For Immediate Release: February 2016 Performance Schedule

Escondido, California — :

Featuring Ben Folds with the San Diego Symphony, Jesse Cook, The Chieftains, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, International Guitar Night, The Big Friendly Giant, Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono, Las Cafeteras, and Ladino Soul!

The Museum Presents
The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without A Comb

Escondido, CA — Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Following the incredible opening of its 2015/2016 season, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is thrilled to bring the greater San Diego metro area its biggest month of programming this February 2016 with upwards of nine performing arts productions. The Center’s forthcoming February 2016 line-up features an exceptional array of acclaimed performers, including Ben Folds with the San Diego Symphony, Jesse Cook, The Chieftains, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, International Guitar Night, The Big Friendly Giant, Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono, Las Cafeteras, and Ladino Soul. Through its presentation of internationally renowned talent, the Center is proud to be a premier performing arts venue in the Southern California market. The performing arts season will take place in both the 1,523-seat Concert Hall and 404-seat Center Theater.


Throughout February 2016, the Museum will be presenting The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without A Comb. The exhibition takes guests on a journey through time to tell the comb’s untold story. The History and the Hair includes an extensive catalogue of artifacts from local San Diego African-American entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of African-American hair care, Dr. Willie L. Morrow.


The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is an inviting 9,000-square-foot exhibition space boasting three galleries, a sculpture court, secure collections storage, and a museum store.


Alongside other celebrated Escondido attractions and facilities such as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Mayo Clinic, Stone Brewing Company and many others, the Center is thrilled to continue placing Escondido on the national map as a cultural mecca of the arts and invention. In addition to offering diverse programming, the Center remains steadfast in their mission to provide standout educational and family-friendly offerings, captivating museum exhibitions, free community festivals and more.


Please see the February 2016 concert schedule below, and for additional information about the Center, please visit


Performing Arts – February 2016 – Season Line-up


Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
*Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm

Sharing DNA with Flight of the Conchords and hailing from the home of The Hobbit movies, New Zealand’s Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is in demand for their winning combination of hilarious Kiwi humor, disarmingly small instruments, and sublime musicality. The infectious musical and comedic ensemble includes 10 dynamic performers rocking the four-string with a charming swagger and style. The band’s number one rule is: “If you know the words, sing along. If you don’t know the words, sing along!”


Note: Due to previous commitments – Co-founding member Bret McKenzie is unavailable to participate in this tour.


Ben Folds with the San Diego Symphony
*Friday, February 5, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm


Singer-songwriter-pianist-raconteur Ben Folds has earned a reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of popular music. One of pop and rock’s great piano-playing showmen, Ben’s sound and sensibility – an eclectic mix of rock power, jazz chops, and wry observational songwriting – evokes the essence of classic pop while adding an idiosyncratic infusion of energy and wit. The San Diego Symphony returns to the Center to accompany the bespectacled songsmith who will showcase his brand new piano concerto.


Generously sponsored by Stone Brewing Company.


Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono
*Friday, February 5, 2016
Center Theater @ 7:30pm


Hawaiian musical greats Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono have joined forces to create a soul-stirring celebration of contemporary Hawaiian music. Beamer is a Hawaiian slack key guitar legend and composer of the best-selling Honolulu City Lights. Kapono is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and 12-time award winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammys). Beamer and Kapono will be accompanied on stage by hula master, Moanalani Beamer.


Jesse Cook
*Monday, February 8, 2015
Center Theater @ 7:30pm


Award winning flamenco guitarist, Jesse Cook, returns to the Center! Known for his unparalleled guitar work featuring elements of world music and jazz, Cook has earned himself opening slots for legends including B.B. King and Ray Charles, but it’s his recent solo shows that has really turned heads! With a sonically diverse and distinctive repertoire, Cook’s masterful work commands the stage with its elegant balance of subtlety, in-the-moment honesty and blazing technical prowess. Whether he’s showing off his furious finger-picking skills on “Tempest” or slowing things down with “Europa,” this global-guitar-virtuoso promises to deliver an unforgettable, can’t-miss performance.


International Guitar Night
*Thursday, February 11, 2016
Center Theater @ 7:30pm


International Guitar Night (IGN) is a fiery acoustic extravaganza featuring master performer Brian Gore along with a celebrated cast of guitar luminaries including German guitar virtuoso Andre Krengel, world-renowned fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes, and Gypsy guitar prodigy Lulo Reinhardt. Formed in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists, IGN has garnered critical acclaim since its inception. The San Francisco Chronicle described IGN as a “marvelous mix of virtuosos who astound.”

The Big Friendly Giant
*Sunday, February 14, 2016
Center Theater @ 12:00pm & 3:00pm

In this exciting dramatization of Roald Dahl’s award-winning story, a 15-foot vegetarian giant teams up with Sophie, a young orphan, and together, they devise a plan to save the children of England from child-eating giants. Humongous on humor and large on laughs, Dahl’s whizzcracklingly wacky tale comes to life with puppets and people creating a fantastical world of towering giants and magical adventures. Recommended for grades 2nd-6th.

Las Cafeteras
*Friday, February 19, 2016
Center Theater @ 7:30pm

Las Cafeteras fuses the unique sound of East LA with Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado, and powerful lyrics. Their songs tell stories of a community seeking love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of LA. The band blends poetry with the regional folk music style of traditional Son Jarocho for a vibrant remix.

The Chieftains
*Thursday, February 25, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm

Throughout their storied 52-year career, The Chieftains have secured six Grammy Awards and have been nominated 18 times. The traditional Irish band is led by Paddy Moloney, master of the pipes and tin whistle, and is backed by Matt Molloy on flute, and Kevin Conneff on bodhran drum. The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume – collaborating with the Rolling Stones, The Decemberists, and Ziggy Marley – helping to popularize Irish music across the globe.

Generously sponsored by Stone Brewing Company.

Intimate Classic Series
Ladino Soul
*Sunday, February 28, 2016
Center Theater @ 3:00pm

Crime, passion, murder, and seduction are the dramatic themes woven through Ladino Soul’s repertoire. ‘Ladino’ refers to the language spoken by Spanish Jews, expelled from Spain in 1492. Performed by internationally-acclaimed soprano Ronit Widman-Levy and guitar virtuoso, Angel Romero, the music of Ladino Soul travels through time and space, finding its sails between the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Adriatic Seas, from Spain to Turkey, North Africa to the Middle-East.


Museum Exhibition – February 2016
The History and The Hair Story: 400 Years Without A Comb
*January 16 – March 6, 2016

Journey through the history of the African American hair industry and its role in modern culture. From the seat of civilization to the epicenter of the civil rights movement, the comb’s untold story takes the spotlight by way of 400 years’ worth of artifacts, photography, historical accounts and propaganda.



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