February 5, 2016

`Snowed In' at Bear with Kalin & Myles, Dawin

Get “Snowed In” at Bear Mountain with free performances by Dawin and Kalin & Myles during Power 106’s annual party on the slopes Saturday, February 6.

The slopeside party on the 13,000 sq. ft. deck features free live performance by Dawin Polanco, best known for last year’s hit single “Dessert” which has over 70 million views on YouTube and peaked at #6 on the official New Zealand Music Chart. His 2014 single “Just Girly Things” reached #2 on the iTunes Electronic chart last year.

Dawin launched his career with a six-second snippet of his debut single and posting it as a Vine online. Now his Facebook page has over a half-million likes and one week after taking the stage at Bear, he’ll be performing in Dubai before heading down under for shows in New Zealand and Australia throughout February.

Also performing is the duo Kalin and Myles. Kalin White and Myles Parrish recorded their debut song “More Than Friends” in 2011 and debut EPs Chasing Dreams and Chase Dreams followed, with the latter reaching #6 on the Rap Albums chart in 2014. Videos like their breakout hit “Summertime Love” jumpstarted their careers.

Kalin & Myles were nominated for a Teen Choice Award last year in the category “Choice Music: Next Big Thing” and traveled the East Coast during the “Just for Fun” tour with Timeflies while supporting their self-titled debut album.

February 4, 2016

Friedman Brings Roswell, UFOs Down to Earth

At the end of a typical lecture Stanton Friedman likes to ask the audience one question: “Have you seen a flying saucer?
“Hands will cautiously go up as they look around at each other, and about 10% will admit they’ve seen one,” the nuclear physicist and renowned Ufologist said. “Then I ask how many reported it. All the hands immediately go down.”

Friedman has made a career as probably the nation’s most recognizable UFO authority by keeping his up. Early lectures after he became interested in UFOs in 1958 to fellow nuclear physicists in Los Alamos— birthplace of the atomic bomb— and engineers in Detroit were titled “Flying Saucers are Real.” How much chutzpah did that take? Yet after speaking at over 600 colleges and 100 professional groups in 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces and 18 other countries the past 50 years, Friedman said he’s only faced 11 hecklers.

People take his viewpoints on the subject serious, as audiences during the first “Space & Alien Snowfest” at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake, home of Oktoberfest, on February 5-7 will discover. There’s no denying his credentials; he worked 14 years as a nuclear physicist for GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics and McDonnell Douglas on highly advanced, classified and eventually cancelled programs like nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and other high-tech stuff.

Yet Friedman’s no egghead; our 90-minute interview was filled with laughs and jokes as he discussed otherworldly lingo and science in down-to-Earth language. Which is why he’s a favorite authority on History Channel shows like “Ancient Aliens” and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs including Larry King in 2007 and twice in 2008. Friedman has provided written testimony to Congressional Hearings and appeared twice at the United Nations.

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February 2, 2016

Puddle of Mudd, Hal Ketchum, Judy Collins, More at Cave

Artists like Judy Collins and country legend Hal Ketchum and name bands including Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry and Fishbone make February a month of headliners at The Cave Big Bear.

Last month was epic at The Cave with Los Lobos, Jack Russell’s Great White and Dale Bozzio and Missing Persons performing up close and personal feet from the audience, and February promises to be just as exciting.

PUDDLE OF MUDD has sold over seven million albums and brings a string of mainstream rock hit singles to The Cave on Feb. 6. Their major label debut “Come Clean” sold over five albums itself and the 2007 release “Psycho” was a smash single from the album “Famous” along with the single of the same name and was also certified gold. Thus earning Puddle of Mudd Billboard’s #1 Mainstream Rock Song of the year and #2 Rock Band of the Year, finishing behind Foo Fighters. Other hit Puddle of Mudd songs include “Blurry” and “Spin You Around.” Tickets start at $25 and audiences never know what to expect at a Puddle of Mudd show.

Headliner weekend follows starting with HAL KETCHUM on Friday, Feb. 12. The country legend has released 11 albums in his amazing career and he’s had 17 songs hit the Hot Country charts. Three of his singles, “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue” and “Hearts are Gonna Roll” all reached #2 on the chart with three others—“Sure Love,” “Mama Knows the Highway” and “Stay Forever”—entering the Top Ten.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago, Ketchum took a five-year hiatus from music to focus on his health. Now he’s touring again armed with songs from his 2014 album “I’m the Troubadour” and The Cave is one of only three Southland shows. Tickets start at $25.

Singer-songwriter JUDY COLLINS takes the stage next night on Feb. 13 (check back for interview) before the big weekend concludes with special Valentine’s show on Feb. 14. “Point Break Live!” is an action stage show that thrilled audiences and critics for over five years and returns to the Southland for a limited engagement with the original cast.

