March 19, 2008
The walls of Burbank High School’s auditorium throbbed with adolescent angst, borne on the backs of crunchy drum beats and distorted power chords, during the annual Battle of the Bands on Wednesday. Eight bands — The Royal Fetuses, Double Speak, Lucky XIII, Amherst, Those Guys, Fall of April, The Casual Maniacs and The Eloquence — competed on stage before hundreds of their peers for a $150 top prize on a night that also served as a fundraiser for the senior class.
August 18, 2007
Liza Carbe and Jean-Pierre Durand each had successful music careers before they met. Now, this Glendale husband and wife are making beautiful music together with the band Incendio. “We call our music Latin guitar world fusion,” Durand said. “It’s all instrumental upbeat Spanish guitar. The most popular act that is doing our style of music is the Gipsy Kings.” The band’s music is a mix of styles, Carbe said. “It’s more world elements and rhythms, like Middle Eastern music, Celtic, jazz improvisation,” she said.
November 25, 2006
The pursuit of the American dream will blend with traditional Christmas carols when the Glendale Symphony Orchestra presents its "Sounds of Christmas" concert on Friday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Musical director and conductor Olivia Tsui has invited her longtime friend, Burbank composer and guitarist Del Casher, to join in the celebration. The orchestra will perform two of his works, "Americana Suite" and "A Christmas Medley," with his band, Del Casher's Jazz Five, she said.
January 4, 2006
When then 15-year-old Holland Mills took up a spot on the sidewalk along San Fernando Road two years ago, and belted out a Beatles' song, she joined a decades-old family tradition. Music and street performance has been in the family since Holland's father, Danny Mills, started playing guitar with friends along Venice Beach during the 1960s. "It's a great feeling," Danny Mills said. "People are coming and going -- you get to talk to people." Danny Mills, who describes himself as "a graphic designer by day," passed on his passion to his children.
July 20, 2005
Joyce Rudolph Dressed in a bright pink blouse and black pants, with the brim of a fedora skirting the top of her eyebrows, Kathryn Grimm grasped the guitar and delivered an inspiring version of "Stand By Me." Her guitar licks are explosive and her singing divine on the intimate stage tucked inside the comfy digs of The Big Fish, a bar and grill on San Fernando Boulevard in Glendale. The homey decor is more like a hunting lodge than a bar with fish in varying sizes gracing the walls.
October 11, 2003
Molly Shore When Angela Val Verde came into this world, doctors didn't have to spank the newborn, her mother, Mariaelena Hernandez-Val Verde, said. "She came out screaming, and the doctors said, 'She will probably be a singer,' " Hernandez-Val Verde said. Val Verde, 31, is a Burbank chanteuse who won the round two competition Thursday in the World Championships of Performing Arts at the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center. Val Verde moves up to this evening's final competition in vocals, in which she is the only American competitor.
July 7, 2001
Lolita Harper HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Musician Gabriel Kavaloski was able to find a silver lining in his guitar case after being burglarized recently. When thieves stole his guitar out of his girlfriend's car two weeks ago, it was banged up, dirty and without strings. But when he got it back, it was clean and had brand-new strings, he said. "That was kind of cool. I guess the guys who stole it knew they couldn't sell it like it was and fixed it up. So I got free strings for my guitar," Kavaloski said.
March 7, 2001
Prince of Persian Pop stops at Alex Theatre GLENDALE -- Andy Madadian, known as the Prince of Persian Pop, will appear at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. He will be debuting songs from his new album "And My Heart ..." on the Mondo Melodia label. He has created a fusion of sounds that combines traditional Middle Eastern instruments with the Western world's drums, bass, guitar and technology. Aside from his Persian-Armenian heritage, Andy combines Arabic melodies with African rhythms, which he seasons with Indian and Spanish flamenco guitar licks and European techno.
November 22, 2000
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- With the help of his lucky charms, including a 30-year-old Ovation guitar, Glendale resident Eddie Cunningham strummed his way to victory, winning the eighth annual Jim Beam Country Band Search on Nov. 11. Cunningham, who used the same guitar for two previous contests at the Grand Ole Opry, hoped the third time would be the charm. "I took it out of the closet and said 'We're going back to Nashville,' " said the 36-year-old Cunningham, whose songs have been featured on the "Made in America" soundtrack and the "Gram Parsons Notebook CD."
November 8, 2000
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Country music performer and songwriter Eddie Cunningham believes a good musician should just be the song. "When I'm up on stage, it's just me, my voice and my guitar. In a live performance, the audience shouldn't miss all the tracks and musical arrangements they hear on the recording," said the 36-year-old Glendale resident. As a finalist in the eighth annual Jim Beam Country Band Search, Cunningham will have a chance to prove his technique.