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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Just Too Much Good Stuff: Wednesday Music & Art & Ticket Alerts... July 29, 2015

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No Wednesday camel jokes. Just art & music. Waaaaaay good acoustic music TONIGHT.


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Guide to this edition…

1) WEDNESDAY’s Music & Arts Scene

2) TICKET ALERTS…
Separate categories for ongoing events, upcoming festivals, & concerts

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Wed, Jul 29, FREE, in Hollywood:
10 & 11:15 am “SUMMERSOUNDS,” the children’s music series at the Hollywood Bowl, this week presents the YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE with MAYAYA, doing a Middle Eastern music program at the Hollywood Bowl Summer Sounds, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood 90068; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232.
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This runs at the same time, Mon-Fri, all this week. Now, you know the Guide isn’t about “world music.” But we do like to list quality music programs for kids, and the Yuval Ron Ensemble and this series at Bowl are BOTH high quality.

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Wed, Jul 29, FREE, in SGV (Duarte):
6:30-8:30 pm “DUARTE’S SUMMER CONCERTS” returns this week with MARIACHI CAMINO REAL featuring Latin Music with DANZA DEL SOL performance, in Duarte Park, 1344 Bloomdale St, Duarte.
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Free. Bring a beach chair and a picnic dinner, or enjoy something good to eat from one of several food booths that open for business at 6.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Torrance:
6-8:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the award-winning Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN, play an evening of their fine originals and notable classics for their weekly residency at the Buffalo Fire Department, 1261 Cabrillo Av, Torrance 90501; 310-320-2332.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Culver City:
6:30-9 pm “WEST SIDE HAMMERED DULCIMERS” session led by Barbara Gershman of “Southern California Dulcimer Heritage” (SCDH) in Room 6 at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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This is about “Sharing tunes & playing for fun!” and is usually held the 2nd Wed of each month, but not this month. Everyone is invited to go listen. If you want to take part with your dulcimer, contact Barbara Gershman at bgershman@socal.rr.com

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Wed, Jul 29, in South Pas:
7 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. plus LOAFER'S GLORY play a double-bill at the "WINE & SONG IN THE CANYON" series musically hosted by BRAD COLERICK at the home of Carolyn & Craig Watson in South Pasadena.
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These are easily two of THE finest trad-roots-Americana bands in Southern California. To catch them playing a double-bill is like seeing two headline acts at a big festival.
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Brad says, "Get your tickets now! This is going to be an incredible show in the gorgeous backyard paradise of Carolyn & Craig Watson, Sponsored by Watson Design Group." $20 advance / $25 door.
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Reservations (required) and that gets the address:
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https://www.paperlesspost.com/m/#/events/13332596-49c525a9/replies/216700548-2c5ca62d?event_id=13332596-49c525a9&id=216700548-2c5ca62d&utm_campaign=redeliver_rsvp_nenv&utm_medium=email&utm_source=event
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NOTE: if you attend this fine show, don’t go straight home after it finishes. Head over to Griffins of KInsale in South Pasadena and cath some of the “Irish Session” that’ll still be going until 11 or 11:30 pm (see 8:30 pm listing).

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Wed, Jul 29, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles; 323-668-0318. $10 cover.
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Music runs from 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Math & Science. 8:15 pm - Morty Shallman. 9 pm - The Withers. 9:45 pm - The Tearaways. 10:30 pm - Sunken Ships. 11:15 pm - New Maximum Donkey.
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per night) through August 2.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Altadena:
8 pm ART PODELL & TRACY NEWMAN, this time with musical guest JUDY MONTGOMERY, return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2019 N Lake Av, Altadena. You will, FOR SURE, need reservations to get in. Call 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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About TRACY NEWMAN...
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“Her style is so mellow and understated that her satirical truths will often twist right in under your cognitive / emotive guard. My favorite in this show is ‘Fire Up the Weed,’ a painfully funny account of a relationship between two people with little left in common but heavy substance abuse. Tracy Newman knows that the surest way to have a joyous heart and mind is to keep them both open." – Scrolling Stone.
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Tracy Newman was a “start-at-the-top” TV writer. Her first staff-writing job was on “Cheers.” She won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for co-writing the groundbreaking “coming-out” episode of “Ellen.” She co-created the ABC tv series “According to Jim.” After a career of scribing for TV she shifted to writing songs full time, and she now has 3 CDs out: “A Place in the Sun,” “I Just See You,” and for children, “I Can Swing Forever.” You can read more about Tracy at: www.tracynewman.com.
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About ART PODELL...
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“Your voice is smooth…full of joy and as familiar as an old friend…I laughed my ass off at 'She Came Back'…” said Jack Murphy, Toni-nominated Broadway lyricist.
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ART PODELL presents an inside look at the life of a folksinger from 1961 Greenwich Village to The White House, stopping in almost every city in the US and Europe. Music and stories from a guy with Gold Records on the wall and a Grammy on the shelf. His first Columbia album with Paul Potash – “Art and Paul, Songs of Earth and Sky,” influenced Barry McGuire, David Crosby, and Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer. Charlie Haden jumped at the chance to play bass behind them. Art has written songs for Anne Murray, The Smothers Brothers, Glen Yarbrough, Bud and Travis, and of course for The New Christy Minstrels where Art is an original member. Many favorite NCM songs were written by Art. He's scored films, produced albums, including the landmark “Biff Rose - The Thorn in Mrs. Rose's Side.”
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Art’s current CD, “From the Village to the Canyon,” made it to the Top 10 Folk Music CDs for 2014 in the Roots Music airplay report, and is still played nationally. Art hosts “Roots Music and Beyond” on the unpredictable schedule of Saturday mornings when it airs on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and globally on the web simulcast. Tracy Newman often co-hosts. There’s plenty more on Art at: www.artpodell.com
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Tix, $20.

