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Published on November 20, 2017 7:44PM


An evening of pop will be on offer this Sunday, Nov 26, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center when acclaimed entertainer LA Wood takes to the stage.

Wood was named best female pop artist at the 2013 Malibu Music Awards and has accompanied and collaborated with numerous musicians across the USA and in Europe.

She learned the basics of music on piano in second grade. Shortly thereafter, she bought a four-string guitar from a flea market and soon graduated to exploring the rhythms and tunings of six- and 12-string guitar. Influenced primarily by Joni Mitchell and Leo Kottke, she also became an accomplished Latin percussionist after a brief collaboration with Brazil 66 in New York City. Wood studied vocal jazz at UMASS Amherst and music at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she began her professional music career.

In Boston, she won an Acoustic Underground Artist award for her Latin-inspired trio. After recording her self-produced acclaimed album, “I am Your Lover,” she was hired as a regular beach bar entertainer at The Pier House Resort and the Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West, Florida — a starting place for Jimmy Buffet. There she learned harmonica and wrote and arranged more than 200 cover songs. She coined her sound “Conch Rock” and soon earned recognition as a popular tourist attraction that caught the eye of Malibu Music Festival in California.

Her influences include roots rock, jazz, reggae and classic pop artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison, the Beach Boys, the Indigo Girls and reggae masters Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff.

Wood will be accompanied by talented local keyboardist Norman Austin and well-known percussionist Rodney Turner.

The concert will start at 7 pm at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Admission is by suggested donation of $10.



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