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March 24, 2001
Young Chang Celebrated guitarist Pepe Romero can't say enough about his belated 57th birthday party, which happened earlier this month. The entire family came over to his Del Mar home and all the generations made music, even the littlest relatives. His seven-year-old grandson played the guitar for him and his two-year-old granddaughter sat on his lap pretending to strum. "And believing that she was playing," he said. "The difference between playing and not playing is believing that you can."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | June 14, 2007
As a 19-year-old exploring the Asian continent, internationally-renowned guitarist and composer Ottmar Liebert relied on the universal language of music to express himself to fellow travelers, returning to his hometown of Cologne, Germany, knowing he wanted to be a musician. Almost 30 years later, Liebert has released more than 20 albums — many of which have received gold or platinum status from the Recording Industry Assn. of America — and earned three Grammy nominations, sharing his music with thousands of people worldwide.
NEWS
June 26, 2009
Robert Stanley Shomaker 1924 to 2009 Better known as “Bob” Beloved husband of Dr. Joyce Johnson, President of the Wellness Center of America, died on June 10th. Dr. Joyce has lived in Laguna Beach for 15 years. Bob was born in South Dakota, but lived most of his life in Colorado, Texas, Hawaii, and California. His most important childhood events were playing guitar and becoming a Christian. At age 18, the Army discovered he had Tuberculosis so shipped him off to a sanatorium in Kansas.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 14, 2013
Tucked into the corner of an administrative building, awash with the hush-hush of important work, an earth-toned room was occupied by furniture, books and knickknacks. And there it lay - smack-dab in the center. A curvy black case, held together by a medley of criss-crossing, bedraggled red and silver tape, sat on the carpet. An Eiffel Tower sticker bespoke time in France. As Joe Lewis opened it with a click, his eyes twinkled at the sight of the guitar sheathed within. Propping up his foot on a nearby chair, the suit-and-tie-clad dean of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts began playing a tune.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | March 26, 2013
Job's Daughters announces the reopening of its bethel in Newport Beach. The public is invited to attend the inaugural installation of officers at 5 p.m. April 14 at the Seafaring Masonic Building, 1401 15th St. Dress is formal, specifically dresses for the women and ties for the men. Light refreshments will be served following the installation. Alumni of Job's Daughters are encouraged to make contact with the new bethel. According to the announcement, "Job's Daughters is an international sorority for young women ages 9 to 19. Job's Daughters teaches young ladies important skills for life, such as leadership, public speaking, organization, teamwork and self-reliance.
NEWS
September 6, 2002
Young Chang Marc Antoine is Parisian-born, lives in Spain now, spends about four months of the year in the United States and loves jazz whether it's from New Orleans or Africa. The jazz guitarist's music reflects this worldly background, but Antoine doesn't have to jet around the globe to feel at home music-wise. It's everywhere and nowhere that inspiration strikes the musician, who will perform today at the Hyatt Newporter as part of the hotel's Summer Jazz Festival.
NEWS
March 5, 2004
Paul Saitowitz Who needs a full band to rock these days? The White Stripes, the Ravonettes, Mr. Airplaneman and the Black Keys have helped make bass players a thing of the past, and Lightning Bolt has rendered the guitarist obsolete. All you really need is a motorcycle helmet, a monkey paw, two working legs and plenty of attitude. At least that's all the ubiquitous Bob Log III needs. The Tucson-based one-man blues band has traveled the world over several times, and this Thursday he'll make a stop at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
March 27, 2000
NEWPORT BEACH -- The Newport Beach Municipal Pier was packed with strollers, sea-gazers and kissing couples Sunday. But while the warm sun and cool sea breeze drew dozens of day visitors, most of the people on the pier were regulars. Such as Bert Duering, 63, who has played his guitar at the entrance to the pier almost every day for the past six years. "From where I sit, I've seen a lot," he said. "A lot of nice legs." He wore a straw hat, which shaded his clear blue eyes, a yellow-white Polo sweater and had a matching beard.
NEWS
December 14, 2009
John Andrew Downer Downer, John A. (Johnny) February 15th, 1972 - December 4th, 2009 Johnny Downer, 37, of Sebastopol CA, died suddenly on Friday December 4th from a heart attack while in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Johnny was born in Newport Beach, California to Carol Esonis and John Downer on Tuesday, February 15th, 1972. He is survived by his mother, father, brother Terry, sister Julie, nephews Jeffrey and Jake and loving girlfriend Ashley. Johnny was the baby. Growing up in Newport was fun for him. Johnny was a mellow kid, liked a good prank every now and then and always smiled.
NEWS
December 10, 2004
Paul Saitowitz John Carrillo's been blown away, bored, impressed, on the verge of laughter, mildly amused and more. On a three-times-weekly basis, he bears live witness into the souls of Orange County's creative conscience. There's the old folk singer who recalls the sounds of yore, the oblivious guy who just got a guitar and thinks people want to hear him play power-chord versions of modern rock songs, the girl who finally worked up the courage to get on stage and sing, the comedian, the poet -- they're all here.