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Wed, Jul 29, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8-10 pm Annual “DULCIMER CONCERT” at the Orange County Fair, with BEA ROMANO on Hammered Dulcimer & JIM ROMANO on Fretted Dulcimer, in the Visual Arts Building at the O C Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa.
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All music at the fair is free with admission. (See next listing for more music tonight at the fair.) Info, www.ocfair.com and www.Celticana.net

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Wed, Jul 29, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8 pm Flamingo Surf plays the Orange County Fair, bringing surf and spaghetti western classics on Flamenco guitar. Pick up the schedule at the gate to find the correct stage.
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"Killing it! Muy Caliente!" - Guitar Player Magazine.
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“Flying fingers and some mad virtuosic Flamenco - Metal chops." - Guitar World Magazine.
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All music at the fair is free with admission. (See preceding listing for more music tonight at the fair.) Info, www.ocfair.com
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They’re back Aug 1 at 8 pm.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Hollywood:
8 pm WYE OAK plays the first of two Southern Cal dates in different venues, tonight with LAKE, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038.
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Tomorrow, Thu, Jul 30, WYE OAK plays at 9 pm at Club Bahia, 1130 W Sunset Bl, L.A. 90012.
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Wye Oak is touring their latest album, "Shriek." The duo shares their July 29 date with the band LAKE.
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FOLKIES? Of a sort. Wye Oak has brought some unusual influences to their style of folk music, including indie, dream pop, and shoegaze. They are a band of two, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Their stage setup on tour dates is notably unusual, with lead vocalist Jenn Wasner thrashing away on her guitar and drummer / keyboardist Andy Stack playing the drums with his right hand, striking the bass pedal with his foot, and creating basslines on the keyboard with his left hand.
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Wye Oak has become well known, not only for the duo's vocal harmonizing, but for catching audiences off guard with distortion or sudden changes in volume. Audiences began attempting to define Wye Oak's style on their many tour dates in 2011 when they opened for some of the biggest names in music.
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Wasner and Stack spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constantly touring "Civilian," their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes.
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"Shriek" is their fourth full-length cd and the culmination of their intent "to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release." They will tell you it's their most personal and confident declaration yet.
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Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.
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To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive approaches to production fit their new direction. The result, "Shriek," is a record that's been described as "a narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment."
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Both Wasner and Stack had played in numerous local bands around Baltimore since high school, forming their duo in 2006. The two initially searched for more members before settling in as a musical twosome and playing numerous local tour dates.
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Their debut album, "If Children," was released independently in 2007, but gained such local and underground popularity (especially among bloggers) that it led to a record deal and a re-release of the record. Wye Oak continued to craft their sound on "The Knot" in 2009, and their endlessly toured "Civilian" from its release in 2011. And now, some changes with their 2015 release, "Shriek."
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"Civilian" was acclaimed as a "winning evolution" of Wye Oak's style, allowing the duo to crash noisily into mainstream popularity. It's also allowed Wasner and Stack to spread their new sound as openers for some heavy hitters' tour dates in 2011. Some of those bands include Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and their stylistic counterparts, Yo La Tengo. Wye Oak is also performing at some of the summer's biggest music festivals.
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Tix:
• Jul 29, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-082357883-3
• Jul 30, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-083968829-2

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Wed, Jul 29, in L.A.:
8 pm “THE DROP: TORI KELLY” is waaay outside the genres the Guide covers. That said, it is a nice event, with a performance-interview, at the Grammy Museum, Figueroa & Olympic, downtown L.A., and sponsored by Amoeba Music.
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Hailed as an "Artist to Watch" by Rolling Stone, USA Today, and Spin, California-born singer-songwriter Tori Kelly first rose to prominence when her cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" went viral, racking up over 22 million views on YouTube. Kelly released her debut digital EP, Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly, in 2012 and it cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Scooter Braun became Kelly's manager, and she scored a contract with Capitol Records, which released her Top 20 EP Foreword in fall 2013. Kelly's debut full-length album, Unbreakable Smile, was released June 23, 2015, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 75,200 units in its first week of release. Produced by Max Martin, the album includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J and Daye Jack, and features the singles "Nobody Love," a Top 20 hit on Billboard's Pop Songs chart that has upwards of 10 million streams, and "Should've Been Us," which has entered the Top 25 at pop radio. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Kelly to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and discussion surrounding her new album and career, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation.
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Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix, $20 at 213-765-6803 or online at www.grammymuseum.org.

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Wed, Jul 29, FREE, in L.A.:
8 pm FREE SUMMER SERIES continues at the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles 90057; 213-384-5701.
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Ride the Metro Purple Line subway to MacArthur Park Station and walk around the lake to the stage.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion L.A.” (rotating food trucks). Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show performances on the little “Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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FREE, except what you buy to eat.

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Wed, Jul 29, FREE, in Pasadena:
8 pm FREE SUMMER SERIES continues at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.
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Ride the Metro Gold Line light rail to Memorial Park Station and you’re right there.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena” (rotating food trucks). Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show performances on the little “Grassy Hill Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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FREE, except what you buy to eat. More at: www.levittpasadena.org

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Wed, Jul 29, in Burbank:
8 pm LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT, Americana / roots / alt or trad country or honky tonk, tonight at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444. Venue has full menu and full bar, and is known for its Mexican food.
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Cover is a one-item purchase from menu or bar.

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Wed, Jul 29, FREE, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC live tonight at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who all like to dance. Go early for the free dance lessons. There’s live music every night, seven nights a week; sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent Nashvulle scene.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Hollywood:
8 pm Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run June 17 through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Tix start at $29. Box office opens daily at 10 am except holidays for in-person or phone orders at 800-982-2787. Info on the production, a video sneak peek, and online tix at: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour

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Wed, Jul 29, in South Pas:
8:30-11:30 pm Weekly “IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at Griffins of Kinsale, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena; 626-799-0926.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Culver City:
9 pm RICH McCULLEY, GRANT LANGSTON, JIMMER PODRASKY, and BRIAN WHELAN, play QUITE a night In-the-Round at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bld, Culver City 90230.
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Rich tells us, “I will be going to Nashville in a few weeks and decided the best way to prepare for all my shows out there was do what they do-songwriter rounds-so I gathered 3 of my favorite writers for your listening pleasure!”
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More on Rich McCulley and his new CD, “The Grand Design,” at his website. Check out the track, “The Gift,” at: http://richmcculley.com/video
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No cover. Venue is 21+, the size of a postage stamp, and barstool seating is competitive. Still it’s always a fun place.

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Wed, Jul 29, in L.A.:
10 pm CORY BEERS CIMBALOM BAND plays Milepost 1642, at 1642 Temple Av, Los Angeles 90026; 213-989-6836.

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Plenty of UPDATES added on Tuesday, July 28...

There are separate sections within.
a) ONGOING EVENTS are listed in the first section, followed by...
b) UPCOMING FESTIVALS listed in their own section, then our ever-growing catalog of...
c) UPCOMING CONCERTS and arts events.

