The Left Coast Luau competition will make its debut at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Saturday, Sept. 9. Headlined by rockabilly group Reverend Horton Warmth, the single-day occasion is about to ship a heavy dose of enjoyable and rock ‘n’ roll, nevertheless it’s additionally elevating cash for a superb trigger.
Following the devastating wildfires that ravaged the Hawaiian island of Maui and claimed the lives of over 100 individuals earlier this month, Orange County-based live performance promoter Brew Ha Ha Productions introduced that every one of its earnings from the Left Coast Luau would immediately profit the Maui Robust Fund.
The Reverend Horton Warmth’s James Heath, who hails from Dallas, Texas, however has efficiently headlined concert events and festivals in Southern California for many years, mentioned that turning the competition right into a profit was a sensible transfer. The trigger resonates deeply together with his band since “our music shares a lot with this neighborhood,” he famous throughout a current telephone interview.
“It’s a fantastic factor that the competition helps so many individuals out throughout a time that feels unsure, I’m simply glad to be part of it,” he continued.
Brew Ha Ha Productions proprietor Cameron Collins, who produces craft beer and music festivals all through Southern California and past, mentioned that he and his workforce had been impressed to donate to the fund after watching the work a few of their fellow brewers had been doing in Maui by way of social media.
“I do know Garrett (Marrero), who owns Maui Brewing, and he was posting and going stay from there and he’s been working round and bringing in provides and mills and all of that stuff, so we’ve been following that,” Collins mentioned throughout a current telephone interview. “I used to be similar to ‘Man, that is loopy,’ and sending him notes of encouragement. However then I wakened and I used to be like, you realize what, I can’t simply help individuals by telling them ‘You’re doing nice.’ You must take it upon your self to do one thing and Tiffany (Collins) and I wished to donate all of the earnings from this occasion.”
Collins mentioned among the Southern California brewers collaborating within the occasion have supplied to donate the beer they’ll be serving (usually the occasion pays for that upfront) and numerous acts have pledged their efficiency charges after bills to go on to the Maui Robust Fund, too.
The tip of summer time luau-themed bash may even characteristic units by Lengthy Seashore Dub Allstars, Ozomatli, Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “Two Baggage” Wickersham, The Cramps tribute band Teenage Goo Goo Muck and extra. These 21-and-older can get pleasure from craft beer, seltzer and cider tastings from native and regional breweries together with Stereo Brewing, Ten Mile Brewing Firm, Artifex, Brewheim, Harland, Wild Barrel and extra from 2-5 p.m. (included in ticket worth). Further drinks and cocktails, Polynesian-inspired dishes and different competition eats might be out there for buy.
For Heath, a present in Orange County appears like a homecoming. He’s been touring for practically 4 a long time and he’s gotten used to grueling nights out on the street, however he at all times seems to be ahead to a Southern California crowd.
“I say this on a regular basis, however Southern California, particularly Orange County, is one in all my favourite locations to play on the earth,” he mentioned. “We haven’t been on the market in fairly some time, and we’ve got plenty of fond recollections taking part in on the market. I believe we performed each different yr for a few a long time, so it’s been a protracted trip, so it’s neat to come back again for one thing like this.”
Heath erupted onto the music scene within the late ’80s throughout a recent rockabilly revival. Drawing inspiration from Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Money, Heath immersed himself in that sound, however supplied a contemporary twist. As Heath remembers, Southern California embraced that rockabilly rise and he did nicely performing in venues like The Troubadour and The Roxy in West Hollywood, which led the band to the world every year. The Reverend Horton Warmth was additionally in style at larger-scale festivals just like the annual Hootenanny, which additionally befell at Oak Canyon Park, the So-Cal Hoedown, which befell in San Pedro and downtown Santa Ana, and his personal competition model, Horton’s Hayride, in Lengthy Seashore and San Pedro.
“What we play and what we characterize actually falls consistent with Southern California tradition, and it’s by no means died,” Heath mentioned. “It’s at all times been sturdy there for rockabilly tradition and it nonetheless is.”
Whereas pondering again on the greater than 5,000 reveals he’s performed all through his profession and all of the setlists he’s curated, Heath mentioned Left Coast Luau looks as if a spot and time he’d prefer to check out some new songs. The band has a recent arsenal of canopy songs due to its 2023 report, “Roots of the Rev (Quantity One),” which consists of tracks which have had some kind of influence on the band.
The report contains the Elvis Presley and Little Richard popularized “Reddy Teddy,” Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” and Carl Perkins’ “Proper String, Fallacious Yo-Yo.” Heath mentioned it was essential to tug collectively a report that harkened again to among the influences that introduced collectively Reverend Horton Warmth within the first place.
“I’ve at all times wished to make a report to elucidate why we’re the best way are, to point out individuals the historical past of the band and the relationships we’ve got with different artists,” Heath defined. “I simply suppose it’s essential for us to do. But in addition, I’ve at all times wished to make a vintage-sounding report and amassed a group of outdated classic gear. So, after we had the possibility after the quarantine, we felt prefer it was the appropriate time to lastly put collectively an album of all these tracks we’ve got ties to and love.”
Heath and the band aren’t fairly certain simply but what the Left Coast Luau setlist will appear like, however he does hope followers will depart happy with the band’s rockabilly sermon and understanding they’ll all be there for a superb trigger.
“We nonetheless haven’t considered what we wish to play precisely, however we all know this one’s going to be particular,” he mentioned. “On the finish of the day, it’s going to be a superb, outdated basic Reverend present.”
Left Coast Luau
When: Saturday, Sept. 9
The place: Oak Canyon Park, 5305 Santiago Canyon Highway, Silverado
Tickets: $39 normal admission and $99 VIP tickets can be found at leftcoastluau.com. Parking is $20 cash-only on-site.