By James DeFrances Las Vegas. Last week, veteran master impressionist Rich Little premiered his new show at the Laugh Factory in the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The brand new show “Rich Little Live” tells his life story through a series of archived video clips, live impressions and music. Often billed as the greatest… Read More Live Impressions: Rich Little at the Laugh Factory
By Don Heckman Los Angeles, California – April 24. (Fri.) Damien Rice. Highly praised Irish singer/songwriter Rice celebrates the release of his latest CD, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, already receiving rave international reviews. The Greek Theatre. (323) 665-5857. – April 24. (Fri.) Pete Christlieb Quartet. Saxophonist Christlieb has been a first call player… Read More Picks of the Weekend on the Left Coast
By Don Heckman Bel Air. Robert Davi was back at Herb Alpert’s elegant Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. at the top of Beverly Glen last night. And, as always happens in his performances, he spent most of his program demonstrating his belief in the Great American Songbook as “America’s Shakespeare.” Davi, whose acting career began in a… Read More Live Music: Robert Davi at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman What is there to say about a 90 year old French singer/songwriter with the ability to mesmerize a packed house at the Greek Theatre? Not much that Charles Aznavour didn’t himself say at the Greek on Saturday night. Not just in his words, although there were plenty, in both French and English.… Read More Live Music: Charles Aznavour at the Greek Theatre
by Don Heckman Santa Monica, CA. The opportunity to hear an actual Stradivarius violin in action is the sort of rare musical event that would be a delight to most classical music fans. But the opportunity to hear five of the legendary instruments, played by a group of superb violinists from the Los Angeles Chamber… Read More Live Music: “Stradivarius Fiddlefest” by members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the Broad Stage
By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion descended upon the Greek Theater ostensibly to record the latest installment of their delightfully entertaining radio show for public radio. It was a beautiful evening as the sun started to set over Griffith Park. You couldn’t imagine a more… Read More Live Music (and More): Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion at the Greek Theatre
By Don Heckman Los Angeles, The Tenors – all four of them – surged onto the Greek Theatre stage Saturday night with all the panache and enthusiasm of the hot music act they have become. There have been various installments of the quartet since they were originally formed as The Canadian Tenors. But the current… Read More Live Music: The Tenors at the Greek Theatre