Live Music: Brian Wilson at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

By Mike Finkelstein On Saturday night Brian Wilson played a homecoming show of sorts at the Cerritos Center for the Performing  Arts, a gorgeous venue with a sound that is on a par with its architecture.  In the late ‘50s/early ‘60s Wilson and his brothers grew up in Hawthorne just a few miles west of… Read More Live Music: Brian Wilson at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

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Live Music: Gershwin Across America, with Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Jason Mraz and Annie Clark at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was Gershwin night at the Bowl on Wednesday.  And there wasn’t a moment’s doubt about the identities of the real stars of the show.  Although the line up embraced a collection of singers ranging from BeBe Winans, Monica Mancini and Jason Mraz to Annie Clark and Nancy Wilson, I’m sure that… Read More Live Music: Gershwin Across America, with Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Jason Mraz and Annie Clark at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman There were two very good reasons why the names Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock were prominently displayed on the marquee at the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night. The first, obviously, was because they are marquee names, and that’s what it takes to fill the 18,000 plus seats in the vast,… Read More Live Music: Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock at the Hollywood Bowl