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Friday, February 9, 2018

Live Music Update: Valentine's Day, & Armchair Olympians Edition. Feb 9 2018 an' onward

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Late addition observation...

As we watch the coverage of the Olympics from South Korea (yes, that IS entirely too much TV), we can't help but notice something we aren't supposed to. That is, sponsors of the US Olympic Team have invested in expensive, special-effects-laden custom advertising on par with those overhyped Super Bowl commercials.

Some of these ads are just ridiculous. Like the world being told to celebrate the fittest of elite athletes by "Having a Coke." Yeah, just ignore that company's embrace of massively unhealthy amounts of high fructose corn syrup. Or for the "diet conscious," choose their beverages saturated with toxic fake sweeteners that make you hungrier. Plus, just ignore all the evidence that carbonic acid in the presence of phosphoric acid, in the concentrations present in soda pop, cause interference in the body's ability to process calcium, to the point it can be a factor in osteoporosis.

But it's another of the US-team-sponsoring advertisers that most requires an observation. That one has made several forms of cgi-supplemented cartoon-hero ads, mixing the athletes with dramatically-portrayed super-employees. the latter step-out of airplane restrooms after doing the Superman-phone-booth routine. Now, everyone old enough to remember phone booths knows that an on-board restroom is nowhere near as big, and it would be impossible for anyone other than Ant-Man or the Elastic Man to change clothes in there. Wonder Woman's flurry of spinning would blow the shoebox's walls out.

And that brings us to the serious question for that sponsor, United Airlines: Are you really the one that flew our athletes across the entire Pacific Ocean? Because if you are, how do you expect them to be able to compete? Really, now, if they had to endure the same conditions as the rest of us, didn't they risk phlebitis with their knees in their armpits for such an extended mashing with no leg room, and if you dare use them, tray tables so close they bisect the abdomen? Had we thought about it -- which we didn't, until we saw your expensive commercials -- we would have hoped that all the world's elite athletes were flying on Emirates, or some other non-US carrier that practices a modicum of civilized transportation and room for one's legs. Geez, being trapped on United Airlines across the whole ocean? The airline that we know is prone, on a whim, to throwing anyone overboard who has a paid seat so they can stuff somebody else in it who paid more? Our poor athletes!

Even if they avoid eviction, they must endure YOUR airline, for a trip halfway around the world, with nothing to eat but fifteen-dollar packages of crackers and fake cheese.

Of course, that other sponsor probably got around airport security to ply them with prodigious quantities of Coca-Cola. Seems like the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" who can't even display their flag or its colors aren't the only ones operating at a disadvantage.

Still, the spirit of the Games sure beats the hell out of the military-industrial-cybersecurity machine's grumbling about the two Koreas behaving with friendly cooperation.
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MANY ADDITIONS MADE, SAT., FEB. 10, 6:17 PM. More (including the above) made Monday, Feb 12.
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If you're looking for things to do, you came to the right place. But this time 'round is, nevertheless, a lot less than we expected to bring you. Because this is an "events-only" edition, and we 'spected we'd be bringing you ALL the music news.

The word of the day is overwhelmed. This week, we have been inundated, beyond needing a snorkel. There have been waves and avalanches of news about new releases, special performances, tour announcements, artist collaborations, and waaay more than we can list here, or else we're back to being overwhelmed. Of course, all of us know that the singular obsessions of droning Big Corporate Media have no room for Folk-Americana and acoustic music, or much of any kind of arts and culture that isn't sheep-dipped in commercialism. Even when the real world is overflowing with good, homegrown music. Like now. So it's up to us in the indie and alternative and specialty media. After we dig out from under the avalanche.

SOOOO... our next big, huge, inclusive of all the news and tunes about everything-from-soup-to-nuts, MUSIC NEWS EDITION will be along soon. But not today. Despite the best intentions.

TODAY, the best we can do is make sure you don't miss anything that's impending. So we're opting to let you know about all our picks for the best music performances — in time to get tix to surprise your sweetie for VALENTINE'S DAY.

(Of course, you can also get tix to a show where you might meet that special someone who will become your sweetie!)

That takes care of including VALENTINE'S DAY in the title. Now for why we got away with including the OLYMPICS.

We know that O.A.S. — Olympic Addiction Syndrome — afflicts many of us. (Present company included.) So you need to be reminded to get tix, NOW, BEFORE THEY SELL-OUT, for a great concert, club gig, festival, or other event that tempts you away from, or happens on down the road after the conclusion of, The Games. You know, when half of Korea goes back to being portrayed as a boogeyman that needs attacking. It's coming, from the very same Big Media that's using joyful, world-at-peace, Olympic Addiction now to sell you soap. Or addictive prescription drugs. Or toxic-to-humans weed killer. Or junky food that clogs your arteries.

Thus, in the interests of both utility and sanity, we present OUR PICKS for options in the music and arts department. The "go forth, see, hear, tap-your-foot, smile, relax, get happily excited, hear a song that'll be your new favorite, see-and-be-seen-making-the-scene" department.

Oh, and CDs make great Valentine gifts, too.
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HERE ARE THE GUIDE'S PICKS FOR LIVE MUSIC AND ARTS EVENTS, from now through further-on-down-the-road a-ways...

We'll be back soon with that GIANT news edition. Really 'n truly. Pinkie swear.

Let's get started!

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♪ LIVE MUSIC, THIS WEEKEND AND BEYOND...


Fresh additions here — lots of 'em — plenty happening this weekend, to tempt you to DVR the Olympics. Plenty more persisting beyond the next three days 'n nights. Even some wonderments clear into June.
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Concerts, club gigs, film screenings, festivals, and other good events, now through whenever.

Chronological, by date and start time...


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February events
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Fri, Feb 9:
8 pm "COCO DOLENZ and THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK," with ALEX JULES on keyboard, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236. Show info, www.coffeegallery.com
* Tix: $20.
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Fri, Feb 9:
8 pm CASEY HENSLEY featuring LAURA CHAVEZ, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs — seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Feb 9:
time tba CHEECH & CHONG play the Santa Clarita Performing Arts center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355; 661-362-5304.
* The Grammy Award-winning Cheech and Chong are a hilariously irreverent, satirical, counterculture, no-holds-barred comedy duo. Still as funny today as they were in the 1970s and '80s, they take on today’s issues in this new show.
* Tix, $70-$80-$100, at: http://www3.canyons.edu/Offices/PIO/CanyonsPAC/cheechchong.html
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Fri & Sat, Feb 9 & 10:
8 pm DAVID LINDLEY plays two nights in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, either night, $25.
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Sat, Feb 10:
6 pm-11:30 pm "INAUGURAL EMERALD HOPE FOUNDATION GALA, Benefiting the National Brain Tumor Society," with music by KEN O'MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS, at Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport,
* Includes dinner, music and dancing, no host cocktails, raffles and auction; attire is semi formal.
* Tix, $75 per person; tix & info: https://www.emeraldhopefoundation.org/upcoming-events
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Sat, Feb 10:
7 pm WHISKEY SUNDAY plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* WHISKEY SUNDAY is PATRICK RIEGER, OLIVIA SANDOVAL, ADAM HALL, LIAM LEWIS and VITO GUTILLA.
* Although Los Angeles based, their sound is pure Midwestern-woods at dusk.
* Whiskey Sunday combines their shared roots of Irish folk with a hearty pour of Americana, prairie winds, and river-side cabin hymns.
* In their music, you'll hear references of an older time... bittersweet tragic stories hidden in joyful harmonies.
* "Whiskey Sunday will bring the lake-house out in any Irish-American folk lover. Music that asks you to pour something single-malt, sit on the porch, and sip reverently."
* Tix, $18.
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Sat, Feb 10:
7 pm PETER YARROW plays the "PASADENA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY" concert series at California Institute of Technology's Ramo Auditorium, 332 S Michigan Av, Pasadena, CA 91106
* He, the legend of PETER, PAUL & MARY fame, still has plenty to say and to sing.
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Sat, Feb 10:
7 pm SWING RIOTS play Pocock Brewing Company, 24907 Avenue Tibbitts, Suite B, Santa Clarita CA 91355
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Sat, Feb 10:
7 pm "MUSIC OF THE NIGHT" in the Fred Kavli Theatre at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
* This inaugural collaboration features popular numbers from "SOUTH PACIFIC," "OKLAHOMA!," "CAROUSEL," "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA," and many more.
* Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Resident Companies (5 Star Theatricals, Pacific Festival Ballet and New West Symphony) join forces in a first-time collaboration to perform iconic numbers from the well-loved musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
* A cast of 5- Star Theatricals outstanding vocalists, starring SUSAN EGAN, Tony award nominee, and Broadway's original Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," and PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET professional dancers will costar in this inaugural performance accompanied by masterful playing of extraordinary NEW WEST SYMPHONY.
* "This performance will inspire community residents of all ages and celebrate love just in time to delight you on Valentine's Day weekend." — venue promo.
* Tix range from $42 to $104, at at 805-449-2787 or online: https://www.civicartsplaza.com/show_detail.php?id=497
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Sat, Feb 10:
7:30 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS play some "PRE-VALENTINE'S MOOD MUSIC," 1920s-style, at the Folk Music Center, 220 yale Av, Claremont, CA 91711; 909-624-2928.
* This is the charming and sometimes naughty music of the nineteen-teens and roaring '20s, performed by professionals who are steeped in the genre. Always fun.
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Sat, Feb 10:
time tba TOM GRAMLICH and ELMORE'S PAINT HORSE, with fiddler/mando player EDIE MURPHY sitting-in, play The Cinema Bar in Culver City.
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Sat, Feb 10:
8 pm PERLA BATALLA plays the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance, CA 90503
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Sat, Feb 10:
8 pm INDIAN SUMMER, plus TERRA ALTA, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs — seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Feb 11:
11 am-5 pm "CRAFT IN AMERICA: THE CONCERT" happens at the Bandstand at Los Angeles Plaza Park, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Sun, Feb 11:
2 pm "THE HEART OF AN IRISHWOMAN" presented by Kerry Irish Productions in its only Southern Cal show, in the Scheer Forum at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
* From the producer of "An Irish Christmas."
* "The passion of it all: love, loss, longing, courage, victory, hilarity, Mother Ireland, the emigrant mother, the fiercely strong, courageous women who have inspired some of Ireland's greatest writers."
* "Irish actor SHEELAGH CULLEN in a tour de force performance along with KATHERINE TRIMBLE (singer) and BELLA ISSAKOVA (violin), take us home to the heart of great Irish women in a wonderful afternoon of literature, song and music!"
* Tix available with a special discount from the regular prices of $44 and $47: "Irish Arts & Entertainment" (www.PubGuide.com) has arranged set up a 25% discount for this performance for readers of their weekly "Irish E-News & calendar." Subscription is free; current 32-page issue at https://issuu.com/jamesmichaelmcdonough/docs/january_irish_a_e__1_-_18__first_pr
* Enter Offer Code IRISH to receive the discount, by ordering your tix at: https://www.civicartsplaza.com/show_detail.php?id=477
* Or order tix without the discount at 805-449-2787.
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Sun, Feb 11:
2 pm-5 pm Annual "WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION CALIFORNIA CHAPTER PARTY" at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA
* Open to: all who love Western Music, Western Swing, Cowboy Poetry and Storytelling, the current artists and history of these related genres, and enjoying them in live performances.
* The Western Music Association is an international nonprofit with annual awards that take the place of the absent GRAMMY Awards for Western and Western Swing singers, songwriters, bands, and their recorded music, with categories for best male and female artists and groups, best songwriter, best album, and ,more, and for cowboy poetry and storytelling — in both traditional and contemporary categories.
* This event is presented by the organization's California Chapter. It takes the place of their annual holiday party, which was cancelled because so many artists were on tour, playing gigs with "Cowboy Christmas" themes.
* In addition to the performances and meet-and-greet, this is an afternoon that allows you to enjoy "Great food, celebration and raffle prizes" in a no-host environment. The venue has a full menu and two full bars.
* Western music / poetry / storytelling performers can sign-in to get on the play list, as time allows.
* More info: wmacc@westernmusiccalifornia.org
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Sun, Feb 11:
3 pm PETER YARROW plays the Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
* He, the legend of Peter, Paul & Mary fame, still has plenty to say and to sing.
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Sun, Feb 11:
7 pm BIFFLE & SHOOSTER, with THE SKID ROW SOCIETY ORCHESTRA, play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* A longtime Guide fave, WILL RYAN, is part of this ensemble. Which strongly suggests to us that you can't go wrong — whether or not you accept the hyperbole about the show, which follows.
* From Broadway and Hollywood, it's "the classic comedy team Biffle & Shooster IN PERSON! (And yes, they WILL be doing their glorious 'Tribute to William Frawley')."
* The promo says, "Coming soon from Kino Films: 'The Adventures of Biffle & Shooster.' Advance reviews have been ecstatic, with Planet Box Office calling the doc, helmed by film historian Michael Schlesinger, “An adept compilation showcase with newly-discovered rare footage sprinkled around a quartet of the duo’s best short subjects. The result: a comedy masterpiece!”
* "Excitement surrounding the upcoming release – bursting into theaters later this year — has prompted Benny and Sammy to dust off the act and meet the new generations of fans who are discovering them for the first time."
* Biffle & Shooster’s new back-up band, THE SKID ROW SOCIETY ORCHESTRA, "features some of the snappiest musicians of our time: Randy Woltz and Corey Gemme among them."
* Comedy experts NICK SANTA MARIA and WILL RYAN will be on hand to add to the mirth.
* Will the first issue of the Biffle & Shooster comic book be available? Show up and find out!
* We're told that "The new Biffle & Shooster Etiquette book - which will be on hand - has won raves from the illiterati!"
* "Benny Biffle & Sammy Shooster, stars of Broadway, film and radio, are back - and crazier than ever!” – Manhattan 2nite.
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 11:
7:30 pm ANDY & RENEE - "HURRICANE OF THE HEART" at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Award-winning Southbay folk-rockers, Andy & Renee return to the Grand Annex with their band Hard Rain, this time performing their entire album, "Hurricane of the Heart."
* This album continues the duo’s tradition of blending their original Americana, folk and rock songs with select cover material, such as Patty Griffin’s “Mary” and Mark Knopfler’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
* Andy and Renee are the hosts of the annual "Dylanfest," and they and their band are as good as it gets.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sun, Feb 11:
8 pm ROY ZIMMERMAN presents "REZIST," his newest musical sociopolitical-comedy show, at UU Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Sun, Feb 11:
8 pm SCOTT AMENDOLA in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 11:
time tba "LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING," Special VALENTINE'S show hosted by ERIC VOLLMER and featuring musicians, poets, writers, at Beyond Baroque in Venice.
* A performer of note: EDIE MURPHY, fiddler/mando player, songwriter, vocalist, does a solo acoustic performance.
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Mon, Feb 12:
5 pm HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND plays the first of four local gigs, this one at the Nugget Grill & Pub at Cal State Long Beach, 6049 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90840
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Mon, Feb 12 (not music, but cool):
6:45 pm "SAVE OUR SYCAMORE INFORMAL GATHERING," sponsored by KPFK radio show "SOLARTOPIA," at Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
* Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman and Myla Reson will discuss saving the California Sycamore at 1122 Pacific, with a broader discussion of urban foresting, and more.
* Harvey says, "Some may go see the tree; then join us at Izzy's after, and more!" (Presumably, if you attend, you'll get directions to "Izzy's.")
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Mon, Feb 12:
7 pm-9:30 pm "A VALENTINE'S EVENING OF LOVE AND OTHER FUNNY STORIES" with THE RANDY VAN HORNE SINGERS, musically hosted by singer LYNN KELLER, at Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA; reservations: 818-729-9361.
* No cover, no minimum, park free in the lot across the street. Venue has full menu and full bar.
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Mon, Feb 12, ART CLASS:
7 pm-9 pm "HOW TO DRAW CELTIC ART WITH ERIN RADO" is a two-hour class. Location, registration, info, at: www.celticartscenter.com
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TODAY IS MARDI GRAS.

