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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Perspective on the Fourth of July... Wednesday, July 4 2018

Fourth of July "Celebration"

by Larry Wines

"If there is any cure, any remedy, any tonic, it will come from the passionate and creative voices that still raise themselves in our society. The artists, who, against all odds, always defy suppression and repression. There's a reason why a line from a movie in 1977 is known by all: "Help me Obi wan Kenobe, you're my only hope." It's because we turn instinctively to creativity for hope. No matter how much obfuscation, transference, BS and baloney are foisted upon us. Whether in the name of patriotism to justify insane amounts spent on war to expand the oligarch's empire, or the comfortable numbness of the fantasy worlds where we retreat to avoid the impossibilities of a worsening reality of financial, environmental, and institutional unsustainability, the artists have the unique ability to make us aware of the bigger picture, and empower us all. If they have the courage and the basic willingness."
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Less than half of all Americans -- just 47 percent -- now say they are "extremely proud" to be American, according to the latest Gallup poll. In 2003, that number was 70 percent.

Of course that number is easy to play as a factor of the polarized divide of political tribalism -- but not so fast.

That lets the perps off the hook.

We live in a nation addicted to perpetual war, where threats of regime change are the one-size-fits-all paradigm of a foreign policy with a go-to default of military intervention.

We live in a land of the free where everything costs and more of our citizens are incarcerated than any other nation.

We are a home of the brave where traumatized military veterans are routinely anesthetized.

We inhabit a land awash in an opioid epidemic that enriches Big Pharma, impoverishes entire communities, and renders its addicts unable to function.

This is not simply a collapse of the Horatio Alger Ethic, that quintessentially American maxim of "Work hard and get ahead."

It's gone far past the Reaganites saying one must pull oneself up by one's own bootstraps, smugly preached to those who have no shoes. It's immensely more cynical, as illusory opportunity that was once irritatingly out of touch for some is now beyond the economic realities of the majority of Americans.

The trend of wealth disparity keeps getting more extreme. And while tax cuts for the rich elite exacerbate that, it was already a trend.

Now, just three Americans -- Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates -- own as much as the combined worth and assets of 160 million Americans. That's 49.2 percent of the total U.S. population.

Traditionally, residential rent consumed no more than 20 percent of a worker's earnings. Meaning they could pay for other things that got them ahead. Like saving-up the dowpayment for a house, driving a decent car, meeting medical and dental costs, and taking summer vacations to see the national parks before meeting all those back-to-school expenses.

Now, paying the rent routinely devours more than half the earnings of the working poor, and statistically, more than half the population qualify as working poor. Even as downtown high rises are converted to luxury condos, the rest of us are caught in housing shortages and soaring rents. And unless you inherited a house from your parents or have one to leave to your kids, you'll be condemned to paying most of your earnings to someone in the rich landlord class.

To wit, 63 percent of Americans no longer have the means to handle a 500 dollar emergency. And that manifests as the issue of life itself.

We now live fewer years than our counterparts in every other industrialized nation, and we have far less vacation and time off work to spend with our families.

Our infant mortality rate is higher than any other industrialized nation in the world.

Despite the fact that Americans spend more on health care than the costs borne by the people in any other nation, enough care to meaningfully deal with conditions and diseases and injuries that become crippling in the marketplace -- even to mitigate debilitating allergies -- remains inaccessible to many of our people. Despite spending more than any other nation, we have worse outcomes. Sadly that's not limited to high infant mortality and declining longevity across the population. Get sick or injured without a Rolls-Royce- level private health insurance plan and you'll be kicked to the curb or even into the gutter. So, in spite of the Americans with Disabilities Act and all the altruistic and domineering proclamations of our politicians, ultimately the nation deprives itself of the creative energy, knowledge and experience of all its citizens -- without regard for the cost to our competitiveness in a global marketplace.

Over 40 million Americans are in poverty, and an additional 18 million Americans are in the worst depths of extreme or abject poverty.

Those figures were recently verified by the United Nations, just before the US began resigning-from and refusing to contribute-to the funding of the UN's key cooperative functions of identifying and helping those living under political or economic suppression, in poverty and subsisting in the face of abuses of human rights. (And yes, the Trump administration functioning as an adjunct of the Likud Party allows no room for the UN's steadfast defense of the human rights of the Palestinian people. So there are convergent interests at play.)

Meanwhile, our nation's richest zip code is no longer Beverly Hills or Silicone Valley. It's Fisher Island, Florida. That's a man-made island off Miami where an invitation is needed to live. The initiation fee to move there is over a million dollars, in addition to the annual dues to stay. They do have a luxury hotel which "welcomes all." All who can afford it.

The world's royalty lives on Fisher Island. Both the economic inheritance / trust-baby kind and those whose wealth came from titular heredity that bled it from their citizenry generations ago. As the rich do in their archipelago of fantasy lands, the residents of Fisher Island perversely see themselves as a nouveau United Nations, with its out-of-touch elite having come from 37 countries.

About half are American elite of the new variety. Unlike Beverly Hills and Silicon Valley, whose residents leave home every day and go to work in the most lucrative industries in their areas -- Fisher Island is strictly a retreat and playground of luxury condos, grotesque mansions, yacht harbors and golf courses. Thus it's an epitomization of the very nature of today's extreme wealth disparity: the rich simply pull the strings of their corporate holdings and their collections of politicians who dutifully legislate in their favor. Other than that, no need to bother to go to work.

Of course there are the extremely rich who do work and are rewarded with bloated compensation beyond belief. Even if they seem like paupers compared to Bezos, Buffet and Gates.

Take the CEO of Pepsi. He makes 452 times the median wage of the company's other employees.

If that seems overly simplistic? It's overly simplistic to observe that everything is out of whack with an economic elitism that enables oligarchical control exceeding that of medieval Europe or feudal Japan's shogunates, yet clearly that is the world of the new millennium.

We cannot afford to maintain public works infrastructure to have lead-free drinking water and pothole-free roads. But we can spend hundreds of millions to give tax cuts to the richest among us.

We can give ultra-rich sports franchise owners free stadiums at public expense in many cities. Because a city will do anything to retain or steal a tenuous claim to a major league sports franchise.

And all the while, we tacitly buy-in to the Kafkaesque rhetoric of complaint that our taxes are too high.

Sports are a useful analogy. For some of us, the fascination ended "When you have players with egos the size of small planets and salaries the size of small governments..." as expressed recently in a BBC story.

The Beeb, RT, i24, DW, NHK. You'll see their enthusiastic coverage of "foreign" sports we don't play here. And even that adds to your perspective about what is, versus what should be, important. You pretty much need to go to overseas-based media if you want to really know anything these days. Anything other than U.S. corporate cable's breathless "news" of Trumpian tweets / assorted antics and corresponding predictions of wondrously blissful prosperity (Fox) or immediately impending utter collapse (everybody else).

Our machinations, histrionics, and emotional investments in sports are both metaphor and microcosmic representation of American society.

L.A. mainstream media, from broadcast to print, is giddy that LeBron James is coming to the Lakers. Even though the average citizen long ago found the price of a ticket too high to go see a professional basketball game.

Addicted fans, it seems, don't actually need to go see "their" millionaire players working for billionaire owners.

After all, in the world of the average 21st century American, image is more important than substance, and virtual replaced reality a long time ago.

And so it is not our champions of civil rights, meeting human needs, dignity for all people, access to education, and social or economic justice who get the ink and airtime. It is our athletes who are accorded status as essential local heroes. It borders on elevation to demigods (provided they can score). That determines the image of the city. And it's always enough to distract and divert from the police shootings, gang twit murders, meteor-size potholes, or lost legions of homeless people sleeping on sidewalks.

Meanwhile, the money-manipulating sports franchises' billionaire owners have no loyalty to the lemminglike fans who worship their millionaire players. As long as the masses buy the overpriced officially-licensed team swag. And they do. Years after the team deserts their town for more lucrative pickings where the locals are more rabidly anxious to be fleeced.

Oligarch owners happily hop from market to market if it brings an upward spike to their bottom line. Especially when public treasuries build -- and give them -- a new stadium if they seem to promise to stay. Just hold the team hostage to get the ransom from taxpayers.

Is it any wonder when that paradigm infects to culture? Thus a nouveau riche player may have a massive iconic skyscraper-size banner in Cleveland, but if an L.A. franchise owner dispenses the millions, the banner must go the way of the dinosaur drowning in Lake Erie. Will we be horrified when the next giant banner falls into the La Brea Tar Pits? The dollar is the only champion.

It's been no different in the loss of countless industries, in the profitable exportation of heavy manufacturing. And it gets more Machiavellian in the megamerger absorption of competitors whose upcoming products would have been more innovative but will now be buried. But it's again analogous to sports in the in the jobs of loyal employees to gave their heart and soul to the longevity of an enterprise that deserted them because ultimately it was a pawn on the chessboard of corporate manipulations.

And so less than half of all Americans have "extreme patriotic fervor" for their country. Or for anything else.

