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A plethora of great concerts this week

John Legend sings Marvin Gaye songs
Photo by Ben Gabbe

As the summer winds down there are still some great concerts happening in southern California and this week is no exception. There is something for everyone who loves music. There are two great shows on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The first is at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa. The title of the show is the Ray Brown Tribute Trio and it features Larry Fuller, Jeff Hamilton and Christoph Luty. The concert will be in the Rose Garden and show times are at 6pm and 7:30 pm. For tickets and information go to or call 949-759-5003.

The Hollywood Bowl will have another tribute concert on Wednesday, August 20th at 8pm. The concert is titled "Marvin Gaye's What's Going On with John Legend." This show promises to be a very special concert with a lot of Marvin Gaye songs. Last heard, this show was sold out, but hey, if you can somehow get a ticket, by all means please go. I'm sure you will be glad that you did.

On Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8 pm, there will be a tribute to Johnny Winter. Mr. Winter passed away last week as he was about to embark on a concert tour. He was known as one of the greatest blues guitarists on the planet. The show and tour will go on. The City National Grove of Anaheim will be the venue on Friday night for this rock and blues festival. Johnny Winter's brother the great Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera formerly of Rare Earth and Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown will be performing. The City National Grove is located on 2200 East Katella in Anaheim and the phone number is 714-712-2756.

The great Arturo Sandoval & Friends will perform at Catalina Jazz Club on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm. Also on Saturday at 8pm, saxophonist Kenny G & the Pacific Symphony have a show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. There is a lot of good music to hear and great concerts to see. Whatever show you attend, please be safe and enjoy yourself.

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