See, hear and feel the frequency spectrum below 262 Hertz like you’ve never experienced it before. Bass. Whole bands walk and stop at its command. It’s more than just a clef, it’s a compass to the harmony of music. LOW takes visitors to a new level of appreciation, visualization and sensations thanks to SDSU’s music composition professor Dr. Chris Warren and four interactive exhibits. Observe bass frequencies’ dance using H2O, catch your voice’s pitch in pixels, become a basso profundo opera singer, or feel those low tones with a musical product called the Buttkicker. Either way, there will be no missing the profound sound of the bass’ vibrations.
Now – July 31st
Nothing beats getting outta town and hitting the road during spring break, and this year the party is heading to Arizona! A weekend packed with 20 live performances from the most recognized bands in Latin America like Caifanes, Café Tacvba, Kinky, Nortec Collective, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisbles and more will descend on Quartzsite, Arizona. It is only 3.5 hours away from San Diego, but catching all these acts in one location can’t be compared when it is at The Rock Capital of the World!
March 17th – 19th
Multi-dimensional artist Quantic’s career as a producer, musician, DJ and selector have taken him all over the world not only to perform but also to learn musical traditions. Whether he’s mixing soul and afrobeat or jazz and cumbia, there is no escaping his contagious grooves. Totting a new album that explores the U.S.A.’s soulful instrumental jazz, Quantic is also bringing along a live band on the road for his Tropical Elevation World Tour 2016 so there will be little to no sitting down as the globe’s rhythms and sounds arrive in Little Italy.
With the latest detection of gravitational waves, this next sojourn to the cosmos could be a smooth one. Spanning half a century of the Star Trek universe, fans of the famous TV and movie franchise will be taken on fantastic trip. The Ultimate Voyage fuses a live symphony orchestral scores with footage of shows and films beamed in high definition on a 40-foot wide screen. The galaxy has aligned for this never-before-seen exploration, surely, it’ll ripple through all Trekkies’ hearts.
by Edwin Rendon
Fantasies are created to evoke desires of a different reality where perfection reigns and happiness last forever. That’s the cause for the agents at Illusions Inc., to make souls void of compassion turn a smile; even, if it’s for a moment.
Humayun and Babur, two average guys guarding a supreme architectural edifice, the Taj Mahal, are about to have an existential experience on the eve of its unveiling. Shy of paradise on Earth, the opulent white marble mausoleum representing both an emperor’s love for his deceased wife and the power of his reign is all under the protection of the starring duo. A crisis arises before morning’s light shaking both their faith in God, the empire and one another in this dark comedy.
February 2nd – 28th
Caipirinhas and capoeira, fun and feathers, and tons more is in store for the 24th yearly San Diego Brazil Carnival. Going well beyond samba, the 2016 edition of this very hot local showcase brings the international sounds, sights and tastes of South America’s liveliest country to downtown. Pulsating Latin, Caribbean and African beats, a batucada-style parade, dazzling colorful costumed dancers, and all the non-stop energy of Brazil will be at its highest energy!
For the last installation of its 2015-2016 season, the San Diego Ballet is joining two San Diego creatives for an explosive exhibit of their talents. The dance company’s resident artistic director, Javier Velasco, has choreographed San Diego’s own jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos’ extraordinary music mixing in a tribute set to jazz great Dave Brubeck for a stellar showcase. Jumping out of seats is an invitation extended, and highly recommended so let’s dance.
February 5th – 7th
The monkey is cutting loose this Chinese New Year ushering in 2016 with one of Asia’s favorite holidays. Spanning from Beijing to Jakarta and other countries in between, the tastes, dances, songs, and much more will fill any Oriental craving during the weekend’s event. If the traditional NYE’s resolutions seemed to have fallen to the wayside already, this Lunar New Year is a good chance to restart any cleansing for a fortunate, happy and playful fire monkey year.
February 13th – 14th
It is a musical blend too cool for school for violinist Kev Marcus and viola player Wil B, the duo behind Black Violin. The classically-trained instrumentalists set ablaze their performances fusing hip-hop’s rhythm and beats with modern and traditional classical sensibilities. Whether it is hanging with the Wu-Tang Clan, Tom Petty or Kanye, these gents have something that goes beyond Stereotypes, their latest cut. Black Violin’s strings are taught and the turntables are spinning, what’s not to love with this live mix?!