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

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Jul 11 through Sep 26, in Topanga:
7:30 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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The season’s offerings here alternate. For a complete schedule of the summer season’s performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com

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Now through Aug 2, in Hollywood:
Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Tix start at $29. Box office opens daily at 10 am except holidays for in-person or phone orders at 800-982-2787. Info on the production, a video sneak peek, and online tix at: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour

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Sat, Aug 1,
FESTIVAL,
in Santa Clarita:
3-9:30 pm "BLUESFEST" celebrates "International Blues Music Day" as part of "L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale" in Towsley Canyon Park, 24675 The Old Road, Santa Clarita.
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Live music, food trucks, beer & wine. Bring a beach chair.
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Lineup:
3 pm - tba
4 pm - VIVA VINSON & SUGAR COATED SOUL
5 pm - LAURIE MORVAN BAND
6 pm - CHUCK STRONG and SRBQ
7 pm - WUMBLOOZO
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Presented in association with the SCV Blues Society.
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More at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/bluesfest-/E0-001-085662010-7
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Sat, Aug 1,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in Griffith Park (L.A.):
4-9 pm "EAT, SEE, HEAR," is a parking lot event between the L.A. Zoo and the Autry National Center (Autry Museum) in Griffith Park, reaching into the museum's courtyard at 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 90027.
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We do not know who is performing or what stage setups you will find. We know that La Brea Bakery, a leader in artisan bread, is launching their "Breaking Bread Tour" here, bringing handcrafted breads to foodies across the country this summer, from a tour truck with fresh food and recipes, with things like Seedless Raspberry Jam and Almond Butter on a French Baguette and Salami and Sharp Cheddar Cheese on Rosemary Olive Oil bread. So you won't starve while you track-down the event's listenable musical offerings.


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Sat, Aug 8, in downtown L.A.:
3-7 pm “BURGERS & BEER FESTIVAL” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Features Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bouchon Bistro, Grill 'Em All, Ledlow, Pono Burger and many more to come. Confirmed breweries include Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strand Brewing Company and many more to come.


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Fri-Sun, Aug 14-15-16,
FESTIVAL,
in San Diego Co:
Annual “SUMMERGRASS 2015” is at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. For festival goers, it’s “down on the Farm," where you step back in time, relax, and enjoy a great festival.
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The unique venue where Summergrass happens harks back to the 19th and early 20th century farm days, and it’s brimming with rural farm nostalgia from that era. There are steam and gas engines chugging away, powering historic tractors and farm equipment along other relics, in the Weaver's Barn, the Farmhouse, the Schoolhouse, the 1930s gas station replica (posted price "32 cents a gallon"),and there’s a model railroad, a Blacksmith shop, and plenty to delight young and old. Don’t delay getting your tickets and camping arrangements. Things do fill-up.
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This year Summergrass has a fine lineup, with:
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♪ THE BOXCARS
♪ BECKY BULLER
♪ SIDELINE
♪ BLUEGRASS ETC.
♪ THE BROMBIES
♪ ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS
♪ LONESOME OTIS
♪ NEXT GENERATION
♪ BOX CANYON
♪ FRONT PORCH MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
♪ BLUEGRASS BRETHREN
♪ HIGH MOUNTAIN ROAD
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In the past, many of the Summergrass headline performers have either won or have been nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association awards. The combination of national and regional bands on the turn-of-the-19th / 20th century stage built by the museum folks just for the festival. It's constructed without nails, using just dowels and pins to hold it together.
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In all, it’s three days of great live music from twelve national and local bands, and wonderful activities, such as Kids Camp, Meet the Bands, other music workshops and family-friendly things to do, spontaneous jam sessions, and the ever-popular instrument raffles, tasty food, and a variety of vendors. Summergrass is enjoyable for the whole family, a great, affordable family event, and not too far to drive.
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Details, advance tix, camping, etc., are all online at:
www.summergrass.net.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-5-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Rhode Island:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS FEST” in Ninigret State Park, RI. If you go, make it a day early to catch STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS on Sep 3 at the Towers.
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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-21,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1, and that offer closes SOON.
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The festival recently announced its line-up:
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Main Stage:
NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, DANGERMUFFIN, NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON & THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS.
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Other Stages ~ Campgrounds and Hot Spots:
DANGERMUFFIN, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON AND THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS, A THOUSAND YEARS AT SEA, PROXIMA PARADA, ACHILLES WHEEL DUO, MCNEVIN & THE SPOKES, ISLAND OF BLACK AND WHITE, THE KELLER SISTERS, STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS, THE LOVE CHOIR, MOON SHINER, THE PAINTED HORSES, LUMADAE, TAMRA GODEY.
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Friday Night Showcase hosted by Michael Gaither:
Ten more performances tba.
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Sponsors say, "The South Fork wants you to hear music on its banks! Limited Time left to get ‘Early Bird’ discounts at the festival website.”
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The festival was named "Best of" choice for fun things to do in the Sacramento Bee newspaper, and called, "Friendly, Unforgettable" in the Mountain Democrat. "...what a great vibe at the festival" wrote the Auburn Journal. "Music and Moving Water in Perfect Harmony" says Submerge Magazine.
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Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11,
FESTIVAL,
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Annual “FESTIVALS ACADIENS” in Lafayette, LA. Info at www.festivalsacadiens.com includes discount room rates at Ramada Inn, Lafayette, if you book early.


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Thu, Jul 30, in L.A.:
9 pm WYE OAK plays the second of two Southern Cal dates in different venues, this one at Club Bahia, 1130 W Sunset Bl, L.A. 90012.
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Wye Oak is touring their latest album, "Shriek." The duo shares their July 29 date with the band LAKE.
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FOLKIES? Of a sort. Wye Oak has brought some unusual influences to their style of folk music, including indie, dream pop, and shoegaze. They are a band of two, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Their stage setup on tour dates is notably unusual, with lead vocalist Jenn Wasner thrashing away on her guitar and drummer / keyboardist Andy Stack playing the drums with his right hand, striking the bass pedal with his foot, and creating basslines on the keyboard with his left hand.
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Wye Oak has become well known, not only for the duo's vocal harmonizing, but for catching audiences off guard with distortion or sudden changes in volume. Audiences began attempting to define Wye Oak's style on their many tour dates in 2011 when they opened for some of the biggest names in music.
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Wasner and Stack spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constantly touring "Civilian," their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes.
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"Shriek" is their fourth full-length cd and the culmination of their intent "to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release." They will tell you it's their most personal and confident declaration yet.
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Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.
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To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive approaches to production fit their new direction. The result, "Shriek," is a record that's been described as "a narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment."
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Both Wasner and Stack had played in numerous local bands around Baltimore since high school, forming their duo in 2006. The two initially searched for more members before settling in as a musical twosome and playing numerous local tour dates.
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Their debut album, "If Children," was released independently in 2007, but gained such local and underground popularity (especially among bloggers) that it led to a record deal and a re-release of the record. Wye Oak continued to craft their sound on "The Knot" in 2009, and their endlessly toured "Civilian" from its release in 2011. And now, some changes with their 2015 release, "Shriek."
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"Civilian" was acclaimed as a "winning evolution" of Wye Oak's style, allowing the duo to crash noisily into mainstream popularity. It's also allowed Wasner and Stack to spread their new sound as openers for some heavy hitters' tour dates in 2011. Some of those bands include Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and their stylistic counterparts, Yo La Tengo. Wye Oak is also performing at some of the summer's biggest music festivals.
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Tix:
• Jul 29, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-082357883-3
• Jul 30, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-083968829-2

