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TRIO CELESTE – Sunday, November 12, 3:00 pm
Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today.
LAURENCE JUBER – Sunday, January 21, 3:00 pm
GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. Juber became an established as a studio musician in the mid-1970’s. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso
Vocalist Dewey Erney always bring some of the best jazz musician in California with him. Dewey’s credits include the entire decade of the 1980’s as featured vocalist with the Long Beach Municipal Band; performance at the Carpenter’s Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, the Robert B. Moore Theatre on the campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, and 16 years at the famous “Steamer’s Jazz Club” in Fullerton.
MARLEY’S GHOST – Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm
Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band. As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” An eclectic aggregation composed of singer/multiinstrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr. and Jerry Fletcher – the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what they’ve been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate, whether on record or in live performance. TICKETS $20 – purchase here:
BROOKS WILLIAMS – Sunday, April 15, 3:00 pm
Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks’ music is the love-child of country-blues and soulful Americana. His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues, Trouble In Mind, Backwater Blues and Mother Earth, as well as compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Bessie Smith and Mose Allison. His own songs are thoroughly alive with clearly-drawn ironic characters, like Frank Delandry and Evil Knievel, and rich in blues pathos.
STAN DeWITT – Saturday, May 19, 7:30 pm
A songwriter of depth and feeling, A singer of power and grace, and a guitarist of skill and warmth, Stan DeWitt is an artist whose work is rich and varied. In addition to being the Minister of Music at Grace First, this is where he excels: holding a guitar in his hand and singing songs about the rich tapestry of life.
DENEAN DYSON & THE SOUL FOUNDATION – Saturday, June 9, 7:30 pm
A Long Beach based group of musical bohemians, SoulFo brings you raw and fantastic jazz-driven renditions of popular R&B, Soul, Neo-Soul, Funk, Blues and Motown Favorites! The artistic talents that join Denean to compose The Soul Foundation are: Doug Carter, Keys, Sean Emch, Bass and Cale Giachello, Drums. They bring you fresh and rejuvenated renditions of classic and current Soul, Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Motown favorites and so much more, fusing many great genres of music into one fantastic sound.