Scott Stephens, the owner of the “Hippie House” on Sunset Cliffs and Adair told me today that he has had over 100 people stop and talk to him about the beautiful designs on his wall.
Everyone that has stopped has been enthralled with the designs, the layout, and the landscaping being done. After all, the house has been a rental for years and not in very good condition.
He, along with his significant other Layla, talked over the designs they wanted for their landscaping – native garden; peace poles; murals, etc., and worked with artist Adelaide Marcus in putting their ideas in motion.
Needless to say the final mural is spectacular and reflects the life style of Scott, Layla and his band Liquid Blue.
The landscaping, which is also unusual but beautiful was done by John Noble of Coastal Sage and Clayton Tschudy Eco Designs did the design. All of the plants are strictly California native plants. This corner lot may bring on a lot of discussion, but it was thoughtfully planned out and is eco-friendly.
But, you ask, who are these people? They move into a beautiful neighborhood – purchase an expensive “fixer-upper” and break the stoic mold of south Ocean Beach. (Actually, the area is called the “Peninsula” area of Sunset Cliffs.)
Scott is the founder, activist, vocalist, hype man of Liquid Blue, a party band based in San Diego, California.
Numerous awards include “Entertainer of the Year” (recently bestowed on the band by both Event Solutions and Biz Bash magazines), “Best Cover Band” at the San Diego Music Awards, “Pop Album of the Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards and “America’s Best Independent Artist”.
The band has performed sold-out shows all over the world. The 9-minute short film “2010 Promotional Video” features the band live-in-concert on six continents. Scott and his band have performed in over 117 countries. They are well traveled and offer a world perspective in many different areas.
Layla is a disc jockey, currently performing on a Princess Cruise where she can see the same things that Scott can see from his Sunset Cliff windows.
The following is taken from their own website and gives a broader look at their beliefs:
Liquid Blue was officially designated a “Green Business” by the County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health, Community Health Division on May 22nd, 2009. The band also received a 2nd green certification in 2012 when Grent Point Rating (Build It Green) issued Liquid Blue an Elements Rating.
Through the power of music, Liquid Blue strives to increase public awareness on issues such as a clean environment, world peace and human rights. We talk about the issues; sing about them and most of all strive to live our lives according to these principles. The band has received recognition from various “socially conscious” organizations.
The wall may not be to the liking of everyone in the neighborhood but it certainly reflects the individualism of the new owners. Let’s welcome them with smiles and acceptance. It isn’t often that we get to know people that are so aware of the world problems today and have a plan to help fix it.
And if you really want to show your support – the band will be playing at Viejas on the first Friday and Saturday in January beginning at 9:30pm – let’s go hear them!