It’s a wild and crazy spoof of the 1991 classic film starring Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an ex-college football star turned undercover agent. With one twist: someone out of the audience gets the starring role! The unrehearsed volunteer is voted for by the rest of the audience. Staying in your seat doesn’t ensure anonymity though, for viewers get robbed at gunpoint, wet, blood spilled on them or...you get the idea. All in great fun with LA Weekly and others raving about the show. Tickets $20.

Buckcherry plays The Cave Big Bear Feb. 19, 2016Two more top shows are on tap the next weekend. BUCKCHERRY on Feb. 19 brings hard-edged rock to The Cave with hits songs like “Crazy Bitch” and Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit “Sorry.”

The band’s gold-selling self-titled debut album in 1999 featured the smash hit “Lit Up” and some 15 years later it released an edgy F-bomb laced EP. In between albums like “15” and “Confessions” turned Buckcherry into a multi-platinum phenomenon. Tickets start at $30.

Next night on Feb. 20 FISHBONE presents its unique mix of American ska, funk, punk, rock and fusion. The band has toured the world with the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedy’s and many more. Up tempo music and entertaining stage show continues to make Fishbone fan favorites, at Coachella in 2014, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Fest and more.

“Freddie’s Dead” is one of the iconic hits and other favorites include “Party at Ground Zero” and “Everyday Sunshine.” Tickets priced from $15.

On Feb. 27 DSB Band presents its classic tribute to JOURNEY. Vegas Rocks! Magazine named DSB Band top Journey tribute band as it captures the power and energy of the 1980’s supergroup and vocalist Steve Perry in their prime.

DSB has played national premier venues singing the many chart-topping Journey hits. Including at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood for “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.” Juan del Castillo is amazing as he captures the legendary voice of Steve Perry but the whole band is tight and puts on a great show—dance floor should be busy. Tickets start at $20.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with shows at 7:30.  The Cave; 40789 Village Dr.  (909) 878-0204 or www.thecavebigbear.com.

January 28, 2016

Out of This World Fun at Alien Snowfest

Renowned speakers like national radio host George Noory and stars from the television series “Ancient Aliens” bring UFOs down to Earth during three days of otherworldly adventure February 5-7.

The first “Space & Alien Snowfest” at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake features some of the biggest names in UFOology discussing alien sightings, abductions, secret space programs and more. Discover evidence of past visitations and the not-so-distant exploration of Mars as well as government cover-ups during panel discussions, movie screenings, meet and greets and much more.

Noory hosts the nationally syndicated program “Coast to Coast AM” and is heard by millions of listeners on some 564 stations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Guam. He was recruited to guest host the show by Art Bell and took over hosting duties of the phenomenally successful overnight program in 2003 following Bell’s retirement. He captivates listeners with discussions of paranormal phenomena, time travel, alien abductions, conspiracies and other curious and unexplained topics.

Also appearing at Space & Alien Snowfest is famed nuclear physicist and UFO expert Stanton Friedman who ironically was Noory’s first interview when he started in radio on a Detroit station. Friedman is well known from appearances on History Channel programs. He has lectured at over 600 colleges and 100 professional groups in all 50 States, 10 Canadian provinces and 18 countries. (Pick up February 2016 Big Bear Today for interview with Friedman or check back to this site and it will be posted online)

Friedman has published more than 90 UFO papers appeared on countless radio and television programs including Larry King. He is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident. “Top Secret/MAJIC,” his controversial book about the Majestic 12 group, has gone through six printings with an expanded new edition published in 2005. He has provided written testimony to Congressional Hearings and twice appeared at the United Nations. Friedman  was presented with a Lifetime UFO Achievement Award by UFO Magazine of the UK and will be given a similar honor in Big Bear.

The conference is star-laden to be sure, featuring participants who have reported for television and radio programs on the History Channel, CNN, Discovery and others about Area 51, unexplained sightings and more. From “Ancient Aliens” attendees will recognize Jason Martell, Mike Bara, Linda Moulton Howe and Marshall Klanfield. The lineup also includes expert UFOologists Micah Hanks, Richard Dolan and Chase Kloetzke.

The conference opener on Friday, Feb. 5 features Hanks presenting “UFOs and the Hidden History of Aviation.” Other highlights include the movie screening of “Stranger at the Pentagon” by Emmy nominated and award winning filmmaker Craig Campobasso. Noory and Friedman talk Saturday with the latter discussing “Star Travel” and on Sunday Friedman is back with “Truth About MJ-12.”

