Poncho Sanchez Pounds Out a Finale
Living Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez and his conga drums conclude the Festival of Arts’ “Jazz on the Green” series Saturday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Grammy Award-winning percussionist bangs out a kaleidoscopic of grooves, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, and salsa that collide and churn to dazzling result.
“There’s room for a lot of different sounds in our music,” Sanchez says. “I think people have come to know that that’s what Poncho Sanchez is all about. We put it all together in a pot, boil it together and come out with a big stew. This isn’t some marketing strategy to sell records. These are the sounds I grew up with. So when I play this music, I’m not telling a lie. I’m telling my story. This is the real thing.”
There is no extra cost beyond admission to the Festival of Arts for guests to enjoy the performance by Sanchez.
Jazz Quartet Performs at Hotel Laguna
Laguna Beach Live! features the Joey Sellers-Eric Dries Quartet in their Jazz Wednesdays series Aug. 17 in Hotel Laguna at 6 p.m. Doors to the rose garden open at 5 p.m., 425 S. Coast Highway.
Trombonist Sellers and pianist Dries, a Laguna Beach local, will be joined by drummer Kendall Kay and bassist Roger Shew, who leads the Laguna Beach High School jazz orchestra.
There is a $10 cover charge and food and beverages are available for purchase.
A limited number of reservations for eight or more are accepted if prepaid. For information, visit online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 949-715-9713.