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Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend brings big FESTIVALS & plenty of CONCERTS, and ALL are in this edition!

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SIX festivals in Southern Cal this weekend? Whhhoooooo-eeeeee. If you’re sitting home bored, you just aren’t paying attention. Plus there are scads o’ concerts. C’mon in, where tunefulness prevails.

Want some reviews before a foray to the record store? Last week’s Tuesday edition has write-ups on THREE new CDs and a new book that all hit the streets that day.

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS: A new “Mastering Academy” and a story for Memorial Day…
• iZotope LAUNCHES MASTERING ACADEMY WITH JONATHAN WYNER
• A MEMORIAL DAY STORY…

2) MUSIC on TV FRIDAY NIGHT

3) MUSIC on the RADIO (two specials)

4) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND, and MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS

Memorial Day events with live music…
• Aboard Battleship Iowa in San Pedro
• Aboard Aircraft Carrier Midway in San Diego

FESTIVALS!
• 26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “SCOTTISH AMERICAN CELTIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL”
• “ADELANTO NEW BLUES FESTIVAL”
• Annual “VALLEY GREEK FESTIVAL”
• 4th Annual “GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL”
• Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL”
• 42nd Annual “SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL”

5) CONCERTS & ARTS EVENTS, Friday through Monday

6) WORKSHOPS for ARTISTS this weekend

7) FESTIVALS NEXT WEEKEND
• 32nd Annual CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL is May 30

8) TICKET ALERTS…
• ON SALE TODAY
• More FESTIVALS – some of what’s coming up soon, some with advance discounts.
• CONCERTS & arts events coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


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1) NEWS: A new “Mastering Academy” and a story for Memorial Day
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• iZotope LAUNCHES MASTERING ACADEMY WITH JONATHAN WYNER
• A MEMORIAL DAY STORY…

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• iZotope LAUNCHES MASTERING ACADEMY WITH JONATHAN WYNER

Cambridge, MA (May 22, 2015) – If you go, your learning experience includes tours of iconic musical sites in Boston, including Symphony Hall and Berklee College of Music. At the Mastering Academy, Audio professionals will learn how to produce their best-sounding masters through hands-on mentoring

iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, is now accepting applications for its first-ever Mastering Academy event for audio professionals, to be held July 23-25, 2015.

Led by iZotope's Education Director and GRAMMY-nominated mastering expert Jonathan Wyner (David Bowie, Howie Day), with special guest Adam Ayan (Carrie Underwood, Pearl Jam), this intensive workshop combines small-group instruction with hands-on practice. Personalized mentoring from Jonathan will help take students' mastering abilities to the next level.

The majority of the training takes place in iZotope's brand-new, fully equipped mastering studio in Cambridge, MA. In this acoustically optimized listening environment, participants will learn advanced mastering techniques and best practices on a full range of state-of-the-art equipment.

Students will analyze their own habits and patterns through feedback and insight from world-renowned mastering professionals. They'll also add new pro audio skills to their arsenal, learn time-tested strategies for dealing with clients, and grow their network of pro audio peers.

"It's a real thrill to be launching our first major learning initiative of this scale," says Jonathan Wyner. "Education has always been a personal passion of mine, so I'm looking forward to working with students individually. I'll be sharing strategies and techniques so they can tackle their next mastering project with greater confidence."

Mastering Academy is the culminating event of iZotope's "Mastering Education" month. Throughout July, iZotope will offer events and resources designed to help audio professionals achieve better-sounding mastering results in their studios.

More info, online application, and application deadlines, at:
http://izotope.com/masteringacademy

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope and its product line, go to www.izotope.com.


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• A MEMORIAL DAY STORY…

By Glenda Rodger

On this Memorial Day weekend it is with a very heavy heart I share this story of my husband’s and my only living parent. He was decorated in WW II. He’s now a 94 year-old man. And he’s sitting in a hospital with no one listening.

He has never had any serious health problems until a couple weeks ago, when he went to the doctor because he had a bad cold. I believe he had a reaction to at least one of the ten new medicines they put him on. This man has never even had high blood pressure, let alone anything else serious. But the doctors do not believe me – what do I know.

Now, last night, they tell us “his blood type changed.” They have been giving him “A positive” blood and his blood type has always been type “O.”

How sad to live all these years, so healthy, only to be put through hell again. Let me explain. This week, another WW II Vet was in the bed next to his. He, too, “coded.” And they did not save him.

My father-in-law watched and listened as the man, a fellow veteran, took his last breath. To him, this was a sad reminder of how many times he had witnessed this before – in his war experience.

My father-in-law looked into my eyes and said to me, "Don't you think WW II was enough?"

I said to him “More than enough."

Don't give up, we will get someone to listen! For those that wonder, this is not a VA hospital. This is regular hospital in the desert town of Lancaster, California.

I will go back to work tomorrow. Luckily, he has a very hard-working wife by his side. I hope we win this one and someone listens. A wonderful teacher named Jeanne Grandstaff, many years ago said it best: "War does not prove who is right, it proves who is left."

Before we ever send our loved ones to fight – supposedly for our country – we better start taking care of the ones that have been there and done that. Their blood is on our hands and weighs heavy in our hearts.

Happy Memorial Day!



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2) MUSIC ON TV Friday tonight
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All on KLCS, L.A.’s NPR affiliate that has long been friendly to roots-americana music, and Friday is when you set your recording device before device before you head out the door:

8-8:30 pm “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS.”

8:30-9 pm “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND.”

9-10 pm “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.”

10-11 pm “FRONT & CENTER.”



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3) MUSIC on the RADIO (two specials)
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Sat, May 23,
on broadcast & web RADIO:
6-8 am "ALIVE & PICKING" special edition in the "Roots Music and Beyond" time slot. Mary Katherine Aldin will be sitting in for Mark Humphrey with a special edition of her elusive show, "Alive and Picking."
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NOTE:
The following week, John and Deanne Davis are scheduled for one of their fifth-Saturday-of-the-month "HEARTFELT MUSIC" shows in the "Roots Music and Beyond" time slot, Sat, May 30, also 6-8 am.
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All three of these radio programmer/hosts have been celebrated for many years of bringing great folk-americana music to the airwaves. So make the time and find a way to listen-in, either to the broadcast or the web simulcast, going out live to the globe.
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KPFK is 90.7 FM, Los Angeles, or it's www.kpfk.org
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Also, you can hear the shows for two weeks after their broadcasts on KPFK Audio Archives at http://archive.kpfk.org



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4) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND, and
MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS
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Memorial Day events with live music…

• Aboard Battleship Iowa in San Pedro
• Aboard Aircraft Carrier Midway in San Diego

FESTIVALS!

• 26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “SCOTTISH AMERICAN CELTIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL”
• “ADELANTO NEW BLUES FESTIVAL”
• Annual “VALLEY GREEK FESTIVAL”
• 4th Annual “GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL”
• Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL”
• 42nd Annual “SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL”
• Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL”

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS
with live music…
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There are live music events aboard two historic ships:

• The BATTLESHIP USS IOWA in San Pedro has THE LINDY SISTERS performing ANDREWS SISTERS songs with great costumes and choreography at noon, followed by a 1 pm special program that includes "Love Boat" actor BERNIE KOPPEL, a USS Iowa veteran; plus, carnival games from 9 am-3 pm. All for “United States Military Appreciation Day.” The Iowa is moored at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; www.pacificbattleship.com

• The AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS MIDWAY in San Diego has live music, but we do not have details.


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FESTIVALS !
Friday through Monday,
May 22 to 25
(note that MOST run only through Sunday)
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Sat & Sun, May 23-24,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Simi Valley):
10:30 am-8 pm 26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL” features performances by CANNED HEAT, THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS, DWAYNE DOPSIE & THE ZYDECO HELLRAISERS, ANDRE THEIRRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, THE YARDBIRDS, TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE, CANDYE KANE, GUITAR SHORTY, JEFFREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS, and more, in Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley 93063; 805-517-9000; www.simicajun.org
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There are two stages, each with a full arena sound package, each with a portable wood dance floor, plus great food vendors and plenty of Louisiana bayou culture. This well-run festival benefits a long list of local charities. Voulez les bonne temps roulez!


