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Thursday, June 30, 2016

When Woody Guthrie stood up to the Trump empire... June 30th special edition, 2016

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Here's a single-story special edition. The June 28th edition has multiple topics, news, and events. This is about one thing. A voice from the past improbably speaking now. The power and enduring reach and relevance of American Folk Music. Enjoy.


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WOODY GUTHRIE HATED TRUMP? WHAAAA?!


Holeeee-moleee. A song named "Old Man Trump" written by WOODY GUTHRIE about his landlord, Donald Trump's father, Fred. Never recorded by Woody. But recorded now, and played on "Democracy Now" on June 30th.


Music video by The Missin' Cousins at:

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

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There are several "latest" full stories out today, June 30th, on how this came about — starting with the fact that Woody knew real estate mogul Donald's real estate mogul father Fred Trump. And that Woody found him so reprehensible that he warranted a song. And how that song, though never recorded, was rediscovered, in time to resonate in our time.
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Now, a comment is in order here. It is this:

Is it fair to talk disparagingly about someone in terms of their father? We answer that we are applying Donald Trump's own standard. It was he who pulled a stuffed rabbit out of a hat with his claim that rival Ted Cruz's father was an unindicted co-conspirator involved in the assassination of JFK. Trump never produced a shred of evidence for that. But Woody's own lyrics have been produced for this. And Donald's life has been all about building on his father's empire and making a big deal out of being a more profitable cutthroat than the old man. Than Old Man Trump.
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Here's the url from today's story (June 30th) in The Guardian newspaper. (Provided so you can find and explore the embedded links where the story originally appears). The full text of that story is below, here on our site, with additional resources.
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https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/30/old-man-trump-tom-morello-ani-difranco-woody-guthrie
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Old Man Trump: Tom Morello gives new life to Woody Guthrie's protest song

• Three artists are finishing and producing Guthrie’s song criticizing Donald Trump’s father and reflecting on race – a very current topic in his campaign

Ciara McCarthy in New York

More than 60 years ago, Woody Guthrie bemoaned his landlord –Donald Trump’s father,Fred Trump –in unrecorded song lyrics. Now a group of artists has turned his writing into a modern protest song as Trump’s son Donald continues his candidacy for US president.

Three artists have collaborated to finish and produce Old Man Trump, Guthrie’s song inspired by Fred Trump. The track,which had never been previously recorded,was released last week by Firebrand Records just months after the lyrics were re-discovered and publicized. Old Man Trump was recorded by riot folk singer Ryan Harvey with Ani DiFranco and guitarist Tom Morello.

“You’ve got Donald Trump talking about making America great again ... and so here’s Woody Guthrie,one of the definers of American history, coming out after his death and saying ‘No,it wasn’t a great era and in fact your father was part of the problem,’” Harvey said.

Guthrie,a pillar of American protest music most famous for the alternative national anthem This Land Is Your Land,signed his Brooklyn lease with Trump senior as his landlord in 1950. The real estate developer inspired song lyrics and other writings,whose existence and relevance remained forgotten until recently.

In January,Will Kaufman,a Guthrie expert and professor at the University of Central Lancashire, brought to light Guthrie’s impassioned writings about Trump. Kaufman said he found the Guthrie’s writings before Donald Trump had announced his candidacy while doing research for an upcoming book about Guthrie. After Kaufman re-publicized Guthrie’s writings, Harvey began looking to record the song for the first time because of the lyrics’ enduring relevance,he said.

“It’s about how stuff was racist in the 50s and how stuff is racist now,” Harvey said of the song. “This is a modern song that just happened to be written in the past.” Harvey found enthusiastic collaborators looking to stand against the “politics of hate”.

In a video introduction to the song, guitarist Morello implores listeners to “stand up” against Trump.

(That video is online at:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-tom-morello-liken-trump-to-frat-house-rapist-20160622 )

“When it comes to race relations, he’s like an old-school segregationist. When it comes to foreign policy,he’s like an old-school napalmist. When it comes to women’s issues,he’s like a frat-house rapist,” Morello says in the video. “So let’s not elect that guy.”

The elder Trump was Guthrie’s landlord for two years in the 1950s. The public housing complex,named Beach Haven,was built near Coney Island and almost exclusively housed white tenants. (Kaufman described the neighborhood as “lily-white”.) Trump,who built Beach Haven using federal loans,made significant profits from the project.

In 1954,after Guthrie had already moved out,Trump was the subject of a federal investigation for overstating the cost of developing Beach Haven and pocketing the $3.7m difference. A Village Voice investigative series published in 1979 looked at the Trumps’ real estate empire,including the cases brought by the US justice department alleging “racially discriminatory conduct by Trump agents”.

Guthrie’s writings focus in particular on the racial segregation within the housing complex: “I suppose/Old Man Trump knows/Just how much/Racial Hate/he stirred up/In the bloodpot of human hearts/When he drawed/That color line/Here at his/1800 family project”.

Guthrie penned Old Man Trump at a time when he was thinking deeply about race and segregation in the US,Kaufman said. In a letter to his friend activist Stetson Kennedy, Guthrie described the Beach Haven complexas a “JimCrow [sic] town”.

“His landlord Fred Trump is in essence the mayor of ‘JimCrow town’,this segregated town,” Kaufman explained. Guthrie lived in Beach Haven for two years until his wife broke the lease with Trump when Guthrie became increasingly ill after being diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. Kaufman said he returned to Guthrie’s writings on Fred Trump as Donald Trump began to discuss race on the campaign trail. Trump has proposed banning all Muslims from the US and said an Indiana-born federal judge was biased because of his Mexican heritage.

“I think it is really important that Woody is speaking to us from beyond the grave now,” Kaufman said.
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There's more:

Woody Guthrie, 'Old Man Trump' and a real estate empire's racist ... The Conversation  woody-guthrie-o Mobile-friendly - Jan 21, 2016 - In the 1950s, Woody Guthrie lived in one of Fred Trump's buildings. ... He had written songs such as “The Ferguson Brothers Killing,” which condemned ... 'Old Man Trump's' color line.

Woody Guthrie wrote a song about 'Old Man Trump' - San Francisco ... www.sfchronicle.com  garchik art Mobile-friendly - 4 days ago - If you're wondering about the current relevance of Woody Guthrie, just think of the music you already ...

Woody Guthrie wrote some moving lyrics about Donald Trump's ... New Republic  minutes  woody-gu Mobile-friendly - Writing in Raw Story, Kaufman quotes some song lyrics Guthrie wrote to denounce “old man Trump”: I suppose.

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Old Man Trump: Tom Morello gives new life to Woody Guthrie's protest song The Guardian -  1 hour ago

Woody Guthrie Wrote of His Contempt for His Landlord, Donald ... The New York Times  2016/01/25  Mobile-friendly - Jan 25, 2016 - Mr. Guthrie, in writings uncovered by a scholar working on a book, invoked “Old Man Trump” while ...

The unbelievable story of why Woody Guthrie hated Donald Trump's ... Washington Post  news 2016/01/Mobile-friendly - Jan 22, 2016 -Woody Guthrie, folk singer supreme, is known for the magisterial portraits he ... Old Man Trump knows

Woody Guthrie Wrote Angry Songs About Donald Trump's Dad | TIME Time Magazine  woody-guthrie-don Mobile-friendly - Jan 21, 2016 - In his notebooks, Guthrie wrote: I suppose. Old Man Trump knows. Just how much. Racial Hate.

'Ain't Got No Home': Why Woody Guthrie Despised Donald Trump's ... NPR  2016/01/22  aint-got-no-hom Mobile-friendly - Jan 22, 2016 - ... has discovered unpublished lyrics by Woody Guthrie, in which the folk singer denounced Fred Trump, Donald's father. ... into a protest song against the man he called old man Trump.

Woody Guthrie Loathed His Racist Landlord: Donald Trump's Father Huffington Post  entry woody-gut Mobile-friendly - Jan 21, 2016 - "I suppose Old Man Trump knows just how much Racial Hate he stirred up." ... Guthrie had written that white supremacists like the Trumps were “way ahead of God” because. God dont ...

Woody Guthrie wrote lyrics against the Trump family in the 1950s ... The Independent uk  ...  America Mobile-friendly - Feb 1, 2016 - Woody Guthrie, writer of the classic 'This Land is Your Land' and widely ... Old Man Trump knows.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weeknight Music & Beyond, plus NEWS, as June becomes July... 2016

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Plenty this week to keep you tunefully out of the heat. Plus time to jump on some tickets, and word about a couple of films. Stay cool, evvabuddy.

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"There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another."
— Emma Goldman, social activist (27 June 1869-1940).


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In this edition...

1)  GERRY FROM "DAMNGIVERS" SOLO ACOUSTIC TUESDAY IN SUNSET BEACH

2)  WINE & SONG FEATURING ANNA TIVEL AND JEFFREY MARTIN IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

3)  ANDY & RENEE, LEADERS OF AWARD-WINNING "HARD RAIN," PLAY ALL-ACOUSTIC REDONDO HOUSE CONCERT ON WEDNESDAY

4)  GOOD SHOWS, VARIOUS VENUES...

5)  BERKLEE ONLINE TERM STARTS THIS WEEK

6)  STAYING IN, STAYING COOL: FEATURE FILM REVIEW

7)  "EAT, SEE, HEAR" PRESENTS AN OUTDOOR MOVIE AT THE AUTRY, SATURDAY, JULY 2nd

8)  NASHVILLE WOMEN'S MUSIC ORGANIZATION SHOWCASES DIGITAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR

9)  "ODE TO JOY" / BEETHOVEN'S 9TH, HEADLINE PACIFIC SYMPHONY'S "MUSIC FOR HOPE," JULY 23rd

10)  ENOUGH POLITICAL MUD-WALLOWING: LET'S GET FOCUSED ON A MEANINGFUL FUTURE

11)  GET YOUR FREE MARS POSTERS! (NASA WAS LISTENING!)


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GERRY FROM "DAMNGIVERS" SOLO ACOUSTIC TUESDAY IN SUNSET BEACH


Oh, cool by the ocean. Acoustic, by an artist you know from a great Americana band.

It's Gerry playing "Schooner at Sunset," Tuesday evening at 8 pm. Free with a ticket we'll give you.

Schooner is located at 16821 Sunset Bl, Sunset Beach.

Gerry tells us, "I'll be performing solo acoustic stuff with a few other songwriters in Sunset Beach at the 'Songwriters at Sunset' get together. Join Jim Quealy, Mouhammed Bassaj, Gil Mosard, and myself for a 'gunslingers songwriters in the round' shootout."

He adds, "Starts at 8. Food is great. Stage is great. You being there is great!"

*** EMAIL THE GUIDE FOR A FREE TICKET: IT'LL SAVE YOU THE TEN BUCKS COVER!

( tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com)
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Next Damngivers full band show will be August 6 at EB's Wine & Beer Garden at the L.A. Farmer's Market, across from The Grove.

Stay on the lookout for Mark & Gerry's acoustic performance on Christopher Lockett's "LIVE at Lockett's," coming soon.


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WINE & SONG FEATURING ANNA TIVEL AND JEFFREY MARTIN IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29


This midweek series has moved around the Pasadens area a bit, and it's well worth following. Wednesday, June 29, 7 to 10 pm,  it's at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena 91030.

Performing host Brad Colerick tells the Guide, "Riviting songstress and fiddler Anna Tivel will be back with us this week. A nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, she was a winner at this year's Kerrville Folk Festival 'New Folk' competition. She will have you on the edge of your seat to hear her every word."

Brad adds, "First time 'Wine & Song' guest Jeffrey Martin will be with us also. He is a seasoned writer and performer way beyond his years. This will be a very, very special evening for sure. The fun starts at 7 pm."

$15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and a full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30 pm. Go early and join Brad and Gary Pia for golf — or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. Takes about an hour and 15 minutes for 9 holes. Brad says, "We tee off at 5 pm. See you in the Arroyo!"

Brad adds, "Please show your support for our sponsor, The Fretted Frog Guitar Shop at 1414 W Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Tell them Brad from Wine & Song sent you and get a 10% discount on accessories."


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ANDY & RENEE, LEADERS OF AWARD-WINNING "HARD RAIN," PLAY ALL-ACOUSTIC REDONDO HOUSE CONCERT ON WEDNESDAY


Continuing our theme of getting you to the beach or into air conditioning during this heat wave, we're happy to note a midweek house concert on Wednesday, June 29. ANDY & RENEE play an all-acoustic house concert in Redondo Beach. Only 20 spots are available, first come-first served. A light dinner is served, and it's BYOB, plus the evening of music, all for $20.

Make reservations by email to: reneesafier@hotmail.com

Doors at 6:30, show at 7 pm.

Andy & Renee are also doing a big 4th of July Party, and only 20 spots are left for THAT BIG EVENT. Email Renee for deets.


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GOOD SHOWS, VARIOUS VENUES...


From this week through to whenever, the Guide recommends these events. (Also see the other Feature Stories in this edition: if it got its own feature, we prob'ly didn't "double-list" it in this quick run-down of events.)
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Tuesday...

