Tribute Bands Help Return To Normalcy at Starlight Bowl

Photo by David Laurell / Burbank Leader
Saturday’s Starlight Bowl audience spanned the generations, all who were thrilled to be out and having a good time.

This column limits me to a certain amount of words, both by the simple “real estate” of space on the page and my knowledge that you, dear reader, have a limit as to how much of your time you are willing to give me.

After spending last Saturday evening at the Starlight Bowl for the second time in this year’s series of summer concerts, I wondered just how, in the limited space I have, could I properly convey the sense of joy and excitement that permeated the amphitheater — by the audience, performers and even the staff who put on the shows. 

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Making Memories at Starlight Bowl Summer Concerts

Photo by David Laurell / Burbank Leader
Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zapagain brought back memories from the 1960s and ’70s during Saturday’s Starlight Bowl season opener.

In the moment, a summer evening at Burbank’s hillside Starlight Bowl is one for family, friends and couples to enjoy a picnic dinner and a variety of live music performances. But moving past the moment, it is the thousands of memories that are made during each performance that is the true magic of the Starlight Bowl.  

In the wake of a missed season due to the pandemic, the bowl once again opened for its 2021 slate of concerts with the music of Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zapagain last Saturday. It was an evening in which the alchemy of turning moments into memories pulsated as strongly as the opening riff of Zep’s “The Song Remains the Same.”   

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Discover ArtNight Pasadena on March 9

Many of Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural organizations will open their doors on Friday, March 9, from 6-10 p.m. with free admission and shuttle bus service during ArtNight Pasadena.
ArtNight Pasadena, sponsored by the city of Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the Division of Cultural Affairs, is an ongoing partnership between local cultural institutions and Pasadena. Twice each year, many of the city’s nonprofit arts and cultural institutions open on a Friday night to provide a variety of art, culture and music — free-of-charge — to the public. After 37 successful events, patrons have come to expect excellent performances and diverse programming. Live music, dance, spoken word, theater, performance art, visual art exhibits and workshops, as well as story-telling are among the many eligible art forms that have received MiniGrants previously.
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Cheery LCHS Musicians Enthrall Elementary Students

An enthusiastic audience tends to bring out the best in performers, and, feeling the love, the always sweet-sounding La Cañada High School Chamber Singers were in top form as they knelt on the Palm Crest Elementary kindergarten playground last week. One little boy, boogieing down before them, was doing his part to encourage the choir.

Like students at all three of La Cañada Unified School District’s elementary schools, he had a great seat to take in the talented high school singers and orchestral musicians during the groups’ traditional holiday visits last week.
The Chamber Singers toured the campuses Thursday, and the orchestra arrived Friday, in an effort to both inspire holiday cheer and drum up interest in the music programs at LCHS 7/8 and LCHS. Continue reading “Cheery LCHS Musicians Enthrall Elementary Students”