A Musical Conversation with Little Willie G
A Special Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980 Event
Presented by The GRAMMY Museum and Museum of Latin American Art
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
As a part of the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, The GRAMMY Museum, along with Museum of Latin American Art, is proud to present one of the most powerful and soulful voices in music today, vocalist Little Willie G, in an intimate discussion and performance.
One of the most iconic voices of the Eastside Sound, Little Willie G (pictured) began his career in the mid 60's as the lead singer for Thee Midniters, the legendary R&B group from Los Angeles. He quickly became known for his iconic and charismatic stage presence, and helped Thee Midniters become one of the first Chicano rock bands to have a hit in the United States.
Little Willie G will discuss his five-decade career and his commitment to spread a message of hope and love through music. After the interview, moderated by Josh Kun, curator of the PST/GRAMMY Museum exhibition Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-75 and professor in USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Little Willie G will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs.
Rubén Guevara and the Eastside Luvers
3:30 – 4:30pm
Legendary East LA Chicano vocalist, composer, songwriter, producer, and poet
Rubén "Funkahuatl" Guevara (Ruben & the Jets, Frank Zappa, Con Safos) and his new band The Eastside Luvers will be performing selections from their new CD The Tao of Funkahuatl.
Rubén Guevara's musical career is so extensive, it's virtually impossible to boil it all down into one short paragraph. He's perhaps most widely recognized for his collaborations with Frank Zappa, bringing to life and making real what had previously been Zappa's fictional doo-wop parody Ruben & the Jets. But the Boyle Heights native's roots extend all the way back to 1965, when he appeared with Bo Diddley and Tina Turner on the pop television show Shindig! In the '80s, he reinvented himself as a Chicano activist, fronting the influential band Con Safos and working as a promoter to champion Latin-punk groups. Guevara's own music has moved restlessly from his early days as a blues, R&B and doo-wop stylist into stranger, freakier explorations that draw upon jazz, funk and his extensive spoken-word experience. His new album, The Tao of Funkahuatl, draws upon all of his varied personas.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free; reservations are recommended. To reserve your seats, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the Subject line: PST Celebration RSVPs. Seating limited to 250 on a first come first serve basis. Standing room available
Sunday, December 4, 2011
2:00PM to 4:30PM
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) 628 Alamitos Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802