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A Steely Dan Revue
Performance of the Month
With such memorable hits like Reelin’ In The Years, Peg, Josie and FM, Pretzel Logic--A Steely Dan Revue travels the United States playing concerts, festivals, and corporate events as the premier band in the country performing the music of the legendary Steely Dan.
While the multi-faceted members easily evoke eclectic sounds of jazz harmony, rock licks, polished vocals and complex rhythms, they also literally have the DNA of Steely Dan embedded in their group. Bassist Jake Feldman, son of Steely Dan’s own Victor Feldman, generates the band’s heartbeat, which skyrockets Pretzel Logic to a level of unmatched eminence and authenticity.
Audiences embrace Pretzel Logic’s pulse-pounding tempos, blend of jazz-pop fusion and funky rhythmic sounds that made Steely Dan popular. Listeners feel the music. Sip in the smooth vocals. Rouse to the beat and dance. Such tightly-woven tunes, melodic hooks, funky grooves and soul-soothing sounds have created loyal fans in every city which the band visits. In grand or intimate theaters, indoor or outdoor arenas, corporate events or public venues, Pretzel Logic’s unforgettable performance delivers.
This performance was originally recorded live on July 27, 2017, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln
Festival of Arts
A master of rockabilly, roots country, blues, and roots-rock styles, Buzz Campbell is Lee Rocker’s (Stray Cats) right hand man and lead guitarist and has been performing with Rocker’s band since 2004. Buzz’s guitar work can be heard all over Rocker’s recordings of the past decade, and he tours regularly with Rocker’s live band across the globe. Buzz is an accomplished songwriter and he penned the track “Crazy When She Drinks” for Rocker’s Black Cat Bone album.
Buzz is also well known as the founder of the San Diego-based rockabilly group, Hot Rod Lincoln, as well being a previous member of Sha Na Na (2000-2004). Buzz with Hot Rod Lincoln warmed up audiences in seven different countries opening for the Stray Cats European Farewell Tour in the summer of 2008--by the end of the tour they were seen by over 100,000 people.
Throughout his career, Buzz has performed with or shared the stage with legendary artists such as Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Chris Isaak, and Bo Diddley, among others. Buzz released his first solo album titled Shivers and Shakes in 2010, which was well received by rockabilly fans and critics alike.
This performance was originally recorded live on July 18, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
Live from MIM
Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians.
With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook albums held “Biblical” importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.
Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself, guided by her producer, arranger, and trumpet great, Nicholas Payton. “This record is really different,” she adds. “It’s the first I’ve made a recording without a label and so I was able to make all the decisions myself. Honestly, when I listened back to the takes, I heard a different singer than I’ve heard before—a more mature one...These were the vocals of a 38-year-old woman with a lot of life experience. These tracks really express who I am.”
Jane’s gorgeous upward swoop is pure Ella, her earthy wordless phrases pure Sarah, but this album is a classic example of a singer leading her influences rather than being led by them. You don't want to miss this rebroadcast of this special live stream concert event!
This unedited performance was originally broadcast live on July 12, 2019, from Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.
photo courtesy Chapman Management
The Legacy of Luther Vandross
Performance of the Month
Luther Vandross had a gift, a unique ability to write and sing about love and the shared emotions we all feel in that search for and enjoyment of love. Love of family, friends, that special someone – all were themes Vandross explored with his music that touched the hearts of so many.
Festival of Arts brought to the stage some of Southern California’s most well-known tribute bands where talented performers pay homage to music legends as they re-create popular songs. In this concert, Terry Steele performs his tribute to the legacy of Luther Vandross at Festival of Arts, including such love-strewn hits as Power of Love (Love Power), Dance With my Father, and Here and Now.
Terry Steele is a two-time GRAMMY award nominee and two-time ASCAP award-winning songwriter and has toured internationally as a professional recording artist. As a professional songwriter, Terry has written for and/or has collaborated with such megastar artists as Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Starship, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Spinners, Barry White, The Pointer Sisters, Arif Mardin, Natalie Cole, George Duke, and saxophonist Richard Elliott. As the principal writer of the blockbuster hit "Here And Now" (recorded by the late Luther Vandross), Steele garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rhythm and Blues Song in 1990. In 2007, he took his first leap into the starring role of the hugely successful off-Broadway production, Here And Now: The Legacy of Luther Vandross.
This uncut, unedited performance was originally recorded on August 21, 2018, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
In 2008, Leslie Page began a long-standing residency at Mastros Ocean Club in Newport Beach. There she honed her vocal skills, performing songs by Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. It was there that Leslie met Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lou Pardini (currently with the beloved band Chicago) which opened the door for her to audition in 2012 as a background singer for Joe Walsh (The Eagles).
