlier album “Let England Shake,” the response “Murder” and other older tunes got seemed a clear sign that fans still aren’t as familiar with “The Hope Six” songs which provided nine of the 19 songs in her 90-minute set on Friday.

While the new work may be more subtle in style and more political in subject, that album did provide highlights throughout the night, with “The Wheel” arriving on a bed of saxophones riffing and most of the band singing backing vocals, or “The River Anacostia,” which closed the main set, blending in the chorus of the spiritual “Wade In The Water” as it faded to a hymn-like finish.

Yet the final run of songs, which focused mostly on earlier numbers, also came from a phase in Harvey’s career when she was writing more rock ‘n’ roll-oriented music, lending tunes such as “50ft Queenie,” “Down By The Water” and “To Bring You My Love,” both a familiarity — they’re among her best-known works — and energy that had been missing earlier in the night.

Other than “The Devil,” a standout during the main set from Harvey’s “White Chalk” album, the only other songs that weren’t also played at the Shrine in August came in the encore, which opened with a ferocious take on the Bob Dylan classic, “Highway 61 Revisited,” a song that feels perfect for Harvey given its lyrical blend of timeless elements — religion, war, the human heart among them.

“The Last Living Rose” wrapped up the night with a gentler melody beneath one more modern folk songs from a woman whose view of the world, past, present and future, is unblinking and clear, no matter the venue or stage on which she stands to deliver her message.

P.J. Harvey

When: Friday, May 12

Where: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Set list

Main set: Chain of Keys / The Ministry of Defence / The Community of Hope / A Line in the Sand / Let England Shake / The Words That Maketh Murder / The Glorious Land / Medicinals / When Under Ether / Dollar, Dollar / The Devil / The Wheel / The Ministry of Social Affairs / 50ft Queenie / Down by the Water / To Bring You My Love / River Anacostia

Encore: Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan cover) / The Last Living Rose

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Skate contest at Etnies raises funds to help children in need, injured sports athletes

LAKE FOREST Rain may have delayed the 8th annual Skate for a Cause Saturday, but ultimately, skaters would not be denied the opportunity to shred at Etnies Skate Park.

While waiting for the rain to stop so the contests could start, skaters tried their luck on the wet, slippery surfaces. Once the rain stopped, competitors wowed the crowds with big tricks, long grinds and board-handling through obstacle courses.

The event included a bowl contest, SkaterCross contest, and best trick contests at various spots within the park.

The event also included raffles and a finger board area for kids.

The annual event, which is free to attend, raises funds for children in need and injured action sports athletes.

Click the slideshow to see more photos from the event. More information to come.

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‘Star Wars’ Land update: Disneyland’s Rivers of America route nearly done

The steel is climbing out of the ground as “Star Wars” land continues to take shape at Disneyland.

But while that land will open in 2019, crews are rapidly finishing work on the rockwork and landscaping around the new route for the Rivers of America. The waterway is scheduled to be open to boat traffic again in the latter half of 2017, as is the Big Thunder Trail that connects Frontierland to the back side of Fantasyland.

Related to that work, the steam engine of the Disneyland Railroad that has been on display at the Frontierland/New Orleans Square station has been taken back to the Roundhouse. The remaining items on display on the other side of the tracks should be removed by Monday, May 8, as well.

Other refurbishments at Disneyland include the Guided Tours Garden and the Indiana Jones Adventure – Temple of the Forbidden Eye, the latter will reopen by summer.

Over at Disney California Adventure, workers are putting the finishing touches on the new “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!” attraction that will open to the public by Memorial Day weekend.

Those seeking an extended preview of Disney’s Johnny Depp-starring “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth movie in the series, can do so at the Sunset Theater near Monsters, Inc.

Disney Junior is still closed, but expected to open with a new show for the summer.

Meanwhile, workers are still pouring the foundation for the Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Downtown Disney.

Click through the slideshow to see more, including some beautiful roses currently blooming at Disney California Adventure.

