Skallywagz has the repertoire
may think cover bands have it easy they play other artists'
hits and usually can land paying gigs, but in order
to survive they must have musicianship and a have a
large repertoire. The Skallywagz meet these requirements,
plus their shows are upbeat and fun.
A lot of times we'll get our party songs that people
will know. They get up and start dancing with us and
singing with us and we invite people to come up on stage
if they want to sing. Just feel-good songs that everybody
knows, but we try to pick a big variety, everything
from Led Zeppelin to Donna Summer, said Lisa Haze, lead
singer for the Skallywagz.
band, Haze of Studio City, guitarist Joseph Palmieri
of Pomona, bassist Tommy Dean of Monrovia and drummer
Dave Patt of Santa Clarita, performs tunes from a surprisingly
large range of genres, including blues, country, R&B,
disco, classic rock and metal. This flexibility is important,
as the Skallywagz have a reputation for welcoming fellow
musicians, as well as audience members, to take a turn
in their spotlight.
up in Tustin, Haze was surrounded by music, as her mother,
Bobbie Ballard, was a member of The Honeybees.
mother was a singer and she actually sang back when
you had to sing right to the vinyl and there was no
going back, Haze said.
mother also tap danced and still enjoys hoofing it.
Haze followed her path, getting involved in school plays
kept getting thrown into music over and over again.
When I was 15 I played in a battle of the bands, my
group was called Equis and we won second place, Haze
has always been a go-getter. She worked two waitressing
jobs while attending Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
Often fighting off sleep during classes, she made a
decision to quit and looked for a way to pursue her
passions for music and travel. Her dreams have since
come true and in addition, she acts, models and owns
her own business, Happiness Unlimited.
Unlimited started out as a children's party company
because I was Cinderella for six years. I was asked
by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be Cinderella for one
of their kids that was wanting to see Cinderella. From
there it catapulted into something bigger and I started
my own company. Now we send out everything from elephants
to circus acts for adults and children. It's a lot of
fun. What I want to do is spread the happiness, like
Happiness Unlimited, we all need that, Haze said.
is true to her words, as last year she toured Iraq and
Afghanistan with the Pasadena band California Girls
performing at military installations.
stayed in tents, we stayed on the front line. It was
frightening sometimes. Every base that we were at there
was some kind of bombing going on or shooting and they
told us If you hear anything, then here's the bunkers,
go in there.' Some of these places there's no locks
on the doors or the tents. But then other places were
really nice, we had steak and lobster and there was
a dining facility and it was just amazing. The soldiers,
they were so thankful that we took the time to come
over there. It was something good for your heart to
know that they're over there fighting for us and being
there for us, Haze said.
said that the troops asked the California Girls to tell
people back home why they are in the Middle East. They
wanted the public to be aware that they are putting
the Iraqis and Afghanis in better touch with the rest
of the world by supplying them with satellite and computers,
as well as helping them with their daily lives. The
bombings and attacks on our troops continue because
people fear that Sadam Hussein will return to power
and kill them for supporting us, Haze said.