Stan West and Friends (Blues) @ Strings Music Nov 8

Wed, Oct 29, 2008

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Saturday November 8th, 8:00-10:30 am

Stan West’s musical interests were sparked in the mid 50’s by Elvis and Jimmy Reed. Not realizing it was Blues or Blues influenced, he just liked the sound and feel of it. It was then that he started singing and playing the guitar, trying to imitate the sounds he heard.

By 1960, heavily influenced by Dick Dale, Stan was playing surf guitar in his band “The Outsiders”. Then in late 1963, he heard the Rolling Stones’ covers of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Stan traced the originators of this music and discovered THE BLUES. Upon his high school graduation in 1964, Stan moved to Hollywood to play the Sunset Strip with his Blues/Rock band “US”.

He played up and down The Strip, including 6 months at the famous beatnik club, “Pandora’s Box”. While performing in Hollywood he met a lot of unknown bands and musicians, including The Doors, Seeds, Love and Frank Zappa. He even performed on stage at the “Sea Witch” with the new girl in town from San Francisco, Janis Joplin.

During the sixties, Stan honed his craft, becoming very proficient on vocals, guitar slide and saxophone. He also studied Jazz Improvisation at Berklee School of Music. In the early seventies, Stan added pedal steel guitar to his arsenal and worked almost exclusively in country bands and western swing bands…playing seven nights a week.

In June of 1977, Stan’s music came to a sudden halt. Suffering a stroke which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body, Stan thought his playing days were over. He was not able to finger his guitar or saxophone. After a few months Stan fell back on his ability to play Slide or Bottleneck Guitar, which did not require him to use his left hand for fingering. Applying all the knowledge from all of the instruments he used to play, Stan developed his own unique slide guitar style. In 1979, when he thought he was ready to play clubs again, Stan started “The Stan West Band”.

Playing a mixture of Country Rock and Blues, the band became quite popular in the L.A. area. In 1983, Stan opened “Stan’s Guitar Shop” in Glendora. No longer having to rely on music for his income, Stan committed to play his first love, The Blues, exclusively. Since then, Stan and his band have played many clubs in the L.A. and Orange County areas, always playing the raw and downhome Blues Slide Guitar Style.

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Live Performance by Chris Burgan @ String Music

Mon, Oct 27, 2008

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Christopher Burgan’s dynamic vocals, guitar playing, and thought provoking lyrics have earned him the praise of many local fans, and the recognition of his peers.

With a growing list of musical accomplishments and CD releases under his belt, including an ASCAPlus award in 2006, he continues to grow as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, performer, and producer.

Whether performing for 17,000 people at a venue like the Hollywood Bowl, or in an intimate coffee house, it is not uncommon to see Christopher playing along side a who’s who list of musicians.

Pasadena Weekly: “Burgan is his own man musically”

San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “Inspired”

San Gabriel Valley Examiner: “Integrity, honesty and powerful Guitars”

Glendora Community News: “Melodic and moving”

Circle Magazine: “Turns the ‘60’s upside down”

Tartan Shield: “Eloquent lyrics and flowing guitar rhythm… each track paints a picture in true storyteller fashion.”

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Vendor Day, Nov. 1 – Village Kitchen Shoppe

Mon, Oct 27, 2008

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Come celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Vendor Event on Saturday Nov 1st, 2008 from 9am- 4pm they will be featuring:

  • Product Demos
  • Tastings
  • Giveaways
  • Knife Sharpening
  • Special Offers
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Classic Coffee – Sumatra Gayo Mountain

Mon, Oct 27, 2008

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This morning I decided that I would get a cup of coffee at Classic Coffee in the Village and get an early jump on this weeks endless amount of work (They have free wifi with any purchase).  As usual I ordered a regular large cup of coffee and was really excited to see a new flavor of coffee siting out.   This weeks featured coffee is the “Sumatra Gayo Mountain”, added in my usual non-fat milkand a sweet-n-low.  I found it to be a really good cup of coffee and a  good change of pace from my usual “Zulu” Blend that I enjoy.  Give it a try this week and let me know what you think about Classic Coffee and the featured flavor of the week “Sumatra Gayo Mountain”.

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Marty’s Cigar & Divan

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

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Marty’s cigar is one of the best cigar shops in Southern California.  Upon entering you will find a welcoming inviting atmosphere.  With one of the largest selection of cigars I personally have seen, there is something for everybody.  From a good selection of bundles cigars from around $2 to the Fuente Fuente Opus X gift sets for $100 you will be able to find something for everybody.  Probablly the best part about Marty’s Cigar is the staffs knowledge about cigars.  They will be able to guide you to a cigar or pipe tabacco that will suit your tastes and your budgets.

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Marty’s Cigar Tasting, Friday Nov. 7

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

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Esteban Carreras Tasting

Friday, November 7, we are hosting a visit from Craig Cunningham, founder and CEO of Esteban Carreras Cigars.  Craig is a dynamic and lively personality who is a really dedicated cigar lover.  His cigars are made in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua and have quickly become highly regarded and highly rated.  Come in for a free cigar, food and Dominican and an opportunity to meet Craig.

We are carrying the full line of Carreras cigars which include the 1961, 10 Anos (natural and maduro), Connecticut and Impresso Maduro.

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