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MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017

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The World Famous San Pedro Fish Market Grille recently celebrated the 365 day anniversary of it’s newest location—3 Peninsula Center in Rolling Hills Estates with giveaways and complimentary mouthwatering selections. Now, San Pedro Fish Market Grille has a new solid establishment to go along with 1313 W. Sepulveda Blvd. Harbor City and 120 W. G Street, Wilmington addresses. Each of them feature the World Famous Shrimp Tray that can feed up to six people, with accommodations for more if needed, house-made ceviche and many other tasty seafood options, including the newly created Shipwreck, an over three pound nautical extravaganza.

Casual, family oriented, fun and delicious, the San Pedro Fish Market Grille was started by two families; the Ungaros and the Amalfitanos in 1956, in San Pedro. Initially, it was modest with seating for only thirty, and a mandate that has driven the business, “Satisfy the customer by serving the freshest and highest quality seafood available cooked to the customer’s requests.”  Since its origin the eatery has remained family owned, has four Guinness World Records, and transitioned into the 21st century with a reality TV show followed nationwide. In essence, the San Pedro Fish Market Grille has maintained its traditions, while changing with the times, by offering a variety of new options that appeal to their customers, and keeps them coming back for more. For more information go to: http://www.spfishgrille.com.


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Lucia Micarelli-Broad Stage



Genre voyager, violinist Lucia Micarelli appeared at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica and was greeted enthusiastically. Micarelli has excelled playing classical, jazz, pop, rock, bluegrass, and on-screen—along the way accumulating many fans. On the Primetime Emmy-winning HBO series Treme, she was Annie, a forlorn and talented violinist, involved with an addictive and unreliable musical partner. For PBS Micarelli recently finished her first concert special. Additionally, the violinist has performed and toured worldwide with rock’s Jethro Tull, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, jazz/pop/classical trumpeter Chris Botti, pop diva Barbara Streisand and classical vocalist Josh Groban.  

  Micarelli assisted by Neel Hammond-violin (husband), Zach Dellinger-viola, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith-cello/vocals, Ian Walker-bass and Robert Thies-piano, began classically, performing composer Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” and “Gabriel's Oboe” from composer Ennio Morricone’s The Mission score. Afterwards the ensemble shifted to high stepping bluegrass tune “Ladys’Fancy.”

  Later Micarelli sang with only piano and backing vocal “This City (New Orleans),” written by alt-country artist Steve Earle, who was also a Treme cast member. The violinist additionally shifted to jazz/classical featuring piano and herself for “Will O’ The Wisp” from Miles Davis’ groundbreaking Sketches of Spain recording and also played standard “Can Spring be Far Behind.” That was just the first set.  

 

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YES


Superstar prog-rock band Yes celebrated their 50th anniversary with a tour included performing at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. Presently, there is some confusion about two different versions of the band playing and recording. ARW who were in LA consisted of original vocalist Jon Anderson, keyboardist Rick Wakeman (joined 1971) and guitarist/keyboardist/singer Trevor Rabin (joined 1983), supported by Lee Pomeroy-bass and Louis Molino III-drums. ABWH, the other Yes is Steve Howe-guitar/vocals, Alan White-drums/ percussion/vocals, Geoff Downes-keyboards/vocals, Billy Sherwood-bass/guitar/keyboards, Jon Davison-vocals/guitar/percussion/keyboards and Jay Schellen-drums.
 
Fans were mostly oblivious to the band’s personnel and legal issues, but did relish the return of wizard keyboardist Rick Wakeman, along with two Yes’s providing more concert and recording opportunities. Musically, ARW dips from the same pool as ABWH, with more emphasis on Anderson’s signature choirboy vocals, Rabin’s biting guitar and Wakeman’s regal keyboard expressions. 
 
Opening instrumental “Cinema” and “Hold On” represented newer era Yes, with a harder edge featuring Rabin and Wakeman blazing away. Still, the classics from the ‘70s such as  “I've Seen All Good People,” “And You and I,” and suite-like “Perpetual Change,” along with ‘80s “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and encore “Roundabout” are what really sent the audience into the upper stratosphere. 

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