On Dec 2, celebrate the holidays with an edge at KXMas featuring Eric Burdon & The Animals!
Hear classic hits like “House of the Rising Sun,” “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” and “Spill The Wine.”
This is the only concert allowed Irvine Bowl | Festival of Arts Laguna Beach the entire year. Just outside the amphitheatre, the Festival Grounds will play host to a variety of themed holiday parties, Santa Clauses, unique bites, and indie Christmas carolers. Adult libations are also available for purchase.
Proceeds will benefit non-profits KX 93.5 FM, the Friendship Shelter, and Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Eric Burdon has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll.
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994, and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon’s music has forged new territory while also topping the charts for more than five decades.
Highly prolific, Burdon has released nearly 50 records in those 50 years, as front man of The Animals and WAR and simply as Eric Burdon. Through the changing sounds and genres, what remains constant is his courage as an artist to explore new sounds, diving into new territory with his unrivaled and unique voice. Eric Burdon has shared the stage with legends such as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Witherspoon, Otis Redding and Bruce Springsteen, and has recently been cited by cutting edge musicians like Patti Smith and Iggy Pop as one of their personal top ten musicians.
A long string of hits followed, including “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”and the Vietnam-era anthem, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.”Pioneering the psychedelic San Francisco sound,Burdon’s classics include “San Franciscan Nights” and “Monterey.”
Burdon continued to perform throughout the years with different iterations of The Animals, while also founding and fronting the funk group War, one of the first multiracial bands, and topped the charts again with his groundbreaking hit single, “Spill The Wine.”
In the decades to follow, Burdon became an accomplished painter and author,and he continues to record and tour now as a solo artist.The year 2012 saw the release of his latest album, Til Your River Runs Dry.
Joachim Cooder grew up surrounded by music. His Father, guitarist Ry Cooder, would take him on the road at an early age, first as a viewer, and in his early teens, as a player. Joachim’s first instrument was the drums, playing with Ry both live and in the studio. These touring and recording projects allowed him to share stages and recordings with Johnny Cash, Ali Farke Toure, V. M. Bhatt, Steve Earle, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Nick Lowe, and most notably the Buena Vista Social Club.
Over the years Joachim has maintained this close relationship with his father, solidifying his reputation as a lyrical drummer, and branching out on projects of his own. Joachim produced Carly Ritter’s self-titled album (Tex Ritter’s Granddaughter), and composed the score for films such as the cult surf classic Shelter and Charged:The Eduardo Garcia Story, which recently premiered at The Santa Barbara Film Festival (Winner, Audience Choice Award).
His collaborations have taken him into the world of dance where he teamed up with choreographer Daniel Ezralow (Across The Universe, Spider Man: Turn The Dark Off) to compose and perform live in an Ezralow Dance career retrospective. But it wasn’t until his wife and long time collaborator Juliette Commagere became pregnant that he began writing and singing his own songs. “We were in Nashville to produce a friend’s record in January- it was snowing- every morning I would wake up and play my electric mbira I brought through a little amp and start singing,” Joachim says. It became the beginning of his solo project and eventual EP titled Fuscia Machu Picchu.
The songs are about longing, love, plants, and the inner life of inanimate objects. The sound is very much inspired by the world music he grew up. “I’m always hearing some sort of defunct cosmic ice cream truck in my head- that’s the sound I’m after with my mbiras and tank drums and other tuned percussion. Hopefully people will get that.”