December 31, 2017 – Grand Park and The Music Center Present Dexter Story All-Star Band Live @ #NYELA – Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music directs an all-star band for the New Year’s Eve festivities at Grand Park on Sunday, December 31.

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What’s up Los Angeles? Dance your heart out and into 2018 with best friends, sweeties, friendly neighbors, and those cousins from out-of-town at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to dream together and welcome new beginnings with a countdown on City Hall, live musicfood, and photo booths in one big, beautiful, colorful Angeleno experience to remember! #NYELA

When

The event begins at 8pm on December 31, 2017 and ends at 1am on January 1, 2018.

Where

Grand Park + The Music Center:
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

Cost

This is a free event. There’s no cost to attend.

Watch Live!

Can’t make it to N.Y.E.L.A.? Watch the biggest New Years Eve celebration on the West Coast on Facebook Live starting at 8pm on New Years Eve. A six man camera crew 🎥 will be capturing the whole night leading up to the big countdown to 2018.

Watch the live countdown to 2018.

Commentary: I am grateful to Grand Park and The Music Center for allowing me to bring an all-star band to Grand Park for their New Year’s Eve festivities this year.

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August 19, 2016 – Anne Litt + Edible Gardens LA Present ‘Music in the Garden’ featuring Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story and his East Africa-influenced group Wondem perform live at Music in the Garden at the Natural History Museum on Friday, August 19. KCRW’s Anne Litt and Edible Gardens curate this special event.NHM Garden WondemScreen Shot 2016-08-11 at 1.28.07 AM

The band includes:

Alan Lightner
Etsegenet Makonnen
Khalil Cummings
Kibrom Birhane
Michael McTaggart
Randal Fisher
Te’Amir Sweeney
and
Dexter Story

Dexter Story and Wondem Live
@ Anne Litt + Edible Gardens Present
Music in the Garden
(Summer Nights in the Garden)
Friday August 19, 2016
5-9pm
Natural History Museum

RSVP @ nhm.org.

July 17, 2016 – Wondem Live @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden on Sunday, July 17, 2016.13256117_10153945629802550_8652652627639686_n.jpg_ND32150……………………………………………………………………………………………..
This summer, JACCC presents four, intimate outdoor concerts inside downtown’s James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo.

SUNDAYS: JULY 10: SHEILA GOVINDARAJAN | JULY 17: WONDEM | JULY 24: DWIGHT TRIBLE’S ALTERNATE ANGLES + CARLOS NIÑO & FRIENDS | JULY 31: THE LONG LOST | EVERY SUNDAY: DUBLAB

$12 PRESALE, $15 DOOR | LIMITED ADMISSION | 5-9PM | 21+

Tickets available here: jaccc.org/littletokyoconcertseries

Returning for its second season, the Little Tokyo Concert Series honors the intimate, outdoor and natural setting as an ideal environment to experience good music up close. With a diverse lineup of LA’s hottest acts, each night will be a unique and exciting way to wrap your weekends. After selling out each concert last year, we are thrilled to bring this series back to Los Angeles with a fresh line-up, here in the heart of Little Tokyo.

Indulge in sake and soba bar for a taste of Little Tokyo. Visit and experience the magic hours of the summer in great company…

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JULY 17: WONDEM
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On his debut Soundway Records release, Dexter Story distills his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz and folk idioms into his own unique and worldly voice. Borrowing from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, this collection of East African-influenced music is a testament to Story’s decades of dedication to artistic excellence.

listen: wondem.bandcamp.com

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TICKETS

Tickets are $12 presale, $15 general admission, and are available at JACCC.ORG/littletokyoconcertseries

LIMITED NUMBER OF EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BETWEEN MAY 24-MAY 31.
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LOCATION

JAMES IRVINE JAPANESE GARDEN
(Japanese American Cultural & Community Center)
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

GARDEN ENTRANCE

The entrance to the garden is conveniently located on San Pedro Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. Look for the narrow walkway between the JACCC Center Building and the adjacent alley.

PARKING

Joe’s Auto Parks/Sho Tokyo Garage
350 E 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

$10 parking. The entrance to Joe’s Auto Parks is on 2nd Street, walk across the JACCC plaza to the San Pedro Street garden entrance.

