Fresh Start Concert Features Top Local Talent
Local guitar playing singers Jason Feddy and Beth Wood join Maryanne Reall’s jazz trio on Friday, June 6, at Laguna Beach’s Marine Room in an 8 p.m. fundraiser to give Reall a fresh start.
Fire that destroyed the Irvine home of Reall in February also killed her pets and left her and a boyfriend digging out from physical and financial injury.
Reall, who performed previously at the Ocean Avenue tavern, continues to heal from second-degree burns to the soles of her feet, which prevented her from walking for two months. Her boyfriend, who suffered third degree burns to his upper back and shoulders, is still recovering.
Now, the two are trying to make up for the shortfall in their insurance, which did not cover the loss of personal belongings estimated at $60,000 and medical expenses.
As a board member for Santa Ana’s Arts for Wellness, an advocate for arts therapy among the mentally ill, Reall already feels grateful for the generous from her circle of friends.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will assist with her personal losses, as well as her desire to give back through her musical talents. A $25 suggested donation will include a gift of her CD, “In Her Own Voice”.
Bands With Laguna Ties Play Coach House
Photos and story by Kathy Ochiai
This summer, the roster of acts playing San Juan Capistrano’s Coach House includes some of Laguna Beach’s homegrown acts or long-playing local performers, including Honk, Donavon Frankenreiter, Missiles of October, Common Sense and The Dupp Brothers.
A local institution, Honk will entertain on Saturday, June 2, featuring singer and guitar player Beth Fitchet Wood, a 40-year resident.
Wood said, “There are always hundreds of people there that we know and love and it makes us very creative. Playing the music is a ball.”
Bass player Will Brady recalls Honk’s early days when band mates shared a house in Laguna Canyon. Brady feels the band can rev up a “reunion vibe,” but also attract a younger audience.
Donavon Frankenreiter performs Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, and Saturday, June 16. A former resident, he and his wife, Petra, live in Kauai, but return to surf and visit friends and relatives.
Frankenreiter considers the Coach House, where he played his first live show, a “mecca” for watching his all-time favorite bands. “Even though it’s a rock and roll venue, it’s also very intimate,” he said.
Beloved homegrown bands Common Sense, The Dupp Brothers, Missiles of October and members of Honk will also play on Sunday, July 8, a benefit for Norco’s Ghetto Rescue Foundation, an animal rescuer. Lead singer Poul Pedersen organized “A Dog Day Afternoon and Evening.”
Missiles guitarist Richard Bredice says playing at the Coach House allows the band to play more original music than they do at other venues.
For more concert information, go to www.thecoachhouse.com.
Local Guitar Virtuoso to Perform
“The Segovia of Surf,” 12-string acoustic guitar virtuoso, Toulouse Engelhardt, a long time Laguna Beach resident and a member of the “Takoma 7,” is scheduled to perform Saturday, June 2, at the Second Annual Traditional Music and Art Festival at the Heritage Museum, 3101 West Harvard St., in Santa Ana.
Wine Tasting Added to Concert
Inside World Music, a cultural music series by Laguna Beach Live!, presents the Turkish-French Collaboration of Senem Diyici’s Mavi Yol 4tet on Saturday, June 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club, 286 Saint Ann’s Dr.
A special wine-tasting has been added to the event. Wine tasting begins at 5:30 p.m. and is a separate $5 donation online or at the door. Concert and dancing begins at 6 p.m..
Tickets online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or call Laguna Beach Live! at 949-715-9713.