√  Tue, Jun 28: Monthly "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS." 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; no reservations for this show. $10 cash at the door. FEATURING:
The Roswell Sisters are a close-harmony vocal trio specializing in a combination of 30's jazz and 60's pop. From the shifting tempos and lightning fast key changes of the classic Boswell Sisters arrangements to brand new Boswell-style compositions culled from more recent hits,The Roswell Sisters offer an opportunity for some old-time harmonizing as well as some fresh,hip and totally modern psych-pop. The old and new merge seamlessly in one exciting package! www.facebook.com/TheRoswellSisters/
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RJ Chesney has deep roots in the South. His voice is deep and sonorous with a twang. Gospel,blues,country,and folk breathe in his songs. "RJ evokes Hank Williams Sr. meets John Prine with a little Townes Van Zandt thrown-in," says David Harvey. He has earned a very loyal following in Southern California performing at venues such as The Hotel Cafe,  El Cid, Molly Malones, The Talking Stick, The Cinema Bar, etc. In 2013, RJ Chesney had the honor of opening for Victoria Williams at a Los Angeles benefit to raise money for orphaned children. RJ's 2010 album, "Prayers of a Wayward Son," sold copies in over fourteen countries including England,  Ireland, Switzerland, Russia, and the USA. He came out with his second album, "Angels Falling," in October 2013 to rave reviews. If you love true roots music,that stirs the spirit deep inside,from a deep and honest voice, you'll be a fan of RJ, too. www.rjchesney.com and www.reverbnation.com/rjchesneymusic
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BLISS BOWEN can work a ballad like no one else. She has a voice and phrasing that makes a song breathe and live. Bliss can go full on country, blast out blues, or rockin roots, yet her songs are even more intimate and personal. After you hear her you'll be inspired to listen again and again. www.reverbnation.com/blissbowen
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"A Word" With Dylan Brody. He is an award winning playwright, a thrice published author,  a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong. http://dylanbrody.com
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Wednesday...

√  Wed, Jun 29: CHICAGO Plus special guest Rita Wilson at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Wed, Jun 29: TIM ERIKSEN, «Hardcore Americana." 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236. TIM ERIKSEN has "One of the best voices in music," says T Bone Burnett, and "Otherworldly harmonies," says Barbara Kingsolver.
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"Apart from being the coolest-looking man in folk song, Tim Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer, who seems to play every instrument under the sun and has shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson" — The Guardian, UK.
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“Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation." — Kit Bailey, BBC Radio.
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”Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble.” — Pulse of the Twin Cities.
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A founding member of Cordelia’s Dad and Zabe i Babe, an ethnomusicologist who’s done extensive research in Bosnia, and a visiting professor of American music at Dartmouth College, Eriksen’s credentials are impeccable, though only the tip of his musical iceberg. Tim Eriksen, PhD, “the best unaccompanied ballad singer in the United States,” is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist known for his work with the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, on films including "Cold Mountain," for a doubly Grammy nominated collaboration with world-jazz impresario Omar Sosa, and a nearly 400-page dissertation on music in fictional New England villages. www.timeriksenmusic.com. Tix, $18.
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Thursday...

√  Thu, Jun 30: LILY WILSON solo acoustic. 7 pm at the UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-315-0056. The ever-marvelous Lily tells us, "I'll be part of great lineup put together by my friend, Dominic Sinesio. I hope you can come!"

√  Thu, Jun 30: ERIC SCHWARTZ AND GABRIELLE LOUISE. 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; Gabrielle Louise and Eric Schwartz perform a collaborative double bill concert at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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Award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Performer, Satirist, Multiinstrumentalist and Entertainer Eric Schwartz (aka Eric “Red” Schwartz) tours the US and Europe bringing his music to every audience he can find. He’s been playing music and comedy venues nationally for fifteen years and he has composed for and performed in various Satiristas shows. His songs have been sung by Ronny Cox, Holly Near and Van Dyke Parks. Schwartz is possibly the only artist in the history of the world to get raves from Gloria Steinem and Hustler Magazine. Eric’s songs go from the political to the profane,sometimes both. Eric’s CD release, "The Aristocrat," was the one Paul Zollo (Songwriters on Songwriting) calls “A Comic Treasure” and The U.K.’s Rock ’n’ Reel magazine calls “beautifully produced and perfectly executed,” contains “There’s A Picture…,” currently in rotation on the nationally syndicated The Bob and Tom Show. Schwartz has also garnered radio play on stations as diverse as Howard Stern’s 100, Raw Dog Radio, "The Ed Schultz Show" and "All Things Considered." Schwartz’ latest release is “The Better Man,” which Brian Keathley of KALX Berkeley calls “by far his best work yet. A great collection of tunes with humor, and social commentary –some of which is damn profound. Be listening for it this week and beyond on my radio shows!”
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Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song. She is an honest, engaging performer who leaves you with the feeling that hope and heartache are two sides of the same coin. Gabrielle Louise's music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. She is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky jazz chanteuse. A gifted story-teller and narrator, Gabrielle’s songs immerse you in her world in a cinematic fashion. Music critic David McGee (writer for Rolling Stone and Deep Roots Magazine) says of her music: “Articulate and gifted… Louise dives deep into her songs, exploring them in a warm, sturdy voice reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell,  especially in the falsetto flights and lower register swoops. She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.”
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Eric's Video: https://youtu.be/FPD9Gw0TPcY
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Gabby's Video: www.youtube.com/watch? v=NkG54fKSLUk&list=PLk9Sgig2v6cg5BoAYhLtXHiznfbjIcT9v&index=16
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Eric's website: www.ericschwartz.com/
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Gabby's website: www.gabriellelouise.com
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Tix, $15.
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Friday...

√  Fri, Jul 1: DAVE STAMEY and ANNIE LYDON. 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Voted Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses.
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Annie Lydon is one of the most sought after harmony voices in the Western Music field. She has worked with Dave Stamey on almost every recording since 1994, and has provided background for other acts as well, including GT Hurley's "Bad Horses" project, and the infamous "Lorna and the Latrines." Dave is delighted to have her on this show for one of her rare public performances. Tix, $25, and this'll sell-out.
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Saturday...

√  Sat, Jul 2: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Sat, Jul 2: INCENDIO. 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236. INCENDIO, in both Italian and Spanish, means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy,exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion.”
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Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.
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INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. More at: www.incendioband.com. Tix, $20.

√  Sat, Jul 2, 8 pm: "THE LAST DUEL GONE DOWN," as Lorin Hart and Tom Fair bring the last of their “Dueling Dylans" shows to the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena. Twelve classic songs apiece including a few audience sing-along Dylan favorites. Tix $20 adv, $25 door. info@urbanhomestead.com; 626-765-5704.
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Sunday...

√  Sun, Jul 3: DONOVAN RAITT & CALUM GRAHAM, "Double Headliner Guitar Phenoms." 3 pm matinee at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236. A solid voice in the world of modern fingerstyle guitar, acoustic guitarist Donovan Raitt incorporates percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, influences ranging from Jazz to Rock and Classical music,  and innovative performance techniques to create a unique sound all his own. Based in Orange County, CA, Donovan has released two albums of solo acoustic guitar music to critical acclaim and has been touring extensively behind his music, performing across the US and Canada at several guitar festivals and events. His videos have received thousands of plays on YouTube, and his music has caught the ear of some of the world's best guitarists. www.donovanraitt.com
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“Donovan’s music has the great elements to look for; great groove, warm chords, and catchy melodies. This is music that can be felt”  — Trevor Gordon Hall, Fingerstyle Guitarist.
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Donovan earned a bachelor's degree in guitar performance at the University of Southern California and a Masters in Music at Cal State University,Long Beach. Donovan is the cousin of Grammy award winning guitarist Bonnie Raitt,and comes from a rich family history of excellent musicianship. Donovan has several recording and performance credits to his name and continues to be an in-demand guitarist for several local and national touring acts.
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CALUM GRAHAM, just 24, has already enjoyed a career that would be the envy of most artists double his age. The Alberta-based guitarist and singer-songwriter has released five acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London, racked up some phenomenal views on YouTube, and was most recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Andy McKee, one of today’s most popular acoustic guitarists, calls Calum, “the most promising young guitarist I’ve seen. His command of the guitar is already really impressive!” Tix, $20.

√  Sun, Jul 3: JIM KWESKIN of "Jug Band" fame. 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.  Jim Kweskin was the founder of the wildly popular and irreverent Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the 1960s and is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. But he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician, and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded many solo ventures. Plus more as a member of the U and I band with bandmate Samoa Wilson, and with The Texas Sheiks, as well as performing and recording with a wide variety of well known musicians such as Geoff & Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, David Grisman, Cindy Cashdollar, Happy Traum, Meredith Axelrod, Juli Crockett, and Samoa Wilson, to name a few. When you go to a Jim Kweskin show you never know what other musicians will be on stage with him. Jim has honed his fingerpicking skills, developing new arrangements of classic American folk and jazz material. His singing is as joyous as ever (no one can sing “Rag Mama,” “Blues in the Bottle,” or "Papa's on the Housetop" like Jim). When it comes to acoustic folk, blues, swing, and ragtime, Jim Kweskin is considered the best of the best. Jim will be joined by Padrick Peper on harmonica and Matthew Berlin on bass. Tix, $22.50.
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HAPPY 4th of JULY! (Monday)...

√  Mon, Jul 4: 2nd Annual "July 4th Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque," 11 am-5 pm, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway). Old-fashioned July 4th family celebration at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun. Tix & info, 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
TICKET PRICES:
• Adults 13 and up: $20 before July 3 at 5 p.m.; $22 at the door
• Kids ages 5-12: $8 before July 3 at 5 p.m., $10 at the door
• Family Pack (2 adults + 2 kids + 5 free raffle tickets): $50 by July 3 at 5 p.m. only (not available at the door)
• Ages 4 and under: Free
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√  Jul 9, 8 pm: WILSON PHILLIPS, with MICHAEL ANN opening, at The Rose in Pasadena. Tix at: www.michaelannmusic.com
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√  Jul 16: "Patrick Ball's Celtic Harp" at the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series at Caltech.
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√  Jul 23, 7:30 pm: "Live The Dream Tour Gala Fundraising Concert" at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. BOB MALONE is one of the featured performers. He says, "This concert, and the tour to follow later this year, is all about raising awareness and money for music in the schools — a cause very near and dear to me." Get tix ($43-$22) at:
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He's touring Italy and Switzerland this summer with his own band, and Canada as a member of John Fogerty's band.
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"A true virtuoso and crowd-pleaser — he showed that while he is a fantastically technically accomplished player, he fully knows the meaning of showmanship as well." — Shetland News.
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"Bob Malone has brewed up a heady mixture of rock, blues and New Orleans soul over the years and 'Mojo EP' is a perfect sampler for the upcoming 'Mojo DeLuxe' album." — MUSIC RIOT UK.
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√   Jul 30: Bonnie Raitt at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.
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√  Aug 4: Flogging Molly plus special guests Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and Chuck Ragan at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.
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√  Aug 6: The Piano Guys at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.
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√  Oct 8: "FolkWorks Roots Festival." Info is promised soon from the producers.

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The free summer music series are getting underway. Here are a few:

√  Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown L.A. started two weekends ago.

√  Pasadena's Levitt Pavilion in Central Park officially started June 26.

√  The Los Angeles Levitt series in Macarthur Park begins on July 2 with a fireworks and music show.

√  Two big ones are on the West side...

•  Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival and the

•  Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series

both battle for your attention on Thursdays beginning July 7, and now you can escape the traffic quagmire by riding the new Expo Line light rail to both places.


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BERKLEE ONLINE TERM STARTS THIS WEEK


Everyone knows Boston-based Berklee College of Music. Not everyone knows about their extensive online course offerings (despite the Guide covering it several times since the first time when they launched it).

Berklee's Summer Term began Monday, June 27, and there's still time to jump in. You can enroll in many popular online courses and multi-course certificate programs covering:

• Music Production
• Guitar Music Theory
• Harmony
• Ear Training
• Songwriting
• Orchestration
• Music Business

All the info is at:

www.online.berklee.edu


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STAYING IN, STAYING COOL: FEATURE FILM REVIEW

By Larry Wines

"ZOOTOPIA" is now in theatres. If you're thinking, "kids movie," you're about a third right. This is a marvelous film with an exceptionally well-developed story line, more than enough twists and turns to engage any adult, and something any kid can (and will want to) follow every step of the way.

The themes are handled subtly and realistically. It's never ham-handed in its assessments of the good and bad in our society — and yep, they're in there, skillfully played from masterful writing. The main theme is friendship, hope, and trust overcoming fear and prejudice, and the struggles and challenges required for a society, and each member in it, to achieve that.

It's practically made to fly in the face of the rampant cynicism, insincerity, and manipulation of this election year, and even includes a deserved jab at the role of the media in playing to overemphasize exploitive elements.

If you think "a cartoon" is a disqualifier for you? It can only do what it does, and does so well, because it's animated and uses a vast variety of animal species with each individual displaying group and individual ideosyncracies to weave its magic.

It is our own acculturated tendencies — ones we bring with us — to see some species as "cute" and others as "dangerous" — and how we allow that to misinform our sense of "good" and "bad" — that work most powerfully. Thus, many will get some enjoyably enlightening environmental education. Just as others are enabled to ask if we are, as Martin Luther King challenged, judging each individual not by cursory appearance but by the content of character.

We used the word "magic." It is truly magical — not in a way that gets a demeaning false compliment of "charming," and not in a way that translates to "too cute." It's a great "date movie," and we doubt anybody has said that about a newfangled Disney animated feature in years, maybe decades. This is the meaningful feel-good movie of the summer. Go. Stay through the credits. Yugely recommended.


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"EAT, SEE, HEAR" PRESENTS AN OUTDOOR MOVIE AT THE AUTRY, SATURDAY, JULY 2nd


It's a screening of the R-rated "Coming to America." We're not reviewing this movie, just telling you how to go for HALF-PRICE, and letting you know what the "eat" and "Hear" parts offer.

First: get a $7 General Admission ticket ($7 off the $14 Regular Price) Saving you 50%.

Call to schedule that, at:

213-267-4393

The "see" is "COMING TO AMERICA."

The "hear" is Cafune (of whom we know nothing).

The "eat" is Food Trucks: Bison Burger, Brasil Kiss, Chanchos Tacos, CJ's Wings, CVT Soft Serve, Greasy Wiener, Konestruction, Main Squeeze, Mangia Ristorante, Peaches' Smokehouse, Postcards CAS, and Rice Balls of Fire.

It's in the spacious courtyard at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (SFV side) 90027.

It's Saturday, July 2nd, from 5:30 to 10 pm. Doors open at 5:30, music at 7, movie at 8:30 pm. 


