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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 7, 2013
Young at heart. Irreverent. A riot. These are some descriptions that pop up when Common Sense comes to mind. What's even better is their own tag: "Six-year-olds in big person's bodies. " As the band members primped for a photo shoot outside Jean Paul's Goodies in Laguna Beach, guitarist Billy Sherman said, "Suck your belly in!" Lead singer Nick Hernandez, of Laguna Beach, puckered up in response. The fun began at UC Santa Barbara in 1986, and although four of the original five members have departed, the spirit is intact among musicians who consider each other brothers and have a blast every time they meet - be it at a performance, while surfing or over coffee.
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August 29, 2003
LAGUNA LIFE "Enjoy every sandwich." -- WARREN ZEVON I could enjoy a whole feast of sandwiches while listening to the seven-song sampler Billy Sherman gave to me. Of what you may ask? Who? Common Sense. That's right -- after being somewhat quiet the last couple of years and making a few changes in its lineup -- Laguna's own Common Sense is back with a vengeance. I've only heard the first seven songs off the latest CD titled "Close Enough."
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 16, 2013
Reggae band Common Sense has been around the block for quite some time - since 1986, to be exact. After making music for almost three decades, the Laguna Beach-based band's still got the energy to jam and record another album, but it doesn't mean they should. Common Sense tracked 15 songs for their sixth album, "What's It All About," which was self-produced by the band and recorded in the Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa. "In This Life" opens the album with a simple, laid-back beat that will have you nodding your head.
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October 3, 2008
Parents, grandparents and kids were all dancing to the music of local musicians Jason Feddy, Party Foul and Common Sense during SchoolPowerPalooza Saturday. The sold-out concert and barbecue event at El Morro Elementary School celebrated the efforts of SchoolPower and how important its efforts are to making sure students succeed in school. The idea for the first-ever SchoolPowerPalooza was credited to Kristin Winter, a SchoolPower supporter with three children in the school district.
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September 14, 2007
Goats are common sense wildfire solution Where is common sense in the City Council? Having a detailed presentation by Fire Chief Mike Macey and listening to “provincial” associations is or was a waste of time. The goats have been very efficient in containing brush and potential fire hazards. I think City Council and administration can be efficient with their time and resources. By the way, what is the status on that eyesore on Laguna Canyon Road — three cottages with rental fences.
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By David Hansen | December 22, 2011
We generally like our music uplifting, but for local musicians sometimes life gets in the way. Whether it's the piano player at French 75 or the reggae-fueled singer at Mozambique, the glamour of playing night after night takes its toll. Divorce, personal issues and chaotic schedules make the "rock star" life anything but. Perhaps the only salvation for veteran musicians is their original motivation: just stay authentic. "This business can chew you up and spit you out," said Le Grand Barr, a "fifty-something" piano player who has been playing since he was 7. "It is a challenge; it is an everyday challenge.
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By Candice Baker | December 8, 2006
You know who they are. They're at the same bar, week after week, singing the same old tunes. And you love them for it. A multitude of local musical talent is being honored by local business owner Billy Fried with a planned series of CDs highlighting the "Best of Laguna." The first CD in the series is now available, and a public release party is planned for 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sandpiper Lounge, 1183 S. Coast Highway. From restaurant regulars like the Missiles of October to frequent visitors from halfway around the globe like Just Jinger, the CD honors rock, reggae and pop legends that have graced the city's meeting places.
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May 28, 2010
TODAY Straight 78 performs from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Royal Hawaiian, 331 N. Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 494-8001 or visit royalhawaiianlaguna.com. Nick I & A.D.D. perform rock/reggae/soul at Mozambique's Shebeen Lounge, 1740 Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 715-7777 or visit www.mozambiqueoc.com. Vibe Tribe performs today and Saturday at the Marine Room, 214 Ocean Ave., from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, call (949)
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By David Hansen | July 18, 2012
When you're in a Laguna Beach thrift store, you're either slightly embarrassed or you think you're cool. Inevitably, there is a moment when you ask yourself, am I here out of necessity or do I just want to see if they have last year's Dolce & Gabbana? Either way, it doesn't matter. The labels we apply to life have a way of circling back. If Ralph Lauren is out, just wait a few years. If Donna Karan is passe, you still might want to keep that dress. Joni Ginsburg of the Second Chance Thrift Shoppe, 355 Broadway St., backed by the Kingsfield Church, has seen it all. She sorts through the riffraff daily, not hoping for a miracle but just decent clothes and goods that will turn a profit.
