Ben Kweller & Sleeper Agent

In 1993, Ben Kweller formed the band Radish with John Kent and Ryan Green. The trio played locally and recorded two independent releases. Radish earned a cult following around the world and earned a top-40 hit. At the age of 18, Ben moved to NYC and began his solo career which showcased a wide variety of sound from quirky pop, to folk, to punk rock. His 2012 release of ‘Go Fly a Kite’ hits hard with the unforgettably melodic and heartwarming fuzzed-out Rock ‘n’ Roll that first put Kweller on the map. Kweller proves that he has progressed yet managed to keep the deft songwriting sensibility and diversity for which he is known and loved. While appearing effortless, it’s clear how hard he has worked on making one of the finest albums of his career.

Ben Kweller is performing at the Coach House with Sleeper Agent on April 24th. Tickets are $20. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more information, please call the box office at 949 496 8930 or visit

Want a Kweller & Sleeper Agent prize pack?  Email me at and I’ll pick someone at random to win Ben’s new CD ‘Go Fly A Kite’ along with a Ben Kweller & Sleeper Agent poster. *Must be present at concert to pick up prize pack.*

Mike Doughty, The Book of Drugs: Reading, Concert, Q&A

Former Soul Coughing front man Mike Doughty has recently released The Book of Drugs, providing snapshots of his family life and the development of his love of music, including his time at The New School in NYC, where he had class with renowned folk singer Ani DiFranco. He recalls playing to empty clubs, getting high with Jeff Buckley, and forming his own band. As Doughty and Soul Coughing, his ’90s alternative rock group, rose in popularity and fame, his drug use spiraled out of control as he abused marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and acid.

Mike will be performing at the Coach House this Thursday, April 12th. He’ll read gleefully dark, haunted, and funny stories about addiction, the rise and bitter collapse of his band Soul Coughing, playing songs in between. There will even be a Q&A with the audience.

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist, Mike Viola will also be performing. Mike became known for not only creating music for award-winning films (“Get Him To The Greek,” “Walk Hard,” “That Thing You Do!”), but also writing and producing for other artists (Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Tim Christensen, Gin Wigmore).  

For tickets to the show ($16 presale, $18 DOS), please call us at 949 496 8930 or visit For a chance to score tickets, a copy of Mike’s book and CD, please follow this link to find out how:

Blues Veteran Rod Piazza Plays The Coach House 3/16

Don’t make the mistake of thinking of Rod Piazza as one of the “young turks” of the blues, or part of the “new generation” of blues greats. At this point in his career, Piazza has been recording longer than his mentor George “Harmonica” Smith did, or Sonny Boy Williamson (either of them!), or Big Walter Horton. He’s been making records for more years than Little Walter was alive. Piazza is a tried-and-true, dyed- in-the-wool blues veteran with credentials that are second to none.


So, it was still 1968 and Rod started a new band which would be the beginning of Bacon Fat. One night, Richard Innes and Rod went to see who they thought was Big Walter Horton at the Ash Grove in Hollywood. After a 60 mile drive, it was actually Big Walter Smith, as the club owner informed them, who actually was George Harmonica Smith. He was dumping his harmonicas out on the stage from a paper sack. Some guy in the back yelled out, “Can I play some guitar Mr. Smith?” George said “yeah” without even looking up. So, Rod was feeling a little cocky and said, “I’d like to blow some harp.” By the time the show started the club had filled up. Rod and Richard were crowded in right to the front of the stage. When George started  

wailing, Rod looked at Richard and said, “Man, I don’t want to sit in!” They both laughed in agreement but when they looked up, here came George with the harp and mic, shoving it towards Rod face like he was saying, “You wanted to blow. Now let’s see what you can do!” He gave one of those fierce looks that he was famous for and shoved the harp and mic at him one more time. Rod had no choice but to take them both and start playing.   


Afterwards, Rod said to George, “Thank you for letting me play.” George simply said,  

“You’re welcome.”  It’s always been that way with Rod. A kind word and a cool tone behind everything he does. It is one of the things that makes him stand out among the blues musicians he peers with. His styling is one of a kind, his crowd, all smiles. Take advantage of your chance to smile and come see Rod live at the Coach House.


Rod Piazza is scheduled to play live Friday, March 16th at the Coach House. Also playing that night are Sugah Daddy and Gunboat Kings. Tickets are $15, doors open at 6PM and the show starts at 8PM. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more information please call the box office at 949 496 8930 or visit

 We’re giving away FOUR PAIRS of tickets to the show along with a SIGNED copy of Rod’s cd, Almighty Dollar. To enter to win: Hit the SHARE button under the status about this blog post on our Facebook page to let your friends know about the show ( , and then write your email address in the comments section to officially be entered to win. It’s THAT easy! We’ll let the winners know by email!