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (What does that ubiquitous French phrase mean? "Let the good times roll!")

MARDI GRAS, as you probably know, is French for “Fat Tuesday.“ Aside from the parades, partying, music and general revelry, it reflects the practice of an indulgent "last night" of eating richer foods and drinking too much before the ritual fasting and self-deprivation of the Lenten season. Lent begins the following day, with "Ash Wednesday," when tradition calls for the faithful to have a small smear of ashes placed on their forehead as a sign of penitence.

Of course, with all the Middle Eastern cities reduced to rubble by the US war machine, there's no shortage of ashes these days.

Hey, we could have patented that slogan and sold it to the Pentagon: "Ashes R US."

But today is still Mardi Gras. So we can worry about that tomorrow. At Tara. Like Scarlet O'Hara. But Cajun-style. If the folks in Louisiana would put up with her.
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Tue, Feb 13:
4 pm HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND plays the second of four local gigs, this one for MARDI GRAS at Enegren Brewing, 444 Zachary St, #120, Moorpark, CA 93201
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Tue, Feb 13, FREE:
7 pm "MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE PARTY" with music by the MUDBUG BRASS BAND is a free event at Sassafras Saloon, 1233 Vine St, L.A., CA 90028
* Sassafras is a Savannah Townhouse that recreates the rich, relaxed hospitality of the South from bartenders wearing old-timey hats, bow ties and suspenders to decorative touches such as old oil paintings, frayed woven rugs and fringed brass lamps.
* Venue offers authentic New Orleans cuisine, including jambalaya, grilled boudin, sweet potato pie, and Louisiana's Abita beer on tap.
* This is a masquerade party and wearing a mask is required, no exceptions.
* Get your mask and beads near Sassafras at Vine American at 5969 Melrose Av, Los Angeles, or any Party City. Last year Dollar Tree had masks and beads.
* Yes, there will be "second-lining," so bring a hanky or a parisol. (What is a second line? It's like a New Orleans conga line where you twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air.)
* The band will throw beads from the balcony-stage.
* We're told, "This will look and feel just like a night on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter."
* No cover, but you must wear a mask for admission. It's 21+, and EARLY ARRIVAL IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Seating is first-come first-served; latecomers must wait in a very long line. Entry is subject to capacity. No cover, no minimum, no ticket required.
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Tue, Feb 13:
7:30 pm LYLE LOVETT and ROBERT EARL KEEN in a dynamite Texas twosome performance at the California Center For The Arts Concert Hall, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido, CA 92025
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Tue, Feb 13:
8 pm ROY ZIMMERMAN presents "REZIST," his newest musical political-comedy show, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views.
* ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change.”
* He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.
* Tix, $20.
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Today is VALENTINE'S DAY. Remember your sweetie. If you don't want to find yourself with an unpalatable artificial sweetener.

The Guide has received over a hundred notices for "Valentine's Dinner" specials at restaurants from the desert to the sea to all of Los Angeles. We simply accommodate all that, but it does suggest you can probably find something a bit out of the ordinary near you.

