Author: Bliss Bowen

Tax – 07.20.17

STANTON MOORE, With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint   (Mascot): 4 stars Galactic co-founder Moore and his trio rework songs by late New Orleans legend Toussaint — “Everything I Do Gone Be Funky” in 5/4 time with saxophonist Maceo Parker, Ernie K-Doe’s hit “Here Come the Girls” toughened by Trombone Shorty’s street tone, a “Riverboat” instrumental dialogue between NOLA horn luminaries Donald Harrison Jr. and Nicholas Payton, “All These Things” delivered by Kiki Chapman as a late-night torch lament. Cyril Neville gives soulful spoken voice to Toussaint’s mythic poem “The Beat,” and actor Wendell Pierce introduces...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love joins MUSE/IQUE Orchestra for ‘SOUL/TOWN’ concert at Caltech Saturday

Some of the most poignant moments in Morgan Neville’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning 2013 documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” belong to Darlene Love, whose thunderous vocals were a vital element of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound productions. Love was a defining voice of 1960s rock ‘n’ roll as both lead and backup singer, belting hits like “He’s a Rebel” and the holiday perennial “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and singing harmony on other classics like the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” As such, Love was hugely influential. She was notoriously denied credit for much of that work, and thus robbed of...

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Celebrating girl-group hits of the 1950s and ’60s, ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ opens Friday at Sierra Madre Playhouse

According to Roger Bean, his career as a jukebox musical playwright and producer happened by accident: he started writing so he could get employed as a director. When he asked the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in 1998 how he could work for them, he was advised to check out a cabaret show and write something similar. “Not knowing any better, I said, ‘Oh, I can do that,” he recalls, laughing. “I didn’t know enough to know that it can be really difficult. But what you don’t know can sometimes be a nice benefit.” He eventually created several shows for Milwaukee...

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Inspired by gospel and rock ‘n’ roll trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, ‘Shout, Sister, Shout!’ opens Wednesday at the Pasadena Playhouse

Years before Mahalia Jackson became the iconic face of American gospel music, the most popular gospel artist in the country was Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Johnny Cash and Little Richard named her as their favorite singer. A young Mavis Staples asked her father for guitar lessons after hearing Tharpe play. As both ebullient performer and energetically rhythmic guitarist, Tharpe inspired Cash, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Tina Turner, among numerous others.  Despite her long-established influence on gospel, jazz, R&B and rock, Tharpe has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall...

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Bimonthly Whisky & Poetry salon returns to Kidd’s Jewelry Heist with special guest Alexis Rhone Fancher

The Dionysian glories of fermented grapes have been celebrated in poetry and song for centuries, but 18th-century Scottish bard Robert Burns is one of the comparative few to raise his pen in defense of the distilled spirit that inspired his “Scotch Drink”: “Fortune! If thou’ll but give me still Whole breeks, a scone, an’ whisky gill An’ plenty o’rhyme to rave at will, Take all the rest, An’ deal’t about as thy blind skill Directs thee best.” As its name implies, the Whisky & Poetry Salon brings Burns’ beloved passions together. Unlike most poetry series, however, even those offering...

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