For Immediate Release: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Kicks Off the 2018-2019 Season with “One of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Ry Cooder!

Escondido, California — :

Multiple Grammy winner Ry Cooder along with his band The Hamiltones will be kicking off the 2018-19 Performing Arts Season at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Ry Cooder is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film score composer best known for his unparalleled skill on the slide guitar. Cooder has been the recipient of six Grammy Awards and praised for his work producing the classic album Buena Vista Social Club.

Cooder’s skill has translated into his scoring of multiple film soundtracks for films such as Paris, Texas, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort, Streets of Fire, Last Man Standing, and Crossroads.

An in-demand session musician over the years, Cooder has performed on albums by The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Nancy Sinatra, Kim Carnes, Randy Newman, John Hiatt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys, and Mavis Staples.

As a touring artist, Cooder has hit the road with performers such as Nick Lowe, Ricky Skaggs, and Sharon White, and has toured all over the world, visiting countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The summer of 2018 will see him back on tour with his own band for the first time since 2009, visiting multiple cities in Canada and the United States in support of his upcoming album, The Prodigal Son, which was  released worldwide May 11, 2018 on Fantasy Records.

We have also just added a special dining experience before the Ry Cooder show!  We call it the “Taste of the South” dining experience  which is available for purchase for just $35.  Included in the meal are jambalaya, sweet potato fries, southern shortcake, and a complimentary Kentucky Mule.

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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.

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