Of course, we DO bring you some wonderful recommendations, as our music performance picks for tonight.
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Wed, Feb 14:
7 pm IAIN MATTHEWS and FRED TACKETT with DOMINIC GENIOVA play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Iain Matthews is an English singer-songwriter and founding member and vocalist of Fairport Convention. His contributions to their first three albums helped change the voice of British folk music. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No 1 hit in the UK with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’.
* Fred Tackett is a native of Arkansas and an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally a session player on guitar, mandolin, and trumpet, he is best known as a member of the band Little Feat. In addition to his work with Little Feat, Tackett has played and recorded with many notable artists including Bob Dylan and Jimmy Webb.
* Domenic Genova, one of LA’s finest bassists, joins Fred for his set. Domenic has appeared frequently as a member of Mark Hatch’s Group 5 band.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Wed & Thu, Feb 14 & 15:
8 pm STRING FEVER, an acoustic string act like no other, makes a foray from Great Britain to play a two-night return on the stage where they debuted in the US (before immediately going-on to the big venues); catch them in that delightfully intimate venue, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* The Guide was there for that first U.S. performance. We were dazzled and amazed, as every audience has been since.
* This will sell-out as soon as people realize who they are. Don't dawdle. Get tix!
* Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "Instead of continuing to badger you I suggest that you view their webpage and watch and listen to their YouTubes. First, I recommend you enjoy this:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5KY7G1C26o
* "That is them doing the 'James Bond' theme while skiing. Really. They are skiing and doing other devil-may-care stunts. On the side of the page will be their other YouTubes. Click on them."
* Be sure to click this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5MLNMgpywk
* Bob continues, "If that does not get you on your phone to make reservations, nothing will. Someone else will get your seat."
* He concludes, "You have been told and warned. You lose if you stay home."
* Tix, $20, either night.
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Thu, Feb 15:
6-8:30 pm WALKER GIBSON, professional musician and fine guitarist with a good voice, plays Baracoa Cuban Restaurant, 853 Auto Center Dr Suite F, Palmdale, CA 93551; 661-265-9463; www.baracoalounge.com/
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Thu, Feb 15:
time tba "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE" offers $20 preview tix at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106; www.BostonCourt.com
* $20 preview tickets to this "daring new production" remain available at press time (Jan 30).
* The venue says, "Join us as we strip away decades of Southern gothic gauze to reveal striking themes of class, race, and gender—reinvigorating the classic which shocked audiences in its debut 70 years ago. By placing the iconic 1940s-era Blanche within an entirely contemporary and multicultural environment, this 21st century production highlights the timeless relevance of this play for our divided America."
* Get tix at venue's website, above, or call 626-683-6801.
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Thu, Feb 15:
7:30 pm LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN & HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Louie Cruz Beltran is a charismatic entertainer, singer and master percussionist. His musical career was crafted upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored with contemporary R&B, Jazz, and Salsa as well as the Great American Songbook. Early in his career, Louie performed with great artists such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, and Jorge Claudio. Recently he has performed with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Poncho Sanchez and many other renowned artists. Louie will be joined by Carlos Vivas on keyboard, Ramon Banda on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and Justin Janer on sax and flute.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Thu, Feb 15:
8 pm STRING FEVER, an acoustic string act like no other, makes a foray from Great Britain to play the second of a two-night return on the stage where they debuted in the US (before immediately going-on to the big venues); catch them in that delightfully intimate venue, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* See full write-up from last night (Wednesday), 8 pm. Really. Go look. This is a great show.
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Thu, Feb 15:
9 pm BETH HART plus MARINA V at the gorgeous Ace Hotel Theatre 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-623-3233.
* Marina V tells us, "I'll be opening for Beth Hart on her February tour, and this is one of the tour stops. Make sure to get your tickets ASAP because most of Beth's shows sell out fast:
https://www.axs.com/events/343029/beth-hart-tickets
* This is an all-ages show, despite the late start time.
* Marina also has a story, which is better when you know that she is just back from a round-the-world tour. She says of the Ace Hotel Theatre, "It's a beautiful venue. I was just there to see Bill Nye the Science Guy a few months ago, and told Nick, 'I would LOVE to perform here someday.' Little did I know, that someday would be quite soon!"
* Check out Marina V's music at Marinav.com, and once you know you like it, you can join her innovative "2 SONGS A MONTH CLUB" to get brand new exclusive songs every month. To join, go to www.patreon.com/MarinaV
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Fri, Feb 16:
7 pm BRETT DENNEN and DAN WILSON perform a session for 88.5 FM at the Village Studios in West L.A., CA
* RSVP by Feb 14 to Bonnie@885FM.org
* Spaces are very limited, so don't dawdle. Additional details provided, if you make the cutoff.
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Fri, Feb 16:
8 pm HAPPY & ADAM TRAUM play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675 ; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* From Greenwich Village to Altadena, father-and-son team HAPPY and ADAM TRAUM bring serious guitar chops and a thrilling combination of traditional roots music and contemporary songs.
* HAPPY is a legendary folk singer and renowned fingerstyle guitarist, a veteran of the Greenwich Village folk revival and an early student of blues great Brownie McGhee.
* He has performed and recorded with Bob Dylan, John Sebastian, Levon Helm, Pete Seeger and many other top artists, bringing his music to clubs, concert halls and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.
* HAPPY's latest CD, "Just For the Love of It,” was awarded a 4-star review in Rolling Stone Magazine.
* ADAM TRAUM was raised Woodstock, N.Y. in a family of musicians that shaped his musical world view.
* These days, Adam is a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene.
* Adam is known widely for his strong guitar and original and contemporary songs that blend folk, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and country-blues music.
* His first CD, "Meant To Be," celebrates the diversity in his songwriting, incorporating story-driven songs, humor and catchy guitar riffs.
* Adam's newest release, "Just Like Home" (2012), is an all-acoustic collection of songs with an intimate feel, paying tribute to his musical heritage.
* Happy and Adam create a warm, fun-filled evening of great songs and top-notch guitar licks. It’s rare to see them together so put this one of your calendar.
* More at: www.happytraum.com, and www.adamtraumguitar.com
* Tix, $20.
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Fri, Feb 16:
8 pm LARRY CAMPBELL & TERESA WILLIAMS in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $25.
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Fri, Feb 16:
8 pm RICKY Z, plus SHARI PUORTO, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs — seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri-Sun, Feb 16, 17, 18:
8 pm MARIACHI VARGAS DE TECALITLÁN plays three shows at the Valley Performing Arts Center, on the campus at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
* Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 3 pm.
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Sat, Feb 17, FREE FESTIVAL:
11 am-5 pm "MOONSHINER'S BBQ" in Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
* Admission is free, all-ages. Eating and drinking (beer, tequila, and moonshine) costs.
* There is live music, but we don't know who. Keep reading to see why this is a "pick" for the Guide, anyway.
* This is sponsored by, and benefits, the "Welcome Home Soldier Foundation," a non-profit based in Ventura County that welcomes home military Veterans from WWII to the present, and provides sleeping bags to homeless men and women who served in US military forces. While it's a national disgrace that our government doesn't do that in our name, we celebrate this organization of volunteers who DO IT.
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Sat, Feb 17:
4 pm THE AMERICANS play the "Deep End Sessions" in Santa Paula, CA 93060
* Reservations get directions from David Bunn, at: deependsessions@gmail.com
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Sat, Feb 17:
7 pm JACK TEMPCHIN, songwriter of many hits for the EAGLES, plays the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Sat, Feb 17:
7 pm RIQUEZAS DE MEXICO at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* Folklorico troupe Sabor de Mexico takes us on a trip throughout Mexico, from Baja to the Yucatan Peninsula with dances, costumes and music from each state.
* Lively dances, colorful costumes and music like no other genre combine to make this a wonderful "tour" of our southern neighbor.
* Tickets $15-$20 at 310-489-3463 or $25 cash at the door.
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Sat, Feb 17:
7 pm MARLO WELLS plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675 ; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* He is a Singer, songwriter, recording artist, and season 13 contestant on "The Voice," where he sang, “Let’s Talk About Love.”
* Tix, $20.
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Sat, Feb 17:
7:30 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN, beloved trad folkies, make their annual pilgrimage to California for a handful of shows, this one at "The Living Tradition" concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim, CA 92805
* Tix and info: concerts@thelivingtradition.org
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Sat, Feb 17:
8 pm HAPPY & ADAM TRAUM, With JACKSH*T, play the "Sings Like Hell" series in the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Sat, Feb 17:
8 pm TRIO ELLAS at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* With a unique blend of traditional mariachi music and contemporary style, Trio Ellas might be The Dixie Chicks of the alt Latin music scene. Nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2012, this trio has been breaking barriers that exist for women in mariachi music. Performing in English and Spanish, their sound fuses the nostalgia of a romantic trio, the traditions of the best mariachi and classic rock-n-roll.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Feb 17:
8 pm TOM RUSSELL legendary folksinger-songwriter, makes the trek from Texas to play the legendary stage behind the store at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Already SOLD OUT — we warned you!
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Sat, Feb 17:
8 pm GUITAR SHORTY, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs — seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Feb 17:
8:30 pm DUSTBOWL REVIVAL, plus LESLIE STEVENS, and JOEL TAYLOR, play the Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Sun, Feb 18:
2 pm "DEJA VU ALL ACOUSTIC SHOW" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675 ; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* A top CSN&Y tribute band, they bring their act for a matinee and a rare-for-them all acoustic show.
* When CROSBY, STILLS & NASH initially came together in 1968 and wrote the material for their first album, they would travel around to their friends houses in Laurel Canyon and perform the songs from start to finish using only acoustic guitars and their voices. The band tells us, "This show will be very much like that, the only exception being that we will be performing a greatest hits set which spans the entire career of the iconic supergroup's nearly 50 years."
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 18:
2 pm & 8 pm ÇUDAMANI plays two shows today at the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica CA 90401
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Sun, Feb 18:
3 pm "AFTERNOON WITH ANA VIDAVIC" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* A special performance by internationally acclaimed guitar virtuosa, Ana Vidovic. Born in Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia and winner of numerous international competitions, Ms. Vidovic is both an extraordinary talent and seasoned performer placing her amongst the most elite musicians of the world today.
* She returns to Los Angeles in collaboration with Hunley Guitar Studio.
* Concert proceeds will provide scholarships for students pursuing classical guitar.
* Tix: https://wgt.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1010225
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Sun, Feb 18:
3 pm MARIACHI VARGAS DE TECALITLÁN plays the last of three shows at the Valley Performing Arts Center, on the campus at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
* Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 3 pm.
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Sun, Feb 18:
7 pm McMAINS & FRIENDS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675 ; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* Americana singer-songwriter McMains and friends, including the Coffee Gallery's own Donna Barnes-Roberts, will celebrate the release of McMains' first solo album since the acclaimed "Guitar Love" in 2011.
* McMain's "I Walk Alone" can be heard in the Jennifer Aniston / Jason Bateman movie "The Switch."
* "Don't Say Goodnight Tonight," reached NUMBER-ONE on the Airplay Express' "Top 40' this past December. It's the first single off his CD, "Diplomatic Immunity."
* Born in Washington DC to a father in the diplomatic services, he spent his early years in Saigon, Vienna and Paris. "Dad carried a pistol," Mick says. "I have a diplomatic passport to this day."
* It gets even more interesting. He's a descendent of Devil Anse Hatfield — of the legendary American folklore clans and the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys — related on his father’s-mother’s side.
* Not easily pinned-down to a genre, he's toured Europe as bassist with punk band The Generators, spent two years as vocalist for Earl Slick's band, spent another two as the lead guitarist with Englishman John Wicks band The Records, and was involved with the art-music ensemble DJ Monkey, co-producing two of their critically acclaimed albums. Bob Stane says: "Go to his web page and read the bio and a lot of good info." It's at" www.MickMcMains.com
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 18:
8 pm ÇUDAMANI plays two shows today at the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.
* See 2 pm listing.
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Mon, Feb 19:
9 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS play the "HAPPY FEET & PRE-SWING-ERA DANCE" at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank, CA
* This is the charming and sometimes naughty music of the nineteen-teens and roaring '20s, performed by professionals who are steeped in the genre. Always fun.
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Tue, Feb 20:
8 pm THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS features the world class musicianship of JOHN MARSHALL, EVAN MARSHALL, ALEX FINAZZO and MICHELLE LYNSKEY, with special guest, DEBORAH KOLLGAARD, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675 ; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* Individually, they’ve performed all over the world, and at such venues as the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, DISNEYLAND, various POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, and they've been featured performers in film, and on radio and television, including the late, great "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION," and HBO’S series, "BIG LOVE."
* They'll tell you they are now delighted to be combining their talents and expertise to create this incredible, one-of-a-kind band.
* Their show brings unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double-double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes, and amazing vocals. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these longtime friends, and you have an energetic evening of fun and music.
* Joining The Miskey Mountain Boys is cellist DEBORAH KOLLGAARD, one of the most accomplished and sought-after cellists in Southern California.
* Deborah is currently a member of the PASADENA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, she has also performed with such groups as the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Music Center Ballet Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and the New Mexico Symphony. Deborah can also be heard on numerous television and movie soundtracks, and has performed as part of the Academy Awards.
* There's more at: http://miskeymountainboys.com/index.html
* Tix, $20.
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Wed, Feb 21:
7 pm AARON HOWARD & SARAH PRICE, plus DURBYFIELD, play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Wed, Feb 21:
8 pm ÇUDAMANI plays UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Thu, Feb 22:
6:30 pm HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND plays the third of four local gigs, this one at Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen, 12906 Victory Bl, North Hollywood, CA 91606
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Fri, Feb 23:
7 pm OLD BLIND DOGS play the "Pasadena Folk Music Society" concert series at California Institute of Technology, in Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka "Little Beckman"), 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106
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Fri, Feb 23:
8 pm NEW WEST, one of the most acclaimed Western Music trios of the past 20 years, plays the "Outwest Concert Series" at The Main, 24226 Main St, Newhall (Santa Clarita), CA
* They've won numerous awards together and individually.
* The trio is renowned songwriter MICHAEL FLEMING, world-class guitarist and gypsy jazz star RAUL REYNOSO, and bass master DAVID JACKSON (on the instrument, not the fish).
* Mike Fleming was the longtime director of the "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL," and his band is back, following his stepping-down from that demanding position.
* Catch their performance video at: https://youtu.be/X769dnxca34
* This may sell-out. Make reservations at 661-406-9542. (Cash or personal check at the door.)
* Tix, $25 gen'l adm. $20 for members of WMA, SCVTV, SCVBS. Doors at 7 pm, concert at 8.
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Fri, Feb 23:
8 pm JESSICA FICHOT plays Bon Vivant, 3155 Glendale Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90039
* She is a marvelous transplant from France, with a splendid voice, fun and moving songs, on the accordion, the toy piano, and other instruments.
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Fri, Feb 23:
8 pm THE HAININGS from Branson, MO, play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675 ; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* The word "Haining" is Scottish, meaning “the preserving of.” The Hainings are a team of professional entertainers, now based in Branson, Missouri, with frequent gigs at the acclaimed theme park, Silver Dollar City.
* Committed to preserving and perpetuating the Great American Tradition of acoustic music, The Hainings perform a modern folk style with influences from the classic sounds of the 20th century. Ranging from Folk/Roots to Bluegrass to Swiss-style Yodeling, their strong vocal harmonies, instrumental versatility, and energetic performance style creates an entertaining and engaging experience for audiences of all ages.
* In December of 2017, The Hainings released their fifth album, titled Chasing A Dream, featuring a blend of Americana favorites and original songs with a down-to-earth perspective.
* More at: www.HainingsBand.com
* Tix, $15.
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Fri & Sat, Feb 23 & 24, FESTIVAL:
"PALM SPRINGS UKULELE FESTIVAL" at the Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
* They didn't send us any details...
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Fri & Sat, Feb 23 & 24:
8 pm "OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS" screen at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* San Pedro International Film Festival presents this year's crop of animated and live action short films.
* Both nights, 8-10 pm.
* Tix $10; tix and info, www.SPIFFEST.ORG
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Sat, Feb 24:
3 pm JACKSON BROWNE plus JOHN TRUDELL’S BAD DOG WITH JOEL RAFAEL, plays the Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula CA 92592
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Sat, Feb 24:
6 pm 26th annual "ST. PATRICK'S DAY POLICE SURVIVORS FUND RAISING DINNER" at Los Alamitos Joint Training base, 4745 Yorktown, Los Alamitos, CA.
* Performers are TROOPER THORNE BAND, EMERALD SOCIETY Pipe Major SCOTT WALTON, and McNULTY SCHOOL OF DANCE.
* Adv. tix only, $65, at: 562-810-6907 or 424-218-6216.
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Sat, Feb 24:
7 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN, beloved trad folkies, make their annual pilgrimage to California for a handful of shows, this one at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* STEVE GILLETTE has been writing since the 1960s, and his songs have been covered by Ian and Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, and many others.
* He's the composer of "Darcy Farrow" and hundreds of other great songs, and a top-notch guitarist and singer.
* His solo album, "Texas and Tennessee," was named one of the "Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year" by Tower Records.
* CINDY MANGSEN favors traditional ballads and story-songs of all kinds, and also writes some unique originals — ask about the saga of "Rudy the cat and the garbage disposal." She's a virtuoso on the English concertina, besides playing guitar.
* Cindy, says "Come for to Sing," is "one of the finest singers in American folk music."
* She has recorded several solo albums. Most recently, her "Songs of Experience" CD received the "Editor's Choice" award from "Crossroads Magazine."
* Her partners in musical collaborations include Steve Gillette, Anne Hills, Priscilla Herdman, and Michael Smith.
* Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.
* Tix, $20.
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Sat, Feb 24:
7:30 pm KENNY BALL & TOM SULTAN play the "Wooden Hall Concerts" series in the Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Sat, Feb 24:
7:30 pm DUBLIN IRISH DANCE presents "STEPPING OUT" at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa, CA.
* This company of high-steppers has toured the world, many appearing in the original Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Stepping Out tells the story of a bygone generation that crossed the Atlantic to escape famine in Ireland, lured by the promise of the American Dream.
* "Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These world champion Irish step-dancers, along with an eight member traditional Irish band and vocalist, take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance."
