17th Annual Culver City Music Festival

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17th Annual Culver City Music Festival
Summer breezes… an intimate courtyard…
free parking… and great music
8 free concerts July 7 – August 25

CULVER CITY, CA – June 9, 2011 – Summer breezes… an intimate courtyard… free parking… and great music. Escape to Culver City for the 17th annual Culver City Music Festival. The Culver City Redevelopment Agency presents 8 free concerts on Thursday evenings at 7 pm from July 7 through August 25 in the palm-lined courtyard of Culver City City Hall.

Curated by producer Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music, the 17th annual Culver City Music Festival offers something for everyone: fiery Spanish Flamenco and percussion with Incendio and Argentinian rock with Los Pinguos (July 7); Reggae with Ghanaian star Rocky Dawuni and his 11-piece band (July 14); Afro-Cuban salsa with Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (July 21); acoustic Celtic band Molly’s Revenge with special guest vocalist Christa Burch (July 28); rock and rockabilly from guitar legend Albert Lee, backed by the Carl Verheyen Band (August 4); and Beatles tribute band 4 Lads from Liverpool (August 11). Jazz Bakery Movable Feast presents the final two concerts in the series: jazz quartet Woodford, Ehling, Ratner & Wallace with guest vocalist Dwight Trible (August 18), and living Conguero legend Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band (August 25).

Avoid the crowds and parking hassles of other areas on the Westside. Parking is free underneath City Hall, and dozens of dining options are available within walking distance. Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets.

The 17th annual Culver City Music Festival is sponsored by Boulevard Music; Jazz Bakery; Culver City News; Culver City Observer; LA Weekly; Culver City Volvo; Goldrich & Kest Industries, LLC; John Riordan Plumbing; KKJZ 88.1; Mark Salkin Real Estate; and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The 17th annual Culver City Music Festival takes place on Thursday evenings at 7 pm from July 7August 25. The Culver City City Hall Courtyard is located at 9770 Culver Blvd. in Downtown Culver City (corner Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.). Parking is free underneath City Hall; additional parking is free for the first two hours in designated structures in the Downtown area. The courtyard opens at 4:30 pm. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages may be brought into City Hall Courtyard. For more information, call 310-253-5716 or go to www.culvercity.org.
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17th annual Culver City Music Festival

WHAT:
The 17th annual Culver City Music FestivalEight free concerts under the stars in the intimate courtyard of Culver City City Hall. The 2011 summer series offers something for everyone including flamenco, rock ‘n roll, jazz, reggae, salsa and acoustic Celtic music. Enjoy dozens of dining options within walking distance. Even the parking is free.

WHEN:

  • July 7 – August 25, Thursdays @ 7 pm (courtyard opens @ 4:30 pm)
  • Thursday, July 7 @ 7 pm: fiery Spanish flamenco and percussion with Incendio, followed by Argentinian rock with Los Pinguos
  • Thursday, July 14 @ 7 pm: Reggae with Ghanaian star Rocky Dawuni and his 11-piece band
  • Thursday, July 21 @ 7 pm: Afro-Cuban salsa with Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
  • Thursday, July 28 @ 7 pm: acoustic Celtic band Molly’s Revenge with special guest vocalist Christa Burch
  • Thursday, August 4 @ 7 pm: rock and rockabilly from guitar legend Albert Lee, backed by the Carl Verheyen Band
  • Thursday, August 11 @ 7 pm: Beatles tribute band 4 Lads from Liverpool
  • Thursday, August 18 @ 7 pm: Jazz Bakery Movable Feast presents jazz quartet Woodford, Ehling, Ratner & Wallace with guest vocalist Dwight Trible
  • Thursday, August 25 @ 7 pm: Jazz Bakery Movable Feast presents living Conguero legend Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

WHERE:
Culver City City Hall Courtyard
9770 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(corner Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.)

ADMISSION:
Free

PARKING:
Free underneath City Hall
Additional parking is free for the first two hours in designated structures in the Downtown area.

INFORMATION:
310-253-5716 or go to www.culvercity.org.

OTHER:
Dozens of restaurants, as well a galleries and boutiques, are located within walking distance. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages may be brought into City Hall Courtyard.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
 


July 7:
Incendio employs twin guitars and bass to integrate elements of Flamenco, rock and jazz, subtly bringing influences as diverse as Weather Report, Jimi Hendrix, XTC, Paco de Lucia, Buddha Bar and Joni Mitchell to bear on their musical tapestry.


July 7:
Direct from their native Buenos Aires, Los Pinguos (“The Penguins”) crosses boundaries, performing a mixture of Latin rhythms, salsa, flamenco, reggae, rumba, Argentine rock, and sambas with Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajon (box-drum) and harmonizing vocals.

 


July 14
:
Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni fuses Reggae, Soul and traditional African sounds. A spokesperson for various causes worldwide, Dawuni won the Best African Artist award at the International Reggae & World Music Awards 2011 where he was also nominated for Best Album for his most recent project, “Hymns.”


July 21
:
Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca blends African soukous and rumba with Cuban salsa and son. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) Ricardo is equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kikongo. The dynamic 10-piece Makina Loca features a dazzling array of attacking horns, mesmerizing percussion and piano.

 


July 28
:
Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band with the classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, and song – set against a backdrop of guitar, bouzouki, and mandola accompaniment. Singer and bodhrán player Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive and intimate.

August 4:
Guitar legend Albert Lee has been voted Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Country Guitar Picker” five times and is the recipient of two Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental (2002 and 2009). Lee has been a member of The Crickets and Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band among others, and he tours on a regular basis with Gerry Hogan’s Hogan’s Heroes and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Backing Lee is the Carl Verheyen Band: lead guitarist for the band Supertramp since 1985 and one of L.A.’s top session guitarists, Carl Verheyen is a guitar virtuoso who tours throughout the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK with Dave Marotta (bass) and Walfredo Reyes, Jr (percussion).


August 11
:
The 4 Lads from Liverpool is an American-grown act that captures the look, sound and excitement of the Beatles. Collectively and individually, its members have performed as John, Paul, George, and Ringo in feature films, on television, across the U.S. and even at “the home of the Beatles,” the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

August 18:
Woodford, Ehling, Ratner & Wallace – The jazz quartet is composed of Colin Woodford – drums; Otto Ehling – piano; Adam Ratner – guitar; and Carter Wallace – bassist. Dwight Trible is the featured vocalist with the Pharoah Sanders Quartet, and he is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Dwight has appeared with such notables as Charles Lloyd, Kenny Burrell and Kenny Garrett, among others, and has collaborated with Billy Higgins and Kamau Daaood.


August 25:
Poncho SanchezLatin jazz band leader, conguero (conga player), and salsa singerhas performed with artists Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Hugh Masakela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power, among others. He and his ensemble are the recipients of a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for their work on the Concord Picante album Latin Soul.