  • Where there was once a giant hole in the ground, concrete walls have grown in one of the show buildings under construction in “Star Wars” land at Disneyland. The project is so big, it takes two cranes working each day to keep up with the project’s needs. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Where there was once a giant hole in the ground, concrete walls have grown in one of the show buildings under construction in “Star Wars” land at Disneyland. The project is so big, it takes two cranes working each day to keep up with the project’s needs. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The scrim hiding the back end of the Rivers of America at Disneyland has been removed, allowing better views of the rock work that will be along the water’s edge when it reopens later in 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The scrim hiding the back end of the Rivers of America at Disneyland has been removed, allowing better views of the rock work that will be along the water’s edge when it reopens later in 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A worker drives a raft to Tom Sawyer Island to work on the island, as it is still closed due to construction of “Star Wars” land at Disneyland. The island is expected to open later in 2017. The refurbishment of the Sailing Ship Columbia appears to be complete too. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A worker drives a raft to Tom Sawyer Island to work on the island, as it is still closed due to construction of “Star Wars” land at Disneyland. The island is expected to open later in 2017. The refurbishment of the Sailing Ship Columbia appears to be complete too. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • This is the mother goose named Suzi at Disneyland. She appears to be keeping an eye on the photographer, or is looking for food for her and her two younglings, which the photographer named Kyleigh and Melissa. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    This is the mother goose named Suzi at Disneyland. She appears to be keeping an eye on the photographer, or is looking for food for her and her two younglings, which the photographer named Kyleigh and Melissa. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The rigging and masts shine in the sunlight on the Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland. The ship looks ready to set sail on the Rivers of America, but for now sits in Fowler’s Harbor. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The rigging and masts shine in the sunlight on the Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland. The ship looks ready to set sail on the Rivers of America, but for now sits in Fowler’s Harbor. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Spotted through a crack in the fence, two workers appear to be building a dock on Tom Sawyer Island while the back part of the Rivers of America remains dry of water during this construction phase related to “Star Wars” land at Disneyland. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Spotted through a crack in the fence, two workers appear to be building a dock on Tom Sawyer Island while the back part of the Rivers of America remains dry of water during this construction phase related to “Star Wars” land at Disneyland. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rock work around the Rivers of America is really taking shape at Disneyland as this phase of the “Star Wars” land project nears completion. This area should open up some time in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Rock work around the Rivers of America is really taking shape at Disneyland as this phase of the “Star Wars” land project nears completion. This area should open up some time in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Trees planted behind the rock work around the Rivers of America and along the Big Thunder Trail block the views of “Star Wars” land, as was the intention all along. The area along the trail should open up at Disneyland in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Trees planted behind the rock work around the Rivers of America and along the Big Thunder Trail block the views of “Star Wars” land, as was the intention all along. The area along the trail should open up at Disneyland in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • This photo, taken through a scrim to block views by guests at Disneyland, is of the rock work and more around the northern section of the re-routed Rivers of America. The water body got a new route to make room for “Star Wars” land. The river is supposed to open to boat traffic some time in the second half of 2017, while the new land opens in 2019. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    This photo, taken through a scrim to block views by guests at Disneyland, is of the rock work and more around the northern section of the re-routed Rivers of America. The water body got a new route to make room for “Star Wars” land. The river is supposed to open to boat traffic some time in the second half of 2017, while the new land opens in 2019. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Two floating barges are covered in tarps on the eastern side of the Rivers of America at Disneyland, probably related to the eventual opening of the river to reach their final destination. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Two floating barges are covered in tarps on the eastern side of the Rivers of America at Disneyland, probably related to the eventual opening of the river to reach their final destination. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Some of the rock work around the Rivers of America appears to be nearly complete at Disneyland as the area takes shape to be open to visits by people on the river boats, or on the Big Thunder Trail some time in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Some of the rock work around the Rivers of America appears to be nearly complete at Disneyland as the area takes shape to be open to visits by people on the river boats, or on the Big Thunder Trail some time in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The steam engine that has been on display at the Frontierland/New Orleans Square Station of the Disneyland Railroad has been returned to the Roundhouse. The rest of the displays will be closed and removed by Monday, May 8, 2017. All part of the preparations to get the railroad running again some time in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The steam engine that has been on display at the Frontierland/New Orleans Square Station of the Disneyland Railroad has been returned to the Roundhouse. The rest of the displays will be closed and removed by Monday, May 8, 2017. All part of the preparations to get the railroad running again some time in the second half of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The original boiler from the #2 engine (the E.P. Ripley) was turned into a display model to explain how steam engines work. It has been on display at the Frontierland/New Orleans Square station for nearly a year while the Disneyland Railroad was closed due to the construction of “Star Wars” land. The display will be closed this weekend, and the display removed by Monday, May 8, 2018. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The original boiler from the #2 engine (the E.P. Ripley) was turned into a display model to explain how steam engines work. It has been on display at the Frontierland/New Orleans Square station for nearly a year while the Disneyland Railroad was closed due to the construction of “Star Wars” land. The display will be closed this weekend, and the display removed by Monday, May 8, 2018. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Guided Tours garden at Disneyland is getting refurbished. Besides the guided tours, this is the starting point for the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” tour too. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Guided Tours garden at Disneyland is getting refurbished. Besides the guided tours, this is the starting point for the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” tour too. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • While the Guided Tours garden is closed for refurbishment, visitors to Disneyland are directed by this sign to visit Disneyland’s City Hall to sign up for the tour, which does carry an extra charge besides the admission to the park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    While the Guided Tours garden is closed for refurbishment, visitors to Disneyland are directed by this sign to visit Disneyland’s City Hall to sign up for the tour, which does carry an extra charge besides the admission to the park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Indiana Jones Adventure – Temple of the Forbidden Eye is closed for refurbishment at Disneyland, but will open up in a few weeks. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Indiana Jones Adventure – Temple of the Forbidden Eye is closed for refurbishment at Disneyland, but will open up in a few weeks. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Disney Junior, a show for the younger set, is closed and getting retooled into a new show at Disney California Adventure. It is expected to open with the new show by summer 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Disney Junior, a show for the younger set, is closed and getting retooled into a new show at Disney California Adventure. It is expected to open with the new show by summer 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Seeking a preview of the fifth installment are ye? Well at Disney California Adventure, now showing is a preview of “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales” in the Sunset Showcase theater in the Hollywood land area of the park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Seeking a preview of the fifth installment are ye? Well at Disney California Adventure, now showing is a preview of “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales” in the Sunset Showcase theater in the Hollywood land area of the park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The folks in the entertainment department at Disney California Adventure have installed a new stage near the Monsters, Inc. attraction for its Disney Performing Arts. Here musical groups from a variety of schools perform each month. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The folks in the entertainment department at Disney California Adventure have installed a new stage near the Monsters, Inc. attraction for its Disney Performing Arts. Here musical groups from a variety of schools perform each month. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • While Disneyland Resort’s custodial staff prides themselves on keeping things clean and removing cobwebs from nearly everywhere, except attractions like the Haunted Mansion, they know better then to touch Spiderman’s web slinging in Disney California Adventure. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    While Disneyland Resort’s custodial staff prides themselves on keeping things clean and removing cobwebs from nearly everywhere, except attractions like the Haunted Mansion, they know better then to touch Spiderman’s web slinging in Disney California Adventure. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • What was the Tower of Terror has pretty much disappeared, but the construction walls are still up around what will be the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! attraction in Disney California Adventure. The new attraction is expected to open to the public Memorial Day weekend of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    What was the Tower of Terror has pretty much disappeared, but the construction walls are still up around what will be the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! attraction in Disney California Adventure. The new attraction is expected to open to the public Memorial Day weekend of 2017. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Grizzly River Rapids is once again flowing and getting riders wet after its annual winter/spring refurbishment at Disney California Adventure. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Grizzly River Rapids is once again flowing and getting riders wet after its annual winter/spring refurbishment at Disney California Adventure. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Some things, like this Prickly Pear cactus, need no refurbishment to show their colors, as this one in the Cars Land area bloomed with bright colors at Disney California Adventure. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Some things, like this Prickly Pear cactus, need no refurbishment to show their colors, as this one in the Cars Land area bloomed with bright colors at Disney California Adventure. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • These beautiful pink roses are in the view area for World of Color at Disney California Adventure. Their name is Sexy Rexy Rose, or Rosa Floribunda, Sexy Rosa. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    These beautiful pink roses are in the view area for World of Color at Disney California Adventure. Their name is Sexy Rexy Rose, or Rosa Floribunda, Sexy Rosa. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • This planter near the parking lot tram station in Downtown Disney was getting a major overhaul by some of the Disneyland Resorts horticulture staff. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    This planter near the parking lot tram station in Downtown Disney was getting a major overhaul by some of the Disneyland Resorts horticulture staff. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Not much to see where the Splitsville Luxury Lanes is being built. Crews behind the construction are diligently working on the foundations for the building next to the Build A Bear shop in Downtown Disney. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Not much to see where the Splitsville Luxury Lanes is being built. Crews behind the construction are diligently working on the foundations for the building next to the Build A Bear shop in Downtown Disney. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The swimming pool at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is still closed, but the pool now has water in it as crews work to get it open in time for the 2017 summer season after a major refurbishment. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The swimming pool at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is still closed, but the pool now has water in it as crews work to get it open in time for the 2017 summer season after a major refurbishment. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Trees have been planted along the berm that surrounds the new route for the Rivers of America at Disneyland. Meanwhile, construction continues on the “Star Wars” land project in the foreground, with Big Thunder Mountain rising in the distance above the trees. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Trees have been planted along the berm that surrounds the new route for the Rivers of America at Disneyland. Meanwhile, construction continues on the “Star Wars” land project in the foreground, with Big Thunder Mountain rising in the distance above the trees. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor wows in his O.C. debut

