Dream Like Taylor

A Live Band Journey Through The Enchanted Eras of Taylor Swift

With her distinct style, legendary catalog of music, and a stage presence like no other, it’s easy to see why Taylor Swift is one of the most successful and influential artists of the 21st century. This tribute, created by Cassie B and developed at UC San Diego features all of Taylor’s top hits including; “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, “Love Story”, “You Belong With Me”, “Look What You Made Me Do”, “Wildest Dreams”, and more!

Sing. Dance. Repeat.

 

Yächtley Crëw

Grab your captain’s hat! The nautical-suited “Titans of Soft Rock” Yachtley Crew will be making port in San Diego for its “Seas the Day” tour. 

The seven-piece band burst onto the California club scene in 2017 and has spent the past few years selling out shows across the US and gathering a fan base of “Crewpies” that is unsurpassed. 

Yacht Rock encapsulates the revival of soft rock and Top 40 hits from the late 70s to the early 80s, which has become a nation wide phenomenon, inspiring fans to dress the part and sing along. The Yachtley Crew—lead vocalist Phillip Daniel (Philly Ocean), drummer Rob Jones (Sailor Hawkins), bassist ChazRuiz (Baba Buoy), guitarist Thomas Gardner Jr. (Tommy Buoy), backing vocalist Curt Clendenin (StoneyShores), saxophone/flutist Paul Pate (Pauly Shores) and keyboardist Matt Grossman (MatthewMcDonald)—will reel you in with their world-class musicianship as they perform timeless soft rock hits from Christopher Cross to Hall & Oates to Toto and more.

 

Las Migas

Best Flamenco Latin Grammy 2022  for album Libres

Powerful vocals, dancing violin lines, sensual choreography, and upbeat rhythms of the guitar, Las Migas quartet creates a fascinating blend of flamenco and Mediterranean styles of music from Spain

Celebrate The Arts

Free UC San Diego student-only event as part of UC San Diego Welcome Week

Stop by the Epstein Family Amphitheater to learn all about arts on campus. Talk to representatives from campus arts departments, academic departments, and student organizations and learn how you can be involved in the arts at UC San Diego.

Participating organizations include: Campus Performances and Events Office (ArtPower, Campus Events, Epstein Family Amphitheater, The Loft), Stuart Collection, Department of Music, Theatre & Dance Department, Visual Arts Department, University Centers, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Mandeville Art Collective, Institute of Arts and Humanities, Muir Musical, Triton A Cappella Community, and more!

Queen Nation

Queen Nation is the undisputed #1 ranked Queen Tribute Act in the United States and currently reigns as the all-time performance champions and crowned the kings of the Queen tributes. Over the past two decades, Queen Nation has notched over 1,250 shows and attracted 2.5 million viewers worldwide.

Queen Nation is recognized as the most popular, accurate, and highest-grossing fully-costumed re-creation of a vintage Queen concert in the US. Comprising four musicians to reflect the original Queen lineup, the band performs in detailed 70s & 80s Queen-era costumes. All of this is presented in a live 90-minute concert experience, with note-for-note renditions of classic Queen songs.

Frontman Gregory Finsley’s voice and energy emulate Freddie Mercury, while playing piano live during all shows. Queen Nationpromises a seamless show without interruptions or cheesy props, focusing on delivering a pure vintage Queen show every time they take the stage.

Queen Nation’s straightforward creed highlights their commitment to authenticity for Queen fans worldwide.

The Beat Goes On: Starring Lisa McClowry as CHER

2023 Tribute Artist of the Year Nominee (Josie Awards at Grand Ole Opry) Legends in Concert CHER Tribute Artist Lisa McClowry’s stunning portrayal of the Goddess of Pop is the main attraction of this Broadway-style live stage show. Why? Because Lisa has every aspect of playing CHER down pat: the singing and speaking voice, the walk, the talk, the costumes, the makeup, the mannerisms. Nothing is overlooked. This theatrical extravaganza incorporates dynamic dialogue, humor, seriously fun audience participation, eight costume changes and video projections with amazing visuals and animations. Performed to a live band or tracks, the show is like having the real CHER strut her stuff on your stage.

Animaniacs Live

It’s time for Animaniacs…IN CONCERT! Join the voices of Animaniacs—the iconic animated Warner Bros series (produced by Steven Spielberg)—for a “zany, animany and totally insaney” evening as they perform the world-famous songs from the beloved cartoon series backed by the original projected animation.

Animaniacs: In Concert stars the show’s original Emmy-winning composer, Randy Rogel, on piano and the voice-talents of Emmy winner Rob Paulsen (Yakko & Pinky on Animaniacs; Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Maurice LaMarche (The Brain on Animaniacs; The King in Disney’s Frozen; Kif & Calculon on Futurama).

Animaniacs remains as topical and relevant today as it was when the TV series debuted in the early 1990’s. With new episodes currently streaming on HULU, Animaniacs is a multi-generational animated favorite with universally-recognized hit songs. Fans of all ages will experience Animaniacs like never before…especially those who grew up watching the series. As its creators say, “Animaniacs in Concert is for the adults—it’s hip, it’s funny…but kids will love it, too!”

Animaniacs and all related characters and elements are trademarks and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Campus Partner

Antonío Sánchez | Birdman Live 10th Anniversary

The Academy Award winning Best Picture, Birdman, screened to a live soundtrack

“In his live scoring of Birdman, Sánchez injects a vitality that maps out the emotions of the film’s characters with precision.”—The Guardian (U.K.)

