There are only a couple of weeks left to partake of the buffet of summer concerts at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. Before settling into winter hibernation, you owe it to yourself to catch a face that might be familiar, especially if you’re already a fan of the Levitt series: ace drummer Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans, who’ll stop in for a visit Friday night.
Sara was born in New Orleans and began playing professionally at the age of 14. He hit the ground running, and since then, he’s been a featured performer with music icons like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Della Reese, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Taj Mahal, “Papa” John Creach and Bo Diddley, among many others.
You’ve probably heard his playing without realizing it, since Sara has performed on the “Everybody Loves Raymond” soundtrack, as well as “Charles in Charge,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” films including “The Jacksons” and Caltech’s “Linus Pauling Exhibit” score, plus numerous commercials. He’s also performed and conducted for Broadway shows and done various other theatrical assignments. This guy gets around.
Sara and crew will be bringing the sounds of New Orleans with them, performing music blending R&B, Cajun, zydeco and jazz in a tasty audio gumbo. You can catch him on his recordings, including “A Tribute to New Orleans,” “Gumbo Live!” and “Bootin’ It Up New Orleans Style,” available on CD Baby.