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2/9/19 - Five Sax

FIVE SAX is a modern-style saxophone quintet featuring five musicians from around the world. https://fivesax.com

7:30PM - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

4/13/19 - Dallas Brass

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7:30PM - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

2019-2020 Season

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09/14/2019 - SALUTE TO GLEN CAMPBELL WITH JEFF DAYTON

Nashville artist Jeff Dayton was Glen Campbell’s right-hand man, bandleader and guitarist for 15 years. Together, they toured the world, played all 50 states and appeared on The Today Show and Glen’s PBS special with the South Dakota Orchestra.


Glen was as big a star as an artist could be in the 60s and 70s. His TV and movie career earned him every possible award and his boyish good looks made him America’s sweetheart too. He was an incredible combination of singer, player and entertainer, one that has known few equals.


Since his passing, Jeff has been deeply grateful to carry the music forward. Dayton's powerful voice and national-caliber guitar skills bring Glen’s hit catalog to life again. He shares the adventures from the road, in the studio and behind the songs in this first-person show. Along with top national musicians and fellow Campbell alumni, audiences get an intimate look inside the career of this late Hall of Fame artist. 


People laugh, cheer, cry and rave about the stories especially. This is the only show anywhere that is presented as Glen would have done by his former musicians and is as much like hearing Glen live as you can get today.


Website:https://liveonstage.biz/salute-glen-campbell-starring-jeff-dayton/


7:30pm-10pm - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

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10/19/2019 - THOMAS PANDOLFI

American pianist·THOMAS PANDOLFI·is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His remarkably warm and communicative tone uniquely "sings", projecting the poetry and emotion of whatever he plays---Thomas truly touches the hearts of all who hear him. His virtuosity is breathtaking, and his sense of phrasing and command of style are marvelously convincing.


Highlights during the 2018-19 concert season include engagements with the North Charleston Pops, Symphony of the Americas, Tysons McLean Orchestra, Frederick Symphony, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and the Reston Orchestra, as well as a coast to coast recital tour including the Community Concert Associations of Craven·(NC), Miami Valley (OH), Topeka (KS), Seaford (DE), Brasstown (NC), Laguna Woods (CA), Turlock (CA), and Brookings Friends of Music (OR). ·Following the spectacular success of·Thomas' Mozart / Beethoven and Chopin concerts for The Chamber Music Series at The Cosmos Club (DC), he will again appear twice on that series this season, as well as return to the Palace Theatre (TN), The Hylton Performing Arts Center (VA), The Washington County Fine Arts Museum, and debut at the Maryland Concert Series and The Argentinean Embassy (DC). During the 2017-18 Season, Thomas made debut appearances with both The Evanston Symphony (IL) and The Piedmont Symphony (VA), as well as enjoyed re-

engagements with The Ohio Valley Symphony, Symphonicity, The Barton College Wilson Symphony (NC), Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and the McLean Symphony. He also performed a twenty state recital tour, as well as collaborated with the Sarasota Ballet's production of Ricardo Graziano's "Valsinhas", based on Franz Schubert's "34 Valses Sentimentales"---all six highly acclaimed performances were sold out. During last season, Thomas gave a highly successful recital at The Honest Brook Festival in New York, and also appeared with The National Men's Chorus for their 19th Anniversary Concert at The Terrace Theatre, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 


Additionally he performed a Chopin birthday concert for the Polish American Arts Association, and returned for a highly acclaimed recital at The Frederick Collection's Historical Instrument Collection (MA) for a recital featuring an·1877 Erard.


Back by popular demand, he will return this summer·(2018) to The Sembrich Museum (NY) in a dazzling program of Debussy, Mompou, Gounod/Liszt, Tchaikovsky/Pabst, and Bernstein/Pandolfi, as well as the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (MD) for an evening of his own virtuoso transcriptions on the music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow.