* They also perform at CSUN on Feb 25, at 3 pm; see listing.
* Tix & info for the Costa Mesa show: www.scfta.org/
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Sat, Feb 24:
8 pm THE CHIEFTAINS , most legendary of all the trad Irish bands, play the Santa Clarita Performing Arts center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355; 661-362-5304.
* Six-time GRAMMY winners, they've been acclaimed as "Ireland's Official Music Ambassadors to the World."
* Seeing them perform is "Always an amazing Irish Experience."
* The venue claimed this was the only Southern Cal performance. Not so. They also play Sunday in OC; see Sun, 7 pm listing.
* Info, http://bit.ly/2Fx03fU
* Tix, $70-$80-$90, at: http://www3.canyons.edu/Offices/PIO/CanyonsPAC/chieftains.html
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Sat, Feb 24:
8 pm JANIVA MAGNESS in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $25.
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Sat, Feb 24:
8 pm JOHN ZIPPERER and MIKE MULLINS play the "Camarillo Cafe" concert series at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 East Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010
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Sun, Feb 25, FREE:
2 pm–3 pm "THE MUSIC OF MARC BERGER" at the Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063
* WE KNOW, YOU PROBABLY CAN'T GO. But you should know about this performing songwriter.
* Check him out, at: www.marcbergermusic.com and click "listen."
* We like his original, "Nobody Gonna’ Ride on the Railroad." Here are the lyrics:
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Nobody gonna’ ride on the railroad
Went down to Chestertown and they just said goodbye
Nobody gonna’ ride on the railroad
Once proud and shiny, now she’s dusty and dry
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Chorus:
Nobody rides
Can’t you hear that soulful whistlin’ in the wind
Nobody rides
Jumped the rails and roared away round the bend
Nobody rides
Say a prayer for every soul along the line
Nobody rides
On the train that made this great land of mine
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Nobody gonna dance to the music
Don’t call the union hall it’s boarded up tight
Nobody gonna’ dance to the music
Nobody gonna’ dance to the music tonight
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(Chorus)
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Hold on dear old dad of mine
Worked his fingers down to the bone
Hold on mama don’t you cry
I’d take you with me, if I knew where to go
(Repeat)
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Nobody gonna’ walk on the water
Just sold my Bible for a good piece of bread
Nobody gonna’ walk on the water
Big train stole away and left us for dead
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(Chorus)
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Nobody rides
Nobody rides
Nobody rides on the train that made this great land of mine
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Nobody gonna’ ride on the railroad
Went down to Chestertown and they just said goodbye
Nobody gonna’ ride on the railroad
Once proud and shiny, now she’s dusty and dry…..
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Sun, Feb 25:
2 pm JESSICA FICHOT plays the Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden, 270 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105
* She is a marvelous transplant from France, with a splendid voice and fun and moving songs, performing on accordion, toy piano, and other instruments.
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Sun, Feb 25:
2 pm NEW WEST plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* Winner of the prestigious "Will Rogers Award" for "Best Western Group" from the Academy of Western Artists, these guys one of the absolute best in the Western musioc genre.
* Each member of this trio is renowned and accomplished, so let's talk about that:
* MICHAEL FLEMING was raised at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. There, he developed a profound love for the West and its people, and that has compelled him to create music celebrating its culture. He has been described by reviewers as “a creative and perceptive songwriter” whose work is “among the most innovative in Western Music.” Mike writes most of the original material for NEW WEST and won the "Academy of Western Artists" (AWA) 1997 "Will Rogers Award" for "Best Western Swing Song" for his composition, "Sometimes this Old Cowboy Gets the Blues." That same year, he won the "Western Music Association" "Song of the Year" honors. Plus, he won the 1998 AWA "Best Song" with co-writer LES BUFFHAM, for "Below the Kinney Rim."
* RAUL REYNOSO's incredible instrumental and vocal talent has made him one of California's most sought-after musicians and performers. Raul has played at the GRAND OLD OPRY and recorded an LP with LARRY McNEELY titled "Power Play." He is a two-time "Western Regional Flatpicking Champion" who has been nominated three times for best instrumentalist honors by the Western Music Association. For ten years he was the lead member of the THUNDER MOUNTAIN BOYS and THE RHYTHM BROTHERS at Disneyland. He is most noted for his expertise on acoustic guitar and mandolin with a mastery of styles ranging from bluegrass and western swing to '30s jazz in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Raul has his own CD, entitled “Royal Street.”
* DAVID JACKSON, bass player extraordinaire, is much in demand as a studio musician and voice-over artist. He is known for his infectious enthusiasm and humor and has wowed audiences across the country with his prowess and versatility on bass, piano and accordion. In 1996 Dave was honored by the "California Country Music Association" as "Best Instrumentalist." He has played and sung with luminaries such as KENNY ROGERS, HOYT AXTON, CHER, JACKSON BROWNE, DWIGHT YOAKUM, and many more. His true love is music and poetry about the West. He brings abundant experience and heart to this sweet singin' trio. And he's funny, so listen for his little asides and quips.
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 25:
3 pm DUBLIN IRISH DANCE plays the Valley Performing Arts Center, on the campus of CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
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Sun, Feb 25:
7 pm THE CHIEFTAINS, most legendary of all the trad Irish bands, play the Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
* Six-time GRAMMY winners, they've been acclaimed as "Ireland's Official Music Ambassadors to the World."
* Seeing them perform is "Always an amazing Irish Experience."
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Sun, Feb 25:
7 pm JAMES LEE STANLEY plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* He's toured with everyone from Robin Williams to Bonnie Raitt to Steven Wright to Art Garfunkel, and has brought audiences to their feet from the Universal Amphitheater to Carnegie Hall.
* With a pair of new CD’s, the studio album “Had Enough Yet,” and the new live CD, “Alive At Last,” the humorist, guitarist, vocalist and composer is touring California during March and April.
* He says he "will be performing selections from all 32" of his CDs, and that he "has created new monologues, as well as bringing the requested favorites" with him. That'll be a trick, in a two-hour show.
* James Lee's solo guitar orchestrations, coupled with his supple voice and remarkably quick wit, do guarantee an evening full of entertainment. And he says, "joy, pathos, melancholy, birth control and insight." Uhh, okay.
* That makes more sense when you learn that he refers to himself as the “perpetual peregrinator and the purveyor of persiflage.”
* That said, he does present a fine show.
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 25:
7:30 pm DUBLIN IRISH DANCE presents "STEPPING OUT" at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, Northridge, CA.
* This company of high-steppers has toured the world, many appearing in the original Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Stepping Out tells the story of a bygone generation that crossed the Atlantic to escape famine in Ireland, lured by the promise of the American Dream.
* "Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These world champion Irish step-dancers, along with an eight member traditional Irish band and vocalist, take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance."
* They also perform in Costa Mesa on Feb 24; see listing.
* Tix, $33 to $73; tix & info for the Northridge show: www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/
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Sun, Feb 25:
7:30 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN, beloved trad folkies, make their annual pilgrimage to California for a handful of shows, this one at the "Noble House Concerts" series in Van Nuys, CA 91411
* Reservations get directions by email: barb@noblehouseconcerts.com
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Sun, Feb 25:
8 pm SLAID CLEAVES plays the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $25.
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Tue, Feb 27:
8 pm DONOVAN RAITT with RYAN AYER and ADAM WERNER and DANI VARGAS bring a big-talent night of acoustic guitar magic to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* DONOVAN RAITT, emerging as a new voice in the world of modern acoustic fingerstyle guitar, is an Orange County, CA-based artist and adjunct professor of Guitar and Music Technology at Concordia University. He incorporates percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, influences ranging from Jazz to Rock and Classical music, and innovative performance techniques to create a unique sound all his own.
* Donovan has released two albums of solo acoustic guitar music to critical acclaim, and has been touring extensively with his music, performing across the US and Canada at several guitar festivals and events.
* His videos have received thousands of plays on YouTube, and his music has caught the ear of some of the world's best guitarists.
* RYAN AYER is a solo guitarist mixing classical technique with accessible songs forms and structures. His stage show is a well crafted blend of engaging music and interesting stories that have captivated audiences around the world.
* Ryan attended Loyola Marymount University, graduating with degrees in Classical Guitar Performance and Recording Arts. His pieces employ various techniques to explore the reaches of the steel string guitar.
* "Lanterns," Ryan's newest endeavor, was released in June, 2017 on CandyRat records.
* "And Ryan – who possesses a classical technique which he cleverly puts into his steel-string guitar’s service - is definitely a gifted and talented musician whose musical world is as poetic as it is personal." — Roland Dyens.
* ADAM WERNER is a Fingerstyle Guitarist from Los Angeles. He has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Will Ackerman, Alex de Grassi, Michael Manring, Andy McKee, Thomas Leeb, and more.
* Adam's album has received great reviews, and award considerations, including the Grammy’s, IMA’s & ZMR, and it has been on the "ZMR TOP 100" Charts for 10 months straight.
* DANI VARGAS brings "Seasoned artistry and technical proficiency, canorous melodies, and harmonic maturity." With a feel that's often dark and introspective, his music is ultimately uplifting by virtue of the beauty and honesty that so naturally accompanies his acoustic guitar.
* With the onstage collaboration of multi talented violinist Jenna Colombet, Dani's live performances create a beautiful, lyrical yet colorful blend in the style of modern acoustic instrumental music.
* Tix, $20.
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Wed, Feb 28:
7 pm BRAD COLERICK BAND plays the CD release show for "Nine Ten Thirty" at the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Brad is the musical host of this series, but he could have held this event anywhere. His previous albums have enjoyed national and even global radio airplay. He's a formidable presence in the nu-folk movement.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Wed, Feb 28:
7 pm JOHN GORKA plays the SOHo Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Wed, Feb 28:
7 pm Monthly "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS SHOWCASE" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; no reservations for this show -- just get there on time to get your ticket and your seat.
* Tonight's show features BILL BERRY, CRAIG LINCOLN, THE LAUREN ADAMS TRIO, and special spoken-word / storyteller guest DYLAN BRODY doing his latest rendition of his act, "A Word."
* The Guide would recommend this show and include ity as "a Pick" with any one of these artists performing. To have this lineup on the same stage, even doing shorter sets to accommodate them all, makes for a fine showcase evening.
* Tix, $10, cash at the door.
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Wed, Feb 28:
8 pm HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND plays the final of four scheduled local gigs, this one with JEREMIAH SAMMARTANO, at Stories Bookstore and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Thu, Mar 1:
7:30 pm DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Over the past several years, Davina And The Vagabonds, have been building an audience around the globe. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Singer/pianist Davina Sowers’ presence is indelible, while her voice defies simple categorization. Evoking comparisons as diverse as Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, she is simply a true original, presenting a personal vision that celebrates a century of American music.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Fri, Mar 2:
8 pm JAMES INTVELD, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs — seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri & Sat, Mar 2 & 3:
8 pm CHRIS SMITHER plays the first of two nights (Friday and Sunday) in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix for either show, $30.
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Fri, Mar 2:
8 pm STRUNZ & FARAH at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Guitar duo and Grammy Award nominated Strunz & Farah have been performing together since 1979. Their original rhythmic and virtuosic sound combines Latin American and Middle Eastern music, which has been described as flamenco-style world fusion. Respectively from Costa Rica and Iran, they met in LA where they pioneered a musical genre with their culturally rich repertoire.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Mar 3:
8 pm REVEREND TALL TREE at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Original Blues & American Roots music in the tradition of Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Bo Diddley. Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter Chris Pierce heads up Reverend Tall Tree for a return appearance at the Annex.
* Pierce has opened for B.B. King, Al Green, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Beth Hart, Robert Cray, and more.
* His voice & music have been heard in numerous films including "Soul Men" and the Oscar award-winning motion picture "Crash," and has been licensed by many popular TV shows.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Mar 3:
8 pm HOLLYWOOD BLUES BAND, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs — seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Mar 4, FREE:
6 pm-8:30 pm "VIVALDI'S THE FOUR SEASONS" performed by THE LOS ANGELES VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA for the FREE "Sundays Live" series at the Bing Theatre at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90036
* This delightful evening of music includes SAMUEL BARBER’s emotional "Adagio for Strings" in addition to ANTONIO VIVALDI’s "The Four Seasons," op.8, Nos.1–4.
* Featured soloists are violin virtuosi ROBERTO CANI and YuEun KIM.
* Interested in viewing the galleries? Go early, museum admission is $15.
* Free street parking on Sunday; lot across the street is $12.
* More at: http://www.lacma.org/event/la-virtuosi-orchestra
* Tix: Seating for this non-ticketed FREE mini-concert is first-come, first-served. 21 and over.
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Sun, Mar 4:
8 pm CHRIS SMITHER plays the second of two nights (Friday and Sunday) in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix for either show, $30.
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Thu-Sat, Mar 8-10:
"URINETOWN" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets. A brilliant satire modeled on the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, "Urinetown" is a wickedly funny, fast-paced and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.
* Tix and show times: www.rollinghillsprep.org
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Sat, Mar 10:
8 pm "EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE" Featuring the Zmed Brothers at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* "This charming young band recaptures the iconic music of the Everlys with authentic arrangements, vintage instruments and evocative harmonies." - vewnue promo.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sun, Mar 11:
2 pm "ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN IRELANd" presented by KERRY IRISH PRODUCTIONS INC in the Scheer Forum at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
* Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us and the great joy of being Irish with music, song, dance and irresistible merriment from the Emerald Isle.
* The concert will be led by members of THE KERRY TRADITIONAL ORCHESTRA: four multi-instrumentalists who share their passion for the traditional music of Ireland with fiddles, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhrán, guitar and flutes roaring through the theatre with a gusto that will leave you wanting to dance in the aisles! Add Irish dance led by champion dancer CONNOR REIDER, and Irish song from THE KERRY VOICE SQUAD, three lovely lassies delivering the best of Irish song.
* "Irish to the core…..not to be missed! A Great Irish Night!" — Irish News and Entertainment.
* Tix, $44 and $47, at 805-449-2787 or online: https://www.civicartsplaza.com/show_detail.php?id=369
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Tue, Mar 13:
Time tba CAROLINE COTTER, nationally touring her new album, "Home on the River," plays the first of her two L.A. gigs for the "TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB" series at Bar Lubitsch, 7702 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90046; 323-654-1234; www.barlubitsch.com
* Check out the pics of this venue on their website (above) — the decor is right out of "Doctor Zhivago"-!
* THE GUIDE's REVIEW of Caroline Cotter's new album will be featured in our NEXT Music News edition!
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Wed, Mar 14:
7 pm CAROLINE COTTER, nationally touring her new album, "Home on the River," plays the second of her two L.A. gigs at the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
* THE GUIDE's REVIEW of Caroline Cotter's new album will be featured in our NEXT Music News edition!
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Thu, Mar 15:
8 pm DANÚ — "ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION," at the Carpenter Center for the Arts, 6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815; 562 985-7000.
* Hailing from historic County Waterford, DANÚ is one of today's leading traditional Irish ensembles.
* With high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire, Danú takes you on a musical journey to their native Ireland.
* Discount for groups of 12 or more.
* Tix & info: www.carpenterarts.org/2017-2018/danu.html
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Fri-Sun, Mar 16-18:
15th annual "LA HARBOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* The LAHIFF returns for a 15th year of feature films, shorts, documentaries, a Saturday night gala featuring a 35mm screening of "Bye Bye Birdie," "Read the Book, See the Movie," for schools, and more.
* Info and tix: www.LAHIFF.org
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Thu, Mar 22:
6 pm GARY PRESCOTT and CHRIS ISAACS, two stars, one of Western-cowboy music, the other of storytelling/cowboy poetry, play the "Huml House Concerts" series in Santa Clarita, CA (N of the SFV).
* Calling themselves "Cowboys by profession, entertainers by accident," this collaboration is a winning combination.
* GARY PRESCOTT was raised in the brush country of South Texas and he brings the life and legacy of the modern-day cowboy in his award-winning songs.
* CHRIS ISAACS is a storyteller and cowboy poet who has lived the life he shares in his words and performance art, plus he's considered one of the best humorists in the genre.
* Series presenter Diane Huml says, "If you're tired of music you can't understand and humor that is filthy but not funny, then give these guys a try. You won't be sorry!"
* Reservations get directions by phone at 661-406-9542, or email tlcgroomer@sbcglobal.net
* The evening includes dinner at 6 pm, and the concert at 7.
* $20 at the door, and it goes to the artists.
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Thu, Mar 22:
time tba THE DECEMBERISTS play the Fox Theater in Pomona.
* The Decemberists explore a new sound with a new producer on their eighth studio album, "I’ll Be Your Girl," due for release March 16 on Capitol Records.
* The acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band worked with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey) and embraced influences such as Roxy Music and New Order "to spark a new creative path."
* "I’ll Be Your Girl" will be released on a multitude of formats, including 180gm LP, 180gm Limited Edition Orange LP, 180gm Limited Edition Blue LP (available at indie record stores), 180gm Limited Edition Purple LP (available at Barnes & Noble), 180gm Limited Edition White LP (available via Rough Trade Records in Europe), softpak CD, cassette, digital download, and a "mystery deluxe edition" box dubbed "I’ll Be Your Girl: The Exploded Version," for which details will be revealed shortly.
* Tix went on sale Fri, Jan 19, via AXS at www.axs.com; info at www.decemberists.com
* They play Fri, Mar 23, at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara; tix available from Jan 19 at above site.
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Fri, Mar 23:
8 & 10 pm MARY GAUTHIER, plus special guest MAX GOMEZ, for two shows tonight in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Either show, $26.50
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Fri, Mar 23:
8 pm THE DECEMBERISTS play the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara; tix available Jan 19, 10 am (see below; details of tour in Mar 22 listing, above).
* Tix went on sale Fri, Jan 19 at 10 am via AXS at www.axs.com; info at www.decemberists.com
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Sat, Mar 24, FESTIVAL:
10 am-10 pm Annual "FOLKWORKS FOLK/ROOTS FESTIVAL" at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, West Los Angeles.
* EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW through 2/14/18. Get tickets early and save some bucks, at: www.FWFolkRootsFestival.com
* VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to make this a successful festival — email: baritune@att.net
* The day features WORKSHOPS—JAMS—CONCERTS, panels, a folk-film-fest, and headliner performances of "Music from the Americas and the Middle East in a multi-cultural event."
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AFTERNOON CONCERT PERFORMERS:
▪ Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble
▪ Baklava Ensemble
▪ Amaro Lumiyo
▪ Complicated Animals
▪ Echo Mountain
▪ Nevenka Folk Ensemble
▪ La Victoria
▪ Linda Alvarez and Friends
▪ ZtheBand
▪ more TBA
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EVENING CONCERT PERFORMERS:
▪ CHLOE POURMORADY ENSEMBLE
▪ SAUSAGE GRINDER STRING BAND
▪ YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
▪ CAMBALACHE
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* The festival team reports:

