The Los Banos Arts Council this month released the line-up for its upcoming concert series, which offers five acts new to Los Banos.
"We definitely like to have a wide range -- something to please everyone," said organizer Cyndi Roelofs.
The season pass for all five shows is $70. For tickets, contact Arts Council board member Steven Soares at (209) 826-6022.
Sept. 22 Bay Area-based Cypress String Quartet has toured internationally and played the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, among others. "We kind of got lucky to have them," Roelofs said. The show is set for 4 p.m.
Oct. 26 Mamadou and Vanessa will use a series of West African instruments to perform Mali blues, music from the Wassoulou region of Mali. Mamadou visited Los Banos in April 2012 as part of Markus James and the Wassonrai. Mamadou and Vanessa go on at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 Calling themselves "a Beatles tribute as nature intended," the Sun Kings boast a catalogue of more than 150 tunes from the Fab Four. "They just know (Beatles) music inside and out," Roelofs said. The group performs at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 Oakland's Evie Ladin Band describes itself as polyrhythmic funk, and features a clawhammer banjo, resonant voice and a sort of hambone. Roelofs said the band's 7:30 p.m. performance will be preceded by a family square dance.
April 26 Singer-songwriter Tom Russell, whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Iris Dement and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, will play the series' final show at 7:30 p.m.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.