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The Mads Tolling Quartet take over Solvang Festival Theater


All it took was a Miles Davis cassette tape to change one Danish classical violin student’s life forever. Mads Tolling was 14 when his father introduced him to Davis’ music, which spawned an everlasting adoration of jazz, soul, and R&B of the 1960s. Within this decade’s sounds, Tolling found a paradoxical sense of freedom and intimacy—a vibe he’s strived to adapt for his violin playing ever since. 

The Mads Tolling Quartet perform at Solvang Festival Theater on Sunday, June 16.

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tolling moved to the U.S. at the age of 20 to pursue studying jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He joined Stanley Clarke’s jazz band while still in school. The young musician toured with Clarke for more than 100 concerts worldwide before starting his own group, The Mads Tolling Quartet, in 2007. Featuring Colin Hogan on piano, Sam Bevan on bass, and Eric Garland on drums, the group has performed at festivals and venues all over the U.S.—including the Russian River Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.

The quartet’s latest album, Mads Tolling and The Mads Men – Playing the ’60s, serves as the foundation for their concert at the Solvang Festival Theater on Sunday, June 16. The band will perform its own unique, jazzy renditions of popular movie and television themes of the ’60s, including but not limited to the likes of Mission Impossible, The Pink Panther, and The Flintstones. Oh hell ye—err, I mean, yabba dabba doo! No surprises there, I’m sure. Nothing screams the swinging ’60s more than “Meet the Flintstones” as far as I’m concerned. I just hope it’s not the only Hanna-Barbera theme attendees will hear that evening. If there’s an encore, I’m rooting for “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” 

Mads, if you’re reading, hear me out though: I’m fully aware The Smurfs didn’t air until 1981, but can I persuade you to make an exception? How many Scooby Snacks is it going to take? Name your price!

Tickets to the Mads Tolling Quartet’s performance at the Solvang Festival Theater are $30 each. The theater is located at 420 2nd St., Solvang. Call (805) 686-1789 or visit to find out more.

Musical duo Kupaoa perform at the Unity Chapel of Light Church on Saturday, June 8.

Island in the sun

Kupaoa, featuring Hawaiian musicians Kellen and Lihau Paik, perform at the Unity Chapel of Light Church in Orcutt on Saturday, June 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This husband-and-wife duo has been performing together for more than 15 years, producing seven albums in the process. The couple is currently touring in celebration of their eighth, Ka Lei Moana, which was released this spring. 

As lifelong students of the Hawaiian language, the Paiks enjoy covering beloved cultural favorites just as much as performing their own original compositions. Attendees of their Orcutt performance can expect to hear both, including new songs from Ka Lei Moana. The duo has described the album as an eclectic mix, but what binds these songs together is a common thread of “the connectedness of all things,” according to their website. 

Tickets to the Unity Chapel of Light concert start at $20. The church is located at 1165 Stubblefield Road, Orcutt. Visit for more info.

Singer and reality TV star Chiquis Rivera performs at the Chumash Casino Resort on Friday, June 14.

More music:

Orcutt native and former The Voice contestant Pryor Baird teams up with fellow country artist Kaleb Lee to perform a joint show at Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria on Saturday, June 8. Advance tickets range from $17 to $20, while tickets at the door start at $25. All ages are welcome, and kids 10 and under get in for free.

Pop singer and reality television star Chiquis Rivera performs at the Chumash Casino Resort, with special guest El Dasa con Mariachi, on Friday, June 14, at 8 p.m. Concert guests can expect to hear a variety of fan favorites, including “Paloma Blanca,” “Esa No Soy Yo,” “Vas a Volver,” and “Hora Extras.” Tickets to the show range from $39 to $69 and are available at

Pop artist Bear Redell performs at Maverick Saloon on Saturday, June 8.

Also in Santa Ynez, ’80s cover band The Molly Ringwald Project performs at Maverick Saloon on Friday, June 7, at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 8, the saloon hosts three acts in a row in celebration of Old Santa Ynez Day. Pop artist Bear Redell starts things off from noon to 3:30 p.m., followed by The Only Cash Band, a Johnny Cash tribute band, from 4 to 7 p.m. Blues, country, and rock group Tex Pistols conclude the festivities at 8 p.m.

Country and neo-surf band The Excellent Tradesmen perform at the Cold Spring Tavern on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The tavern also hosts bohemian lounge act The Third Man (from 1 to 4 p.m.) and blues, funk, and rock group Spoonful (from 5 to 8 p.m.) on Saturday, June 8. Rags duo Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan perform their signature blend of guitar and harmonica blues on Sunday, June 9, from 1:15 to 4 p.m., followed by blues/rock group Teresa Russell and Cocobilli, who finish off the weekend from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood wrote this week’s Local Notes. Contact him at

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