20-year-old Calabasas singer debuts at Cafe Cordiale this Wednesday

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karenpacker110BY KAREN PACKER

Twenty-year-old Calabasas resident Liza Dubrow is ready to perform her first set of all original material this coming Wednesday at Café Cordiale in Sherman Oaks.  She has her songs. She has a five piece acoustic band that has been rehearsing diligently. And her grandmother, who is her best friend, is in town from New York.

What she doesn’t have are those pesky nerves that tend to pop up when traveling in uncharted territory. “I’m not nervous. I’m really anxious for everybody to hear the new stuff. I love to perform and I love to write songs and sing them to people, so I’m not nervous.”

Liza Dubrow

Liza Dubrow

But then she adds, “The only thing I’m a little nervous about is that some of the boys I sing about might be there that night. Other than that, I think I can handle pretty much anything.”

Spoken like a typical 20 year-old which is the aspect of her “pop, rock, girlie” music Dubrow wants the pubic to connect with most.

She says she had a normal life and grew up in a good family with the typical ups and downs. There’s nothing edgy or tragic about her or her music, and that’s OK. “It’s time for girls to realize you can be normal and still be cool,” she says. “[There’s the idea that singers] must be edgy or misunderstood, but it’s not true.”

Dubrow’s father is Burt Dubrow, the creator of talk shows Sally Jessy Raphael and Jerry Springer, and she shares his obsession with entertainment. But her parents taught her that success is the product of diligence and hard work, not just destiny. “I was lucky enough to see a success story in my own house, and [to see that] if you work really hard and you love what you do, anybody can make it.”

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So she’s been finishing songs, practicing her stage presence, marketing her upcoming performance, and rehearsing with her band that includes two of her Calabasas High School alumni, Nicole Weisberg and David Burris.

She’s hoping to test the waters with this performance to see what reactions her music evokes, and then navigate her career from there. “I’m 20 years old and I’m kind of coming in to my own and I’m hoping the songs will either strike a chord with people my age, or people will remember this time in their life and how they felt about relationships, friends and family and all that kind of stuff.”

The show is August 26, 10 p.m. at Cafe Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. Admission is free. Reservations suggested. (818) 789-1985

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/LizaDubrowMusic.

Karen Packer is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but now calls the San Fernando Valley home. She has spent the last 15 years working as a freelance writer, teacher, and publicist.

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