Except for the corporate branding embedded by compulsive interaction with our handheld cyber devices.

And the ever-growing proportion of advertising and its psychologically crafted messages. It's life in a bubble bombarding us with what determines and drives their content. From the unseen domain of spyware and tracking and profiling and "marketing."

The things used thousands of times each day to pattern our behavior.

And to manufacture predisposition of attitudes and perceptions.

Which seems to be the only thing we manufacture in America anymore.

Except for wealth disparity.

Do an investigative piece on Facebook's abuses and invasive exploitation of its users and you incur the wrath of the exploited. Not much different than what happens when the cops arrest the addicts' supplier.

It's a different dynamic than the fans who burn the team's swag when the owner pirates his franchise away in the dead of night. Somehow, our patterns of addiction make us blind to those who exploit us in this cyberdependent, cyber overanalyzed, digitally meticulously overanalyzed 21st century consumer capitalist driven oligarchical utopia where the rent is too damn high.

Since the financial collapse of 2008 and the banksters emerging unscathed and in possession of all the rest of us lost, we do manufacture one thing with perfection. We manufacture wealth disparity better than anyone else on the planet.

Financial manipulation by the rich is our biggest growth industry, even though the manipulators are so few.

It's even an bigger industry than for-profit private prisons in the U.S., where more citizens are locked-up than anywhere on Earth, including North Korea.

It's even bigger than cyber shopping that employs every newly-devised psychology for getting us to buy more trendy crap we don't need and can't afford, while ending the employment of our fellow citizens who worked in all the stores that are gone and are about to close.

But we must buy the crap to sustain the insatiable model of consumer capitalism that is unsustainably based, as it is, on endless growth in a predatory exploitation of a planet with finite resources where the manipulated growing scarcity of resources raises prices and profits for the "haves."

Even as jobs vanish with store closings, and money spent to buy all the crap now aggregates, not to a vast workforce of consumers, but into fewer and fewer hands of the richer and richer.

They've already proven their ability to dismiss the unsustainable as long as there are opportunities for short-term profit-taking and bloated executive bonuses for extracting cash from cannibalization and savings from dumping human employees. Party like the sea will swallow us tomorrow. Just go out in an orgy of spending money we don't have.

The corporate media owned by the rich plays Chicken Little with political doom, but it seems they are not allowed to warn us about mathematical certainties. We are conditioned to forget that consumer capitalism that feeds insatiable oligarchs is cannibalistic and unsustainable. Resource depletion made that a certainty long before a Massachusetts-sized garbage patch of plastic formed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and even before the U.S. began fighting wars to control the world's finite supply of petroleum.

But it's the Fourth of July. Time to celebrate America being the best country in the world. Cue the skyrockets. The gunpowder pyrotechnics, since we abandoned our space program, perhaps because it had too many people thinking dangerous thoughts of exploring and learning and going forth in peace for all humankind.

We can't go anywhere in peaceful cooperation. That might detract from making America great again.

Just play the National Anthem with its bombs bursting in air. Oh, wait. That much honesty is too overt. Might make people think about the paradigms of the warconomy and how it enriches the oligarchs with blood money and addicted traumatized vets.

Time to play "God Bless America."

Certainly no point in playing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," since most of us can't afford to go, anyway, and pay all those millionaire player salaries that give the billionaire owners their bragging rights among their peers.

So we must find free diversions. Just head out to watch the Chinese-made fireworks your taxes bought for your local Fourth of July extravaganza -- the celebration of beer and barbecue and how superior America is to everybody else.

Thus we end where we began:

If there is any cure, any remedy, any tonic, it will come from the passionate and creative voices that still raise themselves in our society. The artists, who, against all odds, always defy suppression and repression. There's a reason why a line from a movie in 1977 is known by all: "Help me Obi wan Kenobe, you're my only hope." It's because we turn instinctively to creativity for hope. No matter how much obfuscation, transference, BS and baloney are foisted upon us. Whether in the name of patriotism to justify insane amounts spent on war to expand the oligarch's empire, or the comfortable numbness of the fantasy worlds where we retreat to avoid the impossibilities of a worsening reality of financial, environmental, and institutional unsustainability, the artists have the unique ability to make us aware of the bigger picture, and empower us all. If they have the courage and the basic willingness.


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Friday, June 29, 2018

Special Edition: After the Vegas Music Festival and All the School Shootings? Guns Trump Everything, Including Journalism. June 29 2018

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We'll be back later with MUSIC NEWS for your weekend.

Meantime, we offer you something of immediacy that we hope you will find provocative and thoughtful.

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Guns Trump Everything, Including Journalism

by Larry Wines

It's Friday. There have been 28,420 incidents of gun violence so far this year in the US.

1,135 of those have happened since last week.

Yesterday saw the 154th mass shooting -- of four or more human victims -- so far this year, and the year is marking its 180th day.

Some of those numbers were reported early Friday morning by CNN. So you can expect they are tragically higher by now, as you are reading this.

That snapshot of sad statistics should be shocking. But we have, as a society, grown numb to them. Or perhaps our collective excuse should be that we are simply to distracted by the endless avalanche of Chicken Little factoids to be able to focus on any one thing for very long.

After all, we see the numbers of gun violence incidents now, only because it's just after the latest publicized mass shooting. And this time, it's the one that was the deadliest day for journalists in America since 9-11 -- Thursday, June 28, 2018.

On that day -- yesterday -- in addition to the armed robberies and use of guns in domestic violence and dumbass turf confrontations among gangs? There was a mass murder of five people, three of them reporters, one an assistant editor, one an ad sales woman, who were murdered by one nut with a gun in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

It's one thing to question and criticize corporate control of what is allowed to be news. And with that, it's an overarching thing to voice concern over what is allowed to be covered by the corporate masters who gain message-management hegemony.

But when a local newspaper that specializes in news of its hometown -- the tiny state capital of Maryland -- becomes the place of the latest massacre; the place of the one-thousand, one-hundred, thirty-fifth scene of American gun violence since last week; the scene of the twenty-eight-thousand, four-hundred-twentieth episode of gun violence so far this year in the US; at some point, there must be a time to call a full stop when we are left with the same set of questions that arise each and every time.

How does this happen, and keep happening, in the United States of America, the land of the free, the home of the brave, the only place on Earth where gun murders and maimings and assaults exceed the death tolls of all the world's active war zones combined?

After the Las Vegas music festival massacre? After Sandy Hook and UVA and Parkland and March for Our Lives, and kids getting killed just because they went to school that day?

How is it possible that political campaign contributions from the NRA can prevent our lawmakers from responding to overwhelming collective will as repeatedly and consistently expressed in major polls? Why will our lawmakers not put a stop to angry, disaffected, dangerous people buying guns -- even, as we have repeatedly seen, arsenals of guns and armories of ammo -- that enable the latest massacres and guarantee more to come?

And now, added to the endless and unanswered litany of those grotesquely usual and always freshly agonizing questions? Because we have never resolved any of that? Now, to the few minutes of horror in Maryland, we must add new questions, specific to journalism and its role in society.

Is the recent and rampant vitriol directed at the press, flippantly tweeted from high places and prominent voices, capable of being a trigger for the murder of journalists?

At the same time, is an endless narrative of transference to avoid being identified, being culpable, and having responsibility for public perception, complete with an agenda of "this, not that," set by the corporate masters of megagiant media, responsible for loss of credibility that erodes public respect for the work of ALL journalists, and ultimately, comprises a threat to their safety? Yes, we must ask if corporate control of mainstream media is not just a threat to journalism, but a threat to journalists.

That should all share immediacy. But it won't. More likely, corporate media will allow only part of the set of questions. So we may see an exclusive focus on part of what we ask here. To wit:

Is a bullying, bloviating, con man in high public office a threat to the safety of journalists, especially those who follow the ethics of their profession and question and investigate and call to account?

Are endless distractions on the part of the powerful -- including invention and contravention of facts not in evidence, creation of scapegoats, and wholesale dismissal and vilification of anyone who asks questions -- a threat to the pursuit of journalism and the safety of journalists?

That needs a broad analysis, beyond the obvious.

Is taking issue with the lack of veracity of a powerful individual, institution, or corporation something we should accept as justification for retaliation?

Suddenly, that question, too, is part of the dialog we must have. Because the practice of journalism now includes an alarming array of threats to the public interest. Among these:

* value-laden opinions from cult-of-personality talking heads whose daily presence on the small screen supersedes the news they are supposed to present

* embedded deployments into illegal wars that must not be criticized lest these reporters lose their career-making special access.

* a paradigm wherein the preconceived agenda has primacy, so that lifelong Republicans who voice anti-Trump sentiments are elevated to the MSNBC pantheon in spite of their loyalty to corporate interests that poison the planet and screw American workers and civil rights

* a covalent paradigm where any sign of criticism of corporate masters is a career-ending faux pas

* an administration aberration that holds any sign of criticism from reporters embedded in the White House press room will bring ham-handed advocacy for violence against reporters

All these things are unprecedented in modern times. Obviously, they have no place in our society, or in any society that claims to be civilized.

