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With the laid-back vibes of the Central Coast, you might not expect San Luis Obispo to host exciting events like triathlons, high-profile concerts and the GranFondo cycling event. But we believe in adventure just as much as we believe in our local culture. From our world-renowned wineries to weekly Farmers’ Markets and fine art events, you get the best of California fun year-round when you visit San Luis Obispo.
As a premiere 5-day annual event, the SLOIFF showcases contemporary and classic film screenings in a wide variety of venues, from the city’s classic art deco Fremont Theatre, to the popular independent Palm Theatre, with a variety of unexpected venues from the wine country of Paso Robles to the seaside towns of Avila Beach and Pismo Beach.
San Luis Obispo County will play host to thousands of visiting movie buffs, as well as filmmakers and celebrities during the festival’s five days of films, special events, filmmaking panels and parties. Please visit our website for a full line-up of events at slofilmfest.org.
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival’s Opening Night event will feature STARRING ADAM WEST, a new documentary by Director, James Tooley. Adam West will be at the screening for a Q&A and will receive the Festival’s Spotlight Award.
The SLO Jazz Festival and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art present: Anton Schwartz, on tour promoting the fast-rising CD, Flash Mob, in a concert at the Museum of Art for a special showcase.
With Flash Mob, his first new recording in seven years, the expressive and swinging tenor saxophonist/ composer Anton Schwartz delivers a disc notable for its well-crafted tunes, riveting ensemble work, and abundance of attitude. Schwartz’s Antonjazz label will release the CD, his fifth since his 1998 debut When Music Calls and first since 2006’s Top 5 radio staple Radiant Blue, on January 28. An audiophile recording, Flash Mob is available as a standard CD and also from HDtracks in high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit digital. The CD is currently ranked #7 on Jazz Week, rising over 18 positions from the previous week.
Presenting a diverse program of original tunes, plus one each by Kenny Dorham and Thelonious Monk, Schwartz is joined by a superlative cast including Grammy Award-nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti, rising Bay Area drum star Lorca Hart, big-toned New York trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, and the imperturbably grooving South Bay bassist John Shifflett (who has anchored just about all of Schwartz’s recordings). As usual, the saxophonist creates unabashedly appealing music that bristles with intriguing ideas, unbridled energy, and unexpected rhythmic juxtapositions.
At the SLOMA Concert, Anton will replace Farinacci with Tatum Greenblatt, a trumpeter named by Wynton Marsalis as one of his favorite up-and-coming trumpet players. Tatum has performed with Joe Lovano, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Mingus Legacy Bands and more. Replacing Lorca Hart on drums for this show is the fabulous Aaron McClendon, who has performed with Academy Award winner Terrence Howard, appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, and played with such notables as Kurt Elling, Ben Monder, Sam Barsh, Taylor Eigsti, Gerald Clayton, and Red Baraat. Surrounded by such amazing talent, Anton ought to be in fine shape at the SLOMA Concert.
“I always aim to write the music I’d like to hear,” says Schwartz, who for the last three years has divided his time between Seattle and Oakland. “A lot of great music out there doesn’t hold my attention the way Stevie Wonder does. I like music that goes someplace. I write for my own impoverished attention span, and it seems to serve me well.”
“We are excited to feature such an impressive talent as Anton Schwartz in our first show produced at the Museum of Art, a partner who once again demonstrates their passion for jazz music – an original American art form,” stated Scott Andrews, Founder and Executive Director of SLO Jazz Festival, a local non-profit created to bring quality jazz events, music education, and cultural awareness to San Luis Obispo.
The Cal Poly wind bands present their annual winter concert featuring guest artist and world-renowned trombonist Ko-ichiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto is one of the foremost Japanese trombonists of his generation, currently acting as the principal trombonist for the Seattle Symphony and Saito-Kinen Orchestras.
He is also on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Music. Active as a soloist, recitalist, chamber music performer, and clinician, Yamamoto has performed with orchestras from around the world, including the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Chamber Orchestra. In addition to solo works for trombone and band featuring Yamamoto, the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will perform several selections that highlight the power and splendor of the modern wind band as well as the virtuosity of the students at Cal Poly.
Australian performer and teacher Michael Duke will perform works for solo saxophone and piano.
Throughout Australia and abroad, Duke has engaged in an extensive performance career. He has performed with many of Australia’s premiere orchestras. As a freelance musician in the Boston, Mass., area, Duke has backed such varied artists as Gloria Estefan, The Four Tops, Bill Cosby and Gary Burton. He has also performed with the Danilo Perez Big Band, the Jim Widner Big Band, and the Greg Hopkins Big Band.
