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Friday, July 29, 2016

Weekend Quickie Edition -- MUSIC in Southern Cal Venues and on TV

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We have massive amounts of music news coming soon. Right now, here's a quickie edition so you won't miss anything this weekend.


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FRIDAY, JULY 29, in the venues...
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Fri-Sun, Jul 29-31, in Northern Cal:
"LARK IN THE MORNING MUSIC & DANCE CAMP" at Mendocino Woodlands in Mendocino 95460.
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Fri, Jul 29:
6:30-9 pm Weekly "TRADITION IRISH TUNES WITH THE QUINNS" is FREE at La Arcada Bistro, 1112 State St, Santa Barbara.
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Fri, Jul 29:
7 pm "UKULELE WORKSHOP" with LIL REV at Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St, Ste R, Huntington Beach 92647; 714-843-9350. (He does a concert here Sat. night; see listing.)
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Fri, Jul 29:
7:30 pm JOSEPH plays "THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION" series at FIGat7th, 735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90017.
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Fri, Jul 29:
8 pm BONNIE RAITT plus the THE RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO at the Santa Barbara Bowl,
1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411.
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Fri, Jul 29:
8 pm DAVID LINDLEY plays a FREE show at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol.
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Fri, Jul 29:
8 pm LORI PASQUALINE plus the PRIMARY COLORS TRIO play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reserv., 626-798-6236. We gave you a full write-up and ticket alert a few weeks back.
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Fri, Jul 29:
8 pm CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN play the first of two nights at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497. We gave you a full write-up and ticket alert a few weeks back.
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Fri, Jul 29:
8-11 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their long-running weekly residency FREE at the Tam O' Shanter Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; 323-664-0228.
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Fri, Jul 29:
6-10 pm Weekly "MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL" is a free street fair with optional carnival rides, food, and music indoors and out in charming old downtown Monrovia (above the 210 Fwy). A real highlight is the acoustic "KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT & JAM" at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091. Info, call Jennifer Ranger, at 626-357-1091.
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SATURDAY, JULY 30, in the venues...
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Sat & Sun, Jul 30 & 31, in Northern Cal:
"LARK IN THE MORNING MUSIC & DANCE CAMP" continues at Mendocino Woodlands in Mendocino 95460.
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Sat, Jul 30:
5 pm "SONG-O-RAMA" with Chauncey BOWERS, LISA TURNER, BRAD COLERICK, and THE LAUREN ADAMS TRIO is a house concert in Reseda (SFV). Reservations get directions by email at: LosFeliz55@gmail.com
We gave you a full write-up and ticket alert a while back.
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Sat, Jul 30:
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm Weekly "BLUEGRASS CONCERTS" series is FREE at Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Jul 30:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS bring their trademark music of the 1910s, '20s, & '30s, to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reserv., 626-798-6236. We gave you a full write-up and ticket alert a few weeks back.
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Sat, Jul 30:
7 pm LIL REV, ukulele virtuoso, plays Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St, Ste R, Huntington Beach 92647; 714-843-9350.
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Sat, Jul 30:
7:30 pm BONNIE RAITT plus THE RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO play the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont, Griffith Park, Los Angeles 90027; 213-480-3232. We gave you a full write-up and ticket alert a few weeks back.
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Sat, Jul 30:
7:30 pm "LISTENING ROOM: THE ASH GROVE AT THE IMPROV" presents HAYLEY “THE LITTLE MISS” JOHNSON, plus JIMMY DORE, and RICK OVERTON, and KATRINA TREPSA, and THE FREAKNICKS, in an evening of folk singing, comedy, and stories, at the Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Av, Los Angeles 90048.
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Sat, Jul 30:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS "TAKE THE FIFTH HOOT" happens every fifth Saturday (when there is one) in Studio City 91604. Info and location (general info) at www.songmakers.org or specific, from Rich & Jo Lewis, at TakeThe5thHoot@Songmakers.org
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Sat, Jul 30:
8 pm CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN play the second of two nights at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497. We gave you a full write-up and ticket alert a few weeks back.

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Sat, Jul 30:
8 pm JIM CURRY presents "THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER" at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583. We gave you a full write-up and ticket alert a few weeks back.
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Sat, Jul 30:
8 pm THE ORDEAL plays Carol Branch’s House Concerts in San Diego 92122. Reservations get directions, at 858-452-1539 or wonderwoman@san.rr.com
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SUNDAY, JULY 31, in the venues...
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Sun, Jul 31, final day, in Northern Cal:
LARK IN THE MORNING MUSIC AND DANCE CAMP

Mendocino Woodlands

Mendocino 95460
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Sun, Jul 31:
10:30 am "PETER ALSOP’S KIDS CONCERTS" presents BARNEY SALTZBERG & EMILY ARROW at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290; 310-455-3723.
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Sun, Jul 31:
9:30 am-2:30 pm Weekly "BLUEGRASS BRUNCH" at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego 92104; 619-295-6464.
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Sun, Jul 31:
Noon & 2 pm LAS COLIBRÍ, an all-female string ensemble, brings a "contemporary twist to traditional mariachi music" at the Skirball Cultural Center's Summer Weekend Music Series, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; 310-440-4578. Included with museum admission.
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Sun, Jul 31:
2 pm SALTY SUITES plays the "SUMMER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS" at the lovely permanent Festival grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach 92651. Continuous music all day by various groups on multiple stages, through Aug 28. salty Suites are today only.
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Sun, Jul 31:
4-7 pm Weekly "TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION" at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.
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Sun, Jul 31:
4:30-7:30 pm Weekly "SANTA BARBARA IRISH SESSION" at La Arcada Bistro, 1112 State St, Santa Barbara; info, call Willie Quinn, 805-965-5742.
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Sun, Jul 31:
5:30 pm SILK ROAD, the acclaimed all-star group, plus JUNG IM LEE KOREAN DANCE ACADEMY, ANATOLIA TURKISH FOLK MUSIC, and the BATAN PERSIAN GROUP, in a gala FREE show at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles 90057; 213-384-5701.
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Sun, Jul 31:
6:30 pm Monthly "OPEN MIC" at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624- 2928.
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Sun, Jul 31:
7 pm LIL REV and FRED SOKOLOW double up for a fine and fun show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reserv., 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Jul 31:
7 pm - 10 pm Weekly "TRAD IRISH SESSION" at O'Brien's Irish Pub on Main St., 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405.
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Sun, Jul 31:
7:30 pm ELEMENT BAND plays the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-461-3673.
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Sun, Jul 31:
7:30 pm WE THE FOLK play their weekly residency at the Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Bl, Culver City; 310-558-9400. Info, contact Sean O'Hara at 925-216 8993 or wethefolkmusic@gmail.com
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Sun, Jul 31:
7:30 pm - 11 pm Weekly "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303.
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Sun, Jul 31:
8 pm "A BENEFIT FOR OWEN SHELLEY" stepson of Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy, with performances by BILLY J. KRAMER, JOHN WICKS & THE RECORDS, COCO DOLENZ, ROSEMARY BUTLER, ANDREW SANDOVAL, JOHN CLAUDE GUMMOE of the Cascades, and more to be announced. $30.
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Sun, Jul 31:
8 pm BILLY J. KRAMER plus JOHN WICKS & THE RECORDS play McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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MUSIC ON TV
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FRIDAY, as usual, is when it happens, and tonight is especially good on KLCS...
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8-8:30 pm "SUN STUDIO SESSIONS" from 2016 brings FAREWELL ANGELINA, a group of women musicians for which the Guide is very enthusiastic. if you liked the Dixie Chicks, you'll love 'em! On KLCS.
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8:30-9 pm "BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND" presents a 2015 show with GREENSKY BLUEGRASS" from a limestone cavern in Tennessee, 333 feet underground. On KLCS.
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9-10 pm "AUSTIN CITY LIMITS" from 2014 brings NEKO CASE and JASON ISBELL. On KLCS.
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9-11:30 pm "FUNNY GIRL" the four-star 1968 classic musical with BARBRA STREISAND and OMAR SHARIF airs on KCET.
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10-11 pm "FRONT & CENTER" continues its 2016 "CMA Songwriters Series" with DARIUS RUCKER. On KLCS.
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

WEEKEND IN JULY, BELOW THE BRUSH FIRES... July 23rd edition, 2016

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As always when we see smoke-filled skies, we are thinking about the safety and well-being of our firefighters, on the ground and in the air. Even as we make our happy choices from richly diverse offerings in music and the arts, we need to be mindful that not everyone gets to make such happy choices.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die."

- Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel laureate (1918-2013).

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Contents / In this edition (no. 1564)...

1) CENTER STAGE OPERA HAS THREE SUMMER EVENTS, STARTING THIS SUNDAY

2) GUITAR GREAT MURIEL ANDERSON HAS DAZZLING NEW ONLINE VIDEOS
(Plus, She's HEADED FOR SOUTHERN CAL)

3) THE "SANTA BARBARA ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT CELEBRATION," COMING LATE SEPTEMBER-EARLY OCTOBER

4) "THE SATURDAY EVENING SOCIAL CLUB" BRINGS THE TUNES ON JULY 30th

5) WARNER GRAND & GRAND ANNEX ANNOUNCE FALL SEASON

6) EXCITING LIVE MUSIC AT McCABE'S THIS WEEKEND & NEXT

7) RECORD STORE CRAWL IN L.A. JULY 23

8) TUNEFULLY GOOD, VARIOUS VENUES, NOW & UPCOMING

9) RECOMMENDED: "MUSIC AT BOSTON COURT" THIS SATURDAY

10) SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! US NAT'L SCOTTISH FIDDLE CHAMP JAMIE LAVAL PLAYS THE MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC IN CARLSBAD

11) THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE THRILLS DAY & NIGHT THIS WEEKEND

12) ANNUAL "TASTE OF SAN PEDRO" BRINGS TASTY MUSIC, AUGUST 6

13) LAUREN ADAMS & HER EXCELLENT BAND TO PLAY CD RELEASE SHOW ON AUGUST 20


Let's get started!


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# 1 news feature


CENTER STAGE OPERA HAS THREE SUMMER EVENTS, STARTING THIS SUNDAY


Not enough folks know about L.A.'s "other" opera company, Central Stage Opera ("CSO" to fans), and its performances at several San Fernando Valley venues. You can correct that oversight as soon as this weekend, or book tix for an upcoming production. Details for all that are within.
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Sunday, July 24, at 6 pm, enjoy "AMICI DELLA MUSICA" at Cucina Bene, 4511 Sepulveda Bl, Sherman Oaks. CSO Co-Artistic Directors Shira Renee Thomas and Dylan F. Thomas welcome special guest Maggie Renee Valdman. Maggie has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the House of Blues, Anaheim, and get this: she just graduated from High School! The evening will also honor teachers and staff from Reseda High School who worked tirelessly to bring CSO to their students. $55, including dinner, tax & tip.
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3rd Annual "CSO-LAVC Vocal Competition Finals Concert" is Saturday, Aug 6, at 3 pm, at L.A. Valley College, 5800 Fulton, Valley Glen (in the SFV). Enjoy exceptional performances (and vote for your audience favorite) as outstanding vocalists vie for top honors before an all-star panel of judges. ("Last year's finalists were spectacular, and this year's entrants promise more of the same.") The Finals Concert will feature the best in three divisions: High School, Young Artist, and Professional. Tickets are $25.
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"La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) opens this fall's upcoming 2016-17 Opera Season. This one will be produced at the Performing Arts Center at Reseda High, 18230 Kittridge, Reseda. Rossini's delightful retelling of the story of Cinderella opens their 12th season, with performances Sep 17 at 7:30 pm, and Sep 18 at 3 pm. Featuring an outstanding cast and The Center Stage Opera Orchestra, director Dylan F. Thomas brings a delightful dose of humor to this age-old tale. VIP tickets are $55 (including reserved parking). Regular tickets are $40, $35, and $30, with a 10% discount for seniors and students.
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The season continues with Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette," Feb 11 & 12, 2017, and "The Best of Broadway, Vol. III," May 20 & 21, 2017, and the 4th Annual "Vocal Competition Finals Concert" (date TBA).
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Call 818-517-4102 for savings on Season Subscriptions and for individual production tickets. Full info at:

www.centerstageopera.org


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GUITAR GREAT MURIEL ANDERSON HAS DAZZLING NEW ONLINE VIDEOS
THE "SANTA BARBARA ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT CELEBRATION," COMING LATE SEPTEMBER-EARLY OCTOBER

Plus, She's HEADED FOR SOUTHERN CAL


After headlining the annual "Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention" at the Sheraton Music City, July 15 & 16 in Nashville, one of the Earth's true guitar goddesses is heading our way. We get to that in the news feature that follows this one.