Since then, Leslie has had the incredible privilege of sharing the stage with Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, Billy Gibbons, Hunter Hayes, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Peaches and Herb, and many others. Leslie has been featured on numerous album projects, including songs written by world-renowned bass player Max Bennett (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, etc) and she is currently set to go in the studio with Max and Tony Guerrero to record Fever, the song made famous by Peggy Lee in the 1960s, featuring Max Bennett on bass.
Leslie is an incredible force inside and out. She courageously journeyed and beat ALL Leukemia in 2016, celebrating her first Re-Birthday while on the road with Joe Walsh and Bad Company. Her unique life experiences resonate in the timber of her voice, creating a deep, sultry sound that is all her own. She has been described as a Pro’s Pro, having one of the finest and most adaptable voices you’ll ever hear and has been dubbed by producers as the “one take wonder”. Leslie is a woman who sings from the depths of her soul, with great tune and skill.
This performance was originally recorded live on August 11, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
We've Only Just Begun:
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is the definitive concert show celebrating the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. The Carpenters sold over a hundred million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for most consecutive top-ten singles.
Accomplished vocalist Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage accompanied by her Nashville band, directed by Harry Sharpe, for a behind-the-scenes portrait of the pop music phenomenon that defined an era. Sing along with hits that include Close to You, Yesterday Once More, Rainy Days & Mondays, and many more!
This performance was originally recorded live on August 31, 2019, at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA.
photo by Alexandre Delauriers
LP and the Vinyl
Performance of the Month
LP and the Vinyl sends pop and R&B favorites through a kaleidoscope of jazz, providing the best of both worlds: familiar songs dear to the heart, freshly intensified with beautifully mastered improvisation. Vocalist Leonard Patton draws upon his rich background in jazz and gospel to energize the virtuosic interplay of pianist Danny Green, bassist Justin Grinnell, and drummer Julien Cantelm. From the lively dance-inducing numbers of Michael Jackson to the soulful hits by Stevie Wonder – no two performances are the same.
Patton’s most recent solo release, A Beautiful Day, included jazz heavyweights Antonio Sanchez, Lionel Loueke, Ben Williams, and Aaron Parks. His previous release, Expressions, is a collection of duos with Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer. Green, Grinnell, and Cantelm have been playing together since 2010 as the Danny Green Trio. In that time, they have released four albums, all receiving high praise from the press, and international radio airplay. The trio and Patton joined forces in 2015 to form LP And The Vinyl.
This performance was originally recorded live on August 4, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
and the Boys
Every summer, the Festival of Arts brings to the stage some of Southern California’s most well-known tribute bands. Talented performers pay homage to music legends as they re-create popular songs.
Musicians and fans agree – Willie Nelson is an iconic figure in American music history. Roger Hegyi as “True Willie” pays tribute to the life and music of one of the world’s most recognizable and distinctive musicians.
“Roger looks and sounds so much like The Man that fans and friends are convinced that he and Willie were twins separated at birth!” Not just a Willie Nelson “impersonator,” Roger has found a way to reach into the musical soul of Willie Nelson and share it with audiences wherever he performs. Chosen as the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America, the True Willie tribute band is fast becoming the first choice with audiences across America.
Roger Hegyi began singing in his church at 10 years old before being recognized as “one voice in a million” by professionals in the music industry. Roger has since amassed over 40 years of experience as a singer and guitarist, including several engagements in Southern California at the Anaheim Angels Stadium and the San Diego Padres Stadium, in theater groups and through thousands of performances in small clubs. The True Willie tribute band represents Roger’s lifelong dream to honor the music of Willie Nelson and the influence Willie has had not only on Country and Western music, but also on American music history.
This performance was originally recorded live on July 30, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.
Big Bombastic Band
Considered to be one of the world’s most ground-breaking and diverse bassists of our time, Brian Bromberg is pushing the barriers of the acoustic and electric bass to their limits. Commonly using as many as 10 or more basses on his recordings, using different tunings, string configurations, acoustic basses, electric basses, piccolo basses, etc., Bromberg has taken the bass and truly turned it into a vehicle for him to make music, write melodies, and be the lead melodic voice--as well as the rhythmic foundation--of the music. The bass has become an extension of the music inside him, and he has used all of these different basses to let that music sing.
In this presentation, Bromberg and his band perform songs from his most recent CD Thicker than Water, plus selections from earlier recordings including Earth, Wind, and Fire's September and Chicago's Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? His stellar rhythm section features Tom Zink (piano), Tony Moore (drums), and Ray Fuller (guitar).
This performance was originally recorded live on July 21, 2018, at Festival of Arts in
Laguna Beach, CA.
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