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Rock band OK Go on viral success, chart-topping hits, and playing at the Belly Up in Solana Beach

When rock band OK Go rolls into San Diego to play a July 24 gig at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern, it will mark the latest in a string of memorable shows in the region.

The Clay Colton Band joins the line-up for Summer Serenades Concerts in Carmel Valley

The Clay Colton Band. Courtesy photo

The Clay Colton Band will be playing at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center on Sunday, July 20, in the amphitheater from 5-7 p.m.

From yoga to music, Del Mar singer-songwriter is finding success

Luke Willaims (right) performing at a recent Concert at the Cove event in Solana Beach.  Photo by Jon Clark

La Costa Canyon graduate Luke Williams, 21, was attending the University of Oregon studying nutrition, but things just weren’t clicking.

“After a while, I stopped going to class,” he says, looking back. “I lost interest because I knew that all I wanted to do was make music. That didn’t make my dad happy, but it’s ultimately paying off.”

Local cast shines in ‘Annie Jr.’ production at Lyceum Theatre

Top row (L-R): Alyssa DeVries, Emmy Farese, John Blackstone-Gardner, Troy Lingelbach, Lindsey Grant, Marisa Acosta. Middle row: Lauren Goldman, Grace Callstrom, Helen Blackstone-Gardner, Sophit Maretz, Brottany Barry, Alexa Gibilisco. Bottom row: Cary Barry, Kaia Leibo, Teresa Perez, Tess Maretz, Isabella Martini, Anna Ybarrola. Photo by Susan Farese

Let’s face it, the sun usually appears each day in San Diego, despite Gray May, June Gloom and the mysterious marine layer! It’s summertime, so you can bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out — not only tomorrow, but from July 18-27, when the award-winning Actors Conservatory Theatre of San Diego brings its all-youth production of “Annie Jr.” to the Lyceum Theatre.

Bernard Baldan directs “Annie Jr.,” with musical direction by Tim McNight, choreography by Athena Espinoza, costumes by Janet Pitcher, and stage management by recent Canyon Crest Academy graduate Mandy Wirt.

Atomic Groove to launch Summer Serenades lineup in Carmel Valley

Atomic Groove is making its fifth appearance in the Summer Serenades concert series. All kinds of music are featured in the series lineup.  Courtesy photo

Back for its 11th appearance, Atomic Groove, with the AG Fly Girlz, will “rock the house” on July 13 at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center in the first Summer Serenade concert. Voted No. 3 for two years in a row in the San Diego A-List Reader’s Poll for Best Wedding Music, Atomic Groove will have the crowd singing along and moving with a groove that is distinctly theirs!

Carmel Valley student competes as one of the top five male performers in San Diego at The Ben Vereen Awards

Cameron Chang — at the microphone — with contestants for the Ben Vereen Awards, June 14. Photo by Marty Foltyn.

Entertainment is likely in his future, says Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) student Cameron Chang and it appears that he has the talent for such a career path.

His performance in the lead role of Jean Valjean in CCA’s production of the musical “Les Misérables” last spring brought standing ovations. It also brought him into the running for the new high school musical theater knock-out competition, The Ben Vereen Awards, when he was invited to compete as one of the top high school males in a leading role for the 2014 school year. CCA student Sam Tullie was also nominated as a top female lead for her “Les Misérables” role as Fantine, but illness prevented her from competing.

Carmel Valley Recreation Center’s Summer Serenades concert series lineup announced

Atomic Groove is making its fifth appearance in the Summer Serenades concert series. All kinds of music are featured in the series lineup.  Courtesy photo

The Carmel Valley Recreation Council, along with Pardee Homes and Kilroy Realty Corporation, recently announced the Summer Serenades 2014 concert series lineup. This will be the council’s 24th year to host the summer concert series.

Life and music of Spain’s deFalla to be presented at Carmel Valley Library

Joanne Regenhardt, Janelle DeStefano and James Frimmer will combine their talents July 9 for a program on composer Manuel de Falla at the Carmel Valley Library.

July’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the library’s community room.

Romance, then and now, unfolds in new offering at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

Choreographer Jill Gorrie collaborates with director Rick Simas on ‘Romance, Romance,’ at North Coast Rep. Photo by Aaron Rumley

Has the art of romance changed from the days when face-to-face meetings were the way to woo, to these days when social media and cell phones are the harbingers of love.

Playwright Barry Harman explores the question in “Romance, Romance,” nominated for six Tony Awards in 1988 and opening July 9 at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach.

Unique duo to perform popular hits from the 1930s-1950s at ‘Stardust Memories’ event

Dr. Ed Siegel and Joohoe “Peppy” Koo. Courtesy photo

On Thursday, July 3, from noon – 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Del Mar is the venue for a unique musical experience that crosses culture and generations. The “Stardust Memories” show is a one-time event featuring pianist Dr. Ed Siegel of Solana Beach and vocalist Joohoe “Peppy” Koo of Seoul, Korea.

The two will perform a medley of songs that also cross genres and eras, and appeals to a broad audience. The hour-long repertoire includes popular hits from the 1930s through the 1950s; Broadway show hits; covers from Elvis, The Beatles, and Billy Joel; popular songs from film; and romantic love songs. Siegel will also play some solo classical pieces that include Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, Bach’s “Aire on a G String”, and more.

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