As always, she's been busy. That includes getting her new Truefire course (in DVD or download) called "Essentials: Chet Atkins Style," available and promptly collecting rave reviews. Muriel tells us, it's "a great way to learn via easy tunes designed to walk you into playing like Chet."

But whatever else you think you need to do, take time for THE coolest thing you'll see (and hear) all day. And in the midst of a two-week span when we really need to know there is still something wonderful.

Of course, we're talking about a video you can watch by the always amazing MURIEL ANDERSON. It collected over a million-and-a-half views in its first 12 days. (Check the counter to see what it's up to when you watch it.) It's a remarkable single-mic live performance video of Muriel playing a Brunner folding harp guitar, doing Dire Straits’ “Why Worry.” (Oh, and be sure you click to watch it full-screen):

http://murielanderson.com/why-worry-on-brunner-harp-guitar/

Want more? (Of course you do, after seeing THAT).

Here's "View from Space," one she composed that's intermixed with images from orbit, including the aurora borealis, AND, it has a real space connection (read that below, and remember to click the video to full screen):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khVpuXZ01Tk&feature=youtu.be

Here's the rest of the story. Muriel had just posted the video when she explained, "... my 'Heartstrings' CD accompanied astronaut Susan Helms.... She told me it was good music to watch the earth by. I wrote 'View from Space' inspired by the images from the space shuttle 'Discovery'... I'm playing it live at the Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night at the Ryman Auditorium in 2009, together with some of the footage that so inspired the song, compiled by Bryan Allen."

More videos, audios, details on what we've discussed here, and more, are all at:

www.murielanderson.com

Now, what was that about Muriel's upcoming Southern Cal performance? See the very next item.


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THE "SANTA BARBARA ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT CELEBRATION," COMING LATE SEPTEMBER-EARLY OCTOBER


The full event runs September 29–October 2, and is billed as having "the finest contemporary acoustic instruments and music." That, of course, includes the great Muriel Anderson who plays two days of it, Saturday & Sunday, Oct 1 & 2.

Muriel explains, "The building of musical instruments from wood by hand – lutherie – is a singularly complex achievement of human culture. It is an alchemy of craft, sculpture, acoustics, physics, engineering, labor, passion and countless years of experience. The dynamic between the luthiers who make the instruments and the musicians who create music on them is unparalleled in its significance and impact across all civilizations."

She continues, "The roots of modern lutherie took hold a half century ago with the masters of the era including D’Aquisto, Fox, Gurian, Larrivee and Schneider, who based their work on the classic instrument designs but began to explore new design innovations and construction techniques.

"A young group of now legendary woodworkers, largely focused on steel string and archtop guitars as part of contemporary music, soon followed under their guidance and in turn spearheaded today’s renaissance of instrument making.

"Many of these lutherie legends will be in attendance at the Celebration along with numerous contemporary icons who continue to set the standard and break new ground. The quality of craft and sound from today’s steel string and nylon guitars, mandolins, classical and harp guitars, ukuleles and other stringed instruments is unmatched, inspiring legions of dedicated luthiers and musicians to further their art.

"The modern 'guitar festival' in which the public could meet directly with a number of celebrated luthiers was created two decades ago by Charles Fox, Tom Ribbecke, and Todd Taggart in Healdsburg (CA) and brought to fruition by Chris Herrod and LMII. The 'Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration' is indebted to their vision and continues the tradition of presenting the state of the craft and the art of the music in an informal setting.

"The 'Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration' is a unique opportunity to meet many contemporary masters of lutherie, and to see, play and purchase some of the finest handmade instruments directly from the builder. Please join us for an unparalleled festival including fingerstyle, jazz, blues, classical, and slack key acoustic music all weekend at a relaxed California gallery and garden setting, in one of America’s premier destination towns."

On the "Celebration" website, you'll find information about the instrumental concerts, the master classes, the Acoustic Trade Show, Santa Barbara, and a comprehensive catalogue of the showcase luthiers where you can explore and familiarize yourself with their work in detail.

BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY, especially for the Priority Pass benefits, as attendance is limited. And sponsors say, "come with a plan to visit with your favorite luthiers and musicians in order to fit everything in you can, as there’s so much to choose from."

Full info & tix at:

http://sbaic.com/


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"THE SATURDAY EVENING SOCIAL CLUB" BRINGS THE TUNES ON JULY 30th


We have a feature in this edition on Lauren Adams upcoming CD release show. This one involves her, too, as the producer of her "Song-O-Rama" multi-artist series, "The Saturday Evening Social Club." Some of the best in L.A.'s local and touring songwriters are invited by the Lauren Adams Trio to share stage time and play for your enjoyment. This go-'round is sumpin' special. The evening features:

- Chauncey Bowers - an American Folk Rock artist. Coining the genre “Garage Folk,” his music has been described as Kurt Cobain meets Bob Dylan. Chauncey creates music that is unbridled, raw, honest and passionate.

- Lisa Turner - who plays what might be described as Celtic-tinged acoustic power folk-rock. Lisa is right in the vanguard of the new generation of female songwriters who not only sing, but have taken the time to master their instrument as well (in her case, the guitar). She's got a clean, pure, agile voice coupled with some smokin' tight guitar licks making her a very compelling act to watch onstage. Paul Anderson of the L.A. Times said, "Her crystal-clear voice will make your head turn. And once you hear her folk-based songs, you're hooked..."

- Brad Colerick - "Colerick's stories are worth hearing in part because he makes singing sound so easy. His warm, sunny, homey tenor brings alive the characters, places and relationships in these 11 songs." — Associated Press.
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The evening starts at 5 pm with a cookout. Lauren says, "We'll have the grill going and we'll have burgers and dogs etc. and dessert. Bring a side dish if you like and BYOB but we'll have soda and water for you. Then, THE LAUREN ADAMS TRIO (Nick Kirgo, Hank Van Sickle, Lauren Adams) will play a set at 6:30, and after a break for dessert it's Song-O-Rama!"

The suggested donation is $15 per person for dinner and the show.

To make a reservation for this House Concert in Reseda, send an email to - LosFeliz55@gmail.com - you will receive all the location information in return.


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# 5 news feature


WARNER GRAND & GRAND ANNEX ANNOUNCE FALL SEASON


It began as community coming together to save one of the grand old movie palaces, the warner Grand in San Pedro. Not many people gave them much hope of success, in a town that had experienced economic downturns and near depression after the Long Beach naval Shipyard was caught in a congressionally mandated base closure, and the local fishing fleet declined to nearly nothing. But the nonprofit Grand Vision Foundation not only saved the theatre and branched out into an ambitious educational program, it went on to do even more. It opened an intimate but high-ceilinged theatre a few doors up the street, sharing the address with the foundation offices. That smaller theatre, the 150-seat cabaret concert venue called the Grand Annex, opened another world of possibilities, allowing productions and musical acts that inescapably would be money-losers in the cavern of the Warner Grand.

The Grand Annex is now on everybody's short list of favorite venues for traditional and contemporary folk, Americana, world music that can't fill a big venue in L.A., and plenty more, including some top-flight acts that headline music festivals all over the world.

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Here's what's coming up at the Grand Annex through their just-announced Fall 2016 Season.

Get tix early before shows sell-out. Info on their current and just-announced shows and events, on through December, are below.

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CHANGUI MAJADERO with Special Guests. Friday, September 16, 8 pm. Dynamic Cuban roots music, led by Gabriel Garcia on the Cuban Tres guitar. Produced by GRAND VISION FOUNDATION. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25
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Optional "Dining in Town Prix Fixe Packages" available:
San Pedro Brewing Company or the Whale & Ale British Pub
$50 with Cabaret Seat Annex Ticket
$55 with VIP Deck Annex Ticket

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THE SPAZMATICS. Friday, September 23, 8 pm. Ultimate '80s New Wave show complete with "way cool sounds, styles and dance steps." Produced by GRAND VISION FOUNDATION. Ticket options:
Premium Concert Pricing
General Admission $25
Cabaret Table Seat $30
VIP Deck Table Seat $35
Private Cabaret Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $140 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $30

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GRACEBAND. Saturday, October 1, 8 pm. Tribute to the King of Rock N Roll. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Premium Concert Pricing. Ticket options:
General Admission $25
Cabaret Table Seat $30
VIP Deck Table Seat $35 (Sold Out)
Private Cabaret Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $140 (Sold Out)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $30

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EL TWANGUERO. Friday, October 7, 8 pm. All the way from Spain, Latin Grammy winner DIEGO GARCIA, innovator of the Latin-Twang sound. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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SMITHFIELD BARGAIN. Saturday, October 8, 8 pm. Speakeasy folkies with unique jazzcat style and a happy dose of humor. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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HONEY WHISKEY TRIO with BIG BAD ROOSTER. Friday, October 14, 8 pm. Stunning folk harmonies with foot-stomping old time favorites. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. Saturday, October 15, 8 pm. Unbridled, authentic washboard rubbin' Zydeco & Cajun tunes. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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ILIANA ROSE BAND. Friday, October 21, 8 pm. Exuberant danceable rhythms of Cuba. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS. Saturday, October 22, 8 pm. Obscure, lovely, and naughty songs from the 1910s, '20s & '30s. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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NIKI J. CRAWFORD. Saturday, October 29, 8 pm. "A vibrant embodiment of soul, funk, and blues." Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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ASHLEY MAHER, plus openers, TEAM TAIKO. Friday, November 04, 2016
8 pm. Ashley Maher's music is a shimmering mix of African and Caribbean rhythms, along with warm jazzy vocals. Imagine Sade, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon all rolled into one. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
General Admission $20
Cabaret Table Seat $25
VIP Deck Table Seat $30
Private Cabaret Table $100 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $25

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THE PETTYBREAKERS. Saturday, November 5, 8 pm. Premiere Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tribute band. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Premium Concert Pricing; ticket options:
General Admission $25
Cabaret Table Seat $30
VIP Deck Table Seat $35 This level is Sold Out
Private Cabaret Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $140 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability) This level is Sold Out
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $30

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"TAPESTRY: CAROLE KING TRIBUTE." Saturday, November 12, 8 pm. A "Beautiful" tribute to the music of Carole King. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Premium Concert Pricing; ticket options:
General Admission $25
Cabaret Table Seat $30
VIP Deck Table Seat $35
Private Cabaret Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $140 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $30

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WOODIE AND THE LONGBOARDS. Saturday, December 3, 8 pm. The best of the Beach Boys. Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Premium Concert Pricing; ticket options:
General Admission $25
Cabaret Table Seat $30
VIP Deck Table Seat $35
Private Cabaret Table $120 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP Deck Table $140 (Seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Door Price Day of Event General Admission $30

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"WAREHOUSE ONE HOLIDAY SHOW" is Saturday, December 10, at 8 pm. It's the 2nd Annual "SKA-ROCK HOLIDAY SHOW" with "favorite local band." Produced by Grand Vision Foundation. Ticket options:
Standing room only $15
Cabaret table seat $25
VIP deck table seat $30
Private cabaret table $100 (seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)
Private VIP deck table $120 (seats up to 4 guests, limited availability)

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The Grand Vision Foundation & Grand Annex are located down the street from the Warner Grand, at 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org

The Warner Grand Theatre, the restored movie palace that hosts full stage plays, musicals, and more, is at 478 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-548-2493; www.grandvision.org


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EXCITING LIVE MUSIC AT McCABE'S THIS WEEKEND & NEXT


Santa Monica landmark McCabe's always has something wonderful on the verge of being sold-out. Tix, info, address and more, at www.mccabes.com

Here's a look at McCabe's concert schedule.
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Sat, Jul 23, 8 pm. JOLIE HOLLAND and SAMANTHA PARTON, founding members of
The Be Good Tanyas, plus special guest BLACK YAYA. $20.
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Sun, Jul 24, 8 pm. JIM LAUDERDALE. $20.
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Fri & Sat, Jul 29 & 30, 8 pm. CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN. Either night, $32.50.
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Sun, Jul 31, 8 pm. "A BENEFIT FOR OWEN SHELLEY" stepson of Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy, with performances by BILLY J. KRAMER, JOHN WICKS & THE RECORDS, COCO DOLENZ, ROSEMARY BUTLER, ANDREW SANDOVAL, JOHN CLAUDE GUMMOE of the Cascades, and more to be announced. $30.


