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 4TH ANNUAL “RIDE FOR RONNIE” MOTORCYCLE RALLY & CONCERT HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK AND MELISSA MAXX TAKING PLACE SUNDAY, MAY 6, TO BENEFIT THE RONNIE JAMES DIO  STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND RIDE FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF GLENDALE TO RALLY AND CONCERT AT LOS ENCINOS PARK, ENCINO WILL RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CANCER CHARITYLIVE MUSIC – FOOD TRUCKS – RAFFLE
LIVE AUCTION – WINE & BEER – VENDORS

The ride from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Los Encinos Park in Encino will raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention, and research for a cure. The afternoon concert in the park will be hosted by Eddie Trunk and feature live music from various artists.

 The 4th Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Riders will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11:00 am. The RIDE will take them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle, live auction, food trucks and much more. Last year’s RIDE FOR RONNIE event raised over $50,000 for the cancer charity.

 This year’s live entertainment will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event, so stay tuned. A silent auction will be conducted at an exhibit booth throughout the afternoon, while a live auction, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectibles, will be held from the stage during intervals between artist performances.

Sponsors lending their continued support to the RIDE FOR RONNIE include Harley-Davidson of Glendale,
Law Tigers, Ninkasi Brewing Company and LA’s rock radio station, 95.5 KLOS.

Beer, wine, sodas & water will be available for sale, as well as delicious food from various
food trucks will be sold on site for your enjoyment.

RIDE DETAILS:

Rider & Passenger Check-in & Breakfast: 9:00-10:45 am.

Ride Start:
Harley-Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA 91204

Kickstands up: 11:00 am.

Ride To:
Los Encinos Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street, Encino, CA 91436


CONCERT DETAILS:

Concert General Admission (not participating in ride)

FREE PARKING with shuttle service to concert:
5174 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436

Concert venue
16756 Moorpark Street, Encino, CA 91436

Live Concert Begins at 12:00 pm.


 

Pre-Registration Prices:

  • $20 Concert Admission Only
  • $30/Rider (Includes concert admission)
  • $10/Passenger (Includes concert admission)

 

Day of Event Prices:

  • $25 Concert Admission Only
  • $35/Rider (Includes concert admission)
  • $15/Passenger (Includes concert admission)


www.DioCancerFund.org

HIDDEN HILLS MAGAZINE HOSTS FIRST HOOTENANNY. 4-29-2018
AHMANSON RANCH  BY
WILLIAM DERHAM
The First Annual Hidden Hills Magazine Hootenanny combined a sumptuous array of diverse gourmet cuisine, local craft beers, elegant wine, top-shelf spirits, and continuous live bands for a memorable night of music and revelry. The all-inclusive event took place in scenic Ahmanson Ranch situated high among the rolling green vistas of The Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve. The Hootenanny raised money to benefit the Heart Foundation through a silent auction with items donated by drummers Alex Van Halen and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Elliot Easton (The Cars) also donated a signed Fender Mustang for this worthy cause.
The intimate festivities started promptly at 4 pm with a lively set of folk-rock by Juliette Roberts followed by Wilding, Emily Hackett, and Calico the Band. All these acts performed on the smaller stage nestled under a colossal oak tree on the south lawn. As the sun dipped into the western hills the main stage on the north end came alive with more talented musicians as the evening progressed. The Dip from Seattle Washington, complete with horn section, kept the energy flowing and self-proclaimed stoner/skater/guitarist Corey Dane and Co. entertained the appreciative crowd. 
 
I wanted to wait to sample the adult beverages until sundown so I investigated the numerous refreshment booths to peruse the myriad of possibilities…
 Being a local resident of nearby Woodland Hills I recognized many of the food vendors and was pleasantly surprised that there was minimal wait time in line to partake of the epicurean delights. Tender Greens, Rib Ranch, Eureka, Peddler’s Fork, Health Nut, and Love Bug Pizza, were just of few of the edible offerings.
There were plenty of choices to wash down the copious canapés ranging from grape to grain to hops. Figueroa Mountain Brewery and Ventura’s Barrelhouse Brewery were strong contenders for best in a show in the suds category.  Short Mountain “Shiner’s Select” took the prize for smoothest/strongest moonshine spirit in my humble opinion. Although there was an equally enticing selection of wines I chose not to partake.
As the mercury dropped at the Hoot things were heating up on the main stage. I was still out sampling the wares in the food garden when I heard the opening strains of the Doors track “Break on Through” so I headed over. It wasn’t a cover band doing the iconic Doors tune but original guitarist Robby Krieger who launched into a rousing set of classic Doors.  Joined onstage by his son Waylon on vocals, Phil Chen on bass they dipped into the vault of memorable songs from over 5 decades ago that still are near and dear to rock fans everywhere. The Elliot Easton joined Robby for  “L.A. Woman” and “Light My Fire” trading licks and raising spirits. “Five to One”, “Moonlight Drive”, and “Wild Child” rounded out Robby’s set of Doors.
Robby’s set was a tough act to follow but New York’s The Spin Doctors high energy, infectious party vibe kicked the night into sonic overdrive. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting these guys from the 90’s to “bring the fire” like they did. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Chris Barron (lead vocals), Eric Schenkman (guitar and vocals), Aaron Comess (drums and percussion), and Mark White (bass guitar) sparked the crowd to get up and dance. Their set reached a fever pitch when they dusted off chart-toppers “Two Princes” and “Pocket Full of Kryptonite”. The epic finale included Robby, Elliot, and Spin Doctors collaborating on a revved-up version of “Back Door Man”.
The full moon beaming overhead cast it’s approving glow over the Hootenanny and its revelers. For its inaugural ball, The Hidden Hills Hootenanny exceeded expectations and will hopefully continue to do so next year!

