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June 22 & 23
6:30 pm preshow celebration
7:30 pm music

@ Pasadena Memorial Park

June 25 & 26

6:30 pm preshow celebration

7:30 pm music

@ Skirball Cultural Center

OPEN HOUSE

ABOUT

MUSE/IQUE Presents "The Judas of Folk: Dylan Plugs In"

It was outrageous. It was audacious. It was electric. When Bob Dylan plugged-in his guitar for an electric set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, he changed the conversation about the rules of music and art forever. With his stunning “betrayal” in Newport, Dylan challenged the conventions of folk and propelled the genre into thrilling new territory. Join MUSE/IQUE as we trace the progression of folk music from its traditional roots to its role as the music of movements and protests; to Dylan’s bold swing, and beyond.

Our highly anticipated, second annual Open House is back: This show is free to the public!

RSVP required.

Free Live Music
Community Celebration
Special discounts on membership
Gifts, giveaways, and more!

Recommended for ages 9 and up

Theater - style chair seating will be provided for free admissions and GA members

Reserved table seating will be provided for quartet membership and above.

Make Some Noise: Music and Stories of America Defiance and Hope

In our 2024 season, MUSE/IQUE spotlights the transformative American artists and thinkers who rejected norms and limitations to forge a new and better future. When artists make loud choices and take bold stances, they teach us that nothing is impossible. Join us in a celebration of the stories and music that moved America.

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LAVANCE COLLEY, VOCALS

LaVance Colley has fused the presence, range, and fervor of a Gospel singer with the versatility of Jazz, and the heart of R&B to develop a style all his own. As an accomplished vocalist his credits include working with legends like: Beyonce Knowles, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Pharrell Williams, Diana Ross, and Lizzo, to name a few. LaVance is also widely recognized as the lead vocalist, and Emcee on tour with international sensation group Postmodern Jukebox. His live performances and studio sessions are truly spectacular and highly sought after by many artists in the industry.

rachel gonzalez, VOCALS

LA native Singer-Songwriter Rachel Gonzalez is a blend of soul driven melodies & intentionally honest storytelling. Her voice carries her message of healing straight to your heart, and is something you can’t quite ignore. Growing up singing in church and high school choir sparked her love for music, and her time at Berklee College of Music inspired her to develop her voice and sound as an artist. Now, she is pursuing her love for music as an artist, vocalist, and songwriter creating music in so many different facets with so many amazing musicians.

GABE WITCHER, FIDDLE AND MANDOLIN

Gabe Witcher is a Grammy®-winning multi instrumentalist, producer, composer, and arranger best known for his work with the genre-bending acoustic quintet, Punch Brothers. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, he has worked with a wide range of artistic luminaries including Paul Simon, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Willie Nelson, the Coen Brothers, Jon Batiste, and Bela Fleck. Witcher frequently appears as a featured soloist on many award-winning film and television scores including Oscar® winners Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and Toy Story, Cars, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Better Call Saul. Over the past decade Witcher has premiered works with the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops, and the National Symphony Orchestra among others. His ongoing collaboration as orchestral arranger for MacArthur Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens continues to delight audiences around the world. In the fall of 2023 Witcher premiered an adaptation of Copland’s Rodeo for bluegrass ensemble, commissioned and performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company to commemorate their 100th anniversary.

chris pierce, vocals

Chris Pierce is a singer-songwriter who blends Americana, folk, blues, and soul.  His hit song “We Can Always Come Back to This” reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Pierce has also done worldwide headlining tours and has performed with: Neil Young, B.B. King, Seal, Al Green, Steve Earle, Allison Russell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jill Scott, Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville & others. Other recent highlights include: a solo concert at The Kennedy Center, a duet with Sara Bareilles, a sold-out concert with Allison Russell, and performance/interviews on NPR’s WORLD CAFÉ, MOUNTAIN STAGE, AMERICAN FOLK SHOW, SoCAL SOUND, and more. Stellar performances at Newport Folk, AmericanaFest, Folk Alliance, Rancho La Puerta Folk Fest, Four Corners Folk, MerleFest & NC Folk Festival led to further acclaim. 

