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Fall Arts Preview: Music


Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom X

In honor of their 10th birthday, KDVS radio station 90.3 will celebrate by holding their annual Operation: Restore Maximum X Music Festival on Oct. 2, at the Plainfield Station in Woodland from 2 to 10 p.m.

The festival promises to offer live performances that will “expand musical boundaries yet satisfy the yearnings of many ears” by inviting a multitude of artists from all genres. Among some of the headliners include The Ganglians, The Fresh and Onlys, Wounded Lion, and AIDS Wolf, along with nine other promising performances.

The venue is open to audiences of all ages and will provide local food vendors as well as some alcoholic beverages. For more information, go to kdvs.org/operation-restore-maximum-freedom-x.

– Brittany Pearlman

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Just because Steve Martin has conquered the world of comedy doesn’t mean he won’t try anything else. In his newest venture, Martin has also mastered the world of music with his newest musical bluegrass album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. On Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Mondavi Center, Martin will perform songs from his 2010 Grammy-winning album.

The acclaimed bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers will be accompanying him throughout the performance, and perhaps a little bit of Martin’s old stand-up gig. This is Martin’s first self-composed musical album of his career. For more information, please go to mondavicenter.ucdavis.edu.

– Brittany Pearlman

Davis Jazz and Beat Festival

The fourth annual Davis Jazz and Beat Festival, the intimate two day festival will start on Oct. 8. Jointly hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, Armadillo Music, the Cultural Action Committee and the Downtown Davis Business Association, the festival will be filled with poetry readings and painting improvisations set to live jazz. Davis Meltzer, American poet of the Beat Generation, and San Franciscan poet, playwright and novelist, Michael McClure will be performing special readings.

The jazz bands that will be performing at this year’s festival include the UC Davis Jazz Combo, the Davis High School Jazz Band and Combo, Jaroba Jazz Trio, Yolo Mambo, Instagon, Ross Hammond Trio and Boco do Rio. For more information, go to davisjazz.com

– Anastasia Zhuravleva

Los Lobos

The Mondavi Center presents Los Lobos, part of the Chevron American Heritage Series, on Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.

Originally from East Los Angeles, Los Lobos has been rockin’ and rollin’ for over 35 years. Together they mix blues, Tex-Mex, pop, psychedelia and rock ‘n’ roll with traditional Mexican music that brought them together in the first place. According to the Mondavi Center website, this performance will mark their first all-electric appearance.

Additional information can be found at mondaviarts.org or by visiting Youtube and typing in ‘Los Lobos’.

– Lea Murillo

Madness and Music Festival

Beginning Oct. 28 and ending on Halloween, the Mondavi Center will be hosting the Madness and Music Festival, which will showcase performances by the Empyrean Ensemble, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound and composer-in-residence Lee Hyla.

The festival honors Robert Schumann’s 200-year birth anniversary. The UC Davis department of music will contribute to the event as well. According to the Mondavi Center website, there will be performances of piano, violin and even an electronic mixed media concert as well. For more information, go to mondaviarts.org.

– Lea Murillo

Muse/Passion Pit, Maroon 5, Shakira, Justin Bieber

Is the music scene in Davis just not your style? Do house shows fail to inspire any awe or amazement? If you answered yes to those questions then a change of scenery is what you need. Sacramento’s Arco Arena has a variety of performers visiting this year.

World famous English musicians Muse are joined on stage by indie favorites Passion Pit on Sept. 28. For many this a long-awaited concert.

“I bought my tickets back in April, right after I saw them in Oakland,” said junior neurobiology, physiology and behavior and history double major Rita Tawdros, “Muse always puts on an incredibly spectacular show. They really know how to captivate an audience”

October promises to be another exciting month at the Arco with crooners Maroon 5, Colombian singer songwriter Shakira and Canadian pop-sensation Justin Bieber entertaining audiences.

More information is available on arcoarena.com

– Anastasia Zhuravleva

THE ARTS DESK can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.


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