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The following article was posted on November 26th, 2019, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 20, Issue 39 [ Submit a Story ]
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Lompoc Pops Orchestra heralds in the holiday season with annual Christmas concert

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Special guest vocalist Christopher Bengochea is set to accompany the Lompoc Pops Orchestra during their annual holiday concert, The Spirit of Christmas. Lompoc’s First United Methodist Church will host the show on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.


CHRISTMAS WITH THE CONDUCTOR
Brian Asher Alhadeff, conductor of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, handpicked a selection of Nutcracker songs for the orchestra to perform during its annual holiday concert.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY

GUEST VOCALIST
Christopher Bengochea will join the Lompoc Pops Orchestra during their annual holiday concert, The Spirit of Christmas, which takes place at Lompoc’s First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LOMPOC POPS ORCHESTRA

A former student of renowned tenor Gianni Raimondi, Bengochea began studying opera during his time at Montana State University. The singer started to gain international notoriety after competing in the Internationale Societa Concetistica Vocal Competition in Santa Margherita-Ligure, Italy, where he picked up the contest’s third highest prize. Closer to home, Bengochea also nabbed awards at the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council and other stateside competitions.

Joining the Lompoc Pops, Bengochea will be displaying his vocal chops most prominently during the performances of “White Christmas” and “O Holy Night.” Other musical selections of the evening include the orchestra’s renditions of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “March of the Toys” (from Babes in Toyland). Conductor Brian Asher Alhadeff has also chosen several pieces from The Nutcracker to round out the program.

Tickets to The Spirit of Christmas are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Admission for children ages 12 and under is free. The First United Methodist Church is located at 925 N. F St. in Lompoc. Call (805) 735-6463 or visit lompocpopsorchestra.org to find out more.

Head on over

Rock and reggae band Blown Over will grace the Naughty Oak Brewing Company with a performance on Friday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. Led by frontman Matt Clark, influences of this Santa Barbara-based group include Sublime, The Police, Dirty Heads, Jack Johnson, The Clash, Neil Young, and Bob Marley.

Like most of the brewery’s shows, admission to the concert is free but food will be available for purchase from a special guest vendor. So even if you’re not a reggae fan, hot dog aficionados won’t wanna miss out on Beau’s Dogs, which will be serving up grub between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Naughty Oak Brewing Company is located at 165 Broadway, suite 102, in Orcutt. Call (805) 314-2368 or visit naughtyoak.com for more info on the show and other upcoming concerts at the venue.


TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
The Cold Spring Tavern off Highway 154 presents indie-folk band The Chance Makers on Friday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLD SPRING TAVERN

Going south

The Cold Spring Tavern off Highway 154 hosts a solo show from Jim Rankin, best known as the lead singer of Rankin File, on Friday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Rankin will perform an acoustic set of classic rock covers spanning various decades. Indie-folk trio The Chance Makers take the tavern’s stage that same evening, performing from 6 to 9 p.m. Based in Santa Barbara, this three-piece consists of Kevin McGarry (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Casey McGarry (drums, vocals), and Clayton Doyle (bass).


HAVE A MOLLY, JOLLY CHRISTMAS
’80s tribute band The Molly Ringwald Project perform at the Maverick Saloon on Friday, Nov. 29, from 9 to 11 p.m.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MOLLY RINGWALD PROJECT

The tavern’s weekend lineup continues with the Dustin Janson Duo (from 1 to 4 p.m.) and Read My Lips (from 6 to 9 p.m.) on Saturday, Nov. 30. Blues and rags pair Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan present their usual weekly afternoon set on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1:15 to 4 p.m. Eclectic group Little Jonny and the Giants are set to follow with a performance from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This local ensemble plays a mix of blues, country, rock, and soul tunes. Admission to all concerts at the tavern is free.

Also in the Santa Ynez Valley, ’80s tribute group The Molly Ringwald Project will perform at the Maverick Saloon on Friday, Nov. 29, from 9 to 11 p.m. The musical nostalgia continues at the venue with ’90s cover band Flannel 101, who perform on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Entry to both performances at the saloon is complimentary.

More music

Looks like tribute fever is spreading fast and heading north to Santa Maria, as The Potter’s House Fellowship Church hosts its Johnny Cash Tribute Night event on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Guests can expect to enjoy a variety of performances honoring the life, times, and legacy of the legendary Man in Black. Admission to the show is free.


SOLO ROUND
Pop rock artist Nataly Lola performs at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar on Friday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF BOTTLEST WINERY, BAR, AND BISTRO

Meanwhile, Blast 825 Brewery in Orcutt hosts grunge rock band Joe Daddy and the Sumthings on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 p.m. to past midnight. Also in Orcutt, local pop rock artist Nataly Lola will perform at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar on Friday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. Both concerts are free to attend. 

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




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