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Sat & Sun, May 23 & 24,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Costa Mesa):
9:30 am-5:30 pm Annual “SCOTTISH AMERICAN CELTIC FESTIVAL” with plenty of Celtic music, heavy Scottish athletics, sheepherding dogs, and performances by NEIL O’NEILL, BAD HAGGIS, HIGHLAND WAY, SLIGO RAGS, WICKED TINKERS, THE PLOUGHBOYS, CHRISTOPHER YATES, SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES, 300 drums and bagpipers playing en masse, authentic food from the Brirish Isles and Ireland, and more, at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa 92626.


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Sat-Mon, May 23-25,
FESTIVAL,
in Topanga Canyon:
10 am-7 pm Annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL” with multiple stages and a fine assortment of folk-Americana, world and eclectic music, belly dancers, and fun shenanigans, is the closest thing to hippie heaven you’ll find in 2015, at the Topanga Community Club, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290; 310-455-1980; www.topangacommunityclub.com


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Sun, May 24,
FESTIVAL,
in the desert (Adelando):
“ADELANTO NEW BLUES FESTIVAL” featuring performances by CANNED HEAT, NEW BLUES REVOLUTION, 44'S, MIGHTY MOJO PROPHETS, BOXCAR 7, THE BLUE HENRY'S, DJ PARKER BAND, VICTOR CRAIN, and more, at High Desert Mavericks Heritage Field (minor league baseball stadium), Adelanto 92301; 760-246-6287; www.hdmavs.com
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Tickets:
https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyClear.asp?EventID=146479&continue=buynew.asp#.VUiLiCS2XYN


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Sat & Sun, May 23 & 24,
FESTIVAL,
in the SFV:
Annual “VALLEY GREEK FESTIVAL” offers plenty of live music, dancing, authentic Greek food, and the welcoming warmth of Greek culture, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge.
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If you only went for the food and ouzo, you’d be happy. Nearly all the music becomes a jam-band sort of thing, often for an hour or more with the same tune. If you don’t know Greek dances, they are happy to let you dance your own way. Info at www.valleygreekfestival.com


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Fri-Mon, May 22-May 25,
FILM FESTIVAL,
In L.A.:
10 am-10 pm, each day 4th Annual “GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL” brings the theme, “A Century of Change for Indigenous Cultures,” at Electric Lodge Performing Arts, 1416 Electric Av, Venice.
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In addition, May 26 has been proclaimed Official “Garifuna Film Day” by both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.
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There is a much larger performing cast involved than one usually finds at a film festival. Head Dancer is Monique MacGregor. Segunda Palarba is Cristina Tacata. Head Fire Keeper is Citlamina Tezcacoatl, and Concha is Luis Linares.
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Official film selections include categories in film, documentaries, web series, and music videos.
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The critically acclaimed Garifuna Film Festival captures attention from filmmakers, musicians and artists from all over the world. The festival’s focus has always been to give a message of hope and solidarity with conflicting countries and cultures proving they could work together both productively and creatively. International creators are crediting Garifuna as a multi-sensory, multi-modal, multi-literate experience to give new voice to native literacy, pride and identity. The goal is to heal the divide between nations thereby transcending petty politics and borders .
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Garifuna’s founder and director, Freda Sideroff, is well-known for “cracking the pavement” to make new ground for this festival. Realizing what it means to be stripped of her native culture, heritage, and language – “because of the colonialist’s need to assimilate native Indigenous cultures and deny them their priceless facets of heritage,” she forged the Garifuna Foundation to help children academically, as “research shows that those who are immersed in their cultures perform better, have higher self-esteem, and lead more productive and happy lives.”
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It is the 218th Anniversary of the Exile of Freda’s people, coincides with the 14th Anniversary of UNESCO'S Proclamation proclaiming the Garifuna language, music and dance as a heritage of humanity. “We as a people are very proud of our culture and are working toward supporting it's preservation,” she says.
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Rare Garifuna art is being flown in from around the world for the event, including Kabbalistic art from Zfat Israel and artists Nazim, Penny Slinger, Wai-sin Tong Darbonne, Karen Redding ,Eulogia Penny Goree , John Casimiro , Isaiah Nicholas and David Friedman.
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Guest Speaker Marianne Williamson is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published ten books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. She serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world. Williamson is also the force behind Sister Giant, a series of seminars and teaching sessions that provides women with the information and tools needed to be political candidates. Through these seminars, she encourages women to run for office and align their politics with their spiritual values.
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Hostess Helena Cardona is a citizen of the world, calling the United States, France and Spain home. Fluent in five languages she is a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Actor’s Studio in New York. With over 55 films to her credit, Sydney Pollack was so impressed with Helena, he based the Nicole Kidman character in The Interpreter (2005) in part on Cardona's life by making her a Sorbonne linguist and a musician. For Serendipity (2001), she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. Host Police Chief Joseph Paulino San Bernardino City Schools and Vector USA made SBC schools safer, more secure and saved money His strong ties in the San Bernardino community, his problem-solving skills, and his passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students is making him a role model throughout California. As police chief ,he oversees a department of 26 sworn police officers, 55 campus security officers, and more than 10 support staff. The department is responsible for ensuring the safety of the district’s 53,000 students and protecting district property.
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Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl is the resident Aztec dance group for Tia Chucha’s Centro, a cultural arts center located in the North East San Fernando Valley. Beginning in September 2006, Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has worked to learn, apply and share the indigenous Mexika teachings of their ancestors through dance, drum, song and community workshops. We dance each Monday night at Tia Chucha’s Centro and every Sunday afternoon at our local community college, Los Angeles Mission College; all practices are free to the community and open to people of all ages. We host Equinox/Solstice ceremonies every year and present a 4-day Dia de los Muertos workshop each November, all free to the community. Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has participated in annual local events such as the City of San Fernando Cesar Chavez March and the Pacoima Christmas Parade, has brought dances of blessing to local schools such as Head Start in San Fernando, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima and Canterbury Elementary in Arleta. Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has had the honor of participating in annual Mexika ceremonies from San Jose, Ca., to Tijuana, Mex., and have been invited- to our great honor- to dance in American Indian pow- wows. Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl is dedicated to the physical, social, emotional and cultural well- being of our dancers and community, viewing our dedication to the Red Road and its ceremonies as a way to bring peace and harmony into this world.
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Google for more info, film clips and trailers, and music videos.


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Fri, May 22,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in SGV (Monrovia):
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair with music on the corners, on a stage, and in several venues (some that serve food, some with full bars). Of note to folkies is the weekly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” at 8 pm, right in the middle of things at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.


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Sat & Sun, May 23 & 24,
FESTIVAL,
in Sacramento:
42nd Annual “SACRAMENTO MUSIC FESTIVAL” used to be the Jazz Festival, and it brings a wide variety of music, much of it folk-Americana. Zydecosis strikes the Jubilee as LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play both days on two of the many stages in Old Town Sacramento. There are multiple venues across from 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento 95814. Venues include Freeway Gardens, Firehouse Lot & Courtyard, The Depot, Riverfront Refuge, and many more.
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Fri-Mon, May 22-25,
FESTIVAL, in Seattle, WA:
Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL” at Seattle Center is a must-go-before-you-die event, with literally dozens of stages, bunches of workshops, acoustic jamming that’s tastefully spaced so you can enjoy one group at a time, and a delightful immersion in all things folk music. FREE at Seattle Center, the preserved World’s Fair site that is why this can happen there.



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5) CONCERTS & ARTS EVENTS Friday through Monday
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If you’re not spent-out from all the festival action, the concert and arts scene this weekend is mighty fine.

