Utilizing the international language of music is more than just a bright idea. When it can be used to help and better the futures of our youth, it’s a life changing tool. The Wire presents the Together We Rise Summer Benefit Concert, an event focused on creating resources to better the lives of foster children everywhere by bringing in crowds with great tunes.
7pm. The Wire, 247 N. 2nd Ave., Upland, (909) 985-9466; www.thewire247.com.
There’s no mistaking a setting that’s nostalgically set with poodle dresses and antique cars—it’s definitely the swing-dancing era of the 1950s. Four dashing young men that make up the singing group called The Plaids have dressed up real sharp, hair slicked back and all, because they’re on their way to one of the biggest shows of their lives. On their journey, tragedy strikes when a cruel twist of fate causes them to collide with a bus carrying catholic schoolgirls, and they die instantly. The Plaids’ beautiful voices are thought to be doomed, never to reach the ears of an audience with their four part harmonies and amazing a cappella tunes. However The Plaids are granted the chance to come back for one last opportunity to shine. That old saying, “the show must go on,” takes on an entirely new life of its own in this case while these resurrected singers perform charming songs like “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Heart and Soul,” “Scotland the Brave” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” postmortem. All of the wonderful voices are assisted with amazing synchronized choreography that is sure to lighten up the mood.
Various times. $18-$60. Thru Sun, July 28. Tibbies Center Stage, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 429-7469; www.centerstagefontana.com.
Bringing the best of Orange County, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire under one roof, Viva! Pomona is destined to be a cherished yearly music fest for years to come. With this next installment taking place, you’ll definitely want to be there to experience all the fun, festivities, art and culture offered up, in addition to the monthly art walk.
7pm. $15-$17. The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865.3802; www.theglasshouse.us.
Maybe you’ve seen the movie, but if not, here’s a little back woodsy story for y’all. A young bride named Milly meets and marries a mountain man after knowing him for mere hours. She tries to civilize and marry off his six rowdy brothers, but that task proves to be a tall order to fill. It’s bursting with rambunctious energy, fun and romance.
Thru Aug. 18. Lifehouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands, (909) 335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com.
You’ve always wanted to mimic the moves of big band music because there is such elegance to it. The fun and excitement of twirling and throwing your partner up and down (when you get a little more advanced) is unbeatable. Lessons are given every Monday and no experience is necessary. Just remember, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”
7pm-12am. The Riverside Junction, 1760 Chicago Ave., Suite J11/13, Riverside, (951) 680-9780; www.facebook.com/theriversidejunction.
The digital world is full of confusion and you don’t really know what your eye can trust. Art can digitally be altered in many ways, but what you do with it is what makes art interesting. This installment by Mr. Gaiser will have light refreshments as Adina Dane belly dances before the live concert by Black Bear & the Cheyenne Autumn band.
Thru July 31. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm. The Colony at Loft 204, 532 W. First St., #204, Claremont Packing House; www.loft204.com.
A live concert will be recorded for both TV and radio broadcast at Cal State San Bernardino featuring one of the five lucky (and unsigned) bands who are ready to show what they’ve got. Who will win the coveted “Howlin’ Yote” award? That Art Thou, Lucky and Wild, Jet Packs and Laser Guns, Dr. Seahorse or Natural Heights?
7pm-9pm. California State University San Bernardino, Coussoulis Arena, 5500 University Pkwy., San Bernardino, (909) 537-7360; www.csusb.edu.