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Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by RLn Staff

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Harbor Currents in Entertainment, May 22, 2012

May 24
STATE OF THE UNION
State of the Union is an electro band based in Los Angeles, California that has emerged as a powerhouse in the alternative/electronic/industrial scene. Their unique blend of industrial dance and more accessible forms of EBM with contemporary electronic styles and very deep, thoughtful,inspiring lyrics ranging from hard-hitting electronic beats to haunting ballads and symphonic orchestrations. State of the Union has earned incredible acclaim for their energetic live performances and gained a fanatical worldwide following. They have just released their latest CD, “Dancing in the Dark. The show is May 24 and starts at 8:30p.m.
Details:
http://www.state-of-the-union.info, (562) 432-5240
Venue:
Seabird Jazz Lounge
Location:
730 E. Broadway, Long Beach

May 26
Medieval & Spanish blues: Guitar & Song
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Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk. Bourbon will be at Alvas on May 26 at 8p.m.Tickets are $20.
Details: 1-800-403-3447, www.alvasshowroom.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom
Location: 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

Minyo Station at Alvas
MINYO STATION just released their first CD titled “Cultural Twist” in February of 2012, which contains contemporary jazz and R&B “TWIST” based on “MINYO-Japanese Traditional Folk Music.” Check them out YouTube.

The band leader and arranger, Yu Ooka has been working professionally as a jazz guitarist. Lead vocalist, Marisa Kosugi had been professionally trained in real Minyo world in Japan. Their musical combination makes music ‘simply colorful’. In 5 / 26, MINYO STATION will make “the Twist” REAL!! Tickets are $20/Advanced $25/Door
Details: (310)806-1131 or yu.ooka@gmail.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom
Location: 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

Rocketman: The Elton John Tribute Blasts Off
The Norris Theatre will come alive to the sounds of one of the biggest pop artists of all time at a special return performance of “Rocketman: The Elton John Tribute.” In a show as extravagant as Sir Elton’s celebrated career, Scotsman Rus Anderson re-enacts an early Elton John concert, complete with exact replica costumes, down to the feather boas, platform shoes and crazy, oversized sunglasses, accompanied by a six-piece band.
Details: www.norriscenter.com
Venue: Norris Theatre
Location: 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates

May 27
Jill Sharpe at Ashley’s 

Jill Sharpe Blues Band

The extraordinary blues woman Jill Sharpe along with her band-mates Mark St. John, Luis Romo, and Evan Yearsly will be rounding out a three city tour at Ashley’s Long Beach Blues Jam on May 27, from 5-9p.m.
Details: www.jillsharpe.com
Venue: Ashley’s Bar and Grill
Location: 1731 E. 4th St.,Long Beach

Jeff & Lisa LINSKY: Music of Our Ancestors
For this special “Music of Our Ancestors Concert” at Alva’s Showroom, Jeff is joined by his award-winning pianist wife Lisa Linsky. Lisa’s passionate, heartfelt compositions on her debut CD, “Sanctuary,” earned her a prestigious Parents’ Choice Award for their calming effect on children. Lisa comes from a long line of concert pianists and has been playing since she was four years old, although her piano studies shared the spotlight with her career as a child actress. Read more. Tickets are $20.
Details: 1-800-403-3447, www.alvasshowroom.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom
Location: 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

June 1
Alphonso JOHNSON’S Tribute Band
Internationally acclaimed bassist and chapman stick artists Alphonso Johnson has accumulated numerous performing, recording, teaching, producing, composing and publishing credits during his illustrious career. His touring and recording credits read like a “Who’s Who” of jazz and fusion and he is considered one of the top performers in the world on his instrument. On this night, he’ll be featuring  the music of Josef Zawinul & Wayne Shorter from Weather Report. Tickets are $20
Details: 1-800-403-3447, www.alvasshowroom.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom
Location: 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

James Taulbee
Organist and choirmaster James Taulbee will be performing at 12:15 p.m. June 1 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach. Taulbee is the Director of Music and Organist at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Westwood.
Details: (310) 937-7275; www.palosverdes.com/TLCmusic/
Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church
Location: 1340 11th St., Manhattan Beach

June 2
The Aristocrats-GUTHRIE Govan/ BRYAN Beller/ MARCO Minnemann
“Back by Popular Demand” This will be a Live Video shoot: Featuring three of the most accomplished virtuosos in the world in the genre of rock-fusion instrumental, The Aristocrats was formed shortly after January, 2011 after guitar sensation Guthrie Govan, drum phenom Marco Minnemann, and bassist extraordinaire Bryan Beller got together to do an impromptu Bass Bash event during NAMM. The three musicians hit it off so well in terms of musical interplay and chemistry that they immediately said after the show that they need to do this again. That talk evolved into making a debut album and the new fledgling supergroup went into the studio in Chicago in late-April to record the album which will be released in the summer 0f 2011.They will be playing June 2 and 3. Read more.
Details: 1-800-403-3447, www.alvasshowroom.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom
Location: 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

24th Annual Family Concert
Winners of the annual concerto competition will be featured with the orchestra.
Performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Marsee Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
Details: (800) 832-ARTS; www.centerforthearts.org
Venue: El Camino College, Marsee Auditorium
Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

June 2
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet brings their fiery jazz blend, starting at 8 p.m. June
2, on the Annex stage in San Pedro. Influenced by Django Reinhardt and Hot Club style, the music has been described as a new kind of Gypsy Jazz. Djangofest ’09 Artist of the Year, with guitar, clarinet, and a honed rhythm section, this “blazing quartet” brings the Hot Club to San Pedro. Cost is $15.
Details: (310) 833-4813, www.grandvision.org
Venue: Grand Annex
Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

June 3
Blues Lovers
Brian Young and The Blues Station Band will give a three-hour performance beginning at 4 p.m. June 3 at Godmothers Saloon.
Details: (310) 833-1589; www.brianyoung.mysite.com, www.godmotherssaloon.com
Venue: Godmothers Saloon
Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro

June 10
Carol WELSMAN QUARTET Releases New CD
CAROL WELSMAN is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced

Carol’s newest CD, “I Like Men” Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee was voted Top 5 Album Pick of the Year 2009- in USA Today “I Like Men” receives Juno Award nomination (Carol’s fifth) as “Best Jazz Vocal Album” 2009 Winner of “Female Vocalist of the Year” Award – CDN Smooth Jazz Awards 2010
Details: 1-800-403-3447, www.alvasshowroom.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom
Location: 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

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