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Catch Pacific Symphony's new Wavelength Festival of Music presented by the All-New Mercedes-Benz CLA at the Pacific Amphitheatre
August 22, 2013
Pacific Symphony launches Wavelength Festival of Music, presented by the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA, a new adventurous symphonic endeavor taking place Aug. 22-25, at the OC Fair & Event Center’s Pacific Amphitheatre. The festival includes artists of diverse musical inclinations—from Bonnie Raitt to The Airborne Toxic Event to KCRW presents Bonobo and Z-Trip, an evening curated by Jason Bentley, to the music from Pink Floyd’sseminal album “The Dark Side of the Moon”; plus, Keb’ Mo’, Barry Perkins Collective, Delta Spirit, Nilu, AyseDeniz, Josh Vietti and DJKedd Cook—all of whom blend symphonic and contemporary sounds across four outdoor summer concerts. Nightly concert festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Concourse, followed bymain stage performances beginning after 6 p.m.
Tickets for each night range in price from $25-$95 and are on sale through Ticketmaster.com (including VIP Packages). For more information, visit WavelengthFestival.org.
Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., Barry Perkins Collective kicks off the first evening of music, taking the audience on a musical journey around the world of contemporary jazz. In hisnine-year tenure as principal trumpet with Pacific Symphony, Perkins has been called both “fearless and phenomenal” by fans and critics. The Symphony’s bassoonist Elliott Moreau (also playing saxophone), cellist Laszlo Mezo and violinist Robert Schumitzky also perform with the Barry Perkins Collective. At 7:15 p.m., three-time Grammy Award-winningblues musician Keb’ Mo’ performs, paving the way for the iconic Bonnie Raitt at 8:30 p.m.. Keb’Mo’ isa Nashville-based singer-songwriter who has been described as the living link to the seminal Delta blues with a post-modern style influenced by many musical genres spanning folk, rock, jazz and pop.
On Friday, Aug. 23, local Irvine-based singer and multi-instrumentalist, Nilu—“Best New Artist” at the 2013 OCMusic Awards—opens the second evening’s main stage performances at 6:15 p.m., followed by Indie rock darling, DeltaSpirit, at 7 p.m. Then, at 8:30 p.m., the mesmerizing, collaborative sounds of L.A. alternative rock favorite, The Airborne Toxic Event, performs with members of the Symphony.
Saturday, Aug. 24, gets underway at 7 p.m., with KCRW Presents an Evening Curated by Jason Bentley, featuring theradio station’s music director and host of the signature shows “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and “Metropolis.” The performance features a DJ set from Bentley and performances by groundbreaking electronic artists Z-Trip (8 p.m.) and Bonobo (9 p.m.), alongside members of the Symphony.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the final night of the festival, acclaimed London-based concert pianist AyseDeniz opens the evening celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s seminal album “The Dark Side of the Moon,” beginning at 6:15 p.m. AyseDeniz performs unforgettable hits from the album on the grand piano, followed by international touring rock tribute-band Windborne performing more Pink Floyd greatest hits, starting at 7:15 p.m.. The band is then joined by the Symphony at 8:30 p.m.to perform “The Dark Side of the Moon,” coverto cover. Famed rock historian and radio personality Uncle Joe Benson of 100.3 FM The Sound hosts this special evening. Plus, taking place on the Concourse!
On Aug. 22 and 23, hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti performs on the Wavelength Concourse. His unique blending of contemporary and classical music has been seen on the “Ellen” DeGeneres show and at high-profile events around the world. Coined as OC’s “Best DJ” by multiple critics and accolades, DJ Kedd Cook performs on the Concourse Aug. 24 and 25.
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