For Immediate Release: Andrews Sisters tribute to perform FREE concerts at the Center on February 5

Escondido, California — :

Finding it hard to get over the hump? The WOW First Wednesdays concert series at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) will help you bust out of that mid-week slump and get you groovin’ toward the weekend.

The best part? It’s completely FREE! And there are three show times to choose from!

Held the first Wednesday of the month in the 400-seat Center Theater, the WOW First Wednesdays series boasts a diverse lineup, with performances expertly curated to fulfill every musical desire.

The Lineup: February Showcases Swingin’ Sweethearts

The community is invited to celebrate the month of love with a rousing performance from the Sweethearts of Swing. The trio of singers, who capture the unique style and harmonies of the 30s and 40s by way of the Andrews Sisters, America’s most popular female singing group, will take the Center Theater stage at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 5.

The Sweethearts are Janet Hammer, Shelley Smith and Kim Royster, and the three ladies have been crooning together for more than 15 years. They genuinely have a good time on stage and that enthusiasm transcends to their audience. Bringing back the songs of the Wartime Era, their old-time sound is sure to get audiences swingin’ too. Donning military attire and the hairstyles of the era, the trio is undoubtedly the most authentic Andrews Sisters tribute in town.

The six-piece High Society Jazz Band will back up the Sweethearts at the Feb. 5 shows.


Following the Sweethearts of Swing, the WOW First Wednesdays season will continue with performances by the following talents:

  • Christopher Dean 
    March 5, 2014
    Internationally recognized, California-based guitarist Christopher Dean mesmerizes audiences with his musical style as well as his mix of fingerstyle and flatpicking traditions performed on six- and 12-string guitars.
  • High Society Jazz Band
    April 2, 2014
    High Society Jazz Band puts a fresh twist on the lively sounds of traditional jazz music, featuring New Orleans, Chicago-style, Dixieland, swing, big band and even rock n’ roll.
  • The Peter Pupping Band
    May 7, 2014
    Performing for more than 30 years, Peter Pupping currently leads a six-piece ensemble that plays world music, Latin jazz and contemporary acoustic styles.
  • The Sound of Pan
    June 4, 2014
    Keli Ross Ma’u, director of Kainga Music Steel Drum School, will perform original music and classic covers. Audiences are sure to enjoy the electrifying lively sounds of steel drum covers from such diverse artists as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Ozzy Osbourne.

What Concertgoers Need to Know

Doors open 1 hour prior to showtime. The shows are free but fill up fast, with tickets handed out on a first-come, first-seated basis. Center members, however, can reserve their seats. Memberships are available starting at $50, which includes reserved seating for four. Ten seats can be reserved with a $100 contribution. Donations can be made online at the Center’s website or by calling (760) 839-4138.

The WOW First Wednesdays 2013-14 season is generously sponsored by Mrs. Lois Brossart.

Funding the Arts

As a nonprofit organization, the Center is continually seeking out grant funds in order to carry out its mission of providing diverse and high quality artistic, cultural, educational, social and entertainment experiences that enrich the lives of those in the community. Recently, the Center received two grants that enable patrons to reserve seats at the WOW First Wednesday series free of charge.

Specifically, the Center received funding from the Del Mar Healthcare Fund at the San Diego Foundation that allows 500 seniors to reserve seats. A grant from the Wilma Hall Foundation allows 600 disabled patrons to reserve seats.

Local residents can help support the arts in the community by becoming a member of the Center or by making a secure donation online at



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

You can join this inspiring mission by becoming a donor.  Visit or email to start a conversation about how you or your company can make a difference right here and right now in your arts community.


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