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RECORD STORE CRAWL IN L.A. JULY 23


A record store crawl? Say whattttt? We told ya last week, but if you were vacationing in Lower Slobovia and missed it... Imagine the best of a bar crawl, record shopping, and exclusive music performances all rolled into a one-of-a-kind experience. Join a group of wide-eyed vinyl enthusiasts and back-in-my-day crate-diggers hopping from one record store to another in Los Angeles, or maybe a city near you elsewhere in America, depending where you are. Are you in?

the folks at Rhino records tell us, "We sure are, and we're even hooking you up with 20% off tickets for this epic adventure. Just use the code CRAWL20 at checkout" when you get your tix through the event's site.

It happens in L.A. on July 23.

Tickets for the Record Store Crawl Summer Series in seven
cities across the United States are now on sale. Here are the other cities and dates:

Jul 24, Austin
Jul 30, Nashville - SOLD OUT
Jul 30, New York City
Aug 6, Washington DC - SOLD OUT
Aug 6, Chicago
Aug 13, Portland

Tix and details for each city are at the link below. Just remember to use Rhino's code, CRAWL20 at checkout, and save some serious bucks.

http://www.recordstorecrawl.com/


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TUNEFULLY GOOD, VARIOUS VENUES, NOW & UPCOMING


In addition to all we present and recommend in our feature stories, there is always a need to collect and simply miss other performances and events that are too good to overlook. That's what's right here.
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"LOST HIGHWAY FESTIVAL" featuring BRANTLEY GILBERT is Sat, Jul 23, San Manuel Amphitheater formerly Glen Helen Pavilion, above San Bernardino.
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Sat, July 23, 7:30 pm: I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., plus TONY GILKYSON, at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Avenue, Claremont CA 91711; 909-624-2928. Acoustic music in a great setting from a well-toured (including England, many times) L.A.-based Americana band. Plus Tony Gilkyson, and you've got a memorable evening. Doors open at 7, 7:30 concert. Call 'em for tix.
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Sat, Aug 20: LILY WILSON. 8 pm, at Boulevard Music in Culver City. Outstanding Folk-Americana songwriter and marvelous vocalist with fine acoustic string skills.


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RECOMMENDED: "MUSIC AT BOSTON COURT" THIS SATURDAY


"Music @ Boston Court" performances are the tuneful series presented at one of L.A.'s best 99-seat equity theatres, which has state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Until weekend before last, they had never presented their "Music @ Boston Court" events on their Main Stage (they have two stages), and if last weekend's sold-out performances are any indication, this weekend will be an event to remember.
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"HOLLYWOOD REVISITED: A MUSICAL REVUE," happens July 22 & 23, at 8 pm. Because July 22nd sold out promptly - A SECOND PERFORMANCE WAS ADDED JULY 23rd. It's "A musical theater extravaganza from the golden age of Hollywood musicals including the original costumes used in the films. 'Hollywood Revisited' brought not only show stopping gorgeous costumes to our concert stage, they also infused the night with the grandeur associated the the golden age of cinema." - Michael Feinstein, entertainer.

"...a chance to see the magic of old Hollywood come to life. The audience roared with approval!" - The Los Angeles Times.

"... we loved your music, your singers and the absolutely stunning costumes. Everything was so right!" - Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Tickets (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20
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Boston Court is located at 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.org


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SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! US NAT'L SCOTTISH FIDDLE CHAMP JAMIE LAVAL PLAYS THE MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC IN CARLSBAD


U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional Celtic music, showcasing his stunning virtuosity, contemporary flair, and uncanny imitation of Highland bagpipes. A concert with Jamie combines toe-tapping melodies, amusing and informative stories, foot percussion, and an innovative arrangement style to create a beautiful atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands. “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News) and “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Press & Post), Jamie performed for Her Majesty the Queen and recently presented a TED Talk.


We told you last week about his only performance in L.A., which happened July 21, at MacLeod Brewing Company in Van Nuys.

Now, you can catch his only other nearby performance (we had that in last week's edition, too).

Sunday, July 24, at 2 pm, JAMIE LAVAL plays the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad (N San Diego County). It's $12 general admission, general seating. Reservation line is 760-304-5844.

Solo unplugged. No accompaniment, just reveling in the beauty of acoustic violin and the majesty of Highland pipe tunes. Guest cameo appearance by Jennifer Febre Boase, bagpiper and member of Pasadena Pipes and Drums. This program is funded in part by a Community Arts Grant from the City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office. Museum members receive a 10% ticket discount.

Highly recommended, and a nice chance to go early and see the museum.


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THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE THRILLS DAY & NIGHT THIS WEEKEND


We've been publishing the Acoustic Americana Music Guide a long time, and it's been impossible to do that without homage to impresario Bob Stane and his charming coffeehouse music parlor, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, at 2029 N Lake Av, in Altadena. You can phone for reservations, which is the only way to know you'll get it: (call 10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Here's what's happening this weekend:

*** Saturday, July 23, 7 pm. The SPORK & FOON REVUE features five highly respected members of the LA music and songwriting community – singer AIREENE ESPIRITU, guitarist ED TREE, keyboardist MARTY AXELROD, bassist MARK POCKET GOLDBERG and percussionist DEBRA DOBKIN – in a groove-oriented ensemble that allows each member to explore distinct areas of his or her songwriting career. Aireene brings her blues side to the project, covering songs by Sugar Pie DeSanto in addition to originals like “The Itch”. Ed airs his Southern soul with propulsive grooves like “The Thing and the Thang”. Marty highlights his country-inflected writing, as in the rocker “Make Ends Meet Before I Meet My Maker”. Mark contributes blues-oriented material from his recent release “Off the Wire”, and Debra adds her unique brand of r&b funk with “Persuaded”. Tickets, $20.
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***** Sunday, July 24. Matinee at 3 pm. THE NE’ER DUWELS are an outstanding band that combines traditional Irish musical heritage with a contemporary acoustic sensibility. Their long awaited self-titled debut album, “Ne’er Duwels,” belongs in your CD player. This album, as well as their live performance, was described by the Guide's editor as "traditional Irish music meets modern world sounds and rhythms." Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over 30 years. "He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight. Ken’s fine tenor voice could carry him through a show all alone, but he backs himself beautifully on guitar and mandolin... His wonderful wit and good humor draw us in and carry us along, and the beauty of his songs, both traditional and original, fills us with irresistible joy." Joining Ken onstage is Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Patrick has toured extensively with many well known artists throughout the world and is also a talented pennywhistle and bodhran player. He is an expert on the culture and history of the Irish pipes and as such is a much sought after teacher and consultant. His work has been featured in many film, television and live theatre productions. Bryan Dobbs is the “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels. Originally from New Mexico, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that traverses the musical spectrum, accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster. Grammy award winning percussionist Forrest Robinson provides the heartbeat of the ensemble. An alumni of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Forrest has traveled the globe to perform with such artists as India Arie, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, TLC, and many others. A lover of Celtic music and rhythms, Forrest drives the rhythm that combines The Ne’er Duwels' unique, eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and song with a modern, electronic edge. The band began two years ago when Ken enlisted Bryan and Pat to join him for a weekend of shows in a casino near Las Vegas and it was there that the magic began. Later, Forrest met Ken at one of his solo concerts at the Coffee Gallery, another flame was lit and the four became the Ne’er Duwels. www.neerduwels.com. Tickets, $20.
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*** Sunday, July 24, at 7 pm. THE GENE BUTLER BAND was formed many years ago when renowned fiddle player, Brantley Kearns, could still run a mile in under an hour and a half, and prolific songwriter, Gene Butler, could still read words in 9 point font without the benefit of glasses. Now, Kearns drives everywhere further than fifty yards, and Butler refuses to read anything under 12 point print or higher. A couple of years later, versatile and ultra-cool bass player, Matthew McFadden, join the group. Then came drummer, Alan “Shotgun” Weiss – to this day nobody knows why he’s called “Shotgun” – and then, the final piece to the puzzle, Robert Romanus, a wonderful musician who plays both guitar and bass with what seems like four hands and eighteen fingers. THE GENE BUTLER BAND started out at the famous Palomino Club in North Hollywood, opening for the great Dwight Yoakum. Since that time they’ve performed many times at all the famous clubs in Los Angeles, including the Troubadour, the Viper Room, the House of Blues, the Key Club, and recently at the amazing Coffee Gallery Backstage. Their music is all original and is a blend of Americana, Bluegrass, the Blues, Country and Southern Rock. Butler calls it ‘Concrete Americana’. Bob Stane says, "Watch for upcoming newspaper features on Gene Butler and his band." Tickets $18.


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ANNUAL "TASTE OF SAN PEDRO" BRINGS TASTY MUSIC, AUGUST 6


Saturday, August 6, the Annual "TASTE OF SAN PEDRO" celebrates the San Pedro community and its eateries AND it includes plenty of musicians performing. "Eat, drink, celebrate" is their theme, to which we add, "go listen." It starts at 5:30 pm at the Crafted Arts Marketplace, an occasional music venue which is transformed for the evening to host a culinary spectacular featuring food, handcrafted beers, spirits & fine wines, and music. Guests can sample fare from twenty-five San Pedro and Peninsula area restaurants.

Wanna save money? Our friends at the nonprofit Grand Vision Foundation (they run the Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex) have a special code you can use. Enter GVFTASTE when ordering and save $10.

So, what's the live music? Taste of San Pedro entertainment features STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE, L.A. TAIKO INSTITUTE, SIRENA SERPENTINA, and more. Tickets and info are below. And remember to use the discount code.

www.grandvision.org


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# 13 news feature


LAUREN ADAMS & HER EXCELLENT BAND TO PLAY CD RELEASE SHOW AUGUST 20


Folk artist LAUREN ADAMS brings her exceptional full band of seasoned pros to celebrate her new album, "Somewhere Else," at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, Los Angeles 90046, on August 20, 6-8 pm. It's a FREE performance.

The quite impressive lineup of musicians on stage -- each a recording artist in his/her own right -- are Lauren, Nick Kirgo, Debra Dobkin, Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, Dave Frase, Hank VanSickle, and Lisa Turner.

Full info on the new album and the band are at:

http://www.laurenadams.com/

At her site, you can listen to Lauren talk about songwriting and her process -- in "The STANDING ‘O’ PROJECT" and watch the video for "Somewhere Else" which premiered at "Songwriting UK."

"Lauren’s song 'Thirsty,' title track to one of her albums, evokes lost country and western from a time before Nashville lost the western part and turned it all into dysfunctional relationship, red-state-trailer-park rock." -- Larry Wines, The Acoustic Americana Music Guide, 2012.

Heartfelt and full of emotion, Adams always adds her sense of humor making the music fun and upbeat. As she has done on her previous three releases, with "Somewhere Else," Adams delivers quality songwriting in the Carol King / Eagles / Lucinda Williams vein: deep Americana roots and vivid storytelling delivered by a group of tasteful, compassionate players including her producer and friend Nick Kirgo (Nels Kline of Wilco, JD Souther, Vonda Shepard), Mark 'Pocket' Goldberg and Dave Fraser).

Lauren Adams’ songs evoke lots of places and times and themes. You hear everything from the Florida Everglades to L.A.'s Laurel Canyon. There’s wood and steel and sweet harmonies at one turn and fuzz guitar and drums at the next. But the song remains king.

Go early and you can order dinner. The venue is known for its Chinese food. But make sure they seat you in the music hall, and be early enough to get a seat at what'll be a capacity crowd for this FREE show.



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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's July 20. And if anybody else had done it, they'd have made it a holiday.

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On this day way back in 1969 -- before most people alive today were born -- the most meaningful step in human evolution of modern times happened. That's a mighty big claim. So let's make it even bigger:

- Literally everything that's dependent on cyber or electronic technology is dependent on that day.

- Everything we celebrate as modern biology is based in what was needed for that day.

- Everything that enables us to see ourselves as frustrated Star Trekians who should be explorers in the cosmos is traceable to that day.

- If the Russians or any other nation had done what we accomplished on that day, you better believe they'd have been celebrating it as a national holiday since 1970.

We're talking about what should be "National Space Day." Because July 20th, 1969, was when, in the words of Neil Armstrong, "Men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon."

Don't trivialize it because it was "just" the Moon. It was the first time a sentient organism from our tiny blue planet touched the surface of a different orb voyaging through the infinity of cold, mostly empty, blackness.

And it was astonishing. Just seven years earlier, the scientific establishment was simultaneously empowered, thrilled, terrified, and thinking the man was out of his mind, when President John F. Kennedy said in a public speech, rather than an inside-the-establishment memo, "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man upon the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

He gave reasons for doing it, too. They ranged from pursuing human destiny to the unforeseeably huge and vast leaps we would gain in technology and engineering capabilities. He was absolutely right about the latter. So what happened to the former?

In a word, capitalism. Specifically, austerity so that uber-capitalists don't have to pay taxes.

