songs & stories & multi-media
"Live from Laurel Canyon - Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock" is an evening of live music and narrated stories of some of the most influential songwriters who lived in Laurel Canyon in the mid 1960's and 70's. Similar to other legendary rock and roll neighborhoods of the same era like Haight Ashbury in San Fransisco or Greenwich Village in NYC, Laurel Canyon was a community of artists who would forge a new genre of music (Folk Rock) and forever change the look, sound and attitude of American pop music. Live from Laurel Canyon celebrates The Mamas and The Papas, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, America, and the Eagles with their own unique interpretations of some of the most iconic songs of the era.
Much more than a 'tribute' act, Live from Laurel Canyon not only performs the music you love in a new and unique way but shares with you the stories that inspired them. Live from Laurel Canyon is a journey through a special time in American pop music... won't you join us?
what venues are saying...
"Live from Laurel Canyon '' is a fabulous night of music and historical references performed by a fine group of musicians who left the audience wanting more and also completely satisfied.- Don't miss it !!
-- Kevin Odell, Auburn State Theatre, Auburn, CA
'Live from Laurel Canyon' took us on a musical journey and it was a blast! We not only enjoyed an array of rock and roll hits, but also learned about the legendary neighborhood that was home to the creators of such great music."
-- John Longshore, Oxford Performing Arts Center, Oxford, AL
"Tempe was honored to present Live from Laurel Canyon in February 2022. The energy in the room was palpable and the audience was so happy with the memories that are relived with this wonderful interpretation of the greatest folk music of the Laurel Canyon era. We cannot wait to work with Brian and the group again---The way they interact with the audience is warm and welcoming, and their musicianship is superb."
-- Eileen May, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
"In the lobby, I received lots of positive feedback, including more than a couple "Thanks for bringing them here" comments. The show produced many smiles in the crowd, revisiting a long list of terrific tunes. It was hard for some to not sing along, which only added to the good vibes provided by you and company. Best of luck with all your shows, with much appreciation for keeping alive (and introducing to new generations) so many great songs and artists."
--John Ludin, Ellen Theatre, Bozeman, MT
"Live from Laurel Canyon is more than just a walk down Memory Lane. Bandleader Brian Chartrand’s extensive knowledge surrounding the stories about and history of the music and the people who created it, as well as the band’s skill and care in performing it make for a truly wonderful evening that filled the house and brought many patrons back to the theater to experience it for a second time. It’s a terrific show!”
--Tim Reeve, Montalvo Arts, Saratoga, CA
"'Live from Laurel Canyon' was a perfect evening of fabulous entertainment. The outstanding musicianship was only enhanced by the thoughtful storytelling which left the audience bubbling as they left the theater. Can't wait to have them back!"
--Erin Butler, WYO Theater, Sheridan, WY
"It was a truly delightful evening - a perfect mix of songs and stories - that our audience enjoyed so much. It was a pleasure working with you and the rest of the group."
--Ronda Billerbeck, Kent-Meridien, Kent WA
"Another amazing show at the Admiral Theater in downtown Bremerton, WA, tonight was a journey down memory lane and a history class with music, it was a great show. Their take on these American classics had a great feel and groove. Thanks for coming to Bremerton."
-- Tim Hoffman, Admiral Theater, Bremerton, WA
"Opening our seventh season of Guitar Masters, we thought it would be a welcome change to invite Live From Laurel Canyon for a show – at the world-famous Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, no less! The music and stories brought back so many memories from the more than 400 fans that night. Above that, the band could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. True professionals who know their audience and definitely know how to please! Looking forward to hosting LfLC again in the future.”
-- Rick Kreiser, GuitarMasters.org, Bakersfield, CA
"Tight harmonies and inside stories from folk and rock’s greatest era separate Live from Laurel Canyon from other tribute bands…"
-- Rusty Young, MusicWorks, Vero Beach, FL
"'Live from Laurel Canyon' entertained us with a great show. They were fantastic musicians...I would highly recommend Live from Laurel Canyon."
-- Betty Comer, Program Chair, Corbin, KY
"Live From Laurel Canyon" was a beautiful show. The arrangements and the vocal harmonies and blend were remarkable and stunning. And the history of the artists and songs was fascinating. Looking forward to having you perform here again."
MIM Music Theater, Phoenix, AZ
"Live from Laurel Canyon’ was one of the most successful concerts ever presented at Desert Mountain. Brian Chartrand, Khani Cole and the musicians overwhelmed the soldout crowd. The positive member response in the days that followed is a true testament to this amazing show and production!"
-- J. Baird
Director of Events, Desert Mountain Golf Inc. /Scottsdale, AZ