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dc6 singerS collective, vocals

The DC6 Singers Collective are a Los Angeles-based ensemble of dynamic and energetic a cappella, gospel, and Motown singers. Together, the DC6 Singers Collective have brought their shared passion for music as well as their uplifting and charismatic performances to audiences across the country. In harmony, the DC6 Singers Collective delivers a unique approach to gospel and Motown standards and breathes new life into classic and current pop standards. 

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ira ingber, special featured guitarist

Minneapolis-born, Los Angeles raised, Ira Ingber recorded his first original song at the age of 15 at the fabled Gold Star recording studio in Hollywood, and the path to his future was clearly marked. Ira was asked to form a band for fellow Minnesotan, Bob Dylan that led to the recording of two Dylan albums, “Empire Burlesque” and “Knocked Out Loaded”. One song, the 12+ minute epic “Brownsville Girl,” went on to appear on Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. 3. In 2021, Ira reunited with Bob, performing on the majority of the songs on the album, “Shadow Kingdom,” released in 2023. A long working relationship with Van Dyke Parks resulted in Ira’s involvement as both musician and producer of scores with a wide range of film, television, record and commercial projects, including Brian Wilson’s and Van Dyke’s “Orange Crate Art” and Van Dyke’s “Songs Cycled.” The motion picture, Midnight Run, score written by Danny Elfman, prominently featured Ira’s slide guitar.  Ira has composed and performed numerous original scores and songs for film, television and commercials.
 

MUSE/IQUE orchestra

Led by Artistic & Music Director Rachael Worby

Jamey Tate, arranger / drums
Matt Rohde, arranger / keyboards
Paul Cartwright, arranger / violin, viola
Michael Abraham, guitars
Jon Button, bass
Mona Tavakoli, percussion
Mark Cohen, pedal steel guitar
Isaiah Gage, cello
Mike Stever, trumpet
Chris Gray, trumpet
Jacob Scesney, saxophone and woodwinds
Ryan Dragon, trombone

VENUE

Pasadena Memorial Park

Outdoors

85 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Skirball Cultural Center

Indoors

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

SEATING

Pasadena Memorial Park

Theater - style chair seating will be provided for free admissions and GA members. Please no blankets, picnics, frisbees, lawn chairs, or pets allowed. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Reserved table seating will be provided for quarter membership and above.

Skirball Cultural Center

Theater - style chair seating will be provided for free admissions and GA members. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Reserved table seating will be provided for quarter membership and above.

PARKING

Pasadena Memorial Park

Metered street parking is available for $1.25 per hour in the heart of Old Pasadena; $0.75 cents per hour in the area South of Dayton Street between Pasadena and Raymond Avenues. Parking is also available at the following garages.

 

Modern Parking - E. Holly

150 E. Holly Street

Pasadena, CA

Weekend rate $5 all day flat rate

 

Park & Walk - Marriott Garage

171 N. Raymond Avenue

Pasadena, CA

$1 First 2 Hours; $2 per hour thereafter, $12 daily maximum

 

Ride sharing such as Uber and Lyft is encouraged.

Skirball Cultural Center

Free parking is available in the North Lot. Take the elevator to the second floor for a short walk to the venue.

FOOD & DRINK

Pasadena Memorial Park

Due to venue and city regulations, no alcohol is allowed at this event. We recommend dining before attending. There will be a cash bar where you may purchase non-alcoholic beverages and other light snacks such as popcorn and chips, and outside light fare is welcome.

Skirball Cultural Center

We recommend dining before attending. There will be a cash bar where you may purchase beverages and other light snacks such as popcorn and chips, and outside light fare is welcome.

ADMISSION / MEMBERSHIP

New to MUSE/IQUE?

 

MUSE/IQUE is a member-driven organization. Membership gives you admissions to 12 months of MUSE/IQUE events, beginning the moment you sign up! The more you give, the more you support us in our mission to bring life-changing live music to all.​

Click here to find a membership level that best suits you. 

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