That, more than anything else, explains the gradual abandonment of a science-and-exploration-based manned space program: far less money available than there was when we taxed the rich equitably in the 1960s, and what money there was being diverted elsewhere.

On that last point, there was (and is) the insatiable appetite for ever-more sophisticated arms and weapons systems and regime changes and force projections and dozens of other euphemisms to avoid saying "war."

Sadly, the technological leaps that enabled us to go the Moon were co-opted by the defense industry. And face it, some of the congressional votes for the space program from the '60s onward were really about backdoor means of developing miniaturized, extreme-temperature and shock resistant, radiation-proof electronics. Because, hey, a guidance system to leave the atmosphere and go someplace with great precision is needed for nuclear warhead-equipped multistage rockets, too.

The outrage should have come because, since its inception, NASA's civilian space program must, by law, make available all of its developments to the civilian economy -- revolutionary circuitry, new materials science creations, propulsion technology, life science, remote sensing technology that accurately measures climate change, and countless other devices, sensors, instruments and systems. Whereas anything the military "develops" (that is, takes from NASA without paying compensation) is always "classified" to "protect national security." Thus, military spending never stimulates the civilian economy, but NASA spending always has, exponentially. So it's particularly outrageous that uber-capitalists "need" to escape paying taxes is very much the reason why our manned space program is nearly dead, or at the very least, comatose and on life support.

Now, why can't we AT LEAST celebrate the past with a national holiday for that magical time when we had the money to actually do things, like going to the Moon? It's that capitalism thing again. Corporatocracy put congress on notice years ago that it isn't willing to "take the hit" for any more national days off. That very nearly kept us from getting the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. And congress only passed that tribute when Southerners were pacified with the end of a threat that Lincoln's Birthday might yet become a full-fledged paid holiday like washington's Birthday. And folding them together is why the only holiday in February is called President's Day, supposedly allowing us "to celebrate all the presidents," whether we want to include Millard Fillmore and Richard Nixon and George W. Bush or not.

It's pathetic. If the Russians had beaten us to the Moon -- and they were trying -- we would all be celebrating "World Moon Day." No question about it. We should be leading that celebration, and calling it "Space Day" to keep it future-focused. But that might foment popular sentiment to return to space. To actually go to Mars and not just futz around with this nebulous crap of "Oh, sometime in the 2030s. Or so. Maybe."

Doesn't the blockbuster box office success of "The Martian" and Gravity" and the enduring popularity of "2001: A Space Odyssey," suggest anything at all to intransigent politicians? Or are their noses so deep in the corporate funding feed trough that their eyes and ears are buried?

We should be -- seriously now -- developing spacecraft submarines to explore the vast liquid ocean of Jupiter's moon, Europa, which holds more liquid water than all of Earth. The same spacecraft should be built in multiples. It must be capable of boring through the icy crust to get into Europa's seas, and it could do the same on Saturn's far smaller oceanic moon, Enceladus. If we are at all serious about finding life elsewhere in the cosmos, THOSE are the places to start.

And we should send spacecraft submarines to investigate the vast oceans of liquid methane on Titan, the earth-size moon of Saturn which has lakes and streams and rivers and seas of cryogenic liquids that may harbor life based on entirely different formulas than we can imagine.

Or we could delude ourselves into believing we can't afford any of that, even though we did once, when we went to the Moon, with NOTHING as a starting point like all the technology and materials science we have now. Instead, we'll probably celebrate National Wall Street Bankster Piracy Day. But that's every day.

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APPROPRIATE MUSIC VIDEOS...

Frank Sinatra:
1) "Fly Me to the Moon"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCW9Hey6IVY
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David Bowie:
2) "Starman" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRcPA7Fzebw
3) "Life on Mars" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v--IqqusnNQ
4) "Space Oddity" (official video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYYRH4apXDo
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Robert Morgan Fisher:
5) "Don't You Want to Go to Mars?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8fZfS3okVQ



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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SATIRICAL / PARODY / COMEDY-IN-SONG EDITION (because it's Politiconventioneering season and this is better than running into the street screaming)... July 19 2016 edition

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: Wow! This edition earned 2,059 page views in its first few hours after publication. Looks like y'all like to laugh! Thank you, and we'll look for an opportunity to bring you something similar again soon.)

Time for some laughs in this, our 1,562nd edition.

We've published some truly YUGE news-packed editions lately. Yuge. What's in 'em is more durable than a certain political campaign, and those recent issues of the Guide are still jam-packed with still things you (mostly) can go do or all about musical stuff you otherwise should know.

So, "serious" is covered.

We decided it's time for our own little "Daily Show" / "Nightly Show" / "Redacted Tonight," music hall edition.

Like all of those, It's not like any of us can get away from the breathlessly desperate, pathetically fear-based appeals for money to "STOP (fill-in-the-blank) BEFORE THEY DESTROY AMERICA!" or curdle your homogenized milk, or unleaven your bread, or enlarge the pits in your peaches, or some other scary boogeymanish thing the ones who want your money hope you'll fall for.

It's all symptomatic of the polarizing political pox of Pathocracy. A musician friend sent us that new word the other day, "Pathocracy." Sort of what happens when poliics and pathology happen to democracy. Might even make a good title for a song. Or a tv show. But not a "reality" show, because we'd surely want to reach into the screen, tear them out by their overpriced Kartrashian duds, and flog them all. Or keel-haul the ones nearest to water. Or make them watch their own shows.

Still, we liked "Pathocracy" immediately upon seeing it. Because we do need a new vocabulary for these times wherein the oligarchy divides itself into two predatory classes:
1) there's the obvious Plutocracy, wherein they directly apply their financial power to taking over and running everything themselves, like, for example, that poster child for a toupeed orange that doesn't like apples. Or kumquats. Or anything foreign.
2) and there are the Proxy Plutocrats, who emulate their Gilded Age prototypes and just buy all the political officeholders they need, turning elected officials, buyable bureaucrats, and money-lusting lobbyists alike into wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Both kinds are obvious symptoms that Pathocracy is present. Just keep alert for whatever doesn't pass the smell test. Does it release its own telltale gases, as when rotting things produce cadaverine and putricine? Those two gases are really known to science, and both induce an involuntary reaction that makes their discoverer throw up. Sorta the same as what happens when we hear the voices of certain politicians. So can rolling up your pantlegs when you see 'em coming, though your footwear will still get it. Always carry clean socks. And antifungal cream.

Okay, okay. Maybe this part is funny and maybe it's too true so it's not. Let's get to the musical parts that are.


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Contents / in this issue...

1) TAKE TWO. A PEEK AT MELANIA'S SECOND NIGHT SPEECH

2) COLBERT REJOINS JON STEWART FOR HILARIOUS POLITICAL SEND-UP

3) "THE OLIGARCH'S SONG" IS SCATHING PARODY SINGALONG


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TAKE TWO. A PEEK AT MELANIA'S SECOND NIGHT SPEECH


By Larry Wines

We all encounter bits of some old or new song that seems curiously familiar. Sometimes, it doesn't stop there. As in this satire, making fun of the "too-familiar" speech by Melania Trump that was clearly plagiarized by some overpaid speechwriter who ripped her off. Unless she really did write it all herself, as she claims -- by using "online reference sources." Like someone else's speech. If you didn't stay up late Monday, it wasn't long before a few historians who heard Melania at the podium in Cleveland were scratching their heads and saying "Hmmm, that sorta sounds familiar, doesn't it?" It was quickly discovered that 22 out of 26 words were from Michelle Obama's '08 speech -- in one section alone. And 29 out of 34 words in another part were from that same original speech. It adds an entirely new dimension to this ongoing Twilight Zone of an election season.

Obviously, Melania needs a second bite at the apple. We think so, anyway.
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You can read it below, or click over to where it was originally published so you can enjoy the two pieces of art that ran with it:

https://www.laprogressive.com/melania-trump-stolen-speech/

Otherwise, the full text is below. Enjoy.
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Don't ask how we got it. Suffice it to say that after the stolen speech flap of night one of the Republican convention, the only thing the Goppers could do was send Melania back out there tonight to redeem herself. So here's her upcoming speech:

Lend me your ears. I traveled the Earth as a fashion model. To infinity and beyond. I was born under a wanderin' star in the final frontier where no one has gone before except The Donald's first two wives. And I learned something. If you don't know where you're going, you might end up someplace else.

Four score and seven years ago, my husband's father had a song written about him by Woody Guthrie. Play it, Sam, because if he can take it, so can I, and I cannot consecrate, I cannot hallow that song. He stuck a feather in his hat and never ate macaroni again because this is America. That land wasn't your land. It was Donald's father's land. And on that side, Woody couldn't say nothing, because his home ain't in this world anymore, and that side was made for you but not me. He was a poor, wayfarin' stranger and a peasant who rented and he had to move when he couldn't pay. And we need to make America great again so all the landlords get paid.

If my husband becomes president we have nothing to fear but fear itself as the light through yonder window breaks. Unless we're Mexicans and we have a dog 'cause it's out, damn Spot. But I'm from Eastern Europe, so ollie-ollie-oxen-free, Ollie, and there won't be any more Stan to claim it's another fine mess you've gotten me into because Donald never admits to getting into a mess. He sings c'est moi and is perfect in every way.

He will succeed where a less fantastic man would fail.
Climb a wall no one else can climb,
Cleave a dragon in record time,
Swim a moat in a coat of heavy iron mail.
No matter the pain, he ought to be unwinceable,
Impossible deeds should be his daily fare.
But where in the world
Is there in the world
A man so extraordinaire?

He answers, "C'est moi! C'est moi," He's forced to admit, "Tis I, I humbly reply." That mortal who these marvels can do, "C'est moi, c'est moi, 'tis I."

O, can you see to treat people with dignity and respect and those words come from somebody else's speech where your reach exceeds your grasp. Unless your rich husband buys an octopus to grasp and grope his babe daughter and hold on to your children in an octopusus' garden where I'd like to be under the sea. After I go down to the crossroads to get to the yellow brick road to see the wizard. Where I will hire the tin man to chop off the lion's head and make a coat out of him for me. Because I have the values to work hard for what I want in this life and we need to have dreams. In America we can be great and have dreams. And dreamer, I believe you can get me through the night. So I'll button up my overcoat and put on my blue suede shoes to ask Mrs. Lincoln if she enjoyed the play because all the world's a stage, the play's the thing, I've got a brand new pair of roller skates, you've got a brand new key, and 23 skidoo.

So be an authentic American original. Even if you are an immigrant and that's something we can't talk about because immigrants aren't supposed to be able to get over the wall. But all in all you're just another brick in the wall.

So ask not what your husband will buy for you, but who walks the hills in a long black veil and if she has a green card to provide for the common defense but not to collect welfare. You know if you have never heard this, it sounds like nothing you've ever heard, and If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer.

About last night, ¬you can observe a lot just by watching, and we made too many wrong mistakes. If you don't happen to like it, pass me by. I know it sounds a bit bizarre, but in Camelot, that's how conditions are.

So where am I going, I don't know, when will I get there, I ain't certain, all that I know is I am on my way, and who gives a damn, I'm on my way by the dawn's early light so get me to the church on time.

Because everyone has their cross in life to bear. So I'm grinning and bearing it. Because we are the champions using a Queen song without permission. And somebody must make the non-denominational evangelical creationist fundamentalist lambs washed in the blood make loaves from fishes. To cruz forth like Lazarus to vote for Donald. And it's a dirty job that ruins my nails. But somebody's got to do it. So you hope your song sounds like Stairway to Heaven and that it doesn't go over like a led balloon. Or like Michelle Obama's Move campaign because those people -- sweat.


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COLBERT REJOINS JON STEWART FOR HILARIOUS POLITICAL SEND-UP


It happened Monday night to kick-off the weeklong series on the CBS Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he's calling, "The 2016 Trumpublican Donational Coventrump Starring Donald Trump as the Republican Party (May Contain Traces of Republican)."

There are three video segments in the link below. One of them features Stewart and Stephen Colbert in his old Comedy Central character as the know-nothing emphatic conservative. One is a full-on Busby Berklee-style musical production number. All three are hilarious. We chose this link because all three vids are a one-stop grabatorium that also lets you read the Daily Beast critic's story:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/19/stephen-colbert-and-jon-stewart-reunite-at-the-rnc-to-take-down-trump.html


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"THE OLIGARCH'S SONG" IS SCATHING PARODY SINGALONG


Geo. McCalip (call him "George," but spell it "Geo.," upon seeing the "day two" speech for Melania Trump to deliver to the Republican convention tonight, wrote to send us a parody song.