J Boog at The Coach House 3/7

Raised on the rough streets of Compton, J Boog was led in the right direction by his family’s values and tradition that ultimately kept him off the streets and led to his success.

J Boog’s older sister played the piano, and at the young age of four, J began singing along with his sister, and learned the music of Bob Marley after she brought home his music book. His first big performance was at just nine years old at a family reunion. By request of his mother and sister, he sang Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time”. 

His career became serious in 2005 when he met George “Fiji” Veikoso, and the two began working together. J made the move to Hawaii to work on his album “Hear Me Roar” and joined Hawaiian-based record label Wash House Music Inc. Just a year later, J met Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage and the two went to record in Jamaica with other Wash House members. They recorded at places such as Bob Marley’s “Tuff Gong” studio, Don Corleone’s “Hit Maker”, and Shaggy’s “Big Yard”. The results of his hard work have paid off. His new album, “Back Yard Boogie” debuted at #1 on iTunes and Billboard Reggae Charts. 

The authenticity of the combination of Island and Reggae music is apparent in J’s music. J Boog will be performing at the Coach House with Hot Rain and Hi-Roots on Wednesday, March 7th. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more information please call the box office at 949 496 8930.

Check out his music here:

From our good friends at Coach House - Win a Signed CD


Trevor Hall will be at the Coach House Concert Hall with Elan Atias on March 8th! Hit the “Share” button below to spread the word & type your email address in the comments to enter to win a signed copy of Trevor’s CD! Need tix to the show? Call 949 496 8930 or visit

Season 1 Winner of The Voice Visits The Coach House

NBC’s hit television show, The Voice just began it’s second season this month, and viewers have already begun to pick out their favorite contestants on the show. However it was the first season’s winner, Javier Colon who really captivated America.

Javier’s career did not begin with The Voice. He toured with The Derek Trucks Band for two years, and released two solo albums released by Capital Records in 2003 and 2006. He eventually split with the label and went on to release an EP on his own label in 2010. After nearly a decade of challenges to his music career , he was ready to give up. 

Javier didn’t throw in the towel just yet. When he heard about a chance to audition for The Voice, he  took the opportunity. Javier’s voice was mesmerizing and entranced audiences, performing songs such as “Landslide” with Stevie Nicks, or an acoustic version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”. His voice brought him all the way to the final show in which Javier was announced season one’s winner. His victory earned him a contract with Universal Republic Records.

During the first week release of his original single, “Stitch By Stitch”, the song peaked at #17 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. His newest album, Come Through For You features appearances from Natasha Bedingfield and Adam Levine.

Javier Colon will be performing at the Coach House on Friday, March 2nd. Tickets are $25. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more information please visit or call the box office at 949 496 8930.

Country Joe McDonald Performs Woody Guthrie Tribute

Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish first began to explore the music of Woody Guthrie in 1975, when he was asked to perform at the West Coast Hollywood Bowl Tribute to Woody Guthrie concert. Woody’s archive manager asked McDonald to put music to Woody’s lyrics that were lacking music. McDonald performed "Woman At Home" which was released on the album recording of the event. This opened up the gates for McDonald to explore Guthrie’s music.

In 2001, McDonald was asked by the National Steinback Center to perform for the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling tour of “This Land Is Your Land : Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie”. In preparing for the performance, Joe explored Woody’s archives  and found his correspondence with singer-songwriter Malvina Reynolds, his musings on bootleg alcohol, and the New York subway in Woody’s column titled, Wood Sez from the 1950s. Through these discoveries, McDonald also made a few more connections with Guthrie. Besides their obvious bond of music and politics, they both married East Coast intellectuals, and Woody lived just 100 miles in Oklahoma from McDonald’s father during the Dust-Bowl era. McDonald continues to make connections with Guthrie every time he performs the tribute.

McDonald brings the tribute to the Coach House on Sunday, March 4th. Tickets are $20. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more info please call the box office at 949 496 8930 or visit 

To enter to win a copy of Country Joe McDonald’s CD: A Tribute To The Life & Legacy of Woody Guthrie, share the event on your Facebook or Twitter, and send me an email at 

Guitar Signed By Warrant To Be Raffled 2/25

Yes, you read the title of this entry correctly; a guitar signed by Warrant will be raffled off at their show at the Coach House on February 25th. We Run Orange County’s Kids is a nonprofit, public-service corporation that provides after-school intervention programs for Middle and High School students in  Orange County. Based on the idea that life is like a Marathon, the mission of We ROCK is to teach our community’s teenagers the important life skills of goal setting, self-reliance, discipline and self-confidence through the design and delivery of instructional programs focused on the proper training for, and completion of, a marathon.

