2014 Musical Performers

2014 Musical Performers

The 2014 Scheyden Catalina Air Show will feature some amazing musicians at the Saturday VIP Experience, turning your evening into a majestic sunset concert performance on Avalon Harbor. Enjoy a live concert experience on Casino Point after the air show and into the evening. The concert is general admission, and unreserved seating will be available throughout the evening. The outside stage at Casino Point will back up to the iconic Catalina Casino and give the audience an ideal view of the beauty of Avalon as the sun sets and the evening grows.

Robby Krieger

Robert Alan Krieger, born January 8, 1946, in Los Angeles, is a musical performer and The Doors guitarist. He attended UCLA. “The first music I heard that I liked was Peter and the Wolf. I accidentally sat and broke the record (I was about seven). Then I listened to rock ‘n’ roll – I listened to the radio a lot – Fats Domino, Elvis, The Platters.

“I started surfing at fourteen. There was lots of classical music in my house. My father liked march music. There was a piano at home. I studied trumpet at ten, but nothing came of it. Then I started playing blues on the piano?no lessons though. When I was seventeen, I started playing guitar. I used my friend’s guitar. I didn’t get my own until I was eighteen. It was a Mexican flamenco guitar. I took flamenco lessons for a few months. I switched around from folk to flamenco to blues to rock ‘n’ roll.

“Records got me into the blues. Some of the newer rock ‘n’ roll, such as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. If it hadn’t been for Butterfield going electric, I probably wouldn’t have gone rock ‘n’ roll.

I didn’t plan on rock ‘n’ roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock ‘n’ roll with jazz, and I thought I could make money playing music. In rock ‘n’ roll you can realize anything that you can in jazz or anything. There’s no limitation other than the beat. You have more freedom than you do in anything except jazz – which is dying – as far as making any money is concerned.

“In The Doors we have both musicians and poets, and both know of each other’s art, so we can effect a synthesis. In the case of Tim Buckley or Dylan you have one man’s ideas. Most groups today aren’t groups. In a true group all the members create the arrangements among themselves.”

 

Dave Brock

SP_ManzarekKrieger160711_250Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Dave Brock left Northern California in the 1980s to attend school at Long Beach State University.

While in college, Dave landed the lead role in The Jim Morrison Rock Opera as the poetically tragic lead singer of The Doors. The late singer’s sister, Anna Morrison Graham, and her husband Allan produced the production. Before the production’s debut, Brock was featured in many major publications including: Rolling Stone Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Calendar and Bam Magazine. There was quite a buzz in the industry about this production and Dave proved to be quite a good vocalist and performer when the production was ready for the public.

After the conclusion of Rock Opera, Dave formed his own live musical stage show performing the music of The Doors called “Wild Child.” The live concert show landed at the world famous Whisky a-go-go on the sunset strip on July 3rd, 1986. It was a triple sellout on its very first night. Reviews poured in calling this new show a “must see”.

The LA Times said, “Wild Child is a winner! What’s amazing is that vocalist Dave Brock sings like Morrison, enough to imperil the snowflake analogy about no two sets of vocal chords to be able to produce the exact same vocal tone.” The Daily Bulletin said “Brock, who bears more than a passing resemblance, evokes the Morrison persona without being forced.” Jim Ladd, the famous Los Angeles KLOS FM radio DJ and Rock and roll critic described Wild Child to his listeners. “These Guys are excellent, not a cartoon version of The Doors but a very loving and respectful, accurate and well done tribute to The Doors.”

Since Wild Child debuted, the act has been touring and playing at sold out national act venues and festivals around the world. Wild Child became the mold that “tribute bands” aspired to become, as they flooded the market in the 1990’s with good and bad impersonations of famous artists.

In 1992, Brock was also noticed by film Director and Producer Robert Zemeckis and played the part of Jim Morrison in the comedy film “Death Becomes Her.”

In 2010 Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, invited Dave to tour with them as their vocalist on their concert engagements. This was perhaps the best compliment Dave has ever received from anyone for his work. He presently tours with them.

In recent years, Dave has picked up the game of golf and has become a low handicapper. Dave’s interest in the game has also led him into avenues of Charity and Pro-Am Golf events. Dave participated in The Bill Clinton Humana Challenge Pro-Am PGA Tour in 2013 at PGA West, The Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament for St Jude Kids and The Scott Medlock – Robby Krieger St. Jude Invitational.

Dave currently resides with his family in Southern California, tours with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors and with Wild Child.

Ray Goren

10365919_676464309087371_4683712712855447051_nBefore the age of three, Ray Goren played nursery songs on his toy keyboard. By the age of five, he was playing his favorite tunes by Thelonious Monk, J.J. Johnson, Lee Morgan, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean and Oscar Peterson.
 
A few years later, while searching Youtube, Ray stumbled on a clip of BB King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins playing together. Before the day was over, with the Internet at his disposal, Ray discovered many other blues and rock greats including Albert King, Luther Alison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Otis Rush.  After talking his parents into getting him a guitar, Ray put all of his musical efforts into learning the blues before going back to playing other styles.
 
Ray started to write his own original music which draws primarily from R&B, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Gospel. In the winter of 2013 and the spring of 2014, Ray went into the studio and recorded some of his original tunes. Ray will release his first EP early in the summer of 2014. Ray plans to continue recording his original music over the summer for another late summer release.
 
After seeing Ray and the Generations Blues Experience open for BB King in Monterey, reviewer Jason Debord wrote:
“[Ray] is a real phenomenon, and you sit there not believing what you are seeing and hearing…  It was really one of the most unbelievable moments I’ve experienced at any concert.  Amazing.”  
 
Renowned Chicago Tribune music critic Howard Reich wrote of Ray’s performance:
“No one rattles the place like Ray Goren, from the Los Angeles area. He plays electric guitar — and sings — with a fluency, ease and depth of expression that defy easy explanation”. 
 
Among Ray’s fans are some of the most respected figures in music. Though it’s just about impossible to grasp where his soulful phrasing, profound lyrical sense, or deep sense of melody come from, one thing is agreed upon by all of Ray’s admirers: He has a very exciting journey ahead of him.
Ray is planning a tour showcasing his original music with his newly formed Ray Goren Band. In addition, Ray will continue to perform with his band mates from the Generation Blues Experience.

SAGA

Firing up crowds all over the globe, Saga brings entertainment in dance music to a new level. Four virtuoso string players, all classically trained and with impeccable improvisation skills, combined with Dutch superstar vocalist Elise Van Der Horst, surprise any audience beyond expectations. Saga is based out of Los Angeles, California, where all the girls met and decided to team up and create something new and exciting. Saga’s shows consist of high energy music, the latest popular tracks mixed with well-known rock and short inserts of classical music. Where all string quartets are designed according to hierarchy (1st violin, 2nd, etc), Saga features each member equally through the many moments of improvisation where the ladies can show off their fantastic personal skills.