Author: Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

THIRD EYE BLIND | Alt-rockers coming to Ventura County Fairgrounds

PICTURED: Third Eye Blind performs for Concerts in Your Car on July 25. by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   Third Eye Blind drummer Brad Hargreaves is excited to perform again on one condition: He looks out at a mask-wearing crowd.  “I have this vision of the first show that we get to play again will be us walking on stage and seeing a sea of people in masks or face coverings,” Hargreaves says.  “As long as I see that, I’ll feel quite comfortable playing up there. It’s been proven to work — wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Life through the eyes of Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon

by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski All I Can Say Directed by: Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy, Shannon Hoon Starring: Shannon Hoon, Lisa Sinha, Glen Graham, Brad Smith, Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn Not rated 1 hr., 42 mins. Before Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon died, he traveled with a video camera. Everywhere he went, he documented his life, almost like a video diary. Director Danny Clinch was given the tapes by Hoon’s girlfriend, Lisa Sinha, and, after a mourning period and “a lot of discussion,” the renowned photographer — who once interned for Annie Leibovitz and has shot...

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Guilty pleasure | “Titans of soft rock” Yächtley Crëw charts a course for good vibes

PICTURED: Yächtley Crëw by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   Drummer Rob Jones of Yächtley Crëw hears one thing about his shows: They’re fun. Donning sailor garb, the band plays soft rock and top-shelf hits of the late ’70s to the early ’80s. Think Christopher Cross, Hall and Oates and Toto.  “Whether we’re doing small corporate events or a theater or an amphitheater or festivals or smaller clubs, everyone says it’s fun,” Jones says. “We didn’t set out here to try to win a Grammy. We just want to entertain and have fun. The songs are referred to as ‘soft rock,’...

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SWITCHFOOT SWITCHES IT UP | Song, stories, acoustic and electric are all in store for Nov. 7 concert

PICTURED: Catch Switchfoot at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center on Nov. 7.  California alternative rock outfit Switchfoot needed to change up its live show, so it reimagined its catalog as acoustic songs for “The Fantastic Traveling Music Show: An Evening of Songs and Stories.” Little did they know that the tour, which launched in October, would evoke emotions unmatched on other jaunts, according to drummer Chad Butler. “When fans request a song, we ask them to tell us why they wanted to hear that song,” Butler says via telephone from San Diego airport. “We’ve heard really incredible...

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SHE’S GOT TALENT | Jackie Evancho comes to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Oct. 6

Jackie Evancho became a classical-pop crossover star at age 10. After finding fame singing a Puccini aria on America’s Got Talent, Evancho, now 19, has performed for President Donald Trump, appeared in the film The Company We Keep with Robert Redford and recorded duets with Tony Bennett, Plácido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti and Joshua Bell. But the teen is a perfectionist and thinks she could do much more. “I tend not to dwell on my success,” Evancho says. “I would love to write and produce and compose my very own album all by myself, but I’m working on...

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