Of the Melania gaffe and the fix-it speech, he says, "I am the kind of person who, if I see an injustice, I feel it should be addressed. So, late last year I was thinking about something I heard years ago. I don’t remember the exact quote, or who said it (if you do, please let me know) but a close paraphrase would be, 'The rich people may have all the power and the money, but the working class always has all the good songs.'"

That situation really didn't seem fair to Geo. So he addressed it in song, starting "by borrowing a really great tune." Then, in an expression far more more honest than you find with most songwriters (parody or otherwise), he says, "I put my heart and soul into writing the lyrics for about ten minutes. I figured if they didn’t like my lyrics they could pay somebody to write better ones. But I am proud to say that the injustice has been addressed."

If only every injustice could be brought down, or even held up to ridicule, with ten minutes to apply. He doesn't even own a blue shirt with a big red "S." Anyway, here is the result. Sung from the viewpoint of the bankster, or whatever other piratical predator skims all the cream off the top of everything these days.

"The Oligarch's Song"

©2015 Geo. McCalip, BMI
(To the tune of “This Land is Your Land”)

Chorus:
This land's not your land, this land is my land,
From California to the New York island,
From the clear-cut forest to polluted waters,
This land was made for only me.

Well I raped and pillaged and I plundered her riches,
That’s how oligarchs are, we’re just sons of bitches,
And if you don’t like it well that’s just too damned bad
Because this land was made for only me.

(CHORUS)

Now I‘ve got ALEC* writing legislation,
To help me steal this entire nation,
And if you don’t like it well that’s just too damned bad
Because this land was made for only me.

(CHORUS)

And I’ll make sure that your union’s busted
That’s a fact that can be trusted,
And if you don’t like it well that’s just too damned bad
Because this land was made for only me.

(CHORUS)

So I’m gonna buy the next election
It shouldn’t cost more than about a billion
And if you don’t like it well that’s just too damned bad
Because this land was made for only me.

(CHORUS)

This is a thought that is well worth noting
I really don’t think you should be voting
And if you don’t like what you gonna do about it?
Because this land was made for only me.

And if you don’t like what you gonna do about it?
Because this land was made for only me.
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*- ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization that pays politicians to keep the rich from paying taxes and corporations from being regulated for environmental compliance, worker safety, or much of anything else that "cuts into profits."
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You can catch Geo. doing his song live (and print-out the lyrics to take for a singalong):

- Tonight (Tues) at the open mic at Bogart’s Coffee in Seal Beach.
- Friday at the open mic at Royal Cup in Long Beach.
- Saturday at the open mic at Fox Coffeehouse in Long Beach.

Specific info for each of the open mics may be found at: http://geo.mccalip.com/calendar.html



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Friday, July 15, 2016

YOUR MID-JULY MUSICAL ESCAPE July 15 edition, 2016

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We have a full edition for you, despite difficult times in our world. Some of which we address — in terms of WHAT YOU CAN DO — in our first two feature stories. Stay tuneful. It helps.

*** Happy Birthday today, July 15, to the one and only LINDA RONSTADT!

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“When you write a song, most of the words you use are in black and white, and then, from time to time, you use one that’s in color. These words in color are part of ourselves, because we give them a meaning. If you like, we give them a third dimension.”
— Jaques Brel, famous French singer.


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Contents / in this edition...

1) THE CHALLENGE FOR ARTISTS, THE DAY AFTER BASTILLE DAY

2) 35th ANNUAL KLOS BLOOD DRIVE IS TUESDAY– SATURDAY, JULY 19th–23rd, GIVES CONCERT TIX TO DONORS

3) HEAR IT NOW, PRE-RELEASE: JOHN GORKA, "BEFORE BEGINNING: THE UNRELEASED 'I KNOW' - NASHVILLE, 1985"

4) NEW BOB DYLAN BOOK BY TOP AUTHOR: BOOKSIGNING FRIDAY NIGHT IN WEHO

5) NOCONA's "TOOTHLESS JUNKIE" RELEASE, PLUS MORE AMERICANA ALT-COUNTRY MUSIC GUESTS, IS JULY 30

6) RECORD STORE CRAWL IN L.A. JULY 23

7) ANNUAL "SOUTH PASADENA ARTS CRAWL" IS SATURDAY

8) ARTIST COFFEY ANDERSON GOES BEYOND NATIONAL MEDIA & VIRAL VIDEO, ON "THE PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE: A NATIONAL CONVERSATION" AND ON "NIGHTLINE" THURSDAY NIGHT

9) EXCITING LIVE MUSIC AT McCABE'S THIS WEEKEND AND BEYOND

10) THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE THRILLS WITH INTIMATE CONCERTS

11) REIGNING QUEEN OF OPERA, SOPRANO RENÉE FLEMING, USHERS IN PACIFIC SYMPHONY’S 2016-17 SEASON, SEPTEMBER 17

12) BRUCE GOLDISH — AN ARTIST YOU NEED TO CATCH, PLAYS JULY 19 & AUG 23

13) TICKET ALERTS...

14) JOSH KELLEY PERFORMANCE-INTERVIEW AIRS FRIDAY, 9 PM ON AUDIENCE NETWORK

15) "MUSIC AT BOSTON COURT" THIS WEEKEND & NEXT IS NOTEWORTHY

16) HIGH STRUNG PLAYS POMONA FRIDAY NIGHT

17) DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL-STARS

18) CHE ZURO RETURNS TO L.A.

19) US NAT'L SCOTTISH FIDDLE CHAMP JAMIOE LAVALL MAKES RARE RETURN TO L.A. & SAN DIEGO CO.


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THE CHALLENGE FOR ARTISTS, THE DAY AFTER BASTILLE DAY

by Larry Wines

Thursday morning, here at the Guide, we had intended to wish everyone a Happy Bastille Day. But this edition wasn't ready to go in time for Thursday morning. Had it been, we would have included links for music videos of good French acoustic music, some of it iconic.

We'd have included the essential French women singers, starting with the indispensible EDITH PIAF. And other wonderful French women in music, with names you know and names you don't: REGINE CRESPIN, FREDERICA VON STADE, CAMILLE, DALIDA, former French First Lady CARLA BRUNI, and MONIQUE SERF , aka BARBARA ("The Lady in Black"), and CHARLOTTE GAINESBOURG, FRANÇOISE HARDY, MIREILLE MATHIEU, JULIETTE GRÉCO, today's up-and-comer EMILIE SIMON. There's '60s sex-kitten actress BRIDGETT BARDOT who had a brief but noteworthy singing career — and the one that comes as the biggest surprise to many, iconic American expat JOSEPHINE BAKER, the only one of the group to have had hits in her adopted France that she sang in English. There's French, folk, pop and rock singer and actress MARIE LAFORET. Someday when times feel happier we will revisit that list with the links we thought we'd be furnishing. And we'll include French male musicians, probably topped by JAQUES BREL, and prominently featuring JOHNNY HALLYDAY who is still powerful and relevant at age 70. There's GEORGES BRASSENS, YVES MONTAND, CHARLES AZNAVOUR, MAURICE CHEVALIER, NINO FERRER. There's singer, poet, composer, and melancholic anarchist LÉO FERRÉ. There's ALAIN BARRIÈRE, JAQUES DUTRONC, TINO ROSSI. There's HUGUES AUFRAY, known for his French covers of Bob Dylan songs. There's GILBERT BECAUT known as “Monsieur 100 000 volts” for his high energy performances. There's JEAN FERRA, singer-songwriter and poet who specialized in singing poetry. So many amazing artists, past and present, so many that are so unknown in an America that, alone among all nations that fancies itself important, steadfastly refuses to speak more than one language, and misses out on so much as a result. Yes, someday, we'd ;like to tell you about these artists who are very justifiably known to the rest of the world. There are more we didn't get to, like MICHELLE JONASZ, the singer-songwriter and composer who started as a pianist.

Beyond celebrating French arts and culture through its music for Bastille Day, we had it in mind to do something else, too.

We would have noted — because our political revolution has just failed in its challenge of the banksters and the predatory one-percent here in America — that the French enduringly provide hope. That France, in celebrating Bastille Day, still provides the historical example that oligarchs and plutocrats can be deposed from their demigod reign and refused in their predatory game-playing with people's lives.

But too many obligations with other things kept us from getting to all that. And then the day in France became evening. And too suddenly, intentions and thoughts and hopes were derailed, and for some, far worse. Suddenly, the opportunities life should bring were replaced by reports of sudden confrontations with mortality, of violent death, from out of nowhere. In an instant, the fun and joy and celebration on France's national holiday, of a fireworks show just concluding, vanished amidst screams of pain and people being crushed in a continuously moving heavy impact.

All the celebration of happy families, couples strolling, holding hands, looking skyward, others enjoying food and wine in beachfront restaurants and sidewalk cafes, so many happy people in crowded streets, enjoying music, made by happy members of bands, suddenly, all of it was replaced by the murderous act of someone in an 18-ton truck, deliberately steering it into the biggest concentrations of people in the street, on the sidewalks, for over a mile, before he could be stopped the only way he could be, killed, by French police. The street that had been barricaded for the pedestrian street fair, for people to happily roam and wander and partake of the freedom of being alive on a joyous night, was robbed from them.

On this side of the Atlantic, it was the same unreality of Ferguson, of Baltimore, of Sandy Hook, of Oklahoma City, of San Bernardino, of Dallas, of too damn many other places in America. This time, it was in yet another place, a previously nice place whose happy identity will be, like too many other previously nice places, be horribly altered for a generation. It was a city named Nice, pronounced "niece" (like the counterpart of "nephew"), the city of Nice, France. A beautiful beachfront city in the fabled South of France, lapped by the warm waters of the Mediterranean. A place probably targeted by its attacker specifically because it is famous, and nice, and beautiful. And now it is a scene of horror, and branded in our minds as such.

And that endless roll of statistics that distills human carnage into numbers has added a new line of numbers in the compilation, as anonymous as traffic highway deaths, as impersonal as any numbers too big to associate with individual human persons who are suddenly dead. As a result of this attack, there are 84 dead human beings, 10 of them children. There are 52 people in critical condition, 25 of them in comas. Over 200 people, altogether, were left injured, in addition to all those dead. A Texas father and his 11-year-old son, a kid who was a Little League baseball star in Austin, were among those killed.

And suddenly that's a thread of reality we can grasp. Hopefully not because we only care about Americans. But because we can all think of parents of other 11-year-olds. Parents who don't have anything to say to make it go away. or to make it better, or to make things make sense for their kid. Because who can explain this to a kid? Any of it. Ever. Whether we are the one struggling to look into that child's big, innocent eyes after a news report — or after someone was killed on that kid's own sidewalk where all the neighborhood kids will see the remains of the blood stains and the scars in the concrete for the rest of the summer, and beyond. Any more than we can make sense for them of the massacre of police by a sniper in Dallas, while those police were protecting protestors marching against police brutality. Or the endless procession of cell phone videos of shootings and beatings of unarmed people by police in so many places.

Nor can we explain the tragically aberrant cultureless subcultures that foment violence or bring loaded guns as the default solution to everything. Whether those horridly unacceptable subcultures derive from a few sociopaths who were not screened-out, and who then went on to find warped fulfillment in armed professions fulfilling their need for power over the rest of us.

Nor can we explain to that child the outrage that becomes illegitimate power and how it's amplified in the mind of a sociopath when he or she doesn't see other people following them to validate their truths. In some quarters, that plays out as frustration for aberrant individuals in their religion, where they must prove its strength by making that religion the ultimate excuse for killing others; always others that they refuse to embrace as brothers, whatever the rest of their religion advocates.

We don't know how to tell a child looking for simple and absolute understandings of right and wrong. We can't answer what it will take to end the exploitive destruction of the planet, of our shared home whose natural systems we all need for our shared survival. We don't know why no one will stop the extermination of entire species because they are in the way of greedy extraction of resources or some kind of ruinous exploitation for enrichment of some powerful individual. We don't know that a child can understand how any kind of power can come, for the few, by successful pursuit of greed. When it's always for the candle-flicker of a single lifetime that permanently erases irreplaceable things that survived everything else for millions of years.

We don't know how to convey that we have seen awe-inspiring natural wonders today's children will not see, and that, if they're lucky enough to get there in time, they may yet see things that will not be there for their children. But we do believe that all these things — natural, cultural, societal — are very much the same: they have all become disposable commodities for manipulation and consumption for the same forces. For greed. Egomania. Megalomania. Control. Arms deals. Cheap labor markets. Proof of power over other species by destroying the natural world. Proof of power over other people by subjugating them, and that failing, by killing them.

In the end, all we know is this: that the answer requires more than society is doing, and seemingly more than we are willing to do. Especially since we will be the ones paying for it while the rich get a free ride, as usual. We know many solutions will require understanding that's well beyond what we have now. We'll need to go beyond what we have done, and demand rejection of much of what we, as a society, are doing, or allowing to be done.