“One of the standout jazz drummers on the contemporary scene, a polyrhythmic ace attuned to the subtlest dynamic fluctuations.”—New York Times

After the success of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, drummer/composer Antonío Sánchez performed his dramatic Grammy Award-winning score live around the world. Sánchez’ original music was largely improvised, making each presentation unique. Celebrating the film’s 10th anniversary, he brings Birdman Live to the Epstein Family Amphitheater. One of the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene, Sánchez has recorded and performed with the likes of Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. His 2022 album SHIFT features Trent Reznor, Dave Matthews, Meshell Ndegeocello and more. (Birdman: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2014, R, 119 min.)

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All rights reserved

About Antonío Sánchez

Born in Mexico City, 4-time Grammy Award winner Antonío Sánchez began to play the drums at age five and performed professionally as a teen in Mexico’s Latin, jazz and rock scenes—when he wasn’t participating as a member on Mexico’s Junior National Gymnastics Team. He later pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 enrolled in Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, where he graduated magna cum laude in Jazz Studies.

Following nine albums and 18 years as one of the most cherished of Pat Metheny’s collaborators, Sánchez has also recorded and performed with Gary Burton, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden and Chick Corea. In 2014 Sánchez’s popularity soared when he scored Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman which ended up garnering four Academy Awards (including Best Picture).

Today, Sánchez is among the most sought-after jazz drummers in the world and has been Modern Drummer’s “Jazz Drummer of the Year” on multiple occasions. His new album SHIFT – Bad Hombre Vol. II, featuring Dave Mathews, Trent Reznor and a host of other guest artists, will be released on Warner Bros this August.

“What makes [Birdman] snap, crackle and pop — literally and figuratively — is Sánchez’s remarkably creative drumming.”—San Diego Union Tribune
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CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater | ¡Azúcar!

“More than a hip isolating dance ensemble…CONTRA-TIEMPO pushes boundaries” —Washington Post

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s ¡azúcar! is a courageous naming of, confrontation with, and intentional obliteration of the often unspoken undercurrent of anti-Blackness in latinidad. Questions are continuing to drive the process as we begin to understand the complicated history of sugar and the messages from our ancestors. What does it feel like to individually and collectively heal, what does it move like? Twenty brilliant artists and collaborators take audiences through a journey of Celia Cruz’s vibrations, unearthing history embedded in our bodies. Through ¡azúcar!, CONTRA-TIEMPO explores ancestral wisdoms about a plant that once aided in our healing, used as a way to sweeten medicinal concoctions, now extracted, refined, and used as weaponized poison. This courageous work is rooted in and inspired by the sacred feminine, personal narratives of food, labor, community, sabor, and explorations of “familying” and healing as practices.

CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based activist dance theater company that creates communities where all people are awakened to a sense of themselves as artists and social change agents who move through the world with compassion, confidence, and joy.

 

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Princess Lockerooo’s The Fabulous Waack Dancers: The Big Show

Princess Lockerooo is a whirling force with a singular focus; spreading the gospel of waacking. (New York Times) Experience the Epstein Family Amphitheater like never before, as the stage is transformed into a post-modern disco saloon hosting the world premiere of The Big Show, performed by The Fabulous Waack Dancers. The audience, welcomed as club goers and seated on-stage will be immersed in the culture, history and scene of waacking as Princess Lockerooo, the “Queen of Waacking,” honors her mentor, pioneering queer Black waack dancer and Soul Train legend, Tyrone Proctor, who died in 2020, and carries on his legacy through the dance he championed.

Renowned composer Harold O’Neal contributes an energizing and nostalgic soundtrack that takes audiences on a musical journey through various eras of American black music culture. From jazz and disco to soul, RnB, pop, and blues, the diverse soundtrack enhances the emotional impact of each performance, creating a truly immersive experience that will linger in the hearts of club goers.

Join us at 6:30 pm for Waacking Dance Lessons and stay after the show for a dance party.

What is waacking?
In the 1970s, a dance form called waacking was born in the underground gay clubs of Los Angeles. Members of the gay community risked their lives to perform such an effeminate, expressive style of dance at a time when being openly gay often resulted in violence and imprisonment. The dance was popularized on Soul Train by Tyrone Proctor and brought to the spotlight on the Diana Ross Tour thanks to Billy Goodson. With the AIDS crisis, waacking became nearly extinct. Today the art form has been re-born as a booming social media sensation and global queer rights movement.

Pre-Performance lesson WITH PRINCESS LOCKEROOO
Do you want to learn the art of Waacking by the “Queen of Waacking” at a pre- dance party before The Big Show? Arrive onstage at the Epstein Family Amphitheater at 6:30 pm in your favorite party outfit that makes you feel like your best, most freeing self. It could be from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or now, we just want you to be you.

Post-performance WOW BALL WITH PRINCESS LOCKEROOO
Stay after the performance to dance with The Fabulous Waack Dancers and be the Bell of the Ball. With DJ’s spinning house music, disco balls overhead and libations on stage, you get to showcase your Waacking enthusiasm with others at a free form dance party.

Artist
Featuring Princess Lockerooo
Performed by The Fabulous Waack Dancers
Presented by ArtPower, UC San Diego

 

Princess Lockerooo (Samara Cohen) is a visionary in the dance industry, known for her exceptional work as a producer, public speaker, event curator, director, and choreographer. With a reputation for excellence and numerous accolades, including a Bessie award for Breakout Choreographer and a nomination for Sustained Achievement as a fellow of the RSA, Princess is a highly regarded artist and leader in the dance world.

 

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