And there's very telling here -- a general statement like the last sentence gains more acceptance than the specifics that precede it. Just as it will give some heartburn to cite the fact that the US Constitution establishes freedom of the press as the only non-governmental profession named and given specific rights in that document.

Selectively citing the Founders is popular with the pro-gun crowd. We can counter in many ways. Today we'll ask what they think of the Constitution giving status to the press as what has come to be regarded as the fourth estate. But we cannot get caught up in the easy diversion of a philosophical argument on the verge of considering a new Supreme Court pick.

The murders of five people in a local newspaper office in Maryland should challenge all of us with the same urgency, the same immediate relevancy for our future, as the murders of students who were doing their jobs by going to school. Because as long as we allow bought-and-paid-for politicians to protect an arrogant notion of gun ownership as transcending all else, we fail to protect everything and everyone we claim to hold sacred.

And, since Thursday in Maryland, each working journalist -- including this one -- must reckon with renewed awareness that words in the public discourse might get me killed.

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Larry adds this thought:

"The best way I know to honor dead journalists is to do the work they can no longer do. So this'll piss off some who deserve to be pissed off."


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday: Huell at 7, then "Strawberry Moon" ! Tonight, June 27 2018

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FIRST, from 7-7:30 pm, KCET re-airs Huell Howser's 2007 visit to the FOLK MUSIC CENTER & MUSEUM in Claremont.

THEN, it's time for a dramatic celestial show.

Pam Wright wrote a piece for weather.com. Here are the quickie facts so you can step outside, wherever you are, and behold the sky spectacle.

Stick with all 3 points so you won't miss Saturn!

* Tonight's full Strawberry Moon is said to be the most colorful moon of the year.

* The full moon will be at its peak at 9:53 pm PDT on the West Coast / 12:53 am EDT on the East Coast.

* It will be a double treat for sky gazers tonight! Saturn will be at its closest point of the year.

The full story is available at:

https://weather.com/science/space/news/2018-06-27-strawberry-full-moon-tonight

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Friday, June 22, 2018

This Weekend's "SUMMER-IS-HERE!" Doin's... Friday, June 22 2018 edition

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Quick, readily perusable and eminently useable.

The Guide's picks of things worthy of your attention. We present a few ongoing -- and TEMPORARY, SEE-IT-NOW / WHILE IT'S HERE events, followed by listings for each day of the weekend (starting Friday night).

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ONGOING and
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... through August 19:
"GENGHIS KHAN: THE EXHIBITION" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065.
* What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.
* Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.
* Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors so far.
* Still, he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in this exhibition.
* The historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.
* Info and tix: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/special-exhibits/genghis-khan/
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"KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH" at the California Science Center, adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and across the street from the USC main campus; 213-744-2019.
* Advance tix are selling out many days in advance. At press time, the earliest entry is July 11. So don't dawdle, or it'll end before you get there!
* This exhibition continues in its debut at The California Science Center. It opened in February 1998, has toured the world, and here in L.A. it spans more than 400,000 sq. feet with four major exhibition areas. The venue has played host to some of the biggest traveling exhibitions in North America.
* Celebrating 100 years since the greatest archaeological discovery in history, the blockbuster exhibition KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh is now bigger, more immersive and more exciting than ever.
* Info, with plenty of video, at: https://kingtutexhibition.com/en/
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BATTLESHIP IOWA is a floating museum next to the Cruise Ship Terminal in San Pedro.
* Hugely impressive, and one of the vessels that helped win WW II.
* Info and tix: https://pacificbattleship.com/
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SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR is on display in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center, adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and across the street from the USC main campus; 213-744-2019.
* Timed reservations to see Endeavour are required for weekends, holidays, special events and high attendance seasons.
* Space Shuttle Orbiter Vehicle-105, aka, " ENDEAVOUR," completed 25 missions into space, including the first service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and the first mission to add a U.S.-built component to the International Space Station.
* The exhibition includes the SPACEHAB workshop for astronauts, the Space Shuttle Main Engine (still the most advanced, efficient rocket engine in the world, though it doesn't fly anymore), and the External Tank, the only part of the shuttle "stack" that wasn't reusable -- and this is the only preserved tank.
* Info and tix: https://californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/air-space/space-shuttle-endeavour

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WEEKEND DOIN'S...

Presented "festivals first," then all else chronologically by day and start time, Friday through Sunday. Go forth, stay tuneful, and have fun!
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Friday,
June 22
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Fri, Jun 22:
8 pm - JOAN SHELLEY and VIKESH KAPOOR play a two-artist bill in the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Jun 22:
8 pm - KEVIN CLICK plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362.
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Fri, Jun 22:
9 pm - RED BARAAT plays The Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323-661-4380.
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Saturday,
June 23
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Sat & Sun, Jun 23 & 24, FESTIVAL:
9 am-5 pm - Annual "SAN DIEGO SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES & GATHERING OF THE CLANS" in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
* Vista is in inland San Diego County
* A double-whammy trip south beckons by combining a day here with the 7 pm concert with the SAN FRANCISCO STRING TRIO in Carlsbad (see listing).
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Sat & Sun, FREE Festival:
"Pier 360 Ocean Sport & Beach Festival" includes live music and a variety of FREE events at the beach alongside the pier in Santa Monica.
* Swim with Olympians, participate in a vast variety of water and land recreational sports from surfing to swimming to skating on a special course set up on the boardwalk.
* Lots more food offerings than usually found there -- free event, except for the food.
* Tracing its roots back to the 1930s Santa Monica Pier paddleboard races -- some of the first in the world -- the festival offers "epic competition" through a variety of disciplines on sand and sea while also providing an memorable day of family friendly entertainment.
* Greatly expanded in recent years, on the Pier Deck and beach, participants and spectators will enjoy the Beach Festival featuring live music, Polynesian dancing, food, Rum & Beer Garden and a one of-a-kind surf & skate history museum.
* All the beach area weeklies have feature stories; all the basic info is at: https://www.santamonica.com/things-to-do/santa-monica-major-events/
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Sat & Sun, Jun 23 & 24, FESTIVAL:
Sat & Sun, Jun 23-24, FESTIVAL:
Annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL" at Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA; http://longbeachbayou.com
* Hours: Sat, 11 am­9 pm; Sun, 11 am-7 pm.
* LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL MOVES TO A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR, AT THE QUEEN MARY EVENTS PARK, LONG BEACH CA.
* New Orleans Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Zydeco and Cajun Music, Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing, Mardi Gras Parade, Crawfish & Watermelon Eating Contests, Activities for Kids and Teens.
* After many years at rainbow Lagoon, the Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year, adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline. While we'll all miss the swamplike lagoon, organizers tell us, "The Queen Mary Events Park is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music." Uhh, sounds like the same delightful festival without the swamp. Anyway, the pertinent details with a full music lineup are below.
* Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.
* Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.
* Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows and games and activities for older kids are also featured.
* CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE lineup includes:
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Saturday, Sunday)
T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (Saturday, Sunday)
Jo Jo Reed (Saturday)
Acadien Cajun Band (Saturday, Sunday)
New Orleans Traditional Brass Band (Saturday, Sunday)
Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sunday)
Crawdaddio (Saturday)
* NEW ORLEANS STAGE includes:
South Side Slim (Saturday)
Ray Goren (Sunday)
Shari Puorto Band (Saturday)
Sonny Green Blues Band (Sunday)
Corney Mims & The Knowitallz (Sunday)
McKee Brothers (Saturday)
The Oreo Divas (Saturday)
Marguaret Love & The Lovetts (Saturday)
* The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.
* Adv Ticket purchase and Info: www.longbeachbayou.com; by phone, 562-912-4451.
* Tickets: Adults: $30/day-advance, $35/day-gate; Seniors (60+): $25/advance, $35 at the gate, Children age 12 & under are free; Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID.
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Sat, Jun 23:
"Operation Gratitude" invites volunteers to box-up, well, "care packages" for US troops deployed in a lot of unpleasant places; it's an all-day Saturday event in Chatsworth.
* Info at https://www.operationgratitude.com/assembly-day-schedule/
* Whatever you think about the pervasive warconomy and the culture of perpetual war, you can't blame the wars on the deployed grunts who could use a little comfort from home.
* At any given time, the facility of this 501(c)3 nonprofit is filled with millions of items donated by people from across the country. Once a month or more, they call on hundreds of volunteers in Southern California to help assemble these items to create the Operation Gratitude Care Packages.
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Sat, Jun 23:
7 pm - SAN FRANCISCO STRING TRIO plays the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008; 760-438-5996.
* A double-whammy trip south beckons with this concert after a day at the "SAN DIEGO SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES & GATHERING OF THE CLANS" in Vista (see listing).
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Sat, Jun 23:
7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, Grammy-winning guitarist from Paul McCartney's WINGS plays a solo show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; Phone for reservations, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 23:
7:30 pm - TALL MAN GROUP plays the Gelencser House Concerts series in Claremont, CA 91711; reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or by email to singfolk@yahoo.com
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Sat, Jun 23:
7:30 pm - JOSEPH DECOSIMO, LUKE RICHARDSON & CLEEK SCHREY plus THE SHAKYTOWN RAMBLERS play the "Old-Time Tiki Parlour" concert series at Timewarp Records, 12204 Venice Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90066
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Sat, Jun 23:
7:30 pm - HERENCIA FLAMENCA with Paco & Yolanda Arroyo play the Luckman Fine Arts Center at Cal-State L.A., 5151 State College Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032; 323-343-6600.
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Sat, Jun 23:
8 pm - SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE plus ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS play a double-bill at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sunday,
June 24
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Sun; Sat & Sun, Jun 23 & 24, FESTIVAL:
9 am-5 pm - Annual "SAN DIEGO SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES & GATHERING OF THE CLANS" in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
* Vista is in inland San Diego County
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Sun; Sat & Sun, Jun 23 & 24, FESTIVAL:
11 am-7:30 pm - Annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL" at its NEW LOCATION in Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
* See the Guide's full write-up in the Saturday listings, above.
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Sun, Jun 24:
1 pm - WORKSHOPS: CUMBERLAND PLATEAU FIDDLING AND TENNESSEE CLAWHAMMER AND FINGERSTYLE BANJO presented in Northridge by the Old Time Tiki Parlour; for reservations, contact David Bragger via email: davidbragger@gmail.com
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Sun, Jun 24:
2:30 pm - HERENCIA FLAMENCA with Paco & Yolanda Arroyo play the Luckman Fine Arts Center at Cal-State L.A., 5151 State College Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032; 323-343-6600.
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Sun, Jun 24:
5 pm - ERIC RIGLER & DIRK FREYMUTH play Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732; 310-519-1314.
* ERIC RIGLER is the musician who played that haunting flute theme for the movie "Titanic," among his many other accomplishments.
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Sun, Jun 24:
7 pm - GILLIAN WELCH plus FATHER JOHN MISTY and BIG THIEF team-up for a roots-Americana night and giant crowd-pleaser at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Av, Hollywood, CA 90068; 213-480-3232.
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Sun, Jun 24:
7 pm - ROY ZIMMERMAN, one of the best sociopolitical musical satirists of our time, plays the concert series at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society (aka "The Onion"), 9550 Haskell Av, North Hills, CA 91343; 818-894-9251.
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Sun, Jun 24:
7 pm - JOHN YORK & THE THREE B’S play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 24:
8 pm - STEVE POLTZ plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Friday, June 8, 2018

