July 4, 2013
The 2013 concert was another success. Over 6,000 enjoyed the Sixth Annual Palisades Rocks the Fourth Concert. But it is not too late to contribute the cause. The proceeds of the show go to the Palisades Charter High School Music Department.
CHRIS SHIFLETT AND THE DEAD PEASANTSwith
PALISADES CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND
Doors open at 5:30 pm
7:50 – CHRIS SHIFLETT AND THE DEAD PEASANTS
Chris Shiflett is the lead guitarist in the Foo Fighters. His own band, THE DEAD PEASANTS, plays infectious Americana-laced rock songs, chock-full of soulful pedal steel- and twang guitar-accented songs steeped in his longtime appreciation of classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Elvis, Eddie Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Replacements, The Rolling Stones, X). Built around Shiflett’s innate pop sensibilities and punk enthusiasm, each track reveals new layers on repeated and ever rewarding listens. The band sets aside Shiflett’s big guitar sound played through a distortion pedal and a loud amp in favor of twangy electric guitars and his beloved Martin acoustic. THE DEAD PEASANTS highlights Chris’ versatility and skill not only as a guitarist – showcasing his deft playing in an entirely new light – but also as a songwriter: the songs are some of the best, most realized that he’s written. Lyrically, the songs frequently deal with loss…Loss of love, as in the soulful, heavy, ballad-esque “God Damn;” in the chiming keys and buoyant, ringing guitars that belie the crestfallen relationship-gone-wrong of “Get Along;” and in the pedal steel, mandolin, and evocative guitar solo that underline the heartache on “Bandaged”…Or of life, as in the stirring, bluesy groove of “An Atheist’s Prayer;” the rueful slide guitar, country swing of “Death March;” and the spry, jaunty, Old 97s-ian “Baby, Let It Out.”
CHRIS SHIFLETT AND THE DEAD PEASANTS will be playing Stage Coach in April 2013. (Check out his website for more information: http://chrisshiflettmusic.com)
7:15 pm – Half Brother (Robert Tilden – Guitar/Vocals; Dante Park – Bass; Cole Fitzgerald – Drums)
Half Brother was formed in the summer of 2011 in a garage in Pacific Palisades, Singer-Guitarist Rob Tilden, Drummer Cole Fitzgerald, and Bassist Dante Park (all members are 16 and attend New Roads School) bonded over a mutual love of The Strokes first record, the ’90s, and Arizona Iced Tea. They walked out of their first practice having already written the retro, garage-rock boogie “Home,” their most popular song to date. They are inspired by the groups of the Garage-Rock-Revival (Strokes, Vines, White Stripes, etc.) in the early 2000s and indie rock bands like The Walkmen. They have recorded two EPs of original songs. They have played the House of Blues, The Wiskey, the Mint and many other top Los Angeles clubs. KLOS has been playing the “Fade Out” off our first EP. Check out their videos, songs and information on upcoming shows on their Website, http://halfbrother.tumblr.com/ or on Facebook
6:30 pm – The award winning Palisades Charter High School Concert band, directed by Arwen Hernandez
For their fifth consecutive year, the Revere-Pali 4th of July Band will perform in the Palisades’ annual parade and evening fireworks concert. The collaborative ensemble is organized under the direction of the two schools’ band directors, Arwen Hernandez and Yosuke Miyoshi. It represents the growth of the two thriving music programs in the Palisades-Brentwood community as they have grown over the years in size, musical demand, and performance excellence. Such progress displays the high quality of both the Paul Revere Middle School and Palisades Charter High School music programs as they continue to provide superior music educations that impact students not musically, but in all aspects of life, including professionalism, responsibility, and integrity.
Arwen Hernandez is in her fifth year as the director of the Palisades Charter High School Band, Drum Line, and Color Guard Program. She currently conducts three instrumental ensembles and one vocal group in addition to directing the fall marching band and overseeing the indoor drum line and winter guard programs in the spring. Ms. Hernandez brings a wealth of musical performance and education experience to the program. Before taking her current position, she was a member of the original London cast of “Blast!”, sang in the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Maestro Grant Gershon, and taught various marching bands and drum corps throughout the nation.
Yosuke Miyoshi is in his ninth year as the director of the Paul Revere Charter Middle School Band Program, where he currently conducts five concert bands and a jazz ensemble that serve 275 students on a daily basis, making his program one of the largest in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, Mr. Miyoshi has been on the staff of several high school marching bands and drum corps in the Southern California area and has received many awards, including the 2009 Petrick Excellence in Education Award, the Airbourne Teacher Trust Fund Grant, and the 2010 Palisades Charter School Foundation Innovation Grant.
The Palisades Charter High School Marching Band has a strong competitive history in the SCSBOA and LAUSD circuits. The 2012 competitive season marked the second consecutive year that the Marching Band qualified for SCSBOA championships. The Marching Band also won LAUSD championships for the second consecutive year.
The Palisades Charter High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble consistently received unanimous superiors at SCSBOA Festivals in the 2013 spring across Southern California. The season culminated in their qualification and strong performance at a SCSBOA regional festival.
The Palisades Charter High School Indoor Drum Line, in their second year of WGI and SCPA competition, placed 1st at WGI Placentia and qualified for SCPA Championships for the first time, placing 6th out of 12 championship drum lines.
In 2013, the Palisades Charter High School Winter Guard completed a strong season as an independent ensemble in their second year of competitive performance.