*Street parking in Little Tokyo is also free on Sundays.
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Generous support from dublab, Amoeba Records, LA Downtowner, L.A. Record, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Aratani Foundation & Bloomberg Philanthropies

July 4, 2016 – Wondem Live @ Grand Park / Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party – Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform live at Grand Park and The Music Center presents 4th of July Block Party on July 4, 2016 from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

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FREE / GRATIS
#GO4THDTLA

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LOS ANGELES! #GO4THDTLA. Grand Park and The Music Center are where to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky. **Safety for everyone is número uno. Check back soon for more info on entrances, prohibited items, parking, etc.**

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SCHEDULE: Doors open at 2pm. Fireworks show will create stunning backdrop for L.A.’s iconic City Hall. Event ends at 9:30pm

MUSIC and ARTISTS that call L.A. home:

THE FIREWORKS STAGE (on The Music Center Plaza):

YOUR HOST: Mario Hernandez

Kotolan (Indie Pop meets global, sung in English, Spanish and Japanese)

108Hill (project debut by Peter Madana, Aalok Mehta, and Anisha Nagarajan exploring stories and sounds from Bombay to L.A.)

Jenny O. (L.A. based pop Singer-Songwriter)

Dexter Story (Wondem) (Soul, Funk, Jazz and Folk music with musical elements from East Africa)

The Echo Park Project and the dancers from the World Salsa Congress (legendary Salsa sounds with a twist)

THE BACKYARD STAGE (Grand Park near Hill St):

YOUR HOST: Kristin Rand

La Junta (DJ collective spinning tropical sounds of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, India and Mexico)

Afro Funke’ with Rocky Dawuni, DJ Jeremy Sole, DJ Glenn Red(blends of African, Global, Hip-Hop, Jazz/Funk, Dub Reggae, Afro Beat and remixes)

EVENT LAWN: Dedicated space for play for children 4-14

Got Game Sports leading tag, soccer and other games thru 8:30pm // Tunes spun by DJ Francesca Harding and Ericalandia // Chris Douridas

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GETTING THROUGH BAG CHECK: All bags will be checked upon entry to event space.

FOOD + DRINK POLICY: PICNICS/OUTSIDE FOOD is welcome in totes and backpacks – NO COOLERS. SIZE OF BAGS AND BACKPACKS/TOTES must be standard backpack size or smaller (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches). NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES including juice and soda (sealed juice boxes is the only exception). ONLY EMPTY (non glass) WATER BOTTLES allowed. PARK WATER FOUNTAINS and WATER FOR PURCHASE BOOTHS will be available in the event space. FOOD VENDORS BOOTHS will be available throughout event space. This is and alchohol-free event, NO ALCOHOL permitted.

THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED: Bags and backpacks measuring larger than standard backpack size (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches), coolers, chairs, outside alcoholic beverages, sealed or open beverage bottles with liquid including water (fountains and water for purchase will be available), selfie sticks, glass, smartboards, projection devices, narcotics, tents, firecrackers, explosives, sparklers, firearms/weapons, identity-covering costumes, confetti cannons, generators, drones, printed signage measuring larger than 8.5 inches b x 11 inches, props, flag poles and sticks, public intoxication, rollerblading, skateboarding, smoking, vaping, unauthorized vending, unleashed animals, smart boarding, outside solicitation, staking objects to ground, drone operation, amplified noise and bicycles (may be parked outside of event at 1st and Hill streets).

ALLOWED: Snacks, food, sealed juice boxes, small bags, strollers, handheld umbrellas and empty reusable non-glass water containers.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED: Public Intoxication / Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground

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FOOD FOR SALE: Food vendors will be onsite.

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STREET CLOSURE INFO: Details on scheduled event street closures in the 4th of July Block Party Community Letter.

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BIKE PARKING: Bike valet available at 1st and Hill. FREE

METRO RECOMMENDATION: Take Metro Red/Purple lines to CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION (use 1st St exit; Temple St exit is only open for ADA/elevator access). Gold Line to UNION STATION or LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION, then 7-12 min walk towards The Music Center

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Summer at The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles + Grand Park: Free events for all, because everything is better together.

May 28, 2016 – Dexter Story and Wondem Live In-Store Performance – Record Surplus, Santa Monica, CA

Dexter Story performs an in-store with his Wondem group at Record Surplus in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, May 28. Record Surplus is a longtime music store specializing in buying & selling used records, CDs, books, DVDs & memorabilia.
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Dexter Story & Wondem Live
Live In-Store Performance
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Free
Record Surplus
12436 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

April 28, 2016 – Ethio Cali Presents New Offerings – Blue Whale, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story performs guitar, bass and organ with Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali at the Blue Whale on Thursday, April 28, 2016.Ethio Cali Blue WhaleSpringtime is here and Ethio Cali has curated an eveing of NEW OFFERINGS featuring new compositions and arrangements to be premiered at one of our favorite LA venues, the Blue Whale.

