We had a large crowd the SummerFest Community Concert series event and the performances were amazing and powerful. It was a truly delightful concert by splendid performers and very well organized between the co-producers Front Street Productions and La Jolla Music Society.
Summer Tardeada Dance Party: La Rondalla de San Diego and Mariachi Victoria de San Diego - July 29th
2-5 pm Saturday, July 29th, 2023
Come to the inaugural Tareada by La Rondalla de San Diego elders and the young Mariachi Victoria offering a traditional afternoon dance party. Schmooze with friends and family. Dance as you like. Rondalla dancers will share tips and demonstrate dance steps to some of the songs. Enjoy free refreshments including a nacho bar, fruit, veggies and sweets. Admission is free. Registration is required, sign up for your free tickets.
7:30-9 pm Thursday, August 10th, 2023
Join us for a truly remarkable evening of music by the La Jolla Music Society's 2023 Fellowship Artists trioJEM and Quartet Integra in the acoustically-optimized, air-conditioned Meeting House at First UU Church in Hillcrest. Registration is required, sign up for your free tickets.
Calling all First UU Musicians, Poets, and Entertainers for our Summer Arts Festival - August 26th, 2023
We are looking for performers! Do you play an instrument? Juggle? Have a unique talent? We want to hear from you! This free, family-friendly event will be filled with music and performances by members and friends. Contact Louise Titlow by email at email@example.com to get involved.
7:30pm Saturday, June 10th, 2023
At First UU Hillcrest
Treat yourself to an evening of uplifting songs from the African American choral tradition, including traditional and contemporary gospel, Negro spirituals, anthems, and oratorios. Under the direction of Ken Anderson, the MLK Choir raises funds for educational grants for local college-bound students. The Choir will be joined by Marshall Voit, music director at First UU San Diego, opening the concert with protest music classics, original compositions, and social justice songs. Registration required. Get your free tickets.
2-5 pm Saturday, July 29th, 2023
Continuing our community events series, First UU San Diego is thrilled to present La Rondalla with Mariachi Victoria!
La Rondalla (Spanish for serenade) de San Diego singers, guitarists and percussionists performing traditional songs of Mexico, Latin American, and the Caribbean primarily at libraries, senior facilities, schools, and festivals. Mariachi Victoria de San Diego, based in City Heights, is dedicated to the study of Mariachi music offering all-age/all-level classes, rehearsals, and performances. Learn more about Mariachi Victoria at cityheightsmusicschool.org/mariachi-victoria . Join us for this joyous three hour celebration of traditional folk classics and Mariachi! Admission is free. Registration is required, sign up for your free tickets.
Natalia Molina Author Talk, Book Sale & Signing - A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community
7:30-9pm Sunday, April 30th, 2023 presented by Front Street Productions
MacArthur Genius Natalia Molina unveils the hidden history of the Nayarit, a restaurant in Los Angeles that nourished its community of Mexican immigrants with a sense of belonging.
In the 1950s and 60s, a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles was much more than a popular eating spot: it was an urban anchor whose ethnic Mexican workers and customers formed a robust community. Molina illuminates the many facets of the immigrant experience from racism and segregation to family and community networks, the cross-currents of gender and sexuality, and the small pleasures of daily life. The Nayarit was a space where people could speak out, claim space, and belong. Natalia's editor, our own Isabella Furth, will be on hand along with staff from Libélula Books & Co, an independent book store in Barrio Logan, which will be handling book sales at our reception afterwards. Join us! Registration is free but required, sign up for your free tickets.
A collaborative evening of spectacular singing by children and youth under the age of 18 from San Diego and Oakland. Free-Registration required. Get your free tickets.
7:30 pm Sunday March 26th, 2023.
Classics from Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson and Abby Lincoln finished with a sweet dose of Spanish boleros.
Mali Irene is a versatile vocal artist composer, scholar and collaborator. Her work breathes on an inspired continuum between opera, jazz, world, and electronic music - always embracing her embodied connection to music of the African diaspora. She has performed with legendary operas throughout the world and is the recipient of the prestigious National Black Arts Festival Horizon Award.
