Grammy Fever is in the air throughout the city as LA gets ready for the 54th Grammy Awards. The “Oscar” of the Recording and Music Industry, winning one is a coveted achievement for any artist. Careers can be made by those who win or are snubbed for that matter. We tracked down some past winners’ upcoming concerts in LA.
Date: February 14, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: $45- $65
Colbie Caillat is a local artists, born in Malibu, CA, and winner of two Grammys in 2009. The first was for her featured performance on Taylor Swift’s Fearless. The second was for collaboration with Jason Mraz on her breakout anthem “Lucky”. Although she was born into the music industry, she first rose to fame as the number one unsigned artist on Myspace Music. Caillat will be performing a special engagement Valentine’s Day show in Thousand Oaks.
Chucho Valdes & The Afro Cuban Messengers
Date: February 16, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: $47 – $121
Chucho Valdes is the Cuban born Latin jazz heavyweight who is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader. His pedigree includes his father Bebo, director of the iconic Tropicana nightclub in Havana, Cuba. Valdes is perhaps known best as the founder of the late 70s group Irakere, which won him his first Grammy in 1978. He has gone on to win four more, including last year’s Best Latin Jazz Album with his new project The Afro-Cuban Messengers.
Los Lonely Boys
Date: February 25, 2012
Time: 7p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Los Lonely Boys are three Texas-based brothers who exploded onto the music scene in 2003 with their unique “Texican” rock and roll. The next year, the boys won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. The group will be performing at Santa Monica College on February 25th.
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Date: March 16, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: $20 & $50
Jazz great, Charles Mingus died in 1979, leaving behind more than 300 unheard compositions. His devoted wife Sue Mingus took on the monumental task of carrying on his legacy by creating and directing repertory ensembles to perform his work. Last year, Sue won the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album with the most well known of the Mingus Bands, the Mingus Big Band. Sue will bring the first band she organized to play Charles’ unheard work, The 7-piece Mingus Dynasty to Royce Hall at UCLA for a one night only engagement.
Date; April 17, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Price: $39.50 & $149.50
Ages: All Ages
The 1999 Grammy winner (for his collaboration with Burt Bacharach on 1998’s “I Still Have That Other Girl”) was first nominated in 1979 for Best New Artist, and has been nominated 13 times to date. His current project, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, sold out two shows last spring to the Revolver tours “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” at the historic Wiltern Theater at the intersection of Wilshire and Western. For fans of the seminal performer who missed the shows, this springs one night only engagement at the Wiltern provides one last chance to catch the unique program where the set list is determined by a wheel of fortune.
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Kristen Lowman is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.