"Things at FolkWorks are fast and furious. Our fundraiser for musicians fees at the Folk/Roots Festival was a huge success. We exceeded our goal. Thanks to all of you who so generously pitched in to make it happen…we will be able to pay our amazing talent and keep the Festival admission affordable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

"The Folk/Roots Festival is less than two months away… and we are feverishly working on the final details. We do need volunteers to help. If you interested in helping out please send an email to Tom Hubbard , our volunteer co-coordinator, at: baritune@att.net. He will find tasks that will match your needs.

"Tickets are available through the Festival website as well as information about the performers and workshops. We are still getting up information on the lineup.
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For more information, email leda@FolkWorks.org
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* Info to show your support early is at:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/folkworks-folk-roots-festival#/
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Thu, Apr 12:
8 pm DANA LOUISE & THE GLORIOUS BIRDS at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, singer-songwriter Dana Louise fronts the Glorious Birds. That's along with her dad, Ezra Idlet on guitar, and Keith Grimwood on percussion and bass, those two from the original 1970s duo, TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA.
* Paying tribute to classic Americana, the Glorious Birds deliver upbeat fun tunes they call "future folk."
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Apr 14:
8 pm THE SYNCOPATHS at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh spin to Scottish, Irish, and American folk musical traditions.
* "Though they may not have the international acclaim of Solas or the Chieftains, make no mistake, the Syncopaths are nothing short of a Celtic supergroup." - Irish Herald.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Apr 14:
8 pm BERKLEY HART "WRECK 'N SOW 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR" at the Poway Performing Arts Center, Poway, CA
* Playing their last show in the "entire album, front to back" series, the multiple-award-winning duo tells us, "We'll be doing all the songs from our very first album, 'Wreck 'N Sow,' as well as celebrating our 20th Anniversary as Berkley Hart!"
* Tix: www.berkleyhart.com
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Sat, Apr 21:
8 pm BOB MALONE at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* One-of-a-kind high-energy piano hybrid of rock, blues and New Orleans R&B, Malone has toured the world as a solo artist; and is currently touring with rock legend John Fogerty and has recently recorded with Ringo Starr.
* A Guide favorite and a must-see act when he's in town — and he isn't here that often.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Apr 28:
8 pm DIRTY CELLO at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on contemporary Americana.
* Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello stampedes from down home blues to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass.
* Dirty Cello is a full value funky, sexy, tangled, electric, and fiercely rhythmic experience.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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May 10-13, FESTIVAL:
Annual "GATOR BY THE BAY" festival in Spanish Landing Park, across from the airport in san Diego, CA; www.gatorbythebay.com/music-2018-line-up-pre-2/
* Headliners include:
- PINE LEAF BOYS
- THE REVELERS
- HORACE TRAHAN & THE OSSUN EXPRESS
- KEITH FRANK & THE SOILEAU ZYDECO BAND
- DEXTER ARDOIN
- EARL THOMAS GOSPEL REVIVAL
- CAROLYN WONDERLAND BLUES
- ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS
- MR. SIPP
- IGOR PRADO WITH WHITNEY SHAY
- SONNY LANDRETH
- SHANA MORRISON
* Full info: https://www.gatorbythebay.com/music-2018-line-up-pre-2/
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Sun, May 20, FESTIVAL:
58th annual "TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL" returns to Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, CA, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area.
* The Guide will have a full feature story SOON.
* For those who can't wait?
* DEADLINES for entering the graphic design contest, being a musical contestant, and more, have been published.
* The official site is: http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org
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May 22-27, over Memorial Day Weekend:
49th annual "BISHOP MULE DAYS" festival in Bishop, CA.
* Feature story coming soon.
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May 26 & 27, FESTIVAL:
Annual "SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL" in Rancho Santa Susana Park, 5005 Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley, CA 93063
* With two stages, this always brings top bands from Louisiana and nationally-known blues headlining bands.
* Cajun & Zydeco Entertainers for 2018:
- CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND
- LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS – 2018 GRAMMY WINNER
- KEVIN NAQUIN & OSSUN PLAYBOYS
- LA RECOLTE
- LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS
- DENNIS G AND THE ZYDECO TRAIL RIDERZ
- BO DOLLIS, JR. & THE WILD MAGNOLIAS
* Blues Entertainers for 2018:
- EDDIE MONEY
- DAVE MASON
- DEVON ALLMAN PROJECT WITH DUANE BETTS
- CHAMBERS BROTHERS
- LIGHTNIN' WILLIE
- 3 SISTA BLUES - DEB RYDER, SHARI PUORTO AND KELLY Z
* All the info: www.simicajun.org
* and VERY WORTH signing-up for their blog on all-things Cajun (including food and recipes) at www.cajunbluesblog.com
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Jun 9 & 10, FESTIVAL:
Annual "BIG IRISH FAIR" is moving to new dates and a new location, at the Orange County Great Park. Info, www.irishfair.org
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See you soon with a very massive edition of the Guide's MUSIC NEWS.

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LEGALESE, CONTACTING US, 'N SUCH...

Boilerplate? With or without a Belpaire firebox? Circulators or thermic syphons? Where's the main pressure gauge? Superheated or saturated? Is it Walschaerts or Baker or Stephenson valve gear? Duplex or Standard stoker? Does a lawyer even know which end of the wrench to pick-up?

What "boilerplate"? Who came up with that goofy term for basic essential informational stuff... geeez... soon as we take water from the tank, top-off the lubricators, and get beans from the Harvey House, we are sooo whistlin' outta here, steamin' down the line, and tyin'-up someplace with good music!
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Friday, February 2, 2018

Groundhog Day Record Sale, and LIVE MUSIC / EVENTS UPDATE. Feb 2 2018 edition

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* First, the word of a 24-hour, 25%-off record / artists merch sale.

* Second, your Guide to LIVE MUSIC & Arts Events in Southern Cal, hugely expanded from the one we published in the last edition.

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LATE ADDITION: the PUPPY BOWL

We really could care less about the overhyped football game with the FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR TICKETS to watch millionaire players get their brains damaged by taking cranial impacts for their billionaire owners. All being broadcast Sunday from inside a warm megadome to escape the frozen tundra, where REAL football games used to get played in the days of Lombardi.

BUT, we are newly-minted fans of THE PUPPY BOWL, which airs live, noon-1 pm Sunday (with constant repeats, into the night.) It's on the Animal Planet channel. In addition to all the canine players being rescued dogs who always get adopted into new homes by the end of the game? This year, Puppy Bowl XIV / The Dog Bowl, has: a rescued tree sloth assisting the ref; a chicken who pecks the piano keys during the National Anthem and any musical interludes; and an audience of quacking baby ducklings. Oh, and there's a large bird that walks around on the computer keyboard to tweet "live comments" on the game -- meaning you're getting tweeters along with your woofers.

This charming contest is played in a dogbone-shaped stadium, appropriately sized for participants' dimensions and puppy prowess. Anytime a "player" gets a plush toy into either end zone, that fido's team scores. And there is frequent action as jaws clamp down on the toys, with entire flocks of puppies pulling in different directions. Time-outs are taken when an un-housebroken participant fouls the playing field and the groundskeeping crew is called. And penalties include Intentional Growling, though licking the ref is allowed.

At one hour, and no overhyped two-million-dollar-a-minute commercials -- and enough time for just one beer and some good bean-cheese-salsa dip? They can collar us into watching this one.

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♪ 24-HOUR, 25%-OFF, GROUNDHOG DAY RECORD SALE


Hillsborough, NC-based Yep Roc Records has quite a roster of music-makers on their label. We're not sure if they're having a secret sale because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today. All of us DO know that the scene in Pennsylvania -- where they dragged the poor marmot from his burrow, with the sun shining at the time -- means we're supposed to be in for six more weeks of winter. Let's face it, with temps in the high 80's in L.A., it's a hard sell to get anybody to believe there even IS a winter anymore. And it's downright funny when the label tells us they're motivated to do something "to help get rid of those winter blues!"

Yes, well, it's A REAL GOOD THING, as a Twilight Zone episode once had all the characters saying. Soooooo, Yep Rock, for one day only, is offering "25% off artist items titled A-M from the y-store." Which is almost a cryptic way to tell us.

Seriously, the Yep Rock Records sale is 24 HOURS ONLY. So make your purchases on their site before 11 AM Saturday, Feb 3.

Their artists include DOC WATSON, AOIFE O'DONOVAN, JOHN DOE, CHATHAM COUNTY LINE, DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN, ELENI MANDELL, JOSH ROUSE, BORN RUFFIANS, GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS, MANDOLIN ORANGE, BIG SANDY, LOS STRAITJACKETS, THE APPLES, NICK LOWE, ROBYN HITCHCOCK, WESLEY STACE, CHUCK PROPHET, THE SADIES, TIFT MERRITT, SHADOWY MEN OF A SHADOWY PLANET, THE STRAY BIDS, THE FLESHTONES, JEREMY AND THE HARLEQUINS, JONAH TOLCHIN, TONY JOE WHITE, ELI PAPERBOY REED, SAM PHILLIPS, SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS, KIM RICHEY, VAN DYKE PARKS, SLOAN, LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III, and more.

Their recordings and artist merch, and the 25% off sale, are at:

http://yeproc.11spot.com/

Use code "GOBBLERSKNOB" at checkout to get the big discount.
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Of course, we are, as always, major proponents of patronizing local record stores. But once in a while, we can fall off the wagon for something good. Especially when we're filled with the holiday spirit of Groundhog Day.


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♪ LIVE MUSIC, THIS WEEKEND AND BEYOND...


We've made major additions to the Guide's picks for live events. So many that we didn't expect you to click over the last edition and scroll past the other NEWS FEATURES to go find it.

Yes, Virginia, that previous edition is still available, so you can go read the other four feature stories if you haven't already. It's at:

https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2018/01/this-week-live-music-picks-moon-tonight.html

But to make your choices to fill your dance card, you've come to the right place.

We even list some upcoming wonderments clear into June.
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The Guide's CONCERT PICKS -- Not Comprehensive -- The Good Stuff that's Out 'n About

First, a timely announcement...

***** TICKET ALERT *****
On sale FRIDAY, FEB 2, at 10 am:
Elton John plays the STAPLES Center on his final concert tour, an "Epic Three-Year Final 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' Tour."
* American Express cardholders get a jump, because AMEX bribed them; those tix are on-sale NOW.
* Concerts in L.A. are 1/22/19 & 1/23/19.
* This will sell-out immediately, so don't dawdle.
* "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" Global Tour starts in the U.S. on September 8 2018, Reaching Europe in April 2019, Asia in November 2019, Australasia in December 2019 and into 2020, South America in March 2020, before returning to Europe and the UK late 2020 and finishing in North America in 2021.
* There will be "Simultaneous Live Broadcast to Special Events in London and Los Angeles."
* Announcement of 300+ date tour was made by Elton John at Press Q&A during "Tech-Infused Event" with exclusive VR180 live stream supported by YouTube at Gotham Hall, New York City.
* You can see that announcement at: www.youtube.com/eltonjohn
* “It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life.” - Elton John.
* The official announcement says, "Further Info and Ticketing Details to be Announced in the Coming Months."

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Now, the CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, FILM SCREENINGS, and other good events, now through whenever.

Chronological, by date and start time...


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The shortest month shapes-up as a big one for music!