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Friday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Fri, May 22, in Altadena:
5 pm & 8 pm LOAFER'S GLORY DUO plus BRYAN BOWERS team-up for two shows at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; Reservations (an absolute necessity for this show) by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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This is a hot, entertaining duo from the renowned band LOAFER'S GLORY, with a special guest, the amazing "best ever" autoharp wizard, BRYAN BOWERS.
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PATRICK SAUBER is a prodigy on banjo, mandolin, vocals. Son of old time player Tom Sauber, whom is also in the band, Patrick has mastered the old-time pre-bluegrass styles on banjo and mandolin, as well as the classic approach to good solid Scruggs-style 5-string banjo and mandolin, i.e. Bill Monroe and more current styles. For such a young player, it will be interesting to see where he carries this talent. He also sings all the needed parts in the good trio and quartet numbers.
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TOM SAUBER does it all, and you won't hear anyone do it better. He's a master musician in a variety of styles, a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) and singer, well grounded in tradition, with a comprehensive grasp of style and an exceptional ability to teach. Old-time fans have heard Tom’s music on his recently released CD with harmonica virtuoso Mark Graham (Thought I Heard it Blow), on his recording with Dirk Powell and John Herrmann (One-Eyed Dog), or through his performances with former Fuzzy Mountain String Band members Blanton Owen and Tom Carter. Bluegrassers know of his work with Byron Berline, John Hickman, and Alan Munde. He has also performed with cowboy musician Skip Gorman, and Cajun accordionists Joe Simien, Wilfred Latour, and Jo-el Sonnier. He has even appeared on a recent Weird Al Yankowitz recording.
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BRYAN BOWERS, autoharp master, singer-songwriter, storyteller, multi-instrumental performing artist is a real “wow” musician. Bower's creativity and talent won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s readers' poll. This distinction put Bowers alongside other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O'Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter. More at www.bryanbowers.com
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Tix, $18, either show.

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Fri, May 22,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in SGV (Monrovia):
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair with music on the corners, on a stage, and in several venues (some that serve food, some with full bars). Of note to folkies is the weekly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM,” at 8 pm, right in the middle of things at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.

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Fri, May 22, in L.A.:
7-10:30 pm Monthly "NETTE RADIO & FRIENDS 4th FRIDAY SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE" at Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av, Los Angeles 90036; www.museon8th.com
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Performances by:
Annette Conlon with Doug Conlon (aka The Conlons), emiko, Sara Ault, Grant Maloy Smith.
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Doors at 7, music starts at 7:30 pm. Venue is on La Brea near the corner of 8th, just S of Wilshire. They offer organic vegetarian/vegan fare, fair trade coffee, desserts and baked goods from local bakeries and more. Annette says, "It's all freshly made and yummy. Arrive hungry and purchase one menu item to help support the venue."
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Free show with a one-two drink/food purchase minimum.
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Park for free on La Brea or side streets, but get there early for a spot. There is also sometimes valet next door at Little Bar or some of the other establishments on La Brea, there is also a $5 lot on La Brea that is sometimes available.
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More at:
www.facebook.com/MUSEon8th
www.netteradio.com
www.facebook.com/AnnetteConlon
www.facebook.com/DougConlon
www.facebook.com/TheConlons
www.facebook.com/therealemiko
www.facebook.com/SarahAultMusic
www.facebook.com/grantmaloysmith

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Fri, May 22, in Ventura:
7 -10 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “BELL ARTS SONG CIRCLE” at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Av, Ventura 93001. Info at www.songmakers.org

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Fri, May 22, above Santa Barbara:
Time tba JANET ROBIN, the delightful guitar goddess, plus amazing and highly entertaining player BRUCE GOLDISH at the Cold Spring tavern in the mountains above Santa Barbara.
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Bruce Goldish and his guitar delighted the audience at the Live Oak Festival a couple years back. The guy is amazing. More on Bruce at www.brucegoldish.com
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Free show.

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Fri, May 22, in Santa Monica:
8 pm The MAGNOLIA SISTERS featuring ANN SAVOY play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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They’re in town, headlining the big Cajun & Blues fest in Simi. Go there and dance to them, or here’s your chance to catch ’em in a venue built for listening.

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Fri, May 22, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm DAVID LEON, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Doors at 7 pm. Venue has good food (generous portions), full bar, pool tables. Substantial discount for tix bought online. Fun place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.

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Fri, May 22, in Altadena:
8 pm LOAFER'S GLORY DUO plus BRYAN BOWERS team-up for two shows (5 & 8 pm) at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; Reservations (an absolute necessity for this show) by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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Fri, May 22, in San Pedro:
8 pm “Jeff Hamilton Presents” AKIKO with GRAHAM DECHTER at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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Fri, May 22, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8-11 pm PLOUGHBOYS play their weekly residency at the Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; 323-664-0228.

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Fri, May 22, in Long Beach:
8 pm Monthly “ROOTS MUSIC NIGHT” at Alex's Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St, Long Beach 90804; 562-434-8292.

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Fri, May 22, in San Pedro:
8 pm “MOVIE UNDER THE GUNS” presents “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” on the deck of the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. The Iowa is moored at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; www.pacificbattleship.com

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Fri, May 22, in S.L.O.:
8 pm ANNY CHELSI and Aussie songbird TRYSETTE LOOSEMORE play Linnaea's Café in San Luis Obispo. More at www.annycelsi.com

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Fri, May 22, in South Pasadena:
9 pm THE DROPKICK MICKEYS plus MICHAEL KELLY & PADRAIC CONROY bring a rollickin’ night of Irish music to Griffins of Kinsale, 1001 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-799-0926.

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Fri, May 22, in Murietta:
9 pm THE GET DOWN PARTY plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.getshamrocked.com; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com



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Sat, May 23, in Highland Park (L.A.):
1 pm Monthly “OLD TIME / TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE & BANJO MUSIC JAM” outdoors at Audubon Nature Center in Debs Park, 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy, in Los Angeles 90031; 323-221-2255.

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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
Time tba “MUSIC UNDER THE GUNS” presents the MILLIKAN HIGH SCHOOL BAND on the deck of the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. One of several Memorial day weekend special events. The Iowa is moored at 250 S Harbor Bl, San Pedro 90731; www.pacificbattleship.com

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Sat, May 23, in Whittier:
3 & 8 pm THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO play the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier 90601; 562-907-4203.

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Sat, May 23, in OC (Anaheim):
5-6:45 pm Monthly “LIVING TRADITION FOLK MUSIC JAM” at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim. All acoustic instruments (not amplified) are welcome. Info: 714-267-4567.

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Sat, May 23, in SFV (Canoga Park):
5:30 pm NATHAN McEUEN plus JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS play the Julie’s Joint House Concert Series in Canoga Park 91306. Reservations get directions at 818-261-0682 or juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com
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The doors open at 5 pm with the music starting at 5:30. Opening is John Zipperer & Friends with Tara Sitser, Barrett Tagliarino, Jime Van Booven, and John Thomas. A potluck dinner (with Julie’s BBQ pulled pork) follows the opening act, then the headliner follows. Bring your guitar for the song circle afterwards. All the musicians have CDs to buy.
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Sat, May 23, in Atascadero:
6-8 pm ANNY CHELSI and Aussie songbird TRYSETTE LOOSEMORE play Last Stage West BBQ in Atascadero. More at www.annycelsi.com

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Sat, May 23, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” brings a different band most every week at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, May 23, in the mountains:
6:30-9 pm GRITS & GRADY, the old-timey band featuring DIANE GRADY & SANDI HUCKABY on hammered dulcimers, plays the Lake Inn in the hamlet of Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Info from Sandi Huckaby, 909-867-7105 or check them out at http://wakethebard.com

