September 2017

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Barbara Tribute!

(left to right) Barbara Cook - 1975, SHE LOVES ME - 1963, At Carnegie Hall, (photo: Denise Winters), with Robert Preston in THE MUSIC MAN - 1957

Barbara Tribute!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of the Artist

The incomparable Barbara Cook, a revered Broadway star known and loved for her vocal agility, wide range, warm sound, and emotive musical interpretations, passed away on August 8 at the age of 89. At the time of her death, Cook was widely recognized as one of the premiere performers of musical theatre songs and standards. Her subtle and sensitive renditions of American popular songs continued to earn high praise right up until she reluctantly retired earlier this year. I saw her perform when she was 85 years old, and it was unforgettable.

Cook first came to prominence in the original Broadway casts of Plain and Fancy (1955), Candide (1956), and The Music Man (1957), for which she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Marian the Librarian opposite Robert Preston as Professor Harold Hill. She continued performing mostly in theatre until 1975, when she gave her first ever solo concert (at Carnegie Hall) and began a whole new career as a cabaret and concert singer, wowing audiences and leaving critics searching for new superlatives. Between that time and her death, she recorded 22 solo albums and appeared on 18 others.

Over the years, I was lucky enough to see Barbara Cook perform several different times and each concert was simply bliss. Her extraordinary and distinguished career was the stuff of which legends are made. She will never be forgotten.

Time To Travel!

Outlander’s Season 3 premieres September 10th on Starz (pictured: Caitriona Balfe and Tobais Menzies)

Time To Travel!

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of Starz

If time travel is possible, I’d be headed for the standing stones and September 10, 2017. Outlander’s premiere of season 3, based on Diana Gabaldon’s best selling novels. Outlander began with the story of British WWII Nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) reuniting and honeymooning in Scotland. Claire is transported through the standing stones of Inverness to 1743 Scotland, and meets Scottish Highlander, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). They set out to stop the Battle of Culloden. In 1740’s Paris they attempt to thwart Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempts to reclaim the family throne. Unable to prevent the infamous battle, Jamie must return his now pregnant wife Claire to the stones and her 1940’s husband Frank to save her life and that of their unborn child.

Husband and Wife team Ron D. Moore & Terry Dresbach return as showrunner and costume designer with season 3, based upon Voyager, the 3rd of the 8-novel series. We’re taken on a very different journey from the previous seasons, visiting strange and exotic locales with new experiences and adventures. Paralleling lives of Claire & daughter Brianna in 1960’s Boston and Jamie in the 1740’s aftermath of Culloden. To recreate the locations of both eras, filming took place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cape Town South Africa. The question of the day, for non-book readers, is will star crossed lovers Jamie and Claire find their way back to one another? Only time (travel) will tell!

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(left to right) Pangeaseed (Frank & Mimi), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barrett's Mexican & Lemonade, Oceanaire, DJ Diesel, Janes Addiction, Lee Hendrickson, The Dirty Cookie, David Spade, and P!NK


  • Photo Courtesy of KAABOO

You’ve been to Bonnaroo ~ you glamped at Coachella ~ you got lit at the Electric Daisy Carnival, you got loose at Lollapalooza.  Now it’s time to… KAABOO!

KAABOO takes it to the next level.  This amazing affair was created by music lovers formusic lovers what has been uniquely curated to tickle and tantalize all five of our spectacular senses.   KABBOO features a world class incredible music line-up with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janes Addiction, MUSE, Ice Cube, DJ Diesel and P!NK!  Just to name a sorted few. You can even choose to bask in the sun and rock out from the pool with a great view.

Take a break to enjoy the comedic stylings of David Spade, Patton Oswalt, Norm Macdonald and/or a dozen more. Experience incredible art installations made before your very eyes.  Cruise through the contemporary art fair and explore hundreds of paintings, sculptures, photography and gorgeous jewelry.  Spoil yourself with a stop by the spa for a killer concert blowout or melt into in a massage after a day of indulgence.

Gourmet cuisine and craft cocktails take a main stage as well with a plethora of culinary rockstars and artisnal libation creations. So much to savor, behold and do. Don’t call it a festival ~ call it KAABOO!

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Muppets’ Takeover!

The Muppets take the Bowl with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl September 8th, 9th, and 10th (three nights only!)

Muppets’ Takeover!

  • By Andrew Fish
  • Photo Courtesy of LA Philharmonic

It’s been an awesome summer at the Hollywood Bowl. There were the Moody Blues, Ziggy Marley at Reggae Night, two Harry Potter shows set to music, and now it’s time for “The Muppets Take the Bowl.” Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the gang are set to hit the legendary outdoor venue with the help of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. There will be special guests — like Saturday Night Live and Me, Myself and I star Bobby Moynihan — and fireworks, too.

If you’re wondering, this does mean that after hitting it hard last year at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, their very first festival concert, Muppet house-band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem are taking it to the next level as they lay down the musical backbone for this historic show. With Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboard, Animal on drums, Floyd on bass, Janice on guitar, and Zoot on sax, the rock & roll outfit that’s been on the scene for over 40 years is now front and center at a Muppetational extravaganza chock full of song-and-dance numbers and far-out sketches. It’s all happening on September 8, 9 and 10 — time to get things started!

And don’t forget that Thursday, September 7, brings Singin’ in the Rain to the Bowl. Enjoy the classic film with live accompaniment by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by David Newman. Head to the Hollywood Bowl and start autumn off right.

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