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“First Wednesdays” means free concerts at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

For over a decade, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido has hosted First Wednesdays.  First Wednesdays is the Center’s longest-running, free, community concert series which is held on the first Wednesday of every month from September 2017 through June 2018.

The series normally takes place in the 400-seat Center Theater, but due to a number of sold-out shows in previous years the Center is trying something a little different this year.  Three of the series’ 10 shows will take place in the Center’s 1500-seat Concert Hall (The Como La Flor Band, the MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir).

These three shows will only have one 7 p.m. show time rather than the two show times for Center Theater shows (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) Tickets to the concerts are free and handed out on a first-come, first-seated basis, so get to the show early to secure your seat. Reserved seats are also available for $12 and are at artcenter.org if you’d like to beat the line!

New this year, the Center will host a different food truck each First Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.  They will kick off the series off with American Flavors, and hosting Two For The Road in October, various food trucks in conjunction with the Center’s 22nd Annual Día de los Muertos Festival in November, and Dang Brothers Pizza in December.

Remaining trucks will be announced in 2018.  This year‘s series is sponsored by Mrs. Lois. Brossart.

See the schedule of musicians below, and for additional information about the Center, visit artcenter.org.

Schedule of Musicians

October 4, 2017, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m: Erika Davies & The Men – (Vintage Jazz) – Erika Davies is a throwback jazz/country/folk songbird who is happily making waves in the San Diego music scene. Davies has been performing locally as a solo artist under the honorific, Miss Erika Davies, for more than 10 years. Re-creating the magic of timeless cinematic moments is her forté.

November 1, 2017, 7 p.m.: The Como La Flor Band – (Selena Tribute our Concert Hall in conjunction with our 22nd Annual Día de los Muertos Festival) – The Como la Flor Band replicates the look, sound and feels of the Tex-Mex queen, Selena Quintanilla. Featured lead vocalist, Karol Posadas, has an amazing singing voice flawlessly matching Selena Quintanilla´s vocal range and on-stage movements, exactly.  After 6 years, The Como la Flor Band has become the most respected and trend setter Selena tribute band in the nation.

December 6, 2017, 7 p.m: MiraCosta College Symphony – (Dueling Nutcrackers and holiday fair presented in the Concert Hall) – MiraCosta Symphony Orchestra  features a 70-member orchestra comprised of MiraCosta students and faculty, community members, and professional musicians, led by music director and MiraCosta College instructor, Branden Murasen. Since its birth in 2010, the orchestra has been a vibrant component of the Performing Arts program at MiraCosta College, and an enthusiastic contributor to cultural life in North San Diego County.

January 3, 2018, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m: The Fremonts – (Gulf Coast R&B) – Modern purveyors of Gulf Coast R&B, the Fremonts harvest the fruits of vintage American roots labels like Excello, Vee-Jay, Imperial and Specialty to create a tapestry of sound that is at once both unique and refreshingly familiar. Vocalist “Mighty” Joe Milsap heads a lineup of talented and thoughtful musicians. Al West provides the vintage backbone of the band on the drums while Patrick Skog and Tony Tomlinson share guitar and bass duties with a sympathetic, “less is more” approach. The band’s second record, “Mighty Crazy” was produced by Grammy winner, Mark Neill.

February 7, 2018, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m: Jessica Fishot – (Gypsy Jazz) – L.A.-based chanteuse, songwriter and accordionist Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, 1940s Chinese swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination.

March 7, 2018, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m: Brogue Wave – (Celtic Folk) – Brogue Wave, Southern California’s #1 Celtic rock band, is a high-energy band of misfits comprised of David Lally (vocals, guitar), Patric Petrie (fiddle, vocals), Tim Foley (Irish pipes, guitar, vocals, percussion), Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley (accordion) and Jordan McKinley (drums). They’re sure to get you out of your seat and up on your feet with their traditional Irish tunes that feature a bit of old timey music for good measure – one unholy union.

April 4, 2018, 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir – (Gospel presented in the Concert Hall) – The Martin Luther King Jr., Community Choir San Diego Incorporated, or MLK Choir, performs gospel concerts to raise funds for educational grants given to San Diego high school seniors pursuing a college degree in visual or performing arts. Their music is inspirational and uplifting, and celebrates the history of the negro spiritual. Their mission is to sing gospel and promote the arts.

May 2, 2018, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m: Lisa Sanders & Brown Sugar – (Country Blues) – Lisa Sanders and Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes are a pair of electrifying, bodacious, harmonizing singers of genuine heartfelt songs. This country-bluesy duo have been performing there unique style of music for over ten years to enthusiastic fans across America. The duo has harmonizing skills that have garnered them many accolades and opening spots with artist such as Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, BB King, Al Green and many more.

June 6, 2018, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m: Season Finale (TBA)

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