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Live on the Argyros Stage, Free Performances


Along with the New Year comes an exhilarating line-up of FREE performances to look forward to on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Two extraordinary events are celebrated this month, beginning with Dia de los Reyes, or Day of the Kings on Sunday, January 6 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 20. And Live on the Argyros Stage features Stevie Talks, Kai Kalama, Hummingbird Hotel, HLLNDR and The Moon Rays.

For many countries around the world, the Day of the Kings on January 6 is the high point of the Christmas holiday. This celebration stems from the story of the kings – Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar – who traveled from the Far East following a star that brought them to Jesus in Bethlehem. This ancient and beloved cultural tradition will be honored with lively music, a community procession, delicious Rosca de Reyes (Kings’ Cake) and storytelling by a local “abuelita.”

On Saturday, January 20, the Center, along with millions across the country will come together to honor the legacy of Dr. King in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. All are invited to gather on the Plaza from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. to enjoy fun activities and learn new ways to fulfill King’s vision for a better America – beginning with volunteer opportunities at the Center to give back to our local community.

There’s much to look forward to throughout the month with a variety of live performances on the Argyros Stage, showcasing some of the best and brightest local musical talent. Four Plaza-favorites return to the stage this month: Stevie Talks (January 8 & 10) and Kai Kalama, (January 9 & 11) followed by San Diego duo Hummingbird Hotel (January 12 & 13), alternative singer-songwriter HLLNDR (January 12 & 13) and The Moon Rays (January 31), whose delicious four-part harmonies close the month with a Doo-wop experience like no other.

Día De Los Reyes Sunday, January 6 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Close out the holiday season on Three Kings Day! Join us in celebrating this rich cultural tradition filled with fun activities for the whole family. All can enjoy face painting, a caricature artist and storytelling from a local “abuelita,” with a procession from Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) and photo opportunities. Live music is in partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District.

Live on the Argyros Stage: Stevie Talks Tuesday, January 8 & Thursday, January 10 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Americana singer-songwriter Stevie Talks returns to the Argyros Stage for two live performances. A skilled guitarist, he walks to his own indie-folk infused beat inspired by tours with indie bands such as Atlas Genius and Young the Giant.

Live on the Argyros Stage: Kai Kalama Wednesday, January 9 & Friday, January 11 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

American Idol star and one-man band Kai Kalama returns to the Argyros Stage for two live performances. A Southern California native, Kalama became a local hero when he reached the Season 8 semi-finals of the American Idol singing competition. Kalama often uses a “loop pedal” which creates a full band sound for the solo singer-songwriter and allows his music to transcend folk, soul, rock, and Hawaiian.

Live on the Argyros Stage: Hummingbird Hotel Saturday, January 12 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Sunday, January 13 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Comprised of David Ornelas and Megan Love, this San Diego-based songwriting duo offers rich harmonies, strong musicianship, and a great stage presence not to be missed.

Live on the Argyros Stage: HLLNDR Saturday, January 12
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Sunday, January 13 on 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

HLLNDR is a singer/songwriter native to San Diego whose spirited notes reflect life and love. Performing in various arenas, HLLNDR has opened for numerous artists throughout California, including big name bands such as P.O.D, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, J. J. Heller, Jeremy Camp and Gavin DeGraw. She is currently working on her new album expected out in the next year.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Sunday, January 20
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with free family fun and a service opportunity to benefit the local community. Representatives from the Center Docents, Ushers, and School of Dance and Music will be present at informational booths for those who wish to sign-up for or learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Center.

Live on the Argyros Stage: The Moon Rays Thursday, January 31
6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Enjoy four-part harmony at its finest as The Moon Rays pay tribute to some of the most popular musical acts of the ’50s and ’60s! Covering everyone from The Beach Boys to Elvis Presley, this group is one of the fastest rising, best live acapella singing groups in Los Angeles.

Tickets and phone – free at 714.556.2787
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.

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