Space & Alien Snowfest isn’t all business though; an ice sculpting contest is scheduled along with workshops. Attend all three days for $179.

Call (909) 648-5776 or visit www.aliensnowfest.com.

January 18, 2016

Learning Aerial Tricks is `In the Bag'

Want to learn how to stick sick jumps and insane air, without paying the consequences of a hard landing? At Bear Mountain getting better at going off jumps is in the “Bag.”

Learn aerial tricks on the bag jump at Big Bear resortsThe High Cascade Air Bag debuts on select weekends at both resorts. The giant 50’x50’ air bag makes learning new tricks or dialing in old ones a snap, as skiers and snowboarders launch themselves off a sick jump without worrying about having to stick the landing.

Flip, twist or corkscrew away; landing in the jump is just like flopping onto a giant pillow, marshmallow soft. Bear has featured a bag jump the past couple seasons as a sponsor promotion, but the High Cascade Bag Jump will be on the slopes select weekends all winter long. Bag jump costs just $10 and skiers and snowboarders are free to use it all day.

Plus there’s no age limit. “Before riders had to be 21 and over to use the bag jump,” said Bear’s Clayton Shoemaker. “Lots of kids wanted to try it but couldn’t. Now it’s open to everyone.”

Plans call for two different takeoffs into the bag, a tamer one plus another that’s steeper for more intense tricks. Either is safe and a lot of fun! “We’ve had guests who can barely ski or snowboard launch into the bag,” Shoemaker said.

The bag jump is presented by famous High Cascade Snowboard Camps and is available by the session. Look for the bag jump at Snow Summit on January 8-10 and at Bear Mountain on Jan. 15-17, February 5-7 and 26-27, and March 4-6. For more information visit www.bearmtn.com or www.snowsummit.com.

January 13, 2016

40 or a Million, Missing Persons Still Draws

For the very first Missing Persons concert in 1980, at the since-closed Club 88 in West Los Angeles, exactly 40 tickets were sold.

That was back in the days when the band’s lead singer Dale Bozzio would hang fliers and posters to telephone poles up and down Laurel Canyon, standing on the roof of her car to get them high enough to be seen. “We paid the road crew and split the money that was left,” Bozzio said during a pre-New Year’s phone interview.

Flash forward three short years later. Missing Persons was playing to an audience estimated to be up to one million people at the famed US Festival, taking the stage with heavyweights like David Bowie, U2, The Pretenders, Stevie Nicks and others. By then Missing Persons had released its famous album “Spring Session M” which went gold, spawning four hit singles including “Words,” “Walking in L.A.,” “Destination Unknown” and “Windows.” A far cry from the first four-song album Missing Persons released just two years earlier, that they had to fund themselves!

“We were looking out on a sea of people out there that just didn’t end,” Bozzio said. “That was an amazing moment. I thought that was what fame was.”

When Bozzio brings the current lineup of Missing Persons to The Cave Big Bear for a “Totally `80’s Party” that also includes Bow Wow Wow and When in Rome 2 on January 23, the crowd figures to be something between 40 and a million. For people who remember what some have dubbed “The decade that defined us,” the show will be a trip down memory lane.

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January 11, 2016

Catch the Rally Bus for Luxury Ride to Big Bear

Leave the winter driving to someone else by catching new Rally Bus service to Bear Mountain and Snow Summit weekends from Southland locations.

The luxury shuttle bus features a variety of amenities—including on-board restroom—plus entertainment with TVs, DVD, adjustable climate control, roomy overhead storage and undercarriage storage for gear and coolers. Some motorcoaches even offer Wifi and power outlets. Buses pull right up to the resorts, eliminating parking hassles and getting skiers and snowboarders to the slopes quickly.

Rally pickup locations include Anaheim, Irvine, Orange, Newport Beach, Escondidio, San Diego, Temecula, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Redlands and San Bernardino--all cities where you can also pickup a free copy of Ski and Ride Big Bear Magazine with complete coverage of the slopes. Buses are scheduled to head to Big Bear each Saturday and Sunday including January 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31. Service continues each weekend through early April.

It’s crowd-powered travel—trips usually need a minimum of 25 passengers and price is determined by how many are going—but Rally Bus makes it easy to hook up by offering a free downloadable app for booking, trip details and more. Call (855) RALLY BUS or visit rallybus.net/big-bear-mountain-resorts.

December 29, 2015

Los Lobos, Russell's Great White, 80's at Cave

A month filled with heavyweight headliners—Los Lobos, Jack Russell’s Great White, Missing Persons to name a few—will have The Cave Big Bear rocking in January.

