October 28, 2015 – PolicyLink Presents Sounds of LA: A Celebratory Reception – California Ballroom, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music-directs and conducts a reprise of Grand Performances’ Wattstax Revisited at Policy Link’s Equity Summit 2015 on Wednesday, October 28. Grand Performances was the original presenter and also curated this second presentation at the Westin Bonaventure. Wattstax Revisited is a tribute to the soul, artistry and social relevance of the 1972 Memorial Coliseum concert featuring Stax artists and its 1973 companion documentary directed by Mel Stuart. The original Wattstax concert was an extension of the Watts Summer Festival and commemorated the 1965 Watts Revolt. Consequently, this Summer’s event and its reprise take place on the 50th anniversary of the revolt.IMG_0746-960
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The Wattstax Revisited band featured:

Chris Pierce – Vocals
Dustin Warren – Vocals
Jimetta Rose – Vocals
John Bigham – Vocals
N’Dambi – Vocals
Nia Andrews – Vocals

Allakoi Peete – Percussion
Brandon Eugene Owens – Bass
Brandyn Phillips – Trumpet
Geoff “Double G” Gallegos – Baritone Saxophone
Iajhi Hampden – Drums
John Bigham – Guitar
Kenneth Crouch – Keyboards
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone

Steve Nalepa – Visuals

Wattstax Revisited (Reprise)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles
as part of
PolicyLink’s Sounds of LA
@ Equity Summit 2015

Produced by http://www.BigBowlofIdeas.com


June 20, 2015 – Grand Performances Presents Wattstax Revisited – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.

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presented by grand performances

Produced by Dexter StoryJonathan 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


August 28, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live – Fifty Seven, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing multi-instruments and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Fifty Seven on Thursday, August 28. This night will feature covers from the all over the African continent. DJ Boss Harmony is on the ones and twos.

The band features:

Todd M. Simon – trumpet / bandleader
Sonny Abegaze – vibes
Dexter Story – drums, guitar, keys, percussion
Michael McTaggart – guitar
Mark de Clive-Lowe – keys
Patrick Bailey – bass
Randal Fisher – tenor saxophone
Kamasi Washington – tenor saxophone
Steve Haney – percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – drums


Ethio Cali Live
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Fifty Seven
712 South Santa Fe Avenue
Downtown LA, CA 90021



August 2, 2014 – People Get Ready: A Live Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown LA, CA

Music directing and co-producing People Get Ready: A Live Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement at Grand Performances on Saturday, August 2.
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FREE summer concerts in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles

Dexter Story & Jonathan Rudnick bring you


A vital, stirring and heartwarming Celebration of the Civil Rights Movement & 50 years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 of Freedom and Equality with a powerful ensemble performing striking new renditions of the anthems that defiantly brought about change in the USA!


MAIYA SYKES vocals, choir director

ALBERTO LOPEZ percussion
DAMON AARON effects, voices
KENNETH CROUCH piano, keys


DEXTER STORY music director

+ Very Special Guests

Produced by Jonathan Rudnick and Dexter Story, the team that brought you the uplifting Celebrations of Peace Go With You Gil for GIL SCOTT-HERON and Young Gifted & Nina for NINA SIMONE.


Complimentary bike valet on the Upper Plaza 

Directions + parking: http://bit.ly/17oU9ol
More info: www.grandperformances.org


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December 31, 2013 – New Year’s Eve Celebration at Acabar Restaurant – Hollywood, CA

Playing with a percussion trio for Acabar’s New Year’s Eve Tribal Disco celebration on Tuesday, December 31 (featuring Marcus L. Miller and Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney). Other entertainment highlights include fire eaters, tribal dancers and DJ Wiseacre.

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New Year’s Eve Tribal Disco Celebration
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Dinner: 6pm – until
Entertainment: 9pm – 2am
Acabar Restaurant
1510 N. Stanley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 876-1400
$50 Per Person

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July 5, 2013 – Young Gifted and Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Music directing Young Gifted and Nina at Grand Performances on Friday, July 5, 2013.


