Independent Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city will launch its 2020-21 WeHo Sounds Free Virtual Concert Series at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 with Murphy’s Flaw performing a mix of music with a bluegrass flavor.
Musical performances will take place on Friday evenings at 6 p.m. online at www.weho.org/wehosounds.
Murphy’s Flaw features instrumental solos on fiddle, mandolin, dobro, guitar and tight vocal harmonies. The group’s repertoire includes bluegrass standards as well as tunes by the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
The second performer in the series will be Pasadena-based R&B singer-songwriter Astyn Turr on Dec. 4. Turr is the featured background vocalist on Emmy-nominated and Grammy and Tony award-winner singer/actor Leslie Odom’s latest album “Mr.”
On Dec. 18, Brazilian and world music band Farofa delivers a performance of traditional rhythms blended with modern stylings and influences.
Bronsen Vidas takes the virtual new year stage Jan. 1
Caught somewhere between quirky and catchy, Bronsen Vidas makes jazzy pop music. He released his independent album, “Got No Service” last year, and produces music for various artists throughout Los Angeles.
Jan. 15 will feature Steve Thachuk and Sarah Wass. Thachuk is a classical guitarist who in recent years has returned to his roots as an electric guitarist, transcribing and arranging shows for rock bands touring with orchestras. Wass is a flutist, educator and musical omnivore who performs with orchestras, new music groups and other singer-songwriters. Their concert will feature a blend of chamber and classical, as well as world and rock music.
Jan. 29 will feature Katalyst, a collective of producers, composers, musicians and writers that represent a veritable Who’s Who of the Los Angeles jazz community. Katalyst has played in various venues such as the Disney Concert Hall and with artists such as Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek. Katalyst is also the creator of #inglewoodstock, a mini-festival featuring local bands and vocalists.
Chris Hutton will perform Feb. 12. A Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, Hutton’s music is a sophisticated blend of raw emotion and meticulous musicianship. Deeply personal lyrics and performances are set against a buoyant pop aesthetic to create a sound that A&R Factory describes as “tangibly magnetic.”
The series finale Feb. 26 will feature Satin Ragdoll and the Misfit Toys. Influenced by Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, the group performs 1920s through 1960s jazz led by vocalist Loren Marie Story.
The WeHo Sounds series is organized by the city’s Arts Division. For more information, \contact Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360.