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In early ‘70s the singer/songwriter/producer unsuccessfully attempted to create another holiday project without the Beach Boys. Remarkably, in 2005 everything came together for his solo recording What I Really Want For Christmas and now he has plenty of his own “holiday cheer” music. At The Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts, Wilson with long-standing supporting players Al Jardine-bass/vocals/guitar and Blondie Chaplin-guitar/drums/vocals will perform both Christmas CDs in their entirety, along with some non-seasonal surprises. For Wilson and Beach Boy fans this show will definitely be fun and memorable on a variety of levels.


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San Jose Jazz Summerfest 2018

Now in its 29th year of operation, geographically and artistically positioned between the innovative SFJAZZ season and the historic Monterey Jazz Festival, presented a balanced roster of jazz, blues/New Orleans and Latin oriented artists on 12 different outdoor and indoor stages. For the most part its program was palatable and wide-ranging, yet never extreme or big name driven. The prevailing atmosphere was a mixture of discovery for newbies and reaffirmation for long time fans and friends. Concurrently, popular soul and funk performers such as Johnny Gil, Confunkshun, Kool & Gang, Booker T.’s Stax Revue: A Journey Through Soul, Blues and R&B, The Soul Rebels, Lalah Hathaway and local favorites Lydia Pense & Cold Blood With Fred Ross were included for uninitiated attendees and/or those disinterested in jazz who just wanted to party.   Unquestionably, the most vibrant and daring segment of SJJS, also the last, was Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation, which the acclaimed blind virtuoso pianist, currently on faculty at Florida State University, founded in 2012. Continued…

61st Monterey Jazz Festival

September 21-23 2018

Brain Wilson performs on December 21st

Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live
December 21, 2018
8:00 PM
Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts
18000 Park Plaza Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703 

(800) 300-4345 or (562) 916-8500

Quirky genius Brian Wilson has long been recognized and admired for his musical acumen, concepts, harmonies and enduring songs depicting the “California Dream.” One of his creations surprisingly was The Beach Boys Christmas Record in 1964, filled with traditional songs and several holiday originals that have become part of the group’s popular catalogue. However, during that era, nearly 60 years ago, pop, rock, blues, R&B and country artists didn’t devote whole albums to Christmas. In fact, the Beatles, who Wilson considered serious rivals would only record one campy or esoteric Christmas-themed song for their fan club annually years later, and they weren’t for sale (except as booklegs).

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