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Grand Performances in DTLA: Ginkgoa & Mbongwana Star

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2016 06:06pm | Post a Comment

L.A.’s “Best free outdoor Summer concert series," Grand Performances, continues its 30th season throughout July and August with Grand Performances, Los Angeles, L.A.a lineup reflecting the city’s diversity. Catch these free shows at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. and stop by Amoeba's booth to say hello!

Join us at Grand Performances on Friday, July 22 for the hot club cabaret sounds of Ginkgoa, and on Saturday, August 6 for Mbongwana Star's electro-infused Congolese dance music. Spin our prize wheel, get gift certificates, and more! Both shows start at 8pm. 

Check out Grand Performances' full schedule HERE.

 

Ginkgoa Mbongwana Star
Ginkgoa Mbongwana Star

 

Shop Amoeba SF's Recently Expanded Brazilian CD Section!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 4, 2016 07:28pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco has the BEST selection of Brazilian music on CD! From classic artists like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to younger artists like Ceu and Silva, from MangueBeat from Pernambuco to Blocos from Bahia, Amoeba SF is the place to stock up on your Musica Brasileira!

Amoeba Music San Francisco tem a mais melhor seleção de Musica Brasileira em CD na Bay Area!! De classicos como Caetano e Gil a artistas contemporaneas como Ceu e Karol Conka; de Manguebit pernambucana a blocos da Bahia, Amoeba Music é o lugar para estocar o seu Musica Brasileira!!

Plus, looking to hear some great Brazilian music live in San Francisco? Check out AfroBrazilian Night at Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, May 19th, featuring sets by The Afrofunk Experience, Antonio Guedes, and Batala San Francisco. More info HERE!
 

Amoeba San Francisco's Brazilian Section

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center, December 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center

Amoeba sponsors two shows with GRAMMY-winning Jewish klezmer superstars The Klezmatics at the SFJAZZ Center on Sunday, December 20th. Making their SFJAZZ Center debut just after the Festival of Light, The Klezmatics will perform seasonal music from their 2006 album Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah, which sets lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions.

Formed in the New York’s East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics led the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. Enduring a number of personnel changes over the past two decades, the band has revolved around original members Lorin Sklamberg on lead vocals and accordion, trumpeter/keyboardist Frank London, and bassist Paul Morrissett. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and Israeli vocalist Chava Alberstein, and have released eleven diverse albums including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel, their first session that set previously unused Woody Guthrie lyrics to their own original material. The group’s most recent release is 2011’s historic document Live at Town Hall and the concurrently released documentary film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

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Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan Live at SF's Herbst Theatre, 11/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 8, 2015 05:52pm | Post a Comment

Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan on Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal ErzincanFriday, November 20th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Kayhan Kalhor, Iranian kamancheh master, and Erdal Erzincan, renowned Turkish baglama player, have entwined Persian classical and Turkish Sufi music since the mid-2000's. Their CD, The Wind, was released in 2006 and their collaboration has remained vibrant ever since.

Instruments similar to the violin-like kamancheh are found in musical ensembles throughout the Middle East and South Asia, and the modern violin derives from them. The baglama is used in traditional Anatolian folk music and religious ceremonies of the Alevi Sufis, a Turkish mystical order.

Kalhor believes in the power of music to link cultures and bring mutual understanding, a message particularly important for his students, "Telling them about the music and the musical culture, considering the situation between our two countries, I think is very valuable".

Tickets available now.

Ukrainian Block Party -- Huun-Huur Tu and DakhaBrakha at Royce Hall

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 27, 2015 01:41pm | Post a Comment

We're spoiled for entertainment choices here in Los Angeles; sometimes I feel almost paralyzed by cultural options and end up in an almost catatonic state listening to old episodes of Dragnet. That almost happened the other day, when I was torn between whether to go to KDAY’s Fresh Fest or Center for the Art of Performance's Ukrainian Block Party. South Los Angeles's Westside or the Westside WestsideUCLA territory or USC? The 2 or the 92?

Royce Hall at Sunset
Royce Hall at Sunset by Karan Mehta

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