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Aileen Quinn and The Leaping Lizards -Dance Concert/Benefit Long Beach Blues Society
Peoples Place and Palace
San Pedro, CA
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Aileen Quinn and The Leaping Lizards -Dance Concert/Benefit Long Beach Blues Society
Aileen Quinn made her Broadway debut at age 8 in ANNIE as an Orphan. For over 30 years, she has continued being a triple-threat performer, acting, singing and dancing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Films, Television, Commercials, Animation and Voiceovers.
    After moving to Los Angeles in 2011, she was thrilled to meet a group of musicians who would inspire her to fall in love with the sound of past eras, particularly 40s and 50s Rockabilly and Swing.
    Through her collaboration with co-writer and co-producer Tom Murray, she has found her voice now as a songwriter, as well as performer, with Aileen Quinn and The Leapin Lizards.

"The voice, hair and face of Annie, the enormously optimistic orphan from the 1982 movie musical of the same name, is burned into cinematic iconography. Annie was and is the flame-haired symbol of never letting the world kill your spirit, of determination, and of laughter in the face of apparent misery. Frankly, the world needs a bit of Annie right now.

The actress who played her 36 years ago and, in the process, wrote her own little piece of film history is Aileen Quinn. She now fronts a rockabilly band that goes by the perfectly appropriate name of Aileen Quinn and the Leapin Lizards (leapin lizards being an expression used by various characters in the Annie film as a soft alternative to holy shit).

Quinn is 46 now, but a lifetime of musical theater has helped her retain the same youthful sparkle in her eyes, and an infectious energy familiar to fans of the musical. Her red hair isnt quite as large now, and shes settled into the role of a badass rockabilly queen as if shes been rolling over hot-rod hoods her entire life. In truth, it was a TV special on the women of rockabilly, including the great Wanda Jackson, that pushed her in that direction.

I was very inspired by their sassiness, especially for that time period, Quinn says. I was inspired by the music and style, and just got into it. Fast-forward to me moving to L.A., and then sometime around 2011 I got paired up with a local guy who was really into that music. A neighbor said, I want to introduce you to my ex-husband  were still friends  and hes putting together a rockabilly band, and he would like a female singer. Six or seven years later and the rest is history.

The Long Beach Blues Society produces "Blues in Schools" programs. Currently we have done two programs in 2017 in classroom settings with professional musicians, showing the basics techniques and touching on blues in history.
We are returning back to Long Beach Polytechnic High School and Renaissance High School for the Performing Arts for an all school and specialized class with professional musicians. We are looking to expand into the entire Harbor region.
This gives music students background on blues music and it's place in today's world. Portion of proceeds will go to benefit The Long Beach Blues Society.


Peoples Place and Palace (View)
365 W. 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
United States


Music > Rockabilly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No



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