Author: John Sollenberger

Katrina refugee finds musical shelter

It’s hard enough building a name in the music business. But how do you recover when a major hurricane destroys your livelihood along with your home? For singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and New Orleans native Mike Berger, the solution came from the west. “I was living [in New Orleans] with my girlfriend in an apartment,” Berger says. “We heard the hurricane was coming, so we went to my parents’ house, about 30 minutes from New Orleans, and we rode the hurricane out. It ripped up the house; we lost all our stuff at the apartment.” “Stuff” included a new CD he...

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Four Shillings Short right on the money

Four Shillings Short (4SS) is a band that has seen some changes. Since its Bay Area launch 12 years ago, the Irish folk band has bounced from a duo to a quartet to a sextet and now back to a duo. Now, the husband and wife team of founder and Cork, Ireland, native Aodh Og O’Tuama and Californian Christy Martin return from a two-year road trip of Ireland and the US for a night of Irish hijinks at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Saturday. The band represents a musical marriage as well as a legal one. The pair employs...

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Hills come alive with sounds of (Indian) music

Most people probably aren’t aware that an outdoor music venue exists in the hills above Altadena. The Folly Bowl amphitheater provides an intimate, relaxed and peaceful alternative to the typical showcases around the LA area. Saturday night, the hills come alive with a stellar performance of sitar and violin jugalbandi, which is North Indian classical music, with some masters of the form. The concert features violin virtuoso Jaganathan Ramamoorthy and sitarist Paul Livingstone. The two, joined by tabla master Debashish Chaudhuri, will perform classical evening ragas in an unusual pairing of Eastern and Western instruments. Livingstone, born in Beirut,...

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Backboners pick up where Mamas & Papas left off

The Mamas and The Papas stamped an indelible mark on the music of the 1960s. Those of us old enough to remember grooved to their powerful yet angelic vocal blends that could rock you back on your feet while putting you in a happy place at the same time. Now imagine that supergroup transported into the 21st century. That’s something like what fans can expect Saturday night, when Bill Burnett & The Backboners roll into the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The band lineup is reminiscent of its musical ancestor. Two women and two men blend their voices into powerful cohesion,...

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St. Pat’s Day fun flows at Old Towne Pub

For some, St. Patrick’s Day reigns as a national holiday, a tribute to all things Irish and a great excuse to go out and get sloshed. At Pasadena’s Old Towne Pub, the celebration can be like a combination of New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. This year promises to be no exception, as Friday night features four rocking bands and a full menu of brews to suit every taste. For the uninitiated, the Old Towne Pub is a brick-lined local institution in Old Pasadena. For more than 30 years, this kicked-back little bar...

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Upcoming Events

all-day Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Feb 24 all-day
Barbara Morrison's I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall |  |  |
Award-winning Jazz and Blues Musical “I Wanna Be Loved,” the story of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, starring three-time Grammy-Nominee vocalist and two-time NAACP Theatre Award Winner Barbara Morrison as Dinah Washington. With an[...]
1:00 pm Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A guided tour visits works of bronze sculpture from ancient India to the 20th century, from 1 to 2 p.m. The Teen Arts Academy invites kids to join artist Michelle Antonisse to explore Rembrandt’s “Self[...]
4:00 pm Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm
The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series showcases the work of first and second-year fiction and poetry students, poet Lauren Swift and fiction writers Sarah Beth Rhyther, Gareth Seigel and Lara Fitzjarrald at 4 p.m.
7:00 pm Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Illuminate Dinner fundraiser benefits and celebrates the Alex Theatre art deco neon tower and marquee, featuring food by a guest chef and specialty wines, plus a wine auction, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets[...]
8:00 pm Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Co... @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Co... @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
The orchestra presents “Regal Classics,” performing works by Britten, Haydn and Ellen Reid, starting at 8 p.m. Douglas Boyd conducts. Featured soloist is Toby Spence, tenor. Tickets are $27 and up.

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