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  • Santa Monica College Music Department to Host Free "Master Class

    Mar 14, 2024

    The Santa Monica College (SMC) Music Department will host jazz singer and music educator Courtney Lemmon in "Master Class: Mic Technique with Courtney Lemmon," a workshop on effective microphone techniques for singers. The master class is free and will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at 11:15 a.m. in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Free parking on premises. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. Lemmon - a performing ar...

  • SMC to Host Musician Stanley Clarke in Artist Talk on October 17

    Oct 12, 2023

    Santa Monica College (SMC) is pleased to host renowned jazz bassist Stanley Clarke in an artist's talk about his musical career. Clarke is partnering with BroadStage for performances, curation, and mentorship as Artist-in-Residence over the next three years. The presentation includes an audience Q&A. The presentation is free, and will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Music Hall at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica....

  • Summer Concert Series Will Return

    Jun 15, 2023

    The city council approved the 2023 Summer Concert Series and the city will issue a Request For Proposals for the 2024 Summer Concert Series. The return of the Summer Concert series will change of location; from the courtyard in front of City Hall, to the Culver Steps according to Jim Clarke, Chairman of the Culver Arts Foundation. The concerts will be expanded and held on Thursdays from July through September. using "local artists and previously featured musicians,." The Culver Arts Foundation w...

  • Soundwaves Presents The Smudges

    Jun 8, 2023

    The Santa Monica Public Library’s acclaimed Soundwaves concert series presents a free performance by The Smudges, on June 3, 2023 at 3:30PM, in the Pico Branch Library Annex in Virginia Avenue Park, at the corner of Pico and Cloverfield. The Smudges are violinist Jeff Gauthier and cellist Maggie Parkins. They play new music which often incorporates improvisation and electronics. Each has a substantial history in Los Angeles creative music, with jazz and classical roots. Gauthier has collaborated extensively with Alex and Nels Cline, GE S...

  • Who Can it Be Now, well it is Colin Hay bringing Down Under classics to the southland

    Apr 6, 2023

    Colin Hay, best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, is making a solo appearance at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on April 8. Men At Work is the platinum-selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the 80s with anthems like "Down Under" and "Who Can it Be Now," among others. Hay is justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but has also experienced tremendous success as a solo artist. Over the past 17 years, Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling...

  • The Traveling Wilburys Revue will be traveling to Cali to bring us some sunny times with classic hits like "Here Comes The Sun"

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Feb 23, 2023

    The Traveling Wilburys never performed live, but now is your chance to see The Traveling Wilburys Revue bringing the supergroups music to the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on March 3. Seasoned professionals - Tom Finch (George Harrison), Mark Burgess (Tom Petty), Chris Sanborn (Roy Orbison), Steve Love (Jeff lynne), Jeff Kaplan (Bob Dylan), and on drums Chris Lockheed will be re-creating the magical music from those brief moments when the band originally united. At the invitation of...

  • Introducing Chickensalt

    Feb 23, 2023

    Chickensalt, a four-piece blues/hard rock band from Adelaide, South Australia, has released their debut self-titled EP. The release follows the success of their debut single "Hot Damn" which was released in October of last year. The band is made up of Ash Jewers on vocals, Luke Walters on guitar, Morris Ewings on bass, and Alex Parker on drums. Chickensalt formed during the COVID pandemic lockdown when Luke Walters switched from playing acoustic guitar to picking up his Fender Telecaster. Prior...

  • Los Angeles selected for U.S. Navy Band Tour

    Feb 9, 2023

    America's Navy is coming to Los Angeles, California, one of 16 cities across four states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters chorus during their 2023 tour - one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters is the official chorus of America's Navy. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway and contemporary music. The Sea...

  • Feb 2, 2023

    Four years after Kodi Lee's America's Got Talent journey began with a Golden Buzzer Audition and ended with a Season 14 win, he is back. And this time, he could be on his way to taking home the AGT: All-Stars title. The 26-year-old musical prodigy-who's blind and has autism-first moved AGT fans everywhere with his audition in 2019. In the years since, Lee scored a gig at AGT's Las Vegas residency, debuted his very own original music, and has performed all around the world-including guest spots...

