Legends at the Lake
Yes, that is “Legends,” plural. As in not one, but many. And after looking at the lineup, no one could accuse the promoters of Legends at the Lake of false advertising. Topping the bill, which takes place at beautiful Lake Casitas, is Starship, formerly known as Jefferson Starship, which was previously known as Jefferson Airplane, one the torchbearers of the ’60s acid rock movement. No Grace Slick or Marty Balin, but there is Mickey Thomas, the original co-lead singer when the group upgraded from airplanes to starships and started racking up hits such as “Jane,” “No Way Out” and the immortal “We Built This City.” Joining them near the top of the lineup are the Tubes (pictured), the late ’70s Bay Area band who used wildly theatrical live shows (and, sometimes, jock straps) to satirize society and politics. Fronted by the eccentric Fee Waybill, the band is still going strong, and in this day and age, there is a lot about society and politics worth satirizing. Filling out the rest of the day is Soul System, a makeshift supergroup featuring singers from Toto, Boston and Mr. Mister and musicians who’ve played with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Chick Corea to Frank Zappa. Opening up the festivities are local Santa Barbara legends Spencer the Gardner. It all goes down on September 3. Lake Casitas Event Area, 11311 Santa Ana Rd., Ojai, 643-5900
In a music scene where bands come and go with the breeze, the Return is the solid foundation of the local rock community. Starting in 1999, the trio began promoting its kinetic blend of ska, power-pop, reggae and indie rock throughout the area and quickly amassed a following big enough to pack preeminent local venues such as the Livery Theater and the Loft. They soon caught the era of members of the group Rx Bandits, who took the band on the road with them and whose producer Chris Fudurich agreed to record their full-length debut #Build Me A Reason#. With all that momentum behind them, the group has developed an audience outside Ventura County, but they’ve never forgotten that everything began here — as evidenced by their performance at Alpine on September 1 with Sleeper City, June Echo, the Pat Salisbury Band and Matt Brown.
Death By Stereo
When Corey Feldman tossed a radio into a bathtub and fried a vampire in the 1980s proto-Gen X horror classic The Lost Boys, a demon died … but a band was born. After making the blood-sucking bastard’s head explode, Feldman uttered perhaps the greatest victorious one-liner in the history of cinema: “Death by stereo.” Eleven years later, punk quintet Death By Stereo rose out of the Southern California hardcore scene to become one of the most popular artists among the Warped Tour sect. Mixing a great sense of rage with a love of Van Halen, DBS create a potent Molotov cocktail of aggression that has inspired mosh pits and intense sing-alongs at clubs across the country. Is it just a coincidence that a band taking their name from a great flick would be excellent themselves? Probably not. Creatures of the night beware: Death By Stereo is coming to the Canyon on September 2.