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By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Headliners to Appear at Saban


April 25, 2019

Art Garfunkle will be performing at the Saban Theatre on May 9.

There are five great concerts coming to the Canyon Clubs.

In Agoura Hills, Raul Malo, charismatic frontman for The Mavericks, is taking a break from their tour to take the stage solo on May 9 for a special performance.

The Grammy winner is the sole writer of many of their songs and has a hauntingly beautiful and lush baritone voice. Drawing on a mix of classic country and cow-punk standards, Malo, a son of Cuban immigrants, and his genre-defying band have been entertaining their adoring fans for nearly three decades.

Their sound broke ground with hits like "Here Comes the Rain," "Crying Shame," and "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down." After many years of touring, and multiple gold and platinum albums, The Mavericks' critically acclaimed "In Time" (2013) re-introduced music lovers to their exquisite melting pot of music. A unique combination of Cuban tethered to dyed-in-the-wool Americana. They also released "Mono" in 2015 which made them even more relevant.

At the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, three acts will perform.

On May 9, living legend Art Garfunkel will perform on his solo tour.

Simon & Garfunkel started performing together at the height of the folk music boom in late-1963 and recorded a groundbreaking string of classic albums -- "Sounds of Silence," "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme," "The Graduate," and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" -- and an equally impressive body of songs, many of which became pop standards, among them; "Sounds of Silence," "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock," "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," "Mrs. Robinson," and "The Boxer." The duo won five Grammy Awards.

In 1972, they released their "Greatest Hits" album which remained on the charts for 131 weeks in the US and 179 in the UK, since selling 14 million units - the largest selling album of all time for a duo. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Garfunkel's image and signature tenor vocals remain among the most instantly recognizable in popular music.

Then on May 25, Little Feat and their 50th Anniversary Tour take the stage.

Their unconventional signature of earthy, organic appeal and polished, first-rate musicianship wrapped around eclectic and memorable songs has been a lasting fixture on the musical landscape since 1969. Little Feat's music transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie. In the mix as well are strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz, inventing a hybrid sound.

Two of their biggest commercial hits are "Dixie Chicken" and "Fat Man in the Bath Tub."

Then the British Invasion invades the Saban Theatre on June 1 with Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone.

At the age of 15, Noone achieved international fame as the lead singer of the legendary sixties pop band, singing hits like "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "There's a Kind of Hush," "Listen People," and his anthem "I'm Henry VIII, I Am," among many others.

Ultimately, Herman's Hermits sold over 60 million recordings and 14 singles and seven albums went gold.

Noone is known to be larger-than-life on stage. He's talented, witty and has a great connection to the members of the audience. Nobody has more fun than him and his spirit is contagious.

The British Invasion will then invade The Rose in Pasadena as Beatles tribute band "Hard Day's Night" will make a Mother's Day appearance on May 12.

With tight harmonies and flawless note-for-note instrumental renditions of Beatles hits, they have honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying tribute acts in the world.

Their custom-tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail recreate the magic, music, wit and wisdom of the total phenomenon. The four musicians capture the unique personality, physicality and charm, including their familiar head bobs, toe taps and banter between songs.

Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatles experience with authentic-looking early black suits, Sgt. Peppers' regalia and Abbey Road attire, with all scenes set by video backdrop. You'll hear the horn section on "Penny Lane" and the full orchestration of "Day in the Life."

Relive the emotional intensity of "John" in his classic white suit performing "Imagine," "Paul's" moving "Yesterday" solo, and the high energy of stadium songs like "Twist and Shout," among 30 other hits.


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