Guitar great Ry Cooder to open 2018/2019 California Center for the Arts season


Guitar great Ry Cooder, whose past collaborators range from Randy Newman and the Rolling Stones to Captain Beefheart and Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club, will open the 2018-2019 season at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

He will perform there Aug. 19 with a band that features his son, drummer and percussionist Joachim Cooder, saxophonist Sam Gendel, multi-instrumentalist Robert Francis and the North Carolina vocal group The Hamiltones, best known for their work with R&B singing star Anthony Hamilton. Ticket information appears below.

This will mark at least the third time Cooder has appeared at the 1,523-seat Escondido venue, following his 1999 performance there with Buena Vista Social Club stars Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez, and his 2003 encore show there with the entire Buena Vista Social Club.

Cooder is now on tour to promote his superb new album, “The Prodigal Son,” his first solo release since 2012. It is steeped in blues, gospel and some of the other American roots-music styles Cooder has devoted himself to since the release of his self-titled debut album in 1970.

Single tickets for his Aug. 19 concert go on sale on June 26 and are priced from $35 to $70 each. CCAE members can buy tickets during a two-week pre-sale that begins June 12. More information is available by phone at (760) 839-4138 and online at

While Cooder’s concert was only announced Tuesday, CCAE in recent weeks has quietly announced a number of other upcoming shows for its 2018/2019 season.

They include: Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Oct. 18; The Ten Tenors, Nov. 30; classical violin master Itzhak Perlman, Jan. 19; Latin-pop singer Gina Chavez, Feb. 28; and genre-leaping Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, May 11.

“We hope to have 32 shows confirmed when we announce our season on June 12,” said CCAE spokesman Ely Ramos.

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8:35 p.m.: The Hamiltones are from North Carolina, not South Carolina, as the original version of this article incorrectly indicated..