Creative Arts Building 50th Anniversary Celebration: Music of Pittsburg
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Her parents named her "Star" ... and with a grandfather, uncles and a father all famous musicians, how could she be anything but? The star in question is Estrella Morente, who has since exceeded every prediction of success to become one of the greatest flamenco vocalists alive today. Celebrated for her fresh approach to flamenco and popular Spanish songs, Morente has a supple and evocative voice, summoning heart-broken regret and boundless joy with equal ease (and often within the same song). So stirring is her voice, that director Pedro Almodóvar included it on the soundtrack to his Oscar-nominated film, Volver. Experience her intense rhythms and moody melodies -- and the accompaniment of a dazzling flamenco guitarist -- when Morente performs live at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall. Learn More
<p>Join 24 bands to celebrate the Music of Pittsburg as part of the Creative Arts Building 50th Anniversary Celebration. The concerts are accompanied by a Street Faire featuring lowrider cars on School Street.</p> <p>The music ranges from rap to opera. Among the performers are Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Famer Louis Jones and Bay Area Blues Society 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year Tommy Nunnelly along with Leo Vigil, Nicky DePaola, the Floorshakers, Just Praise, Sexteto Diablo, Subliminal tha Kid, Natural Blend, Biernacki and the Illusion, Benny Arroyo, Earl Crudup, Los Fugitivos del Stress, and Smoothease Trio.</p> <p>The events benefit Pittsburg High School for its trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.</p>
About the Ticket Supplier: CAB ConcertsThe historic Creative Arts Building, Pittsburg's hidden jewel, is located on the Pittsburg High School campus.
A $5 million bond measure, the biggest in state history when passed in 1956, allowed for construction of the Creative Arts Building and Hillview Jr. High School as well as additional classroom construction at Heights Elementary School and El Pueblo School.
Since opening in 1959, the Creative Arts Building has been an integral part of Pittsburg High School, serving as classroom for band, choir and drama and a gathering point for high school students and staff and district personnel. It has a glorious history in its role as a site for community cultural events and is home for the award-winning Pittsburg Community Theatre. It has also been the site for performances by Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet and international talent.
The 2,000-seat main theatre is the largest indoor performance arts venue in Contra Costa County, nearly three times larger than the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, and is the second largest in the East Bay to the 3,500-seat Berkeley Community Theater, which is a sister structure located on the Berkeley High School campus. The Creative Arts Building also has a 250-seat Little Theatre.
Now 45 years old, the Creative Arts Building is in need of some loving repair with the â€œAdopt-A-Seatâ€ program only the first step in restoring it to its former glory. Theatrical architects from Landry & Bogan have completed a detailed study of what it will take to bring the building back to state-of-the-art capability and rate it as a 9 on a 1-to-10 scale as a performance venue.
With the passage of Measure E in November 2004, Pittsburg voters committed to building a new elementary school and new junior high school. As a result of that vote, the Pittsburg Unified School District will become eligible for state matching funds to restore and refurbish district buildings, including the Creative Arts Building.