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An Evening with Los Lobos

Friday

September 22

Doors

7:00 p

Show

8:00 p

Tickets

$35, $47, $57

Artist’s Website

loslobos.org

We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s new album, Gates of Gold.

The stories on Gates of Gold are snapshots of experiences that Perez and his band mates have had, based on where they are emotionally and how they respond to evolving life circumstances. “We live out loud most of the time and share our life this way, but then there are more intrinsic things that happen, and our songs are part of the way we react to them. We sit down and basically tell people what has happened. We certainly didn’t start this project with aspirations to create the musical equivalent to great American literary works.”

We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way. 

After celebrating their 40th anniversary with the cleverly titled 2013 live album Disconnected In New York City, the hard working, constantly touring band — David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin — leaps headfirst into their fifth decade with an invitation to join them as they open fresh and exciting new Gates of Gold, their first full length studio album since 2010’s Tin Can Trust (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and second with Savoy/429 Records.

Take Me To The River with Charlie Musselwhite, William Bell, Bobby Rush &  more!

Thursday

October 12

Doors

6:30 p

Show

7:30 p

Tickets

$30, $45, $55

Artist’s Website

tmttr.com

Take Me To The River (TMTTR) is a Memphis soul, rhythm and blues revue featuring William Bell (2017 Grammy Winner), Bobby Rush (2017 Grammy winner), and Charlie Musselwhite (2014 Grammy Winner) sharing the stage to perform classics and new TMTTR collaborations and more! A live performance, TMTTR is based on the award-winning film and record that brought together multiple generations of iconic Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians to record a historic new album that re-imagines the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis (Stax, Hi Records) in its heyday. The live show is backed by an all-star Memphis band, The Hi Rhythm Section and The Stax Academy Alumni Band , with music director Boo Mitchell, plus Academy award-winner Frayser Boy and Al Kapone.

Take Me To The River brings the masters of blues, soul and R&B together on one stage for an unforgettable journey through the Soul of American Music. 

Inspired by the award-winning documentary of the same name, Take Me To The River brings the masters of blues, soul, and R&B together on one stage for an unforgettable journey through the soul of American Music.

Robben Ford

Wednesday

October 18

Doors

6:30 p

Show

7:30 p

Tickets

$30, $38, $45

Artist’s Website

robbenford.com

Guitar virtuoso and five-time Grammy nominee Robben Ford’s latest album, Into the Sun, debuted at #2 on The Blues Charts and shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and stunning playing.

Guitar Player Magazine claims it “explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history.”

Robben Ford has had a long and varied career in music, but there’s a feeling with Into the Sun that the process of writing and recording songs is as much a pleasure to him now as it was when he started.* 

Robben has recorded more than 35 albums under his own name and with various bands. There’s also his session and sideman work, which included hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Miles Davis, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Witherspoon, Larry Carlton, Brad Paisley, Gregg Allman, Phil Lesh, and Rickie Lee Jones. Robben continues to tour heavily and teach master classes in the US and worldwide.

* sonicabuse.com

The Manhattan Transfer 45-Year Anniversary Tour

Sunday

November 12

Doors

7:00 p

Show

8:00 p

Tickets

$35, $50, $60

Artist’s Website

manhattantransfer.net

Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Winners of ten Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet is building upon the extraordinary legacy created by founder Tim Hauser who organized the four-part harmony group on October 1, 1972 in New York City. Now consisting of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Curless (bass) who replaced Hauser following the latter’s passing on October 16, 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later.

A blend of jazz and pop harmony with a largely unparalleled command of styles including vocalese (the singing of lyrics to tunes initially composed as instrumental works) made the Transfer — Bentyne, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Trist Curless — one of the most distinctive vocal groups of the past four decades.* 

* www.kentucky.com

Lee Ritenour

Friday

January 12, 2018

Doors

7:00 p

Show

8:00 p

Tickets

$25, $35, $45

Artist’s Website

leeritenour.com

Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s, Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock, and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty-year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin, 17 Grammy nominations, numerous #1 spots in guitar polls, and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic.

The depth of jazz has remained with me my whole life. I played a lot of different types of music. Most people probably call me a jazz player, but even when I was a studio player, I was a chameleon. I play anything. I love the power and intensity of the rock mixed in with the sophistication of the jazz.* 

Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

* www.washingtontimes.com

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