Love music, especially when it’s close to home? October is a great time to discover ArtPower (AP), UC San Diego’s fine purveyor of music, dance and movies from around the world.
This season, AP is introducing “American Routes,” a series of concerts featuring the diverse traditions that have shaped America’s music, from bluegrass, gospel, folk and country to jazz, blues, rock and soul.
October’s lineup includes the first of these, an acclaimed group of gospel singers from Texas, along with a Brooklyn-based Japanese jazzman and a Cuban big band.
Takuya Kuroda, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Loft. Tickets: $25–$35. Born in Kobe, Japan, trumpeter/composer Kuroda, came to the United States 13 years ago. He couldn’t speak English, but he could jam, and he soon found a place in New York’s jazz scene.
An eclectic artist whose compositions include everything from jazz to funk, hip-hop and Afro-beat, his 2014 Blue Note release, “Rising Son,” brought him into the spotlight, and he’ll be introducing selections from his just-released album, “Zigzagger,” at The Loft.
Jones Family Singers, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at The Loft. Tickets: $23–$35. These five sisters, two brothers, and their father, Bishop Fred Jones, have been bringing their roof-raising shows to churches and music festivals for some 20 years.
Praised by Rolling Stone magazine and NPR as “a must-see act,” they go way beyond traditional gospel, revealing the clear links to rock and soul. Last year, they were a hit at both Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, and now they’ll be here, in The Loft’s intimate setting, where you can get really close to their jubilant sounds. You’ll have to move fast to snag seats, though; this one is sure to sell out.
¡Cubanismo! 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at Price Center West Ballroom. Tickets: $30, $15 for youth. ArtPower’s Executive Director Jordan Peimer calls this group “almost legendary” and guarantees that you won’t be able to stay in your seat when they start playing.
“They haven’t released an album in years, and it’s very exciting to be able to see them live,” he said. Led by trumpeter Jesús Alemañy, their irresistible dance tunes recall the big bands of 1940s Cuba. Bonus: Early arrivals will be treated to a free, Latin dance lesson at 7 p.m. and following the performance, there’s an AfterParty at The Loft.