Los Banos Arts Council concert series starts in September

Enterprise Staff ReportsAugust 1, 2014 

The Los Banos Arts Council has released the 2014-15 concert series lineup.

Five acts will perform at the Ted Falasco Arts Center from September to April, ranging from a Beatles tribute band to a classical pianist.

On Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Sun Kings return. The quartet performed in Los Banos in November to an overflowcrowd of nearly 200.

The group, which bills itself as “a Beatles tribute band the way nature intended,” celebrated the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album, “Please, Please Me,” by performing it in its entirety at every concert in 2013.

This year the Sun Kings will celebrate the Beatles’ arrival in America by performing the band’s hits and B-sides.

They will sing selections from “With the Beatles,” “A Hard Days Night” and “Beatles for Sale.”

Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., High Country will perform bluegrass. Band members count Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers among musical influences.

According to the band’s website, High Country has toured extensively in the United States and has played many of the major bluegrass festivals, including Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, at which they were the first West Coast band ever to be invited to perform. The band has also toured Europe, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Finland.

Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., the Evie Laden Band will make its second appearance in Los Banos. The Oakland-based group emphasizes a combination of music and dance involving clogs and storytelling. The Evie Ladin Band has been around since 2010 and performed at the Ted Falasco Arts Center in January. The band’s namesake has been playing the banjo since she was 8 years old and writing songs for 20 years.

March 7 at 7:30 p.m., Tuck and Patti will perform a combination of jazz and R&B. The duo, comprised of married couple Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart, have been performing together for 29 years.

“Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra,” Andress said on the duo’s website. Tuck and Patti have their recording studio, as well as their own record label, T&P Records, which licenses their CDs to major labels for distribution around the world.

April 25 at 7:30 p.m., pianist Tien Hsieh closes out the concert series. A Chinese immigrant, Hsieh is a recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award from the Manhattan School of Music and a recipient of the Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation Grant representing cross-cultural exchange. Following her New York City recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, she appeared in performances at festivals, colleges and universities, cultural and art centers across the U.S., as well as in Germany, China and in Budapest, Hungary.

The Los Banos Arts Council is selling tickets to all five concerts for $80. Tickets for individual performances range between $20 and $30 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by sending a check payable to The Los Banos Arts Council and a self-adressed, stamped envelope to P.O. Box 127 Los Banos, CA. 93635

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