Legendary singer, songwriter, actress and human rights activist Odetta performs as part of CC's Black History Celebration. Dubbed by Martin Luther King, Jr. as the "Queen of American Folk Music", she has been cited as the main influence of artists such as Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Tracy Chapman, Carly Simon and Jewel. Her most recent album, "Gonna Let it Shine," received a 2007 Grammy nod and Real Blues Magazine referred to it as "the most important album of this generation." Recorded February 21, 2008.
Poster created for Homecoming concert October 12, 2012 of performances by Music Department ensemble groups: Bluegrass Ensemble, Bowed Piano Ensemble, Gamelan Tunjung Sari, Jazz Trio, Student Performances, and Woodwind Quintet.
Live popular music is an area of growing importance. With the proliferation of piracy and online music sources, revenue streams for musicians are shrinking in the 21st Century and live performance is becoming one of the last areas for artists to make a living. This study investigates the determining factors in the success or failure of live popular music events by measuring ticket sales. Using a case study of a venue in Santa Cruz, CA, variables describing event context and expected quality of performance are regressed against final box office sales to uncover any existent relationships. Artist exposure, day of the week, and age restrictions are all found to significantly impact final ticket demand for live music events.