March 6, 2014

In briefs: Arts events across the region

The legacy of the late Modesto musician, teacher and bandleader Ernie Bucio is celebrated at a scholarship fundraiser in his name Sunday.

The legacy of the late Modesto musician, teacher and bandleader Ernie Bucio is celebrated at a scholarship fundraiser in his name Sunday.

The community event will be at one of Bucio’s frequent performance venues, the Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 11th St., Modesto. Admission is free, but the restaurant will donate a percentage of sales to a legacy fund. Personal donations also will be accepted. Proceeds will go to the Ernie Bucio Modesto Junior College Scholarship, which is administered by MJC and the MJC Music Department.

In 2011, Bucio died from a stroke at age 53. A longtime teacher at the Gottschalk Music Center, he also led and organized bands including the Little Big Band, the Gottschalk Music Center Concert Band, the New Horizons Concert Band and the New Orleans Travelin’ Band.

The show will feature live music from noon to 9 p.m. on two stages, one inside and one outside. More than 15 bands and musicians will perform, including many performers Bucio played with or taught. For more information, call (209) 222-7467.

Modesto Community Concerts

The Modesto Community Concert Association brings Jason Coleman, grandson of one of the architects of the Nashville Sound, to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sunday.

The 28-year-old grandson of Floyd Cramer, one of Nashville’s most noted pianists in the 1960s, has followed into the family business. Coleman’s show, “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer,” features stories and memories of his grandfather, as well as some of his memorable music. Coleman began playing piano at age 5.

His grandfather is known for his “slip note” style, a technique where he slid into a note from the one below. He played as a studio player for Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and more. The show includes hits such as “Crazy,” “Oh Lonesome Me” and “Welcome to My World.”

It starts at 3 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. Tickets are $20-$30. For more, call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

Turlock Concert Association

The Turlock Concert Association brings the chamber group Sixth Floor Trio in for a night of music Tuesday. The trio of Teddy Abrams on piano/clarinet, Harrison Hollingsworth on bassoon/violin and Johnny Teyssier on clarinet plays an eclectic repertoire. The men are all graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music and have toured together across the United States extensively.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Turlock Community Theatre. Tickets are $25 general, $15 for students. Call (209) 668-1456 or (209) 667-5874, or visit www.turlockconcert.org.

An Evening of Dance

The Juline Regional Youth Ballet brings “An Evening of Dance” to the Gallo Center for the Arts today and Saturday.

The show supports the Juline Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing all children who have a desire to perform the opportunity to do so through dance. The foundation provides children between the ages of 4 and 16 exposure to music and movement by conducting introductory dance classes and performances in educational institutions and youth organizations in Stanislaus County.

Showtime is 7 o’clock both nights, and tickets are $10-$15. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

Ukulele workshop on Tuesday

Funstrummers Ukulele players in Modesto will host a workshop by Lil Rev from the Milwaukee Ukulele Club on Tuesday. He is a songwriter, storyteller and music historian deeply rooted in development of music in the American culture.

The workshop will focus on the life and music of Woody Guthrie; participants will learn a dozen of the folk singer’s songs. Lil Rev also will give a concert.

Event begins at 6 p.m. at the Telle Center at Trinity Presbyterian. 1600 Carver Road in Modesto. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call (209) 505-3216. Open to everyone. Ukulele players should bring their instruments.

Upcoming shows

Three shows to put on your calendar for next Friday, to give you time to decide which to attend.

The Commanders, a newly revived ensemble from the Air Force Band of the Golden West, plays a free show at 7:30 p.m. at Turlock Community Theatre.

The group carries on the American musical tradition of the big bands; it features 18 airmen playing jazz, swing, Broadway favorites and numbers. Call (209) 668-1169 or visit turlocktheatre.org.

The Pat Travers Band, featuring guitarist Chris Cain, plays at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in Modesto. Canadian guitarist Travers had hits in the 1970s, including “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights),” “Is This Love” and “Crash and Burn.”

Tickets are $20-$35. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

Dave Bennett’s Clarinet Swing Kings perform in the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Pops Series at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

Jazz clarinetists Bennett and his swing sextet will perform work by legendary clarinetists including Artie Shaw, Pete Fountain, Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

Tickets are $15-$89. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

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