ABOUT BETH's TUESDAYS: Laguna Beach Live! is delighted to bring some much-needed joy to the town with a reach into the past. In 2005-2014 Honk member Beth Fitchet Wood teamed up with Kelly Boyd to present “Beth’s Tuesdays,” a weekly songwriter’s showcase at Kelly’s Marine Room.
Laguna Live! has restarted this popular showcase in association with Rick Conkey at Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center. The next presentation will be Tuesday, May 4th - with Tracy Newman and Steve Wood The show can be viewed virtually, starting at 7 pm on the Laguna Beach Live! Facebook page.
"We are looking forward to our monthly Beth's Tuesdays tomorrow, May 4th, streamed live on our Facebook page. Since we first announced the May line up there has been a slight change of plan.
Standing in for Beth our host for the night will be Steve Wood, singer/songwriter, founding member of the legendary band Honk and valued Laguna Live! board member. Joining Steve on stage will be award wining TV writer, producer, singer/songwriter and keen observer of life, Tracy Newman, along with a new addition to the night - Mexican-American singer/songwriter, producer, and multi- instrumentalist, Omar Velasco
Steve Wood is a founding member of the legendary Southern California band Honk, famous for the music in the cult classic film “Five Summer Stories”. He went on to become Kenny Loggins’ musical director for 10 years where he co-wrote several songs with Kenny and helped arrange and record “Footloose”. His multifaceted career went on to include a Clio award winning stint with Stevie Wonder. He also produced and composed for the Sony Classical label, which included his production of a PBS special filmed at the Colosseum in Rome and another PBS special with the Boston Pops.
He is probably best known for his work for Greg MacGillivray in the IMAX documentary field where he scored 30 films and received 7 best soundtrack awards, the most by any composer. That work allowed him to work with George Harrison, Sting, Brian May of Queen, Dave Matthews Band, Paul McCartney and a host of other international musical luminaries.
Tracy had a long and prolific writing and producing career in TV Comedy (Cheers, Bob, The Nanny, Ellen and The Drew Carey Show.) In 1997 she won an Emmyand Peabody Award for co-writing the groundbreaking “coming out” episode of Ellen, and in 2001, co-created the hit ABC comedy, According to Jim.
She has since returned to her first love as a singer-songwriter releasing three CDs to date: “A Place in the Sun,” “I Just See You” and “That’s What Love Can Do to Your Heart.”
A keen observer of life, Tracy plucks a snapshot from everyday life and brings it to the forefront, painting pictures with clever storytelling and even a bit of whimsical satire. Her voice is simple, clear and lyric-centric, and her honest vocal deliveries make you feel as if she is having a conversation with you and you, alone.
“She is one of the most talented story-song lyricists on the folk scene today.” – Jackie Morris (Folkworks)