Strawberry Alarm Clock to rock Venice

Strawberry Alarm Clock at Venice festivalThe Strawberry Alarm Clock’s 50th-year celebration continues with a late-summer appearance at the Venice Beach Music Fest.

The band is headlining the Saturday, Aug. 26, event, supported by Barry “The Fish” Melton of Country Joe and the Fish Fame.

The Venice Beach Music Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Windward Plaza (1 Windward Ave.) in the famed Southern California beach town. The Strawberry Alarm Clock goes on at 6 p.m. and tickets are free.

The appearance is another that brings back memories of the Summer of Love: SAC played Venice’s hippie hotspot the Cheetah Club in 1967, during filming for the movie “Psych-Out.”

The upcoming festival appearance comes on the heels of 2017 Strawberry Alarm Clock shows at the Whisky A Go Go, the Starry Nights festival in Santa Monica and Bogie’s Bar.

Multi-instrumentalist Steve Bartek again will join the band for the upcoming festival show.

Barry Melton started Country Joe and the Fish with Country Joe McDonald, first finding fame with the psychedelic music classic “Electric Music for the Mind and Body.” His All-Star band includes Roy Blumenfeld (the Blues Project), Peter Albin (Big Brother and the Holding Company), David Aguilar (Big Brother) and Greg Douglass (“Jungle Love”).

Other performers include Champa 51, appearing as the Champa 67 Experience; Grateful Dead covers act Cubensis; and Cristina and the Blue Vanes.

> Read George Bunnell’s memories of playing the Cheetah Club.

SAC sets three gigs in Southern California

Strawberry Alarm Clock posterThe Strawberry Alarm Clock is wound up to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a trio of 2017 shows in the Southern California area.

Saturday, July 22, finds the Strawberry Alarm Clock headlining back at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. Scheduled support are Write Minded, Three Sides and Return of the Leech. Buy tickets for the Whisky show.

(View 2012 Whisky show photo gallery.)

The Strawberry Alarm Clock plays a pair of shows the next night, Sunday, July 23, at Bogie’s Bar in Westlake Village. The shows, which have separate ticketing, are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The band — joined by Steve Bartek — played the Starry Nights music festival in Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 18. SAC made its first appearance in Santa Barbara since 1967. Headliners for that night were the Kills.

The band has been hard at work rehearsing for its 2017 concert run.

Stay tuned for news of more gigs.

Pair of SAC shows: Valley and the Whisky

The Strawberry Alarm Clock opens its 2015 gigging with a “slightly unplugged” concert in Canoga Park, followed by a trip back to Hollywood’s famed psychedelic den the Whisky a Go Go.

Strawberry Alarm Clock posterFeb. 7 sees SAC at the Guitar Merchant on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. It’s a “semi-acoustic set,” says band member Mark Weitz, who’s going to be playing a grand piano. The Guitar Merchant, a music store, seats about 100 people in its concert mode, so it’ll be a great chance to see the Strawberry Alarm Clock in an intimate setting.

The Guitar Merchant show is at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Admission is $20. Support from Brad Lee Swanson and his CF Band. (map to venue)

On March 26, it’s back to the Sunset Strip and the Whisky a Go Go, where the Strawberry Alarm Clock tops a busy bill. The band played a well received set at the Whisky in the summer of 2012 — surprisingly, it was the first time the veteran L.A. band played the famed rock club.

Longtime SAC collaborator Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) will perform with the band at both shows. Listen for some new Strawberry Alarm Clock songs at the shows, in the vein of the band’s recent CD “Wake Up Where You Are.”

Also scheduled to play at the Whisky are Their Only Dreams (“throwback psychedelic sound minus the ego”), Slow White, the Shag Rats, the Night Times, the Electric Magpie, the Wandering Gypsies and Major Minus. All-ages show; doors at 7 p.m. (get tickets)

The Sunset Strip venue is rich with psychedelic music history, of course: 1960s rock groups that made multiple appearances at the Whisky a Go Go include the Doors, the Byrds, Love and Buffalo Springfield.

SAC live at Sherman Oaks Street Fair

strawberry alarm clock 2012The Strawberry Alarm Clock tops the bill as the Sherman Oaks Street Fair revisits the psychedelic 1960s on Oct. 19.

The band’s set will be bracketed by performances by a couple of Beatles and Doors tribute acts. The Strawberry Alarm Clock is the real deal, of course, with original members performing new songs from their latest CD, “Wake Up Where You Are,” as well as its classics such as “Incense & Peppermints,” “Tomorrow” and “Sit With the Guru.”

Video update: Check out the show:

The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s set is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. It’s a home turf show for the band, one of the best known rock acts out of the San Fernando Valley.

The 24th annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair sprawls across nine blocks of Ventura Boulevard, running from Van Nuys Boulevard to Kester Ave.

