Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla to host a very special musical presentation on Friday

Question: What musical group won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1973 and had super hits with songs like “Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Sister Golden Hair,” and “Daisy Jane”?
Answer: The rock band, AMERICA, coming to La Jolla to perform a special show at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art‘s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St.

Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley

“An Evening with America,” is part of the Getty-initiated exhibition “Pacific Standard Time: Art In L.A. 1945-1980,” and will benefit participating museums.

After an interview moderated by Grammy Museum director Bob Santelli, America will take audience questions and perform an acoustic set.

AMERICA will also perform at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum on Feb. 7 in connection with Grammy Week, which leads up to the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. In 2012, the group, founded by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

AMERICA celebrated its 40th anniversary with the July 2011 release of its latest album, “Back Pages,” a collection of interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, The Buffalo Springfield, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, Jimmy Webb, Mark Knopfler, Fountains of Wayne, New Radicals and Gin Blossoms, among others.

AMERICA seems to tour nonstop; performing more than 100 shows a year every year since 1970.

If you go

What: An Evening with AMERICA

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St.

Tickets: $20, museum members $15

Purchase: At MCASD, Grammy Museum Box Office (213) 765-6803 or online at

Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley are the sons of U.S. Air Force fathers who met in England when they were students at London Central High School. Joined by third band member, the late Dan Peek (he left the group in 1977) they became America and their debut album, released in 1971, quickly went Platinum. Five subsequent releases went either Gold or Platinum and their greatest hits compilation reached the 4 million sales mark.

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