For Immediate Release: Celtic, American folk guitarist to play FREE concerts at the Center on March 5

Escondido, California — :

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a guitarist praised for his performance of Celtic and American folk music will be the next to take the stage in the popular WOW First Wednesdays concert series at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center).

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 best part? It’s completely FREE, with three show times to choose from!

The series returns Wed., March 5 with concerts by internationally recognized, California-based guitarist Christopher Dean, who will take the Center Theater stage at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.

Dean is known to mesmerize audiences with his musical style — a mix of fingerstyle and flatpicking traditions performed on six- and 12-string guitars. He has put his own highly personal stamp on the instrument, not only by the way he plays, but also by the music he interprets, and the emotions and images his music invokes. Dean performs Celtic and American folk music and, in the Celtic tradition, he tells engaging, humorous stories, and weaves Celtic and American folk lore and history with his music. Dean’s performance of Irish, Scottish, English, and American traditional and contemporary folk music is sure to get audiences in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day.

Starting a professional career in music in 1966, Dean has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, The Rascals, The Doors and, more recently, with Skyedance, Men of Worth, The Wicked Tinkers, Alasdair Fraser, Arvel Bird and Brian Baynes, to name a few. All three of Dean’s albums are sold worldwide, receiving radio play in the United States, Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia. Additional exposure on Internet radio stations has taken his music to listeners all over the globe.

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Following Christopher Dean, the WOW First Wednesdays season will continue with performances by the following talents:

  • 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. However, supporters of the series can purchase WOW Memberships and receive reserved seats: Four seats with a $50 contribution, 10 seats with a $100 contribution. Donations can be made by calling the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253.

In addition, the Center received two grants that enable certain patrons to reserve WOW seats 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.

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



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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