7:30 pm Saturday, March 11th 2023.
Experience barbershop standards and originals in English, Spanish and Portuguese! Formado en 2019, Los Bordershop es el primer cuarteto mexicano de barbershop, y uno de los únicos del mundo que canta en español. No pierdas la oportunidad de ver su debut en los EEUU. Formed in 2019, Los Bordershop is Mexico's premier barbershop quartet, and among the only quartets in the world to sing in Spanish. Don't miss your chance to see their U.S. debut. Also featuring very special musical guests: MotleyQ and So Noted! Share this free concert, download a flyer to send to friends.
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Melanie DeMore is a 3 time Grammy-nominated singer/composer, choral conductor, music director and vocal activist. She facilitates vocal and stick pounding workshops for professional choirs and community groups as well as directing numerous choral organizations. We are thrilled to welcome Melanie DeMore for a whole week of music and YOU are heartily invited to her Song as Worship Workshop, Community Sing Concert AND our Music of the Heart Sunday service - all FREE. Read on for the weeklong schedule.
Join us at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 4th for Melanie DeMore's Community Sing. Melanie is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and social-activist who will have you singing in your seat in an unforgettable interactive evening of story and song presented by Front Street Productions. For more details contact Robie Evans. You must register to attend this open-seating show. Get your free tickets.
Directed by Music Dept. Chair, Derek Cannon and Manny Cepeda respectively, the two ensembles filled our meeting house with popular Afro-Cuban and Brazilian originals and standards including Mambos, Cha-Chas, Bossa Novas, Sambas, Merengues, and Afro-Cuban 6/8. What a show!
Performing pieces from their hit show "Motown and More", Darryl F. Walker and The Saxations righteously rocked an audience of about 300 in the Meeting House. It was a great family-friendly evening the packed audience dancing in their seats and singing along. As the fourth performance in our free Community Events series, the Saxations brought in many church members, neighbors, friends and people who had never heard of First UU. We're excited by the growing awareness of our church in the community and hope to continue this success with our next event; the Grossmont College Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble. Save the date for December 13th! More info coming soon.
Flamenco dancer, Lakshmi Basile "La Chimi" delivered a dynamic show to a full house last Friday night at First UU Church of San Diego. Accompanied by Jeff Basile on Bass, David Morales on violin, Kambiz Pakan on guitar and special guest singer Pepele Mendez, La Chimi guided the audience through a magical Flamenco journey - to enthusiastic applause.
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Friday, October 7th, 7:30-9pm
Featuring singer Pepele Mendez from Southern Spain
Front Street Productions presents a showcase of traditional dance, singing, guitar, and incorporating alternative instruments - not to be missed! Flamenco dancer, Lakshmi Basile "La Chimi" oozes sensuality, strength, and emotion as she dances, glides and taps on the wooden dance floor. Her expressive face, feet and hands show her graceful passion for flamenco. Sometimes it seems almost like she is in a trance as the music and her body become one. La Chimi, as she is known in the flamenco world, may have been born in California but her soul is pure southern Spain. She brings her love of flamenco to San Diego. Joining her is Jeff Basile on Bass, David Morales on violin, Kambiz Pakan on guitar with special guest singer Pepele Mendez. Not to be missed! Register for your free seats.
An audience of about 280 enjoyed this evening of modernist classical music from the early 20th century by Taneyev, Schoenberg, Janáček, Ravel and others. Funded by the Outreach and Growth Fund and produced by Front Street Productions, this event featured the La Jolla Music Society's fellowship artists: the Aestas Trio and the Pelia Quartet.
Roughly 190 attendees enjoyed a musical afternoon on the patio of the First Church Hillcrest campus listening, singing along, clapping and tapping to the rhythms - enjoying being together and having a good time. Entertainers included the Front Street Troubadours, Carolyn and Tom Owen-Towle, Drew Massicot, the South Bay Singers, the Ferrier Brothers, Penny Whistlers, Keith Mesecher and more performing a sparkling variety of folk music. The UU Men’s Fellowship provided free snacks, drinks, ice cream bars and popsicles for everyone.
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