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This Week at the LA SummerFEST

The LA SummerFEST has only two more weeks… and then it’s over.   This week is jammed packed with  Movies, Opera, Blues, & Jazz.
Don’t miss these free concerts and performances.  Bring the family, a chair, and a picnic, and enjoy a wonderful evening.

Movies in the Canyons
Wednesdays – August 3 & 10
8:00pm

New this season ~ we are presentingfamily movies under the stars in Towsley Canyon.  This season we feature popular movies based on Shakespeare plays.


This Wednesday, August 3 ~ the most famous musical based on Shakespeare’s tragic story Romeo & Juliet, the  1961 award winning movie WEST SIDE STORY.  This classic movie stars Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, Rita Moreno as Anita,George Chakiris as Bernardo, and Russ Tamblyn as Riff.

BLUES FEST ~ Saturday August 6
4:00pm-9:30pm
Celebrate International Blues Music Day
and have a rockin’ great time with some of the BEST blues artists in the Southland.

Featuring: Robert Heft Band, 805 South, Dallas Hodge Band, Bullfish, John Kaye & Soulpatch LTD
Free Parking ~ Free Admission ($10 suggested donation), All kids free.  Face Painting, CDs, T-shirts, Cold Brews, and a Full Bar provided by 8th & Rail (formally the VuBar).
Presented in cooperation with the SCV Blues Society.
Friday August 5th
8:00pm
Opera and Broadway
Featuring Soprano Shira Renee Thomas, mezzo-soprano Trisha Rivera, tenor Dylan F. Thomas, and Jerry Brown on the piano & as master of ceremonies.
Based in San Fernando Valley, Center Stage Opera’s work has been called “triumphant” and “exquisite”, connecting with audiences ranging from age 4 to 100 , and performing sold-out shows at the beautiful Madrid Theatre.  CSO’s season offers two fully staged operas, one orchestral concert, and special events throughout the year.  This is a one-night-only appearance in Santa Clarita.

Jazz at Rivendale ~ Sunday August 7th
6:30pm-9:30pm

Our Jazz at Rivedale is growing! This year we have two great acts joining us, plus a bar provided by 8th & Rail (Formally the VuBar).  Check out who’s playing this Sunday:
 The John Menzano Trio: John toured with Sheena Easton, Three Dog Night, and Joshua Kadison, and legendary guitarist Peter White, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, James Ingram, Marc Antoine, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, and so many more.  John was the Musical Director for Donny Osmond and a regular member of John Stamos’ band on ABC’s comedy “Full House”. His CD “THUMS UP” features Everette Harp, Michael Lington and other jazz greats!

Jim Hagen Group:  Jim studied classical guitar at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and with Robert Vaught, and jazz guitar with Ron Anthony.  His band, Prophet, opened for major recording artists, including John Kay and Steppenwolf, Jeff Berlin, and Bill Bruford of Yes. Incorporating original compositions with jazz classics, Hagen continues to compose and record original songs, and perform with Hagen Jazz. His single, ‘Midnight Drive,’ is currently playing on radio and internet around the world in over 60 countries.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  
The LA SummerFEST is free for our community … but isn’t free to produce.  The festival is 100% produced by community donations.  This year has been rough… with two fires, smoke, and forced cancellations, we are behind on collecting our usual donations for the festival.   We need to raise an additional $3,500 this summer to meet the cost of the festival.   That’s just 60 people donating $50. You can help us:  make a donation to the festival We appreciate your support ~ YOU help make this festival possible.
The LA SummerFEST is a presentation of the
Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival ~ a 501(c)3 public benefit organization
Support the LA SummerFEST ~ Donate Now
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