What a time to be Dr. Dre…
The California Love All-Star Orchestra features notable and world-class musicians including keyboardist Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads fame; drummer N’Dugu Chancler, who has appeared on many hit records including Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”; legendary flutist and saxophonist, Justo Almario; Dr. Dre’s piano instructor and longtime co-producer Steve Lindsey; trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon; drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr., keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe, percussionist Dexter Story, and many more. Music for the 30-piece orchestra arranged and composed by Sly5thAve, with additional arrangements by Tarek Kandil.
DJ sets throughout the evening will include Battlecat, DJ Rhettmatic and KCRW’s Jeremy Sole. The infamous Fuzzy Fantabulous will host.
This show is a must-see for lovers of hip-hop, orchestra…well, any music really! It promises to be a night that won’t be soon be repeated or forgotten. Don’t miss your chance to witness history in the making. Best of all, you’ll be supporting music education for kids all around the world who would not have access to it otherwise. Someday those kids could be the ones on stage. Let’s make sure every one of them has the opportunity to experience the joy of music in their lives.
Sly5thave aka Sylvester Onyejiaka, is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/
arranger/producer who grew his roots in Texas and now resides in Brooklyn. In addition to touring with Prince, Taylor Swift, Quantic, and Demi Lovato, Sly5thave currently leads his own 21 piece orchestra, “The Club Casa Chamber Orchestra” performing everything from A Tribe Called Quest to Kendrick Lamar. (soundcloud.com/sly5thave)
Sly5thave and Tarik Kandil met through very similar interests. Tarek leads his own large ensemble, the “Love Ain’t Enough Orchestra”
(soundcloud.com/loveaintenuff) based in Beirut, Lebanon. Mochilla’s Suite for Ma Dukes is the inspiration behind this project. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and everyone involved cleared the way for a new generation of musicians and opened them up to an entirely new audience. It was Tarek’s arrangement of “Nothing But A G Thang” that inspired the concept behind California Love. The collaboration across the pond is sure to produce a night to remember for Dr. Dre Lovers far and wide. Both composers are humbled by those who came before them and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do the music justice.
CALIFORNIA LOVE is a benefit for the PLAYING FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. Today, 1,200 children at PFCF programs attend free classes in dance, instruments, languages, and music theory, provided by qualified, local teachers in countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand and the United States. In addition to music, PFCF helps develop partnerships to support basic needs such as clean water, solar power, medical support and educational supplies that have benefitted more than 20,000 people in communities worldwide. playingforchange.org/
The 30-piece orchestra will pay tribute to Dr. Dre, Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.
For Tickets: californialove.brownpapertickets.com/