The Guide's "Guide to Getting Help" and Events this Weekend and Beyond. June 8 edition 2018

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Before you look for Weekend Fun? Yes, it's in here. But FIRST, we have Important News.

This edition has three sections, and two of 'em are about events. But, just hang on a sec.

Seriously now. Don't run-off because this doesn't look like the part with the one-man band with the guy with a tuba and an accordion and a cymbal. Or like the part with the plate-spinners, and the lion-tamers with their upended chairs. Please don't decide to bypass this and scroll directly to the events... Wait, okay? Wait.

Please read this:

"There is so much shame around depression and there shouldn't be. People need to realize it is a treatable disease.

"There is this very strange bubble created by social media. We are chasing what's fake. We need to get in touch with what's real. Are we showing up for each other or are we just checking our devices four hundred times an hour? We need to be there for each other, FOR REAL.

"I suggest everybody get quiet with themselves and ask yourself, 'Do I feel connected?' You've got to get to know what really feeds you and put those elements into your life.

"Eighty percent of depression is untreated, and it's all treatable! We need to be there for each other and make that happen!"

-- Nancy Collier, Psychotherapist and author, on "The Big Picture with Holland Cooke," June 8, 2018.
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WE PRESENT THE ABOVE FOR A REASON...

Just yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (CDC) released a report showing that suicides are up 40%. Specifically, in 2016, nearly 45,000 Americana took their own lives. Somewhere in America, there is a suicide every twelve minutes, and most of them are people who never expressed any previous desire to do it. And, specifically...

This morning, we all awoke to the news that Anthony Bourdain was dead at age 61 -- and that his death was an apparent suicide.

Not "just another talking head on TV," and certainly not just another babbler in the corporate media echo chamber and its cult-of-personality "news" shows, Bourdain was someone who touched us. Sure, we had joked in these pages about him "eating his way around the world," but we said, with it, that he was easily one of the best things on CNN.

That's because he met people in different cultures, often in nations that are in conflict with someone else -- even at odds with the American Empire.

Bourdain had a tough life in earlier years, and much of it was self-inflicted. He was a heroin addict for years, until he decided he didn't want to be, and he kicked it.

What followed was success as an acclaimed chef in New York, success as a bestselling author, and work as a correspondent and host on TV, who also got to do some very special assignments.

Like sharing a meal he cooked with then-President Obama.

And like spending time in Gaza and Israel and Palestine, honestly reporting the experiences of thos on both sides of Israel's wall and the apartheid state it has created.

And so, when Bourdain received the Peabody Award as the best example of a prominent humanitarian, for his TV show, "Parts Unknown," he told the assembled awards audience:

"You know, we go places and we ask very simple questions:
* What do you like to eat? What do you like to cook?
* Who do you cook for?
* What do you do when you eat ?
* Who do you invite?
* What do you talk about?
And when we ask those simple questions, we get very revealing, very informative and enlightening answers."

Okay, all of you who are journalists, or who spend time wondering what the hell has happened to what journalists are supposed to do? You see the essence of a good part of it in what he said.

As artists, few of us work in the medium of food. But all of us seek to understand the nature and essence and influence of things, and to enable others to understand, through our music and art.

Few of us get the opportunity to have the impact that Anthony Bourdain had. Especially as voices for peace and understanding. He found a way, and he showed us.

And his voice for peace and understanding and finding fulfillment and influence through simple joys? It is a loss to our culture that he chose to silence his own voice.

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Because suicide never makes sense to anyone but the person who takes their own life -

- and survivors of suicide attempts nearly always say they regretted their attempt from the moment they took the action they intended would kill them --

we are reprising a feature that we last ran in the Guide in December 2016.

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THIS IS YOUR GUIDE, AND OUR GUIDE TOGETHER,
TO FINDING HELP FOR YOURSELF OR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT.


We have resources here for Suicide Prevention; Drug Dependency, Overdose or Combined Effects; Rape; Domestic / Spousal / Elder Abuse; Child Abuse; Poisoning; Arson; Illegal Firearms; Youth Crisis; and more.

As Dr. Collier says, "There is so much shame around depression and there shouldn't be."
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*** NO ONE should EVER feel embarrassment or hesitation in helping someone else.

Because...

(a) We can risk the wrath of their embarrassment, or we can attend their funeral and say how shocked we are.

or

(b) We can risk seeing the news of the next school shooting, or the next mom who drove her kids into the lake, or...

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SUICIDE PREVENTION / FINDING AN ALTERNATIVE / ANOTHER WAY OUT

Lots of phone numbers are below so you can TALK to someone who understands.

Maybe you need to use the web, for the moment. Okay. Here:

https://admin.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ivpp/injury_topics/Suicide/suicide_hotlines.htm

There's also the Didi Hersch Suicide Prevention Center, at:

http://www.didihirsch.org/spc

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LOCAL & NATIONAL 24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINES

at: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ivpp/hotlines.htm
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Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Hotline
310-391-1253
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National Suicide Prevention Hotline
800-273-TALK
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Poison Hotline
800-222-1222
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Arson Hotline
800-633-2836
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Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women
213-626-3393
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Child Abuse Hotline
800-540-4000
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California Youth Crisis Line
800-843-5200
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Rape Hotline
800-585-6231
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Reporting Illegal Firearms Activity
1-800-ATF-GUNS
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DRUG, ALCOHOL, SUBSTANCE ADDICTION / OVERDOSE / ABUSE / HELP

Most of what's out there is in the for-profit realm. Here is the free PUBLIC HEALTH agency contact info:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/

Referrals to treatment centers: 888-742-7900

Also, the Poison Hotline:
800-222-1222
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HOMELESS SERVICES
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Getting a supply of food:

www.lafoodbank.org
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Eating today:

www.losangelesmission.org
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Getting shelter:

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 811 Wilshire Blvd Fl 6, Los Angeles 90017; 213-718-1542; https://www.lahsa.org/
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Or shelter in L.A. County:

(Really an administrative office that, at best, offers referrals) Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W Temple St, Room 358, Los Angeles 90012; 213- 974-1311 or TDD 800-735-2929; info@lacounty.gov.

https://www.lacounty.gov/residents/social-services/homeless-services
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NEVER BE EMBARRASSED TO CALL SOMEONE FOR HELP.

That call is your first step in taking charge and making a difference.

Even if it doesn't seem like it at the moment -- it is.

IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS THE ABOVE INFORMATION, copy and paste it and send it to him or her. Then follow through -- call them and talk about it. Or print it out and take it with you and go to them (or paste it into your phone and take it), and sit with that person and discuss things.