We will also take a moment to pay tribute to Prince and Getatchew Mekurya, the pioneer of Ethiopian-Jazz tenor saxophone, who have recently passed away.

Featuring:
Todd Simon – trumpet/flügelhorn
Randal Fisher – tenor saxophone/flute
Tylana Renga – violin
Dexter Story – guitar/organ
Patrick Bailey -bass/guitar
Kibrom Birhane – piano
Alan Lightner – steel drums
Te’Amir Sweeney – drums
Steve Haney & Kahlil Cummings – percussion

Special guest DJ MZA providing selections throughout the night

Ethio Cali Presents New Offerings
Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka
Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Doors: 8pm
Cover: $15

https://www.facebook.com/events/569262049917959/

February 26, 2016 – Metro Arts Presents Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Waiting Room, Union Station, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform live in the beautiful waiting room of Los Angeles’ Union Station on Friday, February 26. The free late afternoon concert will feature selections from Dexter Story’s recent Soundway Records release ‪#‎Wondem‬ as well as new original compositions.Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.51.24 AM
On Friday, February 26, the Wondem ensemble will proudly feature the following musicians in the Union Station main waiting room:

Etsegenet Mekonnen – Bass, Vocals
Kibrom Birhane – Keys, Vocals, Massinqo
Mike McTaggart – Guitar 
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – Drums, Percussion
Dexter Story – Keys, Guitar, Vocals

Metro Arts Presents Dexter Story & Wondem Live
Friday, February 26, 2016
4-6pm
2 sets
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

https://www.facebook.com/events/483174251879922/

January 28, 2016 – Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform live in Venice at the Del Monte Speakeasy on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The repertoire will be music from the recently released Soundway Records album #Wondem.
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Thursday, January 28
DEXTER STORY & WONDEM BAND (LIVE)

The band:

Drums: Te’Amir Sweeney
Percussion: Kahlil Cummings
Percussion: Carlos Niño
Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens
Guitar: Michael McTaggart
Keys: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Tenor Saxophone: Randal Fisher
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Vocals: Dustin Warren

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Join us for a special 2016 Westside live performance at the Del Monte Speakeasy featuring music from the Soundway Records album inspired by East African sounds. With a special opening set by Ras G (The Afrikan Space Program / Brainfeeder)

Plus DJ sets by Mathieu “Mr. French” Schreyer (KCRW)

9pm / 21+ / $10

The Del Monte Speakeasy
@ The Townhouse
52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
*Celebrating Timkat and Aquarians worldwide
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www.wondem.com
www.townhousevenice.com

Like the Facebook page for more information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/wondemmusic/

November 24, 2015 – Radio Afrique Presents Dexter Story & Wondem Live – General Lee’s, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem, in association with the Los Angles-based DJ collective Radio Afrique, present an encore performance of his Soundway Records body of work #Wondem at General Lee’s on Tuesday, November 24.

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Band includes:

Carlos Niño – Percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – Drums
Patrick Bailey – Bass
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Keys
Michael McTaggart – Guitar
Tenor Saxophone and Flute – Randal Fisher
Trumpet – Todd Simon
Vocals – Dustin Warren (Godfrey at Large)
Misc – Dexter Story

Radio Afrique Presents
Dexter Story & Wondem Live
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
8pm
General Lee’s
Chinatown
475 Gin Ling Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://rafrique.tumblr.com
http://wondem.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/179959985679314/

August 20, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live – The Blue Whale, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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.

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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
8pm
$15
The Blue Whale
Weller Court
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, #301
Los Angeles, CA 900122

ethiocali.com

August 18, 2015 – “Lalibela” Single Premiere from Upcoming Wondem Album Release – WaxPoetics.com

Wax Poetics premieres “Lalibela,” the first single from the upcoming album release Wondem on Soundway Records. Click the image or here to listen.

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Wondem is a unique collection of songs inspired by my passion for and immersion into African music and culture over my career” says Los Angeles musician Dexter Story about his new album, set for release on October 23 on Soundway Records. The multi-instrumentalist and producer combined his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz, and folk into his own unique and worldly voice, with influences from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya.

“This body of work came about as I began to compose and arrange for Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali, an emerging Ethio-jazz ensemble in Los Angeles. Wondem means brother in Amharic, and I felt a strong brotherly connection to Ethiopia during the process.”

