The friendship of cowboy singers

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The arts “get to us” in so many different ways. There may be something about the turbulence of the past week, a time of saber-rattling, that has particularly touch our nation at the passing away of a gentle spirit named Glen Campbell. Here in Los Angeles, the Autry Museum of the American West issued a ...

Review: Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour, Hollywood Bowl 2012

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editor’s note: Guest writer Richard Ginell contributes a Daily Variety review (published June 24, 2012) of the final concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Glen Campbell (1936 – 2017). One correction; “Ghost On The Canvas” would not be his last album; two more were to follow. Presented by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.Band: Glen Campbell (TJ ...

Mission: Possible! Lalo Schifrin 85th birthday concert 2

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Musicians at Play, Music Fund Los Angeles, and Varèse Sarabande are honored to present Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Concert at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The evening will be hosted by Robert Townson. Guest Conductor Chris Walden will lead an all-star big band in celebrating Lalo’s life, artistry, and esteemed body of work.  Lalo ...

1791 was a very good year, says the Los Angeles Philharmonic

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Not loving 2017? The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a solution for that. Our symphony orchestra is offering a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall — that’s already a nice escape — with an added fillip, the delicious prospect of traveling back in time. The year is 1791, the final one of Mozart’s life. It was ...

Time has finally come today. The Chambers Bros at Levitt Pavilion

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The Chambers Brothers are an American soul band, best known for its eleven ­minute long 1968 hit “Time Has Come Today”. The group was part of the wave of new music that integrated American blues and gospel traditions with modern psychedelic and rock elements. Like their West Coast contemporaries Sly and the Family Stone, the ...

REVIEW: Savion Glover sizzling at the Ford 2

Dance · Music · Reviews
It is a Dance Criticism 401 assignment describing Savion Glover in performance — savagely fit, in top form, at his most forthcoming. Words fall short. Yet that is what we had at Saturday’s festive season-opener of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The refurbished Ford’s long commitment to dance, season after season presenting local and visiting ...

We’re not little old ladies. And we’re not from Pasadena. But we’re going to ‘Jan & Dean’s Beach Party’ at Levitt Pavilion.

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Even though we hear there are gonna be two girls for every boy. And that sucks! Bring your surfboards to hear Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean sing “Little Old Lady from Pasadena”, “Dead Man’s Curve” and “Surf City” along with his group of musicians who have performed with both Jan & Dean and The ...

Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ centerpiece of rich Master Chorale program

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Editor’s note: A guest author on the blog today, Patrick Scott, who shares his observations of Thursday’s performance of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. ♣          ♣          ♣          ♣ Twenty years ago Morten Lauridsen‘s “Lux Aeterna” became an enormous game changer for American choral music. Last night the Los Angeles Master Chorale, hosting the annual Chorus ...

Weird scenes inside the goldmine: L.A.’s 1967 rock venues 1

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editor’s note: Harvey Kubernik’s new coffeetable tome, 1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love (Sterling), is a both a scholarly examination and a sensuous immersion into the pivotal year in 1960s youth culture through a mosaic of voices. Kirk Silsbee’s sidebars from his essay in the book, excerpted and condensed here, ...

‘Summer of Love’ in pop-up film-fest

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As a nod to recurring “Summer of Love” fever, the American Cinematheque presents a pop-up 1960s mini film fest. Martin Lewis curated the fondly-recalled “Mods ‘n Rockers” series at the Egyptian Theatre, and he’s chosen a handful of titles to be screened at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre this weekend. “Mods ‘n Rockers” was great fun ...