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By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Top Acts Headline at Canyon Clubs in October

 

September 26, 2019

Pat Benetar

Seven musical acts that you don't want to miss are landing at The Canyon Clubs in October 2019.

On the 18th in Agoura Hills and the 19th in Montclair, Martha Davis & The Motels will take the stage.

One of LA's original new wave bands, they scored big with hits including "Only the Lonely," "Suddenly Last Summer," "Danger," among many others.

They gathered up two gold albums with Davis on lead vocals and also doing some songwriting. She won Best Performance in a Music Video at the American Music Awards for her performance in the "Only the Lonely" video.

With an '80's revival now in full swing, they are back on the road pleasing their legion of fans.

Then, Jim Messina -- songwriter, singer, guitarist, recording engineer and record producer -- is back on the road again with his 2019 solo tour, which will be making a stop in Agoura Hills on the 4th and at The Rose on the 6th.

One half of Loggins & Messina, co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, and member and key contributor to folk-rock group Buffalo Springfield, Messina has left an indelible footprint on popular music, selling over 20 million albums while with Loggins.

He'll be singing all of his big hits, which include "Pickin' Up the Pieces," "Be Free," "Your Mama Don't Dance," among many others.

Messina also released a new live album in 2017 called "In the Groove" which contains a catalogue of all of his greatest hits. He invited longtime collaborator and former Poco steel guitarist Rusty Young to play on some of the songs. Something special about this new album -- it's also available in USB flash card format, so you can plug it into your automobile's audio system or download it onto your computer.

"I think we're at a point where the new generation isn't interested in CD's," forward-thinking Messina said. "They've got their iPhones, iPads and computers."

When Bruce Palmer left Buffalo Springfield in 1968, Messina was hired as a permanent replacement on bass, joining Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Richie Furay, and Neil Young. Soon after Messina joined the band, the group decided to break up and he and Furay would team up to form the band Poco.

However, he received the most fame while teaming up with Loggins. After leaving Poco, Messina signed a contract with Columbia Records as an independent producer and was first introduced to the idea of producing Kenny Loggins in the summer of 1970. At the time, Loggins had no agent, no manager and was a songwriter for ABC Dunhill and not a performing artist.

The two recorded a number of Loggins' compositions in Messina's home living room and then Columbia signed Loggins (with the assistance of Messina) to a six-album contract, with Messina as producer. Messina originally intended to lend his name to the Loggins project only to help introduce the unknown Loggins to Messina's well-established Buffalo Springfield and Poco audiences. By the time the first album was completed, Messina had contributed so much in terms of songwriting, arrangement, instrumentation, and vocals, that an "accidental" duo was born. The album was titled "Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In." The album's first single release was the caribbean-flavored "Vahevala."

"When our first album, 'Sittin' In, came out, we started receiving a lot of excitement about the music and good sales," Messina said. "We had no choice, it was either I now go on and continue to produce him and we do the solo career or we stay together and let this work. For me, I didn't desire to go back out on the road. I had enough of that, and I wanted to produce records. But Clive Davis (then president of Columbia Records) intervened and said, 'I think you'd be making a big mistake if you guys didn't take this opportunity. Things like this only happen once in a lifetime. It may merit you sleeping on it overnight and making a decision that will be in your best interest.' He was absolutely correct. Kenny made the decision as well. It delayed his solo career, but it gave him an opportunity, I think, to have one."

Loggins ultimately decided to strike out on his own, and in 1976 the duo split amicably after a final concert in Hawaii and both went on to solo careers.

In 1981, Messina signed with Warner Brothers Records and recorded and released three albums. Eight years later, Poco's original lineup (consisting of Messina, Richie Furay, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner) regrouped for a successful reunion tour. That same year, they released the album "Legacy."

Much to the delight of their adoring fans, Messina and Loggins hit the road as a duo again in 2005 and then in 2009. Since they both live in Santa Barbara, that made it easy to rehearse.

The iconic classic-rock favorite America will then be making an appearance in Agoura Hills for their 50th Anniversary Tour on the 26th.

The Grammy Award winners' widely renowned singles - including "Horse With No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross the River," "Lonely People" - were considered cornerstones of the 1970's Top 40 rock radio.

They have amassed six certified gold and platinum albums, with the first greatest hits collection, "History," hitting four million in sales.

Lead singers, songwriters and guitarists Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell continue to be a band capable of transcending borders with their uplifting music and positive message.

Then, on the 6th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, two Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famers will be making a landing - Dave Mason and Richie Furay - presenting their Feelin' Alright Tour.

Mason has been performing live shows for over 50 years with his classic songs that his fans adore such as "Only You Know and I Know," "We Just Disagree," "Every Woman," "Feeling' Alright, among many others.

Best known for his soulful voice and skilled guitar playing, Mason was inducted into the Hall as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist. He has collaborated with numerous members of the music elite, including Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Eric Clapton, among others.

Buffalo Springfield, POCO and Souther-Hillman-Furay comprise the illustrious musical career of Richie Furay. He is celebrated for pioneering Country-Rock with his own soulful voice and talented songwriting.

Furay was inducted into the Hall for his work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed with Stephen Stills and Neil Young in 1966. Music spanning his entire career will be performed.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo have been making music together for four decades and will treat their adoring fans to a concert on the 19th at the Saban Theatre for their 40th Anniversary Tour.

They met each other in 1979 for the first time, in a small rehearsal room at SIR Studios in New York, and have been married since 1982.

Benatar's staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Giraldo's artistry as a guitarist, producer, and songwriter forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rocks most memorable hits, including "We Belong," "Invincible," "Love is a Battlefield," among many others.

Together they have created two multiplatinum, five platinum and three gold albums, as well as 19 Top 40 hits, along with four consecutive Grammy Awards.

Then, Engelbert Humperdinck will take the stage on the 26th at the Saban Theatre.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Humperdinck has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state, and recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. His unique voice has charmed millions of fans around the globe.

Some of his biggest hits include" "(Please) Release Me" (which is in the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts, and was #1 in 11 countries), "After the Lovin'," "Spanish Eyes," "Quando, Quando, Quando," among many others.

Finally, Moving In Stereo, a Southern California-based tribute band, will be playing the music of The Cars on the 20th at The Rose.

America Band

They faithfully reproduce the late 70's/early 80's rock-new wave music that originated in Boston and swept through the US and Europe.

Formed in 2010 as Drive, the band was renamed Moving In Stereo in 2014 and will be playing all of the hits, including "Lets Go," "My Best Friends Girl," "Just What I Needed," among many others.

The Cars were inducted into the Hall in 2018.

This is a timely concert since The Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek recently passed away. It will be a great tribute to him.

For more information, got to: https://wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/

 

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