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NASHVILLE WOMEN'S MUSIC ORGANIZATION SHOWCASES DIGITAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR


The Guide endeavors to keep readers appraised of reputable new music distribution opportunities. They are numerous and seem to arrive frequently. So we were glad to learn when SOURCE — the Nashville music industry executive women's organization — held its monthly membership luncheon on June 23, 2016 at ASCAP. Why?

Because Shelby Kennedy, Vice President of Entertainment Relations for TuneCore, a company engaged in global digital music distribution, publishing, administration and licensing, was this month's guest speaker.

The group heard from Suzanne Lee of ASCAP; Pat Rolfe, SOURCE member and longtime ASCAP employee; and keynote speaker Shelby Kennedy, TuneCore's V.P.

Founded in 1991, SOURCE is a nonprofit organization supporting women executives and professionals who work in all facets of the Nashville music industry. In 2003, the annual "SOURCE Awards" were established to pay respect to, and honor, the women who helped develop and build upon the foundation of the music industry in Nashville. SOURCE also pays tribute to women who presently make major contributions with their work in the industry.


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"ODE TO JOY" / BEETHOVEN'S 9TH, HEADLINE PACIFIC SYMPHONY'S "MUSIC FOR HOPE," JULY 23rd


This is so good, we had to flip a coin for where to start. Led by Music Director Carl St. Clair, this crown jewel of the season boasts a huge orchestra, full chorus, and a spine-tingling vocal quartet. The heart-welling program includes a number of beloved and moving pieces, including:

• Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”
• Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”
• John Williams’ “Liberty Fanfare” and his
• “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film “Saving Private Ryan”
• Beethoven's Ninth, including the world heritage classic, "Ode to Joy"

Beethoven’s mighty Ninth — featuring full orchestra, chorus, soloists, bells and whistles — is sure to be the crown jewel of Pacific Symphony’s final "Summer Festival" as it closes its many years at Irvine Meadows.

It's a night of "Music for Hope," as Pacific Symphony turns turquoise in support of the American Lung Association for their second-year of partnership. The "interactive passport festival" starts at 6 pm.

Perhaps the most epic choral work ever composed, Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony,bwhich includes the famous last movement, “Ode to Joy,” has filled concert venues around the world for close to two centuries. It has never lost its ability to thrill. A musical wonder considered by many to be Beethoven’s greatest work, his massive and majestic Ninth will fill Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre with pure radiance during this, Pacific Symphony’s second concert of "Summer Festival 2016."

So, What's with the Turquoise?

A poignant experience on many levels, this performance of Beethoven’s Ninth also becomes a beacon of hope for the fight against lung cancer in a second-year partnership between the Symphony and the American Lung Association of California (ALA).

Concertgoers are encouraged to join the Symphony musicians in wearing turquoise to show their support of LUNG FORCE, and to learn more about lung health in the “Music for Hope” passport festival starting at 6 pm before the concert. Activities include yoga breathing exercises, pulmonary function tests, the opportunity to test-drive instruments from the brass and woodwind families, and more.

The concert is Saturday, July 23, at 8 pm (gates open at 6 pm for picnicking — highly recommended), as part of the Symphony’s grand finale season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25-$108. This'll sell-out, so don't dawdle!

Info and tix:
714-755-5799, or
www.PacificSymphony.org.


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ENOUGH POLITICAL MUD-WALLOWING: LET'S GET FOCUSED ON A MEANINGFUL FUTURE


We receive a LOT of questions from pollsters who feed results to political interests. For years, we've advocated for reestablishing MUSIC & ARTS EDUCATION with full funding. Of late, we've added a second theme. Here it is, our other favorite answer to all of the pollsters:

"We have let 'austerity' eliminate many things. Among them, our Space Program. Many voices constantly advocate for STEM education (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) yet the only jobs are in technology for more gadgets that support throwaway consumerism or new weapons systems. Why aren't we working to convert the 'endless war' jobs to peaceful science on an industrial scale, to explore, discover, and learn from the endless frontier? Why aren't we demanding an agressive Space Program to make humans residents of Mars and the oceanic (ice-crusted) moons of Jupiter and Saturn? Not as fictional subjects for movies. Not in 100 years, but NOW?"


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GET YOUR FREE MARS POSTERS! (NASA WAS LISTENING!)


When we decided to include the above feature story, it was because today (June 28) was the scheduled ground test-firing of the first massive solid rocket booster for the coming launch vehicle capable of launching the first manned spacecraft to Mars. Then JPL sent us this gem:

"In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers... but most of all, YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and, one day, send humans there.

"Download a Mars poster that speaks to you. Each of the eight posters represents a different type of explorer NASA is seeking. You can view them online, print them, and share them with your friends, too."

Check out and get your FREE posters at:

http://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/resources/mars-posters-explorers-wanted

There's plenty more information about Mars at:

http://mars.nasa.gov

Put-on your favorite recording of Holst's "The Planets" and lose yourself in images returned by robot rovers from the surface of the Red Planet — our celestial next-door neighbor — where no man or woman has gone before.



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Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 25th Guide: Places to Be Cool & Tuneful! ...2016

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In this edition...

★ FIRST:  The remarkable tale of this date in history...

Then, our music news and events...

1)  BENEFIT SHOWS FOR COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE DOMINATE WEEKEND CONCERTS

2)  GOOD SHOWS, VARIOUS VENUES...
(Including a SUNDAY FESTIVAL in OC!)

3)  RED BARN OPRY BRINGS BLUEGRASS TO WRIGHTWOOD THIS SATURDAY EVENING

4)  FIDDLE LEGEND & MUSIC EMMY-WINNER DEBUT AS DUO SATURDAY AT THE FRET HOUSE

5)  Alvas: John York, Saturday; Fun Show Sunday

6)  San Pedro Blues Festival is Saturday, July 9

7)  MUSIC AT THE ORANGE COUNTY FAIR

8)  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Celebrate Historic 50th Anniversary with First Show in their Hometown in over 40 years

Let's get started!

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But FIRST:

The remarkable tale of this date in history...

History Challenges Us, Whether We Listen or Not

By Larry Wines


Just a hot Saturday with the Fourth of July not far off. Except there is a remarkable tale to this date in history, and we live with its legacy.

One hundred forty years ago, on June 25th, 1876, everything was in place for America to celebrate its 100th birthday. In just days, the Great Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia — a proto World's Fair — would mark a century since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But then something happened. And America couldn't be jubilant.

It happened two thousand mile away from the pending celebration. It happened out West. It was the September 11th of its time.

After riding all night as one prong of a US Army unit — sent to find and return Native American Indians to the Reservation on which the government had ordered them to live, that army unit found them. The hunted were native people who had, for generations, roamed freely over thousands of square miles of that very land, until only recently.

Their lives had been richly tied to pursuing buffalo, the Great American Bison that was the most important source of their culture. Now they were trying, one last time, to regain a final chance, even a small moment, of that lost life. They were camped in a wide elongation in the valley of a small river, shaded by many trees, rimmed by steep and pointed hills. It was a place the old people had camped in their youth. But never so many people together.

The commander of that army unit, upon finding his quarry, decided to act immediately rather than wait for the rest of the military force, still a couple of days away. He knew that "Indians," when confronted with a dangerous armed force, would most often melt-away into the landscape. By going in every direction, there was no one to catch. He intended to prevent that.

He divided his force. One half of his cavalry would rush to attack the widened valley from upriver, charging in noisily, as frighteningly as possible, to amplify their small numbers and disorganize the inhabitants of the encampment.

The other half, under his command, would make a looping ride screened by the hills, arriving to seal the downstream exit where the river narrowed. His remaining force, a third contingent with a pack train of tents, supplies, and ammunition, would get orders to hurry to his position as quickly as they could move.

His scouts warned him he was underestimating the situation.

The attack began. The commander and his force were on their ride behind the hills. Thus, they didn't learn what the attackers did: that the congregation of "Indians" was far larger than anyone imagined. That initial attack force, under command of a drunk who quickly became unnerved, retreated in a rout with half his force dead or wounded. His survivors would take refuge in a barely defensible hollow in the scorching dry hills above the river, where they were immediately besieged and isolated from water as the heat rose.

The commander and his cavalry, unaware of all that, raced northward behind the sharply-ridged hills. When the distance covered seemed sufficient and scouts reported a ravine on the opposite side that appeared to lead safely down to the river, he led his force up and over, down a feature we now know as Medicine Tail Coulee.

Exactly what happened next has been the subject of theory and speculation for 140 years. An archaeological investigation after a denuding grass fire a few years ago answered many questions.

Some of his cavalry, galloping down the ravine, reached the river. At least a few crossed it. Some died there. Most were sent riding back up into the hills in headlong retreat as their comrades and horses fell around them.

Most attempted to rally, as military-trained people do, on the high ground. They were just below the sharp bird-beak tops of the hills. There, they began to be overwhelmed by barrages of arrows plunging vertically down on them from beyond the tops of those sharp peaks behind them, and by charging "Indians" with repeating rifles better than theirs. Moving up on them.  Moving in on them. Only muzzle flashes visible from below the tops of the golden grass. And then visible, coming up all parts of the hills beneath them. There, the cavalrymen shot their horses to provide cover. As high up as they had been able to reach. Near the peaked tops of the steep hills. One of which would be named Last Stand Hill.

And there, Brevet General George Armstrong Custer and everyone in his command perished in combat. After seeking to attack a village of men, women, children, babies and old people, they were high above that village fighting Sioux and Lakota warriors who rushed out to protect their families, their loved ones, from mortal danger.

The remaining force at the far end of the valley of the Little Bighorn River included a Captain Weir, who attemped to lead a relief force along the hilltops to ride to Custer's aid. He failed, was driven back as Custer's fight commenced. Weir and his men lived.

The unnerved leader of that routed attack, Major Marcus Reno, would live the rest of his life in controversy. As would Captain Frederic Benteen, commander of the pack train who ignored Custer's orders, lollygaged for a precious two hours, and eventually joined Reno's besieged force where many of his men died in the siege.

Leaders of the "Indian" encampment that day included numerous Lakota and Cheyenne war chiefs. Each band had added to or reduced the number in camp as it arrived or left to hunt. The numbers there were too many to stay together for long.

The leader who had inadvertently assembled one of the largest-ever Native gatherings on the plains was Sitting Bull. He had created the white man's alarm by leading his people off the reservation to avoid starvation. And to rebuke the endless stream of broken promises from the white man's government, and the white man's army, that food and supplies would be provided in return for staying on the reservation. The reservation. What was left of it. Where there was nothing to hunt. He had been joined by many other bands, large and small, including the respected leader Crazy Horse his people.

Crazy Horse would emerge from the battle with even more renown. He would be murdered by other Lakota a few years later while attempting to surrender to enable his people to eat. Today in the Black Hills of South Dakota — once sacred to several Native American nations, going back to the Crow — a massive stone carving of Crazy Horse continues to slowly take shape. In the same Black Hills promised forevermore to the Lakota. Until the army broke the treaty and sent an expediton in. It discovered gold. It had been led by Custer. Hoards of white gold seekers descended on that "Indian" land and destroyed it for two generations.

Immediately after the victory of June 25th, Sitting Bull would lead an escape into Canada to save his people, knowing the army's wrath after the Little Bighorn would be fierce. It was, finally, in the 1890s, at the Wounded Knee Massacre. But long before that, and just a few years after the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull was pursuaded to bring his people back into the US.

He eventually joined his friend, Buffalo Bill Cody, on tours of the "Wild West Show" to Eastern cities — including the site of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, which had, on America's 100th birthday, been not the center of celebratration, but a place of horrified sadness. Because word had arrived there just in time. Word that Custer had been "killed by Sitting Bull in a massacre with no survivors."

The Centennial celebration shattered by utter catastrophe. It hit 19th century Americans like the crashing twin towers hit people 15 years ago.

Sitting Bull lived a most remarkable life. He even met all the crown heads of Europe traveling with Buffalo Bill Cody — before he declared he wanted to go home where it was quiet.

There, he, too, was murdered by his own people. Who, as with Crazy Horse before him, were young warriors denied their traditional life and made "Indian Police" by the white man.

Today, you can go to Little Bighorn Battlefied National Monument. It used to be called "Custer Battlefield..." as if it were all about him. He isn't even there. He was re-buried at West Point over a hundred years ago.

The once-sharp birdbeak peaks of the ridgetop were chopped-off decades ago to make way for a road, so people could visit and "see what happened." But making way for them erased the barrier of terrain faced by combatants, making everything else impossible to comprehend.

I learned much of this firsthand, riding horseback, tracing the routes of both sides to and upon the battlefield. My guide and companion was the late Joe Medicine Crow. Along with his dog. He showed me the remarkable beauty of a natural place we see in a very specific and almost wholly inaccurate way.

Joe was the very last War Chief of the Crow Nation, and the last Native American war chief of any tribe. His home, all his life, was alongside the Little Bighorn River.

Not far from where Major Reno charged off cliff banks his men could not reascend in retreat. Joe and I crossed there on his horses. I wondered if he saw with more than his eyes. Thanks to him, I believe I did. There, and everyplace he took me. He died last year. And I'm sure he's still there.

The battlefield is surrounded by the Crow Reservation. The scouts of Custer's Seventh Cavalry were Crow. There's a reason. The Crow had, for millenia, called the western plains and Black Hills and Little Bighorn country home.

Until the Lakota were driven westward from the Great Lakes forests and their agricultural settlements by the ever-conquering, land-devouring white man. West, where they would adapt into the finest light cavalry in the world and become synonymous in the popular imagination as "the" Plains "Indians."

Before they lost almost everything. Everything except the pride and heritage and dignity and respect for those who survived to enable our lives, and the love for the Earth that they, and the Cheyenne, and their former Crow enemies, and so many other First Nations peoples have tenaciously held and publicly reclaimed and begun to teach to all of us.

It's been a long road from the Little Bighorn, 140 years ago today. Its legacy still challenges us.