Grosvenor was a childhood sensation in England, winning his first major competition as a child in 2004. (Arts Management Group)
Grosvenor was a childhood sensation in England, winning his first major competition as a child in 2004. (Arts Management Group)

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor tends to attract hyperbolic headlines wherever he performs. After his New York debut in 2015, the Times’ David Allen dubbed him “Boy Lord of the Piano.”

Grosvenor’s Orange County debut on Wednesday at Segerstrom Concert Hall showed what all the fuss and fawning was about.

Now 24, Grosvenor may still look like a dewy teen not yet familiar with a razor, but he has been on piano lovers’ radar for well over a decade. He made his first splash when he won the keyboard category of the BBC Young Musicians of the Year competition in 2004.

Grosvenor brought a widely varied program to Costa Mesa for this Philharmonic Society concert: Schumann’s Arabesque, Op. 18; Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333; Beethoven’s Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (the “Moonlight”); Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19; Book 1 from Granados’” Goyescas,” Op. 11; and Liszt’s Rhapsodie espagnole.

It’s a line-up that allowed Grosvenor to roll out all the weapons in his virtuosic arsenal, and he has quite a collection.

There’s technique aplenty, of course – that much was never in doubt. All of these works demand absolute mastery of bravura playing: machine-gun double octaves, whirlwind hand crossing and hair-raising rapid-note passages.

But Grosvenor offers something that most young piano soloists, including many we’ve seen this season in Orange County, too often lack: a connection to the history of the art form.

With the exception of the Mozart sonata, all the works on Wednesday’s program were drawn from the golden age of the classical soloist, which spanned most of the 19th century into the early 20th. It was an era when the personality of the performer was allowed to come to the fore, meld with the music and make it an intensely personal statement.

That’s what Grosvenor does. He’s reminiscent of a generation of pianists that are long gone, European men who were only a generation or so removed from Liszt and his high-octane histrionics: Josef Hofmann, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Artur Schnabel,  Alfred Cortot, Arthur Rubenstein. Grosvenor’s performances aren’t mere interpretations; sometimes his playing is so personal, quirky and full of conviction it seems like an act of co-composing.

Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata is a good example of this kind of pianism. It’s cheeky to program such an overplayed chestnut unless you’re going to completely rethink it, which is exactly what Grosvenor did. The first movement, the most remarkable of the three on Wednesday, contained  none of the self-important ponderousness that so often undermines it. Grosvenor transformed it into an expression of poetic understatement, and the deliberately muted approach to familiar and hyper-emotive moments made the movement a revelation.