That may be the greatest act of friendship you've ever taken in your whole life.

Every day is the right time for peace, love and understanding.

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# 2 news feature...


THIS WEEKEND'S EVENTS & FESTIVALS...


Here are our listings of some fun things to do.

Chronological, by day and start time.
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Fri, Jun 8:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS bring their "High Octane Americana" virtuoso guitar-vocal duo selves to Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - SHELBY LYNNE plays the famous concert hall behind McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT, a wonderful young bluegrass ensemble, plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - JENNIFER LEITHAM and COYOTE JOE STEVENS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 9 & 10, FESTIVAL:
10 am-7:30 pm - "THE BIG IRISH FAIR" returns for its annual weekend at Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618.
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Sat, Jun 9:
3 pm - BRETT PERKINS makes his annual return from Europe to play a matinee with "Friends" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Arcadia born/Copenhagen based Brett Perkins’s voice and songs appear on over 20 album releases, from his number one co-write for Sony artist Mads Langer to Scottish super group Runrig, numerous film and television placements (MTV’s Road Rules, NBC Movie Of The Week, etc), widespread international airplay and awards (1st Prize, Great American Song Contest & First Prize, Australian Song Contest International Pop Category).
* His latest album with The Pawnshop Preachers is currently generating airplay in numerous countries including five songs on Denmark's national radio.
* Brett with be joined by French songwriter Magali Michaut, happy fiddler John Roy Zat, Arcadia native Janet Croteau and other special guests tba.
* More at: www.brettperkins.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - "SATURDAY SONGWRITERS SALON" is a special show with JANET CROTEAU, AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, & JAYNEE THORNE at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JOHN ZIPPERER plays the "Live at the A-Frame" House Concert series in Kagel Canyon, CA 91342; reservations get directions from Coddy Nuckols, at 818-486-8505 or Coddy.nuckols@gmail.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS play Piazza's Pine Cone Inn, 13383 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238; 760-376-6669.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JANET CROTEAU plus AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, and JAYNEE THORNE, play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7:30 pm - "SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE" Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Jun 9:
8 pm - JAMES LEE STANLEY plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sun, Jun 10:
2:30 pm - LARRY WILDER, " a world ambassador for Americana music," plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 10:
7 pm - "TWO OLD GUYS AND A BLONDE" are New Christy Minstrels alums ART PODELL, TRACY NEWMAN, & DOLAN ELLIS, playing a night of song with plenty of inside stories, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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# 3 news feature...


MUSIC A-COMIN', LATER IN JUNE


This is just a quick first look, and is miles from complete. But don't dawdle, lest things'll sell-out!

Presented chronologically, by day and start time.
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Thu, Jun 14:
8 pm - CHRISTIE LENÉE is currently featured in "Guitar Player" Magazine’s May 2018 Issue, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.
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Sun, Jun 17:
2 pm - DAVE CORY AND FRIENDS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Traditional Irish tunes and songs. Banjo. KIRA OTT on fiddle. JIMMY MURPHY on guitar.
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Sun, Jun 17:
7 pm - PETER FELDMANN, DAVID JACKSON, & RICK CUNHA are three music legends playing traditional tunes at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Thu, Jun 21:
7 pm - "AMERICANA WOMEN-THE RIVER & THE MUSE" play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; no reservations for these monthly "Roadhouse" series shows; get there in time to get in and pay at the door.
* The performers are Coyote Sky, Manda Mosher, KP Hawthorn, Pam Loe, Rj Chesney, Diego Garcia, Karman Jeanne, Dolly Ramirez, Aireene Espiritu, Annette Conlon and the Muse River Band including Al Bonhomme, Alex U’ren, Owen Goldman and Neil Rosengarden.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 23-24, FESTIVAL:
Annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL" at Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA; http://longbeachbayou.com
* Hours: Sat, 11 am­9 pm; Sun, 11 am-7 pm.
* LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL MOVES TO A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR, AT THE QUEEN MARY EVENTS PARK, LONG BEACH CA.
* New Orleans Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Zydeco and Cajun Music, Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing, Mardi Gras Parade, Crawfish & Watermelon Eating Contests, Activities for Kids and Teens.
* After many years at rainbow Lagoon, the Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year, adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline. While we'll all miss the swamplike lagoon, organizers tell us, "The Queen Mary Events Park is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music." Uhh, sounds like the same delightful festival without the swamp. Anyway, the pertinent details with a full music lineup are below.
* Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.
* Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.
* Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows and games and activities for older kids are also featured.
* CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE lineup includes:
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Saturday, Sunday)
T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (Saturday, Sunday)
Jo Jo Reed (Saturday)
Acadien Cajun Band (Saturday, Sunday)
New Orleans Traditional Brass Band (Saturday, Sunday)
Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sunday)
Crawdaddio (Saturday)
* NEW ORLEANS STAGE includes:
South Side Slim (Saturday)
Ray Goren (Sunday)
Shari Puorto Band (Saturday)
Sonny Green Blues Band (Sunday)
Corney Mims & The Knowitallz (Sunday)
McKee Brothers (Saturday)
The Oreo Divas (Saturday)
Marguaret Love & The Lovetts (Saturday)
* The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.
* Adv Ticket purchase and Info: www.longbeachbayou.com; by phone, 562-912-4451.
* Tickets: Adults: $30/day-advance, $35/day-gate; Seniors (60+): $25/advance, $35 at the gate, Children age 12 & under are free; Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID.
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Sat, Jun 23:
7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 24:
7 pm - JOHN YORK & THE THREE B’S play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Fri, Jun 29:
8 pm - SEVERIN BROWNE and JOHN M play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Major Mars Announcement" due today from NASA, 11 am Pacific. Thu, June 8 2018 edition

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Considering our space agency is starved for enough bucks to do much of anything, they always seem to find a way to delight, astonish, and invoke the wow factor. Today promises to eclipse the recent string of news factoids about Mars exploration.

· The most recent Mars probe launched May 5th, with tiny Cube Sats.

· On May 11th, we learned the next upcoming mission will take a drone helicopter to fly through the skies of Mars -- no easy feat with the Red Planet's thin atmosphere.

· On June 2nd, we learned the sheer persistence of JPL scientists and engineers had McGyvered a way to feed the sampling labs aboard Mars Curiosity and get them working again.

· The Volkswagen-sized rover landed back in 2012. Its cameras have showed us plenty, but its labs hadn't worked since October, 2016. The mechanisms connected to the drill system had failed 19 months ago, apparently hopelessly. Happily, "Not!"

And now, hot on the heels of that redemption, NASA has gathered top Mars experts to tell us something completely new, today.

Uncharacteristically, there hasn't been a clue what it is. Meaning we can expect it's 'uge.

The news is embargoed because of a deal with the journal Science, who gets first rights. So we'll all learn together what it's all about. And it happens today at 11 am PDT, 2 pm Eastern.

Various NASA platforms will carry the announcement live, and it includes a Q&A with questions submitted by scientists, journalists, and the public.

Catch it:

· on NASA TV

· at www.NASA.gov

· or if those bog and jam, go to

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

or

www.space.com

· or poke around, because others will also carry the feed live from the event.

Meanwhile, here are some music links, lyrics, video excitement, and a closing thought to get you "go" for launch.

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"Don't You Wanna Go to Mars?"

(Robert Morgan Fisher/Extended Family Music-BMI)

Music player link (select from list):
http://www.robertmorganfisher.com/player.html

Lyrics:

Durell has a dream
just like Martin Luther King
It's a dream that he has passed on to his son
It's a dream to be an astronaut, but not just any astronaut
We're talking first man on the 4th rock from the sun

Calculator in the crib
starts young Taury's trip
Knew his times-tables by the age of 3
At 5 he knew his long division, Calculus by the age of 7,
Now he's 9 and doing Trigonometry

(CHORUS)
Don't you want to go to Mars?
Don't you want to go to Mars?
Now what we've come this far
Don't you want to go to Mars?

Aliyah's in Iraq
don't know when she's coming back
Yeah, Momma's been gone 14 months or more
Sends pictures through the Internet, landscape red and desolate
like an Evil Eden for the God of War

(CHORUS)
Don't you want to go to Mars?
Hey, don't you want to go to Mars?
Now what we've come this far
Don't you want to go to Mars?

(BRIDGE)
There's a slave ship in 1688
Sailing cross the stormy Middle Passage
There's a space ship in 2028
Like a silver bottle carrying a message

Durell calls Taury "Rain Man"
it's a joke but they're in pain, man
Lately Taury's apathetic, sad and bored
Last they heard Aliyah, had been stop-lossed to Haditha
If they could only follow that ol' Drinking Gourd

(CHORUS)
Don't you want to go to Mars?
Hey, don't you want to go to Mars?
Now what we've come this far
Don't you want to go to Mars?
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(2)
"Is Somebody Singing"

... in a voice from the void of space?