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BENEFIT SHOWS FOR COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE DOMINATE WEEKEND CONCERTS


The Guide named it the "The Best Intimate Acoustic Music Venue of the Decade" in greater L.A. We've written about it, quite literally thousands of times. We've written more listings with this address, website, and phone, than any other:

"... at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; info, www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236."

And now it's time to tell you that this celebrated venue needs a little help. If you go and enjoy the music being presented in benefits for the venue — two of the three concerts offered there this weekend — great! Go! If not, then think about sending them the price of a ticket, anyway. They need help to pay off debts that have threatened the life this great venue.

The venue's impresario, the inimitable Bob Stane, tells us, "(We have) unexpected, and temporary, upkeep bills. Various government agencies tapped The Coffee Gallery Backstage for some largish fines for minor, and unknown by all, sins of omission. Acts and audiences are chipping in to wipe the financial slate clean."

As Willie Nelson says, "Miracles occur in the strangest of places."

Here's what's up.

√  Sat, Jun 25, in a 2 pm matinee: "CELEBRATE THE 80th BIRTHDAY OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON" in this "A CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE." Earlier this week, on June 22nd, a walking, breathing, living treasury of American song turned 80 years old. With his deep gravel voice, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON has forged a legacy of great American standards for the last 50 years. His best known and loved songs include “Me & Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Morning Come Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and “For the Good Times." Through a legendary film career staring in such classics as "A Star Is Born," "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid," and "Blume in Love," he has always held strong to his role as one of America’s finest songwriters. Coming together for an afternoon of songs and stories are some of the finest singer-songwriter in the Los Angeles area. They include Chad Watson, Pam Loe, Paul Zollo, Duane Thorin, and many more to be added. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the life of a great songwriter as he takes his 80th turn around the sun — and to help this wonderful venue. Tix, $20.

√  Sat, Jun 25, 7 pm: JANET KLEIN & The PARLOR BOYS (Wow! Janet is delightful, musical and fun and WHAT A BAND!) It's "Musical Prospecting Madness with lots of Prohibition Era Naughty Fun" from these inspired entertainers, giving quality performances of 1920s and '30s music with merriment and historical illuminations. Always sells out, so hurry. The enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein with her band The Parlor Boys entertain in a lively Speakeasy Jazz Revue style. This dapper, multi-talented troop performs scintillating early hot jazz tunes with authentic expert grace. Between songs, the band peppers the entertainment with musical and local historical folklore tidbits. Janet & Her Parlor Boys are all about sharing their loved historical discoveries and not just playing to nostalgia and quaintness. "Janet is the most refreshing anachronism to materialize from the ether of the Prohibition." "Klein is a channel to a definitive time in American music when bob hairdos were the rage and batting-eyes meant you had a live one on your hands." Not nostalgic shtick, but real obscure barrelhouse jazz, foxtrots, chansonettes, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime ditties and vaudeville from the Great Depression. She actually lives them, and transports her audiences along the way. Janet considers herself an “archeologist” for digging up buried treasures by the likes of Wilton Crawley and A.P. Randolf, Robert Cloud, Ruth Etting, Lil Armstrong, Mae West, Annette Hanshaw, Fannie Brice, Josephine Baker and so forth. Janet Klein with band The Parlor Boys feature a dapper all-star line-up: John Reynolds -banjo and guitar, Corey Gemme -cornet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet & percussion, Randy Woltz - Vibraphone, Ian Whitcomb - vocal & accordion and Marquis Howell - Stand up bass. Tix, $20.

√  Sun, Jan 26, 7 pm: "A CONCERT TO BENEFIT COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE" with national headliner JAMES LEE STANLEY, plus stellar ensemble THE TALL MEN GROUP. Bob Stane says, "James Lee Stanley... will, bravely, stand by himself on the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage, protected only by his military grade, double walled, titanium guitar, slung low to protect vital parts," and, THE TALL MEN GROUP "who do not huddle together for protection, but form a solid wall of musical talent unafraid and formidable in their skills." (That's our Bob.) Oh, yes. Two well known, and superbly talented musical acts, famed for their outstanding songwriting and witty stage shows share the stage for an exceptional cause — helping one of their favorite venues — The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

•  JAMES LEE STANLEY has toured with everyone from Robin Williams to Stephen Stills; Steven Wright to Bonnie Raitt. One of his CDs was hailed by FI Magazine as the "Best Recording of 1998 and one of the Top 200 CDs of All Time." He plays guitar brilliantly and writes remarkable songs of depth and beauty, while retaining accessible melodies and musicality. His voice has been described as an instrument of beauty and finesse. Bob adds, "And he's a funny guy. It's truly amazing. He should be President of the World. Really." Did we say Bob? Oh. So says JAMES LEE STANLEY. And he is "cute" in his own way. President? What could he hurt? But save your vote for the least unlikeable candidate. "His comedy and songs won the hearts of the 6,000 in attendance and brought them to their feet in an ovation that brought him back for two encore numbers." — SHAMELESS PLUG MAGAZINE (which we think was a one-off published by one JLS).

•  THE TALL MEN GROUP brings together six of the finest singer/songwriters in Los Angeles. Severin Browne, Edward Tree, Jimmy "Muffin" Yessian, Marty Axelrod, Jeff Kossack and John Stowers have been meeting once a month since 2012 to enjoy Jimmy's cooking (a lot!) and bring in songs written to a new theme each month. The very best of those songs are arranged for the band, then included in the stage show. The Tall Men show is rich with brotherly rapport, crafted harmonies, stories and musicianship. But that's only the "icing". The "cake" is songwriting at a very high level -- accessible, fresh, original, often funny, always moving. Audiences from Oregon to San Diego rave that "every song is a gem". .... This is good stuff, folks, and the price and result is good for all of us. Feast on the good times...wallow in the golden glow. Tix, $20. For a good cause.


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GOOD SHOWS, VARIOUS VENUES...
(Including a SUNDAY FESTIVAL in OC!)


From this weekend through to whenever, the Guide recommends these events. (Also see the other Feature Stories in this edition: if it got its own feature, we prob'ly didn't "double-list" it in this quick run-down of events!)

Saturday...

√  Sat, Jun 25: "CELEBRATE THE 80th BIRTHDAY OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON" in this "CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE" at 2 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.

√  Sat, Jun 25: "BASEBALL IN SONG" by ROSS ALTMAN. 2 pm at Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S Marengo Av, Pasadena 91106; 626-744-7260. The often thematically-inclined folksinger performs a program of his baseball songs in tribute to the national pastime. Sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary, http://www.baseballreliquary.org

√  Sat, Jun 25: Lindsay Tomasic: 4 pm for "Full Moon Saturdays" series at Stonywood Backyard Concert Series in Pasadena. Info: www.facebook.com/fullmoonsaturdays

√  Sat, Jun 25: JANET KLEIN & The PARLOR BOYS, 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.

√  Sat, Jun 25: CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO plays "AMSD Concerts." 7:30 pm in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950. More, www.amsdconcerts.com

√  Sat, Jun 25: ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS BAND plus STRING MADNESS. 8 pm at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com

√  Sat, Jun 25: MELANIE. SOLD-OUT. 8 pm at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. McCabe's says, "We are thrilled to present a sold out show with '70s songbird Melanie, who after a breakout performance at Woodstock went on to enjoy success with hits like 'Lay Down,' 'Brand New Key,' 'What Have They Done to My Song Ma,' and 'Beautiful People.' Influential to a myriad of artists from Miley Cirus to Morressey, Melanie continues to perform (albeit rarely here in California) and for those lucky enough to have gotten tickets for this, tonight promises to be a special occasion indeed!"
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Sunday...

★★★ Annual "SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL" with LISA HALEY AND THE ZYDECATS and SALTY SUITES. Sun, Jun 26, Noon-4 pm at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton 92833. Info: http://themuck.org/programing/2016/6/26/summer-solstice-festival!

√  Sun, Jun 26: Matinee Kids' Show series favorites The Hollow Trees. 11 am at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com

√  Sun, Jun 26: CLIFF LATIMER & LAURA OSBORN. Noon at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425.

√  Sun, Jun 26: WEEFOLK ENSEMBLE. 1 pm at 1463 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga 90290.

√  Sun, Jun 26: FISH TO BIRDS, plus CATINA DELUNA, and ASHLEY MAHER, 4-6 pm, at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com. ASHLEY MAHER opens the show with guitarist Federico Ramos, followed by Brazilian born singer/pianist CATINA DELUNA, exploring music by various Brazilian composers with guitarist Roberto Montero. Catina's album was nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards (2016). Beloved a cappella vocal improv group, FISH TO BIRDS (Cathy Segal-Garcia, Emile Hassan-Dye, Adrianne Duncan, Cecily Gardner, Ashley Maher, and Mon David), closes with a frothy, thrilling, entertaining, set, creating music out of thin air. Six voices, no script.

√  Sun, Jun 26: MICHAEL McNEVIN & BOB MORLEY. 6 pm, at The Barn, 2290 S Buenos Aires Dr, Covina 91724.

√  Sun, Jun 26: "A CONCERT TO BENEFIT COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE" with national headliner JAMES LEE STANLEY, plus stellar ensemble THE TALL MEN GROUP, 7 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.

√  Sun, Jun 26: JILL SOBULE. 7 pm at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. McCabe's says, "We feature the return after too long of the utterly charming Jill Sobule,whose beguiling songs are at once deeply personal, socially conscious, and seriously funny. The Denver-born, NY-based songwriter-guitarist-singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting,  reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Did we mention love? Love found, love lost, love wished for, and love taken away. In the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles,'Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant... grown-up music for an adolescent age.' Often famous friends drop by to sit in, including Margaret Cho, Dan Wilson, and most recently, Weird Al Yankovic. A Jill Sobule show is always a night to remember. See you here!"
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After this weekend...

√  Jun 29: CHICAGO Plus special guest Rita Wilson at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Thu, Jun 30: Eric Schwartz: 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com

√  Jul 2: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Sat, Jul 2, 8 pm: "THE LAST DUEL GONE DOWN," as Lorin Hart and Tom Fair bring the last of their “Dueling Dylans" shows to the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena. Twelve classic songs apiece including a few audience sing-along Dylan favorites. Tix $20 adv, $25 door. info@urbanhomestead.com; 626-765-5704.

√  Mon, Jul 4: 2nd Annual "July 4th Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque," 11 am-5 pm, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway). Old-fashioned July 4th family celebration at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun. Tix & info, 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
TICKET PRICES:
• Adults 13 and up: $20 before July 3 at 5 p.m.; $22 at the door
• Kids ages 5-12: $8 before July 3 at 5 p.m., $10 at the door
• Family Pack (2 adults + 2 kids + 5 free raffle tickets): $50 by July 3 at 5 p.m. only (not available at the door)
• Ages 4 and under: Free

√  Jul 9, 8 pm: WILSON PHILLIPS, with MICHAEL ANN opening, at The Rose in Pasadena. Tix at: www.michaelannmusic.com

√  Jul 16: "Patrick Ball's Celtic Harp" at the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series at Caltech.

√  Jul 23, 7:30 pm: "Live The Dream Tour Gala Fundraising Concert" at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. BOB MALONE is one of the featured performers. He says, "This concert, and the tour to follow later this year, is all about raising awareness and money for music in the schools — a cause very near and dear to me." Get tix ($43-$22) at:
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-the-dream-tour-gala-fundraiser-tickets-24498025253
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He's touring Italy and Switzerland this summer with his own band, and Canada as a member of John Fogerty's band.
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More at www.bobmalone.com
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"A true virtuoso and crowd-pleaser — he showed that while he is a fantastically technically accomplished player, he fully knows the meaning of showmanship as well." — Shetland News.
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"Bob Malone has brewed up a heady mixture of rock, blues and New Orleans soul over the years and 'Mojo EP' is a perfect sampler for the upcoming 'Mojo DeLuxe' album." — MUSIC RIOT UK.
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"If he could find a way to throw that Steinway grand over his shoulder the way a hot dog guitar player does, I think he would." — NOLA Defender.

√   Jul 30: Bonnie Raitt at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Aug 4: Flogging Molly plus special guests Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and Chuck Ragan at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Aug 6: The Piano Guys at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Oct 8: "FolkWorks Roots Festival." Info is promised soon from the producers.

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The free summer music series are getting underway. Here are a few:

√  Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown L.A. started last weekend.

√  Pasadena's Levitt Pavilion in Central Park officially starts June 26.

√  The Los Angeles Levitt series in Macarthur Park begins on July 2 with a fireworks and music show.

√  Two big ones are on the West side...

•  Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival and the

•  Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series

both battle for your attention on Thursdays beginning July 7, and now you can escape the traffic quagmire by riding the new Expo Line light rail to both places.


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RED BARN OPRY BRINGS BLUEGRASS TO WRIGHTWOOD THIS SATURDAY EVENING


Saturday, June 25, you can escape the heat by going up in the tall pines of Wrightwood, in the eastern end of the San Gabriel Mountains. You can there from I-15 in Cajon Pass, or take a pleasant (but long) drive on Angeles Crest (Hwy 2) from La Canada.

Either route gets to "THE RED BARN OPRY," with the WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND, HIGH D BOYS, & BRITTAN EGNOZZI. The performance starts at 5 pm, at Wilkinsville Corner, 1364 Oriole Rd, Wrightwood.

There's FREE food. Bring your own chair. Thr unique venue is a charming little "Old West" town recreated in the tall pines in the mountain community of Wrightwood, not far from the Mountain High ski areas.

More on the event, and videos of the talented Wimberleys recording their new album and playing last weekend's "Route 66 Bluegrass Festival," is at www.wimberleybluegrassband.com

ALSO note: The WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays the ORANGE COUNTY FAIR, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, nightly from Wed, Jul 27 through Sun, Jul 31, 8-11 pm, on the Meadows Stage.