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♪ Thu, Jul 30, FREE, is a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick in Culver City!
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Thursdays, FREE; remaining shows Jul 30 through Aug 13, in Culver City:
7 pm CULVER CITY'S “BOULEVARD MUSIC SUMMER FESTIVAL” runs weekly in the palm-lined courtyard of Culver City’s City Hall. Each concert is FREE and parking is free, with an optional $10 up-front reserved seat.
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The season’s offerings are diverse. Here’s the remainder of the season’s schedule:
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** July 30: Hot Jazz and Western Swing from the HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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** Aug 6: Classic Rock with incredible vocals from VENICE.
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** Aug 13: Zydeco music featuring the sounds of Creole from Louisiana and Texas, with the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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Avoid the crowds and parking hassles of other areas on the Westside. Courtyard opens at 4:30 pm. Careful with arriving early, because the free parking is free for two hours in designated parking structures in Culver City. Dozens of dining options are available within walking distance. You can even catch the new light rail to Culver City and a convenient Culver Bus to the concert, and not drive at all.

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Thu, Jul 30, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323 935-1577.
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Performances run from 7:30 to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Alex Jules. 8:15 pm - Brandon Schott. 9 pm - Linus of Hollywood. 9:45 pm - Chris Price. 10:30 pm - Spirit Kid. 11:15 pm - Feronia.
(The Guide recommends you arrive in time to catch BRANDON SCHOTT at 8:15 pm.)
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Fri, Jul 31, FREE, in Santa Clarita:
8-10 pm "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" with CENTER STAGE OPERA is part of "L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale" in Towsley Canyon Park, 24675 The Old Road, Santa Clarita.
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An evening of favorites from classical opera AND classic musical theatre, presented in cooperation with Center Stage Opera.
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Bring a beach chair and a picnic and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars.
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Fri, Jul 31, FREE, in El Segundo:
6-8 pm THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles, plays the "Opening Weekend Summer Concert" at the Point, 850 S Sepulveda Bl, El Segundo 90245.
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The Guide isn't big on cover bands or tribute acts. This group is a rare exception, because they're that good.
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This is a free outdoor concert for the "Grand Opening Weekend" at the Point Plaza. It's near enough to the ocean that blankets are encouraged.
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Since their debut in 1999, THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles, has earned its place among the top-drawing tribute acts in North America and is widely regarded as the finest Eagles tribute show working today. Selected to perform the music of The Eagles by the Mark Cuban / Ryan Seacrest television network AXS-TV, their 90-minute live concert for the hit cable TV show "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" was broadcast to millions of viewers over five countries. Marked by lush vocal harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, every TLR performance delivers a reverence for the iconic Eagles studio recordings, blended with the The Long Run's own live-concert energy.
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Fri, Jul 31, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, Los Angeles; 323-931-4636. $10 cover. Things run 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - The Bobbleheads. 8:15 pm - Plasticsoul. 9 pm - The Piper Downs. 9:45 pm - Evil Maria. 10:30 pm - Cartoon. 11:15 pm - The Condors.
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per night) through August 2.
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Fri, Jul 31, in Hollywood:
9 pm-2 am "HOLLYWOOD CLUB CRAWL TOUR" seems to center at Playhouse Nightclub, 6506 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.
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PERFORMERS and what they perform will vary from club to club.
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Tix: a Special Early Bird (21+) "Launch of Ticket Sale" offer is $15, at:

Tix are $20 (21+) if you buy them there.
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Special 5 Pack of Tickets is $80, and a 10 Pack of Tickets is $120.
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Hollywood Blvd Crawl is a guided clubbing LA party tour of best club event destinations. Your Friday LA Club Crawl ticket includes:
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3-5 Clubs // Free Drinks // No Cover Charges
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Whether you are flying solo, partying with friends, or looking for a fun night out with your sweetheart, Hollywood Blvd Crawl club crawls will show you the best of LA nightlife, VIP style. It's billed as "an evening of decadence and debauchery, as you tour L.A.’s trendiest and highly coveted nightclubs, such as Playhouse, Lure, Ohm, Supperclub, and beyond."
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With over 20 years of experience, the Hollywood Blvd Crawl team has mastered the ins and outs of how things work in this city. The Hollywood Blvd Crawl is perfect for singles, couples, bachelorettes, birthdays, business professionals or anyone who wants a fun night out on the town. They have the entire evening mapped out, so you can relax and party, not worry about where you are going next.
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Read about dress code requirements at:
http://hollywoodblvdcrawl.com/dress-code-la-club-guide/
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Check-in is at 9 pm for Calle Tacos and Pre-party at 6508 Hollywood Bl (at Wilcox) 90028. There, you meet your VIP hosts and fellow crawlers. Departure is at 10 pm on a liver-whipping party-night-out guided tour of 3-5 clubs.
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www.hollywoodblvdcrawl.com

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Sat, Aug 1, in OC (Huntington Beach):
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Surf Dog’s Sports Grill (an all-ages venue and show), 5932 Warner Av, Huntington Beach; 714-846-5700. $10 cover. Things run from 7:30 pm to 1 am. 7:30 pm - Popdudes. 8:15 pm - The Yorktown Lads. 9 pm - The Relatives. 9:45 pm - Scarlet Crush. 10:30 pm - Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings. 11:15 pm - The Mozzies. midnight - The Jeremy Band.
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Sat, Aug 1, in BevHills:
8 pm OTTMAR LIEBERT, one of the planet's greatest guitarists, plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills 90211.
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http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/ottmar-liebert-/E0-001-082389673-9

