June 19, 2003
DANCE Spirited dancing by the diva of flamenco When flamenco diva Maria Bermudez danced locally late last year, a Times reviewer praised her "spontaneity, and especially the sense she conveyed of hearing the music for the first time, which shifted the emphasis away from her forceful technique and onto self-expression: the portrait of a free, passionate spirit."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 |
It's the end of the rainbow for the annual Cajun-zydeco festival in Long Beach. Actually, it's the end of Rainbow Lagoon Park as the site for the event, which this year moves to the new Queen Mary Events Park, next to the famous ocean liner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2005 |
Murphy Matthews, 71, who promoted zydeco and Cajun music and dancing in Los Angeles, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack while dancing at a Redondo Beach fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina. An aerospace worker by profession, Matthews moved to Los Angeles in 1973 from his native Louisiana. He quickly sought out members of Southern California's Creole and Cajun communities and began organizing musical get-togethers and dances.
June 22, 2000 |
It's no wonder Keith Frank often thinks of himself as two people. He's a serious-minded traditionalist and an unpredictable renegade. A native of Soileau, La., the singer-songwriter-accordionist began playing professionally at age 4 in his father's Family Zydeco Band.
May 22, 2003 |
WHEN fans arrive at the Long Beach Bayou Festival at the Queen Mary Events Park on June 21 and 22, the band that will greet them outside the gate might surprise them a bit. Though the group, the Red Stick Ramblers, comes from Baton Rouge in the heart of the Louisiana bayou and includes young musicians raised in the deep Cajun music tradition, some of the music they'll be playing comes from outside the region. Like Paris.
June 22, 2013 |
What's a Monkee doing on the lineup at a blues festival? Singing the blues, of course. That would be singer, guitarist, bassist and songwriter Peter Tork, who spends much of the time when he's not involved with latter-day Monkee business playing with his other band, Shoe Suede Blues, which is on the bill for this weekend's Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival . “I'm having a great time,” Tork, 69, told Pop & Hiss recently. “The drummer we have, Sturgis Cunningham, has such a lovely shuffle with a slightly modern edge to it -- between an oily Chicago blues shuffle and just a little bit of a more well-bound, slightly hip-hopier feel -- just the right combination.