We need more than sociologists and psychologists and mental health experts; certainly more than open-carry gun nuts; more than beleaguered law enforcement authorities that put their officers in robocop gear to confront those they are charged to protect; more than for-profit incarceration that drives America to having more people locked-up than any nation on Earth; more than mindless addiction to endlessly looped scenes of fake blood on tv series and real blood on cable news that blur into a single unreality; more than the small support we give those brave few who are losing everyday battles for individual rights; more from a media that fails to alert everyone about just how spied-upon and cyber-monitored and measured and categorized and packaged all of us are, by those who greedily exploit our "helpful" devices; more support and understanding and help for those trying simply to keep the people in their neighborhoods alive; and more voices demanding change and emphatically saying "no" as they face loaded guns held by people too ready to point and shoot them.

We know that activists and artists who engage the hearts and spirits of the people can often find a way to reach the grieving hearts among us and help find a new sense of purpose. Even when that purpose is based on righting a wrong that should never have been committed. We need to recognize the most important challenge is to find and guide in directions for a better future, and that each and every one of us has a part in that. We must come to know that we can play our parts in helping outcomes, or we can abdicate our roles, and either choice has powerful consequences in very different ways.

We need to remember that the future, whatever it is to be, starts in the very next moment. Because anything we do can last and grow as signals and symbols and signposts for the next generation. Every day, we determine in countless small ways what we leave, as legacy to inspire, or as piles of garbage to be stepped-over. Those 11-year olds who look into our eyes to understand the incomprehensible can inherit a better world than we are in the process of leaving them now.

Government, with elected officials so subject to ownership by corporocratic forces and interests, will continue to fail us in the name of austerity that lets the rich keep everything for themselves. Sadly, we must accept that very little will change until enough people wake up and become majority voting blocs. Majorities so formidable that we make fraudulent paperless voting machine results impossible. Majorities capable of overwhelming the propaganda of corporate media's spun interpretations and selective presentations. Majorities who reject the well-financed political ads crafted by psycho-manipulators to produce emotional reactions rather than thinking responses.

It is both the activists and the artists that offer hope. We know that our artists and our songwriters and musicians all have proven capabilities to redirect our shock and horror into positive, purposeful, meaningfully empowering ways to go on. We know our artists can move us away from anger and vengeance, and put us on a path to peace, and to love, and to understanding. We know our artists, as a special kind of activists, can become the common voice of outrage against exploitation and incarceration and extermination and destruction and disregard for the planet and disrespect for each other.

Our activists and artists have a formidable task, to caution us and rouse us, even as calls grow for the necessity to monitor and surveil us, more and more, for our own protection. We need voices in song and poetry and satire and prose to remind us who we are, and the things to which we can and should aspire, as ever more calls are heard for spending our blood and treasure on projections of military force to achieve regime change in distant lands. Because these are becoming the default solutions offered from certain quarters to protect us from attacks like Nice and Oklahoma City and Columbine and Sandy Hook and theatre shootings in Colorado. Because if we don't remember on our own, their songs can remind us that all of those listed except one, and nearly every other terrorist attack in America, has been perpetrated by a fellow American who lacks purpose and has found only despair in what we spend too much time telling each other is a perfect society. And we need to break-up the media empires that homogenize messages and lock-out voices with alternative messages, and exclude music that doesn't meet formulaic corporate approval for mass appeal as harmless pablum.

We need our activists and our artists more than ever. And we must invest time and effort in being wary — not just of menacing persons with deadly intent as they want us to become preoccupied with doing — but wary of those who craft manipulative messages aimed at our attitudes and voting behavior, and crafted to determine how we interpret the nature of the messages we are fed, and the intended responses they want to produce.

Yes, certainly, our shared humanity is assaulted by anything like the attack in Nice. But there is no requirement for our shock and grief to green-light some response that produces more death and mayhem. And with that: artists, please make sense of things that the rest of us can't.


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35th ANNUAL KLOS BLOOD DRIVE IS TUESDAY– SATURDAY, JULY 19th–23rd, GIVES CONCERT TIX TO DONORS


After national blood supplies were depleted responding to victims of the nightclub attack in Orlando, your lifesaving donation is urgently needed. So the timing of this year's annual blood drive sponsored by L.A. rock radio station KLOS is especially important.

The station says, "We all can’t be Rock Stars, but we can all be someone’s hero by giving blood with the American Red Cross at the 35th Annual KLOS Blood Drive."

All presenting blood donors at these blood drives will receive an exclusive "35th Annual KLOS Blood Drive" T-shirt, PLUS, each donor will also receive a voucher to access one of this summer’s hottest concerts or events (full list at link below).

Schedule an appointment today:

- online at http://www.955klos.com/blood/

- or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

- or use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code:
KLOS

- to schedule your appointment today.

Plus, they feed you and give you museum tix...

Wahoo’s, the longtime partner of the American Red Cross, will be supporting the KLOS blood drive and providing a FREE meal to all presenting donors, AND a chance to win a beach cruiser. AND Madame Tussaud's is offering complimentary admission to donors, and discounts for friends and family members.

While the blood drive welcomes walk-ins, they encourage everyone to schedule your own, personal, timed appointment in advance.

PARTICIPATING CONCERTS & EVENTS offering vouchers are quite extensive. Act fast before your first choice is gone.

Live music or broadcast events are scheduled for the donation centers in Long Beach, Pomona, and Woodland Hills.

The Guide is proud to support this event.

The full list of CONCERTS & EVENTS, with all the details to participate, is at:

http://www.955klos.com/blood/


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HEAR IT NOW, PRE-RELEASE: JOHN GORKA, "BEFORE BEGINNING: THE UNRELEASED 'I KNOW' - NASHVILLE, 1985"


"This "new" album from a lost cul-de-sac of time travel is a real winner. The instrumentation by top-flight session players and some greats playing sideman for a still unknown rookie have a fresh, timeless feel, alternating with the best musical conventions of the time. Gorka fans will love it. If you're not yet a Gorka fan, you will be." — The Acoustic Americana Music Guide.

Story below by Kelly McCartney, as published July 15th, 2016, on Folk Alley dot com

It's a fascinating exercise to step back in time some 31 years to a now-iconic artist's humble beginnings. But such is the case with John Gorka's "new" release - "Before Beginning: The Unreleased 'I Know'" - which collects the 1985 recordings Gorka did over the course of five days in Nashville at COWBOY JACK CLEMENTs' studio with producer JIM ROONEY. At NANCI GRIFFITH's suggestion, the 25-year-old folkie ventured into his first sessions with some of the top players in Music City. The resulting work was never released, and Gorka would spend another two years making what would become his debut, "I Know," which includes nine of the same songs.

"Before Beginning: The Unreleased 'I Know'" will be officially released via Red House Records on July 22nd. But you can stream the entire album right now at FolkAlley.com, at:

http://www.folkalley.com/archives/001507.php

The following tracks are all on that "new" release from Red House Records. Right now, online, can hear:

- Down in the Milltown
- Love Is Our Cross to Bear
- Love Is Our Cross to Bear
- Geza's Wailing Ways
- I Know
- Out of My Mind
- Downtown Tonight
- Blues Palace
- Winter Cows
- Branching Out
- I Saw a Stranger With Your Hair

All free, for a limited time, at the link above.


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NEW BOB DYLAN BOOK BY TOP AUTHOR: BOOKSIGNING FRIDAY NIGHT IN WEHO


Friday evening, July 15, mega-successful music bio author CHRIS MORRIS presents his newest work, "TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE: A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH THE MUSIC OF BOB DYLAN," at 7 pm at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood 90069; 310-659-3110; www.booksoup.com

LA Weekly writes:

A former music editor at "The Hollywood Reporter," Morris began writing about his latest subject while dealing with a bout of writers block when putting together last year's excellent biography "Los Lobos: Dream in Blue." After buying "Bob Dylan's The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1," Morris started posting personal pieces called "A Dylan a Day" on his Tumblr. Those led to this "memoir through music," in which Morris recalls how all 37 of Dylan's records affected his past, from the singer's eponymous 1962 folk debut to this year's covers album, "Fallen Angels."


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NOCONA's "TOOTHLESS JUNKIE" RELEASE, PLUS MORE AMERICANA ALT-COUNTRY MUSIC GUESTS, IS JULY 30


If you're a devotee of I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. (who isn't?) and if MUMFORD & SONS has found favor with you, here's the next band you'll add to your list of favorites.

Saturday, July 30th, NOCONA's "Toothless Junkie" video release party will include special guests the BEN REDDELL BAND and THE COALS, at The Lost Knight, 1538 W Sunset Bl, in L.A.

The video is directed by Chris Strother, and has a poster by Merry Young of Mutiney Studios that'll grab your attention. Nocona is out there now promoting the video and generally entertaining folks and making fans.

Here's when and where to find 'em:

July 17, NOCONA Live at KCSN 88.5 (check the station for time: www.kcsn.org ).
July 30, performing with many bands at "LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer Festival."
July 30, their L.A. video release party at the Lost Knight (info above).
August 13, in Santa Barbara, at the Seven Bar.
Sept 10, in Los Angeles, at The Escondite.
Sept 24, in Los Angeles, at the annual "Westchester Arts & Music Fest" near LAX.
Dec 3, in Huntington Beach, at the yuge "Gram Parsons 70th B'day Bash," at Don the Beachcomber.

Deets of all those dates, music samples, band personnel and accomplishments, and more:

http://noconamusic.com/

Nocona's press...

“Long Gone Song by Nocona is full of rave-up garage rock for high lonesome desperadoes..”
— Calvin Powers, Americana Music Show.

“…each song seems to have its quirk, a specific Isom touch, be it a slightly off-kilter
chord progression or vocal arrangement or even just a roots-deep approach.”
— Frank Gutch Jr., for No Depression.

“Los Angeles-based band, Nocona, would be right at home on Chicago’s Bloodshot
records – a label that many insurgent country bands have called home for nearly 20
years..”– Independent’s Day Radio.

“L.A.-based Nocona, a country punk act rooted in the blues with a
psychedelic and Mexicali twist, are the new Alt-country Sheriffs in
town” – Slo New Times.

“If the old saying, 'All hat & no cattle,' is supposed describe pretty boys and girls
pretending to be country; Nocona would be all well-whiskey, cigarettes and f**k-
you’s…and no hat.” – Pinpoint Music.

“These cats rock some alt country sounds like nobody’s business. Look out, Mumford,
there’s a new band in town! Hot pickin’ on a variety of instruments and styles
compliment lyrics from ballads to rockin' country blues, and I swear I hear a certain Mid-Western punk sound in there, too.” – MTM (Mid Tennessee Music).


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RECORD STORE CRAWL IN L.A. JULY 23


A record store crawl? Say whattttt? Imagine the best of a bar crawl, record shopping, and exclusive music performances all rolled into a one-of-a-kind experience. Join a group of wide-eyed vinyl enthusiasts and back-in-my-day crate-diggers hopping from one record store to another in Los Angeles, or maybe a city near you elsewhere in America, depending where you are. Are you in?

the folks at Rhino records tell us, "We sure are, and we're even hooking you up with 20% off tickets for this epic adventure. Just use the code CRAWL20 at checkout" when you get your tix through the event's site.

It happens in L.A. on July 23.

Tickets for the Record Store Crawl Summer Series in seven
cities across the United States are now on sale. Here are the other cities and dates:

Jul 24, Austin
Jul 30, Nashville - SOLD OUT
Jul 30, New York City
Aug 6, Washington DC - SOLD OUT
Aug 6, Chicago
Aug 13, Portland

Tix and details for each city are at the link below. Just remember to use Rhino's code, CRAWL20 at checkout, and save some serious bucks.

http://www.recordstorecrawl.com/


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ANNUAL "SOUTH PASADENA ARTS CRAWL" IS SATURDAY


Well, we know it's happening. On Saturday, July 16. From 6 to 9 pm. And we know it always features multiple stages of music, much of it Folk-Americana and / or acvoustic. We know it's always free, and it's always fun, and it happens in charming downtown South Pasadena, which you can reach by riding the Gold Line light rail there.

Beyond that? We didn't get sent the specifics. So do your own search, or just go there and take whatever is happening as a pleasant surprise. We can all use a few of those anyway, right?


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ARTIST COFFEY ANDERSON GOES BEYOND NATIONAL MEDIA & VIRAL VIDEO, ON "THE PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE: A NATIONAL CONVERSATION" AND ON "NIGHTLINE" THURSDAY NIGHT


Whatever you expect from the usually shallow content of modern country music doesn't apply here. This was a fine expression of the power of an artist to make a difference and expand thoughts and dialog with broad reach and impact across our all-too shallow society.

