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FUN, FUN, FUN!

The Beach Boys perform with Pacific Symphony Pops on March 3rd and 4th

FUN, FUN, FUN!

  • By Karen Vock
  • Photo Courtesy of Segerstrom

Get ready for music heaven March 3-4 when the top of the pantheon of pop, The Beach Boys, perform in concert with the Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Beloved for close vocal harmonies and irresistible chart-topping hits such as Surfin’,”“Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” The Beach Boys are one of the most prolific and admired American bands of all time.

The angelic harmonies that define The Beach Boys remain vibrant in an evening that will feature founding member Mike Love and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston. From breezy, early songs about sun and fun to the group’s groundbreaking Good Vibrations era music, The Beach Boys’ influence on American rock and roll cannot be understated.

Recipients of the 2001 Grammy Award® for Lifetime Achievement, The Beach Boys will perform as part of the 2016-17 Pacific Symphony Pops Series with Grammy Award®-winning principal pops conductor Richard Kaufman at the podium.  Currently in its 38th season, the Pacific Symphony is also celebrating a decade of creative music-making as the resident orchestra of the Segerstrom Concert Hall.  The Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and presents more than 100 concerts, events and community programs each year that reach more than 300,000 music lovers.

For more details on Segerstrom Center for the Arts, click here. For more details on Pacific Symphony, click here.

Country Maverick!

Maren Morris

Country Maverick!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Maren Morris

For mainstream America, Maren Morris only recently took center stage as a country music maverick for her Best Country Solo Performance Grammy Award win for “My Church,” her debut single, which is platinum-selling, hit number one on the Country Digital Songs chart and has garnered nearly 25 million views on YouTube since its release in late January.

For country aficionados, Morris has been steadily bubbling up since her debut album “Walk On” in 2005, with her latest, “Hero,” released last summer being her fourth. She reached boiling point when that album peaked at number one on the US Country Chart and number five on the US Billboard 200, a feat not common in the country music genre. So what’s her secret?

Morris’ soulful songs and insightful lyrics appeal to a wide audience. While Morris’ music might lean toward the cowboys (she opened for Keith Urban when he toured last year), she’s embracing her cowgirl base. The starlet recently tweeted out, “In a world where girls are a lot of times pit against each other, I have to say, ‘HELL no.’ Good music is coming back, girls AND boys.” And during that Grammy win, she made it a point to mention that “women are bringing music back.” Sound familiar? This is the tack that helped launch Taylor Swift from country to mainstream. (Did I just suggest Maren Morris is the next Taylor Swift? Hmm. You heard it here first.)

For all things Maren Morris, click here.

Lauren Alaina!

Lauren Alaina

Lauren Alaina!

  • By Sharareh Zerang
  • Photo Courtesy of Lauren Alaina

Ever since her runner-up success on American Idol in 2011, Lauren Alaina has been a voice to be reckoned with! and now, her latest project Road Less Traveled, proved that she isn’t going anywhere! With this new song, the 22- year- old artist opened up to the crowd of audience, showing her vulnerability through rough themes such as divorce,  body-image, alcoholism, and challenges in the music industry.

It has been more than five years since Alaina had released a project.  The road less traveled, contains 12 tracks that inhibits girl-power anthems and vulnerability. In there track “Same Day Different Bottle”, she speaks about her father’s alcoholism, and in “Doin’ Fine”, she lets us have a peek through her parent’s divorce. Alaina also takes a step away from emotional tunes and delivers “My Kinda People” and “Next Boyfriend”,Which are light and fun but also serve the purpose of appealing to girl power. They remind the female fans that being a female never should hold anyone down to reach their dreams and go above and beyond.

In her song “Pretty”, Alaina revealed her bulimia disorder and expressed what she felt and went through in her single, “Road Less Traveled”. Altogether, her full album and her songs all circle back to showing how far she has come ever since she was on American Idol. This album needs to be heard by girls everywhere!

For all things Lauren Alaina, click here.

CHILI TIME!

Feud airs on March 5th on FX (pictured Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon)

CHILI TIME!

  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photo Courtesy of RHCP

I can’t believe it’s already March but I’m so happy it’s here!  March is my birthday month and hubby is taking me to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Yeah! These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have been funkin’ it up for well over 30 years and know how to put on a show.

I love watching Anthony Kiedis bounce around the stage busting out raps and harmonies.  Flea, who very well could be the best bass player of all time, is such a treat to see live slappin’ that bass around.  Amazing drummer Chad Smith has had lots of charitable fun lately holding drum offs with Will Farrell. I’m excited to see what their new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer brings to the band.

Chili fans are digging their most recently released 11th album The Getaway which has been called a rebirth of sorts and evokes some classic funkadelic Chili sounds as well some instrospective styles under the helm of Danger Mouse and Nigel Godrich.  The album debuted on the airwaves with the dreamy Dark Necessities track and the Chilis have made some super fun videos for several of the songs.

If you have missed the 3 sold out shows here then catch them headlining Bonnaroo this summer. Rumor also has it that they have a cameo in Terrence Malick’s movie Song to Song about the Austin scene that releases this month.

For all things RHCP, click here.

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