Film Critic Performs Live In Concert Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night will find me peeling away yet another layer of the onion to reveal a side of myself that will no doubt surprise regular readers of this column. I'll be performing Maurice Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit in the window of Harper's Music Store in Chula Vista at 2:30 pm.

Gaspard de la nuit?! I can't pronounce it let alone play it. The closest I ever came to Ravel was Blake Edwards' 10. It was the old bait-and-switch headline grabber trick, a desperate experiment in trolling for hits this lovely marine-layered Saturday morning.

Fred Saxon -- radio and television personality, film reviewer, interviewer, lecturer, musician, raconteur, and all-around pleasure seeker -- is one of the nicest, smartest, and funniest guys you're ever likely to meet. Just ask him, he'll tell you.

But cerebrally, ladies and germs, before Fred began reviewing movies and interviewing film stars on television, he had a career as a performer and record producer and now he's back making music again. The former San Diego TV personality will be on stage this Sunday for a concert in the park as Fred joins "The Relative Minors and Friends" playing Alto sax with the band as they perform hits from the 60's 70's and 80's.

The two-hour concert gets going tomorrow evening at 5 pm at Standley Park, 3585 Governor Drive in beautiful University City. There is ample free parking at the Middle School or Spreckels Elementary. Both schools are located on Governor Drive on either side of the park.

Lawn furniture is de rigueur, but if you bring Blanket make sure he has a cell phone in case Katherine Jackson turns up missing again.

You are advised to get there early. Here's a crowd shot of the last time Fred performed with the band.

As much as I would love to take credit for that last joke, it came from Fred. I told you he was a funny guy!

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You play piano? What part are you playing: Ondine, Le gibet, or Scarbo?

Do you know "Sextet from Lucy", Scott?

There is nothing beautiful about University City, less a suburb than a purgatory with cul-de-sacs and houses designed by architects who forget that families actually have to live in thosse poster board shoe boxes. A suitable town for a film critic to play music --I play harmonica solos at bus stops to this day, 46 years after I started with the instrument, and I swear the sheer banality of the venue inspires me to play my best, always. Nothing I've done away from the bus stop, in the studio, in bands, in general, comes near the beauty I create when confronted with a long wait for the 30 to Old Town. Play hard and well, brother.

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