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Sat, Aug 1, in SaMo:
8-10 pm BOBBY LONG plays McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405.
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Bobby Long (bobbylong.info) has gone from pursuing his dreams on the London open mic scene to anticipating the August 7 release of his new album, "ODE TO THINKING," on Compass Records. In support of the release, he's touring the U.S. and Europe, including McCabe's on August 1st.
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Long is best known for his powerfully evocative lyrics set to haunting melodies. Since relocating to New York in 2009, he has cultivated a large, dedicated fan base, one that allowed him to successfully implement a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the new album. The album was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios.
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Tix, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/bobby-long-/E0-001-085386858-4

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Sat, Aug 1, in Pasadena:
8 pm PHAT CAT SWINGER plays a really big shew, sponsored by the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association at Grace Hall, 73 N Hill Av, Pasadena 91116.
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All ages event. Ticket info below.
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They're playing Serbia in September. That should give you the idea they're a big local deal. Indeed, Phat Cat Swinger has toured the country and performed shows with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, and played alongside The Coasters.
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One of the best bands to dance to in the surrounding Los Angeles areas, Phat Cat Swinger was influenced by the classic sounds of Bobby Darin, Louis Prima, and Frank Sinatra and mixed with the new swingin’ sounds of such bands as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Brian Setzer. Phat Cat Swinger is a band filled with booming toms, walking bass lines, jumpin’ guitar rhythms, roaring horn lines and smooth vocals.
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Born of the idea to combine fun, laughter and great music to entertain audiences with a collective showmanship, the nine band members of Phat Cat Swinger have grown to be one of the hottest live swing bands to hit Southern California’s underground scene.
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A big break for the band came when they made an appearance in Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” music video, where they performed in the beginning scene of the song dressed up to the nines in white suits; they have also appeared as band members for the Jonas Brothers in their music video "Love Bug" and more recently played for the Stars And Stripes Benefit at the venue of every man’s dream, the Playboy Mansion.
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Phat Cat Swinger's first album (self titled) was released in July 2005 and held such fanatical songs such as “Hep Cats,” “Money Tree,” and the crowd’s favorite sing-along song, “Smolie Olie Olie.” Most of the band's original songs were composed by Marco Palos with the rest of the band pitching-in until they reached melodies that take you from toe-tapping jazz to smooth, sultry tango.
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Together with original songs they perform nostalgic cover songs that take you back (even if you weren't there), including “Run Around Sue,” “Sing Sing Sing”, “The Way You Look Tonight,” “In The Mood,” and “Jump Jive And Wail.”
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In May 2009, the band released another disc, this one a three song EP with their original, “Won’t You Tell Me?” and “Ain’t Got No Home” (which is amazing to see live, where Phil hits those high notes and Marco, with his sultry deep baritone voice, adds wonders to this song), plus their new song, “Dance Dance Dance,” with lyrics written by lead vocalist Tim Porter. This band lets listeners know there is no right or wrong way to dance.
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http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/phat-cat-swinger-/E0-001-085492428-5
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More dates for PHAT CAT SWINGER:
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Aug 7 - 8 pm, Playa Del Rey Elk's Lodge.
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Aug 13 - 6 pm, Anaheim Downtown Disney District - Wonderground.
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Aug 14 - 10 pm, Beverly Hills Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge.

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Sun, Aug 2, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” concludes its L.A. dates today with this matinee show at Skinny’s Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818 763-6581. $10 cover. Music runs 1-6 pm. 1:15 pm - Aaron, David & Charles (from Brian Jones Was Murdered). 2 pm - Kylie Hughes. 2:45 pm - See How They Run. 3:30 pm - Fernando Perdomo. 4:15 pm – Marston. 5 pm - Suite 100.
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Sat, Aug 29, in San Pedro:
8 pm STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE brings doo-wop classics with soaring harmonies to the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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Aug 22, in Bev Hills:
LEON RUSSELL plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Sep 10, in Bev Hills:
JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO plus TAJ MAHAL TRIO play the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Sat, Sep 19, in Hollywood:
LILA DOWNS plays the Hollywood Pantages.

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Dec 12, in BevHills:
""FRANK SINATRA'S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" featuring FRANK SINATRA JR. "Sinatra Sings Sinatra" at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Music (a real “Wow” midweek night), plus NEWS and UPDATED “Ticket Alerts,” all in this July 28 edition...

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1) NEWS... Two features about live music that’s here or almost here.
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♪ Annual “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” is now playing its L.A. / OC dates, through August 2
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♪ WYE OAK, an exciting duo in town for two shows, July 29 & 30...

2) FESTIVALS & MUSIC CAMPS TODAY...

3) TUESDAY’s Music & Arts Scene

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♪ Annual “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” is now playing its L.A. / OC dates, through August 2

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♪ ANNUAL “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” IS NOW PLAYING ITS L.A. / OC DATES, THROUGH AUGUST 2

The “Overthrow” is an international tour which happens throughout the Los Angeles from July 24-August 2, at various venues throughout L.A. and OC.

International Pop Overthrow – or “IPO,” ot “the Overthrow,” as it has affectionately become known – is a series of dates that constitute a piecemeal music festival, featuring alt-pop, rock, some rootsy folk-rock, and probably some other niche-market bands, from around the world. The roving one-gig-at-a-time festival is centered annually in several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, as well as dates in England and Canada.

This year’s tour began in San Diego back in February, then went to Phoenix in March, and leaped over to Chicago and Detroit in April. It was in Milwaukee to begin May, before spending the rest of that month in England, in Liverpool and London. June wisely provided a break for bands to play the festival circuit.

It’s doing its “Los Angeles” dates RIGHT NOW, in venues all over the L.A. area and OC.

IPO will spend the rest of August in San Francisco (Aug 17-20), Seattle (Aug 24-27), and get into September in Vancouver, B.C. (Aug 30-Sep 3). After a break, it picks-up in Austin (Sep 29-Oct 2), then goes to Dallas (Oct 6-9). Another break, and it hits New York City (Nov 1-6), crosses the border to Toronto (Nov 9-12), then gets to Boston before the snows (Nov 16-19). It’ll be in Denver in December, though dates have yet to be announced.

The Guide has listed some individual dates in daily editions, as they happened – most notably last weekend, when KAREN NASH and ANNY CELSI shared an IPO-night gig at Molly Malone’s. But each night involves a lengthy lineup, so seeing them all in one place will help you plan and get you involved.

