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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles And Crawfish!

A publicity photo of musician Kendrick Lamar, who headlines The Championship Tour.
A publicity photo of musician Kendrick Lamar, who headlines The Championship Tour.
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles And Crawfish!
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles and Crawfish! GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

This is KBPS mid day edition. >> This week and maybe Mother's Day but it's also filled with these in San Diego. Join me with more is arts calendar editor Nina. Hi Nina. >> Hello. >> Kendrick Lamarr is coming to San Diego. >> That's right he's the first hip-hop performer to win the prize for music. It was for his album dam that came out in 2017. He's also really famous for not winning album of the year at the Grammys. He's lost it twice. Wants to Bruno Mars, and also to trailers -- Taylor Swift. Is also famous because he lost best rap album 2 amor. So getting the Pulitzer Prize is kind of I feel redemption. >> How do you describe his music? >> He's just a really powerful storyteller, he raps about the black experience, particularly on the West Coast. He's known for sophisticated writing, and witty language. Is a rare artist that has commercial and critical success. >> Let's hear some of Kendrick Lamarr. This is humble from his award winning album. >> [ music ] >> What is he doing in San Diego? >> He's on the championship to her, but that is is he curated the soundtrack for marvels like panther. And he put a lot of artists from his label top dog entertainment, so now they're all on tour together, and they're going to be playing music from the album and their -- and their own things and other people are scissor -- scissor -- and other artists. >> [ music ] >> An Lamarr and other top dog artist perform Sunday into Lavista. >> There's a cello restaurant -- celebration for the Sergeant Pepper album from the Beatles. What's happening? >> This is the 50th anniversary of Sergeant Pepper. Choreographer Mark Morris is celebrating it, with the project he calls Pepper land. He was commissioned by the city of Liverpool where the Beatles were from, and is just a look back at this record, and how influential it was. >> Sosa choreographer doing this? dancers performing to the album? >> Kind of, is put on by La Jolla music Society so it does have a wife music element. Dolby chamber music with jazz instruments. And they are going to interpret songs you love, like Penny Lane, and when I'm 64. Is not really the songs that you know from the record, it's not and you're not going to this to be nostalgic but to see how it's influenced jazz and classical music. >> So the music might be a little unfamiliar, what about the dance? >> The dancers are inspired with the 1960s, you will see really bright colors, everything is kind of pop art themed. The movements will be very exaggerated, whimsical, Mark Morris is known for these trippy formations, so that will be happening. And he's just very good with music and telling a story with it. >> Finally, I wanted to talk about the Eurovision song contest is happening this weekend in Portugal. For those of us that are not as big as fans what is this? >> Yes it's a whack you do international talent show with European countries and Australia and Israel. Think of it as American idol, meets as you said the Super Bowl. It is huge. At such a big deal all over the world. Except for here. >> Are the sons any good? >> So they have to have really really broad appeal. To end up being super sappy, or these really cheesy ballads. Or they sound like the most insane boy band or pop group you ever heard. So I guess? >> They have some appeal. So here's one on the super Poppy site. This is Norway's entry. This is that how you write a song. >> [ music ] >> Okay. That's 2 steps is all you need to know to write a song. >> That so Poppy weavers all dancing. >> Is a contest work? >> Is holding a semi finals, I don't understand you might. The final countries preform a song live on TV. And then people vote. >> Why we talking about this if it is not televised in the U.S.? >> Well now it streams on YouTube, so it is so exciting, you can watch it on logo YouTube, and now you can see for yourself all of the pyrotechnics, all the glitter, all the magic trick, they do these over-the-top performances. There's been a man and a hamster wheel, singers with an ice skater a male ice skater dancing around. Someone dressed up as Dracula. There was a sexy butter Turner. You really never know what you're going to see. >> So this is one of the songs is less Poppy from this year's dispense. This is from the Netherlands, it's called outlaw and them. By way land. >> [ music ] >> The Eurovision song contest will air on logo TV and the logo YouTube channel Saturday at noon. I've been speaking with a B PS arts aerator. -- I've been speaking with KBPS arts editor.

This weekend brings some high-profile names in music: The Beatles and Kendrick Lamar. Plus a lesson in how to eat crawfish.

The Championship Tour Featuring Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Music

Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar brings his Championship Tour to San Diego.

Lamar is known as a powerful storyteller, using sophisticated wordplay in his raps. His music is both critically and commercially successful. He recently curated the soundtrack for Marvel’s "Black Panther," an album that features artists from his label, Top Dawg Entertainment.

Now, those artists are part of The Championship Tour, and it features fellow chart-topping names like SZA and Schoolboy Q.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $39.50 to $595; find tickets to The Championship Tour.

A promotional photo from Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland."
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A promotional photo from Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland."

La Jolla Music Society Presents Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland"

Dance, Music

Mark Morris Dance Group celebrates the music of the Beatles with a dance show called "Pepperland."

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the show features jazz arrangements of beloved songs like "With a Little Help From My Friends," "When I’m Sixty-Four" and "Penny Lane."

The Mark Morris Dance Group ensemble will tell the story of Sgt. Pepper using exaggerated movements, trippy pattern formations and bright costumes.

Presented by La Jolla Music Society, there will also be a chamber music ensemble exploring the classical and jazz side of "Sgt. Pepper."

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $20 to $75; find tickets to"Pepperland."

A photo from Gator by the Bay 2017.
Courtesy of Gator by the Bay
A photo from Gator by the Bay 2017.

Gator by the Bay

Music

If it’s Mother’s Day Weekend, that means it’s time for Gator by the Bay.

This popular Louisiana-themed festival highlights Zydeco, Blues and Cajun music. Headlining this year will be Grammy nominated Cajun acts Pine Leaf Boys and The Revelers.

The event also features plenty of food, including crawfish brought in straight from Louisiana - plus a lesson in how to eat them. You can also learn how to make other New Orleans treats like Beignets and Jambalaya.

Details: 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive. $20 to $115, and free for active military with ID and kids age 17 and younger; find tickets to Gator by the Bay.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles And Crawfish!