Grosvenor performed the same magic on Schumann’s only slightly less overplayed Arabesque. Again, we heard an over-familiar work  freshly defined.

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor made his Orange County debut on Wednesday night. (Sophie Wright, Decca)
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor made his Orange County debut on Wednesday night. (Sophie Wright, Decca)

For those who like even meatier pleasures, the second half of the concert brought the works of Scriabin, Granados and Liszt, whose Rhapsodie espagnole was the Arabian stallion of the evening.

Even here, though, Grosvenor wasn’t content merely to wow us with his prodigious technique. It served a higher purpose, which was to capture the larger-than-life composer behind the music. Liszt was a showman’s showman, and this was his gaudy calling card. He played it to dazzle and overwhelm (and, of course, to woo the ladies). The work is a pianist’s Iron Man event, and when performed as Grosvenor did (and undoubtedly Liszt, in his time) it’s more than just a tour de force – it’s a celebration of the capabilities of the human mind and body.

The encore, Moritz Moszkowski’s Etude in A flat, Op. 72, No. 11, was pure Grosvenor – personal, hypnotic, scintillating.

I hope Grosvenor has a long and illustrious career, but if I were you I’d see him as soon as you can. Even the greatest pianists can’t sustain this level of technique and performance energy forever. Right now, though, this young man is in his prime.

Benjamin Grosvenor

Where: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

When: Wednesday, May 3

 

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Stagecoach 2017: Kip Moore gets rowdy with fans at sunset

When Kip Moore turns his snapback hat backwards, he means business.  The 37-year-old singer-songwriter was ready to get wild during his Mane Stage performance at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday.

Going on at sunset, just as Mother Nature provided her own breathtaking light show painting the sky various shades of pink, purple and orange, Moore kicked off his set with “Wild Ones.” Fans flooded into the front-of-stage corral and roared along to his hit “Beer Money” and a countrified cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.”

“I love being here,” Moore said during an interview in the backstage artist compound before his turn. “It’s one of those festivals that there’s so much hype around it that you find the different kind of energy in the crowd so I’m stoked to be back.”

Moore made his Stagecoach debut back in 2015, performing on the first night of the fest on the Mane Stage just before Jake Owen and headliner Tim McGraw.

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore stands for a portrait behind the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore stands for a portrait behind the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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“I love that sunset time slot,” he said, cracking a smile. “They’re not overboard drunk yet so it’s a good slot. They’re not there yet, but we’ll get them there, I know how these things go.”

The exclusivity of a Stagecoach appearance is something Moore takes seriously as he noted that he tends to change up his set – sometimes on the fly – based on what he’s feeling from the crowd.

“I’ve never been one of those that sticks to the same exact set so I’m definitely paying attention to what the vibe of the crowd is,” he said. “I feed off of what they’re giving me.”

Moore said he was stoked to be on the same bill as country music legend Willie Nelson, who performed on his 84th birthday in front of a massive crowd at the Palomino Stage, and genre icon and one of his biggest crushes, Shania Twain.

“Shania, she used to be my girl,” he said with a  laugh. “It’s going to be neat to see her tonight, it’s nice to see her out playing again.”

Last month, Moore got his chance to play radio DJ as he hosted the weekday, midday show on KKGO Go Country 105.1 FM, an experience that he said he had a lot of fun doing and he also got to debut his new song, “More Girls Like You.”

Whereas his last album, “Wild Ones,” was more about going out, getting rowdy and having a good time, “More Girls Like You” has more sweeter sentiment. Moore said it’s a reflection of him becoming more open to the idea of settling down and eventually having children.

“I’m hoping that the new record will be out by early August,” he said. “I’ve been working on it so much and we shot a bunch of videos for it to put out throughout the summer so we’re ready and we’re excited.”