Fri, Feb 2, FILM SCREENING:
7:15 pm “TRUMPING DEMOCRACY” screens at the Topanga Peace Alliance's 154th Consecutive "First Friday Film Night," at the Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga 90290. (Digital device directions don't really get you there, so go slow and look around.)
* "This explosive new documentary shows how Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States by winning three key states, a victory engineered by an ultra-conservative faction that quietly mapped its way to power using fake news, lies and psychometrics."
* "'Trumping Democracy' follows the money to the reclusive multi-billionaire Robert Mercer. Using data of millions of Americans acquired from banks, credit companies, Facebook, Google, social security and more, another Mercer company, Cambridge Analytica, used tactics honed during the UK's Brexit campaign to identify voters deemed 'most neurotic or worried,' whom they believed could swing for Trump. In the days before the election, using a little-known Facebook feature, 'dark posts,' they deployed highly manipulative and personalized messages, which could be seen only by the user before disappearing. In the darkness of the web, democracy was trumped by data."
* After the film, there is a discussion with the filmmaker, Thomas Huchon, live via Skype from Paris.
* Before the film, they have announcements regarding upcoming events and actions for peace and social justice.
* Veggie Snack Pot Luck at 7:15 pm, movie at 7:30 pm.
* "If you can, please bring a non-alcoholic beverage or vegetarian potluck snacks to share."
* ADA compliant with plenty of easy parking, elevator access, and headphones "for those who need a little extra volume."
* The screening is in the meeting room, across the patio from the elevator and the top of the stairs.
* A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
* Further info, contact Julie at 310-455-9389 h; 310 463-3016 cell.
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Fri, Feb 2:
7:30-10:30 pm ZYDECO MUDBUGS play "ARROWHEAD’S ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE" sponsored by the Rotary Club at Lake Arrowhead.
* Includes a Crawfish Boil dinner.
* Tix, $35.
* Call 909-744-3020 for info and reservations.
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Fri, Feb 2:
8 pm TISH HINOJOSA plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* From from Austin, Texas, Tish Hinojosa’s blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far reaching appeal.
* Her accolades include a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton, a command performance for President-elect George W. Bush, and teaming up with legendary artists Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam.
* The washington Post called her "A talented songwriter with an understated but utterly unaffected delivery...vivid...touching...pointed...playful...engaging. A a rare gift for melody that's perfect for Hinojosa's lovely, relaxed soprano."
* More at www.mundotish.com
* Tix, $20.
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Fri, Feb 2:
8 pm “PARDI GRAS” at the House of Blues, 1055 5th Av, San Diego 92101; 619-299-2583.
* Lineup: THE BAYOU BROTHERS, LOLA DEMURE'S BURLESQUE & VARIETY SHOW, DJ LV, STEVE & GINIE JACKSON.
* 21 and over with valid photo I.D.
* Bayou Brothers can get you in FREE. Just email Ric Lee at bayoubrothers@cox.net no later than 10 pm Thursday or Friday. Ric will have a free ticket for you at will call under your name. Bring your I.D.
* Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm.
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Fri & Sat, Feb 2 & 3:
8 pm UNICAMP BRAZILIAN CELLO ENSEMBLE does two performances, different themes, consecutive nights, at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106; www.BostonCourt.com
* The Los Angeles Times beat us to it in highlighting their concerts for this week.
* Formed in 2013, this conductor-less orchestra features multiple celli from Sao Paulo, Brazil and specializes in the music of Villa-Lobos as well as other South American composers.
* Special guest Stephen Erdody (Grammy Winner) will perform on February 2 and Gloria Lum (L.A. Phil) on February 3.
* February 2, 8 pm - "From Sao Paulo to Hollywood."
* February 3, 8 pm - "Bachianas Brasileiras."
* In 2016, they recorded the album "Cellos Without Borders", a CD of world premiere recordings including Lalo Schifrin's Divertimento.
* The cellists travelling to California with Lars include: Leonardo Castilho, Bianca de Souza, Leonardo Borges, Ana Clara Alves, Gabriel Falcade, Pedro Bortolin, and Bruno Belluco.
* Tix on their website, above, or call 626-683-6801.
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Fri, Feb 2:
8 pm SHAWN JONES BAND, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Feb 2:
8 pm DAVE ALVIN plays two nights (Fri & Sat) in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* SOLD OUT, both nights -- we warned you.
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Fri-Sun, Feb 2-4:
"SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA
* Presented by Encore South Bay, this is a professionally produced musical hit starring talented local children and adults.
* In Dr. Seuss fashion, here's the promo:
"Local children, neighbors and friends will be there,
The Cat in the Hat will be quite debonair,
Horton and the Grinch will find their joy,
And ENCORE will bring a smile to every girl and boy ...and their parents."
* Tix and info: http://www.encoresouthbay.org/
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Fri, Sat, Sun, Feb 2-24:
"SAPO" featuring BUYEPONGO, co-presented by Culture Clash at the Getty Villa in Malibu.
* Set in the mid-1970s Latin music scene, "SAPO" depicts a slithery world of mischief and deception where anything goes.
* Tickets available now at www.getty.edu/360
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Fri-Sun, ongoing (opened Jan 27):
L.A. OPERA PRESENTS "CANDIDE" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the L.A. Music Center, downtown L.A.
* Details, schedule, and tix at: www.laopera.org
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Sat, Feb 4:
9 am-4 pm 38th Annual "OC BLACK HISTORY PARADE AND CULTURAL FAIRE" at Centre City Anaheim, 201 W Center St Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805
* PARADE at 9 am, features over 10 marching bands from all over Southern California, including the award-winning Banning Pilots Marching Band, plus the "501st Legion," known as "The World's Definitive Imperial Star Wars" endorsed by Disney and Lucasfilm Ltd.
* To show how far we've come? The co-Grand Marshalls of the Parade are both white -- ABC 7 Morning Anchor Team Leslie Sykes and Phillip Palmer -- and many of the key honorees are of Asian or other ethnic backgrounds.
* CULTURAL FAIRE: The event continues at the cultural faire on Center Street Promenade featuring food vendors, retail and information booths, a Black History Exhibit, a Youth Village (which will include a Youth Art Contest, an Anaheim Public Library Bookmobile, and a Health Village, offering free health screening and important health related information). In addition, there is a college faire where students gain info about attending college.
* There are over 50 vendors and live entertainment will take place at center stage.
* One of the big features of the faire is THE BUFFALO SOLDER EXPERIENCE presented by The OC Black Chamber of Commerce all day. The event is FREE to attend at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center inside the Promenade all day
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Sat, Feb 3:
7 pm "THE BEST OF THE ROADHOUSE SET TWO - AFTER THE FLOOD" really does deserve that dramatic name, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* YES, THERE REALLY WAS A FLOOD AT THE VENUE, WITH AN AUDIENCE IN THE SEATS AND PERFORMERS ON THE STAGE. But the vessel has been re-floated.
* It was a night of history. On January 11th 2018, as the water came flooding into The Coffee Gallery Backstage, some of the finest artists in L.A. were on stage performing great American roots music for the 1st Anniversary show of "The Roadhouse Series." Little did anyone known, a busted water line on the avenue outside had caused water to rushed into the venue. As the first historic set was coming to an end and we drank the last of the musical waters, our Big Kahuna, Bob Stane, took to his canoe and, megaphone in hand, called out for evacuation, while the fire department broke down the doors. As a performer, writer, photographer, bestselling author, and songwriter, Paul Zollo described it on his Facebook page.
* Zollo wrote: "With Neil Rosengarden in the spirit of those valiant Titanic musicians, we would play till the end. We heard Bob Stane telling everyone to 'please evacuate now before you get electrocuted!' I yelled, in mid-song, 'Save yourself!' Something I so rarely say during a song. I loved how Neil Rosengarden - although we were going down with the ship quickly - played so beautifully! And he played the very last notes of the song “Whispering Hope” by The Band - as Bob Stane urged us to ‘STOP ALREADY!’"
* This was at the end of the first half of Terry Paul Roland's "Best of the Roadhouse" series, leaving Roland to say, "It was half of one of the best shows ever!"
* In the spirit of Americana determination and our ability to overcome articles, we will present 'The Best of The Roadhouse - Set Two: After the Flood.' Included in the festivities will be our fearless Captain Roberto Stane, to guide through the perilous waters of The Coffee Gallery Backstage as artists like our faithful host Patrick Carrico, Chad Watson, the Titanic Legends-Paul Zollo & Neil Rosengarden, Pam Loe, RJ Chesney, Emily Zuzik, Levi Petree, Kassidy Heal, Robbie Mangiardi, Eddie Hedges, and Dwight Payne re-group with life boats and great songs to bring us to shore with the second set of this historic show. Also along for the voyage will be other artists from the first set and those who were ill and escaped the perils of the January 11th Day of the Flood show.
* This is a full show with $10.00 discount coupons "for the survivors of the first set. Proceeds will go toward the fearless band and the water-logged venue via our Captain," say the producers.
* Venue impresario Bob Stane, in his inimitable style, says, "Just as a precaution, you may want to bring your swim suit!"
* Tix, if you were not there for the flood, are $20; those who boarded the lifeboats get $10 tix.
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Sat, Feb 3:
6 pm and 9 pm "WILD PARTY -- A JAZZ AGE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE" is a fund raiser for the Broad Stage, at "secret locations" in santa Monica, CA.
* Raise your glass and raise your spirits with a fun and frolicking fundraiser commemorating The Broad Stage's 10th Season.
* Held at a "mystery location to be revealed."
* Break out your finest for an evening of song, dance and salacious secrets in this immersive theatrical event.
* "All of the Hollywood elite will be there: Buster Keaton, Fred Astaire, Gloria Swanson, Josephine Baker and more."
* Hold on as these eccentric characters spiral out of control revealing their desires for wealth, fame...and each other.
* The evening begins in the ballroom of a historic, swanky Santa Monica establishment. To avoid risk of a Prohibition-era raid, details regarding the location and parking will be revealed to you privately closer to the performance date.
* Period attire is encouraged, but not required.
* As part of the experience, performances for "Wild Party" will take place in multiple locations throughout the venue. Attendees can expect to climb a flight of stairs upon entry and be mobile throughout most of the event.
* Space is extremely limited.
* Info and tix, www.thebroadstage.org
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Sat, Feb 3:
7 pm THE LICATA BROTHERS, CARBE-DURAND and NEIL ROSENGARDEN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* The Coffee Gallery Backstage native sons, THE LICATA BROTHERS, are back for 2018 with ambitious plans and a growing catalog of new material as well as some those favorite tunes you never thought you would hear again performed live.
* Brothers JIMMY and TONY LICATA are hard at work on the THIRD CD and have a full program in store (with a few surprises, of course), all brought to you with some of their favorite musical colleagues.
* CARBE AND DURAND -- Liza Carbé and J.P. Durand -- perform together and as members of INCENDIO.
* NEIL ROSENGARDEN brings his amazing versatility on keyboards, guitar and trumpet, and opens the musical floodgates for a rollicking, multi-genre cavalcade of auditory adventures.
* Tix, $20.
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Sat, Feb 3, FREE:
7:45 pm "CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL" at the Lincoln Plaza Hotel in Monterey Park, CA.
* Commemorate the Year of the Dog at this annual event, aka the "LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL."
* The festival features the Taiwan Night Market with cultural food, amusement rides, and the Indie Music Concert presented by Tangman.
* This festival draws an attendance of 50,000 to 100,000.
* Chinese New Year, known in modern China as the "Spring Festival," is the most important of the holidays for Chinese.
* Parking options:
● Ynez Elementary School, 120 S. Ynez Ave., Monterey Park. 2 block walk.
● Repetto Elementary School, 650 Grandridge Ave., Monterey Park. Free shuttle.
● Mark Keppel High School, 501 E. Hellman Ave., Alhambra. Free shuttle.
* Ride Metro: http://bit.ly/1jfqk5l
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Sat, Feb 3:
8 pm THE HILLBENDERS present "A BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO THE WHO'S 'TOMMY'" at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* The Hillbenders perform a full bluegrass style tribute to The Who’s classic rock-opera, "Tommy."
* Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder Louis Jay Meyers, the band bridges the gap between rock and bluegrass while paying total respect to Pete Townsend’s original work. It's, well, Whograss.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Feb 3:
8 pm VERY big night, with ROD PIAZZA, BILLY WATSON, LIL A, BIG GEORGE, WIZARDS OF THE WEST COAST HARP, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Feb 3:
8 pm UNICAMP BRAZILIAN CELLO ENSEMBLE does two performances, different themes, consecutive nights (Feb 2 & 3), at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106; www.BostonCourt.com
* The Los Angeles Times beat us to it in highlighting their concerts for this week.
* Formed in 2013, this conductor-less orchestra features multiple celli from Sao Paulo, Brazil and specializes in the music of Villa-Lobos as well as other South American composers.
* Special guest Stephen Erdody (Grammy Winner) will perform on February 2 and Gloria Lum (L.A. Phil) on February 3.
* February 2, 8 pm - "From Sao Paulo to Hollywood."
* February 3, 8 pm - "Bachianas Brasileiras."
* In 2016, they recorded the album "Cellos Without Borders", a CD of world premiere recordings including Lalo Schifrin's Divertimento.
* The cellists travelling to California with Lars include: Leonardo Castilho, Bianca de Souza, Leonardo Borges, Ana Clara Alves, Gabriel Falcade, Pedro Bortolin, and Bruno Belluco.
* Tix on their website, above, or call 626-683-6801.
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Sat, Feb 3:
8 pm DAVE ALVIN plays two nights (Fri & Sat) in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* SOLD OUT, both nights -- we warned you.
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Sat, Feb 3:
9:30 pm TISH HINOJOSA from Austin, Texas, plays Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323-653-0640; www.genghiscohen.com
* Go early for dinner; venue is known for their Chinese food, and they have a full bar.
* If you're dining, be sure they seat you in the music room, or you'll miss the show.
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Sun, Feb 4:
5 pm "MINI-MUSIC-FESTIVAL" at the Beatnik Cafe, 61597 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
* Take a desert drive for a football-free potluck and mini-music festival.
* Headliner is TISH HINOJOSA from Austin, Texas.
* On the bill are ANNY CELSI and LISA MEDNICK POWELL.
* Anny says, "Bring a tuna casserole and join us!"
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Sun, Feb 4:
7 pm THE JANGLE BROTHERS -- the trio of JOHN YORK, BILLY DARNELL & CHAD WATSON -- play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire. He has played with P.F. Sloan, The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.
* BILLY DARNELL, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn,
* CHAD WATSON, amazing bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 4; FREE:
7 pm "EXAMINING WHITE PRIVILEGE - A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106; www.BostonCourt.com
* This first event in a series is titled, "The (conditional) Kindness of Strangers: Examining White Privilege."
* Join Boston Court friends, theatre-lovers, and our partners for a series of panel discussions delving into the present day relevance of the theatre's avant-garde revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire."
* These conversations on class, race, gender, gentrification, and other hot topics support one of the production's goals: to ensure theatre continues to promote a dialogue within and among our diverse community.
* With leaders from the Compton Artists Alliance, the producers tell us, "We’ll illuminate the challenges, controversies and opportunities surrounding privilege, identify what it means to be an ally, and confront the sometimes uncomfortable words: white privilege."
* Panelists: Corey Nash, Compton Artists Alliance President; Saida Powell, Compton Artists Alliance, Treasurer; moderated by "A Streetcar Named Desire Dramaturg," Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni .
* RSVP for your free tix on their website, above, or call 626-683-6801.
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Sun, Feb 4:
POSTPONED -- SMOKEY HORMEL in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* New date tba; keep an eye on the venue's website.
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Feb 5 & 6, CONFERENCE / TRADE SHOW:
