800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, 90015
It took a near-death experience to reunite Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, the California brothers at the heart of roots heroes The Blasters. It only made sense that for their first record together in three decades, the Alvin brothers would go back to where it all started and pay tribute to one of their original shared musical heroes, Big Bill Broonzy. The brothers recall being absolutely overwhelmed with their first listen to Broonzy when they were just teenagers. Broonzy was the one thing the brothers never argued about, in fact, playing the album for the first time and listening together was a significant childhood memory. Like the Alvins’, Broonzy’s career lasted more than 30 years and spanned several stylistic incarnations, ranging from country blues, ragtime blues, Chicago blues and American folk, all of which the brothers sought to capture on Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.’ Rather than trying to recreate Broonzy’s exact guitar parts and vocals note for note, the record honors his innovative spirit and musical adventurousness, blending chords and melodies from different songs and incorporating stylistic nods to other guitarists – everyone from Magic Sam to Bo Diddley – whose work bears Big Bill’s unmistakable fingerprint. Dave and Phil may have set out to honor the legacy of Big Bill Broonzy with this record, but in the process, they solidified their own as one of roots music’s most exceptional duos. Catch them before they embark on an extensive tour and join us as we welcome the talented Alvin brothers to the Clive Davis Theater to celebrate the release of Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy. Hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the evening will feature both an interview and performance.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The Grammy-winning duet combine Corea and Fleck’s classic tunes with the music from their Grammy-winning album The Enchantment!
With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, this will be a casual, intimate evening with two legends from different musical worlds.
46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Here’s a museum you may not have been to – and a few reasons you want to fix that now! One – today it’s free (fourth Friday of every month). Two – the museum is one of few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Three – it’s a beautiful building, and a gorgeous and peaceful courtyard, complete with the kid-favorite koi pond. And four – the Silk Road journey upstairs will delight little imaginations (and fuel your own, too). There you have it, now go visit!
900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, 90089
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Single Wing Turquoise Bird was among the most sophisticated of the 1960s and 70s psychedelic light shows. Formed in 1968 in Los Angeles, the Bird accompanied legendary bands including Cream, the Velve...