 

3RD ANNUAL RIDE FOR RONNIE MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND CONCERT

LOS ENCINOS HISTORIC STATE PARK

BY  

WILLIAM DERHAM

Now in it’s 3rd year, the Ride for Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund event is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund formed in honor of the legendary Ronnie James Dio who lost his life to stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. It successfully brings together devoted fans and musicians to honor his enormous musical legacy of contributing his powerful vocals in Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio while raising funds to promote cancer research.

This year’s live entertainment in the park included Lynch Mob, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, Dio’s Disciples , The Loveless, Sonia Harley, and No Small Children with special performances by ex Guns & Roses drummer Steven Adler and guitarist Lita Ford (The Runaways).

Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio and the cavalcade of motorcycle riders  kicked off the festivities at Glendale Harley-Davidson then made the short trip to Los Encinos State Park as the dark, storm clouds loomed overhead.

Food trucks were on site throughout the day. Those participating include Slammin’ Sliders, G’s Taco Spot, Greenz on Wheelz and Archie’s Ice Cream. Sponsors lending their continued support to the RIDE FOR RONNIE include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers and Ninkasi Brewing Company. New to the event this year are Bigg Time Entertainment and LA’s rock radio station, 95.5 KLOS.

A silent auction was conducted at one of the exhibit booths throughout the afternoon, while live auctions, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectibles took place in between sets with the help of That Metal Show host and current host of a daily show on Sirius XM’s Volume channel 106 Eddie Trunk. Trunk, who has had a major presence at many of the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund events offered his perspective; “It’s great to see the fans coming out. It’s great to see the support for it and I think really what this serves beyond the charitable thing and the money for the fund which of course is incredibly important, but I think above and beyond that what this does is it brings Ronnie’s fans together, the community together and a lot of people here were good friends or fans of Ronnie’s and it’s just a great thing to keep his memory alive. It really serves a lot of purposes.”

After lively sets by No Small Children, Sonia Harley and The Loveless, Trunk welcomed Wendy Dio and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor to the stage as they presented their latest $25,000 check to Dr. David Wong. Wong and the UCLA School of Dentistry have been investigating the development of a non-invasive saliva test that will help in determining early detection of cancer.

The “Money Man”, Eddie Money came onstage to perform his radio hits “Shakin,” “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “I Think I’m in Love.” Money had a long-standing friendship with Ronnie and was happy to take part. His band mainly consisted of family members including daughter Jesse on vocals, Zac on drums, and Des on guitar.

Up next was singer Paul Shortino and his band Rough Cutt who used the now steadily falling rain as an opportunity to implement a rhinestone emblazoned umbrella as a prop, swinging and swirling it like a samurai sword. It was a minor miracle none of the band slipped on the slick stage deck as the road crew scrambled to cover the amps and drum kit from the intensifying downpour. Their set ended on a high note as the group welcomed many of the rockers on hand to join them onstage for a performance of the Hear N’ Aid song “Stars.” 

Steven Adler, who was a late addition to the bill, brought in some guest players to bust out a trio of Guns N’ Roses favorites. The rain was starting to subside so Adler asked to remove the protective canopy erected over the drum kit and proceeded put on a showy display of drum pyrotechnics ”…and the crowd went wild.” Starting his set with “Welcome to the Jungle,” Budderside’s Patrick Stone handled vocals with Alex Grossi and Robert Sarzo on guitar and Jeff Pilson handling bass. 

Pilson, in particular, was a wild man onstage, reaching his bass toward the crowd letting fans strum a few notes at the end. Despite some initial microphone snafus, Lita Ford did a stellar job with “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” with Stone returning to the stage late in the performance to duet with her. Finishing out the set, Whitesnake‘s Mike Devin joined Stone for co-vocals on “Rocket Queen.” 

Dio Disciples who had a close tie to Ronnie delivered a slew of Dio’s crown jewels; “Holy Diver,” “Stand Up and Shout,” “Heaven and Hell” and “Rainbow in the Dark.” Joe Retta’s and Craig Goldy’s powerful performances on vocals and guitar were among the the most emotional highlights of the day.

Headliner, Lynch Mob, featuring metal guitar god George Lynch attracted the largest crowd of the day to the front of the stage in anticipation of witnessing his legendary fretboard fireworks. They were not disappointed as he churned out crushing power chords with his imitable style and fury. Personally I was hoping to hear some deep tracks like “Into the Fire” or  “Breaking the Chains” from his days with seminal 80’s rock band Dokken and he did pull (just one) from the vault entitled “When Heaven Comes Down.

” It was entertaining to watch Lynch meticulously  tune his guitar and prepare/arrange his numerous effects  petals. Dryly cracking wise he quipped  “…Even After Dinner George Boils Eggs… that’s your guitar lesson for the day.” Referring, of course, to the corresponding letters of the six guitar strings, E-A-D-G-B-E. About three quarters through their set a cold breeze and darkening skies signaled the weather was about to get nasty.

Mercifully mother nature waited until the very last song before unleashing her torrent. As the roadies franticly scrambled to cover the expensive gear the impending thunder and lighting made the scenario even more chaotic. As the band members and guests huddled backstage under what little shelter was available the downpour started to fade and everyone breathed a sigh of relief allowing them to bask in the afterglow of another Rockin’ Ride for Ronnie. 

Interesting footnote:  Innovative company EYELLUSION has big plans to bring Ronnie back, reuniting the Dio band via Hologram for “An unforgettable live rock experience.” Scheduled to play theaters and festivals this fall.