LBCAC adds Summer Concert Series featuring Eric Henderson and Malaga

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Eric Henderson – June 16 and 30

Sunday, June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

Step into the world of musical enchantment with a LBCAC Summer Concert Series, featuring the internationally acclaimed Concert Guitarist Eric Henderson and his extraordinary quartet, Malaga.

Witness the magic as Curtis Mathewson and Richard Bredice mesmerize on electric guitar, Henderson serenades on Spanish guitar, Jimmy Perez sets the rhythm on bass and Frank Cotinola brings beats to life on drums.

Experience the soulful resonance of the guitar in the intimate setting of OC’s premier listening room, where every note is a symphony of emotions. Join this unforgettable evening filled with Spanish classical guitar masterpieces by Henderson and a captivating blend of new tunes and timeless classics like “Little Wing” and “Paint It Black.” Embrace the harmonious fusion of talent and passion at LBCAC’s Summer Concert Series.

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Summer of Soul – June 19

Wednesday, June 19, 5 p.m.

Summer of Soul

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten – until recently.

Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

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Ted Hawkins: “Amazing Grace” documentary – June 20

Thursday, June 20, 6-8:30 p.m.

Screening of Ted Hawkins: Amazing Grace

Join LBCAC at The Rivian Theater for an unforgettable Juneteenth Celebration screening of Ted Hawkins: Amazing Grace in partnership with the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center.

This rare 1994 documentary is a cherished gem that not only entertains but also uplifts the soul. It beautifully captures the remarkable odyssey of a man who stayed authentic to his music and himself until the very end. While waiting for the day, his narrative graces the silver screen; this film continues to ignite inspiration in all who experience it, underscoring the enduring values of resilience, dedication and an unwavering devotion to the art of music-making.

Following the screening, prepare to be mesmerized by the captivating storytelling performance by Dorothy Randall Gray. Join LBCAC in commemorating Juneteenth with this heartwarming celebration of music, storytelling and compassionate discussion.

Featured Speakers:

Rick Conkey – Artivist & Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center Founder/CEO

Dorothy Randall Gray – Poet Provocateur and Bestselling Author

Pastor Rodrick Echols – Neighborhood Congregational Church

Cadillac Zack – Southern California’s premier blues music promoter

Grant funding made possible by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

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Earl Thomas and Sister Leola – June 21

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

Friday, June 21, 8 p.m.

Juneteenth Weekend Celebration Concert

The 2x Grammy-nominated Blues Ambassador Earl Thomas featuring Sister Leola

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 their 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.

Hailing from the realm of blues stardom, the illustrious 2x Grammy-nominated Ambassador, Earl Thomas, has graced the music industry for more than three decades with his unparalleled voice and style. With a staggering 21 recordings under his belt, he stands as a beacon of influence and productivity in the blues genre, captivating audiences worldwide. Not only has he garnered acclaim from legends like Etta James, Solomon Burke and Sir Tom Jones through his songwriting prowess, but he has now embarked on a new musical journey back to his gospel roots.

In what he dubs his “third act,” Thomas seamlessly blends his legendary status with a modern-day innovation, solidifying his place among the greats of African American gospel. Thomas continues to reign supreme, a living legend and a pioneer in his own right.

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Sunday, June 23, 4 p.m.

3rd Annual Laguna Beach Juneteenth Jubilee Event

Free Admission; Donations Appreciated

Limited Seating.

In April 1969, a small group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York, an elite public university located right in the heart of Harlem. Fueled by the revolutionary fervor sweeping the nation, the strike soon turned into an uprising, leading to the extended occupation of the campus, classes being canceled, students being arrested and the resignation of the college president. Through archival footage and modern-day interviews, follow the students’ struggle against the institutional racism that for more than a century had shut out people of color from this and other public universities. The Five Demands revisits the untold story of this explosive student takeover and proves that a handful of ordinary citizens can band together to take action and affect meaningful change.

Screenings will be followed by a led discussion.

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Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center concessions available, not currently ADA accessible, steep stairs only.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave., Newport Beach.

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