Brand Library Plaza Series

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2017 Performances

Brand Library Plaza Performance Series

The performances at Brand Library & Art Center are scheduled for 7:00 p.m., every Friday, in June, July and August 2017 on the outdoor Plaza connecting the historic Mansion and Library to the Art Galleries. Performances will run between 60 and 90 minutes without intermission. The Plaza seats 75 - 90 people for a performance; visitors can also picnic on the grassy hillsides in Brand Park. Enjoy this season's performers!

June 2 -- Big Butter Jazz Band

June 2 Big Butter Jazz Band 72dpiThe Big Butter Jazz Band is dedicated to playing New Orleans traditional jazz. Back from the times when jazz was still dance music. Whether you call it vintage jazz, early jazz, hot jazz, Dixieland, New Orleans jazz, or trad jazz, it's full of beautiful melodies, infectious energy, and a pulsing rhythm that you can't help but dance to.



June 9 -- Firebird Balalaika Quintet

Firebird Balalaika EnsembleFirebird Balalaika Ensemble has built a reputation as a unique and dynamic group, often adding vocalists and dancers to their program. Performing on the round-bodied domra, triangular-shaped balalaikas, and the bayan/accordion, Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and original compositions. Enjoy a performance of lyrical melodies echoing from the steppes of Russia, energetic rhythms from the Carpathians, fiery Gypsy dances, chimes of Moscow cathedrals, and the beautiful harmonies of the Caucasus.



June 16--Pareli / The Rodgarband

PareliPareli is an exciting Armenian-Iranian pop and jazz singer. She received her first piano and solfeggio lessons from her guitarist father at age of four. At age of twelve she entered the local arts competition in the city of Esfahan, Iran where she won first place in her category. Two years later at age of 14 she traveled to Armenia and entered DO-RE-MI music contest where she gained the first place.

The RodgarBand is a musical collective featuring Carlos Rodgarman as pianist, arranger, composer and album producer along with a cast of unique performers, via dance and song.



June 23 -- Roger Espinoza & Café Fuego

Roger EspinozaNicaraguan born Roger Espinoza is the new voice of Flamenco fusion and has taken the baton of The Gypsy Kings and is bringing his unique and exciting style to new audiences and refined ears who are looking for new musical directions. Mr. Espinoza provides and satisfies all listeners with a new fresh accessible sound that will push the boundaries of Flamenco guitar.




June 30 -- Tangotico

Tangotico Band Cropped Med qualityEnjoy this Los Angeles-based Argentinean tango ensemble. This acclaimed tango band stands out for its all-Argentinean musicians with solid experience in the genre and strong group energy. Performing different styles of tango from master tango composers like D'Arienzo, Pugliese, Troilo, Gobbi, Gardel, Plaza, De Caro, Canaro, Piazzolla, among others,  these virtuoso musicians embrace the passion of this genre. Special guest, trumpeter Mike Rocha.

July 7 -- Bracken Band

Copy of Copy of Bracken Band BigThe Bracken Band features Marian Tomas Griffin on guitar and vocals and Chris Murphy on violin. They’re influenced by artists such as The Pogues, Van Morrison, Horslips, The Waterboys and Alison Krauss. The Bracken Band plays jigs, reels, romantic and drinking songs that will entertain anyone – from the rolling green hills of Ireland, to the stunning chaparral expanses of Southern California.


July 14 -- Mostly Kosher

Mostly KosherMostly Kosher, the acclaimed Jewish cultural revival band, radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural musical roots through ravenous post-klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains. Mostly Kosher is a musical feast that explodes into a global food-fight of Jazz, Latin, Rock, Hip Hop, and Folk. Led by Leeav Sofer, one of Jewish Journal’s "30 under 30" most accomplished professionals in the Los Angeles' Jewish diaspora, Mostly Kosher is comprised of some of the highest regarded Los Angeles musicians: violinist Janice Mautner Markham, drummer Eric Hagstrom, bassist Adam Levy, accordion/trumpet Mike Bolger, trombonist Mike King, and on guitar, Will Brahm.