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, performing live aboard the I.S.S, backed from Earth by Barenaked Ladies and Wexford Gleeks chorus:

From CBC Music

2,459,925 views

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AvAnfi8WpVE

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"Space Oddity"

Astronaut Chris Hadfield performs the David Bowie original in space, with post-production aboard our little blue planet.

The piano is a bit heavy, but the view of the Ibanez acoustic guitar drifting down the space station module is must-see cool.

And 40,245,456 viewers can't be wrong:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

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(4)
"Making of..."

"Chris Hadfield: Space Oddity"

NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XR5G5keqVt4#
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(5)
And, a blast (off) from the past...

"Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch Camera E-8"

...a launch pad camera view of the fire and fury at liftoff of the first mission that landed people on the Moon. Way back, 49 years ago this summer, in 1969...

(4,376,967 views)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DKtVpvzUF1Y

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AS WE AWAIT TODAY'S NEWS OF DISCOVERIES ON MARS

It's been far too long since we were "a-okay."

Oh, for what we knew how to do then, that we no longer know how to do now. There was even a cliche for two or three decades, that "If we can go to the Moon, then why can't we _______" (fill-in the blank).

Perhaps we COULD fill-in a lot of blanks, if only we could see something like that 36-storey-tall Saturn V rocket launch, now.

We need it. Now, in this narcissistic, social-media-selfie-obsessed, short-shelf-life, forever-trending with the inconsequential and insubstantial, in this cultureless succession of subcultures, this spyware-saturated, metadata driven, meaningless celebration of the perfectly disposable 21st century.

If only we could see a giant rocket launching, a truly awe-inspiring validation of what we're doing with our time on the planet. Something  that was once again fostering dreams and giving hope that we can aspire beyond the farthest reaches of the clouds themselves. If we could again see our capabilities validated by taking humans to another world...

But all the money now goes to endless wars and enriching the bloated wealth of the top one-tenth of one percent. It all goes there, to big oil and big chem and big pharma, to big cyber-shopping for a bunch of crap we don't need but that validates our economic arrival by indulging in the latest trending junk that will be obsolete in a year. It all goes to a military-industrial-cybersecurity complex.

Instead of going to learning and exploring.

And the corporate media energy and attention goes, not to questioning any of that, but to playing Chicken Little, and to obsessive attention to feeding obsessions with talentless entertainment stars.

We let it go there, instead of reaching for the shining points of light in the night sky, fulfilling the ancient dream of our most distant ancestors to explore beyond the farthest horizon.

It goes to the hoarding few, and to our own irrational "FOMO" -- our fear of missing out -- missing-out on something transitory and ultimately transitory and inconsequential that will just pollute the endless landfill and feed the massive oceanic garbage patch.

That's what we do, because we allow obscene amounts of money to be spent buying politicians. We piss our money into the wind and we are surprised when it blows back and our trendy, overpriced, poorly-made clothes are soaked with it.

That's what we do. Instead of sending humans to the oceanic moons of Jupiter and Saturn, to reach beneath the ice sheets that cover their seas. To meet whatever and whoever calls those oceans home.

But we are obsessed with deporting aliens to Central America, Instead of meeting the aliens on the worlds next door, in our own solar system.

We bankrupt all hope of progress for humanity with our dependence on a warconomy. It has sabotaged our reaching for the stars.

So far. Until we change it. Until we change everything, reach back to the future, reclaim our legacy and the birthright of our species.

Perhaps it can re-start when NASA tells us something new today about our planetary neighbor. If it trends long enough. If it doesn't get buried with the victims of the latest school shooting.

With the 50th anniversary of the murder of Senator Robert Kennedy being observed with such a sense of a lost future, we can hope. We must hope. At least until we act to make dreams into the better future we all say we want.

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The Guide waves our copyright on this edition, in hopes you will share it widely.

We'll be back soon with news of music and the arts.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

New Music, Tuneful News, Previews, Weekend Events. June 1 2018 edition

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Welcome to Guide edition number 1731.
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TWO LATE ADDITIONS...

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Sat & Sun, Jun 2 & 3; May 31-Jun 3, FREE CINE GEAR EXPO:
Annual "Cine Gear Expo" & Expo Exhibits, at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California, USA
* FREE series of seminars and panel discussions on Sat, Jun 2; visitors are invited to attend any part of the series, conducted by esteemed equipment makers that include Sony, Panasonic, Zeiss, Adorama, Tiffen, RED, Blackmagic, and Canon, as well as distinguished industry associations, including The American Society of Cinematographers, Local 600; The Society of Camera Operators; and The Digital Cinema Society.
* Musicians and sound engineers who produce (or want to make) their own MUSIC VIDEOS, this is a superb FREE opportunity to mix and learn from top industry pros.
* All attendees must register as guests for Cine Gear Expo; that is required for you to attend any special event, screening or seminar on the Paramount Lot. Your Cine Gear badge is your credential. Seating is limited for all Screenings and Premiere Seminars; first come first serve for those. Info below on registration entrance gate, and parking, is the same for all Expo, Seminar and Events.
* FULL SCHEDULE of all events at: http://www.cinegearexpo.com/la-expo-premier-series
* Entrance is via the Lemon Grove Fire Gate; the Registration Gate and Entrance to Cine Gear Expo has moved to the Lemon Grove Fire Gate. Registration will open one hour before the show opens. There is no guest access through the Gower or Melrose entrances. Shuttles are available to transport guests from the Gower, Van Ness/Lemon Grove, and Hollywood Forever parking areas to the expo entrance.
* Parking Information: Due to limited parking in Hollywood, the expo "highly recommends" using ride share services like Lyft, Uber, Taxis, Public transportation, Bicycling and walking in to avoid parking delays.
* Parking is available in the following Paramount Parking Structures:
- Gower, 801 N Gower.
- Van Ness, 783 Van Ness.
- Lemon Grove, 5675 Lemon Grove.
- Parking is $15 at Paramount structures.
* Additional Parking at:
a) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood, CA 90038; $20 (cash); Closes at 5:30 pm on Saturday June 4th.
b) Television Center, 6300 Romaine St, Hollywood, CA 90038; $4 per hour, $24 maximum; entrances on Cahuenga and Cole, just S of Romaine.
* Sat, Jun 2, Exhibition & Seminars, hours 10 am to 5 pm; registration Opens at 9 am.
* Sun, Jun 3, Master Classes, including the sold-out Lighting Workshop (Sun afternoon in Burbank).
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Sun, Jun 3:
7:30 pm - RAY LaMONTAGNE plays the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, presented by Live Nation & Nederlander Concerts
* TIX still available: $39.50 - $89.50.
* Grammy Award winner Ray LaMontagne makes a stop on his 31-date tour promoting his just-released (and seventh) studio album, "Part Of The Light." It dropped May 18th via RCA Records. The album was written and produced by Ray and features the first single, “Such A Simple Thing.” Fans who order the album through Ray’s website can stream a live version of the song.

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Following is the complete edition as originally published.

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Plenty to tell you. Let's get started!
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Contents / In This Edition...

1) Congrats to...

2) Listenable Music News Features, Online

3) New Music, Fresh & Hot

4) New Album Releases

5) Gettin' Your Zydeco in Motion -- Fresh Tuneful Videos

6) THIS WEEKEND'S MUSICAL DOIN'S & EVENTS...

7) Music this Coming Week

8) Music a-Comin', Later in June


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# 1 news feature...


CONGRATS TO...


We have three humble honors.

* CONGRATS to all the winners at the 58th annual TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL in May! Your musical prowess dazzled one and all. Along with your demonstrated talent, it's the reward for all those hours of lessons and practice, and practice, and practice!

* CONGRATS to ZYDECO BRAD, as he passes along his editorship, and for sticking around to publish the 1000th edition of "Zydecobrad’s Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Newsletter"! You can still sign-up to get a free subscription in your inbox, sent by its new editor, by emailing: zydecobrad@aol.com

"ZYDECO BRAD," aka BRAD SJOBLOM, sent us his sign-off, over 'n out, message:

"It has been fun but after 20 years of putting out a weekly newsletter I have decided to hand off my newsletter effort to others that have a more vested interest in promoting Cajun and Zydeco news and events. The http://zydecobrad.com site will stay up and you can use the links to find bands, festival information, and event promoters. I will always love the culture, music, and dance. See you on the dance floor!"

* CONGRATS to The management, volunteer staff, and professional performers at the 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, including Larry Borovay and Bill Klepper and all the Simi Sunrise Rotary Club for putting on another great Festival in May.


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LISTENABLE MUSIC NEWS FEATURES, ONLINE


We've selected three to recommend.

• DEL McCOURY and his son RONNIE talk about how the touring band became a family affair and what it's like to have three generations of McCourys playing on their new album, "DEL McCOURY STILL SINGS BLUEGRASS."

Listen at:
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/27/614810144/del-mccoury-on-bluegrass-and-life-on-the-road

• JOHN PRINE dropped by NPR Music's "World Cafe" on Friday, June 1, to perform and discuss highlights from his new album, "THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS," sharing stories about "the relegated Pluto and a bar in heaven that also happens to be the title of the LP." Since the whole US hears the show except L.A., we thought you'd like to know to find it online.

Listen at:
https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2018/06/01/616122495/john-prine-on-world-cafe

• ERIN RAE's "Putting On Airs" can be heard NOW on a special link, a week ahead of its release via NPR Music's "First Listen." (Since L.A. peeps can't hear that show, either, on any NPR broadcast station in town, we're glad to offer you a leg up on everyone else for this one.)

Haven't heard of Erin Rae? Ann Powers writes in "First Listen":

"Repeated listening to Erin Rae's latest album brings riddles... to mind. Erin Rae is a singer-songwriter adept in making personal inquiries feel universal; in Nashville, where she lives, listeners flock to her shows to absorb her lucent energy and the insights she offers without fuss. To really appreciate the gift of her music, however, you have to spend time with it: to bring your own calm to the experience, taking time to notice the way she tells stories about the moments before an intimate confession, or the hours spent in solitude afterward, or the times when you're just hanging out wondering if the courage to share what's important will ever come. "What happens in the art of intimacy, of what happens in the space between us?" the writer Stacey D'Erasmo once asked. The songs on Putting On Airs ask the same question. The answers are sometimes sad, but beautiful."

Listen at:
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/31/615216046/first-listen-erin-rae-putting-on-airs


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NEW MUSIC, FRESH & HOT...


Here, we have five links for ya...

• ANA EGGE revisits her liberating New York days on the carefree "Girls, Girls, Girls," a spirited number with trumpet flourishes slated to appear on White Tiger (out next week).

Listen NOW at:
https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/listen-ana-egges-girls-girls-girls

• WILLIE NILE sings about our planet's neglect on "Earth Blues," a gritty slice of Children of Paradise (out July 27).

Listen at:
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8458134/willie-nile-earth-blues

• THE RECORD COMPANY take a stroll down memory lane on "The Movie Song," a laidback, sing-along-friendly track from All of This Life (out June 22).

Listen at:
https://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/hear-the-record-companys-new-movie-song-w520960

• ALANNA ROYALE calls 'em like she sees 'em on "I Know," a fiery burst of soul taken from the band's upcoming project.

Listen at:
https://www.nashvillescene.com/music/nashville-cream/article/21007509/cream-premiere-alanna-royale-comes-back-strong-in-i-know-fresh-track

• Gospel-Blues duo THE WAR AND TREATY blissfully rejoice on "Healing Tide," the propulsive, gospel-infused title track from their forthcoming debut, due out August 10.

Listen NOW at:
https://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/hear-the-war-and-treatys-new-song-healing-tide-w520944


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NEW ALBUM RELEASES...


NINE new Folk-Americana albums are just out May 26-June 1, 2018, on CD, and available as downloads on Amazon, Spotify, and wherever else. Check 'em out in for new tunes for that summer road trip.

* "Downey to Lubbock" - Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

* "Things Change" - American Aquarium

* "To Rise You Gotta Fall" - Nicki Bluhm

* "Hell-On" - eko Case

* "People Are My Drug" - Phil Cook

* "Bellows to Mend" - Muddy Ruckus

* "Songs for the Living and Otherwise" - The Mulligan Brothers

* "Sassafrass!" - Tami Neilson

* "All My Shades of Blue" - Ruen Brothers


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GETTIN' YOUR ZYDECO IN MOTION -- FRESH TUNEFUL VIDEOS


With the always delightful "Long Beach Bayou Festival" coming up this month, here's a look 'n listen back, via videos, at last month's excellent Cajun / Zydeco entertainment at the 2018 "Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival." Our thanks to Zydeco Brad for compiling all these and including them in his farewell edition.

(1) LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS – In Honor of Stephen D. Smith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kNWY_3UxmY

(2) LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS (3) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cza_l4TvfAA

(3) KEVIN NAQUIN & OSSUN PLAYBOYS (1) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZQP0ynIADE

(4) KEVIN NAQUIN & OSSUN PLAYBOYS (2) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmq9Rk6ePHI

(5) CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND (3) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_gOQd36UiY

(6) CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND (2) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXNLlBptDFM

(7) CHUBBY CARIIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND (1) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSu-OkQL8Os

(8) LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS (1) -2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAaBpuepkuM

(9) LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS (2) -2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTX3ybrpro

(10) LA RECOLTE (1) - 2018 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKTAgMstTPc

(11) BARBARA MORRISON performed great blues at the 2016 Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, and Brad still includes this one in his recommendations.

https://youtu.be/cu-cZ1uRDl4


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THIS WEEKEND'S MUSICAL DOIN'S & EVENTS...


Chronologically, by day and start time.
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Sat, Jun 2:
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Sat, Jun 2, FREE FESTIVAL:
8 am-all day - 45th Annual "LEONA VALLEY CHERRY PARADE & FESTIVAL" is a slice of Americana (and pie); http://www.myleonavalley.org/CHERRY_PARADE___FESTIVAL.html
* The Festival starts at 8 am with lots of craft vendors, great food, and a live band.
* Enter the pie eating contest or Cherry Pie bake-off.
* The Parade starts at 10 am and the road closes at 9 so get here early to get a good spot.
* Free admission.
* Leona Valley is well known for its U Pic Cherry orchards. For over 50 years, people have enjoyed picking their own sweet and sour cherries. There are now over 20 orchards, most of which avoid the use of pesticides with some being certified organic. Many of them have picnic areas and sell cherry products.
* Addt'l info: www.cherriesupic.com.
* LVIA has sponsored an annual Cherry Parade and Festival on the first Saturday of June for 40 years.
* Want to pick your own cherries from one of our 10 local cherry orchards? Get more information by calling the Cherry Information Hotline (24 hours) at 661-266-7116.
* Leona Valley is accessible three ways: (a) the scenic route of Lake Hughes Rd off I-5, N of Santa Clarita; (b) the scenic route of Bouquet Cyn Rd from the heart of Santa Clarita; (c) the 14 Fwy to Palmdale Bl exit, and west into the mountains and the valley, which is a classic expression of the San Andreas Fault's rift zone -- and it's pretty.
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Sat, Jun 2, FESTIVAL:
11 am-all day - Annual "SAM HINTON FESTIVAL" Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage in Old Poway Park's Templars Hall, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064; 858-566-4040.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7 pm - INCENDIO returns with their instrumental brilliance to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations, 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7:30 pm - PAT DONOHUE, longtime brilliant guitarist and songwriter from the late, great "A Prairie Home Companion," plays a house concert in Del Mar / Carmel Valley, CA; info: fredpowelltv@gmail.com or call 858-449-1396.
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Sat, Jun 2:
7:30 pm-9:30 pm - SOUNDS 2 BEAUTIFUL brings West Coast Classical Concert and Symphonic Orchestras’ final concert of the season to the Palmdale Playhouse 38334 10th St E, Palmdale, California 93550.
* Musical Director Patricia Graham conducts, featuring Chick Corea’s most recognized piece, “Spain,” and a trombone solo by Michael McCully.
* The concert includes Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in C Major for 2 Flutes,” performed by Angela Clayton and Nancy Clabaugh.
* Tix $10 & $15, at: https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - DAN CRARY, BILL EVANS, & WALLY BARNICK play the Pasadena Folk Music Society series at California Institute of Technology, in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka "Little Beckman"), 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - JAMES INTVELD plays the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006.
* $15.
* Advance tix online save money:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/arcadia-blues-club-red-entertainment-llc-10974346420.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - CARL VERHEYEN BAND plays the Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; 805-358-4970 or email steve@brogdenbaypresents.com
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - JILL KNIGHT plays the "Camarillo Cafe" concert series at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010; 805-814-9366.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm & 10 pm J- OSH ROUSE plays two shows at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Jun 2:
8 pm - The NE’ER DUWELS bring their Celtic and Irish wonderfulness to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, Jun 2:
9 pm - BLACK EYE AFFAIR brings acoustic singer-songwriters to Kinetic Brewing Company, 735 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster CA 93534; http://kineticbrewing.com
* Omar Ruiz will be opening it up from 9-10, then see Black Eye Affair from 10-11.
* The venue tells us, "It will be a great night filled with high-quality acoustic music, and some amazing food and craft beverages from Kinetic. It’s all-ages and it’s free...so you have no excuse! Come hang out."
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Sat, Jun 2:
10 pm-11:55 pm - ASHLEY WINELAND plays Buckle and Boots (formerly BeX), 706 W Lancaster Bl Ste 111, Lancaster CA 93534.
* "CMT Artist Ashley Wineland’s 'Simple Life' tour 2018 brings its electrifying stage show."
* Deets at www.ashleywineland.com

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Sun, Jun 3:
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Sun, Jun 3, FESTIVAL:
All day - Annual "LUMMIS DAY FESTIVAL" is loads of fun in Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
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Sun, Jun 3:
10:30 am - HEIDI SWEDBERG plays the Matinee Kids' Show series at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Jun 3; not music but cool:
1-2 pm - ARTIST TALK - "HIGH & DRY: LAND ARTIFACTS" is longterm writer-photographer collaboration exploring California's deserts and the people who live there, and the exhibi`tion and program are at Lancaster Museum of Art and History - MOAH 665 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster CA 93534; www.lancastermoah.org
* A regular feature on KCET's "Artbound," High & Dry's Artbound feature story and video segment are integrated as part of the exhibition.
* The MOAH exhibition examines the things we leave behind in the desert and what they reveal about ourselves and our civilization. Featuring Osceola Refetoff's black & white, infrared photography and words by Christopher Langley, "High & Dry: Land Artifacts" is the first art show to incorporate historical objects from the museum's permanent collection.
* Visitors are invited to bring a small personal item they would like to leave behind for future generations in a time capsule to be created in conjunction with the exhibit.
* Today's ARTIST TALK features both Christopher Langley and Osceola Refetoff.
* Visitors will also have the opportunity to see MOAH's new cycle of interrelated solo exhibits titled "Forest for the Trees," including solo exhibitions by artists Robert Dunahay, Sant Khalsa, Constance Mallinson, Greg Rose, and Timothy Robert Smith.
* Resources for the exhibition:
"High & Dry" at www.desertdispatches.com; www.lancastermoah.org/the-forest-for-the-trees; www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/projects/high-dry
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Sun, Jun 3:
2 pm - PAT DONOHUE, longtime brilliant guitarist and songwriter from the late, great "A Prairie Home Companion," plays the David Naiditch House Concerts series in Altadena, CA; reservations get directions via email to davidnaiditch@charter.net
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Sun, Jun 3:
2:30 pm - SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES play their annual Spring Concert at Pasadena Central Library Wright Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101.
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Sun, Jun 3:
3 pm - VICTORIA VOX, one of the world's great uke mavens, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10-am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 3:
5 pm - AUSTIN MCCUTCHEN plus MAPACHE play the FREE "Tiny Porch Concerts" series at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301.
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Sun, Jun 3:
7 pm - THE FOLK COLLECTION bring the classics of the '50s-'60s Folk Revival to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations 10-am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 3:
8 pm - JOSH ROUSE plays The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Bl, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-232-4355.


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# 7 news feature...


MUSIC THIS COMING WEEK


Festivals, Concerts, etc. Chronologically, by day and start time.
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Mon, Jun 4:
8 pm - STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS play Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego CA 92106; 619-523-1010.
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Tuesday, June 6:
TODAY IN HISTORY...

* 50 years ago today, after winning the California Primary and headed for the Democratic party's nomination for the Presidency, Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY died from gunshot wounds received in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night before.

* 74 years ago today -- and it, too, was a Tuesday -- pre-dawn paratroop landings behind the coast and amphibious assaults on the beaches of Normandy brought Allied troops onto the shores of Nazi-occupied France. It was the long-awaited opening of the Western Front. Germany would fall 11 months later, as Soviet troops took Berlin and US, British, Free French, Australian, and other forces liberated Western Europe. Still, WW II continued, as the defeat of imperial Japan was still an unknown number of months, and two atomic bombs, away.
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Thu, Jun 7:
7:30 pm Weekly "WINE AND SONG SERIES" presents THE QUITTERS ("High Octane Americana" virtuoso guitar-vocal duo) plus MARK GOLDENBERG, at Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena, CA 91030; 323-255-1506.
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Thu, Jun 7:
8 pm - SALTY SUITES play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Fri, Jun 8:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS bring their "High Octane Americana" virtuoso guitar-vocal duo selves to Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - SHELBY LYNNE plays the famous concert hall behind McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT, a wonderful young bluegrass ensemble, plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Fri, Jun 8:
8 pm - JENNIFER LEITHAM and COYOTE JOE STEVENS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 9 & 10, FESTIVAL:
10 am-7:30 pm - "THE BIG IRISH FAIR" returns for its annual weekend at Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618.
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Sat, Jun 9:
3 pm - BRETT PERKINS makes his annual return from Europe to play a matinee with "Friends" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Arcadia born/Copenhagen based Brett Perkins’s voice and songs appear on over 20 album releases, from his number one co-write for Sony artist Mads Langer to Scottish super group Runrig, numerous film and television placements (MTV’s Road Rules, NBC Movie Of The Week, etc), widespread international airplay and awards (1st Prize, Great American Song Contest & First Prize, Australian Song Contest International Pop Category).
* His latest album with The Pawnshop Preachers is currently generating airplay in numerous countries including five songs on Denmark's national radio.
* Brett with be joined by French songwriter Magali Michaut, happy fiddler John Roy Zat, Arcadia native Janet Croteau and other special guests tba.
* More at: www.brettperkins.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - "SATURDAY SONGWRITERS SALON" is a special show with JANET CROTEAU, AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, & JAYNEE THORNE at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JOHN ZIPPERER plays the "Live at the A-Frame" House Concert series in Kagel Canyon, CA 91342; reservations get directions from Coddy Nuckols, at 818-486-8505 or Coddy.nuckols@gmail.com
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - THE QUITTERS play Piazza's Pine Cone Inn, 13383 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238; 760-376-6669.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7 pm - JANET CROTEAU plus AIREENE ESPIRITU, ED TREE, and JAYNEE THORNE, play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 9:
7:30 pm - "SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE" Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Jun 9:
8 pm - JAMES LEE STANLEY plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sun, Jun 10:
2:30 pm - LARRY WILDER, " a world ambassador for Americana music," plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 10:
7 pm - "TWO OLD GUYS AND A BLONDE" are New Christy Minstrels alums ART PODELL, TRACY NEWMAN, & DOLAN ELLIS, playing a night of song with plenty of inside stories, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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# 8 news feature...


MUSIC A-COMIN', LATER IN JUNE


This is just a quick first look, and is miles from complete. But don't dawdle, lest things'll sell-out!

Presented chronologically, by day and start time.
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Thu, Jun 14:
8 pm - CHRISTIE LENÉE is currently featured in "Guitar Player" Magazine’s May 2018 Issue, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.
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Sun, Jun 17:
2 pm - DAVE CORY AND FRIENDS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
* Traditional Irish tunes and songs. Banjo. KIRA OTT on fiddle. JIMMY MURPHY on guitar.
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Sun, Jun 17:
7 pm - PETER FELDMANN, DAVID JACKSON, & RICK CUNHA are three music legends playing traditional tunes at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Thu, Jun 21:
7 pm - "AMERICANA WOMEN-THE RIVER & THE MUSE" play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; no reservations for these monthly "Roadhouse" series shows; get there in time to get in and pay at the door.
* The performers are Coyote Sky, Manda Mosher, KP Hawthorn, Pam Loe, Rj Chesney, Diego Garcia, Karman Jeanne, Dolly Ramirez, Aireene Espiritu, Annette Conlon and the Muse River Band including Al Bonhomme, Alex U’ren, Owen Goldman and Neil Rosengarden.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 23-24, FESTIVAL:
Annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL" at Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA; http://longbeachbayou.com
* Hours: Sat, 11 am­9 pm; Sun, 11 am-7 pm.
* LONG BEACH BAYOU FESTIVAL MOVES TO A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR, AT THE QUEEN MARY EVENTS PARK, LONG BEACH CA.
* New Orleans Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Zydeco and Cajun Music, Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing, Mardi Gras Parade, Crawfish & Watermelon Eating Contests, Activities for Kids and Teens.
* After many years at rainbow Lagoon, the Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year, adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline. While we'll all miss the swamplike lagoon, organizers tell us, "The Queen Mary Events Park is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music." Uhh, sounds like the same delightful festival without the swamp. Anyway, the pertinent details with a full music lineup are below.
* Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.
* Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.
* Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows and games and activities for older kids are also featured.
* CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE lineup includes:
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Saturday, Sunday)
T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (Saturday, Sunday)
Jo Jo Reed (Saturday)
Acadien Cajun Band (Saturday, Sunday)
New Orleans Traditional Brass Band (Saturday, Sunday)
Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sunday)
Crawdaddio (Saturday)
* NEW ORLEANS STAGE includes:
South Side Slim (Saturday)
Ray Goren (Sunday)
Shari Puorto Band (Saturday)
Sonny Green Blues Band (Sunday)
Corney Mims & The Knowitallz (Sunday)
McKee Brothers (Saturday)
The Oreo Divas (Saturday)
Marguaret Love & The Lovetts (Saturday)
* The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.
* Adv Ticket purchase and Info: www.longbeachbayou.com; by phone, 562-912-4451.
* Tickets: Adults: $30/day-advance, $35/day-gate; Seniors (60+): $25/advance, $35 at the gate, Children age 12 & under are free; Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID.
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Sat, Jun 23:
7 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jun 24:
7 pm - JOHN YORK & THE THREE B’S play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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Fri, Jun 29:
8 pm - SEVERIN BROWNE and JOHN M play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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LEGALESE, CONTACTING US, 'N SUCH...

Boilerplate? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

What "boilerplate"? Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...
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