Music

TGIF 1: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

by The Editors on June 19, 2017

Sue Palmer has been called “San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie.” And this Friday, June 23, 2017 she’ll be playing Stagecoach Park with her Motel Swing Orchestra as the kick-off artist of Carlsbad, California’s 2017 TGIF Concert in the Parks concert series.

Palmer is probably most famous for being the musical partner of blues diva Candye Kane who she travelled the world with as Sue “Beehive” Palmer with Candye Kane and the Swingin’ Armadillos.

Sue is a featured artist on all four of Kane’s CDs under the Antones and Sire labels. Sue’s instrumental composition “Beehive” was featured on Kane’s “Diva La Grande” CD, and Sue and Candye co-wrote the title tune on Kane’s CD “Swango.” “Swango” is also featured in the documentary “The Girl Next Door,” a biography of porn star Stacy Valentine produced by National Public Radio’s Christine Fugat in 2000.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again kick the summer off right and Sue Palmer. Stagecoach Community Park is located at 3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad, CaliforniaMusic starts at 6 PM.

[Link: TGIF Concerts In The Parks]

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Lee and Cashdollar Play It Forward

by The Editors on June 16, 2017

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7PM, Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music presents a special “Play It Forward” benefit concert featuring the return of renowned guitarist Albert Lee and slide guitarist Cindy Cashdollar. Albert and Cindy will be backed by a stellar band featuring: J.T. Thomas on keys, Will McGregor on bass, and drummer Jason Harrison Smith.

The event features a world-class performance at a world-class venue, The Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, in Sorrento Valley.

Tickets to this event are:
$75 for orchestra level seating
$50 for parterre level seating
$35 for balcony level seating

Tickets will sell out for this event well in advance. For tickets, please contact us at (760) 304-5844 or order tickets online:

[Link: Museum Of Making Music]

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TGIF Concerts Kick Off June 23, 2017

by The Editors on June 10, 2017

The City of Carlsbad, California’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks begin June 23, 2017 at Stagecoach Community Park. The free, outdoor concert series runs every Friday through August 18, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m., at community parks across the city. Venues open to the public at 4 p.m. 

Remember, bring low chairs, blankets, and food and drink to share. For a full break down of this summer’s stunning musical line up, please follow the jump.

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Guitarist Steph Johnson At MoMM

by The Editors on January 7, 2017

Vocalist and guitarist Steph Johnson and her all-star band return to Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music for a concert and VIP Party on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Steph’s blend of soul, jazz, funk, and blues captures your attention from the first note. She is a 2011 San Diego Music Awards Best Jazz Artist nominee and winner of the 2010 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album. Her rare panoramic talent, community engagement and dynamic personality have contributed to her prominent place in the San Diego music scene.

Steph, who recently released her 4th studio album, Music is Art, with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta, will be joined by some of San Diego’s finest musicians – GRAMMY winning trumpet player Curtis Taylor, Gregory Moore (guitarist for Earth, Wind and Fire), Tonga Ross-Ma’u (keys), Rob Thorsen (bass) and Richard Sellers (drums).

The concert is preceded by a VIP Party that includes a meet & greet with Steph and the band, live sets by DJ Sachamo, complimentary wine, beer, food and other surprises.

Tickets to this event are: $40 – VIP Party + Concert $20 – Concert Only and can be purchased by clicking this link.

[Link: Museum of Making Music]

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Alana Banana At Museum Of Making Music

by The Editors on December 8, 2016

Kids and families are invited to an amazing music party at Carlsbad’s Museum Of Making Music on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The event is celebrating The Alana Banana Show Album, a collection of fun songs and tunes from The Alana Banana Show.

Alana inspires children’s imaginations through music and dance. Join her and her friends on an adventure you won’t soon forget. They’ll remind you that anything is possible. . . Ever since she was a little girl Alana Banana has loved to sing and dance. Her energy is uplifting; you’ll find yourself humming and tapping along to her unique blend of folk, rock and soul.  What’s even more special is the way she relates to the kids.  With a big imagination, and an even bigger heart, Alana Banana brings out the very best in all her friends.  

This music party includes a live performance by Alana Banana, coloring station, videos from the show, and a look at Alana’s new interactive app! This event is $5 for children; $3 for adults. Museum Family Members receive FREE admission! Please RSVP by calling (760) 304-5844 or click here for more info.

