The Chieftains 50th Anniversary Tour 2012: 'Voice of Ages' - Paddy Moloney & The Chieftains and Special Guests

Date: 02.18.2012

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

The ChieftainsTICKETS: $48 - all seats, sorry, no discounts will be available for this event

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The Chieftains will welcome to the stage Los Cenzontles

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for “The Mockingbirds”) dig deep into Latino traditions, creating a vibrant, contemporary sound infused with the gutsy soul of Mexico’s rural roots.  Featuring the dynamic vocal dueto of Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez, sonero Hugo Arroyo, lead guitarist and Grammy-nominated Eugene Rodriguez, and bassist/accordion player Emiliano Rodriguez, Los Cenzontles (senn-SONT-less) have produced 19 albums with their 20th, Regeneration, coming out this summer.  The band has performed across the U.S., in Europe, the Dominican Republic, and throughout Mexico; they have collaborated with internationally renowned artists including The Chieftains, Los Lobos, Los Tigres del Norte, Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal, among others. Praised by the New York Times, Los Cenzontles  “both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American.”  The group's core members also operate Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo, California. The nonprofit organization has been training Bay Area youth in traditional Mexican music, dance, and crafts since 1994.

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Don't miss this exciting concert - their only Los Angeles/Orange County appearance on this tour!

Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.

The Chieftains were formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland. Paddy brought together musicians such as fiddler Martin Fay, flautist Michael Tubridy, tin whistle virtuoso Seán Potts, and bodhrán player David Fallon. They recorded a supposedly one-off instrumental album but five years later were reunited with some additions - fiddler Seán Keane, and Peader Mercier replacing Fallon. Harpist Derek Bell came on board in 1973. It wasn't until 1975 that The Chieftains began playing together full time and they marked the event with a historic performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. The following few years saw the departure of Mercier, and the addition of bodhrán player and vocalist Kevin Conneff. Another lineup change in '78/79 would see the departure of Potts and Tubridy and the addition of a new flautist, Matt Molloy.

Although their early following was purely a folk audience, the range and variation of their music very quickly captured a much broader public, making them the best known Irish band in the world today..

Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, in their nearly 50 years together The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume. They have been involved in such historic events as a tour of China (being the first Western group to perform on the Great Wall), Roger Waters' "The Wall" performance in Berlin in 1990, became the first group to give a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC (at the invitation of former Speaker, Thomas "Tip" O' Neill), and in October of 2001, Paddy performed at a Ground Zero memorial service in New York for the victims of September 11th. They have performed with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide, and have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.

On top of their six Grammy awards, they have been honored in their own country by being officially named Ireland's Musical Ambassadors, performed during the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of a 135,000,000 strong audience, and were the subject of a Late Late Show tribute in 1987, their 25th anniversary. In 2010, Paddy's whistle and Matt's flute travelled to outer space with a NASA astronaut, and this past year in 2011, they performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II during her historical visit to Ireland.

The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains' love of, and loyalty to, their roots - they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began..

2012 will mark the group's 50th anniversary, and they plan to celebrate the momentous occasion by collaborating with old and new friends alike, reliving past memories and introducing The Chieftains historic career to a whole new generation of fans.

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  • Come early and enjoy dinner at the Soka Bistro. $10.50 for an “all you can eat” international buffet catered by Bon Appetit.  Bistro Hours: M-F 5:30-7:30 p.m.;  Sat & Sun 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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