Synopsis: Join award-winning Ensemble Members Michael Mahler and Dara Cameron on a musical journey through the scene that changed songwriting forever. Featuring songs by The Mamas and the Papas, James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, CSNY, The Byrds, Eagles, and more. Relive a moment in American history when collaboration and camaraderie created classic albums and timeless music.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12 @ 7:00 PM Central

The Garage’s music series features the musical talent of our Ensemble Members and Artistic Affiliates and will run monthly for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following every concert, stay in our virtual space to meet the artists.

You may reserve tickets HERE or call (773) 654-3103 until Friday, March 12 at 3:00 PM Central. Suggested donation is $25 or pay-what-you-can. Your Zoom link will be sent the day before the reading and again 1 hour before the reading starts. For any questions, if you didn’t receive the Zoom link, or to get on the waitlist, contact us at

Additional Resources

Laurel Canyon music historylearn how the folk musicians, rockers, country rockers, and pop groups of the 1960s and 70s flocked to this area of Los Angeles seeking an edge.

California Community Foundation – the California Community Fund is committed to strengthening Los Angeles communities through initiatives such as their LA County COVID-19 Response Fund, LA Arts Recovery Fund, Black Empowerment Fund, and Wildfire Relief Fund.

Creative Team’s Biographies

MICHAEL MAHLER he/him (Music Director, Performer) is a proud Ensemble Member of American Blues, most recently seen as the Announcer/Pianist/Music Director in Blues’s live streaming production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Past Blues productions: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Jeff Award – Best Music Direction), Little Shop of Horrors, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, and Side Man. Other recent roles include The Baker in Into the Woods (Writers); Jim Hardy in Holiday Inn, and Jack Singer in Honeymoon in Vegas (Marriott Theatre). Michael contributed additional lyrics to Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent Broadway production of Miss Saigon. Other works as a composer/lyricist include The Secret of My Success, Miracle (Jeff Award – Best New Work), Diary of a Wimpy Kid, October Sky, The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Jeff Award – Best New Work), and Hero (Jeff Award – Best New Work). Michael is married to fellow Ensemble Member Dara Cameron and proud father to their son Ezra.

DARA CAMERON she/her (Performer) is a proud Ensemble Member of American Blues Theater. She just finished the run of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago with American Blues and is so happy to be back on Zoom with everyone! She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. She’s keeping busy by teaching virtual voice lessons, directing kids in Zoomsicals, and chasing after her crazy almost 3-year-old son, Ezra, with her husband, actor Michael Mahler. She’s so grateful to have American Blues as her artistic home!


CARA PARRISH she/her (Stage Manager) is a proud Ensemble Member of American Blues Theater where she is also the Office & HR Manager. Chicago credits: Gem of the Ocean, Electra, Hard Problem, Photograph 51, Five Guys Named Moe, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Lady From the Sea (Court Theatre); WITCH, Port Authority, Yellow Moon, The Letters, The Caretaker, Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, & The Blond, The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead (WritersTheatre); Too Heavy for Your Pocket & The Vibrator Play (TimeLine TheatreCompany); James and the Giant Peach (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook); Jabari Dreams of Freedom (Chicago Children’sTheatre); Romeo and Juliet & Emma (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Beauty’s Daughter & Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (American Blues Theater). Cara is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions (Actors’ Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, American Guild of Variety Artists, SAG-AFTRA) through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

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