COURIER Calendar: Live music abounds this week
Friday, August 19
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.
LOVE A FAIR Pomona’s dA Center for the Arts’ latest exhibition, “Love A Fair: a Nostalgic Walk Through the County Fair We Love,” opens today, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Honoring Tony Sheets and David Svenson, Claremont mosaic artist Cathy Garcia, along with David Shearer, executive director of Claremont Heritage, collaborated to recreate a walk through the LA County Fair of the 1950s and ‘60s. More than 20 other artists participated as well, celebrating fair favorites such as citrus, livestock, horse racing and the colorful midway. The exhibit will also feature a period-correct interior design showroom. The show runs through September 24. The dA is at 252-D S. Main St., in the Pomona Arts Colony. More information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (909) 942-1606.
Saturday, August 20
KIDS’ JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIPS Citizen’s Business Bank Arena hosts more than 1,000 student athletes today who will be competing in the Kids World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu International Championships. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 through 17 and kids under 3 are free. Doors open at 8 a.m. Citizens Business Bank Arena is at 4000 E. Ontario Center, Ontario. More information is at kidsworldbjj.com or at (951) 683-9001.
COMMUNITY BBQ Claremont nonprofit organization Crossroads hosts its community barbeque at 1 p.m. today. The free event honors the group’s alumnae, community support groups, board members, interns and volunteers. Crossroads volunteers will serve hamburgers, hot dogs and chips and dip. Participants are invited to bring a dish. Free and open to the public. Program and prizes begin at 2:30 p.m. According to the group’s website, “Since 1974, the mission of Crossroads is to provide housing, education, support, counseling and employment training in a homelike environment for women who have been incarcerated. Our primary goal is to empower women with new skills to help them step out of the revolving door of prison and move towards economic self-sufficiency.” The event takes place at 1269 Harvard Ave., Claremont. RSVP via email at email@example.com or via phone at (909) 626-7847.
Sunday, August 21
THERE’S A GHOST IN THE HOUSE Acclaimed multi-instrumental genre-bending band Marley’s Ghost appear in Claremont today in an intimate house concert. The band is promoting its new record, “The Woodstock Sessions,” which was produced by Larry Campbell. Marley’s Ghost has been on the folk music circuit for 30 years, releasing nine records and performing at festivals, concert halls and, yes, house concerts, around the world. Marley’s Ghost incorporates rock, blues, Celtic, bluegrass, gospel, country and reggae into its eclectic mix. The show starts at 4 p.m. and the suggested donation is $20. More information is at gelencserhouseconcerts.com or (909) 596-1266.
SUNDAY FUN DAY The Village will be bustling with the mellow sounds of fruit and vegetable salespersons, juice hawkers, cheese makers, flower farmers and other unique artisans this morning as Claremont’s Artisans and Farmers Market takes over Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chill out and take a stroll before the temperatures climb. You’ll be glad you did.
Monday, August 22
SING OUT LOUD The Claremont Chorale invites experienced choral singers over the age of 18 to audition for a spot in the ensemble. Determining factors including the ability to sight-read music, vocal range, vocal health and tone. The Chorale rehearses on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. in Decker Hall at Pilgrim Place. Three or four concerts are presented each season. For more information or to schedule an audition contact, Gregory Norton at claremontchorale.org/audition.
BLUES, SOUL, CLASSIC R&B The Concert in the Park series continues tonight at Memorial Park with soul, blues and classic rhythm and blues cover band Boxcar 7. The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Kiwanis will offer food concessions including burgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, ice cream, popcorn, nachos, candy and drinks. Memorial Park is located at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Tuesday, August 23
DOGGONE IT For the entire month of August, Tutti Mangia will donate a percentage of profits to the Inland Valley Humane Society. Patrons who mention IVHS will also receive a free dessert. For information on IVHS, call (909) 623-9777 or visit ivhsspca.org. Tutti Mangia is located at the corner of First and Harvard at 102 Harvard Ave. in Claremont. For information about Tutti Mangia including their menu, visit tuttimangia.com
Wednesday, August 24
DINOSAURS REANIMATED Summer is winding down and if your kids are like most, they’re clamoring for fun. A trip to the Los Angeles Zoo is always a hit, and the zoo’s vast array of plants and animals gets a boost this week with “Dinosaurs: Unextinct.” The exhibit features 17 animatronic dinosaurs, photo ops, a fossil dig and 3-D “augmented reality” content accessed via smartphone through the “Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the LA Zoo” app, available free for iPhone and Android users. The LA Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. For information go to lazoo.org or call (323) 644-4200.
Thursday, August 25
CHALLENGE YOUR EARS Free live music just seems to abound in the Claremont area this week. Yet another selection we have for you is a gratis show at Acerogami bar, which is located next door to the Glass House in Pomona. On the bill is Tomber Lever, Very Fresh and Goon, an act described thusly: “Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. With a medical condition that periodically deadens his sense of smell and hearing, Becker began writing songs as a means of making the most of his life when those symptoms were absent. The results—a murky blend of smoldering guitars, melodic hooks and batter-ram rhythms—are the musical translations of a mind that’s routinely betrayed by its own body, one that glistens with the oily sheen of suppression.” The oily sheen! How are we to resist?!? Acerogami is located at 228 W. Second St., Pomona. More information is at theglasshouse.us or (909) 865-0979.
Friday, August 26
DYNAMITE LIVE MUSIC Claremont continues its free outdoor concert series Friday Nights Live tonight with Dynamite Dawson at the public plaza [near Laemmle]; Adrienne Selina at the Chamber; Mike’s Guitar World at city hall and Brooks and Sons at Shelton Park. The performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m. More info on that show is at thepressrestaurant.com.
Saturday, August 27
BENEFIT SHOW Last Name Brewing is the site of a benefit show today featuring local indie rock legends Wckr Spgt and Refrigerator, as well as a set from Freedom Rock. The event benefits Claremont resident Scott Quackenbos, who is receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer. The show begins at 5 p.m., with live music running from 6 to 9 p.m. The night will include raffles for donated prizes, drink specials and other fundraising shenanigans. Proceeds will help Mr. Quackenbos in defraying his significant medical expenses. More information is available on Facebook [search “to benefit the mighty Scott Quackenbos”] or at lastnamebrewing.com. Last Name is at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland.