To hear him tell it, Taj Mahal simply has no choice in the matter. “If I hear it, I’ll go out and play it,” he said.
And it’s been that way as far back as his childhood, spent in Springfield, Massachusetts, where his mother was a gospel choir singer and his father was a jazz pianist and arranger Ella Fitzgerald once called “The Genius.”
The Claremont Film Festival will host an evening of short films and film experts on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theater, 4467 Padua Ave.
Guests will be treated to tasty treats. The event benefits the Claremont Community Foundation as part of the Foundation’s Party Parade, which supports the work of deserving organizations in Claremont.
Innumerable musicians are in “cover bands,” wherein they reproduce other artists’ usually well-known songs, but singer and guitarist Jim Kweskin turns this common precept on its ear.
Mr. Kweskin, who plays Claremont’s Folk Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, has made a name for going on 60 years by finding old songs—in most cases very old songs—and adding his own imprint.
Live music fans will soon have another nearby option when the Canyon Club opens its doors at the Montclair Place mall.
“I’m trying like a crazy man to open up on the 30th of November,” said owner Lance Sterling. The Canyon Club Montclair, located at the west end of the mall in the former food court area, will boast a $1 million audio/video system and have a capacity of 1,300.
Well, not just a band anyway. Since the group’s nascent beginnings—at a 1982 house party right here in Claremont—it’s been more of an ever-evolving conceptual art project that has veered off on innumerable tangents, each sharing the common theme of being completely engrossing and wholly original.
The husband and wife musical duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, known as The Mastersons, believe artists have an obligation to speak up.
“We’ve heard that old, ‘Shut up and sing,’ thing before,” Mr. Masterson said, “and we just don’t buy into it. Art should be provocative, and that isn’t always what people want to hear.”
The Mastersons appear in Claremont at 7 p.m. next Monday, June 25 as part of Scripps College’s Levitt On The Lawn series.