August 7, 1997 |
This weekend, the birthday party continues in Santa Barbara, where the Music Academy of the West is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with a star-studded roster of concerts. And the stars in question haven't necessarily been the usual suspects. Bobby McFerrin showed up two weeks ago, as conductor and improvisational guru, and brought the house down, with dignity.
August 1, 1996 |
Johnny Clegg and his band Juluka are on a mission to improve things in their native South Africa. And while they've waiting for better days, they make people dance. They, and another serious groove master, King Sunny Ade--who with his African Beats plays a unique brand of Nigerian juju music--should have the Santa Barbara County Bowl swinging Friday evening. Clegg, as a white kid in South Africa, decided he wanted to check out the local music scene.
August 24, 1995
FRIDAY * Bill Coffey, he of Mudheads and Matt & Bill fame, will perform about 9 p.m. Friday at Two West Coffee Company, located on the corner of Ventura Avenue and Main Street, Ventura. After recently relocating to the 805-area code from Idaho, Coffey continues work on a CD, which is expected to be released within a few months. As of late he has been assisted by the capable bassist Jason Bays.
August 17, 1995 |
Musician-songwriter Cyrus Clarke will team up with Tom Corbett on guitar and mandolin in an all-acoustic concert Friday at the Presidio chapel in Santa Barbara. Clarke has written music for local groups including the Acousticats, the Phil Salazar Band, and the Cache Valley Drifters. Concert time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $9 (advance), $10 (at the door). Call 965-0093 or 563-6395. The Presidio chapel is at the corner of Santa Barbara and Canon Perdido streets.
May 18, 1995 |
If you've yet to check out this season's concert schedule at the Santa Barbara Bowl, you may want to start. First up is the band Live, performing at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $13.50 and $19.50. Saturday it's Bob Dylan, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22, $25, $29 and $31. And on Sunday, The Black Crowes will stop by for a 7 p.m. concert. All seats are $27. Call Ticketmaster at 583-8700. The bowl is at 1122 N. Milpas St.
October 27, 1994 |
There's no such thing as a starving actor these days at Santa Barbara's Westmont College, not with the Westmont Classical Repertory Theatre production of "The Art of Dining Out" opening tonight. This comedy centers around a couple who has just purchased a small, elegant restaurant. While the husband tries to build up the clientele, the wife is busy preparing gourmet meals--something she actually will do on stage.
October 20, 1994 |
Former Herman's Hermit Peter Noone will bring the old '50s and '60s tunes out of storage when he heads up the music portion of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art's "Art, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll" benefit on Friday evening. Along with the music, food will be brought in by the Wine Cask, and there will be an old-time soda shop. The party will rage on from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $85. Call 963-4364, Ext. 325. The museum is at 1130 State St.
September 22, 1994 |
The Moody Blues, with four-fifths of the lineup from 1966 still at it, will bring their cosmic consciousness and heavenly harmonies to the Santa Barbara County Bowl on Sunday night. For sure. The Moodies were one of the first bands to connect rock to classical music with their landmark 1967 pop opera release, "Days of Future Passed." Well, the future is now, because the Santa Barbara Symphony, overdressed and overwhelming, will be there to back up the band.