We are particularly honored in this 80th birthday year of The High Priestess of Soul, to celebrate one of the most extraordinary artists and icons of American music, the inimitable Nina Simone. A fiery, passionate, revolutionary and uncompromising artist and storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, and love throughout her magnificent body of work.

Young, Gifted, and Nina is a must-see tribute to one of the most distinguished and beloved artist of our time featuring a powerful and dynamic lineup of:

Dwight Trible
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Jimetta Rose
Joi Gilliam
Patrice Quinn
Sonja Marie
Waberi Jordan
Alan Lightner – percussion & steel pan
Carlos Niño – percussion
JP Maramba – acoustic & electric bass
Jacques Lesure – guitar
Jamire Williams – drums
Joey Dosik – wurlitzer, organ, alto saxophone
Steve Nalepa – visual narrative
Vardan Ovsepian – piano, synthesizer
Special Guest: Ron Bishop – piano
+ Jeremy Sole KCRW – special invocation DJ set
and surprise guests

Music directed by multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story and curated by producer Jonathan Rudnick.

*Complimentary bike valet will be available on the Upper Plaza

For more info: www.grandperformances.org

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April 27, 2013 – The Lift and WePresentChurch Present Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Church LA – Location TBA, Los Angeles, CA

Playing drum set on Saturday, April 27th with Mark de Clive-Lowe and band at Church LA presented by The Lift. Church LA is a night of improvisational and dancey live music curated by international producer/pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe. The music at Church LA alternates between top notch DJ sets and all-star band performances. The band features percussionist Derf Reklaw, bassist Ready Freddie Washington, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and MdCL’s leading lady Mrs. de Clive-Lowe aka vocalist nia andrews. This is the first Church event sponsored by the popular after hours LA club staple The Lift.

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with very special guests
Jody Watley & Leon Ware
+ DJs Aaron Byd & Rani D
Saturday, April 27, 2013
9pm – 5am
Location: TBA

February 24, 2013 – Peace Go With You, Gil Small Ensemble Concert – Cultural Continuum – Mercado La Paloma, Los Angeles, CA

Music directing and playing drums for a mini version of last Summer’s Grand Performances event Peace Go With You, Gil on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24. Come celebrate the legacy of the legendary Gil Scott-Heron once again in a smaller, more intimate setting with some of the same musicians who graced the stage in 2012. We are honored to perform Gil’s music in such a beautiful Los Angeles location.

Mercado La Paloma is a “vibrant community gathering space located in the Figueroa Corridor of South Los Angeles a neighborhood. It is full of creative and hard working entrepreneurs, community spirit, artists, musicians and cultural tradition. It is an experiment in community revitalization that provides opportunities for our local residents and showcases our local creativity to the broader Los Angeles community.”


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Band features:

Vocals: Jimetta Rose and Love-Logiq
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington
Keyboards: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Guitar: Patrick Bailey
Bass: Trevor Ware
Percussion: Allakoi Peete
Drums: Dexter Story
With special guest: Gia Scott-Heron

Produced by Jonathan Rudnick.

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S Grand Ave (at 37th Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 748-1963


July 20, 2012 – ‘Peace Go With You, Gil’: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Gil-Scott Heron – Grand Performances, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Music directing this celebration of Gil Scott-Heron’s legacy that explores the soul, vitality, power, humor, social activism, humanity, and dynamic messages of the late artist through his words, music, poetry, and an enthralling visual and interactive art journey. Performers include Gil’s long time collaborator and friend Brian Jackson; Rich Medina; Mark de Clive Lowe; and Miguel Atwood Ferguson, with special guests and surprises. Produced by Jonathan Rudnick, co-founder of Giant Step, and creative mind behind projects like SCORED music in film and theLIFT. Grand Performances is a free outdoor Summer concert series in Downtown Los Angeles’ California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 4th Street / Olive. 8-10pm. For more information: (213) 687-2190 or http://www.grandperformances.org/en/events/Peace-Go-With-You-Gil.html. More updates and information to come.

Image by Stanley Chow.
Image by Stanley Chow.