"DEW — DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT WORLD 2018" — happens at the Marriott Marina Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, CA.
* This is a big deal with very heavyweight speakers and panelists from across the music, entertainment, media, and tech industries.
* SEE THE GUIDE'S FULL STORY ON THE EVENT in our Jan 26 edition. It's the # 5 feature at:
https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2018/01/live-performances-streaming-from-and.html
* Or, you can click your way through a bunch of pages on their site, at: https://www.dewexpo.com
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Wed, Feb 7:
7 pm GREGORY PAGE and JEAN MANN play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Gregory Page is an eclectic, genre-bending singer-songwriter, balladeer, recording artist, film maker, art activist, music producer and published poet. He has toured the world many times over opening for the likes of Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Judy Collins, Chris Isaak and Jason Mraz. Born in London, he grew up surrounded by family members who performed and recorded traditional Irish music. His parents met while touring with their respective bands — “The Beat Chics” and “The Martians.” Educated in music composition and classical guitar at Trinity College, he moved to San Diego where he began molding his own style that draws from traditions of folk, Celtic, Armenian, ragtime, blues, swing and French romanticism.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Thu, Feb 8:
7:30 pm SILVERLAKE TRIO plays the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* The Silverlake Trio as a trio? Often they're not a threesome. In fact, they will number five at the Blue Guitar. The group was formed in 2014 by guitarist-bassist and Silverlake resident Eric Garcia. He’ll be joined by an all-star lineup of Ken Berry on guitar, Steve Nelson on bass, Lynn Coulter on drums, and frequent Blue Guitar performer, guitarist Mark Goldenberg. Collectively, these musicians have worked with a diverse list of artists that could wrap around all 18 holes at Arroyo Seco Golf Course. That list of their artist credits includes Bob Dylan, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, BB King, Mose Allison, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Jeff Goldblum, Carole King, Helen Reddy, Johnny Rivers, Rita Coolidge, and on and on.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Thu, Feb 8:
8 pm THE NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* This duo brings "a potpourri of folk, western, and novelty tunes, all delivered with finely-crafted vocal harmony."
* This delightful pair has been recognized by the International Western Music Association with the 2017 Marilyn Tuttle “Best of the Best” Harmony Award, and the 2015 "Harmony Duo of the Year" Award.
* Tix, $20.
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Fri, Feb 9:
8 pm "An Evening with JACKSON BROWNE" is a benefit concert at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* Proceeds from the concert will benefit the non-profit organization Grand Vision Foundation, and its youth music education program, Meet the Music. Meet the Music partners with underserved Harbor Area elementary schools to provide music education in schools where it would not otherwise exist. Through inspirational live world music concerts and professional instruction, Meet the Music introduces music education to over 1800 students, teaching them to read music, play their first instrument and discover that they are music-makers.
* Joining Jackson Browne on February 9th are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals), and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.
* More info: www.jacksonbrowne.com
* Tix: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/jackson-browne-san-pedro-california-02-09-2018/event/0900538BDA543288
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Fri, Feb 9:
8 pm "COCO DOLENZ and THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK," with ALEX JULES on keyboard, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236. Show info, www.coffeegallery.com
* Tix: $20.
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Fri, Feb 9:
8 pm CASEY HENSLEY featuring LAURA CHAVEZ, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Feb 9:
time tba CHEECH & CHONG play the Santa Clarita Performing Arts center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355; 661-362-5304.
* The Grammy Award-winning Cheech and Chong are a hilariously irreverent, satirical, counterculture, no-holds-barred comedy duo. Still as funny today as they were in the 1970s and '80s, they take on today’s issues in this new show.
* Tix, $70-$80-$100, at: http://www3.canyons.edu/Offices/PIO/CanyonsPAC/cheechchong.html
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Fri & Sat, Feb 9 & 10:
8 pm DAVID LINDLEY plays two nights in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, either night, $25.
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Sat, Feb 10:
6 pm-11:30 pm "INAUGURAL EMERALD HOPE FOUNDATION GALA, Benefiting the National Brain Tumor Society," with music by KEN O'MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS, at Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport,
* Includes dinner, music and dancing, no host cocktails, raffles and auction; attire is semi formal.
* Tix, $75 per person; tix & info: https://www.emeraldhopefoundation.org/upcoming-events
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Sat, Feb 10:
7 pm WHISKEY SUNDAY plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Altadena, CA; phone for reservations, (10 am-10 pm, 7 days), 626-798-6236.
* WHISKEY SUNDAY is PATRICK RIEGER, OLIVIA SANDOVAL, ADAM HALL, LIAM LEWIS and VITO GUTILLA.
* Although Los Angeles based, their sound is pure Midwestern-woods at dusk.
* Whiskey Sunday combines their shared roots of Irish folk with a hearty pour of Americana, prairie winds, and river-side cabin hymns.
* In their music, you'll hear references of an older time... bittersweet tragic stories hidden in joyful harmonies.
* "Whiskey Sunday will bring the lake-house out in any Irish-American folk lover. Music that asks you to pour something single-malt, sit on the porch, and sip reverently."
* Tix, $18.
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Sat, Feb 10:
time tba TOM GRAMLICH and ELMORE'S PAINT HORSE, with fiddler/mando player EDIE MURPHY sitting-in, play The Cinema Bar in Culver City.
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Sat, Feb 10:
7 pm "MUSIC OF THE NIGHT" in the Fred Kavli Theatre at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
* This inaugural collaboration features popular numbers from "SOUTH PACIFIC," "OKLAHOMA!," "CAROUSEL," "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA," and many more.
* Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Resident Companies (5 Star Theatricals, Pacific Festival Ballet and New West Symphony) join forces in a first-time collaboration to perform iconic numbers from the well-loved musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
* A cast of 5- Star Theatricals outstanding vocalists, starring SUSAN EGAN, Tony award nominee, and Broadway's original Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," and PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET professional dancers will costar in this inaugural performance accompanied by masterful playing of extraordinary NEW WEST SYMPHONY.
* "This performance will inspire community residents of all ages and celebrate love just in time to delight you on Valentine's Day weekend." -- venue promo.
* Tix range from $42 to $104, at at 805-449-2787 or online: https://www.civicartsplaza.com/show_detail.php?id=497
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Sat, Feb 10:
8 pm INDIAN SUMMER, plus TERRA ALTA, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Feb 11:
2 pm "THE HEART OF AN IRISHWOMAN" presented by Kerry Irish Productions in its only Southern Cal show, in the Scheer Forum at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
* From the producer of "An Irish Christmas."
* "The passion of it all: love, loss, longing, courage, victory, hilarity, Mother Ireland, the emigrant mother, the fiercely strong, courageous women who have inspired some of Ireland's greatest writers."
* "Irish actor SHEELAGH CULLEN in a tour de force performance along with KATHERINE TRIMBLE (singer) and BELLA ISSAKOVA (violin), take us home to the heart of great Irish women in a wonderful afternoon of literature, song and music!"
* Tix available with a special discount from the regular prices of $44 and $47: "Irish Arts & Entertainment" (www.PubGuide.com) has arranged set up a 25% discount for this performance for readers of their weekly "Irish E-News & calendar." Subscription is free; current 32-page issue at https://issuu.com/jamesmichaelmcdonough/docs/january_irish_a_e__1_-_18__first_pr
* Enter Offer Code IRISH to receive the discount, by ordering your tix at: https://www.civicartsplaza.com/show_detail.php?id=477
* Or order tix without the discount at 805-449-2787.
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Sun, Feb 11:
7:30 pm ANDY & RENEE - "HURRICANE OF THE HEART" at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Award-winning Southbay folk-rockers, Andy & Renee return to the Grand Annex with their band Hard Rain, this time performing their entire album, "Hurricane of the Heart."
* This album continues the duo’s tradition of blending their original Americana, folk and rock songs with select cover material, such as Patty Griffin’s “Mary” and Mark Knopfler’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
* Andy and Renee are the hosts of the annual "Dylanfest," and they and their band are as good as it gets.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sun, Feb 11:
8 pm SCOTT AMENDOLA in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 11:
time tba "LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING," Special VALENTINE'S show hosted by ERIC VOLLMER and featuring musicians, poets, writers, at Beyond Baroque in Venice.
* A performer of note: EDIE MURPHY, fiddler/mando player, songwriter, vocalist, does a solo acoustic performance.
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Mon, Feb 12, ART CLASS:
7 pm-9 pm "HOW TO DRAW CELTIC ART WITH ERIN RADO" is a two-hour class. Location, registration, info, at: www.celticartscenter.com
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Wed, Feb 14:
7 pm IAIN MATTHEWS and FRED TACKETT with DOMINIC GENIOVA play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Iain Matthews is an English singer-songwriter and founding member and vocalist of Fairport Convention. His contributions to their first three albums helped change the voice of British folk music. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No 1 hit in the UK with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’.
* Fred Tackett is a native of Arkansas and an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally a session player on guitar, mandolin, and trumpet, he is best known as a member of the band Little Feat. In addition to his work with Little Feat, Tackett has played and recorded with many notable artists including Bob Dylan and Jimmy Webb.
* Domenic Genova, one of LA’s finest bassists, joins Fred for his set. Domenic has appeared frequently as a member of Mark Hatch’s Group 5 band.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Thu, Feb 15:
time tba "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE" offers $20 preview tix at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106; www.BostonCourt.com
* $20 preview tickets to this "daring new production" remain available at press time (Jan 30).
* The venue says, "Join us as we strip away decades of Southern gothic gauze to reveal striking themes of class, race, and gender—reinvigorating the classic which shocked audiences in its debut 70 years ago. By placing the iconic 1940s-era Blanche within an entirely contemporary and multicultural environment, this 21st century production highlights the timeless relevance of this play for our divided America."
* Get tix at venue's website, above, or call 626-683-6801.
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Thu, Feb 15:
7:30 pm LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN & HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Louie Cruz Beltran is a charismatic entertainer, singer and master percussionist. His musical career was crafted upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored with contemporary R&B, Jazz, and Salsa as well as the Great American Songbook. Early in his career, Louie performed with great artists such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, and Jorge Claudio. Recently he has performed with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Poncho Sanchez and many other renowned artists. Louie will be joined by Carlos Vivas on keyboard, Ramon Banda on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and Justin Janer on sax and flute.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Thu, Feb 15:
9 pm BETH HART plus MARINA V at the gorgeous Ace Hotel Theatre 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-623-3233.
* Marina V tells us, "I'll be opening for Beth Hart on her February tour, and this is one of the tour stops. Make sure to get your tickets ASAP because most of Beth's shows sell out fast:
https://www.axs.com/events/343029/beth-hart-tickets
* This is an all-ages show, despite the late start time.
* Marina also has a story, which is better when you know that she is just back from a round-the-world tour. She says of the Ace Hotel Theatre, "It's a beautiful venue. I was just there to see Bill Nye the Science Guy a few months ago, and told Nick, 'I would LOVE to perform here someday.' Little did I know, that someday would be quite soon!"
* Check out Marina V's music at Marinav.com, and once you know you like it, you can join her innovative "2 SONGS A MONTH CLUB" to get brand new exclusive songs every month. To join, go to www.patreon.com/MarinaV
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Fri, Feb 16:
8 pm LARRY CAMPBELL & TERESA WILLIAMS in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $25.
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Fri, Feb 16:
8 pm RICKY Z, plus SHARI PUORTO, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Feb 17:
7 pm RIQUEZAS DE MEXICO at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* Folklorico troupe Sabor de Mexico takes us on a trip throughout Mexico, from Baja to the Yucatan Peninsula with dances, costumes and music from each state.
* Lively dances, colorful costumes and music like no other genre combine to make this a wonderful "tour" of our southern neighbor.
* Tickets $15-$20 at 310-489-3463 or $25 cash at the door.
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Sat, Feb 17:
8 pm TRIO ELLAS at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* With a unique blend of traditional mariachi music and contemporary style, Trio Ellas might be The Dixie Chicks of the alt Latin music scene. Nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2012, this trio has been breaking barriers that exist for women in mariachi music. Performing in English and Spanish, their sound fuses the nostalgia of a romantic trio, the traditions of the best mariachi and classic rock-n-roll.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Feb 17:
8 pm TOM RUSSELL in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Already SOLD OUT -- we warned you!
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Sat, Feb 17:
8 pm GUITAR SHORTY, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Feb 18:
3 pm "AFTERNOON WITH ANA VIDAVIC" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* A special performance by internationally acclaimed guitar virtuosa, Ana Vidovic. Born in Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia and winner of numerous international competitions, Ms. Vidovic is both an extraordinary talent and seasoned performer placing her amongst the most elite musicians of the world today.
* She returns to Los Angeles in collaboration with Hunley Guitar Studio.
* Concert proceeds will provide scholarships for students pursuing classical guitar.
* Tix: https://wgt.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1010225
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Wed, Feb 21:
7 pm AARON HOWARD & SARAH PRICE, plus DURBYFIELD, play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Fri & Sat, Feb 23 & 24:
"OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS" screen at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* San Pedro International Film Festival presents this year's crop of animated and live action short films.
* Both nights, 8-10 pm.
* Tix $10; tix and info, www.SPIFFEST.ORG
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Sat, Feb 24:
6 pm 26th annual "ST. PATRICK'S DAY POLICE SURVIVORS FUND RAISING DINNER" at Los Alamitos Joint Training base, 4745 Yorktown, Los Alamitos, CA.
* Performers are TROOPER THORNE BAND, EMERALD SOCIETY Pipe Major SCOTT WALTON, and McNULTY SCHOOL OF DANCE.
* Adv. tix only, $65, at: 562-810-6907 or 424-218-6216.
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Sat, Feb 24:
7:30 pm DUBLIN IRISH DANCE presents "STEPPING OUT" at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa, CA.
* This company of high-steppers has toured the world, many appearing in the original Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Stepping Out tells the story of a bygone generation that crossed the Atlantic to escape famine in Ireland, lured by the promise of the American Dream.
* "Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These world champion Irish step-dancers, along with an eight member traditional Irish band and vocalist, take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance."
* They also perform at CSUN on Feb 25, at 3 pm; see listing.
* Tix & info for the Costa Mesa show: www.scfta.org/
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Sat, Feb 24:
8 pm THE CHIEFTAINS play the Santa Clarita Performing Arts center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355; 661-362-5304.
* Six-time GRAMMY winners, they've been acclaimed as "Ireland's Official Music Ambassadors to the World."
* Seeing them perform is "Always an amazing Irish Experience."
* One Southern Cal performance only.
* Info, http://bit.ly/2Fx03fU
* Tix, $70-$80-$90, at: http://www3.canyons.edu/Offices/PIO/CanyonsPAC/chieftains.html
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Sat, Feb 24:
8 pm JANIVA MAGNESS in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $25.
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Sun, Feb 25:
7:30 pm DUBLIN IRISH DANCE presents "STEPPING OUT" at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, Northridge, CA.
* This company of high-steppers has toured the world, many appearing in the original Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Stepping Out tells the story of a bygone generation that crossed the Atlantic to escape famine in Ireland, lured by the promise of the American Dream.
* "Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These world champion Irish step-dancers, along with an eight member traditional Irish band and vocalist, take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance."
* They also perform in Costa Mesa on Feb 24; see listing.
* Tix, $33 to $73; tix & info for the Northridge show: www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/
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Sun, Feb 25:
8 pm SLAID CLEAVES in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix, $25.
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Wed, Feb 28:
7 pm BRAD COLERICK BAND plays the CD release show for "Nine Ten Thirty" at the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Brad is the musical host of this series, but he could have held this event anywhere. His previous albums have enjoyed national and even global radio airplay. He's a formidable presence in the nu-folk movement.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Thu, Mar 1:
7:30 pm DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS play the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Over the past several years, Davina And The Vagabonds, have been building an audience around the globe. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Singer/pianist Davina Sowers’ presence is indelible, while her voice defies simple categorization. Evoking comparisons as diverse as Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, she is simply a true original, presenting a personal vision that celebrates a century of American music.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
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Fri, Mar 2:
8 pm JAMES INTVELD, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri & Sat, Mar 2 & 3:
8 pm CHRIS SMITHER plays the first of two nights (Friday and Sunday) in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix for either show, $30.
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Fri, Mar 2:
8 pm STRUNZ & FARAH at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Guitar duo and Grammy Award nominated Strunz & Farah have been performing together since 1979. Their original rhythmic and virtuosic sound combines Latin American and Middle Eastern music, which has been described as flamenco-style world fusion. Respectively from Costa Rica and Iran, they met in LA where they pioneered a musical genre with their culturally rich repertoire.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Mar 3:
8 pm REVEREND TALL TREE at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Original Blues & American Roots music in the tradition of Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Bo Diddley. Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter Chris Pierce heads up Reverend Tall Tree for a return appearance at the Annex.
* Pierce has opened for B.B. King, Al Green, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Beth Hart, Robert Cray, and more.
* His voice & music have been heard in numerous films including "Soul Men" and the Oscar award-winning motion picture "Crash," and has been licensed by many popular TV shows.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Mar 3:
8 pm HOLLYWOOD BLUES BAND, plus BOBBY BLUEHOUSE (excellent house band), play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA.
* Fun venue; with two stages, the music here is continuous. But bring earplugs -- seriously.
* Pool tables and a friendly environment.
* Full bar; good food with generous portions, so two can share.
* Advance tix bring substantial savings, though admission here is never expensive; tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Mar 4, FREE:
6 pm-8:30 pm "VIVALDI'S THE FOUR SEASONS" performed by THE LOS ANGELES VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA for the FREE "Sundays Live" series at the Bing Theatre at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90036
* This delightful evening of music includes SAMUEL BARBER’s emotional "Adagio for Strings" in addition to ANTONIO VIVALDI’s "The Four Seasons," op.8, Nos.1–4.
* Featured soloists are violin virtuosi ROBERTO CANI and YuEun KIM.
* Interested in viewing the galleries? Go early, museum admission is $15.
* Free street parking on Sunday; lot across the street is $12.
* More at: http://www.lacma.org/event/la-virtuosi-orchestra
* Tix: Seating for this non-ticketed FREE mini-concert is first-come, first-served. 21 and over.
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Sun, Mar 4:
8 pm CHRIS SMITHER plays the second of two nights (Friday and Sunday) in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Tix for either show, $30.
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Thu-Sat, Mar 8-10:
"URINETOWN" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets. A brilliant satire modeled on the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, "Urinetown" is a wickedly funny, fast-paced and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.
* Tix and show times: www.rollinghillsprep.org
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Sat, Mar 10:
8 pm "EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE" Featuring the Zmed Brothers at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* "This charming young band recaptures the iconic music of the Everlys with authentic arrangements, vintage instruments and evocative harmonies." - vewnue promo.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sun, Mar 11:
2 pm "ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN IRELANd" presented by KERRY IRISH PRODUCTIONS INC in the Scheer Forum at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
* Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us and the great joy of being Irish with music, song, dance and irresistible merriment from the Emerald Isle.
* The concert will be led by members of THE KERRY TRADITIONAL ORCHESTRA: four multi-instrumentalists who share their passion for the traditional music of Ireland with fiddles, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhrán, guitar and flutes roaring through the theatre with a gusto that will leave you wanting to dance in the aisles! Add Irish dance led by champion dancer CONNOR REIDER, and Irish song from THE KERRY VOICE SQUAD, three lovely lassies delivering the best of Irish song.
* "Irish to the core…..not to be missed! A Great Irish Night!" -- Irish News and Entertainment.
* Tix, $44 and $47, at 805-449-2787 or online: https://www.civicartsplaza.com/show_detail.php?id=369
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Tue, Mar 13:
Time tba CAROLINE COTTER, nationally touring her new album, "Home on the River," plays the first of her two L.A. gigs for the "TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB" series at Bar Lubitsch, 7702 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90046; 323-654-1234; www.barlubitsch.com
* Check out the pics of this venue on their website (above) -- the decor is right out of "Doctor Zhivago"-!
* THE GUIDE's REVIEW of Caroline Cotter's new album will be featured in our NEXT Music News edition!
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Wed, Mar 14:
7 pm CAROLINE COTTER, nationally touring her new album, "Home on the River," plays the second of her two L.A. gigs at the "WINE & SONG" Americana concert series, in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA.
* Venue is adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar.
* Venue doors open 30 mins before show time.
* Advance tix: http://blueguitar.club/
* THE GUIDE's REVIEW of Caroline Cotter's new album will be featured in our NEXT Music News edition!
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Thu, Mar 15:
8 pm DANÚ -- "ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION," at the Carpenter Center for the Arts, 6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815; 562 985-7000.
* Hailing from historic County Waterford, DANÚ is one of today's leading traditional Irish ensembles.
* With high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire, Danú takes you on a musical journey to their native Ireland.
* Discount for groups of 12 or more.
* Tix & info: www.carpenterarts.org/2017-2018/danu.html
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Fri-Sun, Mar 16-18:
15th annual "LA HARBOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* The LAHIFF returns for a 15th year of feature films, shorts, documentaries, a Saturday night gala featuring a 35mm screening of "Bye Bye Birdie," "Read the Book, See the Movie," for schools, and more.
* Info and tix: www.LAHIFF.org
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Thu, Mar 22:
time tba THE DECEMBERISTS play the Fox Theater in Pomona.
* The Decemberists explore a new sound with a new producer on their eighth studio album, "I’ll Be Your Girl," due for release March 16 on Capitol Records.
* The acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band worked with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey) and embraced influences such as Roxy Music and New Order "to spark a new creative path."
* "I’ll Be Your Girl" will be released on a multitude of formats, including 180gm LP, 180gm Limited Edition Orange LP, 180gm Limited Edition Blue LP (available at indie record stores), 180gm Limited Edition Purple LP (available at Barnes & Noble), 180gm Limited Edition White LP (available via Rough Trade Records in Europe), softpak CD, cassette, digital download, and a "mystery deluxe edition" box dubbed "I’ll Be Your Girl: The Exploded Version," for which details will be revealed shortly.
* Tix went on sale Fri, Jan 19, via AXS at www.axs.com; info at www.decemberists.com
* They play Fri, Mar 23, at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara; tix available from Jan 19 at above site.
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Fri, Mar 23:
8 & 10 pm MARY GAUTHIER, plus special guest MAX GOMEZ, for two shows tonight in the legendary concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
* Either show, $26.50
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Fri, Mar 23:
8 pm THE DECEMBERISTS play the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara; tix available Jan 19, 10 am (see below; details of tour in Mar 22 listing, above).
* Tix went on sale Fri, Jan 19 at 10 am via AXS at www.axs.com; info at www.decemberists.com
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Sat, Mar 24:
10 am-10 pm "FOLKWORKS FOLK ROOTS FESTIVAL" at St. John's Presbyterian Church, L.A., CA
* 70+ artists, incl. Susie GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE, ECHO MOUNTAIN, SAUSAGE GRINDER, YUVAL RON TRIO, COMPLICATED ANIMALS, BAKLAVA ENSEMBLE, CAMBALACHE, AMARO LUMIYO, THEZBAND, and more TBA.
* All the info you need (so you can show your support early) is at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/folkworks-folk-roots-festival#/
* Another feature story on this event, coming soon.
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Thu, Apr 12:
8 pm DANA LOUISE & THE GLORIOUS BIRDS at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, singer-songwriter Dana Louise fronts the Glorious Birds. That's along with her dad, Ezra Idlet on guitar, and Keith Grimwood on percussion and bass, those two from the original 1970s duo, TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA.
* Paying tribute to classic Americana, the Glorious Birds deliver upbeat fun tunes they call "future folk."
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Apr 14:
8 pm THE SYNCOPATHS at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh spin to Scottish, Irish, and American folk musical traditions.
* "Though they may not have the international acclaim of Solas or the Chieftains, make no mistake, the Syncopaths are nothing short of a Celtic supergroup." - Irish Herald.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Apr 14:
8 pm BERKLEY HART "WRECK 'N SOW 20th ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR" at the Poway Performing Arts Center, Poway, CA
* Playing their last show in the "entire album, front to back" series, the multiple-award-winning duo tells us, "We'll be doing all the songs from our very first album, 'Wreck 'N Sow,' as well as celebrating our 20th Anniversary as Berkley Hart!"
* Tix: www.berkleyhart.com
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Sat, Apr 21:
8 pm BOB MALONE at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* One-of-a-kind high-energy piano hybrid of rock, blues and New Orleans R&B, Malone has toured the world as a solo artist; and is currently touring with rock legend John Fogerty and has recently recorded with Ringo Starr.
* A Guide favorite and a must-see act when he's in town -- and he isn't here that often.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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Sat, Apr 28:
8 pm DIRTY CELLO at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813.
* From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on contemporary Americana.
* Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello stampedes from down home blues to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass.
* Dirty Cello is a full value funky, sexy, tangled, electric, and fiercely rhythmic experience.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp
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May 10-13, FESTIVAL:
Annual "GATOR BY THE BAY" festival in Spanish Landing Park, across from the airport in san Diego, CA; www.gatorbythebay.com/music-2018-line-up-pre-2/
* Headliners include:
- PINE LEAF BOYS
- THE REVELERS
- HORACE TRAHAN & THE OSSUN EXPRESS
- KEITH FRANK & THE SOILEAU ZYDECO BAND
- DEXTER ARDOIN
- EARL THOMAS GOSPEL REVIVAL
- CAROLYN WONDERLAND BLUES
- ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS
- MR. SIPP
- IGOR PRADO WITH WHITNEY SHAY
- SONNY LANDRETH
- SHANA MORRISON
* Full info: https://www.gatorbythebay.com/music-2018-line-up-pre-2/
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Sun, May 20, FESTIVAL:
58th annual "TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL" returns to Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, CA, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area.
* The Guide will have a full feature story SOON.
* For those who can't wait?
* DEADLINES for entering the graphic design contest, being a musical contestant, and more, have been published.
* The official site is: http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org
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May 22-27, over Memorial Day Weekend:
49th annual "BISHOP MULE DAYS" festival in Bishop, CA.
* Feature story coming soon.
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May 26 & 27, FESTIVAL:
Annual "SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL" in Rancho Santa Susana Park, 5005 Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley, CA 93063
* With two stages, this always brings top bands from Louisiana and nationally-known blues headlining bands.
* Cajun & Zydeco Entertainers for 2018:
- CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND
- LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS – 2018 GRAMMY WINNER
- KEVIN NAQUIN & OSSUN PLAYBOYS
- LA RECOLTE
- LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS
- DENNIS G AND THE ZYDECO TRAIL RIDERZ
- BO DOLLIS, JR. & THE WILD MAGNOLIAS
* Blues Entertainers for 2018:
- EDDIE MONEY
- DAVE MASON
- DEVON ALLMAN PROJECT WITH DUANE BETTS
- CHAMBERS BROTHERS
- LIGHTNIN' WILLIE
- 3 SISTA BLUES - DEB RYDER, SHARI PUORTO AND KELLY Z
* All the info: www.simicajun.org ands sign-up for their blog at www.cajunbluesblog.com
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Jun 9 & 10, FESTIVAL:
Annual "BIG IRISH FAIR" is moving to new dates and a new location, at the Orange County Great Park. Info, www.irishfair.org
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The Guide persists... with many more inclusive an' inquisitive
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Throughout 2018, you can expect more interviews, previews, reviews, an' such.

AND, we'll bring you more investigative pieces on how regulatory changes and corporate and internet hegemony effect the industry and effect individual artists. Plus, word on how to keep all that cyberspying from invading your private thoughts, identifying your preferences, compiling and selling all your personal data, which is being done at a relentless pace, because they believe they can sell you more sh*t by "knowing what you want before YOU know what you want."

"They" and their artificial intelligence bots may believe all that, but around here, we respect you for being a creative human, and we offer you a wide range of things for your consideration.

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What "boilerplate"? Who came up with that goofy term for basic essential informational stuff... geeez... soon as we take water from the tank, top-off the lubricators, and get beans from the Harvey House, we are sooo steamin' down the line, and tyin'-up someplace with good music!
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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS — and views of interest to artists everywhere — more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
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