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Stagecoach 2017: Everything that went down on Friday

Nearly a decade ago, Dierks Bentley was playing the Mane Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in the bright sunlight just after another up-and-coming star named Taylor Swift. But on Friday, Bentley was the king of the festival as he headlined the opening night of the festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. We have photographic proof.

Before Bentley’s headlining set there were plenty of other notable performances, including sets from Cole Swindell and Elle King, who both joined Bentley during his show.

Long before Bentley took the Mane Stage, 19-year-old Bailey Bryan opened Stagecoach 2017 with songs off her brand new EP. Bryan told reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski about what it was like to play Stagecoach and what happened when she saw some fellow performers backstage.

Away from the Mane Stage, which draws the largest crowd at Stagecoach, there was a lot of really great music between upstarts and legends.

The highlight was easily Jerry Lee Lewis, the 81-year-old fiery rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who played to the Palomino tent at his Stagecoach debut. After being brought to the stage in a wheelchair, Lewis walked out with assistants flanking him. Wearing a white suit, Lewis sat down behind the glossy black Yamaha piano and played with verve. Early in the set, if you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t have thought he showed his age at all. And at the end of “Great Balls of Fire,” Lewis even did a leg kick.

The only disappointment was that he ended his set more than 20 minutes earlier than scheduled with a finale of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” As he stood up from the piano, he shooed away his assistants and with the aid of a cane, walked off the stage on his own while the crowd cheered, and then started chanting “Jerry! Jerry!” It was like an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show” without any punches being thrown.

Even more fans were on hand to see the Southern rockers in 38 Special deliver an hour of hits that included the rousing “Rockin Into the Night,” “Caught Up In You” and “Hold On Loosely” as well as ’80s adult contemporary ballad “Second Chance.”

Earlier in the day, The Zombies performed a harmony-laden stellar set that included newer material as well as classics such as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.”  Singer Colin Blunstone introduced another track, “I Want You Back Again,” as a cover of Tom Petty’s cover of a Zombies song. The band also performed a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” which might have made Stagecoach history as the first Motown cover.

Check out all of the photos of the performers from Friday.

Other highlights of the set included “Hold Your Head Up,” which became a hit for Argent, the band Zombies founder and keyboardist Rod Argent formed after the Zombies’ demise but was actually co-written by Argent and original Zombies bassist Chris White. While introducing the song, Argent said when people sing along to the chorus, they usually sing the wrong words, “Hold your head up, woah,” and implored the audience to sing along correctly with the real lyrics: “Hold your head up, woman.” The crowd happily obliged.

On the nearby Mustang Stage, Son Volt had an electrifying set that didn’t have as many fans as it richly deserved as Jay Farrar and company played a rip-roaring set. Earlier in the afternoon, Anderson East brought some soul to Stagecoach –  complete with a horn section –  with a batch of songs that included an impeccable cover of the Faces’ “Stay With Me” and a crowd sing-along to “I Can See Clearly Now.” However, there was no sighting of his girlfriend and former Stagecoach headliner Miranda Lambert.

It was all part of the Stagecoach vibes. If you want to know what it’s like to really be at the festival, take a look at our photos on the ground. Also, Stagecoach is very different from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which occupies the grounds for the previous two weekends. However, both festivals share a love of Korean barbecue tacos.

If you’re at Stagecoach, here’s where you can get free stuff. Everybody loves free stuff. And if you’re not at Stagecoach, you can follow us all weekend long on Snapchat and Instagram or on our Stagecoach live blog.

Get ready for Saturday night, when Shania Twain makes her Stagecoach debut.

More stories, photos from Stagecoach 2017

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Coachella 2017: 25 things we’ll remember about the festival

The 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come to an end, leaving only a trail of Instagram selfies in its wake. We had staff on site both weekends, who saw everything from the hottest music to the strangest outfits. And when we tell all of our friends and family members what happened at Coachella 2017, this is what gave us all of the Coachella vibes.

1. The size: We knew the City of Indio approved an expansion of acreage and a capacity increase in 2016, but when Coachella actually expanded, wow. It was literally the biggest Coachella ever. The palms that used to mark the perimeter of the public area were now in front the line of stages they used to be behind. We can’t wait to see the space is used for the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which starts Friday, April 28.