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Sat, May 23, in Altadena:
7 pm AIREENE ESPIRITU and her all-star band AIREENE & THE RARITIES, plus THE PLUNK & PHUNK ORCHESTRA, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; Reservations by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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They are ripping up the folk world. Topping the bill at the best venues. Third return engagement at the venue.
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Plus the special guest act, The Plunk & Phunk Orchestra (more at www.debradobkin.com and http://markpocketgoldberg.com. Plunk and Phunk Orchestra have been working as a rhythm section for many years and can be heard on numerous recordings and in concert with many artists. They are co-producers on the last two critically acclaimed Mark "Pocket" Goldberg CDs. Debra Dobkin (Vocals & Drums) has toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, and many others. Mark “Pocket” Goldberg (Vocals & Upright Bass) has toured and recorded with Mick Fleetwood, Canned Heat, Willie Dixon, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and many others. Together, as Plunk and Phunk Orchestra, they bring a new rhythmic twist to the Bluesy-Folk Acoustic Duo, delivering soulful original songs with a rock-solid groove.
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“Espiritu’s penchant for songs that sound like they came off a 78 rpm record,listeners will be swept away.” - Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz CA.
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Sat, May 23, in VC (Ojai):
7 pm LEFTOVER CUTIES play the Dancing Oak Ranch Concert Series, presented by the Ojai Concert Series, on the ranch on Hwy 150, at 4585 Casitas Pass Rd, waay above Ventura 93001; 805-649-5189.
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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
7-11 pm THE ZYDECO MUDBUGS play Ports O’ Call Restaurant, on the patio, at 1200 Nagoya Way, Berth 76, San Pedro. Info, 909-527-0926.
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Sat, May 23, in SFV (Northridge):
7 pm RAFE & CLELIA STEFANINI play the Old Time Tiki Parlour House Concert series in Northridge. Reservations get directions by email to davidbragger@gmail.com

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Sat, May 23, in Burbank:
7 pm TRACY NEWMAN & ART PODELL, two alums of The NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS, play the intimate series at Theta Sound Studio, 1309 W Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; reservations required at 818-955 5888 or rmt@thetasound.com

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Sat, May 23, in Pasadena:
7 pm DALE LADUKE BAND plus the DAVE MORRISON BAND play the acoustic concert series at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, 300 S Los Robles Av, Pasadena 91101.
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Sat, May 23, in West SFV (Woodland Hills):
7-11 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills 91367. Info and location at www.songmakers.org
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Sat, May 23, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm Weekly GRATEFUL DUDES BLUEGRASS residency, sometimes with very interesting guests sitting-in, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Sat, May 23, in SGV (Covina):
8 pm BRYAN BOWERS the master of the autoharp, plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020.
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Sat, May 23, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8-11 pm THE NE’ER DUWELS play the Tam O’Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Angeles 90039; 323-664-0228.
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Sat, May 23, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm MIGHTY MOJO PROPHETS, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Sat, May 23, in South Pasadena:
8-11 pm Monthly "CONTRA DANCE" with live music by LES AMIS at the Womans Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Av, South Pasadena 91030.
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John Rogers is the caller. Band personnel, Les Amis, has Daniel Slosberg on fiddle, Mark Burrill on accordion & feet, Jim Scheel on guitar, Ned Boyer on harmonica & recorder.
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$12 general, students w/ID $8, age 12 and under, free. CDSS members get $1 off.

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Sat, May 23, in Whittier:
8 pm THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO play the second of two shows (3 & 8 pm) at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier 90601; 562-907-4203.

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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
8 pm ALAN PASQUA, PETER ERSKINE, & DAREK OLES play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 800-403-3447 for reservations.
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Sat, May 23, in San Pedro:
8 pm CONJUNTO OYE! Plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-6362.

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Sat, May 23, in Murietta:
9 pm CRAIC HAUS plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.getshamrocked.com; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com



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Sunday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Sun, May 24, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm Weekly “HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKET” with live music by the FAIR MARKET BAND, at Ivar & Selma Aves, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, May 24, above Arcadia:
Noon-5 pm “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” series brings VIN FIZ FLYER, DARREN LONGMAN, and TIM TEDROW to Adams’ Pack Station on Chantry Flat Rd, at the end of the road that begins at Santa Anita Av (go N from the 210 Fwy) above Arcadia 91006; 626-447-7356.
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Sun, May 24, in SFV (West Hills):
1-5 pm Monthly “BASC BLUEGRASS JAM” at West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills 91307; 818-992-4142.

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Sun, May 24, in San Diego:
1:30-4:30 pm Monthly “SAN DIEGO FOLK SONG SOCIETY MUSIC SESSION” at Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library, 9005 Aero Dr, San Diego.

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Sun, May 24, in downtown L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “WILDE THISTLE IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com

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Sun, May 24, in OC (Costa Mesa):
4 pm DAMNGIVERS, plus DEREK THOMAS, SKYLINE DRIVE, and THE FALLEN STARS, play the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa. If you’re ready for more after a day at Scotsfest (also in Costa Mesa), here ya go.
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Sun, May 24, in VC (Santa Paula):
4 pm BEVERLY SMITH & JOHN GRIMM bring old time music to the Deep End Ranch near Santa Paula. Reservations get directions from David Bunn david.bunn@mac.com

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Sun, May 24, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Sun, May 24, in West L.A.:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A. 90025. Info & location at www.songmakers.org or email WestLAHoot@Songmakers.org

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Sun, May 24, in Echo Park (L.A.):
5:30-9 pm Weekly “GRAND OLE ECHO” brings performances by roots-Americana, alt-country, trad-country (NOT Nashville pop country), and / or honky-tonk bands, at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-8200.
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This multi-artist FREE weekly series has returned for its spring through fall run. It’s always fun. Venue has a full bar and there’s usually a rudimentary bbq or food trucks out back.
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Sun, May 24, in Murietta:
Time tba Monthly “SHAMROCK IRISH JAM” at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.getshamrocked.com; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Sun, May 24, in Altadena:
7 pm BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS, with guest performer DAVID NAIDITCH on harmonica, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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L.A.'s hottest new acoustic band, Burning Heart Bluegrass is a group of seasoned musicians with nearly one hundred years of experience among them. This is the sound of authentic Bluegrass – no gimmicks, upgrades or additives. There is nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and doghouse bass for that bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass. Check them out at their new website, burningheartbluegrass.com.
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Sun, May 24, in San Diego Co (National City):
7:30 pm CHAD & JEREMY play the AMSD Concert series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.

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Sun, May 24, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations with music tonight.

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Sun, May 24, in Santa Monica:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly residency of authentic and original Irish music at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405. Note: this is one of TWO O’Brien’s locations and both usually have music Sunday nights.



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Monday’s CONCERTS & Arts Events
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Also check today’s FESTIVALS section:
The annual “TOPANGA DAYS FESTIVAL” is the only major music festival in Southern Cal that lasts through the whole holiday weekend, into today.
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Note that today features the annual big parade. Topanga's own beloved surf band FLATBED VINYL plays aboard the Topanga Lumber flatbed truck. The parade is great fun for all and free. The parade starts at Pine Tree Circle (across from Old Topanga Canyon Rd) at about 8:30 am on Memorial Day Monday, and goes along Topanga Boulevard to the Community House. Enjoy Topanga Days afterwards.
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Mon, May 25, in Santa Barbara:
1-3 pm “ART ALONG THE CREEK,” includes a full concert set by THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS, playing next to Rocky Nook Park, across the street from i madonnari in Santa Barbara. The ladies tell us, “And where we are playing there's more beautiful art exhibited by SCAPE. We are happy to be a part of the the creativity overflowing.”

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Mon, May 25, in Ventura:
7-10 pm SONGMAKERS twice-monthly “UKULELE AT THE E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY” Second & Fourth Mondays, at the E.P. Foster Library, 651 E Main St, Ventura. More at www.songmakers.org

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Mon, May 25, in Burbank:
7:30 pm THE BROMBIES play their weekly bluegrass residency at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444.

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Mon, May 25, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm Weekly “OPEN MIC” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; 818-766-9913.

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Mon, May 25, in SFV (Studio City):
8-11 pm Weekly “CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH CéILí DANCE and IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Mayflower Club, 4843 Laurel Canyon Bl, Studio City; 818-760-8322.
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Sat, May 23, in SFV (Northridge):
2 pm “OLD TIME FIDDLE / BANJO WORKSHOP” by RAFE & CLELIA STEFANINI presented by the Tiki Parlour House Concert series in Northridge. Reservations get directions by email to davidbragger@gmail.com

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Sun, May 24, in VC (Moorpark):
PATTI AMELOTTE begins her latest “HAMMERED DULCIMER GROUP CLASS” in Moorpark, for “Advanced Beginners.” Series runs May 24-June 14, on Sundays, from 10:30 am-Noon, in a private home in Moorpark. Call or email Patti for info: 310-995-7171 or patti@pattiamelotte.com



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7) FESTIVALS NEXT WEEKEND (May 30 & 31)
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Sat, May 30,
FESTIVAL,
in Claremont:
32nd Annual “CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL” brings performances by THE DAVID GRISMAN BLUEGRASS EXPERIENCE, BLIND BOY PAXTON, PERLA BATALLA, ROSS ALTMAN, and many more. Music and workshops begin at 10 am and it goes all day, and it’s a wonderful event in a delightful setting.
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• ON SALE TODAY.