Thomas has collaborated with numerous noted conductors, including Piotr Gajewski, Dimitru Goia, Sabin Pautza, Emil Seigbert Maxim, Peter Schmelzer, Mihail Agafita, Grigori Moseico, David Russell Hulme, Andreas Delfs, Elizabeth Schulze, Miriam Burns, Sebrina Alfonso, Nicholas Palmer, William Intrilligator, Kim Allen Kluge, Raffaele Ponti, Lawrence Eckerling, Ray Fowler, Glenn Quader, Scott Wood, Daniel Boothe, Robert Hart Baker, Crafton Beck, Lawrence Rapchak, and Gordon Johnson. His international concerts have carried him across the globe to China and Europe, as well as a Canadian debut in British Columbia.


An outstanding cross-over artist, Thomas Pandolfi's virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow are in much demand. In 2006, he released his first CD, and since then has recorded ten additional ones, including "Language of Infinity" (Chopin), "Gypsy Passages" (Liszt), "Into the Night with Gershwin", and the Paderewski Piano Concerto recorded in the Czech Republic with The Moravian Philharmonic.

Thomas enjoys working with new composers, and he has in particular championed the "Pops" Concerti of British composer, Simon Proctor, including The James Bond Concerto, in which Thomas gave the world premier performance in London during the 2010-11 season. He is scheduled to perform the world premier of Bohemian Concerto by British-Argentine composer, Polo Piatti, during the 2019-20 Season. Thomas co-commissioned film and concert composers Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Vassar Kluge to compose The American Piano Concerto, which was an absolutely smashing success at its world premiere in May, 2016; a recording of this work is scheduled to be released soon.


A graduate of The Juilliard School, Thomas earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. At the moment, he is based in the Washington, DC area, and is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter.


Website: thomaspandolfi.com

7:30pm-10pm - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

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11/02/2019 - CAFE MUSIQUE

Café Musique lives up to its name with a musical pallet that includes gypsy, swing, tango, folk and their self-defined genre, "wild classical". The five members seem to eat, sleep and breathe music. They're from the central coast of California and all five come from wildly different backgrounds, but together they’ve found kindred musical spirits in one another. Having performed around the world and been on the stages of several world-class music festivals, Café Musique has made thousands of fans of their powerful, emotive and beautiful sound. They have shared the stage with Doc Severinsen, David Grisman Quintet and Los Lobos and performed and recorded with Grammy award winner Louis Ortega, musical madman Joe Craven, songwriter Jill Knight and Broadway vocalist Sarah Kleeman.


A quote from Lisa Manning (entertainment director, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Carmel Valley, CA) captures the essence of the band’s music perfectly:  

Rounding out the band, string wizard Eric Williams brings a life-time of musical experience to the band's fabric forged by his touring and recording with Taj Mahal, Rita Coolidge and appearing on over 100 recordings. On bass is multi- instrumentalist Fred Murray, whose background in blues, folk and rock gives the ensemble a heartbeat that underscores the ensemble's powerful and passionate music.


Duane Inglish (accordion) Studied under master accordionists Frank Umbro and Ray Gibson; past director of the Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara; former pub owner; loves bluegrass but won’t tell anyone; poet; frustrated romanticist; traveler; former public radio host; truck driver; passionate photographer; likes chick flicks; watches ‘Singing in the Rain” late at night; drinks cheap wine.  

Craig Nuttycombe (guitar and vocals) Songwriter; wordsmith; Hollywood High School; New Dimensions surf band; Lambert and Nuttycombe; A&M records (two albums); toured with Jimi Hendrix and Canned Heat; loves his dog; channels Mr. Rogers; was french romanticist Jean Pierre in another life; Wallichs Music, Sunset and Vine; takes pictures of the audience; enjoys picnics and showers.  


Fred Murray (bass and vocals) First band at age 14; rock to jazz to funk to Cajun to blues to country; now gypsy and tangos; Austin; Santa Barbara; Paso Robles; co-producer of Half Step Behind; lap steel guitar; clarinet; drums; guitar builder; has performed across the country;

computer wizard; cat lover; every note counts; shows up just-in-time; self-described recluse.  