July 21 -- Makoto Taiko

Makoto TaikoMakoto Taiko seeks to unite people of all backgrounds in our local and global communities by preserving and sharing the spirit of Japanese Taiko drumming through performances, classes, and other charitable educational activities. Makoto Taiko’s current members are from a diverse group of ethnicities and ages living in the Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County areas. Makoto Taiko have performed throughout the U.S. including the 2013 Special Olympics Los Angeles and San Gabriel Regional Games, the 2015 Japan Fair and Nisei Week Taiko Gathering in Little Tokyo, and the Los Angeles Marathon.

July 28 -- The Swing Riots

SwingRiots2The SWING RIOTS Quirktette perform a mix of early, traditional string-based jazz, as well as swinging eastern European traditional dance melodies. Included on our first cd are “Tears”; Django Reinhardt’s adaptation of the Sinti Rom folksong “Muri Waschella”; a Surf Medley a la Turque ending with Ottoman composer Tanburi Cemel Bey’s “Nikriz Syrto”; the perennial Rom dance hit “Opa Cupa”; assorted Romanian & Klezmer dance tunes; and a handful of New Orleans Créole Traditional Jazz numbers thrown in for good measure

August 4 -- FluteSonic Orchestra

FluteSonicOrchestraFounded in 2014 by Gordon Halligan and David Shostac, the Flutesonic Orchestra began as a rehearsal group and conducting project of Juilliard flutist Gordon Halligan. When Gordon introduced the project to internationally acclaimed flute soloist David Shostac, they began to see the potential for an interesting and unique ensemble. Drawing from the deep pool of gifted musicians in the Los Angeles area, the Flutesonic Orchestra was formed. The Flutesonic Orchestra have been featured on live television, Classical KUSC Radio, and numerous other media outlets. The orchestra features several rare and unusual instruments such as the contrabass clarinet. It performs a diverse repertoire of music ranging through Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, 20th and 21st Century music, and the jazz field as well.

August 11 -- Paris Chansons

Paris ChansonsParis Chansons is LA’s premier French band with an international twist. They are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Piaf, Montand all the way to contemporary artists like Zaz! They also weave in songs in Russian, Italian and other world flavors. The group performs regularly at Vibrato, the Catalina Jazz Club, the Rockwell as well as venues around the country. 



August 18 -- Shelby & Tieg

ShelbyANDTiegLA based folk-pop duo Shelby & Tieg have been described as a modern Simon & Garfunkel (if one were a girl). Though they try to disguise their compositions with complex harmonies and intricate guitar, there’s no escaping that what they sing are fun pop songs that aim to make you smile. For this performance they will be joined by their band of good-looking academic overachievers. From master’s degrees at Cal Arts, to music graduates of USC and more, their credentials are enough to intimidate most. Come hear the other side of Shelby & Tieg where eddies of flute and violin pirouette between vocal lines atop the syncopated rhythms of the double bass and cajón. This band has tons of fun on stage which is contagious to every audience!

August 25 -- California Feetwarmers

CaliforniaFeetwarmersMASTERS of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, The California Feetwarmers are renowned for an earthy depth of character that sets them apart from others who have followed that throwback path to New Orleans, Circa 1920.
Their boisterous on-stage antics are solidly underpinned by playing that is as close to the source as it can be.
This is the band that Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his latest album, BluesAmericana. The collaboration won them a Grammy-nomination in the Best American Roots Performance category.
Based in Los Angeles, they stylishly down and re-work old classics, re-visiting material from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers.

The City of Glendale’s Performance Series, now in its fourth year, provides a free cultural asset to residents and attracts visitors to experience arts and cultural opportunities in the city. This program has been designed to support arts organizations and to bring distinguished cultural programming to Glendale. The Performance Series is supported by the City of Glendale and the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, with funding from the Urban Art Program and the Brand Associates. 

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