• More FESTIVALS coming soon (THIS weekend and the following weekend are in their own sections, above). Some offer advance discounts, others will just sell-out.

• CONCERTS, etc., coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


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“CLASSICAL SIDE OF CUBAN MUSIC” is June 19 in the Mark Taper Forum, at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Cuban pianist Daniel Amat, accompanied by some of Los Angeles sought-after studio musicians, pays a tribute to some of Cuba’s most prolific composers featuring music from Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905), Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) and Israel Lopez “Cachao” (1918-2008). Tickets on sale May 22.



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MORE UPCOMING FESTIVALS
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Fri-Sun, Jun 12-14,
FESTIVAL,
in San Bernardino Co (Ontario):
Annual “HUCK FINN JUBILEE & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” features RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS, RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER, HOT RIZE, BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN, STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, and many others.
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http://huckfinn.com


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Sat, Aug 8, in downtown L.A.:
3-7 pm “BURGERS & BEER FESTIVAL” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Features Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bouchon Bistro, Grill 'Em All, Ledlow, Pono Burger and many more to come. Confirmed breweries include Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strand Brewing Company and many more to come.
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LA Weekly offers an exclusive presale / password opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
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Starts May 12, 10 am, ends May 17, 11:59 pm. Promo Code is BURGERMAIL BUY TICKETS
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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-21,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1. Full info, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


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UPCOMING CONCERTS
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All coming up, some SOON, many with advance discounts, others that’ll sell-out quickly.


“ANDRE & DORINE BY KULUNKA TEATRO” (Spain) runs May 21-June 7 at LATC. Andre & Dorine tells the story of an elderly couple and how they relive and reinvent their love together as Alzheimer’s becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 characters whose story is told through mask, and movement, with no spoken dialogue.

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CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “IMMEDIATE FAMILY” continuing through June 7 at the Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Race, sexuality and religion are on the menu as Modern Family meets Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in this “timely and important American play” (Chicago Tribune), directed by Tony Award ® winner Phylicia Rashad.

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LUNCHTIME CONCERTS series continues Thursday, May 28. Feed your soul with live music from L.A.-based artists on Grand Park’s performance lawn in downtown L.A. This season, Grand Park partners with the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts to preview greatness from the next generation.

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REDCAT PRESENTS: LARS JAN / EARLY MORNING OPERA: “THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe)” runs May 28-31 at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future.

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Fri, May 29, in SGV (Arcadia):
8 pm DAVID LEON BAND, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS: “MATILDA THE MUSICAL” running May 29-July 12 at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards ® , Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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8 pm "WEST COAST BLUES NIGHT" with performances by MIGHTY MOJO PROPHETS, HENRY CARVAJAL, and SAN PEDRO SLIM, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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“MARIACHI UNDER THE STARS: AN EVENING WITH GREGORIO LUKE” is May 30 at L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Join L.A. Plaza for an evening exploring mariachi music! Mariachi Under the Stars is a spectacular outdoor event that brings together a large format multimedia presentation by art expert Gregorio Luke and a live mariachi performance. Taking you on a journey through this vibrant music, Luke will showcase the work of mariachi legends, including Jorge Negrete, Javier Solis and Lucha Reyes, among others.

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“DANCE DOWNTOWN: SALSA” is a participatory event on June 5 on The Music Center Plaza, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Kick off the “Dance Downtown” season with salsa! Move and shake the night away under the starry skies with fellow Angelenos. No partners or experience necessary. Beginner lessons throughout the evening.

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NEXT ON GRAND: “AVAILABLE LIGHT” is June 5-6 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Music by John Adams, Dance by Lucinda Childs, Set by Frank Gehry 31 years after the extraordinary event opened the Temporary Contemporary (Geffen/MOCA), Available Light, in a brand new production, reunites the original creative team. Friday only: post-performance discussion with the creators! Co-presented by the LA Phil and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.

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“THE LOAD-IN,” a world premiere comedy and “HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL” selection, starts June 7 at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge, 1123 N Vine St, Hollywood 90038. World Premiere engagement of a new comedy, written and directed by David Svengalis. Produced by Mahoobla Productions. Original music by Nicole Marcus. 21+ show. Runs Sun, June 7, at 8 pm; Fri, June 12 at 4 pm; Sun, June 14 at 10 pm; Tue, June 16 at 8 pm; Fri, June 19 at 6 pm; & Sat, June 27 at 6 pm. Tix, $13. Reservations, 323- 455-4585. Online tix, www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2490

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L.A. OPERA PRESENTS: “DOG DAYS,” June 11-15 at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. A shocking reminder of contemporary opera's raw power, Dog Days blends classical vocalism with dark heavy metal influences to tell the story of a family caught in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. The work has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most exciting new operas of recent years.”

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EIFMAN BALLET OF ST. PETERSBURG – “RODIN” is June 12-14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Boris Eifman's popular St. Petersburg-based company returns to The Music Center for the latest of his signature dance-theatre pieces - Rodin. This full-length work explores the tragic nature of genius the life and creative work of the great sculptor Auguste Rodin and his apprentice, lover and muse, Camille Claudel.

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L.A. LAWYERS PHIL(harmonic) & LEGAL VOICES: “RHAPSODY IN BLUE & BROADWAY MUSICALS” on June 13 in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Founder-Conductor Gary S Greene, Esq. leads the LA Lawyers Philharmonic, Legal Voices & Big Band of Barristers’ 6th Annual Concert Extraordinaire featuring Rhapsody in Blue, Chichester Psalms and Broadway musicals. Actress June Lockhart; KFI’s Bill Handel; Choral Director Jim Raycroft.

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“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES-MASTER QUEST” is June 14 in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Master Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Master Quest is a never-before seen or heard multimedia concert experience that celebrates the beloved 29-year-old franchise.

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2015 “LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL” is June 17 in Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012. Info & tix, www.musiccenter.org. The Los Angeles International Music Festival presented by World Projects Corporation, affords top ensembles from around the world an opportunity to perform at this world class venue. This year’s concert Features ensembles from Serbia, Saipan and the United States.

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES play the El Rey Theatre in L.A. on June 18; doors at 7 pm. Tix, $45.

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JOHN FOGERTY's "1969" TOUR plays its only L.A. (and Southern Cal) date at the Hollywood Bowl, with trad-New Orleans keyboard wizard BOB MALONE, on July 15.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEWS EDITION: Bob Dylan performs Tuesday Night on TV; and other news

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This edition is all News (Quickies, with one feature story) and one exchange of letters from Music Legends...

1) DAVID LETTERMAN & BOB DYLAN

2) Our Feature Story:
WHAT IN TH' WORLD IS UP WITH "COUNTRY"-?

3) 2015 "MUSIC LEGEND" HONOREE THANKS ALL WHO WERE THERE FOR THE PRESENTATION

4) MUSIC LEGEND WINNERS EXCHANGE LETTERS

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DAVID LETTERMAN & BOB DYLAN

It's nearly over, and worth savoring 'til the end. David Letterman's second-to-last show is tonight. And Dave's musical guest is Bob Dylan. It's not just a big treat and a rare tv gig for Dylan. It's appropriate. Both Jay Leno and David Letterman always had room for folk-americana music performances and guest spots for artists who were releasing new records in "our" genre.

Since Leno left, Jimmy Kimmel and the current NBC regime have taken another ddiirection, one more akin with Saturday Night Live's musical sensibilities. As we expected and reported in advance, here in the Guide.

David Letterman genuinely likes our kind of music. It's anybody's guess where Stephen Colbert will take the CBS show when he grabs the reins this fall, and politics will be even crazier than now. So enjoy the tuneful last tango tonight.