Eric Williams (guitar, ukulele, bouzouki and vocals) A multi-instrumentalist playing instruments ranging from guitar in all styles, bass, banjo, ukulele to the gorgeous warm sounds of the bouzouki. Eric has been a recording artist and album producer on more than one hundred albums. He has performed and toured with the likes of Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Tracy Ullman and Russian Balalaika Orchestras.


Brynn Albanese (violin and vocals) Graduate Peabody Conservatory of Music; Boston Symphony and Pops; Concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and The Hague Philharmonic in The Netherlands; Concertmaster SLO Opera and Symphony of the Vines; recorded on Schindler’s List; Saving Private Ryan; Jurassic Park; author ‘Violin Practice Technique Boot Camp’ endorsed by American String Teachers Association; gluten-free but not fun free.  


“Leading the way is the siren song of violinist Brynn Albanese. She charms, seduces, and delightfully entertains the audience through a whirlwind of musical genres. The group dynamic is part of the fun, with a sassy, musical interplay between accordionist Duane Inglish and Ms. Albanese. The band offers range as well as depth, moving from exhilarating tango to the intense folk music of Eastern Europe to the truly lovely songwriting of guitarist Craig Nuttycombe.”


Website: https://www.cafemusique.org

7:30pm-10pm - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

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01/25/2020 - THE SHAUN JOHNSON EXPERIENCE

Ever heard of a big band covering Rihanna? No? Well then get ready, my friend! We’re happy to introduce you to the new generation of big band music – born of rebellion, while continuing to honor the style and evolution of the genre that Sinatra immortalized.


How good are we? Glad you asked.


We have musicians who have toured with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and New Kids on the Block. This group is nothing if not upfront: it’s one of those rare cases where everything you know is right in the name:


We’ve got Shaun Johnson - an Emmy-winning singer/songwriter who has sold nearly two million albums as part of the nationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa.


Then there’s the big band sound. Few acts can channel Sinatra as he softly croons about lost love, inhabit Citizen Cope as he belts one out, and then segue into the theme from Spiderman without any indication that these musicians, these eras, and these styles were ever anything but destined to go together.


Lastly, there’s the experience. Our sound is centered on innovation to ensure that, while each performance is an experience that audiences won’t soon forget, no two experiences are exactly the same. Being relatively new to the game, BBE has a fresh sound that audiences haven’t ever heard before.


Looking for a group heavily influenced by the big band era, but which never – not for one moment – feels as if it lives anywhere but the present? You’ll find it with The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience!


Website:https://liveonstage.biz/shaun-johnson-experience/

7:30pm-10pm - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

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02/08/2020 - TAJCI

“Waking Up in America (Those Were the Days)" features award-winning artist 

Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron; her sister, Los Angeles-based actress/singer Sanya Mateyas; and keyboardist extraordinaire Brian Hanson. This dynamic trio delivers show-stopping entertainment.

Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron (Tajci is pronounced TAI-Chi)


Tatiana "Tajci" Cameron is an award-winning music artist and former Eurovision Song Contest finalist who was a pop superstar by the time she was 19. A native of Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia), she achieved platinum status while selling more than a million records and packing sold-out venues for many of her performances.


As a teen sensation and into her 20s, Tajci graced the covers of many magazines and other publications, and landed major endorsement deals with the likes of Levi’s. A “Tajci doll,” made in her likeness and emblematic of her enduring appeal, remains a treasured collector’s item among her many devoted fans around the world.


At the height of her fame and career, Tajci in 1992, at age 21, abruptly stepped out of the limelight and left behind her European celebrity to come to New York City and start her life over, looking to carve out and live her own version of the American Dream.


In America, she has performed in theatre and cabaret houses in New York City and Los Angeles; composed, produced and toured extensively with original narrative shows; founded a children’s theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio; wrote and launched a full-length musical, “My Perfectly Beautiful Life”; and produced and hosted the TV show "Waking Up in America,” with about 100 episodes having been produced and aired.


A graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Tajci has continued to perform, demonstrating her versatile musical ability through a variety of genres, to include pop, jazz, country and spiritual. Soon after getting married in 1999, Tajci, along with her husband Matthew, embarked on what turned into a 15-year tour of America, during which she performed more than 1,000 “I Do Believe” concerts (featured also on all major faith TV channels). Along the way she gave birth to three sons – each of whom has ample experience in various arts, to include music – while living, in succession, in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and, most recently, Nashville.


Tajci has performed big band and jazz concerts with pianist Dr. Stanley Yerlow, collaborated with Grammy Award-winning arranger and composer Jeff Steinberg, and played and recorded with jazz greats such as Steve Schmidt and Michael Alvey. In addition to singing, Tajci plays keyboards, guitar and accordion.


Tajci, whose husband Matthew passed away in 2017, lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with their three sons.


Sanya Matejas (pronounced SAH-nia Mah-TE-yas)

Sanya is a singer, songwriter, actress and flautist born in Zagreb, Croatia, where she graduated from music conservatory in flute. She started singing and acting in numerous television shows at the age of five. A daughter of a respected guitarist, vocalist and sound engineer for a national radio, she had a childhood of music and performing.


In her teenage years, she was employed by Zagreb Repertory Theatre ‘Tresnja’ as a singer and actress, where she performed daily shows for 4 years. She released four solo albums in Croatia by the age of 20, and was a successful actress in television and film as well.


Early into her 20s, Sanya moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her music and acting career. Her work includes Disney movie Holes, King of Queens, Days of our Lives etc. and two national tours as one of the lead vocalists with Trans Siberian Orchestra.


Sanya formed a hard rock band Duda Did It that played at clubs around Los Angeles in late 2000s. She has been writing music with her music partner Chris Ridenhour. They have been working under the name of Ravenswood, and have had songs placed in numerous films.


Sanya is also a principal vocalist at the Rose Hills cemetery, where she’d been singing for the past 14 years. She enjoys playing flute in ‘Symphony 47’ orchestra.


Sanya lives in Valley Village, CA with her daughter Nora. 


Brian Hanson

Keyboardist Extraordinaire Brian Hanson is a rare combination of artist and entertainer. He loves what he creates when he sits down at the piano, but he never loses sight of his audience. He is what some would call a master entertainer.


His style is best described as elegant pop piano, with occasional crossovers into the wonderful worlds of jazz and country.


Whatever genre he finds himself, he passionately plays the best-loved standards with a unique combination of artistry and style. All infused with a great sense of humor!


A family man of many interests, he has extensively toured the United States with his one man piano show, written original music that has played around the world, produced and directed a feature length documentary, and still finds time to add to his ever increasing vintage vinyl record collection.

Brian Hanson resides in Nashville, TN.  


Website: https://liveonstage.biz/tajci-waking-up-in-america/

7:30pm-10pm - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

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4/18/2020 - DUST BOWL REVIVAL

Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”


Their new eponymous album, however, finds the Los Angeles-based ensemble evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe. This exhilarating new sound jumps out on the album’s opening tracks, “Call My Name” and “If You Could See Me Now.” Drummer Joshlyn Heffernan and bassist James Klopfleisch lay down a righteous groove that trumpeter Matt Rubin and trombonist Ulf Bjorlin supercharge with their big blasts of horns.


This Stax-style soul builds to a pair of showstoppers: “Good Egg” and “The Story.” The former is a dynamic number that showcases Liz Beebe’s sexy, full-throttled vocals as well as Bjorlin’s dirty trombone solo. On “The Story,” Beebe teams with band founder Zach Lupetin for an emotionally charged love song that features some infectious interplay between the horn players and the string-men (mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance).  


