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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday & Sunday: News, Festivals, Concerts, the Arts Scene, & an extensive look ahead – Aug 29 & 30 edition, 2015

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This is a MASSIVE edition, because there is a MASSIVE amount of music this weekend. No parallel, anywhere in America. Sorry, Austin and Nashville. You can't compare with Southern California's concert scene. Not this weekend, anyway! And, oh, by the way: the sheer number of MUSIC FESTIVALS coming our way in September? Astonishing. Almost incomprehensible. Unless you have the Guide’s “Ticket Alerts” to take you through all of them. It awaits in this edition. After you sort-out what you’re going to do THIS weekend.

There’s NEWS, UP-FRONT – even a special section looking at New Orleans and its music-makers on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This weekend’s WORKSHOPS are next, followed by full details on the weekend’s FESTIVALS. Then the astonishing abundance of this weekend’s CONCERTS and arts events. We conclude with “TICKET ALERTS” for everything upcoming –the festivals through the entire autumn, and the concerts that’ll sell-out. And oh, yes: a section in there for the stage plays and musicals you should plan to catch, and when they’re running.

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Guide to this edition…

1) NEWS FEATURES...
♪ A 90th Birthday Celebration for the Grande Dame of Western Music
♪ NAMM’s EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH: The “SUPPORTMUSIC COALITION,” plus Webcasts & School Recognitions this Fall
♪ Talented artist, lost to cancer: AUDREY AULD-MEZERA (née AUDREY AULD); participatory musical memorial on SEPTEMBER 6th
♪ KACEY JONES sings “DONALD TRUMP’S HAIR” Wednesday, live on radio, L.A.& Web
♪ CELTIC RADIO ONLINE: a fine resource gets better
♪ TIME TO VOTE in L.A. WEEKLY’S annual “BEST OF L.A.”
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2) ON TV this week...
♪ Ten Years Later: Remembering and Learning from Hurricane Katrina (et. al.)
...there is no place more important to our music than New Orleans...
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3) WORKSHOPS THIS WEEK...
♪ “SONGWRITING FOR FILM, TELEVISION & COMMERCIALS,” Saturday in Hollywood.
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4) FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND...
♪ “ASCENCIA URBAN BLUES FESTIVAL” is new, and a benefit, in Hollywood, Sat, Aug 29.
♪ Annual “FIESTA LA BALLONA” FREE in Culver City, Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30.
♪ "BLACKOUT MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL" in L.A., Sat, Aug 29.
♪ “TV & ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT” is a 3-day arts conference in L.A., Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30.
♪ Out-of-Town Festivals & Conferences this weekend (three of ’em).
Details below on all...
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5) SATURDAY’s CONCERTS / Music & Arts Scene
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6) SUNDAY’s CONCERTS / Music & Arts Scene
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7) TICKET ALERTS…
"Hot Ticket Alerts" added at the beginning
Then...
Separate categories for
a) ONGOING EVENTS, including stage musicals & plays in production are in this subsection.
b) UPCOMING FESTIVALS, music conferences, music camps, etc., get their own subsection.
and then, our ever-growing catalog of...
c) UPCOMING CONCERTS and arts events, single-event screenings, etc., are in an ’uge and ever-growing subsection.


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List...
♪ A 90th Birthday Celebration for the Grande Dame of Western Music
♪ NAMM’s EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH: The “SUPPORTMUSIC COALITION,” plus Webcasts & School Recognitions this Fall
♪ Talented artist, lost to cancer: AUDREY AULD-MEZERA (née AUDREY AULD); participatory musical memorial on SEPTEMBER 6th
♪ KACEY JONES sings “DONALD TRUMP’S HAIR” Wednesday, live on radio, L.A.& Web
♪ CELTIC RADIO ONLINE: a fine resource gets better
♪ TIME TO VOTE in L.A. WEEKLY’S annual “BEST OF L.A.”

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√ NEW – our Friday News Feature...

A 90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR THE GRANDE DAME OF WESTERN MUSIC

By Larry Wines

What if I were to tell you that a TV star from the 1950s – as far back as 1951 – was still vital and involved in the entertainment industry? There’s a good story here, and it’s worth settling back to enjoy it.

There was a clue. Suddenly in late August, the music venues’ schedules have been listing top Western music acts playing in and around L.A. It may not register on your radar that such a thing DOES happen here, at all, ever. Usually it’s around the time of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and the Stagecoach Festival – events that are concurrent or within a week of each other – and in the spring. But late August? That’s coming into Fall in the more northerly places that are cattle country. And that means roundup season for the cattle ranches. Tradition lives. Some Western musicians are real cowboys – or cowgirls – and this time of year, they’re most often found aboard a horse. Other performing artists in the Western genres are hired by the ranchers and grange halls to entertain working cowboys whose numbers multiply seasonally on the ranches.

L.A., full of cowboys? Clearly something exceptional is up. And when you learn what it is? Turns out it’s something the honoree who caused the fuss never expected would be a big deal. Or so she says. But everybody else expected it, if they were where they could see it coming.

MARILYN TUTTLE is quite simply the Grande Dame of Western Music. She performed on radio and TV all through the 1950s. Just consider who was on “Town Hall Party” with Marilyn and her musical husband Wesley Tuttle.

There was Tex Ritter. Tex Williams. Merle Travis. Fiddlin' Kate. Rose Lee and Joe Maphis. The Collins Kids. Johnny Bond. Freddie Hart. Les "Carrot Top" Anderson. Texas Tiny. And Wesley and Marilyn Tuttle.

The show began on radio in 1951 on KXLA out of Compton and Pasadena, and quickly expanded to television on KTTV, channel 11, where it owned the Saturday night tv broadcast schedule, from 10 pm-1 am.

“The Town Hall Party” was a party that happened to be broadcast. Held at the Town Hall, at 400 Long Beach Boulevard in Compton, California, every Friday and Saturday night it drew over 2,800 paid admissions (each night!) and the venue said that those attendance records were especially impressive, considering they charged more for admission than competing shows.

It was a party because it was more than the artists on stage entertaining the 1,000 folks seated as the audience in front of the stage. “About another 1,200 or so would be dancing in the rear of the huge ballroom,” says hillbilly-music dot com.

Marilyn’s late husband, Wesley Tuttle, was the show's musical director. Johnny Bond was the show’s writer, and the producer was Bill Wagnon. Legendary names now. The creative talents and workin’ stiffs who made Western Music popular, with obvious spinoff influences to the number-one kind of television series for that same decade of the ’50s and on through much of the ’60s – the Western.

Wesley Tuttle was quoted, way back in a 1954 article in Country Song Roundup (Issue No. 33, August 1954, published by American Folk Publications, Derby, CT – yep, Connecticut was an important place when there was real “Country & Western Music,” when it was proud to be folk music, and before strange things happened in Nashville, Western music got evicted, and country went all fake twangy pop).

Anyway, back in 1954, Wesley Tuttle was quoted describing some of his approach to being Musical Director for the “Town Hall Party:”

"Each show has a theme and we give the theme of the following week's show to our cast on Friday. They tell us the numbers they would like to do. On Monday, Johnny and I get together and routine the musical portion of the show. Then, Johnny takes the material to his office and writes the script."

Wesley’s themes? They included "Hank Williams Night," "State Nights," "Veteran's Nights," "Jimmie Rodgers Night," and on it went.

Do you think Marilyn has stories she could tell about just that part? Surely. If she’ll tell them. But wait. There’s more.

In the same article, the show’s writer, Johnny Bond, tells of his routine:

"I try to keep down the talk and make the songs and artists the main feature. Aside from the dialogue introducing the artists and their songs, we have two talk spots on the show. These are comedy spots handled by Merle Travis, Texas Tiny and myself, with Merle, Tex Williams, Tex Ritter and myself alternating as straight man for Tiny."

If the thought of that kind of talent interacting like that doesn’t give you pause... Or stop you in your tracks, trying to think of any similar possibility today, with talent at that level, collaborating every week.

Let’s linger at our window into the past. Johnny, the writer, would finish the scripts for the show on Wednesday. Then came his meeting with music director Wes Tuttle and producer Bill Wagnon. There, they’d sort-out the radio and TV scripts before everything went to the network and station script departments.

Their day-off was Thursday, before the hectic pace of Friday and Saturday arrived and the “Town Hall Party” became a real party with a big, active, dancing audience.

Fridays, rehearsals were at 7 pm for about an hour, allowing Johnny to time the script and Wes to time the music. Saturdays, a run-through rehearsal happened about 5 pm.

The emcee of the show was Jay Stewart. And get this: heading up the ten-piece Town Hall band was none other than Tex Williams. The band included such musicians as Billy Hill and Fiddlin' Kate.

We could linger over the idea of those music legends working-out a weekly show for a three-hour TV broadcast. We can imagine anticipating Marilyn Tuttle coming on stage to sing her next number with that amazing band backing her. And we don’t get tired of that idea. Fortunately, we don’t need to simply imagine Marilyn’s performances and artistic contributions from long ago.

She’s been on more records than anyone can count – into our time. She still sings on modern Western recordings. She still coaches artists and bands. And the total number of artists she’s influenced? By now, it reaches ’purt near higher than even she can reckon.

Back to the sudden influx of performing Western artists in L.A., the past week or so. It started out four months ago as a little birthday dinner party that Marilyn told friends she wanted for her 90th. Before long, the little gathering was like the law of physics, wherein a gas expands to occupy all available volume. Marilyn produced a short list of the people she would like to have sing at her little dinner party. Then came more names. The Western Music Association’s California Chapter, on board from the beginning, suggested that perhaps a theatre and a stage show would be more appropriate for the scale of the soiree this was becoming. No, Marilyn wanted a little dinner party.

So the banquet hall – much bigger than she wanted – was engaged, and immediately booked to capacity.

“Nobody else gets in except the Fire Marshall,” said Voleta Hummel, who was immersed in the organizing. Even the Guide’s founding editor had to sweat it out on the waiting list, and he was one of the first people to reply he would be there.

Seems the hitchin’ rail will require a valet. Maybe a livery stable. The room will be far too crowded for anybody to wear their spurs, and parking spaces for hats will be at a premium.

Nearly every award-winning Western Music star and Cowboy Poet and Western Storyteller is coming – better make that ALL the top multiple-award-winning Western music stars and Cowboy Poets and Storytellers. So many “known” performers that there is no way all of them can perform. Of course they all want to. But they can’t. The banquet hall can’t be booked for that many hours. The restaurant staff does want to go home at some point. And all those ranchers want their drovers and entertainers back for the fall round-ups.

So, dear reader, we must likewise tell you that you can’t be there – unless you already have a ticket. Marilyn’s envisioned little dinner party has, incongruously but necessarily, become quite the exclusive private party. And in a music genre famous for welcoming everybody and inviting them to take a turn on the dance floor. And the room – which can’t emulate “The Town Hall Party” in size – will be stuffed as full as a horse corral after the whole remuda was rounded-up. Fact is, in the world of 21st century Western Folk-Americana music, Sunday’s gathering for Marilyn’s 90th will be the party of the year, pardner.

Of course, the reason is simple. Everybody loves Marilyn Tuttle. The diminutive but dynamic, vital and ever-ready critic of our live performances, the sharer of stories from a more spacious age, the barn-dance-elegant dresser from the age of Western chic, the smiling presence who knows all the lyrics and can tell you when you need to change the key... Marilyn, you are the essence of it all, and you are truly essential. Happy 90th Birthday, Grand Dame of Western Music!

(The Guide wishes to acknowledge Hillbilly-Music dot com for their fine article which provided source material for much of the factual data used here. See their article at http://www.hillbilly-music.com/programs/story/index.php?prog=170 )



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√ Reprinted from Thursday’s News Features...

♪ NAMM’s EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH: The “SUPPORTMUSIC COALITION,” plus Webcasts & School Recognitions this Fall

Everyone knows NAMM as the biggest music trade show on the planet. There’s far more to this very active organization and its tireless advocacy for enriching everyone’s lives by participation in music-making. Beginning this fall, the NAMM Foundation and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will present the 2015-2016 “SupportMusic Community Forum Tour,” sharing six schools across the country as they host community celebrations and share goals for music education. Since the disaster of rampant cost-cutting in public education, an entire generation has passed through public school without the arts and music education that previous generations took for granted – and that helped make school fun and thereby kept kids IN school.

NAMM is always a good source for facts you need as an advocate for music and arts education funding. Like this one: a Harris Poll in July, 2014, revealed that seven in ten Americans say that “learnings and habits from music education” equip people to be better team players in their careers. Yet we continually fight the disconnect between austerity and what it takes to make a society of happy and successfully adjusted citizens.

Private endowments, grants, volunteer programs operated by musicians in their own communities, and industry-sponsored initiatives like this one from NAMM have stepped-in to fill as much of the gap as they can collectively afford to do. Here in Los Angeles, the L.A. Unified School District has received a national award for partially restoring lost music education through its “Arts for All” program, though the investment per student is embarrassingly miniscule. For music manufacturers and retailers, there is always the incentive to create demands among the next generation for the products and teaching services of their stores and the industry. But anyone who knows a music store owner has seen the genuine joy when that person attends a recital by one of their young customers. Seeing that matters, and it’s inspiring. But learning what works in the schools that make a commitment to music education isn’t just useful. It’s invaluable to take to the schools in your town, and your best avenue to make contagious for others the things we already know and feel and accept are inspiring.

You can view the winning series of "What Makes Music Education Great in Your School?" videos – they’re becoming an extensive library – and get info for upcoming webcast updates for NAMM’s “Community Forum” Tour Bus Stops, all at one link:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWy7ZAnb00SVMVTsrtmamXnHhLKbyCIUY

For those who are fortunate enough to have a good music program in their school, and wonder if the music teacher(s) and the school board and administrators funding it get the recognition they, and it, deserves? You can strengthen support for your music program with a 2016 “Best Communities for Music Education” (BCME) or a “SupportMusic Merit Award” (SMMA) recognition from the NAMM Foundation. The opportunity to apply for consideration for this national designation begins October 15th and is open through January 30, 2016. You’ll find the application and info at:

https://www.nammfoundation.org/what-we-do/best-communities-music-education

That link also lets you access some very useful articles, including:
√ “New Study Funded by the NAMM Foundation Shows how Music Lessons Can Make Teens Smarter,” from July 22, 2015, and a two-parter from June 9, 2014:
√ “Why Play Music – Teens,” and
√ “Why Play Music – Kids.”

If you need more details, email Sharon Bryant at the NAMM Foundation, at:

sharonb@namm.org

Finally, we have word of a free resource that every advocate of music education needs. It’s a Music Research study with plenty in it that’s exciting. You can download it, free. It’s titled, "Striking A Chord." Now, this is not some worn and thoroughly challenged old tome. This is a new study, supported by the NAMM Foundation, and it demonstrates a solid and important fact: parents and teachers are in harmony about opportunities for music education. Being able to demonstrate THAT is what unties the strings of budgetary purses with school boards and education funders.

Here are a couple of samples:

“Contrary to state and local pressures to de-emphasize and de-fund music and arts education, a new NAMM Foundation-funded, nationwide study of 1,000 teachers and 800 parents finds strong support for music education at all grade levels.” – from a summary of the study.

"Teachers and parents told us repeatedly that music is an essential part of learning, not merely an 'extracurricular activity' that can be cut when times get tough," said Peter Grunwald, President of Grunwald Associates LLC, the research firm that conducted the survey.

Your free download awaits you at:

https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/striking-chord-hopes-and-beliefs-k-12-music-education


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√ Reprinted from Tuesday’s Special Feature / obituary...

♪ TALENTED ARTIST, LOST TO CANCER: AUDREY AULD-MEZERA (née AUDREY AULD); PARTICIPATORY MUSICAL MEMORIAL ON SEPTEMBER 6th

Folksinger-songwriter AUDREY AULD always seemed as American as they come, until she spoke between songs. It was then you got the accent. Not quite mainland Australia, because it wasn’t. Audrey was from Hobart, Tasmania. Then you had to factor-in the time in Nashville, a bit of Austin, and the years on California’s Central Coast. The world lost Audrey August 9, 2015, in Stinson Beach, California.

Tributes have been printed in newspapers from The Tennessean (in Nashville) to The Mercury (in Hobart), and plenty of other places.

A Memorial Concert for Audrey – everyone invited – happens on Sunday, September 6th at the Stinson Beach Community Center, 2-6 pm, “or until the music ends.” Some of her favorite collaborators - NINA GERBER, PAM DELGADO, JERI JONES and BLAME SALLY – are taking part, and any other musician who knew her is invited to perform. See the letter from her husband Mez, below, for details.

Audrey was diagnosed with cancer last year. It is not easy thinking of the pain so happy and bright a person felt through a fast period of demise. And in the tyranny of medical expenses that is a singularly American problem, her widower has been left with medical expenses that still need to be paid (more on that, below).

Musically, Audrey was a wonder, achieving things in her adopted country that others have not, and still maintaining respect of the music industry in Oz. In addition to her own tours and making her own music, Audrey performed and was a sought-after session player on recordings with BILL CHAMBERS, KIERAN KANE, FRED EAGLESMITH, MARY GAUTHIER, DALE WATSON, KASEY CHAMBERS, CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, and others we are no doubt unintentionally omitting.

We got to know her the first time she performed live on the old “Tied to the Tracks” radio show in Los Angeles, and she brought with her the music partner she was fortunate enough to recruit for that tour, the great guitarist NINA GERBER. Audrey and her songs were a hit. She debuted her record, “Lost Men and Angry Girls” on the show in 2007. She would make return visits for more radio performance-interview sessions, with and without Nina. And she took the opportunity to sit-in on the air and play or sing backup for other guests – always unplanned and exciting and welcomed by the benefactors – because her love for music, for the making of music, and all for all those who pursued it were at the forefront of what she did.

Audrey was always a bright presence. You could feel her smile over the radio. And she was one who was as good performing live as in the studio. So it’s no slight to say she shined in the studio, where two of her albums have been nominated for awards by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

Altogether, her own discography achieved 14 records (eleven albums and three EPs) and one DVD, all on her Reckless Records label:

♪ “Looking Back To See” (1999), with Bill Chambers
♪ “The Fallen” (2000)
♪ “Losing Faith” (2003)
♪ “Reckless Records Garage Sale: 1997-2003” (2003), with Bill Chambers and others
♪ “Texas” (2005) – ARIA nomination
♪ “In the House” (2006)
♪ “Lost Men and Angry Girls” (2007)
♪ “Billabong Song” (2009) EP
♪ "Write Out Loud" Songbook (2010)
♪ “Come Find Me” (2011)
♪ “Resurrection Moon” (2012)
♪ “Wood” (2012) EP
♪ “Tonk” (2013)
♪ "Tonk: Live in Nashville" DVD (2013)
♪ "Hey Warden" (2015) EP – ARIA nomination

Audrey’s husband and beloved life partner “Mez” Mezera has organized a participatory musical memorial on September 6 on the Central Coast. Here is his letter, emailed Tuesday morning, August 25, with the details:


“Dear Friends and Fans of Audrey's,

“As many of you know by now my sweet Darlin' wife Audrey Auld passed away Sunday, August 9th.

“Everyone is invited to a Memorial Concert for Audrey on Sunday, September 6th at the Stinson Beach Community Center from 2:00 until 6:00 pm, or until the music ends.

“Deep thanks to some of her favorite collaborators - NINA GERBER, PAM DELGADO, JERI JONES and BLAME SALLY - for sharing their love and talent. There will be a stage and sound system set up so anyone who wants to play a song or two for Audrey is more than welcome. Please let me know so we can plan the timing - mez@recklessrecords.com.

“It will be potluck, so if you can bring a dish to share please do, and if you can't don't worry about it. Labor Day beach traffic can be crazy to so plan to come early.

“Also, friends of Audrey's have set up a medical expenses fund. If you would like to learn more: http://www.gofundme.com/u52axus4

“Thanks to each of you and hope to see you at the concert,

“Mez.”


Cards can be sent to Mez c/o Reckless Records • PO Box 875 • Stinson Beach • CA • 94970

There’s more, including opportunities to enjoy and appreciate Audrey’s music, at: http://audreyauld.com

The Guide’s editor adds: I haven’t been able to let go of this piece and publish it today. The realization that there will not be new opportunities to write about Audrey coming to town to perform, or releasing a new record? Those are but the places where the soul of an artist are on display, in those manifestations of unique, individual artistic expression. Those... things. Those are where we must face that someone so special that we haven’t seen in a long time has been taken from our own little part of the world. Goodbye, Audrey. If any of those ideas are true about a fabulous jam on some other plane of existence, surely the mic at center stage has opened-up for you.


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√ Updated from Tuesday’s News Features...

♪ KACEY JONES sings “DONALD TRUMP’S HAIR” Wednesday, live on radio, L.A.& Web

Before you jump to a conclusion, this isn’t some opportunistic song that somebody just wrote. KACEY JONES, reigning “Sweet Potato Queen” and long successful folk singer-songwriter – especially if you make that, comedic folk singer-songwriter – was flown-in from her Nashville base by a network affiliate radio station in L.A. to do a song she wrote and recorded several years ago.

Kacey checked-in Tuesday morning to tell us, “Legendary radio host DOUG McINTYRE... invited me to sing ‘Donald Trump's Hair’ on the ‘McINTYRE IN THE MORNING’ show on KABC Talk Radio... This is an exciting opportunity for me and I want to share it with you!”

She did a half-hour with the host and everyone at the station who could cram into the studio to be there and hear it.

In addition to her Trump song – which has been getting nationwide airplay, and daily play on KABC – Kacey Jones treated listeners and station staff to some of the 56 songs she wrote for “Bubba,” her husband of only two years. One more reminder not to marry a songwriter, or if you do, to stay on her good side.

Kacey tells us, “If you've not seen the new slide-show montage video of ‘Donald Trump's Hair’ I invite you to go to my website where the video is posted on my home page at: www.kaceyjones.com (because for some reason, you won't find the new video by clicking on the YouTube link). If you enjoy the video please ‘Like’ it, ‘Play’ it, and ‘Share’ it as often as possible so we can take it viral and get the attention of one of the major TV talk shows.”

Despite travel, distance, and playing gigs all over the map, Kacey Jones managed to be a frequent guest on a different and long-gone L.A. radio show, the old “Tied to the Tracks,” where she performed “Donald Trump’s Hair” before he had bloviated his way into the attention he’s been receiving lately. Kacey’s wit, re-inspired by the updated attention to that song, and her accompanying comments made Wednesday’s radio gig a must-listen. Watch for her return to a music performance venue near you. She’s a brilliant one-of-a-kind.


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√ Reprinted from Tuesday’s News Features...

♪ CELTIC RADIO ONLINE: A FINE RESOURCE GETS BETTER

None of us can get enough Irish music. Or Scottish fiddle. Or jigs or reels or schottisches. And while we all share the nebulous assurance that everything lives somewhere on the web (the great fantasy of the second decade of the 21st century), the usual result of a web search is settling for some compromised notion of whatever it was we went looking for in the first place.

Happily, there’s the “Celtic Radio Network” on Live 365. It includes web stations named “Highlander Radio,” “Celtic Moon,” “Celt-Rock-Radio,” “SaltyDog Radio,” “Ye O' Celtic Pub,” “Celtic Dance,” and “BlueGrass Hills” (which is inclusive of the music’s Celtic roots). They’re all available at:

http://www.live365.com/genres/celtic

“Highlander Radio” won the “Best of Live365 Award” for their World Music Station category. (If nothing else, proving that “world music” isn’t all pounding on hollow logs with rocks overtop of annoying electronica.) Out of 40,000 internet radio stations, “Highlander Radio” consistently is ranked within the top 100 most listened-to stations on Live365. And that may be more significant than you realize, since Live365.com is the 4th-most listened-to Internet Radio Network on the entire web.

So it’s especially nice when word comes that some of our top local Celtic recording artists, THE NE'ER DUWELS – the Southern Cal-based quartet of Ken O'Malley, Pat D'Arcy, Bryan Dobbs and Forrest Robinson – are now on that multiplicity of Celtic online radio shows as part of the whole web music scene, worldwide.

For more information on that web network, to make requests for their playlists (or help keep on the playlist something they are currently playing), and leave reviews, they have a link you can use: http://www.celticradio.net/php/new_music.php

Congrats to THE NE’ER DUWELS on continuing success. And if you haven’t caught them performing live, you need to. More info and their schedule is at: www.neerduwels.com


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√ Reprinted from Monday’s News Features...

♪ TIME TO VOTE IN L.A. WEEKLY’S ANNUAL “BEST OF L.A.”

Please. You could save us all from a year of bloviating bozos who are famous for being famous. Yes, we know. "The Best of L.A." feels a bit like who gets to sit at the cool kids' table and whose dad bought her a sports car when she was 18. But we all buy into it anyway because of how this town is propelled: by trying to make those who are talented into those who are popular — and getting it done before somebody else and their money makes it all about who’s rich and untalented but can be made famous-for-being-famous.

So, for the sake of all of us and our collective sanity — and as a hedge against being annoyed for another year by still more inscrutably famous dweebs who should not attain fame — for ANYTHING? Just take a few moments and do your part and assign fame and acclaim where it belongs.

Perhaps you were already among those who nominated your favorite L.A. restaurants, shops, theaters, clubs, bars, DJs, salons, spas and more. From the nominees — thousands of them — the finalists have emerged, and it's time to determine who the L.A. Weekly will crown as best of the best in our town.

Will "best chef" go to Roy Choi, Ori Menashe or Ludo Lefebvre? Is the Troubadour, the Hollywood Bowl, or the Greek Theatre L.A.'s best music venue? (Gads, they group all together without regard to size or the kinds of acts presented?) Does @bonnietsang, @hermosalocal or @letmeeatcake have L.A.'s best instagram feed? Is the best brunch found at République, Canelé or Sqirl? Is L.A.'s best spa the Burke Williams Day Spa, the Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, or LeSpa at Sofitel? Is Helen's Cycles, Golden Saddle Cyclery, or Flying Pigeon LA the superior bike shop?

Those are among the issues in what the Guide has taken to calling The Fray for Fame.

RIGHT NOW, you can vote for all your nominated favorites in each category — you really do want to, because there's an entire "Arts and Entertainment" category.

Vote at:

http://readerschoice.laweekly.com

The polls are open through Wednesday, September 9. But don't dawdle, or you'll forget about it. Only to rediscover it after it's over. The winners will be revealed in the "Best of Los Angeles issue" that hits the news racks and the cyber newsstands at www.laweekly.com on Oct 1.




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♪ TEN YEARS LATER: REMEMBERING & LEARNING FROM HURRICANE KATRINA (et. al.)

It’s not often credible to say “there’s important TV this week.” This time, that’s true. It’s the 10th anniversary of HURRICANE KATRINA and the oft-forgotten double-whammy of HURRICANE RITA. There is no place more important to Americana music than New Orleans, and with so many musicians gone, the synergy has suffered. It was smashed, broken, covered in mud or washed away. It’s never recovered. New Orleans is the city its people call “The Big Easy.” It has been anything but.

Okay, the editor admits it. He’s biased when it comes to this. He was among the volunteers who went to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast just after Hurricane Katrina to help people put their lives back together. Volunteers who self-mobilized to act quickly were more effective in the initial aftermath that the emergency response establishment at the time – and it should not have been that way. Even with all the dumb, well-meaning mistakes made by volunteers, like shipping tons of bottled water from California when it was readily available in Baton Rouge – it was the volunteers who made all the difference in those first days.

The Guide’s predecessor publication carried the editor’s reports at the time of conditions in Louisiana. And also of those volunteers who dropped everything at home and at work, walking out on their comfortably, predictably ordinary lives, and just went to help. Essential volunteers brought a wide spectrum of skills. There were those who scrambled and networked to find temporary evacuation shelters for people whose homes were underwater. There were those who persuaded traumatized, still fearful, people to leave their dangerously shattered and destroyed homes because the mold spores could kill them. There were those who, regardless of background, laid ego aside to became grunt labor, to do whatever was needed. And those who had seen hell in Iraq and Afghanistan, who now came as “Veterans for Peace” and “Food Not Bombs” members, as cooks in their mobile kitchens to feed those in need. There were a few prized medical personnel. All were essential. Eventually, a National Guard unit arrived from Pennsylvania, sent by that state’s governor, and they immediately did good in the small area where they mobilized.

Throughout it all, your editor was shocked, appalled and yes, disgusted by the utter inability of the Bush administration and its “Heckuva job Brownie” rhetoric to actually do anything that mattered. He will tell you that he’s still appalled that there have never been enough resources properly applied to bringing back New Orleans and to reassessing Southern Louisiana, which continues to wash away forever into the Gulf of Mexico.

The whole story? Still, it has largely yet to be told.

Turning to the Mississippi Delta, our editor is quick to remind us of the close connection to disaster from Katrina as part of the ongoing tableau of loss. He cites some telling quotes from a tv show the Guide recommended last weekend: "It took 9,000 years for nature to make the bayous. It took people 70 years to destroy it." And this: "Imagine losing an area of land the size of a football field. Now imagine losing that, every hour, for seventy years." [As oil extraction and pipelines proliferated] the canals were dredged and the land sank, ultimately the settlements went underwater and there was nothing to protect from hurricanes and ordinary storm surges." And finally, this: "Soon there may be nothing left here but open water."

The task for TV during this full-decade anniversary week is to include appreciate and understanding of all the big post-Katrina issues that are still with us: the excruciating inability of the American government in office at the time to help the huge numbers of our fellow citizens who were devastated, and the implications of that. American citizens, and yes, a sizable population of undocumented workers who had jobs until the disaster, doing work that needed to be done, and they, too, suddenly rendered homeless, but far less able to seek or obtain needed aid, even to prevent outbreak of disease.

People who were effected by Katrina were often devastated, and in the full sense of the word, and in successive waves of the insurmountable: by the storm, and the flood, and the unmet need for aid, and the next flood, and the next storm, and the next flood, and the toxic mold that grows like weeds on the humid Gulf Coast, and the depopulation of New Orleans and its resultant near economic collapse, and what turned out to be another insult-to-injury in the debacle of “temporary housing” of shiny new travel trailers. Trailers paid-for by the US taxpayer. Tiny trailers that either (a) remained stored on many square-miles of fenced storage lots and never got delivered, at all, to displaced people rendered homeless by the storm, people who very much needed shelter; or (b) trailers that proved horrendously expensive, were hastily-manufactured, and should never have been occupied when they did reach Katrina refugees, anyway, because too many of those trailers reeked with toxic outgassing of urethane-formaldehyde foam and/or had leaky plumbing, or worst of all, leaking propane gas lines.

With an overhyped election coming, and a Congress in office that, a decade later, still hasn’t spent what’s needed to fix New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the timing for TV to examine the decade after Katrina is opportune. It’s time to pay attention If you are skeptical of that assertion, consider this – an earthquake could make Californians the next Katrina refugees. We should listen to the stories from Katrina. We must know what it takes to get through something like this. And we need to know if our political leaders have invested enough in preparedness and could handle a major disaster this time. Set your recording device before you head-out the door for work or to go enjoy an evening of live music.

There’s been quite a lot on TV all week. We’ve covered it all here, and we’ve eliminated things each day as they happen.

HERE ARE THE UPDATED DETAILED LISTINGS for remaining Hurricane Katrina-related coverage...
(rated from one to three checkmarks √ )

All times are Pacific.

√√√ Fri night/Sat early, Aug 28/29 – PBS World: 2-3 am – “My Louisiana Love.” A 2012 documentary. (Repeats next week: Tue Sep 2nd, 11 pm-midnight; Wed Sep 3rd, 7-8 am & 1-2 pm; Sat Sep 6th, 2-3 am.)

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – Link TV / KCETL: 6-7 am – “Still Waiting: Life After Katrina.” A 2007 profile on a large New Orleans family’s struggle to return home two years later in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – Link TV / KCETL: 10-10:30 am – “Music Voyager” re-airs the 2010 episode, “From D.C. to Cajun Country.” First, India.Arie joins a West African singer and Israeli singer-songwriter in D.C.; then, the show visits CEDRIC WATSON in Lafayette, Louisiana for Cajun music, a crawfish boil, and a zydeco dance party.

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – Link TV / KCETL: 3-4:30 pm – “Paratus 14:50.” Documentary film recalls the heroic work of the US Coast Guard following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when USCG service members rescued more than 33,500 people from impacted areas.

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – C-SPAN2: 4:15-5:44 pm – “We’re Still Here.” Discussion with author Roberta Brandes Gratz of her book on the years following Hurricane Katrina, examining the issues that remain ten years after the storm.

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – NatGeo: 8-10 pm – “Inside Hurricane Katrina.” A 2005 documentary examining damage in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and how it has affected residents, along with how decisions delayed help. (Made when NatGeo was independent and created documentary programing, before it was bought by Rupert Murdoch.)

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – Link TV / KCETL: 9-10 pm – “Still Waiting: Life After Katrina.” A 2007 profile on a large New Orleans family’s struggle to return home two years later in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – Link TV / KCETL: 9-10 pm – “Paratus 14:50.” (Abbreviated repeat.)

√√√ Sat, Aug 29 – NatGeo: 11 pm-1 am – “Inside Hurricane Katrina.” (Replay. Also replays 9-11 am on Sep 5.)

√√√ Sun, Aug 30 – Link TV / KCETL: 9-10:30 am – “Paratus 14:50.” (full repeat.)

√√√ Sun, Aug 30 – Link TV / KCETL: 2-3:30 pm – “Paratus 14:50.” (full repeat.)

√√√ Sun, Aug 30 – C-SPAN2: 11:45 am-1:14 pm – “We’re Still Here.” Discussion with author Roberta Brandes Gratz of her book on the years following Hurricane Katrina, examining the issues that remain ten years after the storm.

√√√ Sun night/early Mon, Aug 30/31 – C-SPAN2: 2:33-4 am – “We’re Still Here.” Discussion with author Roberta Brandes Gratz of her book on the years following Hurricane Katrina, examining the issues that remain ten years after the storm.



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♪ WORKSHOP: “SONGWRITING FOR FILM, TELEVISION & COMMERCIALS”

Sat, Aug 29,
WORKSHOP,
in Hollywood:
11 am-1 pm “SONGWRITING FOR FILM, TELEVISION & COMMERCIALS” with author-songwriter-producer ROBIN FREDERICK, presented by LAWIM (Los Angeles Women in Music) at SAE-LA INSTITUTE (the old Eastman Kodak Building), 6700 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038.
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This workshop presents “Tips for Writing, Recording, & Pitching in Today's Market.” Every year, the film & TV market uses over 20,000 songs, many of them by unsigned, unknown artists and bands. Join Robin Frederick, author of “Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV,” and learn how to create expressive, original songs that will work for today’s movies, TV series, and commercials.
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Find out…
√ How the title can get your song noticed.
√ Which song themes are most likely to get you a placement.
√ What universal lyrics are and why they’re so important.
√ How to make broadcast quality recordings on a budget.
√ What kinds of songs work best for commercials.
√ How to meet the needs of music libraries and get on a music supervisor’s playlist.
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There will be plenty of video examples from recent movies, TV series, and commercials so you can see and hear exactly what works and why. Bring your creative ears and your pad and pencil to what promises to be an exciting, information-packed workshop filled with ideas you can use.
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Robin Frederick has written and produced more than 500 songs for television, records, theater, and audio products. She is a former Director of A&R for Rhino Records, Executive Producer of over 60 albums, and the author of top-selling songwriting books including “Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting,” “Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV,” “Study the Hits,” and “The 30-Minute Songwriter.” Her books are used in universities and music schools all across the U.S. to teach all levels of songwriting from beginning to advanced. As the head of TAXI’s A&R/screener team, Robin has given songwriting feedback to hundreds of successful and aspiring songwriters. She has also trained industry veterans to share their own knowledge and experience with up-and-coming writers and artists. Robin is a former Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy (the Grammy organization) and past President of Los Angeles Women in Music. She has written for mainstream music publications on the songwriting innovations of Nick Drake, including extensive album notes for recent re-releases of all of Nick Drake’s recordings.
More at: www.robinfrederick.com
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One lucky attendee will WIN a signed copy of Robin's book, “Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV.”
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Advance Tickets for (guaranteed seating):
$20 for LAWIM Members
$25 Student Discount (valid student photo i.d. at the door)
$30 General Public (all are welcome)
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Tix at the door, (if space permits):
$25 LAWIM Members
$30 Student Discount
$35 General Public
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Advance tix thru midnight Fri, Aug 28, at: reservations@lawim.com or call 213-243-6440.
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Free on-site gated parking lot (off Las Palmas).



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♪ “ASCENCIA URBAN BLUES FESTIVAL” is new, and a benefit, in Hollywood, Sat, Aug 29.
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♪ Annual “FIESTA LA BALLONA” FREE in Culver City, Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30.
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♪ "BLACKOUT MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL" in L.A., Sat, Aug 29.
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♪ “TV & ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT” is a 3-day arts conference in L.A., Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30.
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♪ Out-of-Town Festivals & Conferences this weekend (three of ’em).

Details below on all...

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Sat, Aug 29,
FESTIVAL,
in Hollywood:
11 am-8 pm “ASCENCIA URBAN BLUES FESTIVAL” brings performances to Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Av, Hollywood 90038; 818-246-7900 x 114.
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The Ascencia Urban Blues Festival benefits Ascencia, a 501(c)(3) non-profit homeless services agency providing housing and support services to 1,200 homeless men, women and children every year.
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Quite a fine lineup...
♪ WALTER TROUT
♪ GUITAR SHORTY
♪ ARTHUR ADAMS
♪ THE AMERICANS
♪ THE SCORCH SISTERS
♪ JERRON "BLIND BOY" PAXTON
♪ LITTLE FAITH
And more tba
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Tix range from $35-$100 advance. Gen’l admission, $40 at the gate.
Children age 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult.
Advance tix & info at: http://www.urbanbluesfest.com


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Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in Culver City:
Annual “FIESTA LA BALLONA,” Culver City’s “Party in the Park,” is all weekend, with featured live music performances, carnival rides and games, over 100 booths showcasing local groups, artisan wares, and other vendors, pony rides and two petting zoos, a beer and wine garden, a farmers market, food trucks and a food court, “sustainability” activities, and other special activities, at Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City.
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Hours are 4:30-10 pm Friday; 11 am-10 pm Saturday; 11 am-9 pm Sunday. Free parking available at Sony Pictures Studios on Overland Avenue.
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FRIDAY: Fiesta’s performances in the Entertainment Tent begin Friday at 4:30 pm with US 99 performing classic rock and roll. Fiesta-Palooza starts at 6 pm, showcasing five local teen bands, including DETOURE, the ACADEMY OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS JAZZ COMBO, SCOOP, SILENT PARTNER, and GROUNDED. There are other attractions for teens Friday, including the special offer for the Carnival Rides, Food Trucks, and the Party Truck Game Center, a mobile video game entertainment trailer, which starts at 4:30 pm.
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SATURDAY: the Opening Ceremony happens at 11:45 am. VOX FEMINA LOS ANGELES, a Culver City-based choral group, returns to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner”. MARIACHI VOCES DE MEXICO performs Saturday at Noon, followed by GRUPO FOLKLORICO MACIAS presenting folk dances of Mexico. The KELLY RAE BAND performs country music at 1:45 pm, followed by Country Line Dancing with JACKIE’S POSSE. Then, A.D. AND THE SOUL COMPANY performs R&B, funk and soul at 3:30 pm. OTE DANCE STUDIO does a Jazz and hip-hop performance at 4:30 pm, followed by WILDFIRE, covering “the best of” Top 40 Pop at 5:15 pm. Next, GRUPO LA ROSA performs “lively folk dances from the Americas’ at 6:15 pm. Saturday night wraps with a two-hour SWING DANCE PARTY, featuring the JUMPIN’ JOZ BAND, from 7-9 pm.
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SUNDAY: things open at 11 am to the sound of ukulele music, presented by CALI ROSE & THE CC STRUMMERS. O’AHU will follow, performing Hawaiian music at 11:45 am, followed by the HO’ALOHA POLYNESIAN DANCERS. Sunday afternoon features CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS (that wonderful band led by Otono Lujan, heartily endorsed by the Guide) performing at 1:30 pm. They’re followed by GRUPO FOLKLORICO TZINTZUNI, presenting “folk dances of the Americas.” IGOR AND RED ELVISES’ perform at 3:15 pm and will feature SIBERIAN SURF MUSIC. XOROTROPTZI follows with Bulgarian Folk dances at 4:15 pm. This year’s entertainment program closes with a Latin Jazz performed by the LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN ENSEMBLE at 5 pm.
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In addition to live performances, other attractions and activities are available during Fiesta weekend. On Friday, seniors can enjoy several early-bird special offers, 4:30-6 pm at the Food Court and selected food trucks. The “Aquacade” at the neighboring Culver City Municipal Plunge will occur on all three days of Fiesta. KCET will have an interactive arts and education kiosk, Saturday from 11 am-6 pm to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary. Fiestagoers can meet the Galaxy Star Squad and L.A. Kings Ice Crew on Saturday. On Saturday and Sunday, Enriched Farms will brings a Farmers Market with locally farmed organic produce, uniquely prepared foods, and handcrafted works of local artists. The Exchange Club’s Beer & Wine Garden returns to Fiesta all three days. Food trucks and Food Court booths offer a variety of BBQ, global cuisine, classic American fare, desserts and sweets.
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Fiesta La Ballona’s Sustainability Booth offers activities and presentations including The Energy Coalition, presented by Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company, Saturday at 3 pm. There will be two sessions on California Native Plants, Saturday at 11 am and Sunday at 3 pm. Fiesta implements a zero-waste policy to ensure resource recovery and protect scarce natural resources.
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Music and dance performances as well as “special, interactive activities” are free. Food, drinks and other attractions are optional and cost. Carnival ride tickets are $1 each with volume discounts, but each ride varies in the number of tickets required, with many needing 4-5 tickets per ride. Friday night, starting at 5 pm, there is a special offer of two riders for the price of one. Wristbands ($20 in advance) allow unlimited rides on Saturday or Sunday until 6 pm. After 6 pm, only ride tickets are valid. For info on purchasing wristbands, call the City’s Recreation Office at 310-253-6650. Wristband pre-sale ends Friday, Aug 28 at 7 pm.
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The event is bicycle friendly, and Angel City Derby Girls and Palms Cycle will offer a secure bike valet for visitors who ride their bikes to the celebration on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-6 pm. Culver City Bus provides bicycle racks to encourage bike riding and public transportation. Also, pedicab and Dial-A-Ride paratransit shuttle services will be available at the Sony Pictures Studio parking lot off Overland Avenue.
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Free, except what you buy to eat.


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Sat, Aug 29,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
Noon-10 pm "BLACKOUT MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL" at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance on Figueroa), Los Angeles 90015.
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"Blackout for Human Rights" is hosting this one-day festival. The event includes three panels; live musical performances; multiple screenings of award winning films; a signature art showcase, and more.
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All ticket proceeds will be donated to support PICO Network and Mobile Justice CA, a joint project between ACLU CA and The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
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Here's the full schedule:
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PART ONE:

√ Early Access to GRAMMY Museum Exhibits 11 am-11:55 am.

√ FILM SCREENING #1: "3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets," in the Clive Davis Theater, 12:05-1:50 pm.

√ FEATURED PANEL #1: Social Justice Panel Includes Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors, ACLU Lawyer Peter Bibring, Activist Ashley Yates, Urban Cusp Founder Rahiel Tesfamariam, The Root Associate Editor Danielle C. Belton, Artist Damon Davis and Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans David Johns. Presented by ACLU SoCal and Black Lives Matter, the panel is moderated by UCLA Professor Dr. Marcus Hunter. In the Clive Davis Theater, 1:55-2:55 pm.

√ Intermission; access to Artist Showcase, 2:55-3:55 pm.
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PART TWO:

√ FILM SCREENING #2: "Dear White People" in the Clive Davis Theater, 4-5:50 pm.

√ FEATURED PANEL #2: Storytelling Panel includes actress Tracee Ellis Ross, "The Blacklist" founder Franklin Leonard, "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Kevin Frazier, Fox Casting Manager Cameron Washington, Director Justin Simien, and more. Presented by CBMA, panel is moderated by "Indiewire" editor-in-chief Dana Harris. Clive Davis Theater, 6-7 pm.

√ FEATURED PANEL #3: Music Panel includes VIBE Magazine’s editor-in-chief Datwon Thomas, Digital Underground producer Jimi “Chopmaster J” Dright, music producer Focus, artist V Bozeman and artist Damani Nkosi. Panel moderated by ASCAP Associate Director Mir Harris, on the Target Terrace, 6-7 pm.

√ LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE: "#SayHerName Voices For The Cause" Music Showcase includes GRAMMY Award Winner Lalah Hathaway, PJ, and V Bozeman, in the Clive Davis Theater, 7:10-8:10 pm.

√ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Featuring spoken eord performances by Leo Breckenridge and Amandla Stenberg; mixer; art installations from Adrian Franks, Damon Davis, Mariella Angela, and more, on the Target Terrace, 8:20-9:50 pm.

√ Event ends at 10 pm.
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Sponsors include Variety, The Root, VIBE Magazine, PICO Network, Live Free, Black Lives Matter, ACLU Southern California, more.
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"Blackout For Human Rights" is "a collective of filmmakers, artists, activists, musicians, lawyers, tastemakers and concerned citizens who commit their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations against fellow Americans throughout the United States of America."
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Tix range from $10-$18 and are available at: http://bit.ly/1NviXBK


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Weekend Arts Conference in L.A....
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Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30,
CONFERENCE,
in L.A.:
Three-day “TV & ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT” produced by the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals happens at 7000 W 3rd St, Los Angeles 90048.
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Most activities are at the Writers Guild of America, 7000 W 3rd St, Los Angeles 90048.
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Here is some info on a few of the panels (which seem more like workshoips). Each one, regardless of what it is, seems to cost $11.54. Have a look...
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TV Writer's Workshop is $11.54. Sat, Aug 29, 10-11:15 am. This one is a crash course in the fundamentals of writing for television. This workshop will help strengthen the skills of writers at all levels. The course will review story, techniques, structure and format according to industry standards.
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Pitching Workshop is $11.54. Sat, Aug 29, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Host: Austyn Biggers (BET networks). In this workshop, develop and strengthen your pitch, polish your presentation skills, and learn how to clearly market your film, TV or new media project.
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New Media Panel is $11.54. Sat, Aug 29, 1:10 pm-3:15 pm. This workshop focuses on digital media and online content. Learn about the power of digital media and business strategies for success.
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Diversity Panel is $11.54; Casting and Actor's Workshop is $11.54. Sun, Aug 30, 11 am-12:15 pm. Participants will learn from veteran casting directors and actors on techniques to improve their acting abilities and prepare for auditions. The intention of this panel is to help boost actors overall performances.
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There is an Agent Panel, a Producer Panel, a Director's Workshop, and beyond the conference, they offer an Annual Professional Mentorship Program.
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Full info and registration at: http://laulyp.com


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Wed-Sun, Aug 26-30,
FESTIVAL,
in Maine:
“BLISTERED FINGERS FAMILY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” happens this week in Litchfield, Maine.

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Thu-Sun, Aug 27-30,
FESTIVAL,
in Indiana:
17th Annual “BEAN BLOSSOM BLUES FESTIVAL” happens in (where else?) Bean Blossom, Indiana.

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Fri-Sun, Aug 28-30, FIDDLE CAMP, in Tennessee:
“FLETCHER BRIGHT NASHCAMP FIDDLE CAMP” in Fairview, TN. BILL EVANS is the resident banjo player at this new camp and will lead slow jams and bluegrass harmony classes.



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First, note there are three weekend FESTIVALS happening today. One runs all weekend, two are Saturday-only. All three are thoroughly described in “Festivals” (Section 4), above.

Second, there’s a weekend ARTS CONFERENCE that runs Friday-Sunday, and that, too, is in “Festivals” (Section 6), above.

Word to the wise as you sort-out the concerts that follow...

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Sat, Aug 29, on RADIO,
broadcast & web:
6-8 am (Pacific) Finally, fans of the “HEARTFELT MUSIC” show will get a chance to hear JOHN & DEANNE DAVIS on the air once again, on KPFK 90.7 FM broadcast in the L.A. area, and web simulcast everywhere else. And our friends at the Pasadena Folk Music Society note, “If you like MARY KATHERINE ALDIN's ‘ALIVE AND PICKING,’folk music show, she will be sitting in for Tom Nixon the following week in the same time slot. That one is on Saturday, September 5. You will be able to hear both of these shows for the following two weeks following each broadcast date, on-demand from KPFK's Audio Archives at http://archive.kpfk.org
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That’s the same url for the “Listen Live” option at broadcast time.

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Sat & Sun, Aug 29 & 30, atop SFV:
Noon & 2 pm “A MUSICAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH AMERICA” summer series this weekend brings performances Saturday by NATHALIA PALIS & THE DISCOVERY CREW and Sunday by THE SHOW PONIES at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; www.skirball.org; 310-440-4500.
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We really must note THE SHOW PONIES on Sunday. Folks, we told you three years ago to catch them in affordable shows and intimate venues while you could, because they are headed for the big time. They are now too big to play anything this small, and they are here because they were booked months ago for the two shows on Sunday. Soon you’ll pay $40-60 dollars a seat to see them, and you’ll need to bring binoculars. So, GO to Sunday’s two shows. Go early, and you can stay for both shows.
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This summer’s Skirball “Family Amphitheater Performances” take family visitors on “a ramblin’ musical road trip, inspired by Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.” Series runs Saturdays and Sundays, Jun 27–Sep 6, with performances at noon and 2 pm.
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All performances are included with Museum admission. Free on-site parking; street parking strictly prohibited.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat & Sun, Aug 29 & 30, in SGV (Sierra Madre):
2:30 & 8 pm (Sat); 2:30 pm (Sun) “ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE” is a big time music-filled show at the charming little Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com
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This is the fastest ticket-seller in the Playhouse’s history. To accommodate the extraordinary demand, additional matinee performances have been added. Don’t dawdle getting tickets to this one. (The Guide” News Feature that announced the production’s opening night is re-run here.)
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It’s a real, live stage MUSICAL, a theatrical production focusing on the vocal magic of PATSY CLINE, you’ll experience how she evoked the heartbreak and longing that have made her songs country and pop classics. Written by Ted Swindley, directed by Robert Marra, with musical director Sean Paxton, it’s a Sierra Madre Playhouse production starring CORI CABLE KIDDER and NIKKI D’AMICO.
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“Always….Patsy Cline” depicts the legendary singer backed by a live band performing twenty-seven of her greatest hits in this jukebox musical. Patsy Cline (1932-1963) was one of the most popular and influential vocalists of the 20th Century.
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Although most associated with country music, she was the first female crossover artist, also singing traditional pop, torch songs, rockabilly, honky-tonk, country swing, and gospel. The first female solo artist admitted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Patsy was also included among “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” by VH1, “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music” by CMT.
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She first appeared on radio in Winchester, VA in 1947. In 1954, country star Jimmy Dean brought her aboard as a regular on the radio show “Town and Country Jamboree” in Arlington, VA. In 1955, she began appearing on television, on the TV version of “Grand Ole Opry” and on “Ozark Jubilee.”
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But it was her sensational success on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” in 1957 that truly launched her as a national figure. Godfrey’s show, a precursor of competitions like “Star Search” and “American Idol,” also launched Ann-Margret and Pat Boone, among others.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” is based on a real incident that occurred in 1961. Super-fan Louise Seger befriends Cline before a concert in Houston. After the show, Louise takes her home, cooks her breakfast and appears with her on a local radio broadcast. The two maintain a correspondence, writing each other letters until Cline’s untimely death in a Tennessee plane crash in 1963. The star closed each of her letters to Seger, “Always…Patsy Cline.”
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CORI CABLE KIDDER portrays PATSY CLINE. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, she toured with IN THE MOOD and sang at Tokyo Disney for a year. Coming to L.A., she appeared in+ “The Producers” and with SWING DAMES, performing the music of the Andrews Sisters.
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NIKKI D’AMICO plays Louise. Her extensive musical theater credits include National Tours of “Evita,” “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Fantasticks,” “Chaplin,” “West Side Story,” and more. Most recently, she appeared with Pacific Resident Theatre in its Ovation-nominated production of “A View from the Bridge.”
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ROBERT MARRA directs. In addition to numerous New York credits, his local shows include “The World Goes Round,” “Once on this Island,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Into the Woods,” “Chess in Concert,” “The Devil and Daisy Jane,” “A Chorus Line,” and many more. He is also a choreographer.
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TED SWINDLEY is the playwright. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. He also wrote “Stories My Grandmother Told Me.” Fans of Patsy Cline’s music will be in musical heaven as they’ll hear, performed live, twenty-seven of her greatest hits, including “Walkin’ After Midnight” (the Godfrey show hit), “Sweet Dreams” (a signature tune for Cline, although originally a hit ten years earlier by Faron Young), “Crazy” (written for her by WILLIE NELSON), “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Your Cheating Heart,” and many more.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” debuted in 1988. It is one of only two stage productions about the singer licensed and authorized by The Estate of Patsy Cline. In addition to affording a revue of great songs, “Always…Patsy Cline” is a heartwarming story of an enduring friendship.
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“Always… Patsy Cline” runs July 31-Sep 13, 2015, on this schedule: Fri’s & Sat’s at 8 pm, Sun’s at 2:30 pm. Additional matinees have been added at 2:30 pm on Thu, Aug 27; Sat, Aug 29; Sat, Sep 5; Sat, Sep 12, and Sun, Sep 13.
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Tix: $30 gen’l. Seniors (age 65+) $27. Students (ages 13-21) $20. Children age 12 and under, $17. Call for tix. Ample free parking behind theatre.

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Sat, Aug 29, in Whittier:
3-7 pm PADDY'S PIG, a fine trad Irish band, plays Mulcahey's, 15334 Whittier Bl, #8, Whittier 90603.
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Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty, & Jon — Paddy's Pig — always look and sound wonderful on stage. They tell us, "We've got new venues we're playing for the first time, new songs we've been writing, and new recordings on the way! Thanks so much for supporting and enjoying local Irish music!"
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More at: www.paddyspig.com

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Sat, Aug 29; variable sched., through Sep 26, in Topanga:
3:30 pm “AS YOU LIKE IT” resets Shakespeare to the American Civil War, at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley.
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Note, “the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more.”
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In this production of “As You Like It, ” director ELLEN GEER moves the tale of two sets of brothers — one alienated by ambition, the other estranged by envy — to the divided South of the post-Civil War era, adding traditional American folk music and dance from the period. Rosalind is forced to flee camp when her uncle Frederick, usurper of his brother’s position as a general in the Union army, threatens to have her killed. Accompanied by her cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man for safety's sake. The disguise comes in handy when she tests the devotion of her noble admirer, Orlando, on the run from his hostile older brother. Meanwhile, the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more. With Rosalind's wit leading the way, the forces of true love, justice and song eventually triumph.
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This production runs June 7 through Sep 26, ALTERNATING WITH OTHER PRODUCTIONS. Production dates / times: Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 14 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, June 20 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, July 12 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, July 18 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 1 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Aug 9 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 15 at 3:30 pm * • Saturday, Aug 22 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 29 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 6 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 13 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 19 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 20 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 26 at 3:30 p.m .
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A special Prologue (pre-show discussion) happens Saturday, Aug 15 at 2:30 pm. (included in ticket price).
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Tickets range from $10-$39.50; children 6 and under are free. Info, complete schedule of all performances this summer, and advance tix, at 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

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Sat, Aug 29, in Santa Barbara:
4 pm NATHAN McEUEN and ERIK STUCKY team-up to play Reds Bin, 211 211 Helena Av, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-966-5906.

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Sat, Aug 29, in Pasadena:
4:30 pm THE T SISTERS play “Full Moon Saturdays” at the Stonywood Backyard Concert Series in Pasadena 91104.
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Reservations get directions via email: fullmoonsaturdays@yahoo.com

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Sat, Aug 29, in SFV:
5:30 pm ERIC KUFS plus JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS play the “JULIE’S JOINT” outdoor house concert dinner-and-a-show series beneath shady trees. Reservations get directions at: Juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com
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About the headliner, Julie says, “I'm so excited about this next Julie's Joint! ERIC KUFS, as John says ‘if Hall & Oates and Marvin Gaye had a baby...’ and so true. The Groovin' style of Eric will keep you swaying to his music and possibly up dancing with the Zippettes! Eric is one part crooner, one part protest singer and every part artist. With the lyrical poignancy of a Will Oldham, the dynamic voice of a Van Morrison, and the passion of a Bruce Springsteen, his prowess eventually led to performances around the world, next stop Julie's Joint! I can't wait! His band consists of our good friend JOHN O'KENNEDY and new friends STEVE DEUTSCH and SCOTT BRADMAN.”
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There's more bio/videos/music on his website: www.erickufs.com
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The Julie's Joint House Band, JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS (just back from a tour), starts-off the night. They are JOHN ZIPPERER, TARA SITSER, JIME VAN BOOVEN, and BARRETT TAGLIARINO. The doors open at 5 pm and the music starts at 5:30 with John Zipperer & friends. There's a potluck dinner with Julie’s BBQ pulled pork and other delicious dishes, even vegetarian dishes. After dinner, it’s more music from Eric Kufs.
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Bring your guitar for the song circle afterwards.
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$20 donation per person (all goes to the musicians).

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Not Music, but Cool...
Sat, Aug 29, in City of Industry:
5:30-7:30 pm “A TASTE OF CALIFORNIA: CHILI, CHILES, & HOT SAUCE” at the Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd, City of Industry 91745; 626-968-8492; www.homesteadmuseum.org
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Enjoy a summer evening on the beautiful grounds of the Homestead Museum as you explore Southern California’s rich culinary history. Using chiles as his inspiration, chef and food historian ERNEST MILLER, in partnership with the Montebello Applied Technology Center, will create a uniquely Californian menu showcasing how chiles have been used from the days of the missions through today. Diners will visit five tasting stations where they will sample tamales, chiliburgers, shrimp cocktails, spicy tuna rolls, mocktails, and more
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The Homestead Museum provides a unique way to look at Southern California's history from the 1840s, when this land was still part of Mexico, through the 1920s, when Los Angeles came to be known as a major metropolitan city. This six-acre site features the Workman House, a Victorian-era country home constructed around an 1840s adobe; La Casa Nueva, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion noted for its architectural crafts; and El Campo Santo one of the oldest private cemeteries in Southern California. Through all of its programs, the museum strives to create advocates for history through the stories of greater Los Angeles. Info on programs, hours, etc, at 626-968-8492 or www.homesteadmuseum.org
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Space is limited for “A TASTE OF CALIFORNIA.” This program cannot accommodate vegetarian or gluten-free diets. Make a reservation at 626-968-8492 or online at www.homesteadmuseum.org
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Tix $40 adults, $35 seniors & students.
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NOTE: The museum hosts the delightful annual “TICKET TO THE TWENTIES FESTIVAL” this year on Sat & Sun, Oct 3 & 4, from 3 to 7 pm, both days; see the Guide’s write-up in the “Festivals” section of “Ticket Alerts.”

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Sat, Aug 29, in Idyllwild:
6:30 pm DENNIS ROGER REED plus LENNY HANSELL play the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro, 54245 N Circle Dr, Unit C-8, Idyllwild 92549; 814-360-7379.

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Sat, Aug 29, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERTS” series brings various bands to Me ’N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat, Aug 29, in Altadena:
7 pm AIREENE & THE RARITIES plus EDDIE T. & THE CAN'T HARDLY PLAYBOYS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; reservations 626-798-6236 (10 am-10 pm); venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com
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Aireene is just back from Germany and her fourth musical tour of Europe. A Continental celebrity. Aireene's songs are influenced by growing up to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar playing and listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South. She has performed with a mixed genre of San Francisco bay area bands over the past years that have also influenced her music, from latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. Her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. Aireene tours solo and as well as with her band as Aireene & The Rarities (Ed Tree on guitar, Debra Dobkin on drums/percussion, Mark "Pocket" Goldberg on bass and Tom Corbett on mandolin.).
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"This is our jaw-dropping act of the season...she gathered some of the best musicians in town around her...She has taken off like a rocket ship and everyone is suddenly in love with the music and show of Aireene Espiritu...You might like to say, ‘Remember When’ a short way up the musical road." - Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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“Espiritu’s penchant for songs that sound like they came off a 78 rpm record, listeners will be swept away.” - Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz.
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They sent a link, saying, “Here's a video of us playing at the Coffee Gallery:”
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoHpgZ2LLN
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Gene Shay, aka The Grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music on WXPN Radio’s “The Folk Show,” says, "I love what I heard, It's perfect for my kinda folk show-- bright, melodic,rootsy and with excellent vocals and hot pickin' too. What else can a lifelong Folk DJ ask for.”
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More on them at: www.aireeneespiritu.com
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EDDIE T. & THE CAN'T HARDLY PLAY BOYS are “Together again for the first time,” because, well, this is the first gig for the Playboys. Never fear: they are top L.A. session players. ED TREE (guitar - Spencer Davis, Rita Coolidge, Juice Newton), DEBRA DOBKIN (drums - Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson) and MARK GOLDBERG (bass - Willie Dixon, Canned Heat, Mick Fleetwood) have been friends and musical partners for 30 years. Together and separately they have earned their stripes as journeyman musicians, but now they have joined forces for a fun musical trip to swampy Southern states. They’ll take you to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, they‘ll take dancin’ on the levees and they might even take you surfing on the Mississippi River. Bob Stane says, “If you have Mardi Gras beads feel free to wear them.”
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Tix, $18.

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Sat, Aug 29, in Hollywood:
7 pm-1 am MOONSVILLE COLLECTIVE with THE CHRISTIAN LOPEZ BAND headline a full lineup, mostly acoustic, at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com; 323-461-2040.
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Here’s the night’s lineup:
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♪ Moonsville Collective w/ Christian Lopez Band – 7 pm
♪ Howie Day – 9:30 pm
♪ Brian Buckley Band – 10:30 pm
♪ The Rituals – 11:30 pm
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Tickets purchased on the venue’s web ticket page are counted for the mentioned artist only; other acts receive no compensation from that ticket sale, so their site says, “Please purchase accordingly.” (Shows that are being presold are not listed on their site’s ticket page.) One ticket is often good for the entire night, but it does not guarantee admission to another sold-out show the same evening. They do not accept credit cards at the door; they do have an ATM. Seating at The Hotel Café is very limited; tables are first come first serve and generally available only for those who order food, unless reserved by a band.
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Venue is 21+ for all patrons.
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Advance tix, more info, at:
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www.hotelcafe.com

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Sat, Aug 29, in SGV (Arcadia):
7-11:30 pm DENNIS HERRERA BLUES BAND, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr (just E of Santa Anita Av), Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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A great night of blues featuring the Dennis Herrera Blues Band celebrating a new CD release, “Livin' Life Not Worryin'.” With Bobby Bluehouse and special guests.
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Doors at 7 pm. Venue has good food (generous portions), full bar, pool tables. Substantial discount for tix bought online. Fun place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.

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Sat, Aug 29, in Long Beach:
7 pm BERNIE PEARL plays his acoustic blues residency at Willmore Wine Bar, 3848 Atlantic Av, Long Beach 90807; 562-492-5951.

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Sat, Aug 29, in SGV (Monrovia):
7 pm WINDY RIDGE BLUEGRASS teams up with resident acoustic roots band KATTYWOMPUS to play Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.

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Sat, Aug 29, in Long Beach:
7 pm SPORTIVE TRICKS plays the Red Leprechaun American Irish Pub, 4000 E Anaheim St, Long Beach 90804; 562-494-8726.

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Sat, Aug 29,
FESTIVAL SNEAK PREVIEW,
FREE in San Pedro:
7 pm 1st SNEAK PREVIEW (of 2) of the “TRI-ARTS FESTIVAL / SAN PEDRO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS,” both FREE, this one at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732.
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The actual festival happens at the South End of Ports ‘O Call Village, on the lawn (stage with chairs), on Sat & Sun, Sep 19 & 20.
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These free previews are both dance concerts with many dance companies, “to give you an idea of what you can enjoy at the festival.” Of course, there is more at the festival, including live Americana music performances. Of special note are Grammy noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS performing Sep 20, 4:30-6:30 pm.
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This 1st preview, Aug 29, brings Louise Reichlin & Dancers; Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers; People's Place; Jan Kain; Alvas Ballet; Belles Mojácar; Studio Flamenco.
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The 2nd preview is Sep 3 at 8 pm at the People's Place, 365 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. It brings Louise Reichlin & Dancers; Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers; People's Place; Jan Kain; Strickly Addikcted Dance Theater; Rebecca Green Moves.
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Full info at: http://triartsp.com

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Sat, Aug 29, in Burbank:
7 pm LIVE AMERICANA / TRAD OR ALT COUNTRY in a full lineup on two stages in separate rooms at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506.
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All ages. A one-menu-item cover applies. Venue has a full menu & full bar. Park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (affiliated owners).

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat, Aug 29, in L.A.:
(Time tba) JOE BONAMASSA plays the Greek Theatre, in Griffith Park (L.A.)
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Joe Bonamassa will highlight the music of Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King and their classics, in a celebration of blues heritage as part of the “Keeping The Blues Alive” tribute concert series.
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Celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa is gearing up to deliver a musical tribute to the Three Kings of Blues: Albert, B.B., and Freddie. The “Three Kings Tour” will make a stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl on August 25 at 7:30 PM. This is an action-packed, brand new live show during the GRAMMY®-nominated guitarist and singer-songwriter’s first ever U.S. amphitheater tour. The show will feature songs, amazing blues covers from the Three Kings, performed by Bonamassa unlike anything he has played before.
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Bonamassa will be backed by a stellar band of blues musicians including ANTON FIG on drums, MICHAEL RHODES on bass, REESE WYNANS on piano and Hammond organ, LEE THORNBURG on trumpet and horn arrangements, PAULIE CERRA on saxophone, and NICK LANE on trombone. A portion of the proceeds from this tour will go to the “Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA) Foundation,” a non-profit that Bonamassa founded in 2011 and that he oversees to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement efforts to fill the loss of music education in public schools.
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As Joe Bonamassa enters his 25th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 16 solo albums in the last 14 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. In 2013, Bonamassa earned his first GRAMMY ® nomination for Best Blues Album, and with the release of 2014’s new studio record Different Shades Of Blue, he debuted at #8 on Billboard's Top 200 (a career high) and received his thirteenth #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist). On January 23 and 24, 2015, he fulfilled a childhood dream when he headlined two shows at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall.
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Backed by a stellar band of blues musicians including Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), and Nick Lane (trombone), the tour culminate on August 29 at Los Angeles' iconic Greek Theatre. The Greek Theatre performance will be filmed for DVD and Blu-ray and will be provide a stunning backdrop that continues Bonamassa's tradition of honoring incredible concert venues like the Royal Albert Hall, the Vienna Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and the Beacon Theater. As with all Bonamassa DVD shoots, the performance at the Greek promises to bring some interesting collaborations in presenting this historical music.
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A portion of the proceeds from this tour will go to the Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA) foundation, a non-profit Bonamassa founded in 2011 and oversees to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools. To date, KTBA has funded 111 music projects and five scholarships across the 50 states, reaching over 20,000 students. In August 2014, Bonamassa played to a sold-out crowd of over 9,000 fans at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For each ticket sold, $5 was donated directly to KTBA, raising over $40,000 to fund struggling music programs around the country. In February 2015, Bonamassa will headline "Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea," a four-day music festival aboard the beautiful Norwegian Pearl, which has raised $25,000 for KTBA.
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He also plays Aug 24 in Paso Robles, and Aug 25 at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

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Sat, Aug 29, in San Diego Co (National City):
7:30 pm GEOFF MULDAUR plays the “AMSD Concerts” series in Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950.

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Sat, Aug 29; (variable sched, through Sep 26) in Topanga:
7:30 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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The season’s offerings here alternate. For a complete schedule of the summer season’s performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com
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Remaining performances: July 11–Sep 26: Saturday, Aug 22 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Aug 28 at 7:30 pm** • Saturday, Aug 29 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Sep 4 at 7:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 5 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Sep 11 at 7:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 13 at 7:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 20 at 7:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 26 at 7:30 pm
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Above asterisks (**) designate performances that include a Pre-performance buffet dinner in the gardens at 6 pm on Aug 21 and Aug 28 (separate admission, or combination package available).

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Sat, Aug 29, FREE, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES play their weekly bluegrass residency, sometimes with very impressive guest musicians, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Sat, Aug 29, in SFV (Studio City):
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS periodic “TAKE THE FIFTH HOOT” happens in any month with a fifth Saturday; it’s in Studio City 91604. Location and info, www.songmakers.org

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Sat, Aug 29, in Culver City:
8 pm MURIEL ANDERSON, an astonishingly great guitarist, so good that she recruits the other greatest players in the world for her “Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night” concerts, plays an acoustic solo night at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Why not catch some of the free “Fiesta La Ballona” in Culver City, then take-in this great concert in the same town? Just call for tix for this, because you’ll need them.

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Sat & Sun, Aug 29 & 30, in Hollywood:
8 pm (Sat); 3 pm (Sun) CLOSING WEEKEND for "FISHERS OF MEN" is a stage play at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038. Venue has valet parking, wheelchair access.
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Play runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm, THROUGH AUGUST 30.
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Reservations & info: www.plays411.net
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Tix, $20.

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Sat, Aug 29, BENEFIT, in Big Bear:
8 pm DAVE STAMEY plays a dinner-and-a-show “Benefit for Equu8 Therapeutic Riding” the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Bl, Big Bear
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Dinner at 6:30, live auction at 7, concert at 8 pm.
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Tix, $25-$50; complete info: http://www.equu8.org/
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Dave has won ’purt near every award there is in Western music. Learn about him at: www.davestamey.com

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat, Aug 29, in San Pedro:
8 pm STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE brings doo-wop classics with soaring harmonies to the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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This exciting act has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Diana Reeves, and many other “name” stars.

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Sat, Aug 29, FREE, in Pasadena:
8 pm NIGHT TRAIN MUSIC CLUB plays one of the season’s final offerings in the "AMERICANA MUSIC SERIES" at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.
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The band members of Night Train Music Club include musicians who have played with the Rolling Stones, Tears for Fears, Christina Aguilera, and Bonnie Raitt, among others. Enjoy their rock, folk, and bluesy sounds in this free show at the Levitt. Learn more about them at: www.nighttrainmusicclub.com
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Activities begin at 6:30...
• KidZone
• KIRA MORRISON does the “Sidestage Performance" at 7 pm, so go early.
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Ride the Metro Gold Line light rail to Memorial Park Station and you’re right there.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena” (rotating food trucks). Tonight, it’s Lil’ Tim’s Big Burgers, The SquoZen 1, and YogurtLand. Arrive early to enjoy the pre-show performance on the little “Grassy Hill Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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Free, except what you buy to eat. More at: www.levittpasadena.org

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Sat, Aug 29, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm J. D. CRAWFORD plays the first of two nights headlining the nightly LIVE AMERICANA / TRAD & ALT COUNTRY at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Go early for the free dance lessons at 7:30 pm.
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Every night, they present LIVE AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK music for listening and dancing – unless they’re closed when Hollywood rents the place to shoot a movie or tv show, and the place has been in hundreds of film and tv shoots over the years.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who, howdy pardner, all like to dance. Go early for the free dance lessons. There’s live music EVERY night, seven nights a week; sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent pop-“countree” Nashvulle scene.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat & Sun, Aug 29 & 30, in SGV (Sierra Madre):
8 pm (Sat); 2:30 pm (Sun) “ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE” is a big time music-filled show at the charming little Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com
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This is the fastest ticket-seller in the Playhouse’s history. To accommodate the extraordinary demand, additional matinee performances have been added. Don’t dawdle getting tickets to this one. (The Guide” News Feature that announced the production’s opening night is re-run here.)
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It’s a real, live stage MUSICAL, a theatrical production focusing on the vocal magic of PATSY CLINE, you’ll experience how she evoked the heartbreak and longing that have made her songs country and pop classics. Written by Ted Swindley, directed by Robert Marra, with musical director Sean Paxton, it’s a Sierra Madre Playhouse production starring CORI CABLE KIDDER and NIKKI D’AMICO.
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“Always….Patsy Cline” depicts the legendary singer backed by a live band performing twenty-seven of her greatest hits in this jukebox musical. Patsy Cline (1932-1963) was one of the most popular and influential vocalists of the 20th Century.
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Although most associated with country music, she was the first female crossover artist, also singing traditional pop, torch songs, rockabilly, honky-tonk, country swing, and gospel. The first female solo artist admitted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Patsy was also included among “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” by VH1, “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music” by CMT.
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She first appeared on radio in Winchester, VA in 1947. In 1954, country star Jimmy Dean brought her aboard as a regular on the radio show “Town and Country Jamboree” in Arlington, VA. In 1955, she began appearing on television, on the TV version of “Grand Ole Opry” and on “Ozark Jubilee.”
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But it was her sensational success on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” in 1957 that truly launched her as a national figure. Godfrey’s show, a precursor of competitions like “Star Search” and “American Idol,” also launched Ann-Margret and Pat Boone, among others.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” is based on a real incident that occurred in 1961. Super-fan Louise Seger befriends Cline before a concert in Houston. After the show, Louise takes her home, cooks her breakfast and appears with her on a local radio broadcast. The two maintain a correspondence, writing each other letters until Cline’s untimely death in a Tennessee plane crash in 1963. The star closed each of her letters to Seger, “Always…Patsy Cline.”
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CORI CABLE KIDDER portrays PATSY CLINE. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, she toured with IN THE MOOD and sang at Tokyo Disney for a year. Coming to L.A., she appeared in+ “The Producers” and with SWING DAMES, performing the music of the Andrews Sisters.
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NIKKI D’AMICO plays Louise. Her extensive musical theater credits include National Tours of “Evita,” “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Fantasticks,” “Chaplin,” “West Side Story,” and more. Most recently, she appeared with Pacific Resident Theatre in its Ovation-nominated production of “A View from the Bridge.”
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ROBERT MARRA directs. In addition to numerous New York credits, his local shows include “The World Goes Round,” “Once on this Island,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Into the Woods,” “Chess in Concert,” “The Devil and Daisy Jane,” “A Chorus Line,” and many more. He is also a choreographer.
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TED SWINDLEY is the playwright. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. He also wrote “Stories My Grandmother Told Me.” Fans of Patsy Cline’s music will be in musical heaven as they’ll hear, performed live, twenty-seven of her greatest hits, including “Walkin’ After Midnight” (the Godfrey show hit), “Sweet Dreams” (a signature tune for Cline, although originally a hit ten years earlier by Faron Young), “Crazy” (written for her by WILLIE NELSON), “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Your Cheating Heart,” and many more.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” debuted in 1988. It is one of only two stage productions about the singer licensed and authorized by The Estate of Patsy Cline. In addition to affording a revue of great songs, “Always…Patsy Cline” is a heartwarming story of an enduring friendship.
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“Always… Patsy Cline” runs July 31-Sep 13, 2015, on this schedule: Fri’s & Sat’s at 8 pm, Sun’s at 2:30 pm. Additional matinees have been added at 2:30 pm on Thu, Aug 27; Sat, Aug 29; Sat, Sep 5; Sat, Sep 12, and Sun, Sep 13.
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Tix: $30 gen’l. Seniors (age 65+) $27. Students (ages 13-21) $20. Children age 12 and under, $17. Call for tix. Ample free parking behind theatre.



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First, note there is one remaining FESTIVAL still happening today. The other two were Saturday-only affairs. All three are thoroughly described in “Festivals” (Section 4), above.

Second, there’s a weekend ARTS CONFERENCE that runs through Sunday, and that, too, is in “Festivals” (Section 4), above.

Word to the wise as you sort-out the concerts that follow...

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm FAIR MARKET BAND plays their free weekly stand for the Hollywood Farmers Market at Ivar Ave & Selma Ave, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, Aug 30, in San Diego:
10 am-2 pm GONE TOMORROW plays the weekly “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego 92104; 619-295-6464.
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The band tells us it’s “great American comfort food,” and adviss you call to reserve a table. Menus and more are online at www.urbansolace.net
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This respected San Diego band is:
Steve Dame – banjo; Don Hickox – fiddle; Richard Burkett - guitar & mando; Dwight Worden - guest bass.

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in San Diego Co (Poway):
11 am-2 pm “POWAY DULCIMER GROUP” is “For all instruments and levels, playing a wide variety of tunes - Celtic, Old Time and more,” at the Poinsettia Sr. MHP Clubhouse, 13648 Edgemoor St, Poway 92064.
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This session convenes monthly, “Usually the 2nd Sunday, but varies. Plan ahead for Sep 13, 2015. Contact Patricia Olson at pjolsonp@gmail.com for info.”
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No charge, but “Please bring a healthy snack to share.”

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Sun, Aug 30, atop SFV:
Noon & 2 pm “A MUSICAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH AMERICA” summer series brings two performances by THE SHOW PONIES at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; www.skirball.org; 310-440-4500.
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We really must direct your attention to THE SHOW PONIES. Folks, we told you three years ago to catch them in affordable shows and intimate venues while you could, because they are headed for the big time. They are now too big to play anything this small, and they are here because they were booked months ago for the two shows on Sunday. Soon you’ll pay $40-60 dollars a seat to see them, and you’ll need to bring binoculars. So, GO to Sunday’s two shows. Go early, and you can stay for both shows.
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This summer’s Skirball “Family Amphitheater Performances” take family visitors on “a ramblin’ musical road trip, inspired by Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.” Series runs Saturdays and Sundays, Jun 27–Sep 6, with performances at noon and 2 pm.
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All performances are included with Museum admission. Free on-site parking; street parking strictly prohibited.

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Sun, Aug 30, in Long Beach:
Noon-5 pm 1st Annual “LONG BEACH TIKI SOCIAL + TIKI SWAPMEET” includes appropriately-themed live music, hosted by Roxanne's Cocktail Lounge and the New Latin Grill, at Roxanne's Cocktail Lounge, 1115 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach 90807
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First band starts at 2 pm. The promo says, “August 30th will bring together the best that Southern California has to offer in the Tiki world, Including Kelly Merrel from Trader Sam's, Local Tiki bands from all around Southern California, the best tiki vendors So-Cal has to offer, as well as local vendors.” An “After-Party” at Roxanne’s starts immediately at 5 pm. Mahalo.
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21+ event, Food will be served. Tix: “Lei Package” $16.82; regular tix, $6.27 are sold-out.

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Sun, Aug 30, in the mountains above Arcadia:
Noon-5 pm “ACOUSTIC SUNDAY” at Adam's Pack Station brings acoustic performances by the OTHER MOTHER BROTHER BAND, plus WILD MOUNTAIN MYSTICS, and PAUL INMAN’S DELIVERY, at 1835 N Santa Anita Av, Arcadia 91006; 626-447-7356. (Arcadia address, but above Sierra Madre, waaay up in the San Gabriel Mtns, at the end of the road.)
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Terry Okey, who has played there, says of the venue, “What’s Adam’s Pack Station? Imagine you’re hanging out with Ben, Hoss, Adam and Little Joe out back of the Ponderosa on your hard-earned Sunday off. Some of the neighbors have stopped by with their ranch hands to share their favorite roots,alt-country and folk-pop tunes. Some city folk showed up too. There will be beer and BBQ, and probably a fair amount of shade.”
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The pack station is nestled in the hills at the North end of Chantry Flats Road. Take Santa Anita Av N of the 210 Freeway, to the end of the road. Tell the person at the gate that you’re there for the music at the pack station. Drive through the middle parking lot at Chantry Flat around left, through the upper lot and down the dirt driveway. Just follow the signs. Weekend parking is $10 everywhere up there, but more of it is available in the pack station lot than the hikers’ lots, and you’re right there for the event. Go early and take a hike. The Chantry Flat Road is open from 6 am-8 pm.

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Sun, Aug 30, in San Diego:
Noon MOONSVILLE COLLECTIVE plays the Quartyard, 1102 Market St, San Diego 92101; 619-432-5303.

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Sun, Aug 30; not music, but cool, in L.A.:
1 pm “PYRAMIDS, MUMMIES, AND CLEOPATRA: ZAHI HAWASS DISCUSSES RECENT DISCOVERIES” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Bl (Mid-Wilshire/ Hancock Park area), Los Angeles 90036; 323-857-6000; www.lacma.org
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The Egyptian archaeologist and author discusses the pyramids and the Sphinx in this lecture. Hawass is responsible for many recent discoveries, including the tombs of the pyramid builders in Giza, and the Valley of the Golden Mummies in Bahariya. Hawass will examine recent findings on King Tutankhamun’s death, Queen Hatshepsut’s mummy, and the search for Queen Nefertiti. He will also discuss his excavation for the tombs of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. Hawass, former head of Egypt’s antiquities, was the subject of the History Channel’s reality TV show “Chasing Mummies,” and in 2009, gave President Barack Obama a personal tour of Egypt’s ancient sites.
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Tix, $12 general, $5 for seniors & students, and age 17 and under are free.
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This is sold-out, BUT, standby is available.

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Sun, Aug 30, atop SFV:
2 pm “A MUSICAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH AMERICA” summer series brings two performances by THE SHOW PONIES at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90049; www.skirball.org; 310-440-4500.
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See the full write-up at noon.

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Sun, Aug 30, in SGV (Sierra Madre):
2:30 pm “ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE” is a big time music-filled show at the charming little Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com
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This is the fastest ticket-seller in the Playhouse’s history. To accommodate the extraordinary demand, additional matinee performances have been added. Don’t dawdle getting tickets to this one. (The Guide” News Feature that announced the production’s opening night is re-run here.)
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It’s a real, live stage MUSICAL, a theatrical production focusing on the vocal magic of PATSY CLINE, you’ll experience how she evoked the heartbreak and longing that have made her songs country and pop classics. Written by Ted Swindley, directed by Robert Marra, with musical director Sean Paxton, it’s a Sierra Madre Playhouse production starring CORI CABLE KIDDER and NIKKI D’AMICO.
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“Always….Patsy Cline” depicts the legendary singer backed by a live band performing twenty-seven of her greatest hits in this jukebox musical. Patsy Cline (1932-1963) was one of the most popular and influential vocalists of the 20th Century.
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Although most associated with country music, she was the first female crossover artist, also singing traditional pop, torch songs, rockabilly, honky-tonk, country swing, and gospel. The first female solo artist admitted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Patsy was also included among “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” by VH1, “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music” by CMT.
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She first appeared on radio in Winchester, VA in 1947. In 1954, country star Jimmy Dean brought her aboard as a regular on the radio show “Town and Country Jamboree” in Arlington, VA. In 1955, she began appearing on television, on the TV version of “Grand Ole Opry” and on “Ozark Jubilee.”
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But it was her sensational success on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” in 1957 that truly launched her as a national figure. Godfrey’s show, a precursor of competitions like “Star Search” and “American Idol,” also launched Ann-Margret and Pat Boone, among others.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” is based on a real incident that occurred in 1961. Super-fan Louise Seger befriends Cline before a concert in Houston. After the show, Louise takes her home, cooks her breakfast and appears with her on a local radio broadcast. The two maintain a correspondence, writing each other letters until Cline’s untimely death in a Tennessee plane crash in 1963. The star closed each of her letters to Seger, “Always…Patsy Cline.”
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CORI CABLE KIDDER portrays PATSY CLINE. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, she toured with IN THE MOOD and sang at Tokyo Disney for a year. Coming to L.A., she appeared in+ “The Producers” and with SWING DAMES, performing the music of the Andrews Sisters.
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NIKKI D’AMICO plays Louise. Her extensive musical theater credits include National Tours of “Evita,” “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Fantasticks,” “Chaplin,” “West Side Story,” and more. Most recently, she appeared with Pacific Resident Theatre in its Ovation-nominated production of “A View from the Bridge.”
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ROBERT MARRA directs. In addition to numerous New York credits, his local shows include “The World Goes Round,” “Once on this Island,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Into the Woods,” “Chess in Concert,” “The Devil and Daisy Jane,” “A Chorus Line,” and many more. He is also a choreographer.
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TED SWINDLEY is the playwright. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. He also wrote “Stories My Grandmother Told Me.” Fans of Patsy Cline’s music will be in musical heaven as they’ll hear, performed live, twenty-seven of her greatest hits, including “Walkin’ After Midnight” (the Godfrey show hit), “Sweet Dreams” (a signature tune for Cline, although originally a hit ten years earlier by Faron Young), “Crazy” (written for her by WILLIE NELSON), “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Your Cheating Heart,” and many more.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” debuted in 1988. It is one of only two stage productions about the singer licensed and authorized by The Estate of Patsy Cline. In addition to affording a revue of great songs, “Always…Patsy Cline” is a heartwarming story of an enduring friendship.
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“Always… Patsy Cline” runs July 31-Sep 13, 2015, on this schedule: Fri’s & Sat’s at 8 pm, Sun’s at 2:30 pm. Additional matinees have been added at 2:30 pm on Thu, Aug 27; Sat, Aug 29; Sat, Sep 5; Sat, Sep 12, and Sun, Sep 13.
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Tix: $30 gen’l. Seniors (age 65+) $27. Students (ages 13-21) $20. Children age 12 and under, $17. Call for tix. Ample free parking behind theatre.

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in Echo Park (L.A.):
3-8 pm Weekly "GRAND OLE ECHO" presents its final show of the 2015 season with the usual full lineup of AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK recording artist / band acts, at the Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl (near the Glendale Bl underpass), Echo Park 90026; 213-413-8200.
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Here’s the lineup for the year’s finale...
♪ OCHA LA ROCHA
♪ ANGELICA ROCKNE
♪ THE LONESOME BILLIES
♪ SNAKE ARM
♪ THE BEN REDDELL BAND
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This is your last chance this year to find out something, if’n you don’t already know. This is a good time. In fact, it’s always a good time, and it draws a cadre of weekly devotees. Don’t worry, it’s not “cliquish,” and it’s always a fun scene with high quality live music.
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As a special event for the season closer, there is an aspect that suggests you bring some money along. It’s “a little vintage store inside” while the bands play from 3-8 pm. It’s actually a collaboration of several stores – Sierra Madre Vintage, Jen Mandel, and Agnes Jane Vintage.
Get alook at one of ’em at Etsy ( http://www.etsy.com/sierramadrevintage ). The proprietor (a former GOE producer) tells us, “...it takes so long to get the clothes up online that only a fraction of what I’m selling is represented. Men’s Western Wear and jeans, ’60s and ’70s boho clothing, lots of boots and shoes, jewelry sunglasses, Mexican blankets, some housewares. A lot o’ stuff and in all sizes! Agnes Jane Vintage will bring vintage dishware: bone china teacups & saucers, hand-painted plates, some depression glass bowls & platters - all mix & match. Bring your cash! I ordered a square [credit card processor] for the iphone, but it may not arrive in time.”
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Musically, after today... You will be able to tide yourself over with the Grand Ole Echo playlist whenever you'd like, at: www.thegrandoleecho.com/playlist-1/
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No cover before 6 pm, $5 thereafter. All ages. Venue has full bar and sometimes food. And it’s always “a real good time.” So, GOE, go wherever it is you go as the shadows draw long and the days grow shorter. We’ll look for you with fond expectation when the wildflowers bloom again, come spring.

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Sun, Aug 30, in Claremont:
3 pm MURIEL ANDERSON, an astonishingly great guitarist, so good that she recruits the other greatest players in the world for her “Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night” concerts, does an intimate acoustic solo performance for the Gelencser House Concerts series in Claremont 91711.
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Reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or by email to singfolk@yahoo.com

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Sun, Aug 30, in Hollywood:
3 pm CLOSING PERFORMANCE of "FISHERS OF MEN," a stage play at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038. Venue has valet parking, wheelchair access.
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Play runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm, THROUGH AUGUST 30.
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Reservations & info: www.plays411.net
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Tix, $20.

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Sun, Aug 30, in L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com
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Venue is also an art gallery, so allow time to gawk, gander, and peruse. Now through Mid September, the Celtic Art Show features the works of acclaimed Irish-American artist Steve O'Loughlin. He says, "My artwork combines Celtic designs and other decorative motifs with contemporary imagery. I often draw upon my local community for inspiration. Therefore, freeways, Latin culture, jet airliners and social themes interlace together in a swirling celebration of color and rhythm."

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in Riverside Co (Murrieta):
4 pm DUELING PIANOS play their last show of the year for "Shamily Sundays" at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.getshamrocked.com; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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No cover. Call the pub to reserve a table at 951-696-5252.

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Sun, Aug 30, in OC (Costa Mesa):
4 pm TROOPER THORN plays The Harp Inn Irish Pub, 130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa 92627; 949-646-8855; www.harpinn.com
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Sun, Aug 30, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in SFV (San Fernando):
5 pm BALLET FOLKLORICO OLLIN plus the ECHO PARK PROJECT play the “off campus” Ford Theatres “JAM Session” series, bringing Mexican Folk Dance to Recreation Park, 208 Park Av, San Fernando 91340.
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Sun, Aug 30, in SFV (Chatsworth):
6 pm J. D. CRAWFORD plays the first of two nights headlining the nightly LIVE AMERICANA / TRAD & ALT COUNTRY at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Go early for the free dance lessons at 7:30 pm.
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Every night, they present LIVE AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK music for listening and dancing – unless they’re closed when Hollywood rents the place to shoot a movie or tv show, and the place has been in hundreds of film and tv shoots over the years.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who, howdy pardner, all like to dance. Go early for the free dance lessons. There’s live music EVERY night, seven nights a week; sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent pop-“countree” Nashvulle scene.

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Sun, Aug 30, in San Diego:
6:30-8:30 pm AMERICANA, BLUEGRASS, CAJUN, OR CELTIC LIVE MUSIC series at Bistro Sixty, 5987 El Cajon Bl (60th & El Cajon Bl), San Diego 92115; bistrosixtysd.com
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Call 619-287-8186 to make a reservation.

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in Pasadena:
7 pm Louisiana bluesman DOUG MacLEOD plays one of the season’s finest offerings in the "AMERICANA MUSIC SERIES" at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.
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Doug MacLeod, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for “Acoustic Artist of the Year” and “Acoustic Album of the Year” for his CD, “There’s A Time,” also brought home the 2013 “Blues Blast Music Award” for “Male Artist of the Year.” He continues to be a perennial Blues Music Award nominee, is an endorsed National Steel Guitar artist, a prolific singer, songwriter, charmingly engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist. And you already knew before we said it that Doug MacLeod was born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition. If you get a chance to shout a request? Ask for his “Talkin’ Politician Blues.” Absolutely appropriate given the news of late. There’s plenty more at: www.doug-macleod.com
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Activities begin at 5:30...
• KidZone
• MYSTIC NOMADS, NINA JO, and JUSTIN NADAL do the “Sidestage Performance" at 6 pm, so go early.
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Ride the Metro Gold Line light rail to Memorial Park Station and you’re right there.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena” (rotating food trucks). Tonight, it’s Lil’ Crepe’n Around, The SquoZen 1, and Bittie Bitez. Arrive early to enjoy the pre-show performance on the little “Grassy Hill Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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Free, except what you buy to eat. More at: www.levittpasadena.org

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Sun, Aug 30, in Altadena:
7 pm MOLLY TUTTLE and JOHN MAILANDER play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena. Reservations by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
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MOLLY TUTTLE and JOHN MAILANDER are individually renowned as up-and-coming musicians in the acoustic music world, and are teaming-up for two sets of dynamic original and traditional music for this concert. Both have been studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and are now on a national tour. The duo's wide range of influences and appreciation for honest, soulful music blends into a most exciting and fresh sound.
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JOHN MAILANDER, a San Diego native, is known for his unique voice on the fiddle and mandolin, and has performed with top artists including the ALISON BROWN QUARTET, VICTOR WOOTEN, and DAROL ANGER. John was one of sixteen musicians selected to participate in the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar in both 2012 and ’13. John played fiddle in STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL'S musical, “Bright Star” for its premier run in New York.
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MOLLY TUTTLE is a highly regarded flatpicker on guitar and a soulful singer with influences from early bluegrass and old-time singers. She excels in contemporary folk music as well, with songwriting skills far beyond her years. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, she is one of the top guitar/banjo players in the country, and the winner of the Merlefest 2012 songwriting competition. Articles about Molly are featured in “Bluegrass Now,” “Flatpicking Guitar,” and “Acoustic Guitar” magazines. Growing up in a musical family, Molly has always been steeped in the bluegrass tradition. she has been awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Nashville Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, and 1st place in the prestigious MERLEFEST “Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.” This will be a great night of exciting and soulful acoustic music.
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There’s plenty more at: www.johnmailander.com
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Tix, $15 (a real bargain to see these artists).

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in L.A.:
7 pm KATIA MORAES brings her South American musicality to the free summer concert series at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles 90057; 213-384-5701.
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Katia Moraes is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, lyricist, and painter. She began her career in Rio de Janeiro in the 80s with her energetic band O Espirito da Coisa, where she performed and recorded with many top Brazilian acts. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1990, this world musician has made her mark on the City of Angels. Learn all about her at: www.katiamoraes.com
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Pre-concert activities begin at 5:30 pm with the KidZone and more. Main stage concert begins at 8 pm. “Taste of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles” brings tonight’s food vendors Pupusas y Mas and Mama’s Hot Tamales (the latter highly recommended by the Guide’s founding editor). Or bring your own picnic dinner. (But no alcohol in the park.)
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Ride the Metro Purple Line subway to MacArthur Park Station then walk around the small lake and you’re right there.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena” (rotating food trucks). Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show performances on the little “Grassy Hill Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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Free, except what you buy to eat. More at: www.levittpasadena.org

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Sun, Aug 30, in Santa Barbara:
7 pm DIANA KRALL with special guest GREGORY PORTER play the Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411.
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Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer DIANA KRALL plays the Santa Barbara Bowl as part of her "Wallflower World Tour." Krall has made several national TV appearances to promote the tour, including performances on “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” on Feb 2 and “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Feb 3.
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Produced by 16-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer David Foster, “Wallflower” finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the all-time best-selling pop songs. The album features popular classics from the late ’60s to present day that have inspired Krall since her early years, as well as an unreleased composition from Paul McCartney, titled "If I Take You Home Tonight".
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The "Wallflower World Tour" features Krall performing the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreaming," the Eagles' "Desperado," and Bob Dylan's "Wallflower," which inspired the album's title track. Krall is accompanied onstage by folk luminary STUART DUNCAN on fiddle, ANTHONY WILSON on guitar, DENNIS CROUCH on bass, KARRIEM RIGGINS on drums, and PATRICK WARREN on keyboards.
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Diana Krall recently headlined “The Montreal International Jazz Festival” performing to over 100,000 loyal fans. Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, she has won five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and has also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Her unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time.
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There’s plenty more on Diana Krall at:
www.dianakrall.com/
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GREGORY PORTER, fellow GRAMMY winner and renowned jazz musiacian, joins Diana Krall on this tour. Porter has been called “The next great male jazz singer” by NPR Music. His last album brought this from the Wall Street Journal: “‘Liquid Spirit’ is shot through with gospel, blues and R&B influences… the title track pairs soulful horns with a deep, enveloping bassline that frames the California native’s supple tenor.” The New York Times wrote, “Gregory Porter [is] a powerful baritone who writes his own songs… from a more ’70s or early ’80s-oriented place in the African-American jazz tradition, strong and sometimes experimental yet serenely unacademic, and mightily good.”
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Tix ,$84.50 - $49.50, at https://sbbowl.com

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Sun, Aug 30, in Long Beach:
7 pm ALBERT LEE brings his stellar bluegrass-country-rock to the Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar, 6251 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach 90803; 562-596-4718.
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Tix, $22.50 & $58.50.

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Sun, Aug 30, in Claremont:
7 pm Monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928. Sign-ups at 6 pm. Minimal charge to attend.

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Sun, Aug 30, in Burbank:
7 pm LIVE AMERICANA / TRAD OR ALT COUNTRY in a full lineup on two stages in separate rooms at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506.
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All ages. A one-menu-item cover applies. Venue has a full menu & full bar. Park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (affiliated owners).

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Sun, Aug 30, ONLINE CONCERT:
(Time tba) MARINA V, the delightful and globetrotting piano and acoustic guitar-based performing songwriter, does a live concert from her house in Southern California, before embarking on more tour dates in Europe & the US East Coast.
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Marina says, “Tune into our next online concert! Wherever you are in the world, you can attend, and as always, Nick & I will take song requests and answer your questions. Our tour with Árstíðir was amazing. Nick & I became good friends with this wonderful Icelandic band and loved touring with them (in spite of exausting days and typical road challenges. If you watched our TOUR DOCUMENTARY you now understand :)). Big thanks to every one of you who came to the shows!! And big thanks to our 2 Songs A Month Club members! Your support makes a huge difference every month.”
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Marina V is on the road now, in fact, opening for HOWARD JONES in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, DC, Aug 16 & 18. She says, “Both venues are beautiful theatres.”
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NOTE...
On August 22, MARINA V and Nick play CalTech's famed Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena.
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After this Aug 30 online concert, Nick & Marina are off to the Netherlands, playing the “Redhead Days Festival” Sep 4 & 5 in Breda (Europe). Marina then continues, sans Nick, to play 2 shows in Germany (Cologne) with her friends JOHNA, then one more solo show in Moscow.
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Always full of good ideas, Marina reports, “We drove 4,885 miles on this tour, and the contest winners of "Guess How Many Miles We Will Drive on this Tour" are: 1st place, Kirk G. from Venice, CA (he guessed 4,715 miles); 2nd place, Alex S. from Ontario, Canada (he guessed 4,656 miles); 3rd place, Joyce L. from Chicago, IL (she guessed 4,599 miles).” A fun bit of fan involvement that brough nice prizes.
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Watch tonight’s ONLINE CONCERT and discover this delightful artist at:
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https://www.concertwindow.com/9673-marina-v
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More at:
www.MarinaV.com

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Sun, Aug 30, in SaMo:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303. (Note: there are TWO O’Brien’s locations, and both have music tonight; see both listings.)

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Sun, Aug 30, in Hollywood:
8 pm HOWIE DAY, plus THE 14ers, headline a usually mostly acoustic lineup at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com; 323-461-2040.
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Here’s as much of the night’s lineup as the venue has published:
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♪ Howie Day – 8 pm
♪ The 14ers – 10:30 pm
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Tickets purchased on the venue’s web ticket page are counted for the mentioned artist only; other acts receive no compensation from that ticket sale, so their site says, “Please purchase accordingly.” (Shows that are being presold are not listed on their site’s ticket page.) One ticket is often good for the entire night, but it does not guarantee admission to another sold-out show the same evening. They do not accept credit cards at the door; they do have an ATM. Seating at The Hotel Café is very limited; tables are first come first serve and generally available only for those who order food, unless reserved by a band.
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Venue is 21+ for all patrons.
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Advance tix, more info, at:
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Sun, Aug 30, in SaMo:
9 pm KEN O'MALLEY plays his weekly Irish music residency at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St, Santa Monica 90405.

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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in Riverside Co (Murrieta):
9 pm LIVE IRISH / CELTIC MUSIC or CELTIC ROCK at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.getshamrocked.com; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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Sun, Aug 30, FREE, in Culver City:
9 pm AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC is a distinct possibility tonight at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bld, Culver City 90230.
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Sun, Aug 30, in Long Beach:
10 pm LIVE IRISH / CELTIC MUSIC or CELTIC ROCK at the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub, 71 S Pine St, Long Beach; 562 437-8300.



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UP-FRONT – SIX HOT TICKET ALERTS...

THREE EVENTS at the GRAMMY Museum go on-sale at the same time: Noon, Thu, Sep 4...

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# 1 HOT ALERT...

Sun, Sep 27, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “AN EVENING WITH LOS LOBOS” with special guest CHRIS MORRIS, author of “Los Lobos: Dream In Blue,” at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org
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GRAMMY-and Latin GRAMMY-winning Mexican-American band LOS LOBOS do an intimate performance and discussion surrounding their new album “Gates Of Gold,” hosted by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman. The discussion also features music journalist Chris Morris, author of the forthcoming first book to trace the band's career, “Los Lobos: Dream In Blue.” Expect this to sell-out very quickly.
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Tix: general on-sale starts Thu, Sep 3, at noon, by phone and online.

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# 2 HOT ALERT...

Mon, Sep 28, in L.A.:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH BRYAN ADAMS” at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org
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In a career that has spanned more than four decades, GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter BRYAN ADAMS has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide and garnered 21 Top 10 hits. Now, with more than three decades of albums under his belt, Adams is set to release his 13th studio album, “Get Up,” on October 16, produced by famed ELO frontman JEFF LYNNE. Adams will do an intimate performance and discuss his new album.
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Tix: general on-sale starts Thu, Sep 3, at noon, by phone and online.

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# 3 HOT ALERT...

Tue, Sep 29, in L.A.:
8 pm “THE DROP: AMY HELM,” at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org
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AMY HELM, daughter of the late LEVON HELM, comes to the museum’s record-release series, “The Drop,” for an intimate discussion surrounding her debut solo album, moderated by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman, followed by a performance.
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Tix: general on-sale starts Thu, Sep 3, at noon, by phone and online.

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# 4 HOT ALERT...

√ WIN TICKETS to see THE WHO with JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
live Sep 21 in Los Angeles at The Staples Center!
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AMOEBA MUSIC is giving-away a pair of tix. Contest ends Sep 9, 2015. One entry per person. No purchase necessary.
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Enter the contest (and see the additional ticket info) at:
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http://www.amoeba.com/news-contests/contest-485/index.html
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Concert is at Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90015.

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# 5 HOT ALERT...

√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
(word of this show just received from Scotland, Sat. morning, Aug 22)
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Mon, Oct 12, in Altadena:
8 pm Scotland’s TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena. Reservations by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane hasn’t yet announced this show. Jump on it before it sells-out.
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The TANNAHILL WEAVERS are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.
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Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate ROBERT TANNAHILL, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years “The Tannies” have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes – their versatile piper LORNE MacDOUGALL arranged and performed for for the 2012 Disney Pixar movie "Brave" under the leadership of PATRICK DOYLE, and for Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2." They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs,the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.
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"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times.
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“These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the states.” - Garrison Keillor,A Prairie Home Companion.
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“…their great humour and superb musicianship make them one of the finest bands on the circuit.” - Rogue Folk Review.
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“The music may be pure old time Celtic,but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.” -Winnipeg Free Press.
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More at: www.tannahillweavers.com

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# 6 HOT ALERT...

NEIL YOUNG, plus Promise of the Real, plays the Santa Barbara Bowl on Oct 10 at 6:30 pm.
Tix went on sale Fri, Aug 21, at 10 am, at:
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http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004F11FE8C6A1C?brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Aug19


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NOW, BACK TO THE REGULAR FORMAT...

There are separate sections within.
a) ONGOING EVENTS, like production dates for plays, are listed in this section, followed by,
b) UPCOMING FESTIVALS, music conferences, music camps, etc... and then,
c) UPCOMING CONCERTS and arts events, single-event screenings, etc.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Thursdays-Sundays, through Sep 13, in SGV (Sierra Madre):
(Time varies; usually 8 pm, some 2:30 pm matinees)
“ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE” is a big time music-filled show at the charming little Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com
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This is the fastest ticket-seller in the Playhouse’s history. To accommodate the extraordinary demand, additional matinee performances have been added. Don’t dawdle getting tickets to this one. (The Guide” News Feature that announced the production’s opening night is re-run here.)
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It’s a real, live stage MUSICAL, a theatrical production focusing on the vocal magic of PATSY CLINE, you’ll experience how she evoked the heartbreak and longing that have made her songs country and pop classics. Written by Ted Swindley, directed by Robert Marra, with musical director Sean Paxton, it’s a Sierra Madre Playhouse production starring CORI CABLE KIDDER and NIKKI D’AMICO.
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“Always….Patsy Cline” depicts the legendary singer backed by a live band performing twenty-seven of her greatest hits in this jukebox musical. Patsy Cline (1932-1963) was one of the most popular and influential vocalists of the 20th Century.
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Although most associated with country music, she was the first female crossover artist, also singing traditional pop, torch songs, rockabilly, honky-tonk, country swing, and gospel. The first female solo artist admitted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Patsy was also included among “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” by VH1, “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and “The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music” by CMT.
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She first appeared on radio in Winchester, VA in 1947. In 1954, country star Jimmy Dean brought her aboard as a regular on the radio show “Town and Country Jamboree” in Arlington, VA. In 1955, she began appearing on television, on the TV version of “Grand Ole Opry” and on “Ozark Jubilee.”
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But it was her sensational success on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” in 1957 that truly launched her as a national figure. Godfrey’s show, a precursor of competitions like “Star Search” and “American Idol,” also launched Ann-Margret and Pat Boone, among others.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” is based on a real incident that occurred in 1961. Super-fan Louise Seger befriends Cline before a concert in Houston. After the show, Louise takes her home, cooks her breakfast and appears with her on a local radio broadcast. The two maintain a correspondence, writing each other letters until Cline’s untimely death in a Tennessee plane crash in 1963. The star closed each of her letters to Seger, “Always…Patsy Cline.”
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CORI CABLE KIDDER portrays PATSY CLINE. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, she toured with IN THE MOOD and sang at Tokyo Disney for a year. Coming to L.A., she appeared in+ “The Producers” and with SWING DAMES, performing the music of the Andrews Sisters.
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NIKKI D’AMICO plays Louise. Her extensive musical theater credits include National Tours of “Evita,” “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Fantasticks,” “Chaplin,” “West Side Story,” and more. Most recently, she appeared with Pacific Resident Theatre in its Ovation-nominated production of “A View from the Bridge.”
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ROBERT MARRA directs. In addition to numerous New York credits, his local shows include “The World Goes Round,” “Once on this Island,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Into the Woods,” “Chess in Concert,” “The Devil and Daisy Jane,” “A Chorus Line,” and many more. He is also a choreographer.
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TED SWINDLEY is the playwright. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. He also wrote “Stories My Grandmother Told Me.” Fans of Patsy Cline’s music will be in musical heaven as they’ll hear, performed live, twenty-seven of her greatest hits, including “Walkin’ After Midnight” (the Godfrey show hit), “Sweet Dreams” (a signature tune for Cline, although originally a hit ten years earlier by Faron Young), “Crazy” (written for her by WILLIE NELSON), “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Your Cheating Heart,” and many more.
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“Always…Patsy Cline” debuted in 1988. It is one of only two stage productions about the singer licensed and authorized by The Estate of Patsy Cline. In addition to affording a revue of great songs, “Always…Patsy Cline” is a heartwarming story of an enduring friendship.
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“Always… Patsy Cline” runs July 31-Sep 13, 2015, on this schedule: Fri’s & Sat’s at 8 pm, Sun’s at 2:30 pm. Additional matinees have been added at 2:30 pm on Thu, Aug 27; Sat, Aug 29; Sat, Sep 5; Sat, Sep 12, and Sun, Sep 13.
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Tix: $30 gen’l. Seniors (age 65+) $27. Students (ages 13-21) $20. Children age 12 and under, $17. Call for tix. Ample free parking behind theatre.

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...through Nov 13, in L.A.:
"CORAZÓN DE LA COMUNIDAD: A STORY OF MARIACHI IN LOS ANGELES," runs May 15-Nov 13, 2015, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St, Los Angeles 90012; 888 488-8083; http://lapca.org
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Mariachi music — and musicians — have become symbols of Mexican and Mexican American identity. From rancheras sung at weekend parties to the recent "Dolls of the World Barbie" dressed in a mariachi traje, this musical form is one of the most recognized icons of Mexican and Mexican American culture. "Corazón de la Comunidad: A Story of Mariachi in Los Angeles" explores the changing identity and history of the genre in L.A.
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Regular visitor hours are M, W & Th, noon–5 pm, and Fri through Sun, noon-6 pm; info@lapca.org
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Go on the right days and you'll a get live music performance along with the exhibition; keep reading.
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Go when there’s LIVE MUSIC &/or RELATED PROGRAMMING...
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• "Metalachi: Mariachi Fusion" is a special music program on Sat, Sep 26, at 7 pm.
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• "Platicas at LA Plaza: Is Mariachi Music all the Same?" happens Thu, Oct 8 , at 6:30 pm.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Ongoing, on a variable sched., through Sep 26, in Topanga:
“AS YOU LIKE IT” resets Shakespeare to the American Civil War, at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley.
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Note, “the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more.”
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In this production of “As You Like It, ” director ELLEN GEER moves the tale of two sets of brothers — one alienated by ambition, the other estranged by envy — to the divided South of the post-Civil War era, adding traditional American folk music and dance from the period. Rosalind is forced to flee camp when her uncle Frederick, usurper of his brother’s position as a general in the Union army, threatens to have her killed. Accompanied by her cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man for safety's sake. The disguise comes in handy when she tests the devotion of her noble admirer, Orlando, on the run from his hostile older brother. Meanwhile, the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more. With Rosalind's wit leading the way, the forces of true love, justice and song eventually triumph.
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This production runs June 7 through Sep 26, ALTERNATING WITH OTHER PRODUCTIONS. Production dates / times: Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 14 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, June 20 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, July 12 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, July 18 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 1 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Aug 9 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 15 at 3:30 pm * • Saturday, Aug 22 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug 29 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 6 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 13 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 19 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 20 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 26 at 3:30 p.m .
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A special Prologue (pre-show discussion) happens Saturday, Aug 15 at 2:30 pm. (included in ticket price).
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Tickets range from $10-$39.50; children 6 and under are free. Info, complete schedule of all performances this summer, and advance tix, at 310-455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

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...through Sep 26, in Topanga:
7:30 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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The season’s offerings here alternate. For a complete schedule of the summer season’s performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com
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Remaining performances: July 11–Sep 26: Saturday, Aug 22 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Aug 28 at 7:30 pm** • Saturday, Aug 29 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Sep 4 at 7:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 5 at 7:30 pm • Friday, Sep 11 at 7:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 13 at 7:30 pm • Sunday, Sep 20 at 7:30 pm • Saturday, Sep 26 at 7:30 pm
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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Mammoth Lakes:
“MAMMOTH ROCK’N RYE” FESTIVAL is, despite the name, mostly a ROOTS-AMERICANA FESTIVAL, at the Village at Mammoth Lakes, 6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes 93546; 760-224-4887.
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This appears to require tickets only for the programmed imbibing, while enjoying the music is FREE. Except it’s all indoors, so without a ticket for the elbow-bending, you may find there is no room at the inn. Use your own judgemnet, but it’s best to call and talk to them.
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Here are the bands...
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♪ BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure Americana heart and soul”, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he’s performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. Stuart was personally given permission to use the band’s name by Johnny Cash himself. He was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash’s own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start. (excerpted from www.bsojc.com)
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♪ REVEREND TALL TREE. The lead musician, Chris Pierce has opened for B.B. King, Seal, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Al Green, Jamie Cullum, Toots & The Maytals, Robert Cray and Brett Dennen, among others. Critic Paul Saitowitz of The Press-Enterprise compared his voice to Ray Charles, writing that it “fluctuates from delicate falsettos to shrieks reminiscent of Ray Charles”. In a concert review, the San Antonio Express-News wrote that he has “one of the most powerful voices going.”
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♪ SOMEBODY’S DARLING. In 2015, Dallas rock band Somebody’s Darling, taking a page from Tom Petty, packed-up camp, pushed all their chips in, and headed for Nashville to run down the dream of doing this forever. Think My Morning Jacket fronted by a woman, or Alabama Shakes if they’d been born in Texas.
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♪ THE YAWPERS. Formed in 2011, they quickly found themselves identified as one of the must-see bands in the vibrant Denver scene . An early EP was followed by their 2012 LP “Capon Crusade” which earned the band high marks among music critics .
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♪ FOLK FAMILY REVIVAL. Water Walker, the second set of songs served up by Magnolia, TX-based Folk Family Revival, could be viewed as the foursome’s sonic second coming. Following the literal band of brothers’ –Mason, Barrett and Lincoln Lankford, plus family friend Caleb Pace – initial offering, 2011’s Unfolding, the group has been resolute about not being pigeonholed in one musical box or another, opting instead to widen the already vast scope of sounds and styles found in their music.
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Festival is 21+. 2015 “Donations” will go to Mammoth Medical Missions. On the agenda all three days is Rye Whiskey & Brew Tasting. The bar opens and there is free live music, as follows: Sep 4, 4 pm; Sep 5, 2 pm; Sep 6, 2 pm. Strongly suggesting this is a fine opportunity for alpine hikes in the morning and music from late afternoon through the evenings.
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Music schedule...
Friday:
Bodie 601 – 5 pm
Somebody's Darling – 7:30 pm
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Saturday:
Birddog – 3 pm
Reverend Tall Tree – 5:30 pm
The Yawpers – 8 pm
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Sunday:
Chris Pierce – 3 pm
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – 5:30 pm
Folk Family Revival – 8 pm
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You must buy your tickets online. You must be 21 or over to participate, and ID is necessary for pick up. Ticket options:
“20 Grand Tasting” Beer Ticket - Sunday Only, $20.75.
“35 Grand Tasting” Ticket - Sunday Only, $36.32.
“VIP TICKET,” Saturday & Sunday, $77.84.
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Full info at: http://mammothrocknrye.com/
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Tix available at: https://squareup.com/market/mammoth-rock-n-rye


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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Rhode Island:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS FEST” is also known as a folk festival, in Ninigret State Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. If you go, make it a day early to catch STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS on Sep 3 at the Towers.
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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Texas:
“BEDFORD BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL” makes for a sweet combination in Bedford, Texas.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Kentucky:
“KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS & BOURBON EXPERIENCE” is a rather wet roots music festival in Louisville, Kentucky.


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√ A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6,
FESTIVAL,
in Long Beach:
9 am 2nd annual “LONG BEACH NEW BLUES FESTIVAL,” at El Dorado East Regional Park, 7801 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach 90808
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This one has music on two stages in a sprawling festival grounds. Here’s the schedule for both days.
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SATURDAY:
Main Stage, Saturday...
Invocation – Tom Shriver 10 am.
♪ Ray Goren - 11 am
♪ Union Hobos - noon
♪ Sean Lane & the Hellhounds - 1 pm
♪ Teddy Lee Hooker - 2 pm
♪ 2000 Lbs of Blues - 3 pm
♪ Bernie Pearl Band - 4 pm
♪ Barbara Morrison - 5 pm
♪ Legends of the Long Beach Blues – Awards - 6 pm
♪ James Harman Band - 7 pm
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Golden Groove Stage, Saturday...
♪ The Arc Flash Blues Band - 10 am
♪ Blues Power - 11 am
♪ L.A. Parks and Wreaks - noon
♪ The Other Mules - 1 pm
♪ Shadow Blue Featuring Lady Faye - 2 pm
♪ Kelly Chappue and The Soul Collectors 3 pm
♪ Lil’ A and The Allnighters - 4 pm
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SUNDAY:
Main Stage, Sunday...
Invocation – Denny Smith - 10 am
♪ Chase Walker Band - 11 am
♪ George Foster Band - noon
♪ Dave Widow and the Line Up - 1 pm
♪ The Delgado Brothers - 2 pm
♪ Sherry Pruitt - 3 pm
♪ The 44’s With Kid Ramos - 4 pm
♪ New Blues Revolution- 5 pm
♪ Laurie Morvan - 6 pm
♪ Caravan of All Stars - 7 pm
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Golden Groove Stage, Sunday...
♪ Surprise Guest - 10 am
♪ Frankie and The Crew - 11 am
♪ South River Slim - noon
♪ Crooked Eye Tommy - 1 pm
♪ Seatbelt - 2 pm
♪ Jack Roberts Harvey Band - 3 pm
♪ East Falsted Blues Project - 4 pm
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Festival amenities include handicap parking, ATMs, restrooms, food vendors. Bring your blankets, sheets, towels, umbrellas (hand-held only), coolers, carts, tents, chairs, baby strollers, binoculars. No pets allowed (except Service Dogs). See the festival website for other prohibited items.
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Tickets are available with several avance options. Tix available at the festival, 9 am-7 pmif not sold-out. None of the following includes the $8 park fee.
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√ 1-Day Festival Pass, $25.
√ 2-Day Festival Pass, $40.
√ 1-Day Pass “10 Pack” (10 people each for one day), $175.
√ 1-Day VIP Pass $100. Includes preferred seating and access to VIP Tent with food & beverage.
√ 2-Day VIP Pass $180.
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√ Parking is onsite, park fee of $8 payable upon entry. Cash only. No in/out privileges for the park.
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More info & advance tix at:
http://newbluesfestival.com/


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Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6,
FESTIVAL,
in Nor Cal (Pleasanton):
Sesquicentennial “SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GATHERING & GAMES” – yep, the 150th annual edition(!) takes place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton; www.thescottishgames.com
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This one ios a VERY big deal, celebrating its one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary. General Admission Gates open at 8 am. The Grandstand Show begins at 10 am with the “Kilted Mile,” and continues until the “Massed Bands March-Off” finishes around 7 pm. In between? Chockful. Both days.
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MUSIC LINEUP...

♪ ALBANNACH from Scotland; with a championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician bring a brand new approach to percussion and Celtic music.

♪ BROTHER; Australians fusing signature vocals and guitar with the didgeridoo,bagpipes and drum.

♪ THE BROWNE SISTERS & GEORGE CAVANAUGH; Celtic fest faves since they were teens, sisters Diane, Pamela and Laura and cousin George. Soaring harmony vocals and original guitar.

♪ MICHAEL MULLEN ~ TRIO OF ONE; master of the fiddle and also plays guitar and sings in surprisingly simultaneous combinations.

♪ MOLLY'S REVENGE with special guest Int’l Scottish Fiddler Champion REBECCA LOMNICKY. Wow. Already a wonderful globetrotting band, plus Rebecca.

♪ REBECCA LOMNICKY; After becoming Junior Div. Champ in 2005, in 2009, she won the highest award in Scottish fiddling, the Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle, Scotland, as the only non-Scot and the youngest person ever.

♪ NEIL O'NEILL; Scottish tenor, multi- instrumentalist, global notable for the last three decades.

♪ PETER DALDRY; “Best A Cappella” nom in the 12th Annual “Independent Music Awards” in 2013.

♪ STEVE McDONALD; singer, keyboard player, all-round entertainer prominent in his native New Zealand.

♪ TEMPEST; plays a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish rells, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and more, with 15 critically-acclaimed CDs and more than 2,000 gigs since 1988.
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ADVANCE TIX, by phone...
Due to a large number of orders, online ticket sales are now closed. Starting Monday, August 24, through Wednesday, September 2, you can still buy tickets at the discounted price by phone for pickup at Will Call on the day of the Games, at 925-829 5555 between 8 am & 5 pm only(!) Please do not call outside the hours stated. You can also buy tix in person from the same person you are calling, 4th Chieftain Keith Victor at Keith's Autobahn, 6398 Dougherty Road, Suite 23, Dublin, CA. If you are picking up in person, call beforehand between 8 am & 5 pm only (do not call outside those hours).
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Online shirt sales close Aug 28.
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Full details at: www.thescottishgames.com
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ALSO, IF YOU’RE GOING, check the “Ticket Alerts” (concert section) listing for the gala concert the night before, Sep 4: “VALLEY OF THE MOON FIDDLE EXTRAVAGANZA SCOTLAND — SWEDEN — IRELAND,” with a 150-piece orchestra(!) at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 11-13,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Dana Point):
31st Annual "TOSHIBA TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL" at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point 92629; 949-496-2274; www.ocean-institute.org
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This is a festival with lots of action. You can take ship tours and set sail for cannon battles at sea, catch musicians performing sea chanteys, nautical storytellers, Polynesian dancers, live sea creatures in the Ocean Institute, re-eanctors portraying pirates, saefarers from the age of sail, Civil War sailors and soldiers, cannoneers, and more.
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Friday is the “Sunset Parade Sail” The full Festival happens Sat & Sun, 10 am-5 pm, with ship tours ending at 3:30 pm, to prepare to go to sea for the “battles.”
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This is a wonderful time and place to explore the majesty and wonder of life at sea through the sights and sounds of working tall ships. Ashore, the interactive living-history encampments include blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, knot tiers, and the infamous “Port Royal Privateers” entertain and amaze guests of all ages.
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Cannon Battle and Sunset Sail ticket sales are now open. REGISTER EARLY, because the ships fill quickly. Tix and complete info, at:
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www.tallshipsfestival.com


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Fri-Sun, Sep 11-13,
FESTIVAL,
in New Mexico:
“PICKAMANIA!” is a bluegrass festival in Silver City, New Mexico.


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Sat, Sep 12,
FESTIVAL,
in Long Beach:
Annual “LONG BEACH LOBSTER FESTIVAL” in Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach.
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There’s music all day and evening, and the cuisine is very much centered on the lobsters flown-in from New England. The excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO plays Creole-centered Cajun-Creole-Zydeco – featuring the squeezebox and rub-board – for listening and dancing, 4-5:30 pm. More on the band at www.BonneMusiqueZydeco.com ; Google the event for details and the full lineup.


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Sat, Sep 12,
FESTIVAL,
in Downey:
Annual “INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL” in Downey includes live music performances.
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Recommendation: Playing at 4 pm is INCENDIO, that exceptionally noteworthy trio of fiery acoustic string wizards.
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Details at: www.incendioband.com


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Wed-Sun, Sep 16-20,
FESTIVAL / CONFERENCE,
in Northern Cal (Berkeley):
Annual “BERKELEY OLD TIME MUSIC CONVENTION” in Berkeley, California.


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Thu-Sun, Sep 17-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Michigan:
“MICHIGAN IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL” before things freeze-up in Muskegon, Michigan.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Riverside Co (Murrieta):
Annual "GET SHAMROCKED IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL" in Town Square Park, 24701 Jefferson Av, Murrieta.
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This is a big-deal Irish / Celtic music event.
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GET SHAMROCKED IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL, only founded in 2013, is a fresh new event is set to double in capacity again in 2015, with 12,000 Celtic music revelers expected over three days. They’ll hear sixteen bands gathered from across the planet. The venue is Town Square Park in Murrieta, California, for three days – Friday-through-Sunday, September 18-20.
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“Town Square Park is the perfect venue with free parking and a flat, grassed area with huge stage and natural amphitheater. Festival goers are welcomed to bring their own chairs, blankets and small umbrellas to enjoy the festivities. Get Shamrocked will have a vendor village with all kinds of merchandise and goods with food trucks to satisfy all appetites. Guinness and Jameson Irish whiskey are the headline sponsors and a full range of beverages will be readily available,” says the producer.
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Indeed, the music is set to run non-stop, and the 16 band lineup has four major headliners over the three days. Here’s a day-by-day sample.
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Friday at 9:15 pm, there’s FLATFOOT 56, Chicago-based outfit founded by siblings Tobin, Justin, and Kyle Bawinkel. And they’ll be picking-up the gauntlet thrown down by FLOGGING MOLLY and DROPKICK MURPHYS with their punk-laced “Oi!” rock.
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Saturday at 5 pm, GAELIC STORM hits the stage. They’re the Celtic band that helped bring the “steerage party” scene to life (and “Jack” and “Rose” closer together) in the blockbuster movie, “Titanic.” The band blends folk, world music, and traditional Irish sounds into chart-topping albums and electrifying live sets.
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At 8:15 pm Saturday, prepare for THE MAHONES. They’re the Irish band led by FINNY McCONNELL that’s been a major force in the Irish punk scene over the past 25 years. In the wake of their successful albums, including “The Black Irish,” the group tours the globe headlining major festivals. Another of the Saturday bands, THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY, are making the journey from Melbourne, Australia as a prequel to their US tour.
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Sunday at 5 pm, THE YOUNG DUBLINERS take over. Fans of The Pogues and Thin Lizzy love this rollicking outfit, whose sound, according to the Spokane Inlander, is “like a pint of honest rock music with a shot of Irish flair dropped in for extra kick.”
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Get Shamrocked is one of the fastest growing festivals in California and the prophetic words of YOUNG DUBLINERS’ lead singer, that “it could be the ‘Celtic Coachella’ of this genre,” might just be coming to fruition.
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WHO CAN GO, WHEN...
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Friday and Saturday are strictly 21+plus audience while Sunday is the “all ages” day where the entertainment is geared to all generations with kids 16 and under free of charge. Sunday will have a more traditional Irish feel and there will be lots of activities for the kids to enjoy whist experiencing some great music with the Sunday headliner the Young Dubliners finishing the festival off late Sunday afternoon.
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Festival producers tell us, “After two great festivals that have included the likes of THE TOSSERS, THE DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS, DEREK WARFIELD, & THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES, Get Shamrocked is set to deliver another Celtic experience that will continue to grow and attract festival goers from California and beyond.”
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Save money with online advance tix, at
www.GetShamrocked.com
3 Day Full Weekend Pass $35
Friday-only $10
Saturday-only $20 ($30 at the gate)
Sunday-only $15 (kids 16 & under free)
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Full info: www.getshamrocked.com


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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Ontario, Cal.:
Annual "ROUTE 66 CRUISIN’ REUNION" brings three days of food, live music, entertainment and more than 2,000 classic cars from throughout the US and around the world.
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Downtown Ontario’s historic block of Euclid Avenue is the center of things for immersion in vintage automobiles and motorcycles and a wide range of events, including the music stages.
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Info, 800-867-8366. The festival’s website was not yet completed as of Aug 8. But it may be when you check it:
https://route66cruisinreunion.com/


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A lil’ bit OUT-OF-TOWN...
Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
near Bishop (East of the High Sierra):
Annual “MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL” always brings fine music performances, this year with headliners TONY FURTADO, DAVID MYLES, RICHARD SMITH, NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS, INCENDIO, MARCH FOURTH!, DAN CONNOR, THE MILLPOND ALL-STAR JAM, plus the BANANA SLUGS doing a kids performance and multiple NEA-sponsored workshops, and plenty of other acts, all at Millpond Park (Inyo Co. Park) and Campground, NE of Bishop, Cal.
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Presented by the Inyo Council for the Arts, whose staff attends bunches of other festivals and concerts to choose the best acts, this is a very fun festival that somehow feels intimate in the vast expanse of the great outdoors, in a fine place with the right ambiance and exceptionally good sound, all operating with the spectacular backdrop of the High Sierra. Though not specifically billed as a “folk fest” or an “all-acoustic” affair, essentially it is both, with first-rate acts each day. In addition to the main stage outdoors and with large trees for shade at the top of the slope (which is a bit of a natural grass lawn amphitheater), there is a smaller workshop stage in a large tent. They have a permanent snack bar that cooks good food, including breakfast each morning. Tent camping is available along the lake (the old sawmill’s mill pond, hence the name) and RV camping is available is the developed campground where the showers are located. This one is the autumn counterpart to the annual spring “Live Oak Music Festival” (held a few hundred miles away).
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Playing a Saturday set at 6:30 pm is INCENDIO, that exceptionally noteworthy trio of fiery acoustic string wizards. They are perennially so popular they are booked back among a lot of “first-time here” acts. If you don’t know INCENDIO, you should check them out at: www.incendioband.com
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Here’s the schedule for the MAIN STAGE and the festival’s two other venues (one venue is newly added this year)...
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MAIN STAGE Schedule
Friday Night...
6:30 pm: Bodie 601
7:40 pm: Cafe Musique
9 pm: AJ Ghent Band
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Saturday Main Stage...
Noon: Mohavisoul
1:15 pm: Dave Gunning
2:35 pm: Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett
4 pm: March Fourth!
Dinner Break
6:30 pm: Incendio
8:30 pm: New Orleans Suspects
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Sunday Main Stage...
9:30 am: Banana Slugs (Kids Performance)
10:25 am: Dan Connor
11:40 am: UNLV Marimba/Steel Drum Ensembles
1 pm: Richard Smith
2:15 pm: Tony Furtado
3:50 pm: David Myles
5:40 pm: Millpond All-Star Jam
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WORKSHOP TENT Schedule
Saturday...
9-10 am: Open Mic
10:15-11:15 am: Cafe Musique
11:30 am-12:15 pm: tba
12:30-1:15 pm: tba
1:30-2:15 pm: tba
2:30-3:15 pm: MohaviSoul – Songwriting workshop
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Sunday Workshop Tent...
9-9:45 am: Open Mic
10-10:50 am: tba
11:05 am-Noon: Joe Craven
12:15-1 pm: tba
1:15-2:15 pm: tba
2:15-3 pm: tba
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NEW for 2015: NEA EDUCATION TENT Schedule
Saturday...
9-9:45 am: AJ Ghent – Slide Guitar
10-10:45 am: Banana Slugs – Kids workshop, ages 5-7
11-11:45 am: Banana Slugs – Kids workshop, ages 8-10
Noon-12:45 pm: Banana Slugs – Kids workshop, ages 11-13
1:30-2:30 pm: tba
3-4 pm: tba
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Sunday NEA Tent...
9:15-10:15 am: Jim Stubblefield (Incendio) – Exotic Guitar
10:45-11:45 am: Richard Smith – Fingerstyle Guitar
Noon-1 pm: Tony Furtado – Banjo
1:15-2:15 pm: tba
2:30-3:30 pm: Sage Romero – Native American dance
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All the info, including advance tix (discounted in advance) and campground reservations (absolutely necessary in advance for RVs) is available by phone at 760-873-8014, or online, at: www.inyo.org/music/millpond-festival


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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1, and that offer closes SOON.
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The festival recently announced its line-up:
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Main Stage:
NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, DANGERMUFFIN, NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON & THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS.
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Other Stages ~ Campgrounds and Hot Spots:
DANGERMUFFIN, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON AND THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS, A THOUSAND YEARS AT SEA, PROXIMA PARADA, ACHILLES WHEEL DUO, MCNEVIN & THE SPOKES, ISLAND OF BLACK AND WHITE, THE KELLER SISTERS, STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS, THE LOVE CHOIR, MOON SHINER, THE PAINTED HORSES, LUMADAE, TAMRA GODEY.
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Friday Night Showcase hosted by Michael Gaither:
Ten more performances tba.
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Sponsors say, "The South Fork wants you to hear music on its banks! Limited Time left to get ‘Early Bird’ discounts at the festival website.”
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The festival was named "Best of" choice for fun things to do in the Sacramento Bee newspaper, and called, "Friendly, Unforgettable" in the Mountain Democrat. "...what a great vibe at the festival" wrote the Auburn Journal. "Music and Moving Water in Perfect Harmony" says Submerge Magazine.
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Full info and tix, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


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Sat, Sep 19,
FESTIVAL,
in San Diego Co (Julian):
1-8 pm Annual “JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL” happens again this year at the Menghini Winery, near Julian, at 1150 Julian Orchards Rd, Julian; www.julianca.com/music-festival.html


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Sun, Sep 20,
FESTIVAL,
in San Pedro:
Annual “TRI ART FESTIVAL” at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro; http://triartsp.com
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We do not yet know what the other two of the three arts are that this festival celebrates, but one is certainly live music performance, so we’re on-board.
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Playing at 4:30 pm and celebrating the 20th anniversary as a globetrotting band, Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are the only Americans ever to play the Folk Festival in Palau, among their many accomplishments. Check ’em out, in action, at:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 plus, Lisa’s “Chicken Fiddler” video has reached the new Nickelodeon TV show, “React to That!” at: www.nick.com/react-to-that


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OUT-OF-TOWN...
Wed-Sat, Sep 23-26
FESTIVAL,
in Indiana:
41st Annual “BILL MONROE BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME / UNCLE PEN DAYS FESTIVAL” is a big-deal bluegrass festival in Beanblossom / Morgantown, Indiana.


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OUT-OF-TOWN...
Wed-Sat, Sep 23-26
FESTIVAL,
in NC:
Annual "OUTER BANKS BLUEGRASS ISLAND FESTIVAL" on Roanoake Island, North Carolina, has one of the most dazzling lineups of the year.
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Full info at: www.BluegrassIsland.com


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Thu-Sat, Sep 24-26,
FESTIVAL,
in Missouri:
“HOBA FALL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” happens in West Plains, Missouri.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 24-27,
FESTIVAL,
in Missouri:
“ROOTS N BLUES N BBQ FESTIVAL” serves up some savory selections in Columbia, Missouri.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 25-27,
FILM FESTIVAL,
at USC:
2015 "CONTEMPORARY IRISH CINEMA" at USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W 34th St, Los Angeles.
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Tix & event info: www.irishfilmla.com


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Fri-Sun, Sep 25-27,
FESTIVAL,
in Redondo Beach:
20th Annual “REDONDO BEACH LOBSTER FESTIVAL” at Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach 90277; www.lobsterfestival.com
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Hosted by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Lobster Festival will be promises “More to Sea.” (Oh, those Chamber people and their puns.) The big deal that keeps this going is that you have lots of music while you eat lots of lobster and / or lots of steak, or both.
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Here’s the music:
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√ Friday Night, Kick-Off Concert...
♪ BARLEY – Opening Act; 2015 “Battle for the Beach” Winner; West Coast Rock and Roll Americana.
♪ ROBBY KRIEGER’S JAM KITCHEN – former member of THE DOORS; 9 pm
♪ IRON BUTTERFLY – they of “In a Gadda da Vida,” the first incredibly lengthy non-classical music performance of a single musical piece ever put on a vinyl record. It won the industry’s very first Platinum Album for sales in excess of 30 million.
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√ Saturday, concerts all-day...
♪ ANDY & RENEE & HARD RAIN – 2-3 pm; LA Music Awards “Americana Group of the Year”, “Best Duo/Group” for the International Acoustic Music Awards, Singer Universe “Best Vocalist” Finalist, Honorable Mentions in the Billboard World Music Awards, Malibu Music Awards, “Kweevak.com “Top-40 CDs of the Year, runner-up for Best Folk Act in the Crossroads Music Awards, and a two year run in the Musician Magazine “Best Unsigned Band”Semifinals. Their PBS Concert Special, “Black Box Opens-Andy & Renee”, filmed at the ATLAS Black Box Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder, recently won a Regional Emmy.
♪ THE UNTOUCHABLES (or The UTs) are a soul/mod revival band from Silver Lake.
♪ BOW WOW WOW – known for their US hit, the new wave staple revival of “I Want Candy.”
♪ FLASHBACK HEART ATTACK – an ’80s tribute, award-winning, internationally touring band.
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√ Sunday Musical Lineup...
♪ FRANKLY SPEAKING – rock and dance music with tight harmonies and instrumental solos.
♪ FEED THE KITTY – performs over 300 shows a year, did movie music for “Lars and the Real Girl” and “National Lampoon’s: Cattle Call.”
♪ BERLIN – synth pop group.
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Three-day pass is $35 (age 13+); Single day $15 (adult), $5 child (age 6-12). Tix are for specific days. Festival runs Fri, 6-11 pm; Sat, Noon-11 pm; Sun, Noon-8 pm.
Meals (lobster, steak, steak & lobster) are sold separately, and should be bought online in advance to avoid disappointment. Meals range from $25-$45, advance.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 25-27,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
“2015 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL” brings the highest ticket price we have ever seen for anything musicai, and an assortment of established icons that include STEVIE WONDER, today’s newfangled take on roots music from EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, some modern droll rock groups like IMAGINE DRAGONS, and DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, old rockers like DURAN DURAN, people who fall somewjere between rap and some kind of thudding pop like HOZIER, SNOOP DOGG, and WEEZER, and dozens of acts that you’ve never heard of if you’re over the age of 25, including KENDRICK LAMAR, MAJOR LAZER, CHANCE THE RAPPER, BRANDON FLOWERS, KYGO, ATMOSPHERE, TWENTY ONE PILOTS, KNIFE PARTY, PORTER ROBINSON, THIEVERY CORPORATION, METRIC, AWOLNATION, WALK THE MOON, CARNAGE, RUN THE JEWELS, REBELUTION, MADEON, FUTURE ISLANDS, ROBIN SCHULZ, SOJA, GRIZ, ROYAL BLOOD, GLASS ANIMALS, LINDSEY STIRLING, CLEAN BANDIT, BEST COAST, BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH, AUDIEN, THE GREEN, TCHAMI, AB-SOUL, AGAINST ME!, SZA, DAN DEACON, MEG MYERS, CLAUDE VONSTROKE, NEW POLITICS, TWO GALLANTS, HALSEY, SHAMIR, CASHMERE CAT, RYN WEAVER, WHAT SO NOT, BIG DATA, THE MAGICIAN, JAUZ, SAINT MOTEL, BØRNS, X AMBASSADORS, KLINGANDE, SALVA, LEIKELI47, THE LONDON SOULS, FELIX JAEHN, KALEO, GIRAFFAGE, ANDRA DAY, MERCER, 4B, NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927, ALESSIA CARA, WAVE RACER, PARADE OF LIGHTS, PEKING DUK, JARED & THE MILL, MIICS, MERCY MUSIC, JILL & JULIA, and an indication that some of that might change. It is advertised as an all-ages event.
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It also comes with an eye-popping price tag: $2,495 for an “ALL IN PASS,” with comparative bargains of $545 for a 3-day VIP, Adv and $595 VIP Gen; it’s $195 for an Early-Bird 3-day GA ticket, $235 (Adv) and $255 (Gen).
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Doors at 2 pm, show starts at 3 pm.
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So, just what does that $2,495 buy? An “ALL IN PASS” is a “3-Day Exclusive access” to the “Artists Lounge," featuring complimentary top-shelf spirits and food from celebrity chefs, “Platinum-only viewing” at main stages, a gift bag, a “weekend host available 24/7,” comp parking, and one (1) comp “Grills & Guitars” pass for a Sep 24 event.
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I really don’t think we have anything more to say about that.


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in Riverside Co (Murrieta):
4-5:30 pm Annual “MURRIETA LOBSTER FESTIVAL” in Town Square Park, Jefferson Av & Kalmia St, downtown Murrieta.
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This one is new to us. We know that the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO plays Creole-centered Cajun-Creole-Zydeco – featuring the squeezebox and rub-board – for listening and dancing, 4-5:30 pm. More on the band at www.BonneMusiqueZydeco.com ; Google the event for details and the full lineup.


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Irvine):
Annual “IRVINE GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL” at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine 92606; www.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage
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We know that it isn’t totally all “world-mus-icky.” Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are perforning.
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Celebrating the 20th anniversary as a globetrotting band, Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are the only Americans ever to play the Folk Festival in Palau, among their many accomplishments. Check ’em out, in action, at:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 plus, Lisa’s “Chicken Fiddler” video has reached the new Nickelodeon TV show, “React To That!” at: www.nick.com/react-to-that


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in Northern California (Santa Rosa):
“EARLEFEST - A CELEBRATION OF AMERICANA MUSIC” is a folk fest that happens in beautiful Santa Rosa, California.


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Sat, Sep 26,
FESTIVAL,
in Kelseyville:
Annual “KELSEYVILLE PEAR FESTIVAL” in a charming, small town up in Lake County, California, promises live music all day, including acoustic and classical guitar, plus antique machinery and of course, fresh-picked fruit and fruit confections. Namely, pears.
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DAVE STAMEY plays the “Kickoff Dinner” the night before (that’s Fri, Sep 25). Dave has won ’purt near every award there is in Western music. Learn about him at: www.davestamey.com
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Complete info: www.pearfestival.com


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Sun, Sep 27,
FESTIVAL,
at the OC Fairgrounds:
Annual “BIG SQUEEZE FESTIVAL,” Southern Cal’s accordion-lovers fest across all folk genres that center tunes on the squeezebox, from concertina to button- to piano- accordion, happens all day at the Orange County Fairgrounds (OC Fair & Events Center), 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa 92626.
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We know that this festival is VERY dancer-friendly, and we know the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO plays Creole-centered Cajun-Creole-Zydeco – featuring the squeezebox and rub-board – for listening and dancing, Noon-12:45 pm. More on the band at www.BonneMusiqueZydeco.com ; Google the event for details and the full lineup.


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Thu-Sun, Oct 1-4,
FESTIVAL,
in Colorado:
Annual “DURANGO COWBOY POETRY GATHERING” brings a big time annual fete of Western Music and Cowboy Poets and history-as-entertainment, and it all fills multiple venues in Durango, Colorado – that mountain town best known as the lower terminus of the world-famous narrow gauge steam railroad to high-up Silverton.
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There are trail rides, train rides, concerts, programs with book authors and historians, everything from cozy indoors to hands-on outdoors with reins in your hands, beholding the sites of a lot of history. French fur trappers were here. Butch Cassidy passed this way. So do William Jackson Palmer and his Denver & Rio Grand three-foot-gauge “Mainline through the Rockies.” It’s absolutely the right place to do this, and they take full advantage of what the area has to offer.
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This is “A celebration of the rich culture and heritage of the American cowboy ~ The Gathering is an exciting, fun-filled event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from throughout the country grace our intimate stage at The Strater Theater, performing classic and contemporary poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches.”
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The featured opening night concert is “AN EVENING WITH DAVE STAMEY, “ Oct 1. Dave has won ’purt near every award there is in Western music. Learn about him at: www.davestamey.com
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Tix for some events are selling-out already. Check it out at:
www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org


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Thu-Sun, Oct 1-4,
FESTIVAL,
in North Carolina:
“DO DA JAM FESTIVAL” is a bluegrass fest in Cashiers, North Carolina.


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Thu-Sun, Oct 1-4,
FESTIVAL,
in South Carolina:
“MOONSHINERS REUNION AND MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL” happens without the revenuers in Campobello, South Carolina.


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Sat & Sun, Oct 3 & 4,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in City of Industry:
3-7 pm “TICKET TO THE TWENTIES” at the Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd, City of Industry 91745; 626-968-8492; www.homesteadmuseum.org
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This is FREE; it runs from 3 to 7 pm, both days. Dig out your glad rags — seriously, 1920s dress is encouraged, and you’ll have more fun – and plan to go both days, because the bands are different. Celebrate the Roaring Twenties as you enjoy music, dancing, silent films, crafts, historic house tours, games, demonstrations, and more. They do a fine job with this, in every aspect, and antique car clubs bring automobiles, tractors, and other machines from the ’20s and earlier.
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MUSICAL LINEUP...
(a rare chance to see any / all these groups perform without having to buy a ticket)
Saturday:
♪ DEAN MORA & HIS MODERN RHYTHMISTS
♪ IAN WHITCOMB AND HIS BUNGALOW BOYS
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Sunday:
♪ JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS
♪ THE NIGHT BLOOMING JAZZMEN
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It’s all free, but bring spending money for food and shopping (there are always some really unique items and unique vendors you won’t find at other festivals). Prohibition is strictly enforced. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No pets allowed – only certified service animals permitted.
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Please note: In the event of rain, the festival will be canceled.


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Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11,
FESTIVAL,
in Louisiana:
Annual “FESTIVALS ACADIENS” in Lafayette, LA. Info at www.festivalsacadiens.com includes discount room rates at Ramada Inn, Lafayette, if you book early.


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Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11,
FESTIVAL,
in Afghanistan:
Annual “TENNESSEE FALL HOMECOMING” supposedly takes place in “Clinton, Afghanistan.”


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Sat, Oct 10,
FESTIVAL,
in OC (Costa Mesa):
9 am-8 pm 21st annual “HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS” presented by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage (SCDH) is a quality event and lots of fun even if you do not play the dulcimer. It brings concerts by prominent artists flown-in to teach and headline, plus talented local players of both kinds of dulcimer – hammered and mountain (lap) dulcimer. Location has changed this year to Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa 92626. (Fairview exit off 405 freeway. Corner of Adams & Fairview, across from Orange Coast College and near Costa Mesa HS, OC Fairgrounds & 55 fwy.)
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Featured Artists are:
♪ JODY MARSHALL, Hammered Dulcimer
♪ BING FUTCH, Fretted Dulcimer
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Each featured artist does a four-hour focus workshop on Oct 11, 9:30 am-1:30 pm.
√ The Oct 11 Hammered Dulcimer workshop is at Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach.
√ The Oct 11 Mountain Dulcimer workshop is at a private home in Downey.
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At the festival, there are workshops on tracks all day for hammered and fretted dulcimers, for players of all levels, with eight instructors. The workshops at the festival include:
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√ Banjo Styles - Fretted & Banjo Dulcimers
√ Bowed Psaltery (loaners available)
√ Guitar Accompaniment for Irish Music in Standard Tuning
√ “How Can I Keep from Singing”
√ Intro. to Finale & TablEdit Software
√ Piano / Keyboard Accompaniment for Trad. Music
√ Singing in Harmony with Your Instrument
√ Try Out Fretted Dulcimers (reserve loaners)
√ Ukulele 101
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Free jamming all day is a highlight when you’re not busy, and the Free Mid-day concert – open to the public without festival registration – features performances by regional dulcimer and jam groups. There’s also a free workshop on jamming.
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The “Community Jam Evening Concert” requires an extra ticket, and the performers are JOELLEN LAPIDUS, BING FUTCH, and JODY MARSHALL with LOONEY’S FORTUNE.
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Advance tix / festival registration is available through Sep 1st and offers a considerable discount. That, and more info, are at:
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www.scdh.org

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Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25,
FESTIVAL,
in Tennessee:
40th “MOUNTAIN MAKINS” is an annual folk festival in Morristown, Tennessee.


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Fri-Sun, Nov 12-14,
FESTIVAL,
in Florida:
Seventh Annual “NATIVE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL” self-identifies as a folk festival in Melbourne, Florida.


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Sat & Sun, Nov 13 & 14,
FESTIVAL,
in Ohio:
“SOUTHERN OHIO INDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL” is heavy on bluegrass, in Wilmington, Ohio.


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Fri-Sun, Dec 10-12,
FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE,
in L.A.:
2nd annual "YOUBLOOM L.A. MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE" with the 2015 conference portion of the event scheduled during the day Dec 12 at the Highland Park Ebell Club, and the music venues (all three days / nights) to be situated in the NELA area of Los Angeles including Highland Park, South Pasadena, and Pasadena. Speakers for the conference will be announced in the coming months.
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Dublin, Ireland, has seen two annual "Youbloom Festival & Conference" and L.A. gets its second in December (the first US event was in November here last year). The northeast Los Angeles event will bring "three full days of entertainment, industry enlightenment, and more."
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Last year, performances filled five venues in Highland Park and Pasadena, hosting more than 60 bands from 11 countries around the world, including those from L.A. and across the US, for "a rockin’ 3 days/nights of live music and learning."
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The inaugural 2014 conferences in L.A. and Ireland hosted top-selling artists and professional music industry suits. That would suggest this year will be very worth attending.
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Find all details as they become available at:
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www.youbloom.com/la-2015


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Thu-Sun, Jan 21-24,
MUSIC CONFERENCE,
in Anaheim:
The 2016 “NAMM SHOW” is the music industry’s biggest trade show, music conference, and gathering of music retailers with manufactures and endorsed musicians. It features opportunities for music educators, school administrators, college students, and NAMM Foundation Partners to attend, learn and connect with the music products industry. People in all those categories will be able to register for badges and reserve hotel rooms starting September 30, 2015. Mark your calendar and plan ahead, so you’ll have all your information ready to reserve your room. As the promo proclaims, “The music begins at The NAMM Show — and for that reason, it attracts the world's most powerful buyers.”
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The basics...
NAMM completely takes-over the Anaheim Convention Center and all the meeting and convention spaces in the surrounding hotels. The Convention Center is located at 800 W Katella Av, Anaheim, CA 92802.
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The daily schedules are:
√ Thursday, Jan 21, 10 am–6 pm
√ Friday, Jan 22, 10 am–6 pm
√ Saturday, Jan 23, 10 am–6 pm
√ Sunday, Jan 24, 10 am–5 pm
√ Hall E and Level 2 open at 9:30 am
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Information on the 2016 NAMM Show grows rather regularly at:

https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2016

Let’s note that playing the NAMM Show really does mean “playing THE NAMM SHOW.” As in, going through the process outlined above, becoming part of the music industry’s most celebrated scene, and enjoying the enhanced credibility that brings. We add that because every year we are surprised by who is sponsoring an event at NAMM, or by who is trying to lure us away from the Big Show to a concurrent show of their own. And well, that’s a happy surprise when it’s one of the first case. And it’s often rolling our eyes in surprise at the second case; that includes wondering how anyone doing an unaffiliated performance expects the NAMM crowd to leave expensive parking to drive to their guerrilla show, then hope to find a space in the garage (and pay again) back at the NAMM Show.

It may help to know that NAMM has a simple and clear policy about such things. Here it is:

“Planning to host an event at the NAMM Show? This is just a friendly reminder that when creating and promoting your event during NAMM in and around Anaheim, there are a couple of rules to follow.

√ “Events taking place at an Anaheim venue are only approved for use by NAMM member companies.

√ “The use of the NAMM name, logo, and/or font in the title of your event is prohibited. The NAMM name may be used in your promotion only to reference that your event is occurring during the dates of NAMM show. This will ensure everybody is clear about who is producing the event. All NAMM produced events take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, Grand Plaza, and Hilton or Marriott. Other events are not official NAMM events and should not be promoted as such.

√ “If NAMM is mentioned anywhere in the promotion, please add “Event produced by XYZ company and NAMM has no affiliation with or liability for this event.”

Keep this link handy for reference as you dream and scheme...

https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2016/articles/important-information-about-namm-show-events

And waste no time applying to do a gen-you-wine, officially-sanctioned NAMM SHOW performance.



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Ahead. Some coming SOON. Some are even FREE, but you could still miss ’em if you don’t know. Some offer advance discounts. Others’ll sell-out quickly if you’re not on top of things.

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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-27, in Pomona:
93rd annual “LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR” at Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Av, Pomona 91768.
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This annual fete is a major Southern California family tradition with big time concert headliners and plenty more live music by non-famous musicians and bands throughout the enormous fairgrounds. Like the other major fairs – OC Ventura, San Diego County – this one includes all the concerts with gate admission.
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The Guide is preparing the same kind of complete concert coverage that we brought our readers for the just-ended Orange County Fair and Ventura County Fair.
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The event starts Labor Day weekend and runs through the month of September with something for everyone — themed attractions, a carnival midway, concerts, FairKids Field Trips, community events, wine tasting, horse racing, shopping, and that iconic Fair food.

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√ A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
...and BEST ROAD-TRIP OF THE YEAR for a CONCERT...
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Fri, Sep 4, in Nor Cal (Santa Cruz):
(Time tba) “VALLEY OF THE MOON FIDDLE EXTRAVAGANZA SCOTLAND — SWEDEN — IRELAND,” with an all-star cast and a 150-piece orchestra(!) at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz 95060; 831-420-5260; www.cityofsantacruz.com/departments/parks-recreation/community-facilities/civic-auditorium
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This is enabled because the teaching staff for the “VALLEY OF THE MOON” Fiddle Camp sticks-around to do this concert with the students as the orchestra.
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Just look who’s performing...
FIDDLE:
♪ Alasdair Fraser
♪ Anders Hall
♪ Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
♪ Hanneke Cassel
♪ Deby Grosjean
♪ Laura Risk
♪ Janette Duncan
♪ Ryan MaKasson
♪ Brittany Haas
♪ Galen Fraser
♪ Laura Cortese
♪ Ethan Lewis
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GUITAR:
♪ Adam Johansson
♪ Colin Cotter
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CELLO:
♪ Natalie Haas
♪ Mike Block
♪ Rushad Eggleston
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DANCE:
♪ Nic Gareiss
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SONG:
♪ Moira Smiley
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PERCUSSION:
♪ Jens Linell
♪ Clay Ross
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PIANO:
♪ Cali McKasson
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PLUS
♪ The 150-strong “VALLEY OF THE MOON VILLAGE ORCHESTRA.”
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Tickets...
Box Office: 831-420-5260.
Tix also available from
https://www.santacruztickets.com
and
www.eventful.com
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ALSO, IF YOU’RE GOING, check the “Ticket Alerts” (Festivals section) listing for the Sesquicentennial “SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GATHERING & GAMES” (yep, the 150th annual edition, and wonderful) happening Sat & Sun, Sep 5 & 6, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat Sep 5, in Ventura:
7:30 pm Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the prestigious “OLIVAS ADOBE CONCERT SERIES” at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura 92002.
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GET TIX EARLY or you’ll find it sold-out: www.cityofventura.net/mus
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Celebrating the 20th anniversary as a globetrotting band, Grammy-noms LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS are the only Americans ever to play the Folk Festival in Palau, among their many accomplishments. Check ’em out, in action, at:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 plus, Lisa’s “Chicken Fiddler” video has reached the new Nickelodeon TV show, “React To That!” at: www.nick.com/react-to-that

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Thu, Sep 10,
FREE FILM SCREENING,
In Pasadena:
7 pm “ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE’S DEVASTATING IMPACT ON GLOBAL WEATHER” is the program this month by “The Conscious Projector” organization at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N Raymond, Old Pasadena.
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The surge in recent years of extreme weather events linked to climate change is unprecedented in our lifetime. Canadian filmmaker MELANIE WOOD captures this alarming trend in her important new documentary, “WEATHER GONE WILD,” this month’s Conscientious Projector feature. The Dreamfilm Productions project for CBC-TV visits various cities around the world to highlight the many vital and winning efforts to adapt to the damage that climate change has already wrought and to prepare for destructive patterns yet to come. The program includes two short films on the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a national grassroots advocacy organization, which has made significant inroads in legislation, activism and education to effect change and raise public awareness on climate realities.
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Robert Haw of the Pasadena-Foothills CCL chapter facilitates a community discussion following the films. Other local climate scientists and activists dedicated to making significant climate policy change will also be in attendance.
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Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Thu, Sep 10, in Bev Hills:
JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO plus TAJ MAHAL TRIO play the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.

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Fri, Sep 11, in VC (Newbury Park):
7:30 pm “FIRESIDE CONCERT SERIES” brings back their annual triple-header of TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS, the TOM CORBETT TRIO, and JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS, to the Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd (at Reino), Newbury Park.
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Here’s some info on these locally acclaimed acts...
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TOM CORBETT TRIO with BILL KNOPF and MIKE MULLINS. With years of instrumental accomplishments on mandolin and guitar, on stage, teaching, recording and studio work, Tom Corbett has accompanied numerous other artists including singer Jennifer Warnes. Tom played with Disneyland’s Bluegrass Band, with the Acousticats, and music luminaries that include John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and Billy Ray Lathum (Kentucky Colonels). Tom has 3 CDs to his credit. Read about his records and more at: www.tomcorbett.net
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BILL KNOPF is an acknowledged grand master on the banjo. Bill has written over 20 instructional books, recorded six banjo albums including “Begin the Beguine.” He has toured with Donna Douglas who played Elly May Clampet on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and with Doc Severinsen’s Las Vegas Show. His great banjo licks could be heard on the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV series. Check out his career at: www.billknopf.com
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MIKE MULLINS is one of the West’s great guitar flatpickers. Mike is also an expert on the mandolin, and he has written instructional manuals and DVDs on both instruments. He is a member of a two well-known groups: THE CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS and THE HAY DUDES. You can find plenty about him at: http://haydudes.com
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JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS. Enter the room a stranger and instantly find yourself another one of John Zipperer’s friends. Known for his upbeat spin on Acoustic Americana Music, John and his band have entertained folks across the country with witty lyrics and touching tunes. After years of working as a musician and instructor at the world renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, playing with greats such as Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge), Dave Sutton (Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge), Doan Perry (Jethro Tull), John began working as a Hollywood actor / stuntman. Eventually he returned his creative roots, working as a singer-songwriter, inspiring the title song of his first CD, “Full Circle.” There’s plenty more at: www.johnzipperer.com
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TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS: How do you get to be the youngest member ever of the New Christy Minstrels? We’ll need to back-up a ways. Tracy grew up in Los Angeles where she co-founded the famous “Groundlings” with her famous comedic sister Laraine Newman (original SNL cast). Even before that, Tracy started playing guitar at age 14, usually sitting on the diving board of her family’s pool, strumming for hours each day. In the early ’70s, she joined an improv class taught by Gary Austin, which soon became The Groundlings – with Tracy as a founding member. Besides performing, she taught and directed. It was at the Groundlings that Tracy met her future TV writing partner, Jonathan Stark. Their first staff job was on “Cheers,” followed by “Bob” (Bob Newhart,) “The Nanny,” “Ellen” and “The Drew Carey Show.” In 1997, Newman and Stark won an Emmy and Peabody Award for writing the groundbreaking “coming out” episode of “Ellen.” In 2001, they created the ABC comedy, "According to Jim," which ran for eight seasons. Tracy wrote songs through all of those Hollywood successes and stresses, many of which were featured in those TV shows. Now she’s performing her music full-time. She has two CDs out: “A Place in the Sun” and “I Just See You.” The Reinforcements are Gene Lippmann, John Cartwright, Doug Knoll and Paula Fong. Read all about Tracy and her gang at: www.tracynewman.com
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Hosted by Bob Kroll, sponsored by Conejo Recreation & Park District (Patti Ricketts, Recreation Coordinator).
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Tix, $10 at the door; adults only – no children admitted.

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Sat, Sep 12, in OC (Seal Beach):
8 pm INCENDIO, that exceptionally noteworthy trio of fiery acoustic string wizards, plays Spaghettini in Seal Beach.
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Details at: www.incendioband.com

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Sun, Sep 13, in Topanga:
10:30 am EVO BLUESTEIN plays his "Evo's Kid's Concert" for the "FAMILY FUNDAYS: THEATRICUM KIDS CONCERT” series at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga; 310-455-3723; www.theatricum.com
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There is also the ongoing "Peter Alsop's Children's Concert Series" here; if you have small fry, keep an eye on the venue's website.
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Tix, $10.

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Thu, Sep 17, in the Marina:
(Time tba) PADDY'S PIG, a fine trad Irish band, plays the first of three gigs for "HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK'S DAY," this one at Brennan's in Marina Del Rey.
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Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty, & Jon — Paddy's Pig — always look and sound wonderful on stage. They tell us, "We've got new venues we're playing for the first time, new songs we've been writing, and new recordings on the way! Thanks so much for supporting and enjoying local Irish music!"
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More at: www.paddyspig.com

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Fri, Sep 18, in the near IE (Rialto):
4 pm PADDY'S PIG, a fine trad Irish band, plays one of three gigs for "HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK'S DAY," this one at O'Leary's in Rialto.
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Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty, & Jon — Paddy's Pig — always look and sound wonderful on stage. They tell us
"We've got new venues we're playing for the first time, new songs we've been writing, and new recordings on the way! Thanks so much for supporting and enjoying local Irish music!"
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More at: www.paddyspig.com

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Sat, Sep 19, in Santa Barbara:
6 pm BEN HARPER & THE INNCOENT CRIMINALS play the Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411.
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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are reuniting for their first tour in seven years. Today, the band announced the first leg of their tour, which will make a stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, September 19 at 6:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27 at 11 AM.

"The Innocent Criminals are a family," Harper said of the band's return to touring. "We've remained very close over the years and it seemed like we couldn't wait another minute. We've all come full circle in our own ways and it is time we pick up where we left off. It's creatively time for us to do this.”

Ben Harper is currently in the studio with The Innocent Criminals – percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward. Founding members Mobley, Nelson and Charles have been integral parts of Harper’s sound for more than 20 years, first playing gigs at the tiny Mint nightclub in Los Angeles and supporting Harper’s 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World. Yates and Ward became ICs a decade later and helped expand and refine the band’s sound.

While Harper has sold millions of albums worldwide, it’s on stage that he and The Innocent Criminals established themselves as one of the world’s most versatile and hard-working bands. Touring non-stop behind such albums as Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, they earned legions of fans with their explosive live performances.

The Innocent Criminals also backed Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative album There Will Be A Light. Ben also won a GRAMMY® last year for Best Blues album for his collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!

“The new music we’re writing honors the old IC sound, but is light ages ahead of where we were back then,” explained Harper. “I can’t wait for fans to hear it and give us that stamp of approval that only Innocent Criminal fans can give.”
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Tix range from $50 to $80, plus applicable service charges.

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Sat, Sep 19, in Hollywood:
LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages.

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Sat, Sep 19, in Redondo Beach:
(Time tba) PADDY'S PIG, a fine trad Irish band, plays the last of three gigs for "HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK'S DAY," this one at Hennessey's Tavern in Redondo Beach.
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Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty, & Jon — Paddy's Pig — always look and sound wonderful on stage. They tell us, "We've got new venues we're playing for the first time, new songs we've been writing, and new recordings on the way! Thanks so much for supporting and enjoying local Irish music!"
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More at: www.paddyspig.com

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Sat & Sun, Sep 26 & 27,
IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS,
near LAX:
"ST. AMBROSE FEIS IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP" hosted by the St. Ambrose Irish Dance Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization, at the Westin Los Angeles Aiport Hotel, 5400 W Century Bl, Los Angeles 90045; 888-627-9085.
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Saturday - all championship competitions and specials. Sunday - all grade, team, and adult competitions and non-championship specials.
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Info on the event and on Irish dancing in Southern Cal, contact:
www.clearyirishdance.com

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Sat, Sep 26, in Pasadena:
5 pm "MAGICAL MOONLIGHT SONATA GALA," a full program by the PASADENA SYMPHONY & POPS, at Ambassador Gardens, 380 W Green St, Pasadena 91123.
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Pasadena Symphony and POPS annual gala, “Moonlight Sonata,” features music under the stars, a deluxe dining experience with Claud & Co., an awards presentation, and exciting live and silent auction opportunities. All hosted by DAVID LOCKINGTON, Music Director, Pasadena Symphony and POPS.
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Maestro Lockington adds, “This year, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS is honoring Anne Akiko Meyers (violinist extraordinaire), Peter Hoffman (Sierra Auto Group) and Kin Hui (Singpoli Group) - three amazing and thrillingly supportive members of the PSA family. There is space in the event program book to offer your congratulations to these luminaries -email eventinfo@pasadenasymphony-pops.org to learn more.”
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Tix and more info: www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org

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Sat, Sep 26, in L.A.:
8 pm BRIGITTE, the Platinum-selling French indie sister-duo, known for their retro folk Parisian style, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles 90032; 323-343-6600; www.luckmanarts.org
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The Alliance Française de Pasadena presents this as a fundraiser for the Alliance and its educational programs, in collaboration with The Luckman fine arts complex.
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Pre-show reception at 7 pm, concert at 8 pm.
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All tix include the reception where you can enjoy a selection of wine and cheeses.
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$50 limited tix are preferred seating with the best front-center seats in the house.
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$25 to $35 general admission tix, despite being billed as "concert-only," also include the pre-show reception hosted by "French Morning" with refreshments and snacks at 7 pm.
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Tix at: www.luckmanarts.org

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Mon, Sep 28, in L.A.:
8 pm EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL play the El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90036; 323-936-6400. Presented by Goldenvoice.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Fri, Oct 2, in BevHills:
GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.

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A Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Wed, Oct 7, in Santa Barbara:
7 pm DON HENLEY (EAGLES), plus special guest SHAWN COLVIN, play the Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411; https://sbbowl.com
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A real "wow" of a double-bill; like you'd see at a festival, but here with a better seat.
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Tix: On sale SAT, AUG 8, 11 am, at:
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http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004EFEDC516588?brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Aug5
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DON HENLEY also plays an L.A. date at the Forum in Inglewood on Fri, Oct 9, 8 pm.

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Fri, Oct 9, in Inglewood:
8 pm DON HENLEY (EAGLES) plays an L.A. date at the Forum in Inglewood.
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He also plays the Santa Barbara Bowl on Oct 7 at 7 pm with SHAWN COLVIN.

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Sat, Oct 10, in Santa Barbara:
6:30 pm NEIL YOUNG, plus PROMISE OF THE REAL, plays the Santa Barbara Bowl, , 1122 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-7411; https://sbbowl.com
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Tix went on sale Fri, Aug 21, at:
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http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004F11FE8C6A1C?brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Aug19

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Mon, Oct 12, in Altadena:
8 pm Scotland’s TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena. Reservations by phone only (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane hasn’t yet announced this show. Jump on it before it sells-out.
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The TANNAHILL WEAVERS are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.
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Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate ROBERT TANNAHILL, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years “The Tannies” have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes – their versatile piper LORNE MacDOUGALL arranged and performed for for the 2012 Disney Pixar movie "Brave" under the leadership of PATRICK DOYLE, and for Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2." They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs,the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.
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"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times.
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“These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the states.” - Garrison Keillor,A Prairie Home Companion.
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“…their great humour and superb musicianship make them one of the finest bands on the circuit.” - Rogue Folk Review.
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“The music may be pure old time Celtic,but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.” -Winnipeg Free Press.
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More at: www.tannahillweavers.com

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√ A “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick...
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Sat, Dec 12, in BevHills:
""FRANK SINATRA'S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" featuring FRANK SINATRA JR. "Sinatra Sings Sinatra" at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.

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Tue, Jan 19, 2016, in OC (Anaheim):
6-9 pm "MUSIC PRODUCTS MEDIA PREVIEW" on the Disney Garden Walk, Anaheim.
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Presented by RobertsonComm (Robertson Communications Corp.) It's a pre-NAMM event.

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