Brand Library Plaza Series


2016 Performers

Brand Library Plaza Series - Salsa! World Music! Jazz!

For the third year the City of Glendale will offer FREE concerts...

...every Friday night at 7:00 p.m. from June through August on the Brand Library Plaza!

Performances will run 60 and 90 minutes without intermission on the outdoor Plaza. The free performances are supported by the City of Glendale and Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, with funding from the Urban Art Program and the Brand Associates. For more information call Brand Library & Art Center at 818-548-2051.

2016 Schedule

MasangaMarimba6/3/2016          Masanga Marimba plays traditional and popular music from Africa and Latin America. The instruments used in this ensemble consist of Zimbabwean marimbas of various sizes along with vocals, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet. Their music is upbeat, danceable, and family-oriented. The sight and sound of Masanga's giant marimbas is unlike anything you've ever seen or heard before!



JohnReynoldsSM6/10/2016         John Reynolds brings us sparkling tunes from the birth of American Swing. Inspired by greats like Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang, John has developed a distinct style, highly respected by colleagues and fans alike.  Over the past few decades his music has taken him around the world. A native of California, he has showbiz in his blood, being the Grandson of the actress Zasu Pitts.  John’s band is made up of Katie Cavera and Nate Ketner, stellar musicians, often seen at Jazz festivals the world over. Read a Glendale News-Press article about John Reynolds.

Vardan's photo - low res6/17/2016         Vardan Ovsepian Quintet   “Vardan brings his own sound and ingredients…I have never heard any musician quite like him in terms of harmonic awareness and melodic power. I suspect that he will prove to be quite a sensation…”--PETER ERSKINE

“…When Ovsepian improvises on keyboard, his style has the sort of precise expansiveness of players such as Keith Jarrett, who rides upon uneven tempos, searching for moments to burst the bubble of form. Ovsepian's music shifts easily between passages that reveal his classical technique and those that showcase his obvious affection for the interpretive opportunities of jazz…” -- PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

HomemadeJam6/24/2016        Homemade JAM   Enjoy popular music from the 1920s and 1930s, including jug band favorites, traditional acoustic country blues, and Tin Pan Alley chart hits – along with lots of humor and historical background.




GrooveSauceBand7/1/2016          Groove Sauce is a new and rising funk act bringing a whole new energy to LA's funk scene. Groove Sauce combines soulful harmony and melody with strong infectious beats, channeling classic funk artists such as James Brown and Tower of Power, and newer bands such as Lettuce and Snarky Puppy. Groove Sauce is high-energy jazz/funk powerhouse.



LACQgroup7/8/2016          Los Angeles Cello Quartet is a project of Positive Motions Foundation initiated by Ruslan Biryukov, founder of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra. The ensemble was introduced first at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Fundraiser in Palos Verdes in May 2010. Music making by four charismatic cellists / soloists immediately attracted the attention of the public, placing the Quartet into a category of the leading chamber music groups.


LouisCruzBeltranWEB7/15/2016         Louie Cruz Beltran   Blending Afro Cuban rhythms with Jazz, Latin Jazz, Pop and R&B influences, Louie Cruz Beltran is an entertainer at heart - an entertainer who is also a superbly skilled conguero, timbalero and vocalist. In short, Louie is the complete package. Variety called Louie's Playboy Jazz Festival performance "... a triumph... a sharp, uncluttered Jazz ensemble." Louie always connects with the audience with humor, solid musicianship and dazzling percussion work.




MightyCashCatsLogoSM7/22/2016         The Mighty Cash Cats are a world-renowned tribute show honoring the music and spirit of the late, great rebel country rocker Johnny Cash,  for whom there remains an ever-growing, fiercely loyal and devoted fan base. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist (and Johnny Cash lookalike) Michael J, The Mighty Cash Cats cover Johnny Cash’s career from his early hits that audiences all know and love to his final Rick Rubin-produced album “American Recordings” including Johnny Cash and June Carter duets. The band also plays Hot New Country Music, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Blues.



CelticConsort2Crop7/29/2016         Celtic Consort consists of award winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (voice), Susan Craig Winsberg (flutes) and Carolyn Sykes (Celtic harp). Together the Celtic Consort bring their love of Classical Baroque and Irish Celtic music to the Brand Library Plaza, along with a special hands-on harp “petting zoo”!

SoulSauceSM8/5/2016          Soul Sauce will perform latin jazz classics from legendary artists such as Cal Tjader, Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria. Soul Sauce plays the latin dance rhythms popularized in the 1960s, such as cha-cha-cha, mambo, bolero and bossa nova—a fun time for the whole family!




QuartetoNuevoSM8/12/2016         Quarteto Nuevo creates emotionally-charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities from very different parts of the world. Their unique instrumentation--cello, guitar, soprano saxophone and hand percussion--richly colors their wide-ranging repertoire, from Erik Satie’s “Pieces Froides” and Chick Corea’s “Tales of the Black Forest” to Traditional Macedonian “Gadjarsko” and original works “Hector, Desmond and Titus,” “Rain Song” and “Dizer O Que.”



SangomaBeat28/19/2016         SangomaBeat weaves West African rhythms with ethnic vocal arrangements and harmonic guitar riffs into tribal world grooves. SangomaBeat music means multicultural drumming, ethnic rhythms, ancient songs and dancing for everyone





MalyndaHale8/26/2016         Malynda Hale   Los Angeles-based singer songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and activist Malynda Hale embodies what it means to take hold of one’s dreams. Fearless and unrelenting, her professional pursuits continue to cement her place in the entertainment industry as a creative powerhouse and multi-talented performer. “You can tell when she sings that every lyric uttered from her mouth reflects a deep seated desire to uplift and challenge people to be the best version of their self.” -- Tavon Perkins, Rant Hollywood




About the 2015 Plaza Series

Every week from June through August 2015 visitors to Brand Park climbed up the hill to hear our summer concerts on the Brand Library Plaza, supported by the City of Glendale and the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, with funding from the Urban Art Program and the Brand Associates. The performers brought an eclectic array of performance experience and techniques, and musical instruments. One group had performed for over 50 years;  another group featured stunning contemporary vocals by young musicians; and another group played musical instruments from AD 230! The audiences responded enthusiastically to every performance and are looking forward to next summer!

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