Culver City's Boulevard Music Summer Festival Starts Thursday, July 11Thursday, July 4, 2013
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Summer breezes… an intimate courtyard… free parking… and great music. Escape to Culver City for the 2013 Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival. Boulevard Music presents 6 free concerts on Thursday evenings at 7 pm from July 11 through August 15 in the palm-lined courtyard of Culver City City Hall. Become an entry level sponsor by purchasing one of the 100 premium reserved seats for sale at $10 each per show available at Boulevard Music and on sale now!!
Curated by producer Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music, Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival offers something for everyone: A capella Doo Wop from the Mighty Echoes and acoustic blues with Doug MacLeod (July 11); An eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, rock and jazz with Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand (July 18); R& B & Motown with Brenda Lee Eager (July 25); Hot country, rock and blues guitar with Albert Lee (Aug 1); Afro-Cuban/Salsa from Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Aug 8); and the premier Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zepagain acoustic with string quartet (Aug 15).
Avoid the crowds and parking hassles of other areas on the Westside. Parking is free underneath City Hall in the City Hall Garage, and dozens of dining options are available within walking distance. Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best-kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening onto tree-lined streets.
Culver City’s Boulevard Music Festival is sponsored by The City of Culver City, Boulevard Music; John Riordan Plumbing; LYFE Kitchen; Culver City Volvo & Mazda; Palm Court; Culver Studios; Wildcraft Pizza; Reed’s Beverages; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Cultural Affairs Foundation; Music Munchers; City Tavern and Rush Street; Cavanaugh Realty; Brotman Medical Center; Public School 310; Culver Hotel; Michael Kayem Remax Estate Properties; Martin Guitars; Ernie Ball; Dynagraphics; Culver City News; Culver City Observer; Steeldeck, Inc. and Chrysalis.
Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival takes place on Thursday evenings at 7 pm from July 11–August 15. The Culver City City Hall Courtyard is located at 9770 Culver Blvd. in Downtown Culver City (corner Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.). Parking is free underneath City Hall; additional parking is free for the first two hours in designated structures in the Downtown area. The courtyard opens at 4:30 pm. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages may be brought into City Hall Courtyard. For more information, call Boulevard Music 310-398-2583.
Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival
Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival – Six free concerts under the stars in the intimate courtyard of Culver City City Hall. The 2013 summer series offers something for everyone including blues, jazz, classic rock, Afro-Cuban/Salsa, Doo Wop, bluegrass, country, and more types of music. Enjoy dozens of dining options within walking distance. Even the parking is free.
July 11 – August 15, Thursdays @ 7 pm (City Hall Courtyard opens @ 4:30 pm)
• Thursday, July 11 @ 7 pm: A capella Doo Wop from the Mighty Echoes and acoustic blues with Doug MacLeod
• Thursday, July 18 @ 7 pm: An eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, rock and jazz with Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand
• Thursday, July 25 @ 7 pm: Motown and R&B with Brenda Lee Eager
• Thursday, August 1 @ 7 pm: Hot country, rock and blues guitar with Albert Lee and his band
• Thursday, August 8 @ 7 pm: Afro-Cuban/Salsa from Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
• Thursday, August 15 @ 7 pm: The premier Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zepagain acoustic with string quartet
Culver City City Hall Courtyard
9770 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(corner Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.)
Also 100 premium seats are for sale for entry level sponsors at $10 each per show.
Tickets go on sale June 5.
Tickets may be purchased at Boulevard Music in person or over the phone.
Free underneath City Hall in the City Hall Garage.
Additional parking is free for the first two hours in designated structures in the Downtown area.
