This Week at the Levitt (The End!)

Aug 23, 2010

Chuck Mead; photo by Jim Herrington

Free Music Under the Stars comes to a close this week. It’s been a very musical summer and we’ll be sad to see it go, which it will, thankfully, with a bang and not a whimper. Thursday it’s Chuck Mead, a co-founder of the Grammy-nominated BR549, serious players in the blossoming alt-country scene of the mid 90s. After that he did some musical theater directing or something but now he’s a solo artist with a new album, Journeymen’s Wager, which you can sample here. It’s pretty good. Friday it’s Jayme Stone, whose album (with Mansa Sissoko) Africa to Appalachia explores the African roots of the banjo and other surprising harmonies between the music of West Africa and North America. The songs on the website are really good. Jayme stone is also a Juno Award winner, which seems to be a common accolade amongst Levitt performers. Saturday is Roger Espinoza, a guitar virtuoso and disciple of the Gipsy Kings, the world famous Rumba Catalana (pop-flamenco) act. Check out some samples here. Last but not least is Rhythmic Circus and their jazz/tap production, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!, which has been touring for two years now. They started off as a percussive-dance (tap) group, but, with the addition of musicians, became a more integrated ensemble, as you can see in this video. A fitting end to a rhythmic summer.

THURSDAY, August 26
Chuck Mead
8 p.m.

FRIDAY, August 27
Jayme Stone
8 p.m.

SATURDAY, August 28
Roger Espinoza
8 p.m.

SUNDAY, August 29
Rhythmic Circus Presents: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!
7 p.m.

Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park
Holly St. at Raymond Ave., Pasadena



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