In addition to being active as a clinician and tutor, Duke has taught on the faculty of Simpson College in Iowa, Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts, and as an associate instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Beginning in July 2008, Duke commenced his appointment as the first ever full-time classical saxophone lecturer in Australia at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University. He currently also holds the role of chair of the woodwind department.
University Jazz Band concerts feature everything from authentic performances of traditional jazz standards to cutting-edge repertoire of world music, hip-hop and more.
From the big band “wall of sound” to spontaneous interplay in jazz combos, the Cal Poly Jazz Bands respect the tradition while expanding its boundaries.
Every year, the Cal Poly Symphony holds auditions for student soloists of any major. The prize for several of them? A performance with the symphony, of course! Come hear this year’s winners, and celebrate musical talent from across the university.
The Symphony will also perform music of American masters, including Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
3/18: Michael McDonald
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop – an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.
Along with his musical contributions, McDonald has long been an active humanitarian. Over the years, he has lent his talents and energies to many causes and benefits, including MusiCares, the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the 7UP Grammy Signature Schools Program. Most recently, in April 2011, he was part of a star-studded lineup at Kokua For Japan, a concert that raised $1.6 million for tsunami relief.
Yet for all his varied accomplishments, McDonald has kept a modestly low profile. Shunning theatrics and trend-chasing, he has trusted in the power of his voice and a deep catalog of memorable songs to point the way through his long career.
Born into a musical family in St. Louis on February 12, 1952, Michael started singing when he was four years old. After tinkering with banjo and guitar, he found his true passion at the piano. Soon he was writing his first songs and doing the time-honored apprenticeship with bands in the family garage. Determined to pursue music full-time, McDonald moved to L.A in the early ‘70s, where he honed his skills as a session musician and singer.
That soon led to an invitation to join Steely Dan. Over the course of four classic albums, from Katy Lied to Gaucho, McDonald became an integral part of the group’s sound, singing background vocals on FM staples like “Black Friday” and “Peg.”
In the mid-‘70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R & B sound as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”
His distinct vocal style also made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers. Beyond his hits with The Doobies, McDonald has lent his voice to records by an A-Z of artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell and Vince Gill. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, his solo career zoomed from success to success on the wings of evergreen hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” “On My Own” (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.”
Continuing to explore new vistas, in 2003 and 2004, McDonald released his Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling pair of Motown albums. Then in 2005, he partnered with Hallmark for a special Christmas album, Through The Many Winters, which sold 500,000 copies in its first two weeks.
On the heels of 2008’s acclaimed crossover album Soul Speak (which hit three different charts simultaneously) and multiple appearances on PBS’s Soundstage, McDonald continues to tour the world, from Europe to Asia to Australia, while moonlighting alongside co-horts Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs with The Dukes Of September, an 11-piece soul supergroup. And as one more feather in his cap, in May 2011, McDonald received an honorary doctorate from Berklee School Of Music.
With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes, personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music.
3/19: Jason Mraz
Central Coast fans are invited to catch the singer/songwriter superstar in rare acoustic concert!
This two-time Grammy Award winner and six-time nominee made pop history with his record-breaking classic single, “I’m Yours,” while also earning platinum and multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries.
Recognized as one of the world’s hardest working and most beloved live artists, Jason Mraz’s journey has propelled him from the San Diego coffee house scene to arenas, amphitheaters, and stadiums all over the world.
Now, in addition to working on his hugely-anticipated new album, he embarks on an intimate West Coast tour, stopping in SLO for one night only.
Performing with Mraz on tour are close friends, Los Angeles-based Raining Jane.
Co-presented with Otter Productions, Inc.
SPECIAL STUDENT DISCOUNT: $60 SEATS (150 limit)
A 150-seat block in the orchestra section of $60 tickets are available to Cal Poly students with I.D. on a first come/first served basis.
Discount tickets on sale as of noon, Saturday, February 22 at the Ticket Office. By phone (756-4849) or in-person only. Limit two tickets per I.D. Pick up hard tickets at the door with I.D. on the evening of the concert.
Questions? Call the PAC Ticket Office at 756-4849.
Measure Y, your half-cent sales tax, is set to expire in 2015. Come listen to recommendations from a citizen committee, provide feedback, and help develop a contingency plan. An audit of last year’s Measure Y spending will also be provided.
Realizing the enormous synchronicity between two of American’s greatest leaders, we present a special musical tribute to Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The program includes….
**Festival Overture – (on the American National Air “The Star Spangled Banner”) by Dudley Buck
**Elegy for a Young American (multi-media)
To honor John F. Kennedy by Ronald LoPresti
**Symphony No. 4 – To honor Abraham Lincoln by David Maslanka