Once upon a turbulent era, there was a magical hub in the music universe high above the city, where great talents of the time cloistered in rustic, seedy harmony.
They sought out and filled a neighborhood in Hollywood Hills called Laurel Canyon, which became “home to entire bands and the hangout of choice for every rock ‘n’ roll legend, or wannabe, who passed through Los Angeles,” as NPR described it. It became the nexus for what would become a golden age in pop music.
A cast of local musicians will capture that seminal time in the 1960s and ’70s when one L.A. neighborhood was the breeding ground for history-making music. The feeling of the time, the brilliance of the era and the collective talent that inhabited Laurel Canyon will be reflected and honored on stage 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Musical Instrument Museum.
“Live from Laurel Canyon” is a 90-minute retrospective of the amazing music created by the pioneers of American folk rock between 1965 and 1975 and performed by a rotating cast of talented local musicians, including vocalists Brian Chartrand, Khani Cole and Kip Fox and band members Mat Weddle, Mike Florio, Lamar Gaines, Michael Terry and Adam Armijo.
Passing through Laurel Canyon at that time were members of The Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas, Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and a host of other legendary talent.
The local musicians will bring the spirit from that time and place alive with songs such as “Fire and Rain,” “Heart of Gold,” “California Dreamin’” and “Desperado,” among others.
For tickets and information go to MIMMusicTheater.themim.org/live-laurel-canyon.