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The North American premiere of Billy Bragg’s version of “Ode to Joy,” the choral finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will take place Saturday, August 29th at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Asia America Youth Orchestra will perform the piece under the baton and musical direction of David Benoit. At the concert Bragg will perform and lead the audience in a sing-along of the choral. Commissioned in 2007, Bragg translated the German words of “Ode to Joy,” (found in the fourth movement of The Ninth), for a new generation. It... Read More

By Kim

No Sheet music needed at Catalina's Bar and Grill in Hollywood for the Monday night gig that was raging with complexity arousing attentive ears, eyes, bodies, souls, and hearts on June 29th.

Tim Garland and his Lighthouse Trio gave a performance that will not be erased from anyone's senses that experienced it.

The Trio's home base is the United Kingdom. They have been touring in the U.S.A. at various venues from East to West Coast for the last several weeks.

Asaf Sirkis - Percussion including Drums, Hanging Drum, Udu, and Shakers

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Gumbo Sounds of New Orleans Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Trad Jazz

Long Beach-Thousands of transplanted Louisianans and other lovers of all things of Louisiana culture gathered at the Rainbow Lagoon re-Christian as The Bayou for the 23rd Annual Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival. The festival presented by Comprehensive Child Development and Rainbow Promotions LLC was held on June 27 and 28, 2009. Throughout the weekend, New Orleans and Louisiana came alive with: continuous dancing to Cajun and Zydeco music on a large covered dance floor at the Bayou Stage, Blues on the Club N’ Orleans... Read More

By Kim

"Juneteenth" June 19, 1865 - marked the end of slavery for the slaves of Texas.

President Lincoln had sent the proclamation on January 1, 1863. The most focal reason for this failure in communication in this state can be attributed to slave owners wanting to obtain free labor out of the slaves as long as possible.

Alas, men, women, and children of Texas remained enslaved until General Gordon Granger and troops came to Galveston, Texas, took possession and enforced Emancipation Proclamation.

It is widely believed the slaves broke out in great jubilation... Read More

Glorious Juneteenth Celebration in Santa Monica

Santa Monica- June gloom was prominently featured on the morning of June 20th until the early afternoon. The day featured a noticeable mist. This didn’t dampen the resolve of hundreds gathered at Virginia Avenue Park for the 17th Annual Juneteenth Celebration-2009. This year’s theme was “A New Voice of Hope.”

The Juneteenth 2009 Planning Group-Laverne Ross-President, Juneteenth Celebration Committee Inc., Rev. Dr. Sidonie Smith-Director, Firelight in Spirit, Eula Fritz- City of Santa Monica, Bishop Willis... Read More

31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival

Hollywood- The Playboy Jazz Festival presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Philharmonic featured some of the most exciting and internationally renowned names in jazz together at the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival. Now in its 31st year, the festival presented a stellar lineup of talent Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th at the landmark Hollywood Bowl. The two day event which annually attracts over 35,000 fans, celebrated the entire spectrum of jazz. This year’s slate of performers featured an eclectic mix of veteran jazz icons, today’s hottest... Read More

By Kim

The annual Playboy Jazz Festival took place on June 13 and 14th at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, CA. The line-up on both days ranged in style from Contemporary to Reggae while diversity abounded.

Clouds couldn't keep the crowds away that Sunday afternoon as a number of extraordinary musicians took to the stage.

A Quincy Jones discovery - Alfredo Rodriquez - an incredible Pianist and his ensemble shared many tunes with a Latin tinge on Jazz favorites. His style was flourishing and invigorating despite the constant chatter as he utilized the upright Piano to his own advantage.

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