2. The Sonora Tent: This was the best addition to Coachella 2017, hands down, from the music to the decor. The new seventh stage looked like a ’90s Nickelodeon cartoon splashed with the vibe of a cool city club with colorful graffiti on the walls. Plus, there were couches and air-conditioning. The Sonora was a haven for rock fans to see legacy acts such as T.S.O.L. and Guided By Voices, but also gave a visible place for Latin-flavored bands like Thee Commons and Quitapenas.

3. Kendrick Lamar: First, the Compton rapper dropped his new album “DAMN.” on Friday, April 14, two days before his scheduled headlining set. Then, he brought out the most opower of any of the headliners, complete with ninja dancers. Lamar announced a major U.S. tour on Monday morning and the heat from Coachella ought to help him sell a lot of tickets. Check out the photos.

4. Lady Gaga: Gaga had big shoes to fill at Coachella after Beyonce postponed her headlining spot to 2018 due to pregnancy. Lady Gaga brought flashy costumes (literally–she had a spotlight in her belt), dancers and a whole lot of pop confidence to Coachella. She also debuted a new song, “The Cure” the first weekend, and reprised it the second week.

5. Hans Zimmer: The buzz on social media was big when movie composer Hans Zimmer was announced as one of the Coachella 2017 performers, but it did not prepare anyone for how amazing it would be to see Zimmer and the orchestra live. Singing “The Circle of Life” with tens of thousands of strangers at the festival definitely ranks high as a Coachella 2017 moment.

6. The unicorns. Or piñatas. Or rhinos: The art installation “is this what brings things into focus?” sparked a debate among festival-goers as to what the giant colorful mammalian structures actually were. One thing was for sure–they provided a lot of shade.

7. The year of the pickpocket: One of the biggest stories out of Coachella 2017 wasn’t the music, but about people getting their phones stolen. Multiple thieves were arrested weekend one and again on weekend two with stolen phones.

8. The secret tiki bar: There was a secret tiki bar and if you wanted in on it, you were likely to wait a really long time.

9. Drake’s redemption: When Drake headlined Coachella in 2015, it was lackluster to say the least, except for the soul-sucking kiss from Madonna. But Drake returned to the main stage Weekend 1, wearing a yellow puffy vest, as one does, to be a guest during Future’s Saturday set, it felt like a triumphant redemption.

10. When Coachella went Yacht Rock: On the first weekend, Thundercat brought out Michael McDonald to guest on three songs, including “Show You the Way” and the Doobie Brothers’ iconic “What A Fool Believes.” Sadly, Kenny Loggins didn’t surprise us the second weekend. Also, can we just say that Thundercat has some of the best hats at Coachella? The first weekend he wore an animal pelt, but clearly that was too hot for Weekend 2 so he dressed more like he was a member of Gwar.

11. A sweet proposal: We’ve seen proposals at Coachella before, but the couple who met at UCLA and had 30 friends involved was a pretty special one.

12. Glitter, glitter everywhere: Glitter tattoos, glitter faces, glitter beards, glitter mustaches. Glitter was a big trend for 2017. Think about how many art projects you did as a kid with glitter that you could never seem to wash completely off. Now imagine all of these people back at work. See photos of glittery fashion from Weekend 2 and even more fashion from Weekend 1.

13. The selfie mirrors: Yes, this art installation has a name, “The Lamp Beside the Golden Door,” but it was one of the best selfie spots at Coachella. At least it was until people vandalized it. This is why we can’t have nice things.

14. The Do Lab: You could honestly go to Coachella and never leave the Do Lab. With its own stage, acrobats and special guests like Skrillex, the Do Lab continued its reign as one of the coolest things at Coachella.

15. Churro sundaes: Forget the doughnut ice cream sandwiches–this year the churro sundaes were the best sweet treat. You get a churro, dipped in your choice of toppings, like Fruity Pebbles, and then it is cut in half and put into a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The churro antennae are shaped like a V, a V for Coachella food victory.

