LBCAC celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Through May 25 

Exhibition: Climate: Air, Earth and Water

April is Earth Month, an extension of the annually recognized Earth Day on April 22. In the 34 years since Earth Day went global, environmental awareness has improved. Our situation has not.

Climate: Air, Earth and Water is on display at LBCAC through May 25. Photographers Jacques Garnier and Tom Lamb are joined by artist Roberto Salas in this special exhibition.

Photos courtesy of LBCAC

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration – May 4

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.

Come join your friends from the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) in a music-rich celebration of Mexican American culture stretching back to the 1800s in California. Concertgoers are encouraged to dress up for the occasion and celebrate.

What is it? Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of the 1862 victory by Mexican troops over invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla. The triumph over the better equipped and more numerous French troops was an enormous emotional boost for the Mexican soldiers led by Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza.

What isn’t it? Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, Mexico’s most important holiday.

Mexicans celebrate their country’s independence from Spain on the anniversary of the call to arms against the European country issued Sept. 16, 1810 by the Rev. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in Dolores, Mexico.

More about the Supergroup Tremoloco

Tremoloco is a SoCal-based band that draws from the sounds of Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk and blues in a blend of original and traditional songs, best described as Gulf Coast Folklorico. Comprised of a former member and tour players of Los Lobos, original member of Oingo Boingo and more, this fun, upbeat group is certain to excite any music lover.

Cougar Estrada – This Grammy-nominated artist has played and/or recorded with Randy Newman, Robert Plant, Neil Young, Doyle Bramhall, Rickie Lee Jones, Marc Ribot, Los Super Seven, Latin Playboys and a 10-year stint with Los Lobos including tours, TV appearances and recording on several of their albums.

Drummer Johnny “Vatos” Hernández is a founding member Oingo Boingo, and has performed with Keith Carradine, Frankie Avalon, Petula Clark, the Helen Reddy Band and Food For Feet. He played in Tito & Tarantula, the Chicano rock band featured in the 1996 comedy-horror film From Dusk till Dawn, directed by Robert Rodriguez with screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.

Roberto Rodriquez III started playing accordion at a young age under the tutelage of the great Tejano acordeonista Leonel Pulido. He performed with various Houston bands, playing with local faves Umbrellaman and Johnny Falstaff, Los Skarnales, and tours with Los Lobos and Sisters Morales.

Tony Zamora is Tremoloco’s singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. With Los Lobos, he played bass on tours in Mexico, New York, Colorado, Texas and California.

Jeffrey P. Ross is a veteran guitar virtuoso who delivers dazzling live performances and is a sought-after studio player. He has played with the Bellamy Brothers, Rose Maddox, Royal Crown Revue, Candye Cane, Lefty Frizzell, The Hot Club of Los Angeles, James Harman, Nick Curran, Rank and File, Rosie Flores, Kelly Willis, The Hellecasters and Sonny Boy Terry among many others.

Due to the intimate setting, space is limited, so purchase tickets now.

Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Beth’s Tuesdays featuring Grace Freeman with Doug Miller and Kevin Kelso

Concerts are in person and held at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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Melvin Taylor Band – May 10

Saturday, May 10, 8 p.m.

Melvin Taylor Band – Chicago Blues

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.

With shows that sell out all over the world, Melvin Taylor is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock, blues and jazz. He is often referred to as a guitar player’s guitarist.

This self-taught master was influenced by many of history’s true guitar pioneers including Albert King, Jimmy Reed, Wes Montgomery and Jimi Hendrix. He has appeared on the same ticket with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Buddy Guy and BB King.

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Taylor was born in 1959 in Jackson, Miss. His musical roots however have always been in Chicago, where he moved with his family when he was 3 years old. The proverbial musical prodigy started playing guitar at age 6. Taylor was influenced and inspired by some of the world’s greatest blues players, many of whom lived in or near his Chicago neighborhood.

For tickets, click here.

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Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – May 19

Sunday, May 19, 4-7 p.m.

Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – A Songbird’s Summit

Celebrating Laguna’s Piano Community

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to provide an exceptional space for Laguna’s piano-playing community. LBCAC is a preeminent venue for performing artists of both local and international renown. Join us for this gathering of like-minded musicians.

Oscar-winning Director and Producer Barry Levinson graciously donated his exquisite baby grand piano to the Center, ensuring a memorable event.

Special Guest Performances by:

Steve Wood Former member of the 1970s Southern California rock band Honk.

Norman Beede is well known as a musician in the ballet and modern dance world in L.A., Houston and New York as well as in the improvisation scene in Orange County and L.A.

Lyena Atonyicq: LBCAC’s own pianist and opera/piano coach Atonyicq is a concert pianist/coach with a masters in music.

For tickets, click here.

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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