March 28, 2013
The songwriter-arranger Van Dyke Parks might be best known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, but he keeps up with contemporary acts as well. He worked with Joanna Newsom on "Ys," and at this show his brings along the L.A. chanteuse Inara George and the New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott for a round-robin concert. McCabe's. 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat. $22.50. McCabes.com .
July 23, 2013 |
Van Dyke Parks has a story for everything in his life, from the name of his pet schnauzer to the mug in which he served a visitor coffee on a recent morning at his antique-lined home in Pasadena. "You know where I got that cup?" asked Parks, an important figure on the margins of the Los Angeles pop scene since the mid-1960s, when he wrote allusive lyrics for the Beach Boys' ill-fated "Smile" album. The mug was emblazoned with the logo of the New York Flute Club, founded nearly a century ago by Georges Barrère, whose grandson Paul went on to play in the band Little Feat with one of Parks' best friends, the late Lowell George.
November 3, 2011
Join two L.A. music legends from different generations as they pool their talents for a special concert, backed by a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Van Dyke Parks is known for his work with the Beach Boys, U2, the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. Inara George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Admission free with advance reservations. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
March 28, 2013 |
Pop music renaissance man Van Dyke Parks , fresh off an enthusiastically reviewed trip to Australia, has returned to his longtime home in Southern California and will play two shows on Saturday, March 30, at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. He's sharing the bill with an equally iconoclastic musician, New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott. Parks, the 70-year-old composer, arranger, orchestrator, pianist, accordionist and singer who was born in Hattiesburg, Miss., and spent a chunk of his youth in Lake Charles, La., struck up a friendship with McDermott over their shared love of the music of 19 th century composer Louis Gottschalk, a forebear of ragtime composer-performer Scott Joplin.
May 24, 2008 |
Mike Andrews, the producer of Inara George's new album, "An Invitation," calls it "the father-and-daughter record she never got to make." That might sound strange to students of Los Angeles rock history, who know that the singer's father, Lowell George, the eccentric and brilliant leader of the rock band Little Feat, died in 1979 of a heart attack at age 32.
November 5, 2011
EVENTS Comikaze Expo Fanboys and -girls will unite at this inaugural celebration of pop culture, comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Comics icon Stan Lee and horror diva Elvira are set to kick off the event, which also offers screenings, panels, portfolio reviews, games and a masquerade ball. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.) $12 per day, $20 for two-day pass. http://www.comikazeexpo.com. Irvine Holiday Faire Get a jump-start on the holiday shopping at the 29th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire festive boutique, which will feature hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations from more than 150 vendors.