Country music singer-songwriter Coffey Anderson has captured the attention of the world with his video, "Stop The Violence - What To Do When You Get Pulled Over By Police," released one week ago. The star of the viral video, viewed over 35 million times, was a participant in Disney Media Network's town hall "The President and the People: A National Conversation."

The town hall aired Thursday at 8 pm ET and and was rebroadcast later for Western time zones. It was simulcast commercial-free on ABC, ESPN, Freeform, ABCNews.com, Freeform Digital, Watch ABC, Watch ESPN, Yahoo, ABC News’ Facebook page, BBC Americas, and YouTube channel, as well as ABC Radio. the moving conversations by many ordinary Americans, and some who have experienced extraordinarily tough experiences, is available on-demand if you search for it.

Anderson joined the ABC social team immediately following the special for an acoustic performance and intimate conversation at #potustownhall.

Anderson also sat down with Nightline in his Los Angeles home earlier in the week. Thursday night's episode, "America in Black and White," went inside the life of the bi-racial country star to discuss his music, family life and the viral video.


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EXCITING LIVE MUSIC AT McCABE'S THIS WEEKEND AND BEYOND


Santa Monica landmark McCabe's has it goin' on this weekend, featuring cinematic indie folk pathfinder RICHARD BUCKNER on Friday, and the McCabe's debut of celebrated songstress VONDA SHEPARD on Saturday.

The music starts on Friday when they welcome back Texan and early Merge Records mainstay RICHARD BUCKNER for a night of lyrical, literate songscapes that are at once hypnotic and inspiring. Sylvie Simmons writes in The Guardian, "There are three kinds of American folk artist: those who sit, contented, on a back porch contemplating America's landscape and ways; those for whom its landscape and ways are something to stand against or move boldly through; and those whose America is a shadowy, impressionistic place that moves inside of them. The latter is the area that the sombre-voiced Richard Buckner has been exploring since 1994."

McCabe's booker Lincoln Myerson says, "He's been one of our favorites since he first played here more than twenty years ago. Don't miss him."
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On Saturday, the extraordinary singer VONDA SHEPARD makes her way to McCabe's for, as Lincoln tells us, "what we can't believe is her first-ever headlining show here. In fact, when we checked our database, our records show that she last played here as an opener for John Cale in the 80's! Can it be?"

Perhaps best known through her recurring performances in the hit TV show 'Ally McBeal," Vonda has crafted an almost 30-year career starting with her breakout hit, "Don't Cry Ilene," and continuing through her latest — the just completed "Rookie." Thanks to the ongoing participation of producer-maestro MITCHELL FROOM (ELVIS COSTELLO, CROWDED HOUSE, BONNIE RAITT), "Rookie" is a thrilling, solid album, filled with both piano vocal ballads and uber-funky grooves that let Vonda really cut loose vocally.

Over the course of her stellar career, she has sold over twelve million albums and won two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild awards, and she also holds the Billboard prize for selling the most T.V. soundtracks in history.
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Here's a look at McCabe's concert schedule.

Fri, Jul 15, 8 pm. RICHARD BUCKNER. $20.

Sat, Jul 16, 8 pm. An Evening with VONDA SHEPARD. $25.

Fri, Jul 22, 8 pm. WE FIVE. $20.

Sat, Jul 23, 8 pm. JOLIE HOLLAND and SAMANTHA PARTON, founding members of
The Be Good Tanyas, plus special guest BLACK YAYA. $20.

Sun, Jul 24, 8 pm. JIM LAUDERDALE. $20.

Fri & Sat, Jul 29 & 30, 8 pm. CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN. Either night, $32.50.

Sun, Jul 31, 8 pm. "A BENEFIT FOR OWEN SHELLEY" stepson of Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy, with performances by BILLY J. KRAMER, JOHN WICKS & THE RECORDS, COCO DOLENZ, ROSEMARY BUTLER, ANDREW SANDOVAL, JOHN CLAUDE GUMMOE of the Cascades, and more to be announced. $30.

Fri, Aug 5, 8 pm. CALICO THE BAND, plus AMELIA WHITE. $20.

Sat, Aug 6, 8 pm. ROB LAUFER. $15.

Fri, Aug 12, 8 pm. JUDY HENSKE & JERRY YESTER. $25.

Fri, Aug 19, 8 pm. "ROOTS ON THE RAILS REVUE" with DAVE ALVIN, MARY GAUTHIER, RICK SHEA, & CHRISTY McWILSON. SOLD OUT. $32.50.

Sat, Aug 20, 8 pm. STAN RIDGWAY. $22.50.

Fri, Aug 26, 8 pm. STEVE FORBERT. $25.

Sat, Aug 27, 8 pm. ERNEST TROOST and RAY BONNEVILLE. $20.

Sun, Aug 28, 8 pm. BILL KIRCHEN. $20.

Fri, Sep 16, two shows, 8 & 10 pm. TOM RUSH. $30.

Sat, Sep 24, 8 pm. BOB FORREST & FRIENDS. $20.

Tix, info, adress and more, at www.mccabes.com


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THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE THRILLS WITH INTIMATE CONCERTS


For as long as we've been publishing the Acoustic Americana Music Guide, it's been impossible to do without some kind of homage to impresario Bob Stane and his charming coffeehouse music parlor, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, at 2029 N Lake Av, in Altadena. You can phone for reservations, which is the only way to know you'll get it: (call 10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.

Here's what's happening there:

Friday, July 15. Show @ 8:00 P.M. Tickets: $18.
THE DUO TONES ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT. They are the real surf god guitarists. This is not a tribute, these are the real guys. THE DUO-TONES... Two MASTERS of the SURF GUITAR joined forces to create a unique variation on the original theme: by leaving out the drums and bass, they put the focus on their delightful dual-guitar interplay, bringing fresh appeal to the surf-instro genre.
“THE DUO-TONES are the rare example of the creators of a genre remaining vital and continuing to contribute to its growth ... (they) have taken a huge step in making surf music palatable to a wider audience.” -New Gandy Dancer magazine (UK)
With two popular CDs and a growing visibility, the Duo-tones are attracting many new fans who are discovering just how rich this music can be when it's played with the skill and authority that Paul and Ron bring to it.
PAUL pioneered surf-instro music in the '60s with the Belairs; his tune, “Mr. Moto,” is a genre classic. Now, after a lifetime of prolific creativity in a style that epitomizes the form, he's regarded as one of the genre's leading lights. In recent years (1990-2012) Paul was a member of the Surfaris (“Wipe Out”).
RON played bass behind Dick Dale all through Dale's “comeback” phase (1979-2003); and he appeared with Dale in the 1987 film, “Back to the Beach.” Then he played guitar (alongside Paul) in the Surfaris from 2005-2012.
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For the Duo-tones, it's all about fun with guitars and
having spirited musical dialog through their instruments!
The Duo-tones have played on nationally syndicated radio shows:
o A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
o WEST COAST LIVE
plus numerous regional radio shows, including:
o THE LOUNGE (KPBS, San Diego)
o SURF'S UP (KFJC, Los Altos Hills)
o LIVE AT KPIG (internet radio from Gilroy CA)
Paul & Ron honed their skill at playing together during their stint with the Surfaris, playing at major high-profile venues nationwide, as well as in two extensive tours playing all over Europe.
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"JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER." Multiple shows, most are sold-out. Saturday, July 16. Show @ 7 pm. TICKETS: $18; Sunday, July 30. Matinee show at 3 pm. Tickets: $20. The evening show is SOLD OUT. The afternoon show is sold out. JULY 16 is ALL SOLD OUT. BOTH SHOWS. A wonderful night of music. Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver to Coffee Gallery Backstage. Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally.) The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage. Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story," has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other." Jim's wife Anne plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony, and generally keeps Jim in line. Together, they take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.
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Sunday, July 17. Show at 7 pm. Ticket price: $20. "TOMMY'S NOVELTY FOUR".....four of the most talented "show" musicians in Los Angeles band together for a gaggle of musical mirth & mayhem of the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and even some high kicking Italian tunes and beyond. They intend to have fun and do some great singing and playing. Led by TOM MARION and backed by bassist, OLIVER STEINBERG, and the amazing JOHN REYNOLDS with FRANK FAIRFIELD (Supporting Fleet Foxes on their 2008 tour, he moved on to play with such acts as Charlie Louvin, Pokey Lafarge, Charlie Parr and Blind Boy Paxton) adding a solid bit of amazing folkiness, songwriting and wry wit. They sing, they play and the do it all correctly and they are funny, too. It is a nice evening of musical good times. And, as always, when fine musicians congregate SPECIAL GUESTS tend to come by. https://www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm
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FRIDAY, JULY 22. SHOW @ 8 pm. Tickets: $20. THE POXY BOGGARDS.... ALSO ALMOST SOLD OUT. The Poxy Boggards were formed in 1993 as an effort to meet girls and drink beer whilst performing at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. With roots in madrigals from that era, the Boggards are known for distinctive vocal harmonies with an unusual collection of accompanying instrumentation. Their music, a collection of mostly original (and some traditional) songs of drinking and revelry, has delighted audiences at Faires and festivals throughout California. In their 20 plus years, the Boggards have self-produced ten CDs, two music videos, and they've headlined at several Southern California venues. www.poxyboggards.com
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Saturday, July 23. Show @ 7 pm. Tickets: $20. The SPORK & FOON REVUE features five highly respected members of the LA music and songwriting community – singer AIREENE ESPIRITU, guitarist ED TREE, keyboardist MARTY AXELROD, bassist MARK POCKET GOLDBERG and percussionist DEBRA DOBKIN – in a groove-oriented ensemble that allows each member to explore distinct areas of his or her songwriting career. Aireene brings her blues side to the project, covering songs by Sugar Pie DeSanto in addition to originals like “The Itch”. Ed airs his Southern soul with propulsive grooves like “The Thing and the Thang”. Marty highlights his country-inflected writing, as in the rocker “Make Ends Meet Before I Meet My Maker”. Mark contributes blues-oriented material from his recent release “Off the Wire”, and Debra adds her unique brand of r&b funk with “Persuaded”.
Their performance will get you dancing and smiling.
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Sunday, July 24. Matinee: 3 pm. Tickets: $20. THE NE’ER DUWELS are very pleased to announce the release of their long awaited debut album, titled “Ne’er Duwels” and are thrilled to be returning to the Coffee Gallery. This album, as well as their live performance, is best described as "traditional Irish music meets modern world sounds and rhythms". KenO’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over 30 years. "He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight. Ken’s fine tenor voice could carry him through a show all alone, but he backs himself beautifully on guitar and mandolin. . . .His wonderful wit and good humor draw us in and carry us along, and the beauty of his songs, both traditional and original, fills us with irresistible joy." Joining Ken onstage is Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Patrick has toured extensively with many well known artists throughout the world and is also a talented pennywhistle and bodhran player. He is an expert on the culture and history of the Irish pipes and as such is a much sought after teacher and consultant. His work has been featured in many film, television and live theatre productions. Bryan Dobbs is the “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels. Originally from New Mexico, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that traverses the musical spectrum, accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster. Grammy award winning percussionist Forrest Robinson provides the heartbeat of the ensemble. An alumni of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Forrest has traveled the globe to perform with such artists as India Arie, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, TLC, and many others. A lover of Celtic music and rhythms, Forrest drives the rhythm that combines The Ne’er Duwels' unique, eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and song with a modern, electronic edge. The band began two years ago when Ken enlisted Bryan and Pat to join him for a weekend of shows in a casino near Las Vegas and it was there that the magic began. Later, Forrest met Ken at one of his solo concerts at the Coffee Gallery, another flame was lit and the four became the Ne’er Duwels. www.neerduwels.com.
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Sunday, July 24 @ 7 pm. Tickets $18. THE GENE BUTLER BAND was formed many years ago when renowned fiddle player, Brantley Kearns, could still run a mile in under an hour and a half, and prolific songwriter, Gene Butler, could still read words in 9 point font without the benefit of glasses. Now, Kearns drives everywhere further than fifty yards, and Butler refuses to read anything under 12 point print or higher. A couple of years later, versatile and ultra-cool bass player, Matthew McFadden, join the group. Then came drummer, Alan “Shotgun” Weiss – to this day nobody knows why he’s called “Shotgun” – and then, the final piece to the puzzle, Robert Romanus, a wonderful musician who plays both guitar and bass with what seems like four hands and eighteen fingers. THE GENE BUTLER BAND started out at the famous Palomino Club in North Hollywood, opening for the great Dwight Yoakum. Since that time they’ve performed many times at all the famous clubs in Los Angeles, including the Troubadour, the Viper Room, the House of Blues, the Key Club, and recently at the amazing Coffee Gallery Backstage. Their music is all original and is a blend of Americana, Bluegrass, the Blues, Country and Southern Rock. Butler calls it ‘Concrete Americana’. Bob Stane says, "Watch for upcoming newspaper features on Gene Butler and his band."


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REIGNING QUEEN OF OPERA, SOPRANO RENÉE FLEMING, USHERS IN PACIFIC SYMPHONY’S 2016-17 SEASON, SEPTEMBER 17


we tell you about a lot of "one-night-only special appearances," and some really are "special" appearances. None more than this one. Reigning queen of opera, Soprano Renée Fleming, ushers in Pacific Symphony’s 2016-17 season celebrating the 10th anniversary of Segerstrom Concert Hall, the symphony's lovely home base in Costa Mesa

Pacific Symphony launches its upcoming 2016-17 season in glorious style this September with “An Evening with Renée Fleming,” featuring “America’s reigning diva” (The Washington Post) for more than a decade. This is a rare Orange County appearance.

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. From the Metropolitan Opera and the White House to the Super Bowl and now the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the internationally sought-after soprano arrives to inaugurate the Symphony’s 10th season in its home. There is no better place in the world to hear this modern diva’s sumptuous voice and dazzling technique than in the opulent and acoustically superior Segerstrom Concert Hall.

This glittering high note spotlighting one of the most revered opera stars and greatest voices of our time takes place Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 pm, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, prior to the official start of the subscription season the following week on Sept. 22-24.

Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, this special concert is sure to sell out quickly. Tickets are on sale now for $50-$175. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714-755-5799 or get tix online at www.PacificSymphony.org.


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BRUCE GOLDISH — AN ARTIST YOU NEED TO CATCH, PLAYS JULY 19 & AUG 23


BRUCE GOLDISH, a fine and very funny acoustic guitar maestro who writes and plays superior original songs,

In addition to those name-brand gigs, he begins playing on Blush's pretty patio in downtown Santa Barbara every Wednesday evening 'til September (except July 19 and Aug 23, when he plays makeup dates on Tuesdays). His gigs there are 7-9 pm. Becuasae he figures you might know Santa Barbara, he adds, "Cozy heaters and a fire pit. Grub, grog, and Goldish guitar."

Blush is at 630 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-957-1300. Menus and stuff are at http://www.blushsb.com . Bruce promises, "A motley assortment of my stuff."

You can see what that means, including videos and a schedule of his public gigs, at www.brucegoldish.com.

He's got some pretty good videos on YouTube. You'll find a half-dozen recordings from his latest two albums, set to some gorgeous imagery - plus one entirely new release.

Find links to what he describes below, and more, at:

www.brucegoldish.com

If you hit his section for "The Playlist, Pretty Funny Music Videos," it has:
The Neighbor - "a video for the slob near you."
The Bar Mitzvah Blues - "oy, spoofing from right to left."

Or, click "The Playlist, Bruce's Tunes," which delivers music with nice images. It has:
Sundown Lullaby - "sowing good wishes"
Out of the Blue - "love and marriage"
Katherine's Lullaby - "lullaby for a little girl"
Everything's All Right - "one with the universe"
Dream Come True - "a 'pre' love song"
High Heels - "long legs and high fashion shoes"

Seriously, check him out. He's a huge hit when he plays the Live Oak Music festival.

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# 13 news feature


TICKET ALERTS...


LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC plays "WEST SIDE STORY" Tue, Jul 19, Hollywood Bowl.

"LOST HIGHWAY FESTIVAL" featuring BRANTLEY GILBERT is Sat, Jul 23, San Manuel Amphitheater formerly Glen Helen Pavilion, above San Bernardino.

"JOHN WILLIAMS: MAESTRO OF THE MOVIES" at the Hollywood Bowl, Fri-Sun, Sep 2, 3 & 4.

CHICAGO With special guest GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, Sun, Sep 25, Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona.







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# 14 news feature


JOSH KELLEY PERFORMANCE-INTERVIEW AIRS FRIDAY, 9 PM ON AUDIENCE NETWORK


AT&T and AUDIENCE® Network present "JOSH KELLEY," an exclusive interview and performance with the singer-songwriter on Friday, July 15, at 9 pm ET/PT on DIRECTV and U-verse (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114 in L.A.)

Watch as the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs fan favorites as well as songs from his new album "New Lane Road," out now on Sugar Hill Records. In this tv presentation, Josh sits down with Ted Stryker for an intimate interview about his creative process and how his personal life inspires him musically.

Yesterday, Josh stopped by HLN TV's new morning show, "MichaeLA," for a live interview with host Michaela Pereira. AUDIENCE Network's new music slate is delivering concerts, in-depth artist interviews, unique stories and exclusive performances across all genres, plus select programming in ultra high-definition/4K*, to audiences nationwide since multiple series began airing this past January. Recent concert specials include CeeLo Green, Hank Williams Jr., Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Flo Rida, Martina McBride, Lukas Graham, Kelsea Ballerini, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, 2 Chainz, Keith Urban, The Lumineers, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay and others. New shows premiere via national broadcast Fridays at 8 pm ET/PT on DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114,as well as streaming on directv.com, uverse.com and on smartphones and tablets, via the DIRECTV and U-verse apps.**

AUDIENCE Network's multiple series of original and exclusive performances give music fans an intimate view of music's most influential artists today. The network collaborates directly with musicians to create a unique show from their perspective.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kelley released his eighth studio album "New Lane Road" this past spring on Sugar Hill Records. Recorded after a nearly-five-year hiatus, the album marks a personal project for the musician reflecting on his marriage, family and home he and actress wife KATHERINE HEIGL have built for themselves in rural Utah. Kelley devoted himself to the creative process for three years while making the album, of which he produced, engineered, co-wrote and played most of the instruments himself.

There's more at
http://joshkelley.com


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# 15 news feature


"MUSIC AT BOSTON COURT" THIS WEEKEND & NEXT IS NOTEWORTHY


Several "Music @ Boston Court" performances are coming up over the next two weekends and you'd do well taking the opportunity to go see one of them. They have never presented their "Music @ Boston Court" events on their Main Stage in the past, and if last weekend's sold-out performances are any indication, these next two weekends will be events to remember.
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"People Inside Electronics: Points of Contact" is Friday, July 15th at 8 pm. This one is outside what we usually report. It's "An ear-bending evening including Stockhausen’s magnum opus Kontakte from one of L.A.’s most adventurous contemporary music organizations." Points of Contact is a concert about finding connections between disparate musical genres and textures: connections both abstract and concrete, substantial and tenuous, broken and fixed. The centerpiece of the program is Karlheinz Stockhausen's celebrated Kontakte for piano, percussion, and electronics. The concert also features music by Steve Reich (Electric Counterpoint), Julia Wolfe (Stronghold), and Colin Horrocks (The Light Gleams an Instant), with performances by Brian Head, Todd Moellenberg, Ryan Nestor, and Scott Worthington.
Showtime: 8 pm / Pre-show discussion begins at 7:15. Tickets (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20.
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JOSH NELSON BAND presents "The Discovery Project: The Sky Remains," Saturday, July 16, at 8 pm. This one explores the past, present, and future of L.A. in music, video, and photo montages of famous places and people in the City of Angels. There is a companion SPECIAL EVENT: A guided bike tour of Pasadena with JK Bike Tours. It's one ticket that takes you to and into the concert: $45 - Limited Availability. Concert-only tix: (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20.
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"HOLLYWOOD REVISITED: A MUSICAL REVUE," happens July 22 & 23, at 8 pm. JULY 22nd IS SOLD OUT - SECOND PERFORMANCE ADDED JULY 23rd. It's "A musical theater extravaganza from the golden age of Hollywood musicals including the original costumes used in the films. 'Hollywood Revisited' brought not only show stopping gorgeous costumes to our concert stage, they also infused the night with the grandeur associated the the golden age of cinema." - Michael Feinstein, entertainer.

"...a chance to see the magic of old Hollywood come to life. The audience roared with approval!" - The Los Angeles Times.

"... we loved your music, your singers and the absolutely stunning costumes. Everything was so right!" - Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Tickets (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20
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Boston Court is located at 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.org


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HIGH STRUNG PLAYS POMONA FRIDAY NIGHT


We know her as "Fiddling Mama B," and we usually hear from her regarding her band, MODAL TEASE ( www.modaltease.com ). This time, we got a fun, newsy report of her latest road trip, with word that she's doing a gig with another outfit Friday night. Mama B reports:

"Just got back from a fabulous trip to Yellowstone where I brought my son’s Ukulele … gave me an opportunity to really “get to know” it (we were tent camping and flew in on an airplane; the fiddle was just too big to take). Great trip, but the fiddle hiatus means I’m dying to play! Come on out to join in the fun:

"Friday, July 15, 7:20-7:50 pm, it's bluegrass, old time, swing … music your grandpappy’d like with HIGH STRUNG at Sontag Hall, Pomona College. We're the entertainment before OPHELIA’S JUMP performs Othello (http://www.opheliasjump.org)


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DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL-STARS


If you haven't made your reservations yet, seats are still available for this great Gypsy jazz concert on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 pm in Altadena (above Pasadena in the Los Angeles area). These European Gypsy jazz virtuosos feature SAMSON SCHMITT on lead guitar, PIERRE BLANCHARD on violin, LUDOVIC BEIER on accordion, DOUDOU CUILLERIER on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Antonio Licusati on bass.

This is offered by a seasoned house concert presenter. The requested $25 donation per person is made at the door, and all proceeds go to the musicians.

Here is a YouTube video of these fine musicians in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WsYULw2F-k

For reservations, email: davidnaiditch@charter.net

Directions and address will be sent as the concert date approaches.


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# 18 news feature


CHE ZURO RETURNS TO L.A.


She was always something special, both her writing and her soaring vocal talents. Then she moved to Utah, where she plays all the festivals and the best venues. She stays so busy there that she seldom gets back to L.A. So catch her while ya can.

Friday, July 15, 6:30-9:30 pm, at The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3500 South Harbor Bl, Suite 1-111, Oxnard, CA 93035; 805-985-4677; http://www.thewatersiderestaurantandwinebar.com/
Dining and wine.
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Sunday, July 17, 7-9 pm, at "Bill BERRY'S SONGWRITER'S SQUARE," at 2106 Hyperion Av, Los Angeles. $15 at door, $12 in advance. With songwriters SHELLY PEIKEN, MICHELLE LEWIS, CHE ZURO, and host, BILL BERRY.
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Tuesday, July 19, 7-9:30 pm, at the multiartist showcase "SONGWRITER SERENADE" hosted by J.C. Hyke at Matt Denny's Ale House, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; 626-462-0250. Free. Songwriters on the cozy patio.
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More at www.checheche.com


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# 19 news feature


US NAT'L SCOTTISH FIDDLE CHAMP JAMIOE LAVALL MAKES RARE RETURN TO L.A. & SAN DIEGO CO.


JAMIE LAVAL, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, was a favorite performing guest when we did the radio show. He doesn't get down this way too often. He's in the midst of a tour presenting a "Concert of Celtic Music and Stories." Laval creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional Celtic music, showcasing his stunning virtuosity, contemporary flair, and uncanny imitation of Highland bagpipes. “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News) and “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press & Post), Jamie performed for Her Majesty the Queen and presented a TED Talk. Laval’s recent album Murmurs and Drones won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album" in the 2012 Independent Music Awards.”
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Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 pm, he does his one L.A. show at MacLeod Ale Brewing Company, a family friendly venue, at 14741 Calvert St, Van Nuys 91411; 818-631-1963. Tix are $15 general, $8 Students, and are available at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2561087

You enjoy an evening of solo fiddle, toe-tapping melodies, amusing and informational stories, foot percussion, and an innovative arrangement style reveling in the beautiful atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands. JENNIFER FEBRE BOASE, co-owner of McLeod Ale Brewing Company, joins Jamie in a cameo performance. Jennifer is the pipe sergeant of Pasadena Pipes and Drums, the prized local competitive bagpipe band. MacLeod Brewing Company is a cozy microbrewery and neighborhood pub. This family-friendly, sit-down concert will be held in the adjacent "dart" room.
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On July 24, at 2 pm, catch him at the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad. All tix are $12 general admission. Tix at:

https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/events/item/107-jamie-laval-celtic-tradition-innovation

Bagpiper JENNIFER FEBRE BOASE will join him in this performance, as well.
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There's plenty more at:

www.JamieLaval.com

catch a performance video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8tdBBA56_Q



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