A Sunday concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood is more than the usual group of aspiring musicians that often takes place at local clubs: this one will feature nearly two dozen students who make up the first class of the popular music program. from USC, billed as the first of its kind at a major university by awarding bachelor’s degrees in pop music performance.
This is not the first foray of students into the public spotlight. Earth, Air and Fire; Frankie Valli; the four Seasons; the Steve Miller group; and Pentatonix.
COACHELLA 2013: To see and to do | Chronology | Full coverage
A student, Suemy Gonzalez, recently became the first in the program to receive a Grammy nomination when the mariachi band she is a part of, Trio Ellas, secured a Latin Grammy nomination at Regional Mexican Field.
Gonzalez and 20 of his peers from the popular music program will star on the show which begins at 7:30 p.m., multiple Oscar and Grammy Award winner Randy Newman is among the professional mentors who work closely with the program, led by the keyboardist-composer Patrice. Rushen. Randy Jackson and Lamont Dozier are expected to be present on Sunday. Free entry.
Full lineup for Sunday’s concert is available on USC’s Popular Music Program website.
USC is acting by popular demand
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is a real rush
The most curious releases of Record Store Day: a list of vinyls to hunt
Follow Randy Lewis on Twitter: @ RandyLewis2
PHOTOS AND MORE
COACHELLA 2013: Full coverage
THE ENVELOPE: Insider Rewards