♪ HERE ARE ALL THE REMAINING L.A.-AREA DATES.

Tuesday, Jul 28, is the best remaining night to catch a lot of AMERICANA MUSIC.

♪ Tuesday, July 28, at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323 935-1577. $10 cover. 7:30 pm - Sarah Siddiqui. 8:15 pm - Kristen McLaughlin. 9 pm - Monogroove. 9:45 pm - Ruby Free. 10:30 pm - The Trainwrecks. 11:15 pm - Southern Sirens.

♪ Wednesday, July 29, at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles; 323-668-0318. $10 cover. Music runs from &:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Math & Science. 8:15 pm - Morty Shallman. 9 pm - The Withers. 9:45 pm - The Tearaways. 10:30 pm - Sunken Ships. 11:15 pm - New Maximum Donkey.

♪ Thursday, July 30, at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323 935-1577. $10 cover. Performances run from 7:30 to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Alex Jules. 8:15 pm - Brandon Schott. 9 pm - Linus of Hollywood. 9:45 pm - Chris Price. 10:30 pm - Spirit Kid. 11:15 pm - Feronia.
(The Guide recommends you arrive in time to catch BRANDON SCHOTT at 8:15 pm.)

♪ Friday, July 31, at Fais Do Do (18+ show), 5257 W Adams Bl, Los Angeles; 323-931-4636. $10 cover. Things run 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - The Bobbleheads. 8:15 pm - Plasticsoul. 9 pm - The Piper Downs. 9:45 pm - Evil Maria. 10:30 pm - Cartoon. 11:15 pm - The Condors.

♪ Saturday evening, August 1, in the OC at Surf Dog’s Sports Grill (an all-ages venue and show), 5932 Warner Av, Huntington Beach; 714-846-5700. $10 cover. Things run from 7:30 pm to 1 am. 7:30 pm - Popdudes. 8:15 pm - The Yorktown Lads. 9 pm - The Relatives. 9:45 pm - Scarlet Crush. 10:30 pm - Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings. 11:15 pm - The Mozzies. midnight - The Jeremy Band.

♪ Sunday afternoon, August 2, the “Overthrow’s” L.A. dates wrap-up at Skinny’s Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818 763-6581. $10 cover. Music runs 1-6 pm. 1:15 pm - Aaron, David & Charles (from Brian Jones Was Murdered). 2 pm - Kylie Hughes. 2:45 pm - See How They Run. 3:30 pm - Fernando Perdomo. 4:15 pm – Marston. 5 pm - Suite 100.

Catch some of this. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see bands from all over who are passionately and enjoyably creating music in defiance of Big Music’s single paradigm models of sh-thump-thud / incongruous vocal gymnastics “Pop,” and fahke-ackascent Nashvulle “(Pop) Country.”

There’s more at the “Overthrow” website, including contact info to GET YOUR BAND SIGNED-UP FOR NEXT YEAR. It’s all at: www.internationalpopoverthrow.com


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♪ WYE OAK, AN EXCITING DUO IN TOWN FOR TWO SHOWS, JULY 29 & 30...

Let’s get right to it. For some of our readers, this is one of those “And now for something completely different” moments. But this outfit warrants a Guide feature story. WYE OAK plays two Southern Cal dates:

• Wed, Jul 29, at 8 pm, with LAKE, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038;
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• Thu, Jul 30, at 9 pm at Club Bahia, 1130 W Sunset Bl, L.A. 90012.

Wye Oak is touring their latest album, "Shriek." The duo shares their July 29 date with the band LAKE.

FOLKIES? Of a sort. Wye Oak has brought some unusual influences to their style of folk music, including indie, dream pop, and shoegaze. They are a band of two, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Their stage setup on tour dates is notably unusual, with lead vocalist Jenn Wasner thrashing away on her guitar and drummer / keyboardist Andy Stack playing the drums with his right hand, striking the bass pedal with his foot, and creating basslines on the keyboard with his left hand.

Wye Oak has become well known, not only for the duo's vocal harmonizing, but for catching audiences off guard with distortion or sudden changes in volume. Audiences began attempting to define Wye Oak's style on their many tour dates in 2011 when they opened for some of the biggest names in music.

Wasner and Stack spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constantly touring "Civilian," their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes.

"Shriek" is their fourth full-length cd and the culmination of their intent "to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release." They will tell you it's their most personal and confident declaration yet.

Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.

To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive approaches to production fit their new direction. The result, "Shriek," is a record that's been described as "a narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment."

Both Wasner and Stack had played in numerous local bands around Baltimore since high school, forming their duo in 2006. The two initially searched for more members before settling in as a musical twosome and playing numerous local tour dates.

Their debut album, "If Children," was released independently in 2007, but gained such local and underground popularity (especially among bloggers) that it led to a record deal and a re-release of the record. Wye Oak continued to craft their sound on "The Knot" in 2009, and their endlessly toured "Civilian" from its release in 2011. And now, some changes with their 2015 release, "Shriek."

"Civilian" was acclaimed as a "winning evolution" of Wye Oak's style, allowing the duo to crash noisily into mainstream popularity. It's also allowed Wasner and Stack to spread their new sound as openers for some heavy hitters' tour dates in 2011. Some of those bands include Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and their stylistic counterparts, Yo La Tengo. Wye Oak is also performing at some of the summer's biggest music festivals.

Tix:
• Jul 29, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-082357883-3
• Jul 30, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-083968829-2



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Tue, Jul 28 to Sat, Aug 1,
MUSIC CAMP,
in Fairview, TN:
Annual “NASHCAMP BLUEGRASS WEEK” with MATT FLINNER, TIM MAY, BRIAN WICKLUND, TODD PHILLIPS, BECKY BULLER, and IAN O'BRYANT. Google for info... now you know for next year.


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Tue, Jul 28, FESTIVAL,
in Lake Tahoe, Northern Cal:
Annual “BLUESDAY FESTIVAL” at Squaw Valley, above Lake Tahoe.
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Notably features HAMISH ANDERSON, a twenty-four-year-old blues-rock guitarist who has made a name for himself in Melbourne, Australia with his impressive live show, encompassing a mix of electric blues-soaked rock and modern roots songs. One to watch for.



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Tue, Jul 28, in various movie theatres, nationwide:
Time tba “CAST PARTY PODCAST FESTIVAL: YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST STARS,” live at your local movie theater, tonight only, featuring Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich from “Radiolab,” Lulu Miller of “Invisibilia,” PJ Vogt & Alex Goldman from “Reply All,” a whole bunch of actors from “The Truth,” and comedian Lauren Lapkus, all performing their podcasts live on stage in NYC.
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The entire event is being broadcast live via satellite to movie theaters nationwide. Find a theatre near you, at:
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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Hollywood:
10 & 11:15 am “SUMMERSOUNDS,” the children’s music series at the Hollywood Bowl, this week presents the YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE with MAYAYA, doing a Middle Eastern music program at the Hollywood Bowl Summer Sounds, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood 90068; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232.
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This runs at the same time, Mon-Fri, all this week. Now, you know the Guide isn’t about “world music.” But we do like to list quality music programs for kids, and the Yuval Ron Ensemble and this series at Bowl are BOTH high quality.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Palmdale:
5 pm Monthly “HIGH DESERT UKULELE CLUB” session at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St W, Palmdale 93551; www.butlerscoffee.com.
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Support the venue with a food or drink purchase, whether you come to play or listen. (They do have food options that would make for a tasty dinner.)

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in the northwestern IE (Rancho Cucamonga):
5:30 pm GOIN' SOUTH, a fine and fun Roots-Americana band, plays the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga 91739; 877-858-8422.
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Goin' South features great musicianship and cool song selections of all the members: John Zeretzke, Paul Lacques, Fred Sokolow, Rick Shea, and tonight, playing upright bass, guest musician Paul Marshall. More on this fine band at: www.zworldmusic.com
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The Lewis Family Playhouse is "A modern performing arts and events venue."
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FREE show.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SaMo:
6-8:30 pm JESSICA FICHOT, that charming French transplant and devotee of the accordion and toy piano, performs with her QUINTET tonight, and it’s a true multifaceted musical event at the prestigious “Annenberg Beach House Concert” series, with a dance class, at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica 90402.
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FREE, but you do need a FREE RESERVATION to attend. See below.
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Jessica says, “For those of you who like ballroom dancing, [this is] with the full band, to perform as part of a BALLROOM DANCE CLASS. Dance styles taught will include foxtrot, waltz and swing. Bring a dance partner if you can, but you are welcome to come alone, or just come to watch and listen!”
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Approximate schedule for the evening:
** 6-6:30 pm, dance class - foxtrot and waltz.
** 6:30-7:15 pm, 1st set of live music.
** 7:15-7:45 pm, dance class - swing, rumba.
** 7:45-8:30 pm, 2nd set of live music.
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JESSICA FICHOT QUINTET and dance class with JAMES ZIMMER & CYNTHIA HARPER, is all FREE, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED at:
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www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-hall-jessica-fichot-shanghai-jazz-registration-17345828841

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Downey:
6 pm Monthly “DOWNEY FOLK MUSIC JAM” at the Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center, 7810 Quill Dr, Downey 90242; 562-904-7223.
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No charge. Led by Bea & Jim Romano. All acoustic instruments welcome. Bea says, “Bring acoustic instruments, voices, guests, and join in. All levels welcome.” Check out the “Jam” page at: www.Celticana.net or call for more info, 562-861-7049.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in OC (Huntington Beach):
6-9 pm Monthly “OC HAMMERED DULCIMERS” Session, led by BARBARA GERSHMAN of “Southern California Dulcimer Heritage” (SCDH), in Huntington Beach.
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This is an evening that’s all about “Sharing tunes and playing for fun!” with a potluck supper first.
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Reservations get info and directions by email to bgershman@socal.rr.com

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in T.O.:
6-10 pm Monthly “THOUSAND OAKS SONG CIRCLE” at the Greenhouse CafĂ©, 652 Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91360.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in San Diego Co (Miramar or San Diego):
6-8:30 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM LEARNING SESSION” happens on fourth Tuesdays at either the Boll Weevil Restaurant, 7080 Miramar Rd, Miramar (San Diego) 92117, OR at Morse Academy, 4434 30th St, San Diego 92116. Sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS). Call to find out where it is this month: 619-200-7498.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Altadena:
7 pm Monthly “DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS” brings a showcase lineup of recording artists to play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. NO RESERVATIONS for this show. Reservations for all other CGB shows, call 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.
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If we just listed names, chances are you know only two – SHANNA O'BRIEN and radio essayist DYLAN BRODY. And there’s more good stuff in this show. So really, read the write-up below.
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GARY CORMAN & SAMANTHA AHDOOT perform together. When the two met one night at Kulak's Woodshed, it was “’like’ at first sight.” And this funny: "Well, she doesn't suck," said he. "Ehh....," said she. David Harvey explains, “Soon a collaboration was born, and one song led to two, which led to four, which then led to some integer north of four. Samantha's incomparable and sultry voice brings-out the nuanced emotion,” he adds, in songs ranging from "Hand-me-that-Bottle of Bushmills, Dammit..." -torch songs, to "There's-Nothing-Wrong-with-Me, Dr. Freud!" -love songs. Plus, given her linguistic skills, there will probably be some Farsi spoken.
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SHANNA O'BRIEN will celebrate this gig with a BAND REUNION. Performing with her after a long time apart are Steve Reid on percussion, John Cartwright on bass, Tony Carafone on guitar. Together with Shanna, who has been living in Seattle the past few years, they’ll do two 20 minute sets.
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SHANNA O'BRIEN is a powerful performing songwriter and singer who brings folk and the blues to a high level. In the ’80s she played with some of rock's best in the Bay area. While she has a notable history, critics say the most significant thing in her music is that it comes from the heart. Her songs are powerful, moving, and inspirational because she, herself, is. And that comes through in every line and note. She's now working on a new CD to be titled, "We Are One," with Emmy-nominated producer Steven Reid. More on notable artist Shanna O’Brien at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/shanna05
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DAMON EVAN ROSARIO crafts nu-folk-indie tunes that are so smart, funny, and ironic that David says “they’ll make you want to dance too!” In 2013, Damon released the full length record "There Must Be More to Life than Walmart." Damon has collaborated with many talented Los Angeles musicians including Jenni Alpert, Kori Withers, Denny Fongheiser, Stevie Blacke, Rich Mangicaro. In between recording, writing, and performing, he is also currently watching Season Two of “True Detective,” even though it isn't as good as Season One. More at: www.facebook.com/damonrosario78?sk=app_2405167945
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“’A WORD...’ WITH DYLAN BRODY” returns. Dylan Brody is an award-winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to “Off Ramp” on KPCC. Plus, he is also a martial artist, but those skills do not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong. More at: http://dylanbrody.com
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$10 at the door. No reservations for this show. Arrive in time to get a good seat and not be walking in front of the artists performing on stage(!)