We ROCK will be at the Coach House on February 25th at the Warrant show, and will be selling raffle tickets to enter to win this AWESOME guitar signed by the band! You get to see Warrant, possibly win a guitar SIGNED BY THE BAND, and help a great cause, how cool is that? We’ll see you at the show!
Want tickets to the show? Visit or call the box office at 949 496 8930. Want to find out more about We ROCK? Visit 

Bullets & Octane Hit The Coach House March 1st

When you hear the name Bullets and Octane, you know you’re talking about a rock band. And Bullets and Octane are a rock band, but that’s not their limit. On In the Mouth of the Young, this Orange County-based band delivers a fast, intense blend of metal, hard rock and gritty punk rock.


The band released their debut EP “The One Night Stand Rock N’ Roll Band" under the name "Bullets N’ Octane" in January 2003. They changed their name to "Bullets and Octane" for the release of their debut album, "Revelry”, which was released in September 2004 on the independent label Criterion Records.


2006 saw the band release “In The Mouth Of The Young” on RCA Records. In the same year the band toured with both Stone Sour & The Deftones. In November of  2009 Bullets headed out on a US/UK tour with Wednesday 13’s new band Gunfire 76.


The summer of 2011 saw the release of a B-sides and Live EP and the announcement of a reunion of the “classic” Bullets’ line-up (Louis, Vaughan-Jayne, Tankersley, Clawson, Smith) . After a sellout show and an album in the can the band are now on tour which will hit the Coach House on March 1st.


Check out one of their videos here for a little taste of their music:



Opening for Bullets and Octane is  Franki Doll & The Broken Toys who play arena rock infused with punk. Attend any live show, and  it’s very clear that the main event is singer Franki’s stage presence. Tattooed from head to toe with Pat Benetar’s swagger, Franki sings about “Morphine Lollipops”, true stories of tragedy, survival , hope, and fairy tales.


Check out Franki Doll & The Broken Toys’ music video for “Morphine Lollipops”:



Bullets and Octane and Franki Doll & The Broken Toys hit the Coach House  with Unit F and Split Decision on Thursday, March 1st. Tickets are $15, doors open at 6PM, show starts at 8PM. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more information please call the box office at 949 496 8930 or visit 

Country Singer Peter Brandon at Coach House 2/29

In 2003, Peter Brandon made his first trip to Nashville armed with a backpack full of homemade demo CD’s and a dream. Little did he know then that he would soon be living out his dream of being a Country Music Recording Artist.

“It has been such a long journey and it’s been a lot of hard work, but at the same time it feels like it’s just flown by”, claims the six-foot-five California native.

In the summer of 2009, Brandon released his third studio album “For Anything”, and penned 9 of the 10 songs. The lone cover, a countryfied version of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, is the first cover Brandon has recorded on any of his albums. The first single, “In The Name of Freedom”, premiered Independence Day weekend exclusively on LA’s 105.1 Go Country to great reviews, and has also been a hit in his live concerts.

A true showman, Brandon’s live shows are full of energy and surprises. His songs take the audience on an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows, and connect with them in a very genuine way. He has headlined many of Southern California’s most sought-after venues and shared the stage with many well-known national acts, including Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Gary Allen, Dierks Bentley, Hal Ketchum, Cross Canadien Ragweed, The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, Jimmy Wayne, Mark Wills, David Allen Coe, the legendary Glen Campbell and Country Music Hall of Fame members Asleep at the Wheel.

“There is nothing like the thrill of performing live and sharing my music with others,” says Brandon, “I have a great group of friends that have a blast making music together. The fun we have on stage really shines through to the audience, because it is sincere and genuine. We love what we do, and I think it shows.”

The title track of Brandon’s second album, “Drive Real Fast”, was a breakout song for his career. The single received national radio airplay and was nominated for many awards including an LA Music Award for Song of the Year. It was also featured in many NASCAR Sprint Cup race commercials and in partnerships with 14-time Funny Car Champion, John Force.

In addition to his many concert appearances, Brandon has cherished opportunities to reach out and help those in need. He has partnered with many organizations, including The Finally Home Foundation, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, OC Walk to Remember, GINA for Missing Persons and John Force’s ChiPS for Kids (to name a few).

As Brandon’s career continues to move forward, he credits his faith, as well as his family and friends for their love and support.

“I am truly having the time of my life,” Brandon exclaims, “It’s been an incredible ride and I am thankful for each day I have been able to live this dream. God has blessed me with a great family, amazing friends, and I have been fortunate to have met some incredible people along this journey. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I am one lucky guy!”


Peter Brandon is playing at the Coach House on Wednesday, February 29th with Kristin Orphan. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more info please call the box office at 949 496 8930 or visit .

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