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SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 21, 2014
When Andrew Francini and Nate Pozin aren't playing soccer for Corona del Mar High, you can find the two playing inside a garage on Point Loma Drive. They cannot blast the soccer ball inside, just music. Francini and Pozin are part of a three-member Indie Rock band. The band's name is "Point Loma" and it named itself after the street it jams on. The teenagers use Pozin's garage as their jam pad and it can get loud whenever Francini is on guitar, Pozin is on the drums, and Kyle Mohan is on the mic. Neighbors can hear the three CdM seniors rock out and they have complained.
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NEWS
By Michael Miller | January 28, 2014
By all rights, this interview shouldn't be that interesting. The subject teaches biology and environmental sciences at Irvine Valley College, and he plans to parlay his side passion - acoustic guitar - into a concert on campus to raise money for scholarships. But as Tom Engelhardt, adjunct community college instructor, sits by the ocean in Laguna Beach and spiels his memories, it takes only a few seconds for Toulouse Engelhardt, guitar wizard, to take his place. "I was so close so many times," he says, clad in a sweater and slacks with gray hair dangling under a black knit cap. "I mean, I remember one night, I was performing at the Troubadour in Hollywood.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 14, 2013
Tucked into the corner of an administrative building, awash with the hush-hush of important work, an earth-toned room was occupied by furniture, books and knickknacks. And there it lay - smack-dab in the center. A curvy black case, held together by a medley of criss-crossing, bedraggled red and silver tape, sat on the carpet. An Eiffel Tower sticker bespoke time in France. As Joe Lewis opened it with a click, his eyes twinkled at the sight of the guitar sheathed within. Propping up his foot on a nearby chair, the suit-and-tie-clad dean of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts began playing a tune.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | March 26, 2013
Job's Daughters announces the reopening of its bethel in Newport Beach. The public is invited to attend the inaugural installation of officers at 5 p.m. April 14 at the Seafaring Masonic Building, 1401 15th St. Dress is formal, specifically dresses for the women and ties for the men. Light refreshments will be served following the installation. Alumni of Job's Daughters are encouraged to make contact with the new bethel. According to the announcement, "Job's Daughters is an international sorority for young women ages 9 to 19. Job's Daughters teaches young ladies important skills for life, such as leadership, public speaking, organization, teamwork and self-reliance.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | March 14, 2013
When Jody Williams took the stage Wednesday night at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, he didn't dive into a rendition of the blues standard "Don't Start Me to Talkin'. " But it might have been appropriate. The 78-year-old Williams, a longtime guitarist for Howlin' Wolf, walked in slowly from stage right after Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson introduced him. A stagehand set a chair down, and then Williams sat down and began playing. Period. Over the course of four numbers — an instrumental, two Wolf tunes and an encore — Williams played soulful, blistering guitar and uttered just a pair of terse "thank yous," which fell silent without a microphone.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Britney Barnes | December 29, 2011
At 8 years old, Newport Beach native Samantha Smith learned the first song she sang in public in an American biker bar in France, but it was in her hometown that she got her start. The 19-year-old aspiring songwriter — who sings, plays guitar and describes her current style as folksy rock — is home from college in upstate New York for two weeks and wasted no time arranging to play at Newport's Blue Beet twice this week. "It's really fun to come back to Newport and play shows, because a lot of the people that come to my shows are my friends, so I get to see everybody again," she said.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | January 22, 2010
For at least two days out of the week, during the afternoon, a guitar man sets up his instrument, amplifier and microphone near the base of the Newport Pier. And, he plays. He plays for you. He plays for everyone. During a set he’ll attract most people, causing some to dance, others to nod their head in rhythm. Even when they don’t understand the words, they acknowledge that the man has talent. When Tommy Twang plays one of his favorite songs and sings in Japanese some just marvel at how an old, white man can knock out the lyrics so cleanly.
NEWS
December 14, 2009
John Andrew Downer Downer, John A. (Johnny) February 15th, 1972 - December 4th, 2009 Johnny Downer, 37, of Sebastopol CA, died suddenly on Friday December 4th from a heart attack while in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Johnny was born in Newport Beach, California to Carol Esonis and John Downer on Tuesday, February 15th, 1972. He is survived by his mother, father, brother Terry, sister Julie, nephews Jeffrey and Jake and loving girlfriend Ashley. Johnny was the baby. Growing up in Newport was fun for him. Johnny was a mellow kid, liked a good prank every now and then and always smiled.
NEWS
June 26, 2009
Robert Stanley Shomaker 1924 to 2009 Better known as “Bob” Beloved husband of Dr. Joyce Johnson, President of the Wellness Center of America, died on June 10th. Dr. Joyce has lived in Laguna Beach for 15 years. Bob was born in South Dakota, but lived most of his life in Colorado, Texas, Hawaii, and California. His most important childhood events were playing guitar and becoming a Christian. At age 18, the Army discovered he had Tuberculosis so shipped him off to a sanatorium in Kansas.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | June 25, 2009
When local musician Jeremy Ashida goes off to tour the Midwest this summer, he won’t have a tour bus — he won’t even book any hotel rooms. To find a place to rest his head each night, the 23-year-old plans to rely on the kindness of fans and new friends. If he gets stuck without a bed, he’s also bringing a tent. Making new friends comes easily to Ashida; thanks to his social networking efforts, his music page has had millions of hits on MySpace — primarily from teens, tweens and young adults — and he’s sold tens of thousands of songs on iTunes.
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