[Link: Museum of Making Music]

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Kamau Kenyatta at Museum of Making Music

by The Editors on September 30, 2016

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Grammy award winner Kamau Kenyatta and his all-star sextet present the U.S. premiere of the original music from Don’t Forget Your Music, a 2016 documentary film that tracks the story of the jazz star and early Kenyatta protégé, Gregory Porter, at Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music on Saturday evening, October 1, 2016.

Composed by Kenyatta (who also produced Porter’s GRAMMY-winning album Liquid Spirit), the film’s soundtrack takes listeners on a breathtaking journey through the inspirational story of the next generation of American jazz. . . Joining him on stage will be Daneen Wilburn (voice), Curtis Taylor (trumpet), Brian Clancy (tenor sax), Mackenzie Leighton (bass), Richard Sellers (drums) and David Castañeda (percussion).

Tickets to this event are: $20 – Premium Seating – $15 – General Seating. Click here to order tickets online For tickets or information, please call (760) 304-5844 or click the link below.

[Link: Museum of Making Music]

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MoMM Takes Us All To The River

by The Editors on September 13, 2016

Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music brings the history of the Memphis Sound to Southern California with a special panel discussion and film screening of Take Me to the River this Friday evening, September 16, 2016. The film’s director and Martin Shore and soul singer, STAX songwriter and producer William Bell, Talking Heads founding member Jerry Harrison and Academy Award-winning rapper Frayser Boy will all be on hand to discuss the film.

Take Me to the River traces the lineage and memory of Memphis and how the region has inspired and influenced the popular music of today. It brings together multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians, follows them through the creative process of recording a new album, and reveals the story of America’s music and how it is undoubtedly one of the most original and finest gifts to the world.

The film features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more. The show begins at 7 PM. Premium tickets are $20 each and general seating is $15. The Museum of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, California. For more info, click the link.

[Link: Museum of Making Music]

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MoMM Celebrates Casio Keyboards

by The Editors on September 7, 2016

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In celebration of Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music’s new Spotlight on Casio display, the museum is hosting a free concert along with champagne and sweets on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 6 PM. Click here to RSVP.

This display looks at Casio’s journey into the world of musical instruments. From their first 1984 digital synthesizer, to their popular Privia digital piano and newest CELVIANO hybrid keyboard, over a dozen artifacts are part of this display. Visit with the Museum’s curatorial team and special guests from Casio America! . . . At 7:00 PM, following the reception, guests will be treated to a special 45-minute performance with “Weingart & Jones,” a husband and wife musical team featuring acclaimed keyboardist Steve Weingart and vocalist Renee Jones.

And for those who would like to tune up their keyboard skills, Steve Weingart is teaching a Piano Technique Masterclass on Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4 PM. The class covers proper and efficient wrist, hand and finger posture, technique exercises, new approaches to existing techniques and using your existing repertoire to polish your playing. The class costs $25 and space is limited. Follow the jump for all the details.

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Behind The Oklahoma Scenes At NVA

by The Editors on September 1, 2016

Carlsbad’s New Village Arts Theatre is currently performing their production of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma, and the show has been receiving rave reviews.

Oklahoma! is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about a romantic rivalry on the Western frontier which boasts a collection of classic songs and a spirit that’s made it an enduring favorite. The story of the lovely Laurey and her two determined suitors — Curly the cowboy and Jud the hired farmhand — also tackles the class issues between farmers and cattlemen in the rugged landscape of a new state.

For a look behind the New Village Arts Theatre’s production, and how they did it, click play on the video above. To reserve tickets to see Oklahoma in person, click here.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]

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TGIF 9: The Detroit Underground

by The Editors on August 16, 2016

The Detroit Underground, is not new to Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts In The Parks, and those who saw them last year appreciated their solid and funky rhythm section and powerful lead vocalists who crank out tunes from artists such as Stevie WonderChaka Kahn, and Earth, Wind and Fire. And they’ll be doing exactly that this Friday evening (August 19, 2016) in Alga Norte Community Park as TGIF Concerts In The Parks closes out the 2016 season.

The Detroit Underground was established in 1994, and still has several of its original members. Over the years the band has earned the reputation for being a hard working, high energy, show band. The group features a very solid and funky rhythm section. These four seasoned players provide a solid foundation for the band’s “smokin” horns.

Remember to bring low-back chairs, snacks, and a groove ready mind. Show starts at 6 PM. Calavera Hills Park, is located at 2997 Glasgow Dr. at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive. Shuttle service operates between 4:30 and 9 p.m. from Sage Creek High School (3900 Cannon Road).

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