About & Out – What’s Hot In SoCal Jazz – The Week Of August 17, 2020

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, LAjazz.com will continue to do its best to update you as to the status of live jazz events across Southern California.

Due to rising infection rates of COVID-19 across much of California, on Wednesday, July 1 Governor Newsom ordered indoor dining and bars to close across 19 counties in the state including Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara counties – San Diego County has issued its own similar restrictions. Outdoor seating at restaurants is so far unaffected by this latest order, and a few venues are presenting entertainment with outdoor/special seating.

As of June 15, 2020 a few mostly restaurant venues had begun to reopen which also present live music across Southern California. Bars in Los Angeles generally remain closed beyond July 1, 2020, along with nearly all major entertainment venues. Most larger concert venues including the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre have canceled their Summer 2020 performance schedules. Most regular jazz club venues in Greater Los Angeles were expected to reopen sometime in July 2020, but on June 28, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom issued a three-week long temporary close order for bars and nightspots in Los Angeles County and some other areas in California because of an increase in COVID-19 cases. This order does not apply to restaurants, but will likely further delay the opening of nightclub venues in Los Angeles County and most of Southern California. This order has now been extended until further notice.

Most of the restaurant venues that had reopened have implemented new rules designed to comply with the need for social distancing and are operating at 50% (or less) capacity. Some are offering music in an outdoor-only or option seating arrangement. Most have also implemented an advance reservations policy to help comply with seating and social distancing needs. Please check with any venue listed below for exact times and information regarding music and reservations before heading out. Some venues and musicians have begun offering livestream events – please visit your favorite club and artist websites for more information about livestream events.

LAjazz.com highly recommends wearing a mask whenever possible in music venues (and generally in public) out of respect for musicians, staff, and your fellow patrons. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.

Be smart and help your local musicians, venues, and neighbors during this period – LAjazz.com will do its part to keep you up to date and informed throughout the week. Stay safe out there, and remember what a gift live music is to all of us.

Please see the Quick Calendar at LAjazz.com and the online version of About & Out for the latest updates – both are updated on a regular basis throughout the week.

Monday 8/17 – Myron McKinley at Spaghettini

Pianist Myron McKinley plays an outdoor show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach with Ian Martin on bass, Stacey Lamont Sydnor on drums, and Tony P. on guitar. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy begins a three-night run of outdoor drive-in concerts at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Pianist Joshua White’s trio presents a birthday livestream concert via Queen Bee’s in San Diego.


Tuesday 8/18 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the second of three nights of outdoor drive-in concerts at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in support of the Rubicon Theatre.


Wednesday 8/19 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the last of three nights of outdoor drive-in concerts at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in support of the Rubicon Theatre.


Thursday 8/20 – Will Brahm at Campus Jax

Guitarist Will Brahm is at Campus Jax in Newport Beach with an outdoor show which will also be livestreamed via the Campus Jax Facebook page with Ahmet Türkmenoğlu on bass and Gene Coye on drums. The Baked Potato presents a benefit livestream featuring guitarist Michael Landau’s Liquid Quartet with Jimmy Johnson on bass, Alan Hertz on drums, and David Frazee on guitar and vocals. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Caro Pierotto will play a drive-in show at the Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton.


Friday 8/21


Saturday 8/22 – Eric Marienthal at Bayside Restaurant

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal plays an outdoor brunch show at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach.


Sunday 8/23


Monday 8/24 – Brandon Coleman at Grand Performances (Livestream Only)

Keyboardist/vocalist Brandon Coleman presents a livestream sponsored by downtown LA’s Grand Performances series.


Tuesday 8/25


Wednesday 8/26

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