Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Feb. 6
Two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has built an enviable resume as an accomplished recording artist, a riveting live performer and one of the most talented and distinctive guitarists of his generation. He's also emerged as one of the contemporary blues world's leading lights, helping to spearhead a widespread revival of interest in the blues. Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and received five GRAMMY® nominations and two Billboard Music Awards, as well as a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation's Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He's had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles, and his acclaimed CD/documentary project 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads was the top-selling blues album of 2007.
Citizen Cope - Feb. 6
Citizen Cope: “When I was a kid, I was a listener,” says Clarence Greenwood, a.k.a. Citizen Cope. “Music was something coming out of a radio or off a record, something that made me feel these things I couldn’t explain. It was magical to me, and I thought it was something you had to be ordained with.” What’s clear when you listen to Cope’s own music now, years after he sat transfixed in front of his stereo speakers, is that he *is* ordained. Or touched. Or blessed. Or however you want to say it: The man has the gift. It’s never been more evident as on “Every Waking Moment,” his third album (second release for RCA).
Lewis Black at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center - Feb. 8
Lewis Black: Cantankerous comedian Lewis Black has worked audiences into almost as big of a frenzy on tour dates as the ones he works himself into. Lewis Black's comedy usually sets its sights on boneheaded political figures, but also includes jabs at society as well. He has appeared in numerous movies, performed half a dozen televised stand-up specials, and has had his own show on Comedy Central. Even with regular appearances on The Daily Show, a continuous stream of books being released, and upcoming movie roles, Lewis Black still finds times for stand-up tour dates in 2011. Lewis Black began his career as a playwright after graduating with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.
The Sweet at Canyon Club at Canyon Club - July 11
Legendary rock band Sweet (aka The Sweet) shot to the top of the charts in the 1970s, selling over forty million records with such hits as “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run,” “Love is Like Oxygen,” “Little Willy,” “Blockbuster,” “Hellraiser,” “Action,” and many others. Even during that decade of excess, Sweet stood out with a charismatic stage presence and a relentless, innovative fusion of grinding hard rock and melodic vocal harmonies that was far ahead of its time.
Aaron Lewis at Canyon Club - July 18
Aaron Lewis has since made his journey to the country scene. In 2011 he released his debut country EP, Town Line, and enjoyed success with the gold-selling single “Country Boy,” featuring legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels. The seven-song EP reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release. Lewis finished the year with nominations from the Academy of Country Music for “Vocal Event of the Year,” as well as two CMT nominations for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” and “Collaborative Video of the Year,” proving him to be a real “Country Boy.” He has since released the full length studio album The Road, and works continuously in the support of the It Takes A Community Foundation.
Diana Krall at Santa Barbara Bowl- August 30
Krall will make several national TV appearances with performances on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael on Monday, February 2 and The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, February 3. Krall’s appearance on The Late Show will mark her last performance on the show before Letterman’s departure in May. Produced by 16-time GRAMMY® Award-winning producer David Foster, Wallflower finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time. The album features popular classics from the late 60's to present day that have inspired Krall since her early years, as well as an unreleased composition from Paul McCartney ("If I Take You Home Tonight").