  • Its R&B time in Beverly Hills with some big hitters like Debarge,Mills and Paul Anka

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Feb 2, 2023

    Two big concerts are coming to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Internationally-famous singer/songwriter Paul Anka will need no introduction when he takes the stage on February 4th to sing all of his greatest hits. In 1957, when Anka was a 16 year old teenager, his first number one hit, "Diana," made him a star. Soon after, he hopped on the "Cavalcade of Stars" bus with top names of the day in the era of segregation, performing at the Copa Cabana, the youngest entertainer ever to do so, and...

  • February is the month to relive the past musical classics at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Feb 2, 2023

    Three big concerts are coming to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Internationally-famous singer/songwriter Paul Anka will need no introduction when he takes the stage on February 3rd to sing all of his greatest hits. In 1957, when Anka was a 16 year old teenager, his first number one hit, "Diana," made him a star. Soon after, he hopped on the "Cavalcade of Stars" bus with top names of the day in the era of segregation, performing at the Copa Cabana, the youngest entertainer ever to...

  • Celebrate the Beatles and Wings classics like "Band On The Run" at the Grammy Museum on the 11th

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Feb 2, 2023

    Keith Putney Productions presents two all-time classics, The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" and Wings' "Band On The Run" full albums as the next in the series of live concerts at the Grammy Museum celebrating the Beatles, performed by an all-star cast for two shows on February 11. Rolling Stone magazine recognized "Rubber Soul" as one of the Top 5 albums of all time and "Band On The Run" one of the 500 best albums. "Rubber Soul" was the album that introduced a new lyrical introspection and musical...

  • New Music Producer Mister Nash-T Takes the Scene by Storm

    Feb 2, 2023

    Music producer Mister Nash-T is making waves in the industry with his latest single "2022", performed by Young Grey and Amanda Rowland. The song, which is an energetic fusion between country and hip-hop, has quickly gained popularity and widespread appeal, cementing Mister Nash-T's position as a talented producer to watch. "2022" is a party anthem that perfectly captures the energy and vibe of the current music scene. With its catchy hooks, upbeat melody, and infectious rhythm, the song is the perfect anthem for anyone looking to turn up and...

  • Make time to enjoy some Baroque music in Beverly Hills, master performances of the viola on the 28th

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jan 26, 2023

    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the country's finest chamber orchestras, is making a special appearance at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on January 28 at 7:30pm and on January 29 at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens' Rothenberg Hall. Bram Goldsmith Theater will be the setting for LACO's performance titled Baroque Concerti. Audience members can expect an evening of virtuosic chamber performances, featuring soloists...

  • Time to celebrate the new year with Hawaiian style finger-picking guitar in Redondo Beach on the 15th

    Jan 12, 2023

    Kala Koa Entertainment is once again presenting its 16th Annual Southern California Slack Key Festival and Island Marketplace, the biggest Hawaiian music event of the year at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on January 15 at 2pm. One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the 2023 festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey showcasing GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the...

  • Celebrate the new year with a classical concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jan 5, 2023

    Salute to Vienna new year’s concert is returning to Los Angeles to ring in 2023 in grand style on Monday, January 2 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. For more than two decades, this annual production has delighted audiences across the U.S. and Canada with glorious music, dance, and elegant costumes. After a pandemic hiatus, this festive concert returns to usher in the new year. Inspired by the annual Viennese new year’s concert tradition (Neujarhrskonzert), Salute to Vienna is a delightful celebratio...

  • Culver City Symphony Returns With Spotlight On Finalists For New Music Director/Conductor

    Dec 22, 2022

    The Culver City Symphony Orchestra is making musical news with its first full season since the pandemic and a major talent search for a new conductor. Recovering from the loss of Frank Fetta, its iconic music director and conductor of 40 years, the symphony leaders have chosen three acclaimed maestros to vie for his position. Fetta died in 2021 after the orchestra was silenced for a time by the pandemic, a double blow. The orchestra has had only two music directors in the six decades since it...