Dozens of restaurants, as well as galleries and boutiques, are located within walking distance. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages may be brought into City Hall Courtyard.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
July 11: The Mighty Echoes and Doug MacLeod
Founded in 1986 in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles, The Mighty Echoes are one of the country’s most accomplished vocal groups. They have appeared on many TV shows including “Who’s The Boss?” “Murphy Brown”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and were featured in the movie “Wilder Napalm” with Debra Winger and Dennis Quaid. The Echoes, Harvey Shield, Charlie Davis, Jon Rubin and John Lathan consider themselves true brothers in harmony. They feel extremely lucky and blessed to be great friends and to have maintained a family atmosphere all these years. Their true affinity for each other and the authentic Doo Wop style inspires their concerts and recordings in a way that sets The Mighty Echoes apart from the rest of the field. Doug MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life. Over 29 years, 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, Doug MacLeod has consistently earned raves. Many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy have covered his songs. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya. MacLeod\'s songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.
July 18: Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand
Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand perform regularly at festivals and concert series’ across the country with a crossover style that is fresh and unlike any other. With stellar musicianship combining country, bluegrass, rock, and jazz they are truly an eclectic band. They put on a great show that is unique, creative, and entertaining. Playing a wide range of instruments and musical styles, the band appeals to youth and college aged crowds. In addition, they maintain a strong appeal to everyone—from the youngest to the oldest fans.
Stellar musicianship, witty lyrics, funny antics, sing alongs, and introspective ballads take the audience on an entertainment rollercoaster. With amazing and versatile musicians, Ryan Shupe’s original songs are highlighted with hot instrumental solos and tight vocal harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, rapid-fire vocals, dynamic musicianship and hard driving arrangements that make the live show a sure-fire winner!
“RubberBand’s unique style, which blends influences including rock, country, folk, and jazz, provided for a texture that evoked images of Dave Mathews Band gone bluegrass.” —MTV.com
July 25: Brenda Lee Eager
Brenda Lee Eager presents an uplifting, rocking, show of classic soul and Motown music that brings the house down and stirs memories and passion in people of all ages. With classic songs and stories, Brenda narrates her own history with artists with whom she has performed including Etta James, Jerry Butler, Smokey Robinson, and Ray Charles. She recorded several chart hitting singles with Jerry Butler and had two R&B hits on her own. She will be performing with an all-star band with some very special guests.
August 1: Albert Lee
Two time Grammy winner Albert Lee is truly a musician’s musician, playing hot country, rock and blues guitar as a member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band and the Crickets and voted ‘Best Country Guitar Picker’ by Guitar Player magazine five times. Lee played regularly with The Everly Brothers for over 20 years. Starting in 1972, Lee worked for five years with Eric Clapton, playing and singing for a live concert recording at the Budokan in Japan. In November 2002, Albert Lee was among other world-class names appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in the “Concert for George,” a tribute to George Harrison. Albert Lee appeared at the “2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival” and continues to work in the studio and tours on a regular basis with Bill Wyman’s (Rolling Stones) Rhythm Kings.
August 8: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca is a dynamic 10-piece band that can literally burn up the dance floor by capturing all of the elements of African and Cuban music. The World Music ensemble blends African soukous and rumba with Cuban salsa and son. A native
of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) Ricardo Lemvo sings some of the material in Spanish and some material in the African tongues of Kikongo and Lingala.
Makina Loca features a dazzling array of attacking horns, mesmerizing percussion, and a rolling piano that floats along. Grab a window seat on the rumba route dancing to Afro-Caribbean groove. "These guys play with an intensity that makes it impossible
to hold still".—San Francisco Examiner
August 15: Led Zepagain—Symphony to Heaven
Led Zepagain is the premier Led Zeppelin tribute band. On this night they perform their show Symphony to Heaven doing the classic songs of Led Zeppelin accompanied by string quartet featuring original arrangements written especially for them. Originally performed in Las Vegas to standing ovations this is a rare chance to see this amazing performance. How good is this group? In January 2004, Led Zepagain was paid the highest compliment ever when Zeppelin’s original guitarist, Jimmy Page, caught their show and requested to meet the band in their dressing room where he praised them on their accuracy! As a special treat they will be performing with their latest member and great lead guitarist Christian Nesmith son of the Monkees Mike Nesmith. All the classic acoustic tunes plus the screaming electrics done at a level your ear doctor will approve of.
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