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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 01:47

Music >> Summertime Music In LA - Part 2

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Greetings and hope you all have had a wonderful (and cool!) 4th of July with friends and family around the Los Angeles area (and elsewhere!). With the summer season in full swing, I’d like to continue to spotlight some incredible upcoming concerts happening around greater LA.

Some recommended upcoming shows to continue your summer Global Groove in July would be:

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Amadou & Mariam – Wednesday July 10th at the Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 – Internationally renown West African duo Amadou & Mariam will be bringing their always heart-warming/always infectitious brand of Malian high-life to Hollywood. Highly Recommended!!! Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm, All ages, tix are $30-42.50 in advance, $43 day of show and can be purchased here.

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Foundation Come Again Record Release Party with Trinity, Ranking Joe, and Tippa Lee - Wednesday July 17th at the Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 - LA’s premier Reggae night Dubclub and Stones Throw Records have a very special night lined up for all true Reggae music fans as I quote: “This night is what Dub Club is all about: classic rub a dub sound system style reggae, legends on the mic, vinyl on the turntables, bass to levitate the building.” The Jamaican DJ’s (toasters as they’re known) on this night are some of the heaviest and rare from Reggae’s Golden Era! Not to be missed for JA music lovers!!! Doors at 9pm, 21+, tix are $10 and can be purchased online here.

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The Uncluded (Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock) - Thursday July 25th at First Unitarian Church, 2936 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005. The Uncluded is the eclectic duo of singer Kimya Dawson and Hip-Hop/Art MC Aesop Rock. Having both collaborated on one another’s projects in the last several years they joined creative forces as The Uncluded so get ready for an inspiring, eclectic night of music! Doors/Show at 8pm, All Ages, tix are $18-20 and can be purchased here.

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The Cult with White Hills – Friday July 26th at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802 – In support of their Electric 13 Tour, legendary rockers The Cult make a special rare appearance in SoCal at the always-rockin’ House of Blues. Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm, All Ages, tix are $38-40 and can be purchased here.

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Reggae Pon’ The Mountain Festival feat. Anthony B, Pato Banton, The Lions, Mexico68, The Expanders, Jah Faith, and more – Saturday July 27th at the Topanga Community Club, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290 – This will be the 4th year of the Reggae Pon’ The Mountain Festival, one of SoCal’s premier Reggae Festivals. Featuring Reggae legends Anthony B and Pato Banton, over to LA’s local favorites The Lions and The Expanders, this year’s line up will be great from start to finish. On top of the great music, there will be art, crafts, and food vendors galore, all set in the beautiful hills of Topanga!!! Doors/Show at 10am (event ends at 7pm), All Ages, tix are $20-25 and can be purchased here.

Don’t forget to check back in online with the calendar of events for all the different free (that’s right FREE!) concert series around the LA area that are all ages, family-geared, dance friendly events. Take a look at: The Jazz At LACMA Concert Series, The Levitt Pavilion Concert Series at MacArthur Park and Pasadena Pavilion, The Grand Performances Concert Series at the California Plaza, and The Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. More details on these concert series and others can be found here and here on the Noho Arts District Blog!

Hope these listings point you to enjoy some Great live music in Los Angeles this July. Be on the look out for future posts about more Great upcoming shows later this summer in and around LA, and lastly, keep cool and support live music!!!


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Blake Colie

Blake Colie is an experienced, in-demand drummer, percussionist, and producer, whose stage and session work have brought him from national tours to television appearances to some of the most legendary studios in Los Angeles. Originally coming to LA in 1996 to attend California Institute of the Arts for music, Blake received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (’98) and Master of Fine Arts (’00) degrees in Musical Performance and has remained active in the Los Angeles music scene ever since. His current music projects feature a wide array of styles, sounds, and genres. This includes the Reggae/Rare Groove/Soul group The Lions, vocalist/keyboard extraordinaire Salvador Santana (son of 8-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana), and the R&B/Reggae project The Decoders. As composer/producer, Blake’s solo material and works with his production group, Next Level Productions, have recently been featured in the movies “Sunken City”, “This Means War”, “Ruby Sparks”, “Young Adult”, and “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”, and on TV shows on AMC, Style, Bravo, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Showtime, Logo, USA, Spike, and BBC networks.


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