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FIDDLE LEGEND & MUSIC EMMY-WINNER DEBUT AS DUO SATURDAY AT THE FRET HOUSE


Saturday, June 25, 8 pm, at The Fret House in Covina, you have a chance to see the debut of two accomplished and celebrated veterans in their new guise.

Fiddle Legend Phil Salazar and Emmy Award winning composer-singer-songwriter Mark Heyes "have teamed-up to offer a new brand of exciting entertainment. A great blend of blazing instrumentals and sensitive, heartfelt originals that touch on relationships and social issues, as well as their toe-tapping, smile inducing good time music." That's what their press release promises, and we believe 'em.

"We want the world to know about us," says Salazar. And it should. Those familiar with either of them speak enthusiastically.

"Mark Heyes is a fantastic, creative force and a production-savvy studio veteran. Over the years, I've watched him transition from scoring to singer-songwriter, and there's clearly nothing he can't do well." — Mike Knobloch, President, Film Music, Universal Studios.

Roz and the late Howard Larman, Folkscene Hosts at KPFK Pacifica Radio, said, "Phil Salazar's wizardry on the fiddle is evident whether he is playing bluegrass, swing or jazz. The genius of Phil's fiddle playing sparkles with creativity and excitement."

The Fret House has a legendary downstairs music room, very intimate, so arrive early.

The duo also plays The Wine Rack in Ventura on July 9th.

Their full schedule is on their new website:

www.markandphilmusic.com


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Alvas: John York Saturday; Fun Show Sunday


Saturday, June 25, at 8 pm, the former BYRD plays a celebrated venue in San Pedro: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732.

John York is a singer, composer and instrumentalist well known from his role with the Byrds. He was a member of the Sir Douglas Quintet and The Mamas and The Papas touring band. Since 2008, John has been singing and playing guitar with Barry McGuire (“Eve of Destruction”) in "Trippin' the Sixties."

"John York is the last pure voice of the Silver Sixties to make it through....intact to the first decade of the 21st century." — Kim Fowley.

Tix are $20. Call Alvas Showroom for reservations, at 310-519-1314.

Alvas (no apostrophe s) is quite unique. When they figured they couldn't afford a restaurant license, they invited patrons to bring their own food. So some make it a feast. The venue supplies its own Alvas-brand bottled water. They host some Folk-Americana shows, and jazz (a lot of jazz). Keep 'em on your radar at
www.Alvasshowroom.com
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SUNDAY, Alvas offers another interesting show.

Catina DeLuna, Fish To Birds, and Ashley Maher play Sun, June 26, at 4 pm.

• Ashley Maher, on vocals and percussion, will kick off the concert with her highly infectious brand of world/folk/jazz accompanied by guitarist Frederico Ramos.

• Catina DeLuna on piano & vocals is joined by Roberto Montero on nylon string guitar. Brazilian born singer/pianist Catina DeLuna, whose album was nominated to the 58th Grammy Awards (2016), explores musical selections by various Brazilian composers.

• Closing the show is the a cappella vocal improv group Fish To Birds, who will wow you with their amazing harmonies and spontaneous vocal combustion. Six voices, no script: Cathy Segal-Garcia - vocals; Adrianne Duncan - vocals; Mon David - Vocals; Cecily Gardner - vocals; and Emile Hassan-Dye - vocals.

Tix are $20. Call Alvas Showroom for reservations, at 310-519-1314. Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732


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San Pedro Blues Festival is Saturday, July 9


A night of blues from some real legends, including James Harman, Barry G 'n' Grease Fire, The Mighty Mojo Prophets, and Big John Atkinson, comprises this year's "San Pedro Blues Festival" on July 9, beginning at 4 pm at the fabulously cavernous Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731.

A spokeswoman for the venue says, "Join everyone in downtown San Pedro at the historic Warner Grand."

Long time blues fan and founder Juanito Ibarra has been a longtime resident of San Pedro. After success in the entertainment /fight business worldwide, he is "bringing... back to his roots" in the city he loves.

Tix:
• "Meet & Greet VIP Tickets" $50, are already sold-out.
• General admission tix are $25, and you should jump on that. This could sell-out soon.

Tix & info at:

www.buy.sanpedroblues.com


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MUSIC AT THE ORANGE COUNTY FAIR


This year's OC Fair in Costa Mesa runs July 15-August 14. (88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocfair.com )

Each year, every Southern California fair is a grab bag, musically. There's always a lot of rock. There's usually SOME Folk-Americana, including blues, but that can be a lot or just a little. This year's OC Fair in Costa Mesa offers plenty on good music most any night you visit. Concerts in the Pacific Amphitheater and the Hangar require extra tix that sell-out in advance. All other stages are free with fair admission. Here, listed in date sequence, are the Guide's picks for the 2016 OC Fair.

√ Jul 14, 8 pm: THREE DOG NIGHT w/ PACIFIC SYMPHONY play the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Special pre-Fair show. Tix  include 2016 OC Fair admission. Save your ticket stub and come back to the Fair Jul 15-Aug 14. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Jul 15-17, 8-11 pm: THE FALLEN STARS play the MEADOWS STAGE. "An Americana Rock band from Southern California that believes a good story can break your heart and a driving guitar riff can put it back together again, all in the space of a three minute song."

√ Jul 15, 8:30 pm, 
√ Jul 16, 8:30 pm, 
√ Jul 17, 8 pm: HULA GIRLS play the BAJA BLUES BAR & RESTAURANT STAGE. The "self-described Kings of Hulabilly! It's all the stuff that you dig so much. Rockabilly and Surf in tiki land."

√ Jul 16: BOSTON 40th Anniversary Tour at the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Jul 16 & 17, 1 pm: MAI TAIS play the BAJA BLUES BAR & RESTAURANT STAGE. They "bring their own rockin' surf sound influenced by surf, punk, metal, and the blues."

√ Jul 20-24, 8-11 pm: TEXAS HOUSE PARTY plays the MEADOWS STAGE. "Western Swing meets Cowboy Boogie."

√ Jul 20-24, 8-11 pm: CAITLIN LUCIA plays the PROMENADE STAGE. She's performed on "The Voice" and "American Idol." OC native uses "her talented pop voice and love for the folk genre to create a unique music experience."

√ Jul 20, 8 pm,
√ Jul 21, 8:30 pm,
√ Jul 22, 8 pm,
√ Jul 23 8:30 pm, 
√ Jul 24 8 pm: BILL MAGEE plays the blues on the BAJA BLUES BAR & RESTAURANT STAGE. "Jimi Hendrix was playing as Jimmy James... when Willie (Bill) Magee met, befriended and eventually joined up with Hendrix to form the band 'Jimmy James and the Flames.' In 1967, Hendrix went to England, and Magee took his newly formed band, the 'Kansas City Playboys' on a tour around Europe. The rest is history... now after a brief hiatus Bill Magee has felt the pull of the blues once again and come out of retirement. Catch a performance of his and see the best of Southern Blues music."

√ Jul 22: Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson with A Great Big World play the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Jul 24, 8 pm: "THE HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR" with THE TURTLES, MARK LINDSAY, GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP, CHUCK NEGRON, THE COWSILLS, THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP in the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Jul 27: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons play the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Jul 28: Jeff Dunham plays the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Jul 29: Chris Isaak with David Rosales play the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Jul 27-31, 8-11 pm: WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND plays the MEADOWS STAGE. They've played lots of bluegrass festivals and just got back from a Texas gig. Four siblings based in OC "who strive to keep the traditional sounds of bluegrass music alive and well." Video of them recording their new album at
www.wimberleybluegrassband.com

√ Aug 4: Jim Gaffigan plays the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix:
http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Aug 5: Hunter Hayes plus Cassadee Pope plays the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix: http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Aug , 6 pm: MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO DE JOSE HERNANDEZ plays THE HANGAR. Requires extra ticket that includes free fair admission (link below). Formed by international mariachi star Jose Hernandez in 1981, the group is "a talented ensemble of beautiful voices and musicians who offer traditional mariachi sounds embellished with fresh contemporary passion and powerful new rhythms." More, www.soldemexicomusic.com.
** (This year, The Hangar is almost exclusively rock tribute bands requiring extra tickets. We don't list that. If it's your thing, the website is:
www.ocfair.com/2016/thingstodo/the_hangar.asp )

√ Aug 6 & 7, 1 pm: THE ROAD KILL KINGS play the BAJA BLUES BAR & RESTAURANT STAGE. They "infuse traditional bluegrass and country into a potently contagious style of roadhouse music that is sure to win over any crowd, young or old."

√ Aug 10: Lindsey Stirling with Carah Faye play the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix: http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Aug 11: Chris Young plus Ruthie Collins play the PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE. Reserved seats include FREE OC Fair admission. Concert tix: http://www.pacamp.com/pa2/index.asp

√ Aug 10-14, 8-11 pm: ALICE WALLACE plays the MEADOWS STAGE. With nominations as "Best Country/Americana Artist" and "Best Live Band" from the Orange County Music Awards, she brings her "powerful, elastic singing and melodic, literate song-crafting skill." The Guide is mightily impressed with her.

√ Aug 10-14, 8-11 pm: SURF FLAMINGO plays the PROMENADE STAGE. Surf and Spaghetti Western classics on flamenco guitar.
• "Killing it! Muy Caliente!" - Guitar Player Magazine.
• “Flying fingers and some mad virtuosic Flamenco - Metal chops." - Guitar World Magazine.

√ Aug 14: Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone plays THE HANGAR. Requires extra ticket that includes free fair admission (link below).
** (This year, The Hangar is almost exclusively rock tribute bands requiring extra tickets. We don't list that. If it's your thing, the website is:
www.ocfair.com/2016/thingstodo/the_hangar.asp )

More info on the fair's other events at:

www.ocfair.com


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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Celebrate Historic 50th Anniversary with First Show in their Hometown in over 40 years


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band returns is celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together and will headline this year’s "Folk Revival Festival" on September 17th. The group was founded in Long Beach, CA in 1966, and they've played all over the world. But they haven't performed together in their hometown in four decades.

Often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, they've earned multi-platinum and gold records. Their strings of top ten hits have included "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles." They've had multiple Grammy, IBMA, and CMA Awards and nominations.  Their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album became a series and the original was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Now, after 40 years, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will play a show in the town where it all started, as they come "Circlin’ Back" for one historic night in beautiful downtown Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park.

This year’s lineup is full of amazing musicians, as diverse as they are talented:

• The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
• The White Buffalo
• Chuck Ragan
• J.D. McPherson
• Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
• Willy Tea Taylor
• Leo “Bud” Welch
• The Lowest Pair
• Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin
• Moonsville Collective
• Pearl Charles
• Big Bad Rooster
• Honey Whiskey Trio
• Mcdougall
• The Hollow Trees
• Echo Mountain
• introducing Smoggy Mountain String Band
• plus more still being added

In addition to the music, fan favorites from last year are back. These include the signature contests — pie eating, beard & mustache, and banjo. The festival offers gourmet food trucks, craft beers, an interactive kid’s area with “Instrument Petting Zoo,” and a “Vintage Bazaar” shopping experience and Craft Pavilion.

The fourth annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival happens September 17, 2016, from 11 am to 11 pm, returning to Rainbow Lagoon Park. Just across from Shoreline Village and the Marina in Downtown Long Beach, this beautiful ocean front location sets the perfect stage for showcasing the best in Folk, Roots,Americana, & Bluegrass music acts.

Tickets are on sale now:
• $35 in advance.
• Increases to $40 on August 1st.
• $50 at the door.
• Kids age 12 and under, and Seniors age 75 or older, get in FREE.

More info and tix link:
www.FolkRevivalFestival.com

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The festival also sponsors its "Official Bluegrass Jam Session" several times a year. They tell us it's "A great place for dinner and amazing music."

Their next jam is Thursday, July 14th, starting at 7 pm at the Red Leprechaun in Long Beach. The featured band is The Ponderosa Aces.

More info on the jam:
www.folkrevivalfestival.com/folk-jam



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Friday, June 17, 2016

Festivals! From Bayou to Bluegrass to Music Gearfest to "Make Music L.A. — plus MORE, within! June 17 2016

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We have a YUUUGELY full edition for you. Festivals, concerts, music news, all kinds o' tuneful things. We've got you covered this week, and there's lots to discover waaaay beyond!

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June 17th in history...

On this day in 1972, burglars were caught inside the offices of the Democratic National Committee. They were found with money in their pockets that came from the Republican Committee to Re Elect the President (CREEP). And Watergate brought-down the Nixon presidency.

On this day just one year ago, a stranger was welcomed into a church in Charleston, SC. He murdered everyone he could, in yet another mass shooting. And still, nothing has been done to keep guns from the hands of crazy people.



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In this edition...

We open with a quote.
Then...

1) 30th Annual "Long Beach Bayou Festival" is this weekend

2) BLUEGRASS Festivals: "Route 66," and "Father's Day"

3) Benefit for "Mozambikes" Saturday in Pasadena

4) CELTIC FIDDLER KEVIN BURKE performs Saturday

5) JAMES LEE STANLEY's 30th CD: Release Show on Web Simulcast Radio Sunday, June 19

6) Good Shows, Miscellaneous Destinations

7) This is "National Parks Open House Weekend"

8) Music at Warner Grand and Grand Annex

9) Mike + Ruthy Band now playing California

10) Blues in the San Gabriel Valley

11) "Switchboard Music Festival" in SF Sunday

12) "MAKE MUSIC L.A." is Tuesday, June 21st

13) LAWIM Performers at 2016 "Make Music L.A."