The album was written and recorded in Story’s studio in downtown Los Angeles, and coproduced by the talented Carlos Niño. In addition, Story worked with an array of collaborators on the record, including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Nia Andrews, Alsarah Elgada, and Yared Teshale.

In anticipation of the record, Wax Poetics is premiering the lead track, “Lalibela,” featuring Yared Teshale.

“The song ‘Lalibela’ was composed in tribute to the eleven great rock churches and the holy city in the north of Ethiopia. My mind couldn’t (and can’t) comprehend how they were excavated with precision like that, and I sing praises to them,” says Story. “Lalibela is an important pilgrimage center for Ethiopians, and I hope to visit there soon. The layout of the churches is said to be a replica of Jerusalem commissioned by Emperor Saint Gebre Lalibela in the twelth century. The track features vocalist Yared Teshale from Addis Ababa.”

Dexter Story is a man with many talents—he was the product manager for Snoop Dogg, Meshell Ndegeocello’s day-to-day representative, and later performed with artists such as Dwight Trible, Madlib, Quadron, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Kelis, Kamasi Washington, and the Gaslamp Killer Experience.

http://waxpoetics.com/music/tracks/l-a-multi-instrumentalistproducer-dexter-story-premieres-new-ethiopia-influenced-song/

July 11, 2015 – Artist For Charity’s Art Auction Fundraiser featuring Ethio Cali and JP Saxe – Voila! Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Playing bass with Ethio Cali at Arts For Charity’s first Los Angeles fundraiser on Saturday, July 11 at Voila! Gallery. AFC uses the power of art to create hope for orphaned children with HIV and other illnesses in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The proceeds benefit orphaned children living with HIV.
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Over the past 9 years, AFC’s efforts have been supported by our fabulous art auction benefit events in Washington, D.C., and New York City. We are now coming to Los Angeles for the first time on Saturday, July 11th, at the beautiful Voila! Gallery.

Our exciting live auction provides a unique opportunity for participants to bid on art from all over the world.  Come enjoy an evening in which you can bring home beautiful artwork by both well-known and up-and-coming artists, and also make a profound difference, creating hope for the children of AFC.

We will also feature:

– Band members from EthioCali playing afro-jazz, and other talented entertainers.

– A taste of Ethiopia, brought to you by Azla Vegan.

– Sipping on an assortment of drinks.

– Mixing and mingling with our amazing family of supporters and volunteers!

There are a limited number of tickets available, so don’t delay in snagging your seat! On behalf of the children, and all of us at AFC, we extend our warmest appreciation for your generosity. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ethio Cali Live @
Artists For Charity’s Art Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, July 11, 2015
6pm
Voila! Gallery
518 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036Tickets available at http://www.artistsforcharity.org

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April 30, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live + Ras G – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Playing multiple instruments with Ethio Cali live at The Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice on Thursday, April 30.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
9pm
$8
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
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April 19, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live @ LA Times Festival of Books 2015 – USC, Los Angeles, CA

Playing guitar and keys with Ethio Cali live at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on Sunday, April 19.142922765655304888a333f

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics. The festival attracts approximately 150,000 people each year of all ages from Southern California and even other parts of the country.

Ethio Cali Live
Sunday, April 19, 2015
3pm
Sound Stage
LA Times Festival of Books
USC Campus
Free

http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/the-festival/info/

March 19, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live (3 of 4 Residency) – Acabar Restaurant, West Hollywood, CA

Playing guitar and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Acabar Restaurant in West Hollywood on Thursday, March 19. This is the third of four in a weekly residency in March.

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ETHIO CALI ACABAR RESIDENCY
THURSDAYS IN MARCH (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)

Featuring special DJ sets by:
– CANYON CODY – MARCH 5
– ETHIO CALI DJS – MARCH 12
– CARLOS NINO – MARCH 19
– BOSS HARMONY – MARCH 26

And resident/host/music director: WISEACRE aka ERIC TUCKER

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.

9pm
Dinner til midnight
$10. ADVANCE TIX http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethio-cali-acabar-residency-tickets-15833749170?aff=erelexporg
$10. AT THE DOOR
21+ w/ ID

ACABAR
1510 North Stanley Avenue (@ Sunset Blvd.)

West Hollywood
http://acabar-la.com/
https://www.facebook.com/acabarla

about ETHIO CALI:
http://ethiocali.com/
https://soundcloud.com/ethiocali
https://www.facebook.com/EthioCali

https://www.facebook.com/events/1439906452916670/