Santa Monica, CA, January 29, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The original 80’s girl group, “The Little Girls”, returns to Santa Monica Playhouse performing old and new material off their soon to be released album in a special appearance at the intimate Santa Monica Playhouse for a one night only - Saturday, February 16th, 2008 - St. Valentine’s weekend benefit concert for the Playhouse American Cultural Youth Ambassadors’ UK ’08 Tour.
“The Little Girls” features original band members Michele Maso Tinsley, lead vocals, Caron Maso Murray, guitars and vocals, Kip Brown, guitars and backing vocals, and John Baker who joined the band in 2005, on bass and backing vocals. They are joined by special guest performers Michael Woodward and Jackie Murray. No strangers to touring themselves “The Little Girls” (www.myspace.com/caronmurray) in their heyday played all of the LA area hot spots: The Londoner, The King's Palace, The Starwood, The Troubadour and Blackies, opening for renowned acts such as the Plimsouls, The Call and The Boomtown Rats. They also had the opening slot in a tour of the Southwest by The Pretenders.
Band leader Caron Murray is the principal songwriter and singer/guitarist for the original Little Girls. Her lyrics from “The Earthquake Song” were quoted in Bret Easton Ellis' 1985 book, Less Than Zero. In addition, Caron has written and recorded several CDs for her other band project, CM3P (“Rain,” “Take You There,” “SUV”).
Lead singer Michele Tinsley has written or co-written several of “The Little Girls”’ most popular songs. Michele has studied ballet, jazz and tap dance, and was the primary choreographer for the band. Her unique vocal blending with sister Caron has been compared with that of the Everly Brothers.
Kip Brown on guitar and vocals is the longtime guitarist and songwriter with “The Little Girls” (1980-present) and a member of 1970s LA punk-pop legends SHOCK (“This Generation’s On Vacation”), who recently reunited for their first live gig since 1979, the sold-out 30th Anniversary Reunion of the legendary LA punk club, The Masque. He has produced the best-selling compilation “CDs King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale & The Del-Tones” (Rhino) and “Sons of the Beaches by Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids” (Varese).
In addition to playing for “The Little Girls”, bassist John Baker is a singer/songwriter/guitarist in his own band projects. He has been an artist/writer with Music Grinder Studios, recorded and performed with hit writer Kathi Pinto, as well as recorded and performed with Shana Lee-Nielson, Harvey Sid Fisher, Whitney Steele, Lucy Sustar, and current Beach Boy Christian Love.
For a special musical theatre segment between Little Girls sets is Caron’s daughter (and Michele’s niece) Jackie Murray. When not in concert, Jackie can be seen performing locally with the Young Professionals’ Company at Santa Monica Playhouse and abroad with the Playhouse American Cultural Youth Ambassadors.
The band travels to Japan in the spring to launch the release of their new album, the eponymous "The Little Girls" (RAMO Records) which was recorded in 2006, two years after their 20 year reunion concert in February 2004 also at Santa Monica Playhouse. It is an eleven song collection of ten original songs; some brand new, some old but never released, and one Everly Brothers’ cover, "All I Have to do is Dream”.
The Santa Monica Playhouse American Cultural Youth Ambassadors have traveled to and toured Europe more than two dozen times since 1990, along the way establishing partnerships with theatre companies in the U.K., Ireland, France and The Netherlands. These contacts enable the Playhouse to provide its Summer Theatre Adventure participants with unique experiences and insights not accessible through the more traditional tours, bringing together young people from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and educations through the common language of theatre arts.
“The Little Girls” benefit concert is Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $25.00 and includes a reception with the band after the show. All proceeds go to benefit the American Cultural Youth Ambassadors. Get ready to rock; no seat in this intimate venue is farther than twenty-five feet from the stage. Reservations are essential and can be made by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 1-310-394-9779 x1
Santa Monica Playhouse, now celebrating its 48th year as a cultural resource, is located in the heart of The Bayside District at 1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 and online at SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com. By public transportation: take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #620 and exit at 4th and Wilshire.