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By: | September 9, 2005
Sawdust Art Festival board named The recently named Sawdust Festival Corporation board of directors consists of returning members Marsh Scott, president; Tracey Moscaritolo, vice president; Mike Kelly, secretary; Dennis Junka, treasurer; Larry Gill, Eleanor Henry and Sian Poeschl. New board members include Jan Sattler and Donita Lloyd. Debra Covern and Drew "Bud" Weir are leaving the board. Elections were held Aug. 30 with new board elected officers named on Sept.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 16, 2013
Reggae band Common Sense has been around the block for quite some time - since 1986, to be exact. After making music for almost three decades, the Laguna Beach-based band's still got the energy to jam and record another album, but it doesn't mean they should. Common Sense tracked 15 songs for their sixth album, "What's It All About," which was self-produced by the band and recorded in the Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa. "In This Life" opens the album with a simple, laid-back beat that will have you nodding your head.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 7, 2013
Young at heart. Irreverent. A riot. These are some descriptions that pop up when Common Sense comes to mind. What's even better is their own tag: "Six-year-olds in big person's bodies. " As the band members primped for a photo shoot outside Jean Paul's Goodies in Laguna Beach, guitarist Billy Sherman said, "Suck your belly in!" Lead singer Nick Hernandez, of Laguna Beach, puckered up in response. The fun began at UC Santa Barbara in 1986, and although four of the original five members have departed, the spirit is intact among musicians who consider each other brothers and have a blast every time they meet - be it at a performance, while surfing or over coffee.
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By David Hansen | July 18, 2012
When you're in a Laguna Beach thrift store, you're either slightly embarrassed or you think you're cool. Inevitably, there is a moment when you ask yourself, am I here out of necessity or do I just want to see if they have last year's Dolce & Gabbana? Either way, it doesn't matter. The labels we apply to life have a way of circling back. If Ralph Lauren is out, just wait a few years. If Donna Karan is passe, you still might want to keep that dress. Joni Ginsburg of the Second Chance Thrift Shoppe, 355 Broadway St., backed by the Kingsfield Church, has seen it all. She sorts through the riffraff daily, not hoping for a miracle but just decent clothes and goods that will turn a profit.
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By David Hansen | December 22, 2011
We generally like our music uplifting, but for local musicians sometimes life gets in the way. Whether it's the piano player at French 75 or the reggae-fueled singer at Mozambique, the glamour of playing night after night takes its toll. Divorce, personal issues and chaotic schedules make the "rock star" life anything but. Perhaps the only salvation for veteran musicians is their original motivation: just stay authentic. "This business can chew you up and spit you out," said Le Grand Barr, a "fifty-something" piano player who has been playing since he was 7. "It is a challenge; it is an everyday challenge.
NEWS
June 11, 2010
TODAY Mark Wood performs from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Royal Hawaiian, 331 N. Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 494-8001 or visit royalhawaiianlaguna.com. Space Oddity, David Brighton's tribute to David Bowie, performs at Mozambique's Shebeen Lounge, 1740 Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 715-7777 or visit www.mozambiqueoc.com. Live jazz starts at 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday at Zinc, 344 Ocean Ave. For more information, call (949)
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By Candice Baker | September 24, 2009
The Orange County Board of Education voted unanimously last week to oppose a state bill that would declare May 22 as Harvey Milk Day to honor the assassinated gay-rights activist and San Francisco councilman annually on his birthday. “This bill would provide that the governor proclaim May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day, and would designate that date as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions and would encourage those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date,” reads an excerpt from state Senate Bill 572. “If you want that lifestyle, don’t make my tax dollars pay for it, and don’t make me teach it to my children,” county Board of Education President Alexandria Coronado, who represents portions of Costa Mesa and other cities, told the Coastline Pilot on Wednesday.
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October 3, 2008
Parents, grandparents and kids were all dancing to the music of local musicians Jason Feddy, Party Foul and Common Sense during SchoolPowerPalooza Saturday. The sold-out concert and barbecue event at El Morro Elementary School celebrated the efforts of SchoolPower and how important its efforts are to making sure students succeed in school. The idea for the first-ever SchoolPowerPalooza was credited to Kristin Winter, a SchoolPower supporter with three children in the school district.
NEWS
September 14, 2007
Goats are common sense wildfire solution Where is common sense in the City Council? Having a detailed presentation by Fire Chief Mike Macey and listening to “provincial” associations is or was a waste of time. The goats have been very efficient in containing brush and potential fire hazards. I think City Council and administration can be efficient with their time and resources. By the way, what is the status on that eyesore on Laguna Canyon Road — three cottages with rental fences.
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By CATHARINE COOPER | August 24, 2007
Global warming? Cooling? Man vs. Nature? Cycles? We are awash in science, pseudoscience, name-calling, finger pointing and further polarization of our population. Instead of rhetoric, why not action? How about common sense? No matter your point of view on current thinking, or climatology issues, there are certain simple truths that we seem to have overlooked. And our education ? as a species ? seems lacking in key ingredients. How many of us would happily stick our faces on top of the flues of our chimneys?
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