Live Music: The Carolina Chocolate Drops at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Last weekend, UCLA live presented the Carolina Chocolate Drops to an enthusiastic if not capacity Royce Hall crowd.   To be sure, this audience did not just wander in.  They were there by choice to see CCD’s winsome presentation of traditional African American string music.   The evening was an inspiring blend of historical anecdotes, introductions and… Read More Live Music: The Carolina Chocolate Drops at Royce Hall

Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 7. (Tues.)  Misha Piatigorsky and Sketchy Black Dog.  Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers’ Competition, Piatigorsky applies his adventurous composition and piano playing skills within the offbeat string quartet sounds of the Sketchy Black Dog. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com  (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 7. (Tues.)  Guitar Night. … Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12

Live Music: They Might Be Giants at UCLA’s Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein On Saturday night at Royce Hall, UCLA Live presented They Might Be Giants to a huge crowd of the band’s devotees.   TMBG is the natural development of the longtime bond between John Flansburgh (guitar) and John Linnell (keys, winds).  They began in the early 80’s in Brooklyn with a unique, do-it-yourself-on-a-shoestring-budget… Read More Live Music: They Might Be Giants at UCLA’s Royce Hall

Live Bluegrass: Earl Scruggs in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Last weekend, UCLA Live presented legendary banjo picker Earl Scruggs and his band at Royce Hall in a well attended, if not sold out show.  As banjo players go, there simply hasn’t been one more influential than Scruggs throughout his long career.   Scruggs is now 87 years old and suffice it to… Read More Live Bluegrass: Earl Scruggs in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman One of the unlikely words that came to mind Wednesday night while hearing Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall was “playful.”  That, plus “groove-driven,” “entertaining” and a few more. Why unlikely?  Not because those qualities haven’t always been present in what was originally… Read More Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

Live Jazz and Bluegrass: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band at Royce Hall.

By Michael Katz The 2010-2011 UCLA Live season came to a rollicking end Thursday night, with a tandem performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band. Casual observers of the scene might have expected the two bands to play separately, as bluegrass music and trad jazz don’t exactly seem a likely… Read More Live Jazz and Bluegrass: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band at Royce Hall.

Live Music: Arlo Guthrie in a UCLA LIVE concert at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night Arlo Guthrie and several more of his family and cohorts played to a nearly packed house in a UCLA Live event at Royce Hall. The largely gray-haired and gray-bearded crowd was treated to a quickly paced and warmly delivered show by a true hippie icon. Guthrie looked robust, in… Read More Live Music: Arlo Guthrie in a UCLA LIVE concert at Royce Hall