The Verdi Chorus: 34 years of good music

April 29 Steven Lieberman 0

The Verdi Chorus continues their 34th season with their spring concerts entitled “All’s Fair in Love and War” at the acoustically-sound First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on April 29 and 30. Their Founding Artistic Director/Conductor Anne Marie Ketchum and Julliard-trained piano accompanist Laraine Ann Madden have fashioned the […]


Ahmanson Theatre’s joyous romp ‘Into the Woods’

April 11 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-Any musical production that has the name Stephen Sondheim attached to it is usually a quality product, and that’s just what Tony-Award-winning Into the Woods was on opening night at the Ahmanson Theatre. With music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the Fiasco Theater Company put […]


Pat Metheny wows with UCLA performance

September 22 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-Jazz guitar virtuoso and living legend, Pat Metheny, was the chosen one to kick-off the 2016-17 season for the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA’s acoustically-sound Royce Hall on Thursday. He was welcomed with cheers, clapping, and ear-piercing whistles from all of his adoring fans. As an opener, […]


Beyonce pour out her ‘Lemonade’ on LA

September 18 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-There was excitement brewing at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.  No, it wasn’t Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw throwing a no-hitter. It was Beyonce and her “Formation World Tour” hitting a two-hour home-run on the concert stage set up in center field. The Queen B made a return visit to […]


Peter Asher is still a musical force

September 15 Steven Lieberman 0

SANTA MONICA, CA–When Gordon Waller passed away seven years ago, his long-time partner Peter Asher decided to carry the torch for the British duo that were famously known as “Peter & Gordon.” On Saturday at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Asher teamed-up with fellow Brit and also famous guitarist […]


Kool & the Gang keeps the funk alive

August 30 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-There was a “celebration” at the Microsoft Theatre on Sunday night as the “Keeping The Funk Alive Tour” spaceship landed, bringing with it the old-school funk. On board was headliner and Grammy Award-winning Kool & the Gang with original, founding band members Ronald and Robert “Kool” Bell in tow, […]


Race and justice define ‘Doubt, A Parable’

August 19 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Any time you have religion, sex and race in the mix of things, more than likely those recurring themes are going to get most people’s attention. When you blend the three social elements together, alongside with the search for justice, it can be a powder keg for a theatrical production. […]


Steve Miller Band rocks the Greek

August 19 Steven Lieberman 0

The Steve Miller Band made a stop at the Greek Theatre on their North American summer concert tour and did not disappoint all of their adoring fans during their 90 minute performance on Saturday. Miller was in a good mood after recently being voted into The Rock and Roll Hall […]


Peace and love from Aloe Blacc

The Ford Signature Series at the newly-renovated John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, a jewel in the Hollywood Hills, welcomed to the stage for the first time soulful singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc with a concert promoting peace and love. For this special performance, Blacc, well-known for his chart-busting 2013 hit, “Wake Me Up,” […]


Gladys Knight: Classy never gets old

January 8 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES, CA-It was Gladys being Gladys. The oversized but well-groomed afro immediately caught your attention. The sparkling blue dress collaborating with the stunning pumps she wore personified the class and sass attitude. The vocal chops came across with breathless ease and as pure as a newborn baby. The performance […]


Lei Jia Brings Her Quintessential Voice to North America

BEIJING-As China gains in international stature, the country’s most important annual holiday, the Spring Festival (or Lunar New Year), is becoming an increasingly celebrated event in the West, where inviting China‘ best performers to put on a show during the holiday is becoming something to be expected and to look […]


Passing the Musical Torch

September 18 Thai Lee 0

“I love fashion and music so, I created an event where they could collide for a good cause, to say thanks to those who inspire them (artist) to keep going,” said executive producer Kiera Renee. Pass the Torch, the inaugural showcase where emerging musicians and designers shared one stage to […]


Otis Redding Gets Gibson Tribute

The King of Soul, Otis Redding, was honored July 15 with a Gibson Art Guitar on The Sunset Strip at the Whisky A Go-Go.  His son, producer, musician and recording artist OTIS REDDING III autographed the nearly 10-foot tall Gibson Guitar along with artist RAPHAEL SAADIQ and then performed acoustically “I’ve Got Dreams […]


Porgy & Bess: Masterpiece Theatre

For the past month,  the Ahmanson Theatre has trotted out a classic stage musical in Porgy & Bess, a monster theatrical piece that has been done, re-done and re-done some more. Apparently,  the theme and backdrop of the longtime musical doesn’t get old for consumers to come out to see […]