It’s easily the best lineup yet in the state-of-the-art venue’s two year-plus history, with top artists performing just feet from the dance floor with every seat front and center. From rapper Mickey Avalon who opens 2016 with a Jan. 1 show to singers/songwriter Vanessa Carlton and a terrific Doors tribute there’s top shelf shows every weekend at The Cave.

Starting with rapper MICKEY AVALON on Jan. 1. Singles from his debut album “Jane Fonda” and “Mr. Right”  and he also contributed lyrics and vocals for Unwritten Law’s “Shoulda Known Better.” Tickets start at $18.

Multiple Grammy-winning artists LOS LOBOS takes The Cave stage Jan. 2. The band rocketed to stardom in 1987 with their cover of Richie Valens’ “La Bamba,” which topped US charts as well as the UK and several other countries. The band’s mix of rock and rolls, Tex-Mex, country and other genres has been featured on well over a dozen albums featuring songs like “Will the Wolf Survive, “One Time One Night,” “Don’t Worry Baby, “Kiko and the Lavendar Moon” and more.

Including an album of Disney covers! The band continues to tour worldwide with a virtually original lineup, all of which led Los Lobos to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. See this amazing band in an intimate setting with tickets just $45.

One week later on Jan. 9 it’s JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE. A founding member of the iconic American rock band responsible for hits like “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” he’s been involved with Great White since 1981. Including the tragic 2003 nightclub fire when 100 people lost their lives including a bandmate.

“The Angel Song,” “Call it Rock and Roll,” “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love” and “House of Broken Love” other top Great White songs. Russell also recorded two well-received solo albums and Great White has always been known for putting on a great show. Tickets are just $20.

TOMORROW’S BAD SEEDS bring reggae rock to The Cave Jan. 16. TBS has enjoyed a meteoric start to its career since its debut album Early Prayers in June 2007 hit the airwaves. The band was part of the Warped Tour 2010 and it performed “Only for You” on national television during “The Lake Late Show” with Craig Ferguson in 2011. The single “Nice & Slow” carted #1 on CDbaby Reggae charts.

The single from the third TBS album “One Way” made the Billboard Indicator Charts and the band is touring in support of a new single “Throwback.” Advance tickets are $12 or $15 day of event.

Singer VANESSA CARLTON plays Jan. 22 in support of her fifth album Liberman released in October 2015.. The Cave is part of a tour that takes her to other Southland venues along with San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas and Houston.

Her debut single “A Thousand Miles” reached #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2002 receiving three Grammy nominations and her debut album Be Not Nobody garnered platinum certification, selling over two million copies worldwide. Singles include “Ordinary Day” and “Pretty Baby.”

Her band is tight playing to popular songs like “White Houses” and “Hands on Me.” Skye Steele opens and tickets are $20.

Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons at The Cave Big Bear Jan. 23Take a musical trip back in time on Jan. 23 at The Cave with “Totally 80’s Party”  featuring MISSING PERSONS, BOW WOW WOW and WHEN IN ROME 2. Missing Persons featuring original lead singer Dale Bozzio (story page 2) headlines with songs like “Words,” “Destination Unknown” and “Walking in L.A.” but Bow Wow Wow is also a highlight with songs like “I Want Candy,” “C30, C60 C90 Go,” “Do You Want to Hold Me” and more.

Then there’s When in Rome 2. The 1988 hit “The Promise” stormed its way to #11 on the US charts. “Heaven Knows” is another of the band’s hits along with “Sight of Your Tears,” “Wide Wide Sea-Wider Sea,” “Everything,” “Something Going On” and more. Can you believe tickets to see three great bands are just $20?

Robby Krieger, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek agree:WILD CHILD with Dave Brock’s Doors Experience is the closest thing to reliving an actual Doors concert that there is. The remaining Doors members have all lavished praise on Wild Child, which for 20 years has painstakingly striven to reproduce an actual Doors concert from the late 1960’s. As has renowned radio host Jim Ladd along with major newspapers, Doors collector magazines and many more. See for yourself Jan. 31.

Lead singer Brock brings the voice, look and essence of the late Jim Morrison to life. He has been singing the late star’s music since grabbing the lead in the “Jim Morrison Rock Opera” produced by the late legend’s sister before starting Wild Child, which uses the same instruments the Doors were playing over 40 years ago.

Two years ago the band produced  a 22 song live concert double CD of songs The Doors made popular along with songs from the band’s last album that were never done live with Morrison before his untimely death. The band tours internationally playing to packed venues around the globe, but at The Cave audiences will be up close and personal for just $20.

Headliners keep coming in February with Puddle of Mudd, Hal Ketchum and Judy Collins all on tap. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with shows at 7:30.

The Cave; 40789 Village Dr.  (909) 878-0204 or www.thecavebigbear.com.