By Patte Purcell
The crowds came out to see Hiroshima at Grooves at the Westin for the last concert of the spring series. A star studded night and event by Michael and Terri Paulo of Apaulo Productions was hosted by mover and shaker, smooth jazz promoter Jim Pedone at the beautiful Mission Hills Westin Resort and spa.
The night was beautiful and balmy for the outdoor event under the palms overlooking the golf course. Hiroshima’s lilting Asian influenced mix of favorites and new songs entranced the audience. “A Thousand Cranes” the fan’s favorite was introduced and performed by June Kuramoto (“the world’s greatest koto player”- Stanley Clark). Lighting and sound were perfection and the on-going smooth jazz series of 5 years continues to grow stronger.
Oasis radio’s Gary D, Mitch Lewis, and station owner Todd Marker were on hand to make announcements including the big one made by Jim Pedone. ‘Grooves at the Westin’ will continue with another series of 4 concerts this fall with guests to be announced.
I’m privy to the list but will wait for the upcoming official announcement. Let me just say that the ‘A List’ will be performing with some special surprises in store that will enhance the concert series.
This is the third locale for this popular series and is by far the most beautiful venue. Guests were able to take pictures with the artists and pick up copies of their CD’s.
The hotel had a 100% sellout for the evening and my friend Ruth Ruiz had a party for attendees in her room where we sipped on Crater Lake Vodka martinis and shots of Alien Tequila. Needless to say we had fun!!
Again, kudos to Jim Pedone and Apaulo Productions for the spectacular event. Proving AGAIN, that smooth jazz is alive and well in the desert!