Wednesday night's "Late Show with David Letterman" finale will be a retrospective in a series of clips and drop-in visits, similar to the prime-time farewell aired a couple weeks ago.

Beyond our notes in the Guide, newspapers and all those "inside entertainment" shows have been filled with commentary, some correctly reporting the end of an era, the last genuine connection with Johnny Carson, and more.

Here's a link to one we particularly like, from the Toronto Star:

"So Long, Letterman. Late Night Will Never Be the Same."

http://m.thestar.com/#/article/entertainment/television/2015/05/18/so-long-letterman-late-night-will-never-be-the-same.html?referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2F


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Our Feature Story...
UPDATED 11:38 pm, May 19th.

WHAT IN TH' WORLD IS UP WITH "COUNTRY"-?

You may know Mark Islam. He is a knowledgeable and well-connected singer-songwriter who produces and hosts a monthly all-acoustic recording artist showcase for charity called "Grassroots Acoustica."

Yesterday, Mark noted:

"In the past couple of weeks, an article about guitar solos being edited-out of country radio has popped up a lot in my news feed.

"Know what else has been edited-out of country radio? Female artists.

"Just forced myself to listen to contemporary country radio on an 8-hour roundtrip roadtrip between Nashville and Atlanta. Only heard three women artists through the entire trip - Gloriana, Kelsea Ballerini, and another girl singer I couldn't identify, who wasn't back-announced. I think that's a bigger story."

Only two of the songs in the current Billboard Top 25 Country chart are by female performers, plus one by a band with a female singer.

Mark Islam tells us, "Here's the [link to this] week's Hot Country Songs chart from Billboard that shows what I heard on my road. I didn't hear 'Girl Crush' once though, which tops this chart."

http://www.billboard.com/charts/country-songs?mobile_redirection=false

Mark drew a lot of comments, including these:

Allison MacLeod's response was typical of many. She said, "I think so too! Thank you - sharing!"

Karissa Noel responded, "Whoa, that's crazy! What about Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood? No Martina or Reba? Booooooo."

There wasn't complete agreement. Steven Neal Wagner said, "The station I listened to in Alabama played a lot of Lady A, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. Seems every time I turned it on, I heard 'Little Red Wagon.'"

We found the comment from Chris Elliott to be accurate and revealing. He wrote, "There are also very precise structure conventions that are difficult for a contemporary country songwriter to diverge from and still maintain label interest. Lots wrong in Nashville. It is a heavily managed music platform."

Mike Webber added, "What an awful contrast from that '90s window when women were making just about the only Country music worth hearing that was getting mainstream airplay. Loveless, Mattea, Yearwood, Berg, Bogguss and you could still hear Emmylou.

"So, has Kacey Musgraves been Dixie Chick'd now for writing songs sympathetic to equal rights?"

Joyce-Marie Morrin could have been speaking for us, editorially, when she added, "It's really hard for me to listen to country music for any length of time any more, no matter who's singing it. It's all sounding very familiar and the same, very formula-driven, same instrumentation, and it's really way too repetitive. Nothing to really blink at 'cause by now you've heard it all before. I think country music is in a slump which can only lead to reinvention and that means inspiration and creativity born anew.

"Someone is gonna break down the barriers, color outside the lines, and boldly go where country music has not gone before, or revert back to the roots, ground level and sprout anew! Because... their idenity with music may have influences of country, but creatively they are originals! Like Buddy and Julie Miller. To that I say break the mold!"

Joyce-Marie Morrin noted how much of what would have been embraced by the country genre is now Americana music. She wrote, "... Emmylou Harris and Randy Crowell have a new cd that just debuted and entered the Americana charts at number 29. Impressive, and I am curious what their new menu of tunes sound like in today's music market."

Tom Tom Slocum asserts, "Real Country Music has been dead for a long time. Honest Country Music lives on in Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Asleep at The Wheel, etc."

Sue Lopez brought an interesting take, saying, "My theory is that Nashville has turned into L.A., L.A. has turned into New York, and New York is still New York."

Doreen Onuski said, "Mark Islam, I was kinda hoping Britt Ronstadt was gonna help this country music issue out. We know she's not happy about where country music is today!"

David Weingast took Mark's point and adfef more to complete it. David write, "...and all the other songs were about beer, and trucks and god and football, and just after the solo break the song gets all real-quiet for half a verse, THEN explodes to the finale. Mainstream country music has NEVER ever before been so god awful."

We found the discussion that Mark started to be worthy of thought and a challenge to our readers to listen to country radio to see if his experience seems to hold true -- for those who can stand to subject themselves to it. We can't. Sorry, Nashvulle. We've tried. We can't do it. It'll send us into the streets, screaming.

Beyond that? Chris Elliott nailed a big part of what today's country music has become.

David Weingast's characterization only omits a few things:

• the obligatory weeping fiddle passage in every song - because weeping fiddle is the only kind allowed, and

• "thet fahke Nashvuule ack-scent" what don't eek-sist nowhar 'cept in a siix block stretcha Muuuusic Row, and

• that stock song theme of the guy whose wife left him after they caught each other cheating, and she took his pickup truck and ran over the dog backing out of the driveway, and damn(!) he sure does miss that dog and that truck.

Mark, good for you for calling attention to this new sexist exclusion, whether it's regional or national.

In the end? Perhaps Steven Neal Wagner is right: "Give it another eight hours."


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2015 "MUSIC LEGEND" HONOREE THANKS ALL WHO WERE THERE FOR THE PRESENTATION

The Guide's founding editor, Lawrence Wines, received honors as this year's Music Legend Award recipient on Sunday, joining Grammy winners, icons, and role models who are the previous honorees.

The presentation, and Lawrence's acceptance speech, came at the 55th annual "TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL" Southern California's longest-running annual roots-americana music event, held at Paramount Ranch, the famous home of countless western movies, run by the National Park Service.

Lawrence noted,"If you're getting a big award? Forget the Staples Center or the Hollywood Bowl. You want to get it where the National Park Service runs things, because WHAT could be cooler than THAT?!"

Most of his speech, delivered to a large part of the 12,000 people at the event, was about the power of music to inspire people across all ages and the critical importance of restoring music education.

A video of the speech should be forthcoming. We'll let you know when it posts.

In the meantime, Lawrence says, "Thanks to all who made it a point to be there. It SURE WAS fun, wasn't it?"


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MUSIC LEGEND WINNERS EXCHANGE LETTERS

ROSS ALTMAN wrote:

Dear Larry,

Topanga has honored itself by choosing you as their Music Legend Award Winner for 2015. You have always been a legend to me--no one pours as much passion, love, talent and craft into the celebration of folk music and live performance as you do--week in and week out, come hell or high water, in good times and bad, in sickness and in health. You have faced down every obstacle and challenge and keep Acoustic Americana going to promote the general welfare of working musicians throughout Southern California.

Every show an artist gives draws appreciably and measurably more people in attendance thanks to your inestimable efforts and the enthusiasm you bring to everyone who is proud to be included in your Calendar. There is no better publicity one could ask or hope for than one of your glowing tributes that you take it upon yourself to write in addition to listing all the basic information of an upcoming show, concert or program.

Thank you so much and I will be cheering in person when you are presented with this most well deserved award. You have been a wonderful friend and one of the people whose shared love of folk music makes me feel that I have devoted my life to something worthwhile. No one can stay committed to this calling alone; it's a community effort, every step of the way, and you are truly a community leader. I am so glad you are getting this recognition. No one has deserved it more.

Warmest Regards,

Ross
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Larry's reply to Ross Altman:

Wow. Just as I am getting past the surprise that came from the Topanga organization that they had chosen me for this wonderful honor, along comes Brother Ross with words of tribute to humble me yet again.

I celebrated when you were the year's Music Legend, because you already were and always will be to all of us who have been privileged to attend any of your many finely crafted historical / tribute shows, or to enjoy a set of your originals mixed with folk classics.

I will add the promise of your presence to why I am giddy about the festivities on Sunday!

