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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. Advance ticket sales for this concert are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 2:15.
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.
EAGLE ROCK GOSPEL SINGERS – Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm
“If the Mamas and Papas had tried their hands, or voices, at gospel music instead of sunny California pop, they might have sounded like this.” WNYC. The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers began as a collective of friends getting together in the summer of 2010. A choir of up to 15 revived the old Gospel spirit with songs like “I Shall Not Be Moved”, “12 Gates”, and “In My Time of Dying”. Slowly they evolved into a band of 6, committed to embracing the richness found in early 20th century recordings. Influenced by past Gospel musicians such as The Dixie Hummingbirds, Washington Phillips and Sister Rosetta Tharpe as well as current bands like The Black Keys, Wilco, and Calexico, the band creates a unique style drawing from rhythm and blues, alt-country, indie rock and folk. A rousing celebration of traditional Americana music has always been the hallmark of The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. A full length album released in 2015, Heavenly Fire, brims with fiery melodies and country moods, highlighting the band’s notoriety for crafting original Gospel material. Their debut album laid the foundation for two successful North American tours, including appearances at prestigious festivals such as Winnipeg Folk Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Austin City Limits, and Voodoo Fest of New Orleans. The album also garnered high-profile song placements (MTV, Showtime, Amazon, Discovery Channel), as well as popular playlist spots. Their upcoming follow-up release features remarkably focused vocal arrangements, poignant lyrics, and smooth rhythmic grooves that will set it apart from previous work. They are supporting this album now with powerful live performances.
THE ORIGINAL SHOW SCHEDULED FOR THIS DATE WAS CANCELLED BY THE ARTIST.
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.