This post takes us a bit inland to the Bella Terra shopping mall in Huntington Beach.  It’s a nice dinner spot with a number of quality choices ( Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, Pei Wei — need I say more ).  They have a small “ampitheater” near the movie theaters where they host live musical entertainment (probably just a summer thing).  I recall being entertained by an Hawaiian music group a year or so ago.

Tonight it was two groups of mostly teenagers entertaining us with jazz and then with rock.  Both groups were from the The Music Factor which I understand is a three week summer workshop focusing on music. 

We saw only the tail end of the jazz ensemble but were impressed with their performance.  A couple good sax players and an outstanding drummer made me feel comfortable that in the years to come I’ll still be able to listen to good jazz performances.

The rock ensemble featured typical guitars, drummers, and a singer.  The had a good lead performer, especially for his age.  Each of the guitarists had a chance to be featured in a solo.  The drummers were notable because I don’t think I’ve ever heard a team of young drummers keep in synch so well.  I was impressed.

Keep up the good work, Music Factor!  Good for the kids and great for the future of music.

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