Best,
Larry

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Remembering B.B. KING, 1925-2015

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REMEMBERING B.B. KING, 1925-2015

B.B. KING died, at the age of 89, in his sleep early Friday morning. The tributes and remembrances began pouring in. ERIC CLAPTON posted a video that centered-on "Thank you" for the music and enduring influence, when much of classic blues might otherwise have been lost. PRESIDENT OBAMA, for whom B.B. performed in the White House, issued a thoughtful statement.

DIONNE WARWICK, PATTI LaBELLE, GLADYS KNIGHT, and JOE BONNAMASSA were guests on MSNBC's "Politics Nation." Joe was only 12 years old when he first opened for B.B.

GLADYS KNIGHT recalled being on the road with her sisters at a young age, and "Uncle B.B." appearing at her shows, whether or not he was on the bill, and generally providing professional and personal guidance (and ratting-out the girls to their mother if they were doing anything they shouldn't).

It's very worth looking for that segment on YouTube or the MSNBC site, though it wasn't up when we posted this.

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See THURSDAY's edition for this weekend's FESTIVALS, and the HUGE music honor for the Guide's founding editor.

See TUESDAY's edition for the latest CD releases (3 of 'em) and a book that also hit the streets Tuesday.

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SEE YOU at the 55th annual "TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL this Sunday!

Full details at www.topangabanjofiddle.org -- and remember to click the "Music Legend" tab!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Major Honors for the Guide’s Founding Editor, and this weekend’s Big FESTIVALS

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Sure, there’s a lot going on out there. But sometimes you just need to celebrate when one of your own makes good.

Of course, you can still see Tuesday’s edition for the write-ups on THREE new CDs and a new book that all hit the streets that day.

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Guide to this edition…

1) 2015 “MUSIC LEGEND” AWARD: AND THE WINNER IS…
• The Guide’s editor, LAWRENCE WINES, 2015 “MUSIC LEGEND” AWARD DESIGNEE!

2) FESTIVALS THIS COMING WEEKEND (Starting Tonight!)
• "10th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL" (May 14-16).
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• “DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL” (May 16 & 17)
• “THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” (Sat & Sun, through May 17).

3) TICKET ALERTS…
• NEWLY ON SALE THIS WEEK.
• More FESTIVALS – some of what’s coming after this weekend, some with advance discounts.
• CONCERTS & arts events coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


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• The Guide’s editor, LAWRENCE WINES, the 2015 “MUSIC LEGEND” AWARD DESIGNEE!

Everyone associated with the Acoustic Americana Music Guide adds our congratulations to all those already received by email, and to those that will come at the award presentation. We hope you will join us THIS SUNDAY, May 17, at the Topanga Banjo•Contest & Folk Festival at the historic Paramount Ranch (home of countless western movies), operated by the National Park Service, in Agoura Hills, California. (Festival links and details follow in this edition’s next next section.)

Here’s the nice biography, from the TBFC organization’s website, that accompanies the honor and Sunday’s presentation:

LAWRENCE WINES is a longtime photojournalist, consultant to artists and the music industry, and events producer. His "Acoustic Americana Music Guide" has actively promoted thousands of individual artists, bands, tours, and festivals, including Topanga, throughout California and beyond for over 12 years. Reporting “inside music” news, it’s even a "go-to" source for other journalists.

He’s acclaimed for teaching artists how to have successful experiences with the media, a key to getting traction.

He created and hosted the weekly 4-hour broadcast/simulcast radio show "Tied to the Tracks," a multiple-award winner honored among the "Best of L.A.” winners in Los Angeles magazine. Its live interviews, performances and on-air music collaborations featured artists playing upcoming festivals, including TBFC, the Irish Faire, Cowboy Festivals, Cajun & Blues Fests, Huck Finn, Stagecoach, Live Oak, and more. Guest artists played live and talked about a festival or concert before it happened, building its audience.

He pioneered the now familiar terms "acoustic americana" and “acoustic renaissance” back in the 1990s, broadening the genre to bridge gaps between traditional Folk, Americana and younger contemporary acoustic artists, growing the audience appeal for related kinds of music.

As a photojournalist, Lawrence has convinced hardboiled editors to let him cover folk-americana and traditional music and musicians. He’s out there for online and print outlets, promoting, attending and reporting on festivals and music conferences, large and small. He’s met and interviewed iconic figures, and was writing about great bands before they gained fame, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, Hot Club of Cowtown, and many more.

He was one of the first journalists to promote Folk Alliance and actually attend and cover it. When the FAR-West Conference came to Woodland Hills, he devoted his entire four-hour radio show to live performances by its artists from all over, gaining exposure for the music and touring / performing artists.

Here at Topanga, he has been an emcee for many years. He says, “Music Legend honoree! All these trailblazers and mentors. People with passion and devotion. Grammy winners. Howard and Roz’s ‘FolkScene.’ My fellow writers at ‘FolkWorks.’ Social justice musician Ross Altman. Grammy winner Richard Greene. Beth Lomax Hawes, whose own Smithsonian music work continued her famous family’s legacy. Sam Hinton and his Library of Congress recordings. Scottish fiddler Jan Tappan, last year’s honoree. Bluegrass pioneer Peter Feldmann. Elaine and Clark, so essential in spreading traditional music in California. Devoted music presenters and guiding lights Bob Stane and Russ and Julie. All the way back to the ones I never knew – Mel Durham, who launched the Old Time Fiddlers, and Dorian and Dalia Keyser, who all of us owe for making Topanga a great event. So many great folks! Such an honor. And now ME?! Wow!”

There’s more that music folks don’t know. He’s climbed mountains, rock and ice walls by new routes, and even frozen waterfalls. He recently completed a “30-states-in-30-days” train odyssey around America. He's restored and run steam locomotives, founded historic preservation projects, and conceived and hosted the first-ever reunion of the crews of the two Freedom Trains – the Bicentennial train from 1975-76 and the original postwar train from 1947-49 that first broke the color barrier in the South (the reunion featured trips on a steam train and a paddlewheel steamboat). He's taught in classrooms, studios and the wilderness, designed and built museum exhibits and authored educational, visitor, and interpretive plans for museums. He’s been involved in progressive politics, chairing the Democratic Coalition, co-founding Latinos for Social Justice, and editing the journal, “Democritus.” He’s written engineering standards, developed industrial processes, and done proposals for industries chasing multi-million dollar contracts. He’s done field geology and investigated ancient trees and climate.

Now, he’s immersed in preserving the only habitat of a critically endangered species in a single and quite beautiful mountain complex where all is slated to be destroyed by surface mining – "gone completely, natural rock arches, scenic beauty, species' habitat, and all. Erased from the face of the Earth and the mind of humankind." Not if he can help it.

You can contact Lawrence about music, music promotion, or pretty much anything else at:
tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com

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Full info on the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival is at:

www.topangabanjofiddle.org


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2) FESTIVALS THIS COMING WEEKEND
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• "10th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL" (May 14-16).
• TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL (May 17).
• “DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL” (May 16 & 17)
• “THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” (Sat & Sun, through May 17).

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Saturday and / or Sunday,
May 16 & 17
(one starts THURSDAY night)
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Thu-Sat, May 14-16,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
"10th Ever LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL" is Southern California's trademark event for old-time music (essentially, that's pre-bluegrass stringband and vocal music, and it tends to be raucous, danceable, and a whole lot of fun). The event brings evening concerts and dances and a full day on Saturday with workshops and other events.
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Thursday, May 14, at 8 pm, the OLD TIME SOCIAL has a night of music and dancing with Tom Sauber and Tom Carter, Sausage Grinder, and Mr. Joe Fontenot, for the weekly “Honky Tonk Hacienda” series at El Cid Restaurant, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles 90029; 323-668-0318.
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Friday, May 15, at 8 pm, the OLD TIME SOCIAL moves for its concert, bringing the Happy Neighbor Club, The Gallus Brothers, Beverly Smith & John Grimm, and Riley Baugus, Sabra Guzman & The Stuart Brothers, for the big show at the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W 24th St, Los Angeles 90007.
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Saturday, beginning at 11 am, events move to the American Legion Hall Post #206, 227 N Avenue 55, Highland Park 90042. Workshops include: Fiddle/Banjo Duets with Travis and Trevor Stuart, OldTime Guitar with Beverly Smith, Early Italian Mandolin/Guitar with Paul Rangell, OldTime Fiddle and Bowing with David Bragger, Buck Dancing with Ruth Alpert and Rebecca Stout, Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing with Charmaine Slaven, Square Dance Calling with Susan Michaels and Charmaine Slaven, Banjo and Fiddle—Lucas Hicks & Devin Champlin, Harmony Singing with Sabra Guzman and Kelly Marie Martin.
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The OLD TIME SOCIAL has become THE KICKOFF event for the annual TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL on Sunday (May 17), giving you two nights and two full days of delightful music in Southern California.