Sixties nostalgia is a major theme for this year’s Street Fair. In addition to the Wild Child and Paperback Writer tribute bands, organizers have set 50th anniversary tributes to the surfing film “The Endless Summer” and the 1960s sitcom “The Munsters.” Also look for appearances by actors from “My Three Sons.”

The Street Fair bills itself as the largest event in the San Fernando Valley. It runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring more than 100 vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts and carnival rides.

Sherman Oaks Street Fair 2014

Still ticking: SAC set for 3 fall gigs

L.A. psychedelic music festival poster with Strawberry Alarm ClockThe Strawberry Alarm Clock continues its 2012 revival with a trio of fall shows in Southern California.

The band returns to Silver Lake on Sept. 8 for Echoes West, “a psych music fest” featuring a dozen bands. SAC, no doubt, intends to show the new wave of psychedelic music rockers how it’s done.

Then it’s down to San Diego on Sept. 29 for the sprawling Adams Avenue Street Fair.

And the Strawberry Alarm Clock revs up for an appearance at Love Ride 29, billed as “the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world.” Almost two dozen Harley-Davidson dealerships combined for the Castaic Lake-based event.

At the Love Ride, SAC will perform on the same Oct. 21 bill with Canned Heat — both L.A. bands with rich histories beginning in the mid-1960s. Like SAC, Canned Heat is no oldies act — both bands continue to evolve in the new century, performing songs both classic and new.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers headline, with Jay Leno and Peter Fonda as the event’s “grand marshals.” The show and ride benefit the USO.

love ride concertAlso getting top billing at Echoes West are hard rockers Dead Meadow and road-tested garage band Lords of Altamont.

Other bands at the psych music festival include Sleep ∞ Over, Spindrift, Sterling Roswell (Spaceman 3, “The Psychedelic Ubik”), Gram Rabbit, Silver Chords and the Electric Flower Group.

View the Echoes West lineup of bands.

Other acts confirmed for the Adams Avenue Street Fair include local crazies Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, blues guitarist Coco Montoya and rockabilly specialists the Paladins.

The Strawberry Alarm Clock expects to play about 8 p.m., Sept. 29, at the 33rd Street Rock Stage.

SAC performed at the Satellite in Silver Lake on April 25, rocking a youthful and appreciative audience, with longtime band collaborator and new album producer Steve Bartek sitting in.

The Strawberry Alarm Clock are performing in support of their new CD, “Wake Up Where You Are.” The album is a mix of new SAC songs and reinterpretations of their psychedelic rock hits.

They also played the Whisky a Go Go in July. They also performed live and unplugged on K-EARTH radio.

(Updated Aug. 18 with the Adams Avenue info.)

Live at the Whisky, the Strawberry Alarm Clock

strawberry alarm clock poster for 2012 Whisky a Go Go showFollowing up on the success of its recent L.A. concert, the Strawberry Alarm Clock continues the momentum with a show at the historic Whisky a Go Go.

Surprisingly, the Thursday, July 19, concert will be the first time the veteran L.A. band played the rock club on the Sunset Strip.

The late April concert at the Satellite Club in Silver Lake and the upcoming Whisky gig are in support of the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s first album in more than 40 years: “Wake Up Where You Are,” now available on Amazon.

The Whisky a Go Go is located at 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood (view map). It is an all-ages club.

While the Alarm Clock never played the club, bassist George Bunnell, singer-drummer Randy Seol and longtime collaborator Steve Bartek performed there as Buffington Rhodes in 1968, on an eye-popping bill that included Ten Years After, Chicago Transit Authority and Alice Cooper.

The Strawberry Alarm Clock did play the Hullaballoo Club on Sunset in 1967, the same year the young musicians found fame with the hit single “Incense and Peppermints.” They opened for Arthur Lee’s Love, the top band on the Strip.

Later Hollywood-area gigs were at the Knitting Factory, the Palace, the Viper Room, and the Pig and Whistle.

1960s rock groups that made multiple appearances at the Whisky a Go Go included the Doors, the Byrds, Love and Buffalo Springfield.

Strawberry Alarm Clock rocks Silver Lake

strawberry alarm clock in concertThe Strawberry Alarm Clock will ring in another era with a rare L.A. show on April 25.

“We are gonna kick some psychedelic ass,” keyboardist Mark Weitz vows.

The concert is in support of the iconic rock band’s new album, “Wake Up Where You Are,” released in March.

(Update: Read a review of the Strawberry Alarm Clock show in L.A.)

The band last performed publicly in November 2010.

(Update: The group played the show before a youthful and appreciative audience, with Steve Bartek sitting in.)

The Strawberry Alarm Clock are Mark Weitz, George Bunnell, Randy Seol, Howie Anderson and Gene Gunnels.

The concert will be at the Satellite Club, in the Silver Lake area. The venue used to be known as Spaceland. Show time is 9 p.m. with support from Swedish psych-rockers La Fleur Fatale.

Get tickets for the Strawberry Alarm Clock concert. Get directions to venue.