Next Wednesday, June 8th, a Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground will get together for a tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA. With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show looks to be one of the most tight-knit tributes to the late Zappa around.For those of you who can’t make it to Hermosa for the webcast, there’s still hope. LiveList, a group that provides quality streaming services for various shows, has announced a promotion. If 500 people sign up to watch the webcast, then LiveList will provide a free stream! All you have to do is register here for the show, and of course you can browse their massive database of live streamed shows in the process.If you like what you see, then be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music around. For tickets and more details, you can head here.
“In the last five years, we’ve had two pregnant women on their way to Kaiser in Woodland Hills not make it to the hospital in time and have to stop here to have their babies,” said Capt. Tom Duda. The first child, little Johnny Ireland, turned 5 last week and his mother brought him by the station – as she does every year on his birthday – to thank the guys. Friday, Dina Weiss did the same thing with her baby, Moshe, who just turned 1 year old. She brought along a birthday cake, balloons and her mother-in-law, Leah Weiss. Leah was in the back seat with Dina last year as her son, Yitzchak Weiss – Dina’s husband – drove the family car in a great simulation of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. “It was the eve of Passover, two hours before sundown, and the freeway was bumper to bumper,” Leah said. “Dina was starting to feel like she had to push, and I was trying to keep everyone calm. Dave Brown delivered the baby. Mike Nava cut the cord. And Jon Galiher? He just stood there with a catcher’s mitt waiting for the little guy to come out, the firefighter said Friday. Welcome to Los Angeles County Fire Station 125, just off the Ventura Freeway at Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas. Around these parts it’s known as “the quick stop before Kaiser.” “We called 911 and they put us on hold. We got off at Lost Hills Road and Yitz was driving up on the shoulder of the road trying to get through the traffic jam. “People were honking their horns and yelling at him. It was crazy.” And that’s when they saw it – the most beautiful sight the family of a woman in labor could ever see: The quick stop before Kaiser. Yitz hung a U-turn and pulled into the fire station parking lot right around 4:30 p.m., honking his horn and yelling that his wife was having a baby. Nava, who was in the kitchen getting ready to start cooking, turned around and said, “Hey, guys, looks like we have a job out in the parking lot.” You gotta love firefighters and cops. Nothing ever seems to rattle them. Nava and Galiher went out and removed Dina from the back seat, calmed everyone down, put her on a stretcher, and carried her inside. Meanwhile, Brown, an ex-medic, was soaping up to deliver his second baby in five years. “We barely got her on the bed and she was ready to deliver,” he said. “Had to be less than five minutes. There were no problems. The little guy was ready to come out.” While Brown handed Moshe to a crying, relieved Dina, Nava cut the cord. Galiher stood there with his catcher’s mitt on just in case. “Moshe, these men were there when you were born,” Dina told her baby Friday, thanking the guys again. Moshe didn’t seem to care. The kid was too busy playing with a toy fire engine given to him by the firefighters at the quick stop before Kaiser. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!