As everyone is aware, all of our events were cancelled in mid March due to the "shelter-in-place" orders that effected every individual and the venues where we regularly perform; in particular Shields Cafe (Indio), the Lakefront Taproom (Lake Arrowhead), and Papagayos Cantina (Lake Arrowhead). We also would have been adding summer events for Lake Gregory and the Crestline Chamber of Commerce (Cork & Hops).
In the meantime we offered up some impromptu Facebook Live events every 2 weeks just to give some entertainment and distraction from the stay-home orders in California. We advertise these Live events on Twitter (@crestlinefolk) and on Instagram and our Facebook page (Little Bear Valley Blues).
With San Bernardino and Riverside Counties now allowing gatherings once again (with limitations), we have reached out to all of our regular venues and offered to provide FREE gigs to assist them in their financial recovery; together in good and difficult times. Given seating restrictions, we are not sure if any new dates will develop during the summer, but we will post them to our sight and advertise them if they do. It is our home that we will be performing live gigs again soon and seeing many of you face to face rather than online!
If you have interest in booking us during this time, please feel free to contact us as our schedule at the moment is wide open, aside from some personal plans to travel or vacation this summer. As most of you know, we are both teachers and have had our hands full with online teaching through May.
Again, thank you for your support and we hope our online performances have brought you some pleasure and distraction. We intentionally left off a virtual tip-jar (though we were asked to add one many times) because this is our way of thanking all of you and doing what we can for our community. Mental health and music go hand-in-hand. Thank you for all the kind comments and support with the Facebook Live events, it means a lot to us to hear from you.
Our schedule will be updated on this webpage as well as in the previously mentioned social media pages we have.
All our love,
Allison and Scott de Hart
Some of the faces you might recognize in LBVB full band
Mike Tuten & Shannon Young
Mike Tuten & Shannon Young have appeared with LBVB over the last two years during full band events. Mike (drums) & Shannon (vocals) are Floridian artists as well as the owner/operators of Fine Art for Life Tattoo studio and Rock of Ages Ink.
Mike Defusco is the son of a highly regarded Jazz guitarist (Louis Defusco) and stand up Jazz Bassist (Estelle Defusco). Mike and Scott began performing together in 1976 when they formed their first band. Mike is a full time video engineer specialist in the movie industry, post production.
Paul Castellano holds down the rhythm for the full band on bass guitar. Paul, a former Marine, theologian & professor, along with his wife Benita, began as the band Godparents supporting us at each step. Paul's solid rhythm and Sicilian sense of humor became a natural fit for LBVB.
Alexander DeHart has joined Little Bear Valley Blues for summer gigs since 2018 and is a Tulsa native. His leads are electrifying and it is a true pleasure to have him as a guest lead guitarist.
Mike is an accomplished drummer and keyboardist who has worked in live and studio settings for decades; we are thrilled to have Mike joining LBVB.