KVC_aRts

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Join host David Fleming for a program dedicated to Arts and Entertainment in our region, as well as the people and places providing it. Interviews with authors, producers, visual artists and musicians, spotlighting a classic album or a brand new release. From musical legends and icons - to players at the local level, from Broadway tours to Community theater, from the Hollywood Bowl to the Redlands Bowl.

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This edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with Steve Lukather. He’s been the guitarist and one of the vocalists with Toto since the beginning, and has numerous releases under his own name. His latest is meant to be both an homage to, and an experience of, recordings from the early 70's.

This edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with  Joseph Williams. He’s the son of composer JOHN Williams, though we don’t touch on that at all. He was the lead singer of Toto in the mid to late 80’s and has been back with the band since 2010, though we barely mention Toto either. The thrust of the show is on William’s new cd, Denizen Tenant. The cd and album came out at the end of February, and features Steve Lukather, and many other Toto bandmates, among others. There are also a few videos out by now on this one. Videos which were shot and edited BY Williams.

On this edition of KVC-Arts, David Fleming continues his conversation with musician and author Victor Wooten, asking all of the questions he could think of. He shares more about his books- the audio book versions and how they came together. Then, it’s all about the music: Victor’s solo projects, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Wooten Brothers, and more. They also talk Sex in a Pan.

2/24/21 - Author and Bass Player Victor Wooten

Feb 24, 2021

On this edition of KVC-Arts, David Fleming is in conversation with Victor Wooten, a celebrated bass player and one of the founding members of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He’s the author of The Music Lesson and his most recent release, The Spirit of Music. Wooten discusses both books and the lessons they contain on life, living, art, and the world.

On this edition of KVC-Arts, we remember two legends who recently passed away. David Fleming speaks with veteran actor Hal Holbrook in an interview that dates back a few years, when Holbrook was preparing to perform "Mark Twain Tonight" in Riverside. Also on the show, David speaks with Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes. She stayed with the group until it broke up. Wilson talks about her career before, during, and beyond The Supremes.

On this edition of KVC-Arts, David Fleming continues his conversation with Jock Bartley, from Firefall. After coasting on a few mega hits from the 70’s, as Jock words it, Firefall put together material for a new album that has just been released. The album is Comet, and it's reminiscent of their debut album from 1976, a return to the music and feel of Firefall which people have loved over the years. Firefall calls it 'that Colorado sound'.

It's David Fleming in conversation with Jock Bartley, of Firefall for the entirety of this edition of KVC-Arts. Bartley is one of the founding members of Firefall, and while some of Firefall have come and gone, Bartley remains the ONLY original member to have stayed with the group through today. Now with Jock Bartley and Firefall, this involves a history which is SO interwoven with so many OTHERS, it’s actually a bit startling to hear name after name after name.

This edition of KVC-Arts has Lillian Vasquez in conversation with Matt Newton. He WAS an actor, became an acting coach, and is now an author as well. He wrote “Ten Steps to Breaking Into Acting,” and recently, “The No BS Guide to the Acting Biz.” Lillian also finds out more about a recent art project… and contest… wherein the city of Yucaipa called out to the community, asking for a representation of their favorite place IN Yucaipa. We’ll have conversation with the community services coordinator for the city of Yucaipa, Margot Mullen.

This edition of KVC-Arts gives us a coming of age story. A story of a woman born on a farm… named in a field… and raised in Silicon Valley. Emmanuel Rogers speaks with Lisa Brennan-Jobs about her life, and her father – Steve Jobs - a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. We also have KVCR’s Benjamin Purper in conversation with Jonathan Maule. A writer, performer, and musician, he’s just released Whole Night Through: A Soundtrack to the Novella in Verse. This is a response to L.I. Henley’s novella in verse, Whole Night Through.

1/13/21 - Terry Johnson of The Flamingos

Jan 13, 2021

The entirety of this edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with  Terry Johnson. He provided vocals and arrangements on many of The Flamingos best and most loved hits. This interview came from a couple years ago, but only a portion aired. This is the full conversation, with new edits and music mixes. We’ll hear also hear about some more recent work – including music that you would NOT have guessed was Terry Johnson, as well as his serving as producer for Boyz to Men’s take on one of The Flamingo biggest. Terry's set to perform in the region later this year.

