Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Sights and Sounds: The Rolling Stones, Laurence Juber, The Mavericks, more!

Okay, time for a well-needed inbox update. Lots of music news to share, including details on two wonderful artists coming into Orange County this weekend...



March 1, 2016 – The Rolling Stones will perform a groundbreaking concert in Havana, Cuba on Friday March 25, 2016.  The free concert will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open air concert in the country by a British Rock Band.  Always exploring new horizons and true pioneers of rock, the Stones, who have toured every corner of the globe, will bring their high octane performance and incredible music catalogue to the Caribbean for the first time ever.

This once-in-a-lifetime concert event follows the band’s America Latina Ole tour, which is currently receiving rave reviews, playing to huge audiences in stadiums in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre with Lima, Bogotá and Mexico City following next week. The band are also leading a musician to musician initiative in which much needed musical instruments and equipment are being donated by major suppliers for the benefit of Cuban musicians of all genres. Donors include The Gibson Foundation, Vic Firth, RS Berkeley, Pearl, Zildjian, Gretsch, Latin Percussion, Roland and BOSS with additional assistance from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.

The Rolling Stones said: “We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.”

This historical concert will no doubt have Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood mesmerizing a new audience of fans with a set packed full of classic Stones hits as well as special gems from their million selling albums.

The Rolling Stones concert, which has been in the planning stages for several months comes only days after President Barack Obama's recently announced visit to Cuba.

This entire event is being made possible by the benefaction of Fundashon Bon Intenshon on behalf of the island of Curaçao. Fundashon Bon Intenshon initiates and supports international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty.

It is being promoted by AEG's Concerts West and Musica Punto Zero who extend their gratitude for the support provided by the Institute of Cuban Music in bringing this event to the people of Cuba.

The Rolling Stones “Concert for Amity” will be filmed and produced by award winning production company JA Digital with Paul Dugdale directing and Simon Fisher and Sam Bridger as producers. Julie Jakobek of JA Digital said: “It’s a great honour to be working with the Rolling Stones again on this hugely exciting and historic event”.


Fingerstyle guitarist Laurence Juber to perform two dates in Orange County this weekend

Laurence Juber / Photo by Robert Kinsler
Two-time Grammy winning guitar great Laurence Juber is set to perform two intimate concerts in Orange County, CA this weekend. The former lead guitar player for Paul McCartney's WINGS will perform as part of the Lord of the Strings concert series.

Juber will perform at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, at 7:30 p.m. on March 4. He will also perform at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Dr., Mission Viejo, at 7 p.m. on March 5. Admission to either show is $30.
For more information, call 949-842-2227 or visit the Lord of the Strings Web site here.

The Mavericks coming to Anaheim House of Blues

From left: Jerry Dale McFadden, Raul Malo, Paul Deakin
and Eddie Perez of The Mavericks.
Photo by Cary Baker, Conqueroo
The Mavericks are set to return to Orange County, CA, when they take the stage at the Anaheim House of Blues on Friday, March 4 (tickets are $28.75-$70.00). The band took center stage at the Microsoft Theater last month (February 2016) during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony® to perform “All Night Long,” which scored a nomination for Best American Roots Song and was penned by Cuban American frontman Raul Malo. The musical comrades — Malo, Paul Deakin (drums), Eddie Perez (guitars) and Jerry Dale McFadden (keyboards)  — garnered a nod in the Best Americana Album category for Mono and once again demonstrated “This is why human beings make music” (Los Angeles Times). Fans can watch the performanchere. 
Surprising the room at El Cid during El Twanguero’s show on Saturday of Grammy Awards weekend, the band treated patrons to a pre-Grammy preview with hits like “Back in Your Arms Again,” “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” and “Come Unto Me.” The Mavericks, who formed over two decades ago in Miami, will bring more sizzle to the stage when they return to Los Angeles on March 5 for a tour stop at the Fonda Theatre. 
The dynamic band was deemed #1 “Best Live Act” in the Nashville Scene’s 16th annual Country Music Critics Poll, which compiles votes by journalists from The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BillboardPitchfork.comPopMatters.com and other outlets. Exuding feel-good vibes, unmistakable energy and a melting pot of genre influences, the reigning Americana Music Awards Duo/Group of the Year also earned top spots on several 2015 Best-of lists from esteemed music critics at the Los Angeles Times, NPR and Rolling Stone.
The Mavericks’ unique sound, showcased live across the globe and on critically acclaimed albums— most recently Mono (2015) and In Time (2013) — unites the masses through the most universal language of all … music.  
For upcoming tour dates and more, visit TheMavericksBand.com. 

Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla to tour 
While we are on the subject of special concert dates and tour news, check out George A. Paul's Music Minded blog for a complete update on a forthcoming U.S. tour featuring rock bands Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla. You can access the post via the link here.

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