The album’s first single, “Busted,” also exemplifies the sonic leap taken by the band. Spotlighted by Beebe’s slinky jazz vocals, the song mixes traditional American music styles, like the blast of R&B horns and the in-the-pocket drums, with some inventive touches, such as a mandolin plucked like a hip-hop inspired piano, and the upright bass and fiddle played through wah-pedals. The group has said that recording “Busted” was like a door opening for them to create something familiar yet stylistically fresh.


Even the album’s more acoustic number, like “Debtors’ Prison” and “Got Over,” aren’t as old-timey as they might first appear. “Debtors’ Prison” initially suggests a throwback busker tune, but a closer listen reveals an all-too-contemporary ode with Lupetin singing about the struggles of trying to survive in today’s troubled economic times. Similarly, on “Got Over,” Lupetin delivers another modern-day portrait about a scuffed-up soul battling a whirl of problems that winds up “sitting on the kitchen floor ... eating all the ice cream, 2 a.m. on a Tuesday.” Things get a little more optimistic on the sunnier, Bill Withers-inspired “Honey I Love You.” 


Featuring a guest spot by multi-Grammy-winner and fellow genre-bender Keb’ Mo’, this track serves up a timeless slice of sweet, silky soul music. The evolution in the band’s sound has been very much an organic one. Since Signature Sounds released their last album, With a Lampshade On, the Dustbowl Revival has been out on the road, winning over audiences with their free-flowing, joyous live performances. After playing more than 200 shows a year during the last four years, the Dustbowl Revival came to realize that they had outgrown the confining label of a retro-minded band playing music from a bygone era and needed to move in new directions.  


To help them achieve their adventurous musical vision, the band turned to the Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt, who brought with him a background of working with a musically diverse set of acts. A founding member of Irish-American Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, Hutt has not only produced punk groups like Dropkick Murphys and The Bouncing Souls, but also the progressive acoustic outfit Old Crow Medicine Show (whose 2014 release Remedy earned Hutt the Grammy), Memphis Americana rockers Lucero and New York City roots troubadour Jesse Malin. With Hutt’s assistance, The Dustbowl Revival created what they have called “the tightest, funkiest thing we’ve ever attempted.”  


2017 marks the tenth anniversary of The Dustbowl Revival’s formation. It was back in 2007 when Lupetin, a Midwestern transplant to Los Angeles, posted an ad in Craigslist in hopes of creating a group inspired by brass band and string band traditions. Over the years, the group has been an inclusive outfit that frequently shifted in size before solidifying in its current eight-piece lineup.

In 2008, Zach Lupetin and The Dustbowl Revival released their debut album, The Atomic Mushroom Cloud of Love. They followed up in 2010 with You Can’t Go Back to the Garden of Eden, which included "Dan's Jam,” a song that won the Independent Music Awards’ “Americana Song of the Year.” The next year, the band, now known just as The Dustbowl Revival, put out Holy Ghost EP and their 2013 Carry Me Home CD featured more than 25 Dustbowl Revival-ists. That was also the year the L.A. Weekly crowned them the city’s “Best Live Band.”  


The Dustbowl Revival found a bigger audience when Signature Sounds released With a Lampshade On in 2015. The video for “Never Had To Go,” starring band fan Dick Van Dyke, became an Internet sensation. The group went on to open for bands ranging from Lake Street Dive to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, while also appearing at such festivals as Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and, more recently, Norway’s Bergenfest and Tonderfest in Denmark.  


This new album reveals the band moving in an exciting new direction. Instead of Dixieland jazz and Depression-era folk songs serving as musical mile markers, this CD mines an energizing vein of soul, funk and roots-infused rock that evokes the work of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and classic Stax recordings, and fits the band alongside such contemporaries as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.


Website: https://www.dustbowlrevival.com

7:30pm-10pm - Redondo Beach Union High School Auditorium

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