DRUMLine Live rocks Lancaster
HBCU half time on stage
LANCASTER, Calif.—Sunday night, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center was packed with residents from all over the Antelope Valley there to enjoy the thunderous sounds of DRUMLine Live.
The multi-talented group of dancers, singers, instrumentalists, and performers hailing from Atlanta, Ga. got the crowd dancing, clapping and singing along. From the beautiful sounds of Africa to today’s modern Hip-Hop, DRUMLine Live took Lancaster on a journey through music.
The unique performance introduced to some and brought others back to the old school sounds of Big Band Jazz music and American Soul with selections from Duke Ellington and Earth, Wind, and Fire. From the tuba players on down to the trumpeters, every instrumentalist showed off their dance moves and even a little acrobatic skills.
And because it was a Sunday, the band took everyone to church for a moment with spirit-filled hymns and Gospel music. Attired in their glorious white robes, the performers appeared as a choir singing and (praise) dancing to some of those old-time religious songs.
Of course they could not leave the stage without giving the audience a taste of what Historically Black Colleges and Universities are known for—a high-stepping, high-energy half-time show. Scaling down their normal football field sized formations, the 38-member band and dance crew gave a half-time show and drum line battle on LPAC’s fractionally proportioned stage.
DRUMLine Live was inspired by the 2002 film “Drumline,” starring Nick Cannon. Reginald Brayon, one of the show’s producers, said after the movie, he and his cohorts decided to introduce that Southern talent and showmanship across the world through a scaled down, full-sized marching band. The group recently returned from touring Japan, and is now making its way across the United States. For more information, visit their website, www.drumlinelive.com.
LANCASTER, Calif.—This weekend the Antelope Valley is in for a musical treat. DRUMLine Live, a 37-member band, complete with musical tricks, dances, beats, and attitude and hailing from Atlanta, Ga., will perform at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — High surf pounded the coast and fierce winds howled across the Southland today, with gusts topping 70 mph whipping the Saugus area and 50 mph in Lancaster.
LANCASTER, Calif.—A 34-year-old man—charged along with two other people, including former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, in an October 2008 killing—was convicted today of first-degree murder.
The Lancaster Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before returning its verdict against Dewann Wesley White, who is facing 25 years to life in state prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Taly Peretz.
The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) will perform with the World music mega group Mandrill at the John Anson Ford Theater on Aug. 4.
Mandrill, featuring the Wilson brothers from Panama, has thrilled audiences the world over for more than three decades with its classic Funk, and fusion of R&B, Jazz, Rock, Latin, African and Caribbean music.
LANCASTER, Calif.—A former Antelope Valley College accounting assistant has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $500,000.
Mandy Borquez, 33, was charged with six felony counts of grand theft/identity theft after a 10-month investigation by the Commercial Crimes Bureau of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, said Sgt. Pauline Panis of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation started after “the college reported the embezzlement in 2010 discrepancies in their accounting,” Panis said.