It’s not quite the story of Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab’s, but it’s still kinda neat.
“The flute came to me in an odd way,” recalled award-winning Native American flautist Steven Rushingwind. “About 14 years ago I was a painter, living in Joshua Tree, and every time I’d finish a painting I’d always play my flute. It kind of gave it a little blessing.”
SCRIPPS HOSTS FREE CONCERT Performing at Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series today is Francisco Castillo (Pomona College) on oboe and Kino Gil (electronics), with original compositions as well as music by Patrice Williams and Oswald Bernard. This event is open to the public. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is available at (909) 607-3266.
Well-traveled troubadour Peter Case returned to Claremont in what has for some time been a favorite stop for the acclaimed singer-songwriter.
“I love the Folk Music Center,” Mr. Case said when the COURIER reached him this week at his San Francisco home. “It’s a great place to play.” Over the many appearances he’s made at the Folk, he’s grown fond of its unique qualities.
NEIL YOUNG Legendary rocker, folkie, author, inventor and auteur Neil Young will be appearing at the Fox Theater in Pomona on October 12 and 13. Tickets are $50-$150 and go on sale at 9 a.m. this morning. With Jackson Browne appearing at Bridges the week before, Claremont-area music fans are set for a busy October of concerts by Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Famers. More information is at foxpomona.com/ticketing-info.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE ROARS, SOARS ON Friday Nights Live sports a lively lineup this evening: Darby Ryan at Laemmle Plaza; the Harmony Sisters and the Little Big Band at Shelton Park; the guitar heavy jazz of the Marc Weller Trio at the Chamber of Commerce patio; and Enigma Flux at city hall. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public and run from 6 to 9 p.m.
LEFTOVER CUTIES AT SCRIPPS: The Leftover Cuties play a free 6:30 p.m. show at Scripps College tonight as part of the school’s ongoing Levitt on the Lawn concert series. Buzzbands called the Cuties “Jazz-pop that’s sweet as pie, but strong as whiskey.” The Los Angeles-based quartet is beloved for its retro-infused tunes backed by upright bass, horns and the occasional accordion.
NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS: Inland Pacific Ballet holds auditions today and tomorrow for all children’s roles for its annual production of The Nutcracker. The auditions will be held at IPB’s studios, located at 5050 Arrow Highway in Montclair. There is a $20 audition fee and additional production and rehearsal fees for those who are offered a role.
The city of Claremont and the Kiwanis Club’s annual free summer Concerts in the Park series continues Monday, August 29 at Memorial Park band shell with local Dixieland jazz band the Night Blooming Jazzmen. The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Food concessions including burgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, ice cream, popcorn, nachos, candy and drinks will be available. Memorial Park is at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
IT…IS…ALIVE! Claremont’s free outdoor concert series Friday Nights Live continues tonight with the Amanda Castro Band’s 1930s and ‘40s blues at the public plaza [near Laemmle]; RCR Band at Claremont Chamber; the Jackson Family Band at city hall and Vinyl # at Shelton Park. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m.
There is a sense of silliness that comes when you think of the film Footloose. The 1984 movie—starring Kevin Bacon as a teen who’s just gotta dance—is linked inextricably with the ‘80s, a time where fashion leaned to the extravagant (tight jeans, skinny ties and spiked hair, anyone?) and movies ran a bit melodramatic.
Still, the story of a newcomer who turns a closed-minded community on its head holds up surprisingly well in a stage production. The musical is playing at Candlelight Pavilion through August 27.
CITY OF TREES AND MUSIC TOO Claremont continues its free outdoor concert series Friday Night Live tonight with beloved local roots veterans Claremont Voodoo Society at Village Square Public Plaza (Laemmle Plaza); Blues and Fries, featuring Elizabeth Hangan, at Claremont Chamber Patio; Aubren Hinkernell at City Hall Plaza and Delta 88 at Shelton Park. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public.
DOGS OFF LEASH IN PUBLIC PLAZA: Live music will be in the air again tonight as Claremont continues its Friday Night Live series with The Dogs at the public plaza (near Laemmle); Jack McCoy at the Claremont Chamber; Random Spark at city hall; and US 99 at Shelton Park. All performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m.