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- B The Catalina Island Museum is dedicating the summer to the British Invasion, featuring three events, two of which occurred over the Fourth of July. Avalon resident and rock icon Spencer Davis worked with the museum tO organize the events. They included a symposium of the leading rock 'n roll personalities of the 1960s, an exhibition dedicated to the Spencer Davis Group de- rived from Davis' own archive and a Fourth of July concert featuring Spencer Davis and the Catalina Is- land All-Stars. The symposium provided a rare opportunity to witness a conversa- tion about the British Invasion from a diverse panel of celebrities, hand-picked by Davis himself. The panel was co~posed of Micky Do- lenz of The Monkees, Peter Asher, a Grammy-winning music produc- er and former member of Peter & Gordon, DJ Emperor Rosko of Ra- dio Caroline, Spencer Davis and moderator Martin Lewis, a well- known Beatles scholar. Nearly 600 people attended the British Invasion Rocks America Symposium on June 30 in the Ava- lon Theatre.: When asked about it afterward, Spencer Davis said, "It" was a dream come true for me to bring people like that to the Island to not just enlighten the audience but also entertain them." Symposium moderator Martin Lewis said, "I loved the Island. Quite-enchanting. The hospitality shown to me by the museum staff and everyone I encountered in my three days was incredible. The theater was a beautiful building to see and work in. The photo exhi- bition was masterfully assembled and presented to the very highest of museum standards. I urge peo- ple to visit the exhibit. It provides enjoyable insight into a fascinating era." "The museum team put on a re- ally first class program," said Cata- lina Conservancy Chairman, Cliff Hague after attending the events. "I thought the symposium panel was outstanding. The speakers were very engaging and everyone I spoke with afterwards just raved about it. To follow that up with the fantastic Fourth of July concert on Casino Point - Wow!" For the first time ever, Casino Point was used as a concert venue complete with a professional stage, sound system and light show. "The Santa Catalina Island Company ,,was a great partner for the event," said Catalina Island Museum Ex- ecutive Director, Dr. Michael De Marsche. "We really appreciate the hard work of their staff and details like the red, white and blue lights on the Casino building, which really enhanced the entire experience." The opening act of the concert was a tribute to the British Inva- sion, but the showstopper was Spencer Davis. Full of energy and accompanied by the Catalina Island All-Stars, Davis sang his most famous hits and many of his favorite blues songs in front of a crowd of more than 750. A num- ber of musicians in the concert traveled to Catalina Island and the All-Stars are featured in a CD pro- duced exclusively for the Catalina Island Museum and available at its Museum Store. Roger Connelly, local musician and member of the Catalina Island All-Stars, said after the concert, "I want to thank the entire staff at the Catalina Island Museum for the vi- sion and hard work that went into making this event so successful. ! think it shows the caliber ot~ event CALL FOR Submit your photograph, graphic or art of Catalina. If we use it for a cover, you'LL get a free one year subscription to the IsLander and recognition. SEND High resolution digital JPEG fi[es-300dpi min.-vla emait to edl cinews.us. Must be original artwork. By submitting worK. the senders ,agree to license oubLishing in the Catalina Islander British Invasion Rocks America Symposium Panel with photo of Micky Dolenz of The Monkees on the screen (Pictured L to R: Martin Lewis, Peter Asher, Spencer Davis, Micky Dolenz and Emperor Rosko). Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum. this Island is capable of producing, rector, Donna Harris, the Cham- I hope this will be the beginning ber of Commerce received many of the new 'good old days.' After positive comments about the week all ... this is Catalina." of events. "Even though the 4th "A fantastic concert at a won- fell in the middle of the week this derful venue and I can't wait for year, the Island offered an array of the next event," said Avalon Mayor celebration options appealing to Bob Kennedy. all ages. The parade and the BBQ Many members of the Avalon dinner with the USC band in the business community showed their Casino Ballroom are long running support by sponsoring the British traditions that proved successful Invasion events and the museum once again," stated Harris. "The is extremely grateful. "Sponsoring addition of the museum's Spencer dynamic events like the concert Davis concert on Casino Point was on Casino Point not only enhances an absolute hit, with everyone ex- your business' visibility but also cited about this new concert venue. supports Avalon's only museum. All of these events contribute to a Casino Point is the perfect venue," high quality Island experience and said presenting sponsor Steve Bray make visitors return for more." of Steve's Steakhouse. "We need "The museum is already work- more events like this." ing on plans for next year's con- "The Museum management cert," De Marsche said. "The team created the perfect setting plans include two major acts that for a once a year, special concert, will make the event even more We really appreciate their support entertaining and exciting for our of our restaurants before and after patrons and sponsors." the concert," said Randy Herrel, The British Invasion contin- CEO of the Santa Catalina Island ues through August 22, 2012 with Company. "Gimme Some Lovin': The Spen- According to its Marketing Di- cer Davis Group," an exhibition of photographs, which is accompanied by a film produced by the museum about the early history of the Spen- cer Davis Group. For more informa- tion, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its web- site: CatalinaMuseum.org. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The mu- seum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Air show adds The Catalina Air Show and Fes- tival has announced new partners that have joined in support of the September event. The new sponsors include Mercy Air, Avalon Hotel, Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals, Luau Larry's, Hotel Metropole, Catalina Transportation Services, Descanso Beach Ocean Sports, Ar- royo Insurance, the Glenmore Ho- tel, Catalina Island Marketing and the Animal Hospital of Catalina. They add to the previous spon- sors which are Catalina Vacation Rentals, the Catalina Chamber of Commerce, the Catalina Island Inn and the Hermosa Hotel. Individu- al donors include Blanny Avalon Haganah, and the Michael Fields Family. Blanny Haganah has also offered her terrace at her home at #1 Crescent for VIP viewing dur- ing the event. There will be military and civil- ian aerobatic performers during the Sept.29 event between noon and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 there will be a static display at the Airport in the Sky. The Southern California Yacht- ing Association's "Commodores' Cruise" will also occur during the Air Show weekend. SCYA represents nearly 100 yacht clubs and associations in Southern California. According to officials, the air show will showcase the Island's 100 years of aviation history, stim- ulate the local economy during an off season weekend, and attract lo- cal, regional and national attention to Catalina Island. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... r~ .......................... 61 Friday, July 13, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER