LBCAC adds new events to spring calendar

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Beth’s Tuesdays – April 2

Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m.

Beth’s Tuesdays, Joel Rafael and Jim Quealy

Activist writer/singer Joel Rafael has released a stunning collection of Americana albums, including a two-volume set of Woody Guthrie songs, with five Guthrie/Rafael co-writes. His latest work, ROSE AVENUE, San Diego Music Awards Best Country/Americana Album Nominee, is a 10-song masterpiece that gracefully defines Rafael’s contribution to the American canon.

Jim Quealy continues to write and perform his own material as well as countless reinterpreted covers, after 50 years and counting. Ten studio albums of his original material can be heard on most of the streaming platforms, along with a few tribute projects.

For tickets, click here.

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Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors and Texas Blues Legend Anson Funderburgh – April 5

Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.

Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors and Texas Blues Legend Anson Funderburgh, The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to preserve one of America’s most powerful and influential art forms, by providing a memorable OC haven for national touring blues legends.

The LBCAC offers its intimate listening room, stellar acoustics, state-of-the-art sound system and a host town recognized as one of the nation’s leading arts-centric resort destinations.

Mark Hummel, a Grammy nominee, blues award winner, author and harp man has had another banner year. Grammy nominated for his Remembering Little Walter CD he produced and performed on, Hummel also won Best Blues CD and Best Traditional Blues CD at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. Hummel’s “The Hustle Is Really On” climbed to #2 and stayed in the top five for four months on the Living Blues Radio Charts. Hummel’s book Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80 garnered rave reviews and was nominated for best Independent Book release.

Anson Funderburgh has been an unstoppable force on the national blues circuit since his debut album with his Rockets, in 1981. Along the way, he listened to the greats of the genre, absorbing all he could. His biggest influences stylistically were Freddie King and B.B. King, but Funderburgh also embraced the West Side sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. “I like all the guys that played behind the harmonicas, too – Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Louis and David Meyers. I love all those old Jimmy Reed things with Eddie Taylor. There’s just so many.” Jazz greats Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel also had an impact.

For tickets, go to www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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Andrew Synowiec (Band) – April 13

Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m.

The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024

Andrew Synowiec (Band)

Nearly 20 years ago, Grammy-winning artist Andrew Synowiec (‘Sin-o-wik) drove 2,700 miles west to Los Angeles with nothing but a few demo CDs, a couple guitars and one phone number for a possible lead on studio work. Today, with his collection of nearly 100 stringed instruments, Synowiec has become Hollywood’s go-to guitarist, contributing to countless Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning projects. As a solo artist, his first full-length release Second Story received wide-ranging airplay and praise from notable fans such as Steve Vai and Jay Graydon. His new album FUN was recorded by long-time Rick Rubin collaborator Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Tedeschi Trucks, Tom Petty, Wilco, Joe Satriani) and features Gary Novak (Chick Corea/Alanis Morissette), Jorgen Carlsson (Government Mule), Carey Frank (Tedeschi Trucks) and Pete Korpela (Josh Groban). The album debuts on September 8th and will be followed by a West Coast tour in November.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave.

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.



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