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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Announces 2019/2020 XXV Anniversary Season

Escondido CA— The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is pleased to announce our “2019-20  XXV Anniversary Season” featuring an exceptional line-up of acclaimed performers, including Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Charlie Musselwhite; Renee Flemming with Special Guest Inon Barnatan; David Foster; Natalia Lafourcade; An Evening with Sophia Loren; Patton Oswalt; Panteon Rococo; Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Eferen Ramirez & Jon Gries; Chris Botti; Whose Live Anyway?; Together On Stage: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin; Joan Osborne and the Weepies; Black Violin: Impossible Tour; OK Go: The Live Video Tour; Jane Monheit; Etienne Charles: Creole Christmas; Roots Rising! Featuring Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno & Liz Vice; Taimane- Elemental Tour: A Visual & Musical Experience; Ethan Bortnick; Sammy Miller and the Congregation; The Villalobos Brothers; Zoppe Family Circus; Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience; Son Luna y Jóvenes Zapateadores; Cirque Dreams Holidaze; Irish Christmas in America; International Guitar Night; Bollywood Boulevard: A Live Multi-Media Concert Journey through Hindi Cinema; and more! Through its presentation of internationally renowned talent, the Center is a premier performing arts venue in the Southern California market.

The Center’s XXV Anniversary Season debuts on Thursday, July 18, 2019 with our first-ever outdoor concert in our Great Green and continues until Thursday, May 21, 2020. Events will take place in the 1,523-seat Concert Hall and 404-seat Center Theater.  New this season, events will also take place outdoors in the 3,500-seat Great Green and 388-seat Lyric Court.  Please see the 2019-20 performance schedule below, and for additional information about the Center, visit artcenter.org.

The Center’s Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen comments, “Happy Anniversary! The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is celebrating its 25th year this coming season. The anniversary season has more concerts planned than in recent years with very exciting artists, including Buddy Guy on the Great Green in August. We also have four outstanding museum exhibitions scheduled, beginning with Edgar Degas in July. I am very excited about the 25th Anniversary Year. I hope to see you often at your Center for the Arts, Escondido!”

“Our 25th Anniversary is almost here!  We’re planning an exciting and diverse lineup of new experiences and old favorites to share with you,” said Cynthia Weir, Board Chair.  “Bring your family and friends to discover something new, create great memories, and celebrate 25 years of fabulous performances, visual and creative arts, and community connections here at the California Center for the Arts!”

Please see the comprehensive performance schedule below for the Center’s XXV Anniversary Season:

Performing Arts 2018-19 Season Lineup

Natalia Lafourcade

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Great Green @ 8 PM


Join us for a concert under the stars on our Great Green, with award-winning Latin artist Natalia Lafourcade.  Natalia Lafourcade is one of the most influential emerging Latin artists in the last twenty years. Lafourcade was born in Mexico City, Mexico into a family of famed musicians and writers. She quickly began making her own music quickly found success under the tutelage of Loris Ceroni mixing pop with bossa nova, rock, and Latin rhythms giving Lafourcade the base for her unique sound.

Panteon Rococo

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Great Green @ 8 PM


Join us for a concert under the stars on our Great Green, with Panteon Rococo!  With a mix of Rock, Ska, Reggae, Punk, Cumbia and more Panteon Rococo has established itself as one of the most important bands of Mexican Rock, projecting the best of Latin Ska Mexico to every corner of the world, carrying a full proposal awareness, peace and dancing.

Buddy Guy // Jimmie Vaughan // Charlie Musselwhite

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Great Green @ 8 PM


Join us for a concert under the stars on our Great Green, with these blues legends!  Buddy Guy — eight-time Grammy Award winner, Kennedy Center and National Medal of Arts honoree, inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — is forever an icon of Chicago blues. For Jimmie Vaughan, he’s dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen.  Charlie Musselwhite may be the only musician to get a huge ovation just for opening his briefcase. Fans know that’s where he keeps his harmonicas and they’re about to hear one of the true masters work his magic on the humble instrument.  Catch these three blues icons in one night!

Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Lyric Court @ 7:30 PM


Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people.  They play joyful jazz – music that feels good. It’s a style that entertains, enriches, but most of all uplifts.

Ethan Bortnick

Friday, September 13, 2019

Center Theater @ 7:30 PM


Ethan’s live concerts are filled with surprises and talent that dazzle audiences and fill them with a sense of wonder and awe. People leave Ethan’s shows feeling elated, transformed, uplifted, and inspired, saying it was the best show they have ever been to, hands down. Audiences around the world have laughed, cried, sang, danced, and experienced some of their most exciting and memorable moments at Ethan’s shows. This is a must-see for the entire family!

Zoppè Family Circus

Thursday, September 26, 2019 – Greet Green @ 7:30 PM

Friday, September 27, 2019 – Great Green @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Great Green @ 2 PM & 6 PM

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – Great Green @ 12 PM & 4 PM


The Zoppè Family Circus emerged from humble beginnings more than 160 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe. And like many good legends, it began with a boy and a girl falling in love.

Patton Oswalt

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Concert Hall @ 7:30 PM


A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. From his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including Parks and Recreation, for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertains audiences.

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