16. Ezra Furman: After Coachella tickets went on sale, some outlets reported on contributions made by Philip Anschutz, the owner of AEG, which is the parent company of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice, as funding anti-LGBTQ groups. Anschutz refuted those reports in a statement, but Furman spoke out about it on stage both weekends. However, the best part about Furman’s Weekend 2 set was actually the cover of the Misfits’ “Where Eagles Dare” that opened the show.

17. Radiohead: Yeah, Radiohead had major sound issues on the first weekend, but Thom Yorke blamed it on aliens. And the band soldiered through and played “Creep.” And Weekend 2 went off without a hitch, with classic chestnuts “My Iron Lung” and “Fake Plastic Trees” making it into the set.

18. Travis Scott’s toys: Travis Scott had a giant bird, trees and multiple larger-than-life cardboard cutouts of himself on stage Friday at the Outdoor Theatre. It was definitely one of the weirder sets, but people loved it.

19. Lauryn Hill’s guest appearance: DJ Snake brought out the singer, who performed Fugees classics “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me Softly,” during Weekend 1 and it was everything you hoped it could be and more.

20. The balloons: Because everyone still loves the balloons and it’s not truly Coachella until you take a balloon chain picture.

21. The Sahara Tent: Every year the Sahara becomes more immersive. This year, screens wrapped around the airplane hangar-sized tent, which made a trippy Friday night set from Empire of the Sun even more intense.

22. Migos, Migos everywhere: You couldn’t swing those glowing balls around during Weekend 1 without a Migos guest appearance. Everyone heard “Bad and Boujee” a lot.

23. Inflatable canoe chairs everywhere: Any place that Migos wasn’t, those inflatable canoe chairs were. It was brilliant for those who brought them in and incredibly amusing for everyone else watching them trying to inflate them.

24. Fishnet cover-ups: Fishnet-style cover-ups were a thing again and it still made us wonder–don’t you get really weird tan lines?

25. The stuff we brought home with us: Coachella had some interesting merch this year and chances are you probably brought something to take home, whether it was a new record, a cactus in a beer bottle or a bathrobe.

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Knott’s opens new ‘Sol Spin’ thrill ride

BUENA PARK – Riders were spun up in the air, turned upside down and spun around on the new “Sol Spin” ride at Knott’s Berry Farm.

The farm quietly opened the new thrill ride Friday, after getting the okay from state inspectors.

Riders on the new Sol Spin ride at Knott's Berry Farm. The thrill ride holds up to 36 riders at a time, six on each arm. It spins around, goes up in the air, and turns riders upside down. (Courtesy, Knott's Berry Farm)
Riders on the new Sol Spin ride at Knott’s Berry Farm. The thrill ride holds up to 36 riders at a time, six on each arm. It spins around, goes up in the air, and turns riders upside down. (Courtesy, Knott’s Berry Farm)

Construction for the new ride started in the fall last year, at the same time the Knott’s started work on a new restaurant. The heavy rains over the winter stalled work on the restaurant, but the ride was completed in time for the upcoming summer season.

The new ride sits on the concrete platform where the Windseeker ride once stood, during its short stay at the theme park.

That ride had several breakdowns, causing state regulators to ask for many changes to its evacuation procedures. Knott’s removed the ride shortly after that.

Visitors watch riders on the new Sol Spin ride at Knott's Berry Farm. The thrill ride holds up to 36 riders at a time, six on each arm. It spins around, goes up in the air, and turns riders upside down. The ride is on the platform where the Windseeker once stood in the Fiesta Village area of the theme park. (Courtesy, Knott's Berry Farm)
Visitors watch riders on the new Sol Spin ride at Knott’s Berry Farm. The thrill ride holds up to 36 riders at a time, six on each arm. It spins around, goes up in the air, and turns riders upside down. The ride is on the platform where the Windseeker once stood in the Fiesta Village area of the theme park. (Courtesy, Knott’s Berry Farm)

Sol Spin sits in the Fiesta Village of the theme park, near the merry-go-round and the Jaguar roller coaster. Riders can go as high as six stories into the air while spinning around.

There is a minimum height requirement of 54 inches to go on the ride.

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