14) ERNEST TROOST, L.A.'s Piedmont Bluesman, in Concert Saturday in OC

15) Alvas Showroom in San Pedro

16) SPOTLIGHT: THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE

17) Amoeba Sidewalk Sale is Sunday

18) WIN TIX: CHICAGO plays the Annual July 4th Show with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Air Force Band

19) MARINA V plays her BON VOYAGE June 22

20) FREE Webinar: "How to Plan for and Have a Successful Songwriter Business"

21) FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST SOLICITING PROPOSALS FOR PANELS & WORKSHOPS

22) North West Folk Life 2016: Four Days of Favorite Festival Moments Are Online

23) Inside the 15th Annual GearFest at  Sweetwater Sound in Indiana

24) Guitar Giant: The Late Pete Huttlinger

25) Include a Festival in Your Summer Vacation

Let's get started!

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QUOTE...

"H. sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions." — Joyce Carol Oates, writer (born June 16, 1938).


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# 1 news feature


30th Annual "Long Beach Bayou Festival" is this weekend


Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, at Linden Av & Shoreline Dr, in Long Beach, once again transforms into Louisiana. Event website, http://longbeachbayou.com

The Long Beach Bayou Festival, a zydeco, blues, Creole & Cajun festival, unites a Mardi Gras atmosphere and Cajun & Creole food delicacies with one stage of blues, and another stage of Cajun & Zydeco music, each with a dance floor. Hours are 11 am-9 pm Sat, and 11 am-7 pm Sun. Info and tickets: 562-912-4451, www.longbeachbayou.com.

Playing the CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE:
• Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners (Sat, Sun);
• Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys (Sat, Sun)
• La Recolte Cajun Band (Sat)
• Mark St Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band (Sat)
• Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sat)
• The Revelers (Sun)
• J.J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts

Playing the BLUES STAGE:
• Big Jay McNeely (Sun)
• Guitar Shorty (Sat)
• Leon Hughes World Famous Coasters (Sat)
• The Sai Whatt Band (Sun)
• Jimmy Hewitt & the Soul Dogg Band featuring • Lyrica Garrett
• Hard Rain (Sun)
• Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans (Sat, Sun)
• William Porter BJS Band Tribute to B. B. King (Sat)

There's Cajun & Creole Cuisine, dance instruction & continuous dancing, a Mardi Gras Parade, Watermelon & Crawfish Eating Contests, activities for kids and teens, and more.

This year's Blues Stage features a tremendous lineup for the 30th anniversary of Bayou Fest. Headlining Saturday night is the legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty. Shorty is credited with being an influence to Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy. Setting the stage for Shorty on Saturday night are Leon Hughes' World Famous Coasters starring Leon Hughes from the original Coasters - known for classic hits such as "Poison Ivy", "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak."

Headlining on Sunday is "King of the honkin’, squealin’, bar walkin’, flat-on-his-back Blowin’ (saxophone) tenor men", Big Jay McNeely. Bringing the crowd to a peak before McNeely's finale are the popular smooth jazz/R&B outfit, The Sai Whatt Band. Formerly known as "Prime Time," they scored a massive hit with their single "I Owe It To Myself", which went to #19 in the US and #1 in Europe. Their TV appearances include American Bandstand and Soul Train.

Andy Hill and Renee Safier's Hard Rain brings a roots flavor to the Blues Stage. Their ensemble won "Americana Group of the Year" at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2007.

The Zydeco Stage features the most popular artists in the Cajun and Zydeco genre. International Zydeco stars Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners add their own flavor to "old school Zydeco" and have eight CDs to their credit. Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys add highly innovative contemporary Zydeco while still respecting tradition; "The Delta King", Mark St. Mary and His Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band, bring their infectious, award-winning (Bay Area Blues Society's Best Zydeco Band 2007) traditional Louisiana blues and Zydeco sounds. The already stellar lineup also includes La Recolte Cajun Band, whose decidedly danceable Cajun styling made them winners for “Best New CD of the Year” at the Annual “Le Cajun Awards 2014”, and The Revelers, the Louisiana supergroup whose tonic of swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues, and Zydeco was called “Groove bound and dance compelling …” by Offbeat Magazine. JJ Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts has a combination of the Blues styles of Clifton Chenier and funky Beau Jocque that moves everyone. West Coast favorite, Bonne Musique Zydeco, draws upon the influences of the blues and New Orleans artists of the 50's, 60's and 70's to create a blend of music designed for dancing.

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, so even the most inexperienced dancers can join in on the fun.

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.

Tickets:
Adults: $25/day-advance, $30/day-gate
Seniors (60+) and Students (18+) $20/advance, $30 at the gate
Children age 12 & under are free
Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military are free with current, valid Military ID


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BLUEGRASS Festivals: "Route 66," and "Father's Day"


Just over Cajon Pass, it may actually be much cooler this weekend than it is in L.A. We know, Victorville, site of the "Route 66 Bluegrass Festival," is in the Mojave Desert. Nevertheless, it is expected to be cooler there than in L.A.

√  Annual "ROUTE 66 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL:" Thu-Sun, Jun 16-19, today 8 am-10 pm, with Nu-Blu, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, The Get Down Boys, Burning Heart Bluegrass, Out of the Desert, Chris Cerna & The Bluegrass Republic, Wimberley Bluegrass Band, The Tail Draggers, Bluegrass Brethren, Gabriel’s Crossing, Lilies of the West, more, at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St, Victorville 92395. Tix & info, 760-218-8752; www.route66bluegrass.com

And, up north...

√  Annual "FATHERS DAY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL:" Thu-Sun, Jun 16-19, today 9:45 am-10:35 pm, with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The New Reeltime Travelers, The Gibson Brothers, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Crary, Evans and Spurgin, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Blue and Lonesome, Flatt Lonesome, Kids on Bluegrass, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, The Alabama Bow Ties, Barwick and Siegfried, One Button Suit, Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, The Roustabouts, Grasslands, more, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley 95949. Info & tix, 209-588-6031; www.cbaweb.org/Events/FathersDayFestival


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Benefit for "Mozambikes" Saturday in Pasadena


It's the "Benefit For Mozambikes" concert with Brad Colerick, Lorin Hart, Robert Morgan Fisher, Kevin Campbell, Cynthia Brando, Ed Tree, Barrett Tagliarino, Dave Morrison, Wild Mountain Mystics, and perhaps more: 7 pm, at Throop Unitarian, 300 S Los Robles, Pasadena.

Admission is "Donate what you can. Bring food to share if you'd like."

This raises money to buy bicycles for families in rural Mozambique who have no transportation. These tough well-equipped bikes are game-changers.

Dave Morrison says, "Our online effort has been going very well. We have already purchased 18 bicycles. That is eighteen families who can more efficiently get their meager crops to market - get their kids to school - reach medical care. I'm over the moon knowing that we've made a real difference in the lives of people who live on less than two dollars a day. Come out to Pasadena Saturday. We'll have pot-luck food and drink, and some great entertainment, too. And afterward - if you feel like it - stick around for the Song-Circle. Help us do a great thing."


More at www.davemorrisonmusic.com


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CELTIC FIDDLER KEVIN BURKE performs Saturday


On Saturday, Jun 18, at 8 pm, the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series hosts this renowned artist in Beckman Institute Auditorium ("Little Beckman"), on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.

Fiddler Kevin Burke was a member of the legendary group, the Bothy Band, and later went on to found Patrick Street, an equally memorable band which also included Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn, and was produced by Donal Lunny. Then, there were a couple of wonderful recordings with Micheal O'Domhnaill. He also formed the Celtic Fiddle Festival with Silly Wizard's Johnny Cunningham, a group that continues today with a different lineup.

He was recently named "Traditional Musician of the Year" for 2016 by Gradam Ceoil, and you can see a fine musical and biographical introduction to him on Kevin’s on web site, www.kevinburke.com.

Tickets for this show are $20 for adults,$5 for Caltech students and children.


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JAMES LEE STANLEY's 30th CD: Release Show on Web Simulcast Radio Sunday, June 19


Sunday, June 19, tune in at 11 am for "Please Stand By" with host John Sandige and guest James Lee Stanley on KPIG-FM. If you're in the area, you can GO, 1110 Main St, Watsonville; 831-722-2299.

James, who writes pages and pages without capitalizing much of anything, tells us:

"well kids, i've done it. my 30th CD. lucky 30! this time it's a live CD that I cut in philadelphia with two brilliant musicians accompanying me in front of a live studio audience. i know,i know,i've played live before... but here's the cool part. i told them no rehearsal and no charts. let's just play and see what happens. so we did. on the fly music,inspired by the jazz greats of the fifties who would just go in the studio and play. we did 17 songs in two and a half hours. fourteen of the songs are on the cd along with my usual bantering here and there. several new songs and some that haven't been heard in a long time. all live,all immediate and all pretty damned good. me and my guitar with the estimable cheryl prashker on percussion and chad watson on bass. and i'l be doing the songs from the CD at these two up coming gigs 18 and 19 june. i hope that i can see all of you there,as i am maturing and,ahem,you never know."

If you're in Northern Cal, find his CD release tour gigs at his website. Or check-out the new album. It's:

www.jamesleestanley.com


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Good Shows, Miscellaneous Destinations


Friday...

√  Jun 17, 8 pm: WYNONNA, with MICHAEL ANN opening, at the Canyon Club in Agoura. Tix at: www.michaelannmusic.com

Saturday...

√  The "Route 66 Bluegrass Festival" out in Victorville is  June 16-19.

√ Sat, Jun 18, 8 pm: A splendid night of music with MIKE & RUTHY Band ("Best of 2015 NPR"), and DEAR LEMON TREES (Americana songwriting trio with Kathleen Grace), at the Hotel Cafe, Hollywood.

√  Sat, Jun 18: Brandon Ragan Project: 8 pm at Sessions at the Loft in Camarillo. Info, www.sessionsattheloft.com

√  Sat, Jun 18: Kevin Burke: 8 pm at Pasadena Folk Music Society, in Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech in Pasadena. Info, www.pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org

√  Sat, Jun 18: The Revelers, 8 pm, at "The Deep End Sessions" in Santa Paula. Reservations get directions by email to deependsessions@gmail.com. This is "Acoustic music in the Old-Time tradition, performed, recorded and filmed in the living room of a California farm house." Details at www.deependsessions.com

Sunday...

√  Sun, Jun 19: Rhythm Future Quartet (gypsy jazz): 4 pm at Naiditch House Concerts in Altadena. Info, email: DavidNaiditch@charter.net

Farther ahead...

√  "Make Music Los Angeles" is this Tuesday. It's a huge, free, all day and into the night festival with multiple stages and many performers.

√  Sat, Jun 25: Lindsay Tomasic: 4 pm for "Full Moon Saturdays" series at Stonywood Backyard Concert Series in Pasadena. Info: www.facebook.com/fullmoonsaturdays

√  Tue, Jun 21: John McEuen Trio: 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com

√  Sun, Jun 26: FISH TO BIRDS, plus CATINA DELUNA, and.ASHLEY MAHER, 4-6 pm, at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; www.alvasshowroom.com. ASHLEY MAHER opens the show with guitarist Federico Ramos, followed by Brazilian born singer/pianist CATINA DELUNA, exploring music by various Brazilian composers with guitarist Roberto Montero. Catina's album was nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards (2016). Beloved a cappella vocal improv group, FISH TO BIRDS (Cathy Segal-Garcia, Emile Hassan-Dye, Adrianne Duncan, Cecily Gardner, Ashley Maher, and Mon David), closes with a frothy, thrilling, entertaining, set, creating music out of thin air. Six voices, no script.

√  Jun 29: CHICAGO Plus special guest Rita Wilson at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Thu, Jun 30: Eric Schwartz: 8 pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena; www.coffeegallery.com

√  Jul 2: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Sat, Jul 2, 8 pm: "THE LAST DUEL GONE DOWN," as Lorin Hart and Tom Fair bring the last of their “Dueling Dylans" shows to the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena. Twelve classic songs apiece including a few audience sing-along Dylan favorites. Tix $20 adv, $25 door. info@urbanhomestead.com; 626-765-5704.

√  Mon, Jul 4: 2nd Annual "July 4th Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque," 11 am-5 pm, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway). Old-fashioned July 4th family celebration at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun. Tix & info, 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
TICKET PRICES:
• Adults 13 and up: $20 before July 3 at 5 p.m.; $22 at the door
• Kids ages 5-12: $8 before July 3 at 5 p.m., $10 at the door
• Family Pack (2 adults + 2 kids + 5 free raffle tickets): $50 by July 3 at 5 p.m. only (not available at the door)
• Ages 4 and under: Free

√  Jul 9, 8 pm: WILSON PHILLIPS, with MICHAEL ANN opening, at The Rose in Pasadena. Tix at: www.michaelannmusic.com

√  Jul 16: "Patrick Ball's Celtic Harp" at the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series at Caltech.

√  Jul 23, 7:30 pm: "Live The Dream Tour Gala Fundraising Concert" at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. BOB MALONE is one of the featured performers. He says, "This concert, and the tour to follow later this year, is all about raising awareness and money for music in the schools — a cause very near and dear to me." Get tix ($43-$22) at:
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-the-dream-tour-gala-fundraiser-tickets-24498025253
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He's touring Italy and Switzerland this summer with his own band, and Canada as a member of John Fogerty's band.
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More at www.bobmalone.com
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"A true virtuoso and crowd-pleaser — he showed that while he is a fantastically technically accomplished player, he fully knows the meaning of showmanship as well." — Shetland News.
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"Bob Malone has brewed up a heady mixture of rock, blues and New Orleans soul over the years and 'Mojo EP' is a perfect sampler for the upcoming 'Mojo DeLuxe' album." — MUSIC RIOT UK.
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"If he could find a way to throw that Steinway grand over his shoulder the way a hot dog guitar player does, I think he would." — NOLA Defender.

√   Jul 30: Bonnie Raitt at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Aug 4: Flogging Molly plus special guests Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and Chuck Ragan at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles. Get tix now.

√  Aug 6: The Piano Guys.at The Greek Theatre. Get tix now.

√  Oct 8: "FolkWorks Roots Festival." Info promised soon from producers.

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The free summer music series are announcing their schedules, so here are a few of those:

√  Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown L.A. starts this weekend.