  • Time to rock out with some classic Beatles songs at the Grammy Museum performed by a stellar cast of musicians

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Dec 1, 2022

    Keith Putney Productions presents The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in Concert & The Best of 1967 as the next in the series of live concerts at the Grammy Museum celebrating the Beatles, performed by an all-star cast for two shows on December 3. This album is one of the most important rock & roll albums ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by arguably the greatest musical group of all time. When the album was...

  • Culver City Symphony Announces Three Music Director Finalists

    Nov 3, 2022

    The Culver City Symphony Orchestra announced that three acclaimed conductors will vie for the prestigious Music Director-Conductor position at the Culver City Symphony Orchestra/Marina del Rey Summer Symphony during this coming concert season. Steven Allen Fox, Maxim Kuzin and Clyde Mitchell – all highly talented and experienced – will be featured during this coming winter-spring season. Community members will have the opportunity to make their own judgments about the artistic talents that each conductor could bring to the professional orc...

  • Shes got the beat, the beautifully talented Belinda Carlisle is Go-Going to the Saban Theatre

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Oct 20, 2022

    Go-Go's lead singer, Belinda Carlisle, will be making a solo appearance at the Saban Theatre on October 27. She is one of those rare talents who continues to remain relevant after nearly four decades in the music industry. Her music has stood the test of time. The gifted and glamorous singer-songwriter has indelibly touched the hearts of pop fans around the world with her unique blend of gutsy vocals, emotively charged melodies, picturesque lyrics, and classy style. With a multi-dimensional, int...

  • Are you a Dead-head then you better get to the Greek for Bobby Weir and his Wolf Bros

    Oct 20, 2022

    Before the Dead & Co farewell tour next summer, Bobby Weir and his Wolf Bros, featuring the Wolfpack are now treating their fans to a special 12-city fall tour that will land at The Greek Theatre on October 25. Bobby's Wolf Bros consist of Don Was, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti, and Wolfpack special guest Barry Sless on pedal steel. Chimenti is also the keyboardist for Dead & Co. This tour is also a celebration of Weir's 75th birthday. Fans at The Greek will get the chance to give Weir their best...

  • SMC Voice Showcase on October 23

    Oct 20, 2022

    The Santa Monica College (SMC) Music Department will present the SMC Voice Showcase, a concert featuring a selection of talented SMC voice students performing in different genres. The concert will be held Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m. in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Under the direction of SMC Opera Theatre director Janelle DeStefano and SMC Choirs conductor Jeremiah Selvey, the students will sing a selection of...

  • Cue the Music: Harry Gregson-Williams

    Oct 20, 2022

    The next edition of the live series, Cue the Music with Robert Kraft will feature Harry Gregson-Williams, the celebrated composer of the scores for Shrek, The Martian, Gone Baby Gone, Man On Fire, Veronica Guerin, Unstoppable, and Kingdom Of Heaven. The original series is presented by Broad- Stage at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30pm. Cue the Music is an original Broad- Stage production celebrating the power of film...

  • What's New Pussycat? Well, its Tom Jones at the Youtube Theater for the Surrounded by Time tour

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Oct 6, 2022

    The Tom Jones: Surrounded By Time concert tour landed at YouTube Theater and was received very well by all of his adoring fans. One of the stops on his special 20-city USA tour. It was 'not unusual' that the legendary Welsh singer was thoroughly entertaining. At 82 years young, his distinctive, robust, golden baritone voice was in good form. Sir Tom sang some songs from his most recent album, "Surrounded by Time" (April 2021). Not surprising since musical artists usually like to tour to promote...

  • This is Major 'Todd Rundgren' to ground control. We have a all-star tribute to David Bowie

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Oct 6, 2022

    On October 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, there will be a live band performance of all-stars celebrating the life of David Bowie. Leading the charge will be Rock 'N Roll Hall of Famer Todd Rundgren. Joining him will be Adrian Belew (Bowie, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads), Scrote, Royston Langdon (Spacehog), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Jeffrey Gaines, Ron Dziuba (Jon Bonamassa), Angeline Saris, and Michael Urbano (Lindsey Buckingham, Sheryl Crow) to interpret Bowie's greatest hit...

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