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Chumash Casino Resort presents Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons


A stage name can be a powerful thing. 

If I was ever compelled to take one onor make up an alias for a Dear So-and-so columnI’d probably take the easy way out and just use one of those name generator apps. Or do what I did during my last Dungeons and Dragons campaignname myself after a local restaurant. (I was a chaotic neutral gnome known to peasants and royalty alike as Little Jocko, in case you were wondering.)

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons perform at the Chumash Casino Resort on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m.

I’m sure Francesco Stephen Castelluccio enjoys a good tabletop game as much as the rest of us, but I doubt D-and-D played a significant role in crafting his not-so-secret identity, Frankie Valli. The pop icon and his legendary band, The Four Seasons, will perform at the Chumash Casino Resort on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m.

The band was formed in 1961, with Valli on lead vocals, and went on to become one of the biggest musical sensations of the decade. Their first major commercial success was “Sherry” in 1962, which landed at No. 1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts. “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Rag Doll,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and more than a dozen other chart-topping hits followed.

Tickets to the show range from $69 to $99. The Chumash Casino Resort is located at 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez. The venue is open to ages 21 and over only. Call (800) 248-6274 or visit chumashcasino.com for tickets or more info.

Brews to benefit

Country and rock artist Mark Mackay performs at Blast 825 Brewery on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. A special meet-and-greet precedes the concert, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Cheers for a Good Cause, a benefit concert featuring Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mark Mackay, at Blast 825 Brewery on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8 to 11 p.m. The country and rock artist recently earned a spot on Music Connection magazine’s list of Top 100 National Live Acts. Fellow country artist Charlie McNeal will open for Mackay. Tickets to the show are $15, and 10 percent of all sales will benefit 17 Strong, a nonprofit organization that supports young adults battling life-threatening illnesses.

The event is a collaboration between Blast 825 and co-sponsor Figueroa Mountain Brewery. A special meet-and-greet reception precedes the concert in the brewery’s beer garden, from 4 to 6 p.m. Blast 825 is located at 241 S. Broadway, Orcutt. Call (805) 934-3777 or visit blast825brewery.com to find out more.

Going south

Bluegrass and folk group Grass Mountain performs at Cold Spring Tavern on Friday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The grass will definitely be greener on the Cold Spring Tavern side come Friday, Oct. 11, when Grass Mountain takes the venue’s stage, from 6 to 9 p.m. This group mainly performs bluegrass and folk, but occasionally dabbles in funk and other styles as well. The tavern also hosts local solo artist Jim Rankin (from 1 to 4 p.m.) and country and rock group Paradise Road (from 5 to 8 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 12. Two blues acts perform back-to-back on Sunday, Oct. 13: blues and rags duo Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan (from 1:15 to 4 p.m.) and blues and rock trio Teresa Russell and Cocobilli (from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.). Entry to each show is complimentary.

Also in the Santa Ynez Valley, dance band The PODs (Politics of Dancing) perform at the Maverick Saloon on Friday, Oct. 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Country and rock group Pull the Trigger plays the following evening, Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Guests of the saloon can look forward to live music from two acts, Nate Lata and The Johnny Clashers, on the patio on Sunday, Oct. 13, between 1 and 5 p.m.

More music

Swinging into Fall, a free dance concert featuring the Riptide Big Band, takes place at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m.

The Santa Maria Valley Senior Club presents Swinging into Fall, a free dance concert featuring the Riptide Big Band, at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Special guest vocalists Liz Douglas and Bob Nations will join the local swing group for this autumn-themed performance. Admission to the show is complimentary thanks to funding from the Community Foundation of SLO County. Visit riptidebb.com to find out more.

Local singer-songwriter Conner Cherland performs at Naughty Oak Brewing Company in Orcutt on Friday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. This eclectic artist’s influences include Ed Sheeran, Shakey Graves, and Hozier. Cherland’s style blends a variety of genres, including Americana, folk, indie, and soul. The artist is best known locally for his guitar looping techniques, which create a “one-man-band” feel. Admission to Cherland’s show is free, but food from AR Catering will be available for purchase (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.). 

Local singer-songwriter Champion McConnell will perform at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.

Also in Orcutt the same evening, solo artist Champion McConnell will perform at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar on Friday, Oct. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Entry to the concert is complimentary. 

Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood wrote this week’s Local Notes. Contact him at cwiseblood@santamariasun.com.

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