√  Pasadena's Levitt Pavilion in Central Park officially starts June 26.

√  The Los Angeles Levitt series in Macarthur Park begins on July 2 with a fireworks and music show.

√  Two on the West side...

•  Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival and the

•  Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series

both battle for your attention on Thursdays beginning July 7, and now you can take the new Expo Line to them both.


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This is "National Parks Open House Weekend"


Twenty national parks across the country are participating in "Partners in Preservation: National Parks," together with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 20 parks are hosting an Open House Weekend on Saturday June 18, and Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day), featuring a range of family-friendly activities from arts and crafts to scavenger hunts and specialty tours. During the events, guests will also learn about the "Partners in Preservation" program, the participating sites’ histories, and restoration efforts at each park.

Participating parks in California include Joshua Tree National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Stop by in person to experience the fun.

Then, continue to support your favorite park’s project by voting daily through July 5 to help determine which sites will receive preservation grants. Open House events are free to those who attend. Park entry and reservation fees still apply.


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Music at Warner Grand and Grand Annex


San Pedro's Grand Annex is a well-known music venue. The Warner Grand, next door, is the Grand Vision Foundation's other venue, too big to host music very often. But this weekend, both are tuneful, at 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; www.grandvision.org

√  Dave Widow & The Line Up with Bernie Pearl play Sat, Jun 18, 8 pm, at the Grand Annex.

√  "The Music Man" runs Fri, Jun 17-Sun, Jun 19, at the Warner Grand. "There's trouble in River City when a fast talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian." Presented by Encore Entertainment
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Coming up...

√  "San Pedro Blues Festival," Saturday, July 9. It's a night of blues from some the legends of the game including, James Harman, Barry G "n" Grease Fire, The Mighty Mojo Prophets, and Big John Atkinson.

Tickets and info at venue's website, above.


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Mike + Ruthy Band now playing California


Ruthy reports, "We've made it across the country in our trusty van to bring you some rockin' shows! We have Konrad Meissner on drums, Andy Stack on bass, and Rob Stein on pedal steel in the band."

Yep. "Rockin' shows" from a multiple award-winning folkish band that can "bring it" fully acoustic.

"Today (Friday) we play the Live Oak Music Festival, tomorrow (Saturday) L.A., and then up the coast for Berkeley, Santa Rosa, and Kate Wolf! Thank you for spreading the word to your friends. We hope we'll see you at the shows! Heartfelt songs and a high-energy band await you!"

•  Fri, Jun 17: "Live Oak Music Festival," Cachuma Lake.
•  Sat, Jun 18: w/ Dear Lemon Trees, at Hotel Cafe, Hollywood (L.A.).
•  Jun 22: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
•  Jun 23: Krush Backyard Concert, Santa Rosa.
•  Jun 24, 25, 26: "Kate Wolf Music Festival," Laytonville.


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Blues in the San Gabriel Valley


If you don't know this venue, you should. It's the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia (Santa Anita exit S off 210 Fwy, less than a mile to a left on Huntington). It has two stages at opposite ends of the house, and almost no "down time" once the music starts. Bobby Bluehouse, the excellent house band, opens and plays during all the guest headliner's breaks. There's a full bar, good food (generous portions), pool tables, and plenty of seating. But bring earplugs. Seriously.

Here's their calendar.

√  Fri, Jun 17: Alastair Greene

√  Sat, Jun 18: Kara Grainger

√  Fri, Jun 24: James Intveld

√  Sat, Jun 25: Guitar Shorty

Adv discount tix available for all concerts at: http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/


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"Switchboard Music Festival" in SF Sunday


If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, and you like an eclectic mix inclusive of plenty that's actually good (where are you, KCRW?)...

It's the 9th annual "Switchboard Music Festival" in SF, June 18. This festival returns to San Francisco’s Brava Theater with a showcase of innovative music. It features headliner Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Del Sol String Quartet with composer Daniel Wohl, Aaron Novik’s O+O+ & many more.


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"MAKE MUSIC L.A." is Tuesday, June 21st


"Make Music Los Angeles" is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the county.

We'd list a bunch of performances for you, but their website does not have text we can copy — and we sure ain't gonna spend hours reading and retyping content.

So. Go to their website and select by genre. You'll need to do that individually for:

• Americana / Bluegrass
• Folk
• Blues
• Country
• Classical

And whatever else you'd like to find. Or you can track-down a venue or two or three near you, or near a light rail or subway station, or near a good place to park.

On their website, you can:
• View all concerts for MMLA on June 21st.
• Browse all artists participating in MMLA.
• Browse all venues participating in MMLA.

It's an extensive website. Just annoying because you can't copy things to build your own itinerary. It's:

http://makemusicla.org
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It all derives locally from the success of "Make Music Pasadena" (which, this year, happened last weekend). But that one derives from the real genesis — "Fete de la Musique" in France.

Y'see, in France, it's against the law to busk. Busking gets you busted. It had been the law for years. Until Francois Mitterand got elected President. Francois was a musician. So makers of music were sure he'd get that law tossed-out. He tried. Politics being politics, he had to compromise. And compromise. And, well, you know.

So what did he get? The politicos agree to suspend the law for just one day a year. Francois picked the longest day of the year: the summer solstice, so music making could have the longest possible expression.

Thus, "Make Music L.A." adopts that tradition. Which is why it's on Tuesday. The longest day of the year. And it does offer some venues where, just like in France, you need only arrive with your instrument and make music with other musicians for as many hours as you can stand it. Or stand up. Or sit there. Or whatever.

It's more jamming potential than anywhere this side of Topanga Banjo•Fiddle. And that already happened, back in May.
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Just a part of it all is L.A.'s participation in the nationwide "Mass Appeal" events — mass music making, each using one kind of instrument, welcoming all comers.

There are Mass Appeal events June 21st for guitars, ukuleles, harmonica, drums, and "pBones." Each brings together thousands of musicians - of all levels and ages - to make music in a large group in a central event celebrating that instrument in a different location around L.A. You will play with seasoned professionals and amateurs alike. Register as an artist to play for three of them: the Guitar, Harmonica and pBone Mass Appeal events. All do welcome students, amateurs and professionals. Details on this year's Mass Appeal events are a couple of clicks in on the website:

http://makemusicla.org
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We will note that Santa Monica has announced an open approach — like the original French event — inviting all musicians to perform on acoustic instruments from 7 am-10 pm in multiple dedicated locations. If it's the hot day it's expected to be, there will surely be grateful crowds at these near-the-beach temporary stages.


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LAWIM Performers at 2016 "Make Music L.A."


Among all the concerts at regular and impromptu venues for "Make Music Los Angeles," there's a full evening of music from LAWIM. True, the live, FREE musical celebration on June 21st, the longest day of the year, brings a BUNCH of concerts and performances vying for your attendance, and they span beyond downtown all the way to the beach, as we report in the story just ahead of this one.

But LAWIM — Los Angeles Women in Music — gets extra focud. It's the long-running nonprofit that promotes and celebrates women in all aspects of the music industry, and awards the best among them. LAWIM is hosting a stage at the historic SALVAGE Los Angeles, located along the Seventh Street Retail Corridor in the heart of the Financial District.

From 8 to 10 pm, Tuesday, June 21, the evening is emceed by Blues radio DJ / programmer ANN THE RAVEN from 88.5 FM KCSN. Featured performances include FRANCESCA CAPASSO, MICHELE VREELAND, ARLENE KOLE, JULIA ZUZANNA SOKOLOWSKA, TIANA WOODS, & VARNA.

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ERNEST TROOST, L.A.'s Piedmont Bluesman, in Concert Saturday in OC


Ernest Troost is the scheduled artist at "The Living Tradition" concert series with Mike Benecke opening, Sat, June 18, at 7:30 pm.

Troost has collected many awards for his work as a film and tv composer. But his love is the unique form of the blues that resides east of the Southern Appalachians.

The Living Tradition Concert Series is long-running and books great acts. All their events are at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim 92805. Tix for this show are $16, at the door.


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Alvas Showroom in San Pedro


This venue is quite unique. When they figured they couldn't afford a restaurant license, they invited patrons to bring their own food. So some make it a feast. The venue supplies its own Alvas-brand bottled water. They host some Folk-Americana shows, and jazz (a lot of jazz). Keep 'em on your radar at
www.Alvasshowroom.com

Performances this weekend...

√  TIM WEISBERG: Sat, Jun 18, 8 pm. Tix: $25. Tim Weisberg has long been regarded as one of the most original rock, blues and jazz-fusion flutists. In 1970,vfresh out of grad school and virtually unknown, Tim Weisberg exploded on to the scene with his opening performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival,  where he firmly established himself as a unique musical talent. Somewhere between jazz and rock, Tim’s distinctive style of playing caught the attention of A&M Records label owner Herb Alpert. In 1971, A&M released his debut album, "Tim Weisberg," and the journey began.

With a career spanning several decades and generating over 20 albums, most fans would unanimously agree that his musical genius is most indelibly stamped on the platinum album, "Twin Sons of Different Mothers," recorded with the late Dan Fogelberg. Twin Sons went on to become a pop/rock mainstay of the late '70s and is considered one of the top iconic rock instrumental albums.

Tim’s eagerly anticipated new album, "Another Byte," was recorded live at Alvas, and is only Tim’s third live album. The first, released by A&M Records in 1976, was recorded over eight evenings at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. His next live release, in 1979, was one of the industry’s first digitally recorded albums, featuring Tim and his band in a live performance at Hollywood’s legendary Producer’s Workshop.

"Another Byte" matches his live shows note for note,capturing the high energy, musical excitement and innovativeness that is classic Tim Weisberg. The journey continues.

Featuring Tim Weisberg on flute, Chuck Alvarez on guitar, Barnaby Finch on keyboards, Maria Martinez on drums, & David Hughes on bass.
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√   Nori Tani Quartet, feat. Takako Uemura & May Okita: Sun, Jun 19, 4 pm. Tix: $20. Nori Tani on flute, saxophone, Hiro Morozumi on piano, John Graves on bass, Marc Van Aken on drums, Takako Uemura on vocals, May Okita on vocals.
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Upcoming at Alvas

√  Sat, Jun 25: John York, Catina DeLuna, Fish. 8 pm.

√  Sun, Jun 26: To Birds, and Ashley Maher. 4 pm.


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SPOTLIGHT: THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE


The Coffee Gallery Backstage,  2029 N Lake Av, Altadena. We've long awarded this delightful place the "Best Intimate Acoustic Music in L.A.," even though it isn't in L.A. Phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.

Full info on all their shows is at
www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm

Here's what's up there...

√  Fri, Jun 17, 8 pm. Tickets: $18 (a bargain). I SEE HAWKS IN L. A. a fave at The Coffee Gallery Backstage and a well traveled star at all the venues around. With national star...TONY GILKYSON. “Southern California is a land of strange, dangerous and beautiful contrasts. A mountain lion prowls outside the tract home bedroom of a teenage girl while she talks, oblivious to its existence, on her cell phone. A rattlesnake slithers across an empty shopping mall parking lot on a hot summer night while the employees count up the days profit and turn out the lights. While paparazzi chase the latest talent free celebrity, a talented, literate bunch of soulful musicians create honest and wise roots music for the ages. I See Hawks are indeed one of California’s unique treasures.” – Dave Alvin “There is an overall joy that emanates from the Hawks’ music. Acoustic guitar progressions accentuate Celtic fiddle melodies on some songs while the melodies of others are carried by a rock guitar reminiscent of James Burton’s work with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. The lyrics display a wry sense of the situation we find ourselves in while remaining hopeful about our future as a species. Other songs display an equally wry approach to the ups and downs of love. This is the music the 1960s counterculture was meant to produce in its brightest hours. The fact that it appears now some forty years later in a world arguably more hopeless is a sign of hope in itself. Despite the echoes of that lonesome whippoorwill, I See Hawks In LA wipes away those tears we are sometimes too blue to cry.” “I See Hawks In L.A. blend country and psychedelia with soaring three-part harmonies that leave the poseurs of alt-schmaltz dust choked. These guys are the house band for a revolution that isn’t over yet.” – Michael Simmons, High Times. http://www.iseehawks.com ABOUT TONY GILKYSON: Frank Goodman writes in PureMusic.com: "This is how it's supposed to be done. Call me old-fashioned, but for alternative country to sound good, you gots to play good. And Tony G. plays like a demon .... And he's way more than a great guitarist. He is in that select company that is operating with a deep tonal vocabulary, and a connection to the instrument that few ever know. When he bends a note, into another bent note, into another bent note, and it's all in tune and it's all in time, that's a guitar player. That's just part of it, of course; it has as much to do with his approach to harmony and pushing the country envelope, and sterling acoustic work....Tony's done way more than a host of more famous people. Ten years with X, played with Lone Justice, played on and produced a slew of great records. Like all the greatest players will tell you, it's about seeing them live." Tony Gilkyson was born in Hollywood to a highly musical family, and he's taken that heritage and made it his own. He's played and recorded with X, Lone Justice, Sam Phillips, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Dave Alvin, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, kd lang, Mike Stinson, and his sister Eliza. http://www.tonygilkyson.com "Gilkyson has always been known as a fine guitarist but now he can be recognized as an equally fine songwriter with an eye for the ironic and darkly humorous." --Los Angeles Times For photos & copy click on: http://www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm

√  Sat, Jun 18, 7 pm. Tickets: $18. Bob Stane says: Back after two or three years. We do not know where they have been or what they have been doing but it must have been fun. Read the copy, below. They are been here for a couple of encore shows and they sell out and make great music. Fun, different, musical and the best of Gypsy Jazz and then some. Money back guarantee. A fine Saturday night extravaganza. The SWING RIOTS Quirktette are a group of Los Angeles-based traditional jazz musicians who specialize in that crossroad where early, string based jazz and traditional folk music intersect. We play a broad mix of early New Orleans jazz standards including songs sung in Creole French. We also play many of the well-known Gypsy Jazz standards recorded by the great Romany guitar and violin players of the 1920s & 30s but dig deeper, performing traditional eastern European folk melodies in a swing setting. It is not widely known that seminal jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt played eastern European folk melodies on banjo in the streets of northern Europe as a child or that Django and fellow Romany (Gypsy) jazz guitarists were fixtures, not just of early jazz clubs, but also playing traditional eastern European music in the Cabaret Russe nightclubs that sprang up in Paris and elsewhere after the Bolshevik revolution. With this rich tradition as a base, you will hear Swing Riots perform traditional Romany, Russian, Yiddish Klezmer and Romanian horas alongside some of the earliest American jazz & blues standards. For photos & copy click on: http://www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm

√  Sun, Jun 19, 7 pm. Tixs: $18.... THE McCARTHY FAMILY... their west coast tour. The McCarthy's (Tommy, Louise, Rose & Peadear) - Experience a rare night of traditional Irish music with a family of musicians, for whom this music is bred in the bone. Web Site Address: http://www.burren.com This is evident in the music they play and the ease with which they play together. Tommy (fiddle), was born in London to Irish parents, who had emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. His father Tommy Sr. was a well known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare. Tommy grew up listening to traditional music & playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London, including: Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor & Bobby Casey. Tommy performed with his family throughout Ireland and the U.K. - including The Royal Albert Hall, London. Louise (Banjo & Accordion) from Galway, played with her father Denny & local fiddlers: Joe Morris & Jim O'Brien, flute player Joe Collins & friend Paddy Hession. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of Galway's vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by Charlie Piggott. Tommy & Louise met in 1987 playing trad sessions in the Boston area & have continued to play together & with many notable musicians including The Chieftains & many more. Daughter Rose, plays fiddle like her father & nephew Peadear, plays uillean pipes like his grandfather. Both are talented musicians who have come a long way at such a young age. Last year, the four toured Australia playing shows in Melbourne, Sidney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide & Victoria, followed by a tour of New England in the fall of 2016. For photos & copy click on: http://www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm

√  Thu, Jun 23, 8 pm: Theo Czuk, “The Kurt Vonnegut of Songwriting.” Dubbed “the Kurt Vonnegut of songwriting,” by choreographer and art critic Della Cowall who says Theo is lyrically akin to, and armed with, Vonnegut’s rapier wit and incisive insight. Storyteller,humorist, award winning novelist and critically acclaimed songwriter (whew!), Theo will be stopping by on a West Coast tour for an evening of musical mayhem at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Called catawampus and exhilarating, this is an opportunity to catch an artist at the zenith of his prowess.

Other critics are having their say:

INDIE MUSIC DIGEST exclaims, “Theo brings the Mojo” and nominated TOO MANY SHADOWS for CD of the Year and added, “The music is highly original, extremely melodic with amazing writing and playing from all involved.” - Cyrus Rhodes

ROCK n’ ROLL REVIEW wrote, “Theo has … an easy going element of street-wise wisdom ...” - Kimberly Munson

SCOPE MAGAZINE offered, “It twists and turns the way great albums should … the album just flows so well … the songs all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly.” - Michelle Paris

VENTS MAGAZINE concluded, “… is a compelling, truthful life’s journey through the eyes of a brilliant composer.” - Sydney Larson

INDIE ARTIST ALLIANCE has glowed, “Theo…can deliver music that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. He is the quintessential storyteller the world needs right now.” - Pierce Craven

More at: www.tedczuk.com
www.reverbnation.com/theoczuk


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Amoeba Sidewalk Sale is Sunday


Amoeba Hollywood is that top-tier record store in Hollywood that hosts in-store concerts, CD (and vinyl!) release events, and more.

Their big Sidewalk Sale is Sunday, June 18 from Noon to 4 pm. Lots of great deals to be had on CDs, LPs, DVDs, Blu-rays, books and more. Plus — shades of th' '60s! — they have a new 45 stock, selling for just one dollar each.

While you're there, enter to win tix for the annual Hollywood Bowl "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular" with Chicago.  See the next news feature.


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WIN TIX: CHICAGO plays the Annual July 4th Show with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Air Force Band


Thanks to Amoeba, that great record store in Hollywood, you can win a pair of tickets to celebrate the 4th with Chicago and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, plus the US Air Force Band Of The Golden West. Enjoy both popular and patriotic music alongside the Bowl's legendary fireworks display.

ENTER ONLINE now at:

http://www.amoeba.com/news-contests/contest-545/index.html

Contest ends 6/29/16. No purchase necessary.
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Live at The Hollywood Bowl, July 4th, 2016 at 7:30 pm; 2302 N Highland Av, Los Angeles 90068.

Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns, Chicago. One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturday in the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) will appear featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun. Presented by the LA Phil.

You CAN STILL buy tickets:

Half-off for kids age 12 and under: www.HollywoodBowl.com


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MARINA V plays her BON VOYAGE June 22


Wednesday, shortly before the red-haired songbird leaves for the summer with music sideman and life partner Nick on their next big European Tour, you can catch their full hour set.

They're playing GENGHIS COHEN, 740 N Fairfax Ave, L.A. 90046 (just N of Melrose), at 8 pm sharp. Marina says, "Really, we start at 8 pm on the dot. Don't you be late!" It's an all-ages show, and the venue is known for its Chinese food.

Tickets are $10 at the door (cash only) or in advance at www.MarinaV.com

Marina, an award-winning favorite of plenty of L.A. music critics, says, "Genghis Cohen is a very unique place and a famous L.A. landmark. It is a Chinese restaurant with a separate music venue. You can get there earlier and grab dinner, this place has amazing food!"

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FREE Webinar: "How to Plan for and Have a Successful Songwriter Business"


There are VERY few remaining spots available, even though it has multiple days and times. This is a nice FREE opportunity for songwriters and composers of original music. It's from the global nonprofit "Songsalive!" an organization that's been doing this stuff since 1997. Sign-up promptly for this webinar. They promise you will learn:

1. Why a Plan is important.
2. How to write a Solid Plan to bring success to you and your music.
3. Key factors that make a successful, thriving, financially abundant and joyful songwriter business.

Plus attendees will receive a special bonus at the end.

This webinar is pre-recorded from a previous live webinar, but all attendees are on live, watching and chatting in the chat box. The presenters get a copy of all the chats at the end of every day, so they tell participants, "Please chat and be proactive and be involved."

REGISTER NOW with Gilli & Mary at (long url):

http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=krh67d9eng&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=259352-a-3rd-encore-how-to-plan-for-and-have-a&utm_source=lists%2F26259-Songsalive-Welcome&simplero_object_id=su_7K9XUGTaRPj8QbZVcPa95Wse


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FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST SOLICITING PROPOSALS FOR PANELS & WORKSHOPS


Folk Alliance Region-West, aks FAR-West, is determining the best topics for Panels & Workshops at its annual conference, to be held this year October 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. Proposals and suggestions are now being accepted.

Go to the web page for information and submission forms: http://www.far-west.org/p-w2016.html

The DEADLINE is JUNE 30.

"Take part in shaping your Conference!" says Vicki Ambinder, Panels & Workshops Coordinator.


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North West Folk Life 2016: Four Days of Favorite Festival Moments Are Online


Here’s a chance to catch a favorite musical group's live performance from this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival in May — or to discover your next favorite group. The festival's website lets you stream four days of selected programming from the Festival. Yep, you read that right: FOUR DAYS of programming!

Plus, four days from every previous year, as far back as 2009, are also there. So bookmark this one, for sure! It's at:

http://www.nwfolklife.org/streaming-audio/

More on this amazin" annual event? It's at:

nwfolklife.org


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Inside the 15th Annual GearFest at  Sweetwater Sound in Indiana


Antelope Audio is Showcasing Goliath, Zen Tour, LiveClock, and Orion Studio at Sweetwater Sound's 15th Annual GearFest


(Fort Wayne, IN, June 16) — Now in its 15th year, GearFest is attended by thousands of gear fanatics from all over the United States, including over 400 music equipment and pro audio manufacturers. It features several workshops, presentations and artist performances, and plenty of opportunities for attendees to experience music equipment on a first hand basis.

Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio is showcasing its latest groundbreaking equipment on June 17th and 18th at Sweetwater Sound's 15th Annual GearFest, held at the company's headquarters located in Fort Wayne, IN.

Antelope Audio's Marcel James, Director of Sales for the U.S., will be present to introduce both new and existing users to the full range of Antelope Audio's newest products.

During the event, Antelope will highlight its new best-in-class interfaces and clocks. These include the recently announced Goliath, Zen Tour and LiveClock. Antelope will also have its Orion Studio on hand, which has won international favor among a range of professional media and end-users alike.

Attendees can visit Antelope on Friday, June 17th between 9 am and 6 pm, and Saturday, June 18th between 9 am and 5 pm. Sweetwater Sound is located at 5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, IN.

Marcel James commented: "We look forward to attending GearFest each year, as it provides a chance for us to showcase our latest equipment to our most loyal customers. We are grateful to Chuck Surack and the entire Sweetwater Sound team for hosting GearFest again and we look forward to making waves in Fort Wayne this weekend!"

Antelope Audio is, of course, being heavily featured. They are a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators, utilizing Igor Levin's over 20 years'experience in digital audio. Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres.

The company's customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe. For more information on Antelope Audio and its products, please visit http://www.antelopeaudio.com.


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Guitar Giant: The Late Pete Huttlinger


“Pete Huttlinger and I were musical collaborators and friends for more than 20 years. We met while he was performing and touring with John Denver. He was a Berklee College grad and an National Finger Style Guitar champion. He was a Nashville studio artist who made music with many famous singers and songwriters. He was beloved by so many around the world and was recognized as one of the greatest guitar players of all time," wrote Mollie Weaver.

Mollie is a fine vocalist based in L.A. The late Pete Huttlinger and Mollie Weaver had formed the duo PARNASSUS in 2015. They had planned to tour together in 2016, but Pete died in January of this year.

Readers of Pete's newsletter recall Pete rhapsodizing over Mollie’s voice and the two albums they released last year – “Parnassus” and “Christmas Time.”

Mollie's tribute is in her recent newsletter. She continued:

"Pete had a way of pulling the best performances out of me every time we shared the stage; from the simplest shows in friends' backyards to the epic two concerts we gave at Carnegie Hall.

"We recorded, performed and laughed a lot over these past years and in many ways he was a mentor and big brother to me. We always talked about doing a record together and thank goodness we made time last year to finish two albums. I had no idea just how precious that time and those recordings would become.

"I count myself blessed to have had so many special moments, dinners, conversations, drinks and quiet nights just watching British TV shows with Pete, Erin, Sean and James. Those memories will stay with me forever."

The "Erin" that Mollie named is the one sharing Mollie's remembrances in Pete's newsletter.

The lovely Erin, Pete's wife (now widow), is keeping Pete's e-newsletter going (Subscribe by emailing her: erin@morrispr.biz ).

It's a vibrant, celebratory memorial that's informative and a good avenue to a lot of good music. Here's an example:

"Tokens is a live music and comedy series highlighting social justice issues. For any of you in the Nashville area who have never been to a Tokens Show, you should really check it out. It is the brainchild of Lipscomb University professor, theologian and show host Lee C. Camp.

"This was one of Pete’s favorite, regular gigs. He was a member of the Tokens house band, better known as The Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys. The band is a collection of Nashville’s most stellar acoustic players including Jeff Taylor, Aubrey Hainie, Chris Brown , Buddy Greene, and Byron House.

"Last Thursday (6/9/16) Tokens performed their season opener and the first show since Pete’s death in January. Tokens is a tight-knit family of performers. In honor of Pete, they left an empty chair on stage where he normally would have been sitting, and Lee performed an original composition titled 'Lament.'"

"This group of talented folks did so much to help Pete recover following both his stroke and his heart failure. Soon after both events, Pete was welcomed back to the stage as part of the band as if nothing had ever happened. He was so worried that his abilities weren’t up to snuff, and in fact he would have said that they definitely weren’t. But that was never questioned. He was included in the show as per usual and given a warm welcome on stage by Lee."

Just learning that story of musicians helping each other regain life after setbacks — whether health or any kind of challenge — is the kind of thing Erin emphasizes. And it helps all who knew him to get past Pete's death.
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Vanderbilt Hospital's Pete Huttlinger Fund for Adult Congenital Cardiac Research

Immediately following Pete’s death, cardiologist Frank Fish conferred with Erin about initiating a fund for donations to help with research aiding people with cardiac issues. Dr. Fish was Pete’s longtime cardiologist and had become Pete and Erin's good friend.

"After several conversations with Vanderbilt Hospital," says Erin, "we can officially announce the Pete Huttlinger Fund for Adult Congenital Cardiac Research. The money goes directly to Vanderbilt Hospital and will be used specifically for those with adult congenital cardiac issues."

Details of that, and a link to Pete's series of "Things Are Looking Up!" speeches, are at:

www.petehuttlinger.com/memorialfund.cfm

More on Pete's remarkable music career:

www.petehuttlinger.com


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Include a Festival in Your Summer Vacation


Here are three in the Pacific Northwest.

√  39th Annual "VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL" brings over 60 brilliant music acts from more than 18 countries, performing on seven beachfront stages. This year's lineup includes Bruce Cockburn, Lord Huron, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Ghana's Jojo Abot, and many others. There's the Little Folks Village, international food, markets, and more. Festival runs July 15-17 at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC.


√  "ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL" is Aug 20-21. Northwest Folklife partners with the Nature Consortium for this one, "an intimate and eclectic experience of art and performance," nestled in the woods of Camp Long. NW Folklife Festival favorite Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band are among the artists on August 20.


√  "CHOMP!" Join Northwest Folklife, Artist Home, and King County for the 2nd annual CHOMP! event on August 20 at Marymoor Park in Seattle. NW Folklife produces a full day of multi-cultural music and dance on the event's Ethnic Folk Stage.



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