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Jazz trumpeter, classic soul group on Sunset schedule

By CHRIS COUNTS

Published: June 10, 2011

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING instrumentalist Chris Botti will kick off Sunset Center’s 2011-12 season, which also features performances by two of the most enduring groups in pop music, the Kingston Trio and the Temptations.

“This is a star-filled season, and we think it might just be our best yet,” said Natalie Hall, a spokeswoman for Sunset Center.”

Botti, whose mournful and melodic trumpet solos have earned him five Grammy nominations and three No. 1 albums on the jazz charts, will take the stage at Sunset Center Friday, Sept. 9.

The Temptations, meanwhile, follow Botti Thursday, Sept. 15. Best known for timeless Motown hits like “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” and “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” the soulful vocal group is led by its last living member, Otis Williams.
Best known for bridging the gap between folk and pop music during the late 1960s and early 1960s, the Kingston Trio play at Sunset Center Saturday Jan. 14.

Also performing at Sunset Center this fall are the Bacon Brothers featuring actor Kevin Bacon (Sept. 29), Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack (Oct. 7), Howie Mandell (Oct. 20), the Pink Floyd Concert Experience (Oct. 22), the Miles Davis Experience (Oct. 25), MOMIX (Nov. 10), David Sedaris (Nov. 15), Pink Martini (Nov. 18), Smuin Ballet (Dec. 2-3) and Paula Poundstone (Dec. 16).
On the calendar for 2012 are the Peking Acrobats (Jan. 20), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Feb. 2), Joan Rivers (Feb. 10), Smuin Ballet (March 2-3), Danú (March 9), Forbidden Broadway (March 15), Harlem Gospel Choir (April 7), Taj Mahal (April 12), Mariachi Sol de México (April 26), Shirley MacLaine (May 11) and the Mystical Arts of Tibet (June 9).

Tickets for subscribers go on sale July 9, and single event tickets go on sale July 22. For more information, call (831) 620-2048 or visit www.sunsetcenter.org.