Susan Lovell and the Topanga Canyon Band
Contemporary Folk Concert to Benefit
The Globe Theater inTopanga
Topanga, CA – The Globe Theater in Topanga continues its Sunday Salons at Two with music by folksinger and songwriter Susan Lovell and The Topanga Canyon Band on Sunday, September 30 at. Lovell will perform her own songs and poetry as well as songs by such well-known folk artists as Dylan, Ronstadt, J.Denver, and P.Simon. Proceeds of the concert will benefit the new theater’s educational and cultural programs as well as its ongoing schedule of Shakespeare’s plays and a variety of musical events.
Susan Lovell has been singing and writing for many years, although she did not begin to study voice formally until five years ago, when she began work with Elisabeth Howard, the founder of the Vocal Power Academy, a Bs and MS from Juilliard, and a resident of Topanga. Dr. Lovell writes music she describes as “contemporary folk”, based on her own experiences, and focused toward relationships, a peaceful world, and children.
She works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Monica and she and her husband, John, live in the Canyon with their cat, Simba. Susan has performed at various public and private concerts in Topanga, as well as at vocal showcases at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. She performed on the Discovery Channel’s “Red-Blue” documentary several years ago. Music is her “second vocation”.
The Topanga Canyon Band is made up of four talented musicians, all of whom live in Topanga. They include Janet Crouch Shulman on cello, Frank Harper on banjo and dobro, Lon Miller on bass and Leo Shulman on guitar.
As a professional cellist, Ms. Crouch Shulman has taken part in concerts and recordings with such outstanding orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, and others. She has performed for television and film soundtracks both in London and Los Angeles. Ms Shulman is also a teacher and trainer of The Alexander Technique. Multi-instrumentalist Frank Harper, featured on resophonic guitar—also known as a “dobro”, has performed with folk, bluegrass, blues and rock bands in venues and broadcasts throughout the U.S. and Europe. He plays an array of string instruments, including the acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, and ukulele. Lon Miller, bass, is a professional sound engineer, working for well-known artists such as Jane Seymour and James Keach, among others. He has performed with Old Bull and other Canyon favorites, and is a bass guitarist “par excellence”. Leo Shulman, although the youngest member of the band, is a talented classical guitarist, demonstrating both excellent technique and emotional resonance.
Following in the steps of his musical family, he intends to create a professional career with the guitar.
“The Globe Theater is an exciting addition to both the Topanga and the Los Angeles artistic and cultural scene,” says Lovell, when asked why she decided to donate concert proceeds to the theater. “This is their first season and I want to do whatever I can to help make it successful. Geoff Forward and Elisabeth Howard have been working non-stop for ten years to make this dream come true, and I’m hopeful that Topanga will welcome this new theater and its productions with open arms.”
The Globe complex includes a 50-seat indoor venue, as well as an outdoor stage, all nestled in the oaks and streams of Topanga Canyon. The concert will be held indoors so reservations are strongly recommended. Admission includes complimentary wine, soft drinks, a light buffet, and dessert. Parking is available behind the theater.
Tickets: $45 General Admission; $35 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Donations may be sent to: The Globe in Topanga, 1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, California, 90290.
Reservations: (310) 455-9400 or order online: www.shakespeare-usa.com.
For more information, e-mail at Sunday Salon@shakespeare-usa.com.
Location: 1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, California (North of Pat’s Grill).