Songwriter, recording artist, producer and entrepreneur Brad Colerick will talk about his career in music at the upcoming Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA) meeting on May 6 at Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Colerick has worked alongside such icons as BB King, Buddy Guy, and many others during his 30 years in the music business.
He will preview songs from his upcoming release, “Nine-Ten-Thirty.” The title cut from the CD is filled with little-slice-of-life scenes familiar to residents of South Pasadena – from the parrots, the bubble man at the weekly farmers’ market, to the longtime 710 Freeway fight. Some of the talented local musicians who contributed to the project include David Plenn, Tim Fleming, Sally Dworsky and Guillermo Guzman, who co-produced the DC with Colerick.
In 2009, Colerick brought his musical sounds to South Pasadena when he first launched Wine & Song, a Wednesday night gathering of musicians who showcase their talents at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Since then, he has played host to more than 300 touring artists from around the globe. The music has been such a success that a Thursday night jazz and blues night has been added at the same location, now referred to as the Blue Guitar Room. The music is offered in the former pro shop at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course.
During the WISPPA meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, followed by a short business meeting at 9 a.m., Colerick will not only discuss his musical background but also his impressions of South Pasadena. He and his wife, Celeste, say they truly enjoy being a part of the community.
Colerick has been recognized by a number of organizations, including “Billboard Magazine,” which called him “one of a baker’s dozen acts to watch in the folk community around the world.” The Associated Press” added, “Colerick’s stories are worth hearing in part because he makes singing sound so easy. His warm, sunny, homey tenor brings alive the characters, places and relationships in songs.”
On the horizon, Colerick will be strongly supporting the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk, expected to draw thousands from May 6, from 3 to 10 p.m. throughout the city.
He’ll likely be talking about the big event when he visits the WISPPA meeting earlier in the day in Fellowship Hall inside Calvary Presbyterian Church. The meeting is open to the public.
WISPPA’s purpose is to push for accountability, integrity, and transparency in South Pasadena government, and to actively encourage strong, well-qualified candidates, and especially women, to run for City Council and to serve on City of South Pasadena Commissions. WISPPA also seeks to offer opinions and advocate for positions concerning the well-being of the City of South Pasadena, and to provide information to the electorate regarding City Council candidates and city issues.