This edition of KVC-Arts is in memory of Charles Weldon. David Fleming speaks with Charles about the short-lived music group, The Paradons, as well as his acting career.  Charles went on to appear in St. Elsewhere, Sanford and Son (as a cross-dressing thief), Roots: The Next Generations, and a VERY memorable intense role in Stir Crazy. Look it up. If you've seen Stir Crazy, you'll remember him. He was also in pretty much every TV cop show of the 70's, 80's and 90's; The Rockford Files, Kojak, Law & Order, The Streets of San Francisco... so much more.

12/30/20 - Kathy Young

Dec 30, 2020

The sole focus of this edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with Kathy Young. Just two months after she turned 15, she made it into the top 10 on both the R&B singles chart, as well as Billboard’s Top 100 chart, though she said it hit number one in Los Angeles ON – her 15th birthday. Kathy Young was part of a concert which was originally going to be held (a couple times) in mid 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the concert had to be postponed, and rightfully so. The concert has currently slated for September 25th of 2021.

Andrew Caravella

This is a rebroadcast from right around this time last year. David Fleming speaks with Peter Curtis, and his cd from just about this time last year – Christmas With Your Jewish Boyfriend, exploring the phenomenon of just how many Christmas music and songs came from Jewish songwriters. We’ll get a bit of the history of and around these songs as well, and even a tune recorded in the KVCR studios.
 

Tonight it’s music from The Modern Gentlemen. The Modern Gentlemen were at one point the longest running incarnation of The Four Seasons, backing Frankie Valli. With Valli's blessing, they've been on their own now AS The Modern Gentlemen for several years , and have just released a Christmas cd and a video for the title cut, "You Make it Feel Like Christmas" – that’s one of a few originals on this disc, The video is both fun, and tongue in cheek funny, and at the same time has some shots and fades which are just brilliant.

The program begins with KVCR’s Benjamin Purper in conversation once again with LI Henley, who has a new book out, From the Moon as I Fell, a collection of poems set in and around Joshua Tree. He also speaks with Zara Kand, another high desert resident, who provided illustrations for the book. We’ll then be going back to an interview from a few years ago, with Lillian Vasquez in conversation with Richard Sherman. With that, we’ll naturally be touching on Disney, and of course – some VERY familiar tunes. 

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with David Fleming in conversation with Al Pitrelli, music director for, and one of the guitarists with, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. They had to cancel their live tour for this year, but they WILL be holding a VIRTUAL concert, and it will be live, start to finish. And – it’s an ALL NEW staging of the album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories." There’ll be some bonus items there too, with more at Trans-Siberian.com. Then it's  KVCR’s Lillian Vasquez in conversation with Frank Valverde, of Valverde School of Performing Arts in Rancho Cucamonga.

This edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation once again with Brian Hyland. This time it's a close reading of the 1970 UNI Records release simply called "Brian Hyland." It's an album which has a wonderful flow start to finish, and so we'll hear about it track by track. We also have a wonderful rendition of "I'm Afraid To Go Home" recorded in the KVCR studios.

Andrew Caravella

Brian Hyland first hit the scene in 1959 with "Rosemary." He hit it BIG - still at the age of 16 - with "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and more carrying us into the early '60s. He has some BRAND new material out now, and this edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with Hyland talking about the new stuff, the Brian Highland "Triple Threat" collections, Christmas material, and lightly touching on Allen Toussaint and the "In a State of Bayou" album. He also hinted at a new recording with Lala Brooks!

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with David Fleming in conversation with Brian Brigham, 1/4 of The Modern Gentlemen. They backed Frankie Valli for over a decade as The Four Seasons, but have been performing as The Modern Gentlemen for a few years now. It's a blend of Sinatra, pop, classic rock and more, all with the tight harmonies and sound they developed while with Valli. The Modern Gentlemen have a performance at Pala Resort and Casino on Friday November 20th. More at themoderngentlemen.net. The second part of the program is with KVCR's Lillian Vasquez in conversation with Rita Coolidge.

11/4/20 - Actress Loretta Swit

Nov 4, 2020

This edition of KVC-Arts has Lillian Vasquez in conversation with actress and author Loretta Swit. We'll hear about her career - with a primary focus on M*A*S*H. We'll hear about each of the major characters - and the actors who portrayed them - and hear about the evolution of Major "Hotlips" Houlihan.

10/28/20 - Arlo Guthrie

Oct 28, 2020

The sole focus of this edition of KVC-Arts is on Arlo Guthrie. On Friday October 23rd, citing health as a concern, Guthrie announce his retirement from performance, effective immediately. This program revisits a conversation between David Fleming and Guthrie, touching on politics and public media, some favorite songs, and of course - Alice's Restaurant.

The sole focus of this edition of KVC-Arts is on a movie just out - called "The Opening Act," starring Jimmy O Yang and Cedric the Entertainer. It's the story of a standup comic trying to make it... and bombing miserably over and over. At one point he's given the opportunity to emcee for his idol in the world of comedy, and then has some tough choices to make. David Fleming speaks with writer and director Steve Byrne.
 

10/14/20 – Michelle Lee

Oct 14, 2020

In this edition of KVC-Arts, it’s Lillian Vasquez in conversation with actor, singer, producer, and director Michelle Lee. Michelle is well-known for playing Karen Cooper Fairgate MacKenzie on the 1980s prime-time soap opera Knots Landing, for which she was nominated for a 1982 Emmy Award. She shares about her acting career beyond Knots Landing, directing, and performing on Broadway, in Wicked.

10/7/20 – Brian Hyland

Oct 7, 2020

In this edition of KVC-Arts, David Fleming has a conversation with singer Brian Hyland. Brian talks about how he got started in the music industry, shares stories about the early years, and how he re-recorded some of his music in German. He’s had quite the long career and on the program, some of his more recent tunes are played.

9/30/20 - Comedienne Selene Luna

Sep 30, 2020

In this edition of KVC-Arts, David Fleming speaks with comedienne Selene Luna. Selene shares about the world of acting, her activism, and her comedy. Selene also talks about her involvement with the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival – coming up October 11th, virtually.

9/23/20 - Musician Ben Stewart, Paul Cruz

Sep 23, 2020

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Ben Stewart talking about scoring the film The Whittler, premiering October 16. Then Paul Cruz, Director of the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival, returns to talk about his time as an actor, casting agent, and more. The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival is set to kick off October 11th.

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Lillian Vasquez in conversation with Jason Ritter, son of John Ritter and grandson of TEX Ritter. He’ll be talking a bit about acting, as well as Huntington’s Disease. And just what kind of progress are we making. Then it's David Fleming in conversation with Paul Cruz about The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival – held virtually this year though with a LOT to check out. Then it's Wipeout! This competitive obstacle course game show is back on the air – and is auditioning in Southern California!

This episode of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with Ben Stewart - AKA the bald geek rap and hip hop extraordinaire, Benjiphonik. Between Songhammer, Conspiracy of Thought, and sevral appearances as Benjiphonik, Ben's been in 5, maybe six times - so he may be a familiar voice. On this edition of KVC-Arts he talks about the new EP, "Omega Funk 10,000," which presents an additional sound to Benjiphonik.

9/2/20 – Musician Goldy Locks

Sep 2, 2020

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 6-12 marks National Suicide Prevention Week. In this edition of KVC-Arts, David Fleming speaks with musician Goldy Locks about her song called “All to You”. This song and the accompanying video revolve around suicide prevention and awareness.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255

To view the “All to You” music video, you can search for it on youtube.com

This edition of KVC-Arts is all about comedy. KVCR’s Lillian Vasquez talks with comedian Maz Jobrani, who can be heard on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me on KVCR. Maz will be performing September 5th at the Irvine Spectrum as part of the Improv Live Comedy Drive-In series. Lillian also speaks with Erin Von Schonfeldt, Vice President of Talent with Levity Entertainment Group. Erin shares how you can enjoy stand-up comedy from your car at the Improv. Also on the show, KVCR's Benjamin Purper speaks with comedian John Pate, who is often a guest on American Parlor Songbook.

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