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Monday, August 3
Mariachi Las Colibri UC Irvine Mariachi group Las Colibri are an anomaly in the mariachi music world, for not only are they an all-female mariachi group, but they're also an all-female run mariachi group, and their decorative looks and on-stage outfits are in part an homage to the iconic Mexican actresses of the '40s and '50s. But beautiful as they are, don't judge them as eye-candy alone; each individual member is talented and vibrant on their own and together bring a wonderful contemporary twist on traditional Mexican folk, huapango and ranchera music, with the vocal talents to match. The all-strings Colibri (or "hummingbirds") are coming down to the New Swan Shakespeare Festival tonight for a rare performance to bring their fun, harmonious show to new fans. (Aimee Murillo)
Wednesday, August 5
Scott Martin Latin Soul Jazz Collective Aquarium of the Pacific For Aquarium of the Pacific's Voices on the Veranda series, guests are invited to enjoy their summer weeknights chilling out at the Aquarium's rooftop veranda after hours to enjoy drinks, treats, and music set along the Rainbow Harbor sunset. Onstage tonight: some scintillating Latin jazz supplied by the venerable Scott Martin and his Latin Soul Jazz Collective. Martin's a world-wide touring vet, who's more than earned his stripes playing alongside musical heavyweights like Ray Charles and Billy Preston as well as Grammy-winning musician Poncho Sanchez. Credits aside, Martin and company lay down some hypnotic, pulsating rhythms fed by the Collective's colorful percussion, bass lines and horn section. Get to know this dynamic crew, feeding you an entrancing musical style not normally heard in these parts. (Aimee Murillo)
Black Fag Alex's Bar Nothing brings folks in Long Beach together like a good ol' fashioned gay, punk tribute band. And this Friday the flamboyant four-piece Black Fag are sashaying into Alex's Bar---LBC's rough and tumble punk palace---to stir up a good time and make all the boring, heterosexual Black Flag tribute bands jealous--again. Fronted by the show-tune tenor of Liberace Morris, the band's punk rock pizazz has even received the stamp of approval from former Black Flag singer Ron Reyes. They're taking the stage this week alongside Piggy and special gust Richard Duguay. (Nate Jackson)
Thursday, August 6
Pat Benatar and Neill Giraldo Pacific Amphitheatre Everyone knows "Hit Me With Your Best Shot,' the tune sang by Pat Benatar that's frequently played on the radio, at national baseball and soccer games, and shows like "Glee." It's popularity--which has spanned over thirty years--says something about Benatar's imprint on female-led rock n' roll. After all, when the New York native performed a cover of the "You Better Run" by the Young Rascals on MTV in 1981, she influenced the way audiences would listen to the genre. Performing at Pacific Amphitheatre this August, Bentar will take the crowd through decades of hits along with her husband and guitar extraordinaire, Neil Giraldo. If you've always wanted to belt to "All Fired Up" or "Promises in the Dark" with the singer herself, now's your chance. (Kristine Hoang)
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Friday, August 7
Echo and the Bunnymen Pacific Amphitheatre For future generations to understand what bands from the '80s both helped defined the decade's sound and inspired future waves of music to come, one must consider Echo & the Bunnymen as pivotal in the '80s rock music scene. From Liverpool, the early incarnation of the group birthed numerous albums that soared to the UK charts, with their albums Porcupine and Ocean Rain cited as masterpieces. Since then, singer Ian McCulloch has launched his own solo career before the band's eventual reunion, and they've continued touring and recording new material to renewed commercial success. Tonight's show at Pacific Amphitheatre should hopefully rekindle the love of adoring fans who've been with them since the early years, and capture the attention of potential new fans. (Aimee Murillo)