Playing with Ethio Cali at Joon Lee’s Blue Whale jazz nightclub & gallery on Thursday, August 20. Ethio Cali returns to its favorite venue in Los Angeles for 2 sets of spirited African music.The Blue Whale is Los Angeles’ premiere jazz concert venue and gallery in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles.
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia..
Ethio Cali features:
Todd Simon – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Music Director
Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Keys
Alan Lightner – Steel Pan, Percussion
Damon Aaron – Guitar
Pat Bailey – Bass, Guitar
Steve Haney – Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – Drums, Percussion
Dexter Story – Multiple Instruments, Arrangements
Ethio Cali Live
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, #301
Los Angeles, CA 900122
Playing multiple instruments with Ethio Cali on their opening set supporting Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Zongo Junction on Friday, July 31. Generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC’s exploding afrobeat scene, Zongo Junction electrifies dance floors wherever they perform. The Village Voice describes their live show as “Sheer energy with the force of a tractor-trailer that roars with power and noise.” With five horns, and a six-piece rhythm section, audiences can’t help but move no matter where the band is playing.
Ethio Cali opening for
Also featuring Quita Peñas
Friday, July 31, 2015
4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90029
Playing with Ethio Cali at Japanese American Culture & Community Center Presents Twilight In The Garden Little Tokyo Concert Series on July 19. Other guests artists include Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Quartetto Fantastico on July 5, Buyepongo on July 12 and Shafiq Husayn & Dove Society on July 26.Japanese American Culture & Community Center Presents
Twilight In The Garden
Little Tokyo Concert Series
Featuring Ethio Cali
July 19, 2015
James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.
presented by grand performances
Produced by Dexter Story, Jonathan Rudnick and Rocío Wyldeflower Contreras
(producers of Minnie Riperton, People Get Ready, Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron tributes)
Music Director: Dexter Story | Vocalists: Jimetta Rose, Nia Andrews, Kahdja Bonet, Anderson .Paak, N’Dambi, John Bigham, Godfrey at Large, Loren Oden and Chris Pierce | Percussion: Allakoi Peete | Drums: Ronald Bruner | Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens | Guitar: John Bigham | Keys: Brandon Coleman | Hammond B3 Organ: Kenneth Crouch | Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington | Trombone: Elizabeth Lea | Trumpet: Christopher Gray | DJ: Jeremy Sole (KCRW) | Visuals: Steve Nalepa | MC: Jimetta Rose | Music Consultant & Guest of Honor: Mr. Reggie Andrews
Taking place on the 50th Anniversary of the historic South Central protest events which inspired the original festival, WATTSTAX ‘REVISITED’ revives the funk, soul, dancing, and comedic fun of the 1972 concert and 1973 documentary with a signature array of dynamic performers, musicians, striking visuals and very special guests.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 / 8pm / Free
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Grand Performances / California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071
Playing percussion with The Gaslamp Killer Experience at Grand Performances on Friday, June 19, 2015. Hot on the heels of a historic Coachella double weekend, the L.A.-based DJ and producer’s signature dubstep, world music, left-field hip-hop, and psychedelic sound is accompanied by a crushing 10-piece band for a free show.
The Gaslamp Killer Experience Live
Friday, June 19, 2015
350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
MC’ing at the Music Center’s Bring Your Own Dance Moves event on the Music Center Plaza on Friday, June 19. Bring Your Own Dance Moves is non-stop music on the Plaza featuring top LA DJs curated in collaboration with ArtDontSleep and Dublab. Late night bar menu and $5 parking starts at 8pm. #BYODM
June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21. Alternates with DANCE DOWNTOWN.
Same night, different vibes, 13 Fridays in a row. The Music Center hosts free, weekly dance parties all summer long – because the world needs more spontaneous dancing.
Peanut Butter Wolf kicks off Bring Your Own Dance Moves on June 12 alongside legendary LA DJ and West Coast Hip Hop leader Egyptian Lover,and sonic slayer Jimi Hey of Dublab.
Producer, DJ and founder of Stones Throw Records, PB Wolf has made a career out of DJing since the 90s and brings his trove of tunes and rare beats to the plaza.
Bring Your Own Dance Moves
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Music Center Plaza
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Accepted position as Community Outreach Liaison with Ford Theatre Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission as of May 4, 2015.
– Research and identify performing artists, arts organizations and producers who are eligible for program opportunities with the LA County Arts Commission, such as the Ford’s Partnership Program, JAM Sessions and Big!World!Fun! family series and the Arts Commission’s Musicians Roster and Holiday Celebration, with an emphasis on ensuring that successful applicants reflect the diversity of cultural and artistic traditions practiced in the region.
– Build relationships between the Ford and artists, producers and community leaders.
– Inform targeted communities of Ford opportunities through informational presentations and by interfacing with the public at festivals.
– Participate in the development of the Ford Theatre Foundation’s new volunteer and advisory council programs both of which will be geared toward strengthening awareness and participation in Ford programming.
– Provide administrative support including but not limited to: scheduling, documenting and supporting facilitation of meetings, writing reports, creating spreadsheets, and maintaining program files and archives.
– Other duties as assigned.