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Featured Event…
TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL, May 17
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Sun, May 17,
FESTIVAL,
in Agoura Hills:
9 am-6 pm 55th annual “TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL” at Paramount Ranch, the historic old western town movie set run by the National Park Service, at 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills 91301; info, 818-382-4819; www.topangabanjofiddle.org.
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This year brings a very special honor...
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LAWRENCE WINES, the Guide's founding editor, will receive the 2015 "MUSIC LEGEND" award in a Main Stage ceremony. Info on the award and the honoree, at:
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http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org/legend_award.html
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The Festival’s performances, contests, food, etc...
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There are multiple stages that all vie for your attention. This year brings performances by T-SISTERS, MOLLY’S REVENGE, DUSTBOWL REVIVAL, BLUEGRASS HOPPERS, HOLLOW TREES, SCOTTISH FIDDLERS, REBECCA LOMNICKY & DAVID BREWER, ROSS ALTMAN, MIKE MAHANEY’S COWBOY CORRAL, ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS, and many more, plus the instrument, band, and vocal contests, AND the “Music Legend” award presentation(!)
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THE MAIN STAGE: Over 100 instrumental and singing contestants, plus performances by The T Sisters, Molly’s Revenge, Dustbowl Revival and the Bluegrass Hoppers.
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DANCE BARN: Band Playoffs, Clogging, Ceilidh, Square and Contra Dancing - with all live music by Bees Knees, and others.
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PAVILION STAGE: Beginning Instrument Competitions, Best of the L.A. Old-Time Social, Rockyneck Bluegrass and Mike Mahaney’s Cowboy Music & Poetry.
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RAILROAD STAGE: Traditional Singing Playoffs, Fiddle Playoffs and other artists TBA.
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EUCALYPTUS GROVE: this year brings new, expanded programs in the grove. Besides the long-running Kid’s Programs and youth-oriented music, there will be organized jams and sing-alongs, beginning at 11 am with The Hollow Trees, the Scottish Fiddlers of L.A., and more.
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Also returning: the ever-popular Arts & Crafts for young children.
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This year brings a new Clogging Workshop.
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JAM WITH YOUR FRIENDS: On Western movie sets and mountain locations - banjos, fiddles, guitars, basses, mandolins, whatever - bring your instruments and play along with other jamming musicians.
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FOLK ART BOOTHS AND VENDOR WARES: Weaving, ceramics, metal craft, leather craft, jewelry, needlework, painting, instruments, straw hats, and more.
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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ACTIVITIES: Environmental and public service booths provide information and displays of national, state, and local parks, hiking trails, volunteer organizations, environmental groups and native plants. Come see ”L.A.’s National Park!“
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TICKETS: Advanced tickets available on the TBFC site at a DISCOUNT. Tickets also available at the gate on the day of the event. Online ticket prices are deeply discounted, $15 for ages 18-64, $10 for ages 10-17 or over age 65. No charge for children under 10. At the gate, tix are $20 adults, $15 kids and seniors.
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FOOD: you can bring your own picnic, or buy from vendors on site (there's always good food at this festival).
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PARKING: FREE parking for everyone, plus a HANDICAPPED parking lot for those who need it, and shuttle bus service from the parking lots to the main gate. (If you drive your motor home, note that no generators are allowed in the parking area.)
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DIRECTIONS: Take the (101) Ventura Freeway to Kanan Road offramp in Agoura Hills, California. Head south towards the ocean 1/4 mile to Cornell Rd. Turn left on Cornell Rd and continue 2 1/2 miles to the entrance of Paramount Ranch. Signs are posted along the way. There's a "Maps and Directions" page on the TBFC website with more information.
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CAMPING: Paramount Ranch has no camping facilities. However, Malibu Creek State Park has overnight camping in Malibu Canyon. Reserve sites at 818-880-0365.
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Sponsored by the non-profit Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, Inc. in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.
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Discount tix and full info at:
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www.topangabanjofiddle.org

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Sat & Sun, May 16 & 17,
FESTIVAL, in OC (Dana Point):
Annual “DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL” with performances by Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers, Boz Scaggs, Beth Hart, The Mavericks, Dave & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, and many more, at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point 92629.

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Ongoing, weekends,
FESTIVAL,
through May 17:
10 am-7 pm “THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” runs Saturdays & Sundays from April 4-May 17, 2015 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale.
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There is wonderful music here. Some we know:
• Jerry Wheeler plays hammered dulcimers, “very casually at the Ren. Faire.”
• Glenn Morgan plays solo on hammered dulcimer, doing “ancient & traditional tunes;” info, www.glennmorgandulcimers.com
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Tickets & Faire info at www.renfair.com/socal



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• NEWLY ON SALE THIS WEEK.

• FESTIVALS after this coming weekend (THIS weekend is in its own section, above).
Some offer advance discounts, others will just sell-out.

• CONCERTS, etc., coming up, some with advance discounts, others that’ll just sell-out.


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Sat, Aug 8, in downtown L.A.:
3-7 pm “BURGERS & BEER FESTIVAL” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Features Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bouchon Bistro, Grill 'Em All, Ledlow, Pono Burger and many more to come. Confirmed breweries include Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strand Brewing Company and many more to come.
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LA Weekly offers an exclusive presale / password opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
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Starts May 12, 10 am, ends May 17, 11:59 pm. Promo Code is BURGERMAIL BUY TICKETS
(Public on-sale is May 18 at 10 am.)



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All coming up, some SOON, many with advance discounts, others that’ll sell-out quickly.

Sat & Sun, May 23-24,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Simi Valley):
26th annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN, BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley 93063; www.simicajun.org
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There are two stages, each with a full arena sound package, each with a portable wood dance floor, plus great food vendors and plenty of Louisiana bayou culture. This well-run festival benefits a long list of local charities.
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The Guide will bring you a feature story on the Simi event in the next few days.

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Sep 18-21,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1. Full info, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


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All coming up, some SOON, many with advance discounts, others that’ll sell-out quickly.

LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages on September 19. Password-presale tix became available Thu, May 7, 10 am-10 pm. Password: BALAS at
http://m.ticketmaster.com/venue/90160

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May 21, in L.A.:
7:30 pm IBRAHIM MAALOUF plays Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in L.A.
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From Sting, via Disiz la Peste, Mathieu Chedid, Amadou & Mariam and Vanessa Paradis, trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has long been one of the most sought-after musicians to accompany famous artists in a wide variety of styles, not only in the studios but also on stage.
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“To mark the 40th anniversary of the loss of Arabic diva Umm Kulthum (Oum Kalthoum), I had a strong desire to cover one of her most successful songs, ‘Alf Leila wa Leila’ (One Thousand and One Nights), undoubtedly her greatest hit, is far more popular and richer in folklore. This piece is [an] all-time classic that is celebrated across the Arab world, and yet it remains virtually unknown in the rest of the world. So this was an opportunity for me to present this symphonic masterpiece which celebrate the voice of the Arab world’s most popular singer.” - IBRAHIM MAALOUF.
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Performing with Frank Woeste (piano), Mark Turner (saxophone), Ira Coleman (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).
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Tix sales began Fri, May 1, at 10 am, at:
https://www.vendini.com/ticketLine/ITL/?m=241d6077b39728479d58e072170e1c6f&t=tix&theme=mobile

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Jun 18, in L.A.:
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES play the El Rey Theatre in L.A.; doors at 7 pm. Tix, $45, went on sale Fri, May 1, at 10 am at the usual places.

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