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Tue, Jul 28, in Torrance:
7-9 pm ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the award-winning Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN, play an evening of their fine originals and notable classics at Hey 19, 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance 90505.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SGV (Arcadia):
7-9:30 pm Weekly “SONGWRITERS SERENADE” brings a showcase of recording artists, combos, and bands, plus performing host JC HYKE, all performing acoustic, at Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006.
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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Signal Hill:
7 pm-’til-late Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.

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Tue, Jul 28, in L.A.:
7:30 pm JOHN MELLENCAMP plays the Microsoft Theater in the L.A. Live complex adjacent to Staples Center, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles 90015.
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One of the original heartland rockers, John Mellencamp has perfected his folk-rock singer-songwriter craft and persona. He recently released his 21st studio album, "No Better Than This," and is, of course, touring it through 2015.
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After several years of bouncing around Indiana and New York City performing and recording music, Mellencamp finally hit mainstream radio in 1980 with the single "I Need a Lover". It was 1982's album, American Fool, featuring "Hurts So good" and "Jack & Diane", that catapulted Mellencamp to multi-Platinum success. The single "Hurts so Good", earned Mellencamp his first, and to-date only, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal performance. The success continued throughout the '80s and '90s for Mellencamp. John Mellencamp tour dates were scheduled on sell-out stadium tours and he shared the stage with other iconic performers such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
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When all is said and done, Mellencamp has put out 21 studio albums, five of which were certified multi-Platinum, he has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, and he has left behind a humanitarian legacy that includes the Farm Aid benefit concert series. John Mellencamp is an American rock icon and he continues to release classic records that stand the test of time and prove his relevancy to American pop culture.
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Tix at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/john-mellencamp-/E0-001-074958485-5

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Tue, Jul 28, in L.A.:
7:30 pm For “L.A.’s 17th annual INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW,” there’s a lineup inclusive of good AMERICANA MUSIC as the “Overthrow” continues, tonight at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; www.mollymalonesla.com; 323-935-1577.
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See the NEWS FEATURE in this edition. Tonight’s lineup is the BEST REMAINING NIGHT for AMERICANA ACTS. Here it is:
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** 7:30 - Sarah Siddiqui
** 8:15 - Kristen McLaughlin
** 9 pm - Monogroove
** 9:45 - Ruby Free
** 10:30 - The Trainwrecks
** 11:15 - Southern Sirens
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The “Overthrow” is a national tour which runs in Los Angeles from July 24-August 2, at various venues throughout L.A. and OC.
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$10 cover for the whole evening, so go early and get your money’s worth.

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Tue, Jul 28, in San Diego:
7:30-10 pm BAYOU BROTHERS host a Traditional Cajun band this week, welcoming the HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND to the weekly Cajun/Zydeco night at Tio Leo's Taco, 532 Napa St, San Diego.
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Headed by DEMPSEY PAPPION, the HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND is certainly worth a look. Check ’em out at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt-MbaEbj-k
and at
www.facebook.com/highlifecajunband
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For those (like us) who get a little worn-down by the relentless dance beat of zydeco, this is TRADITIONAL CAJUN DANCE MUSIC, thoroughly delightful, and not Zydeco.
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(Before all the zydeco dancers jump on us, the announcement from “BTSC,” the Zydeco dance organization in SD, made the point before we did.)
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$8 cover includes dance lesson at 6:45 pm.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Hollywood:
8 pm JIM ADKINS of JIMMY EAT WORLD does a solo acoustic performance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038.
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Tix, $27.50, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/jim-adkins-/E0-001-084607575-1

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in L.A.:
8 pm FREE SUMMER SERIES continues at the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles 90057; 213-384-5701.
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Ride the Metro Purple Line subway to MacArthur Park Station and walk around the lake to the stage.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion L.A.” (rotating food trucks). Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show performances on the little “Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Pasadena:
8 pm FREE SUMMER SERIES continues at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230.
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Ride the Metro Gold Line light rail to Memorial Park Station and you’re right there.
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Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic (no alcohol allowed in the park, and that’s enforced with expensive citations) or grab a bite to eat from the “Taste of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena” (rotating food trucks). Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show performances on the little “Grassy Hill Side Stage,” and check out the local “Community Partners” while the little ones enjoy the KidZone.
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Tue, Jul 28, in NoHo:
8-10 pm “4th TUESDAY 2FER,” is the every 2nd-and-4th-Tuesday of the month “Special Two Song Featured Performance / Video Recording Open Mic” hosted by Jimi Yamagishi, well-known as the longtime chair of the SONGWRITERS NETWORK (SongNet). It’s at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; there MAY be a live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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Tue, Jul 28, in Altadena:
8 pm EARLIER START TIME TONIGHT: 7 pm for the monthly “DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS” showcase of recording artists at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. NO RESERVATIONS taken for this show. See 7 pm listing for full info.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Burbank:
8 pm LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT, Americana / roots / alt or trad country or honky tonk, tonight at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-515-4444. Venue has full menu and full bar, and is known for its Mexican food.
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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
8-11 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359.

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm AMERICANA / ALT or TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC live tonight at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, no cover, full bar, and friendly people who all like to dance. Go early for the free dance lessons. There’s live music every night, seven nights a week; sometimes acoustic, sometimes heavy on the pedal steel or the twang, but never that annoying fahke ackscent Nashvulle scene.

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Tue, Jul 28, in Hollywood:
8 pm Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run June 17 through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Tix start at $29. Box office opens daily at 10 am except holidays for in-person or phone orders at 800-982-2787. Info on the production, a video sneak peek, and online tix at: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour

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Tue, Jul 28, FREE, in Culver City:
9 pm AMERICANA / ALT OR TRAD COUNTRY / HONKY TONK MUSIC, is likely at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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Plenty of UPDATES added on Tuesday, July 28...

There are separate sections within.
a) ONGOING EVENTS are listed in the first section, followed by...
b) UPCOMING FESTIVALS listed in their own section, then our ever-growing catalog of...
c) UPCOMING CONCERTS and arts events.

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Now through Sep 26, in Topanga:
3:30 pm “AS YOU LIKE IT” re-sets Shakespeare to the American Civil War, at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley.
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Note, “the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more.”
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In this production of “As You Like It, ” director ELLEN GEER moves the tale of two sets of brothers — one alienated by ambition, the other estranged by envy — to the divided South of the post-Civil War era, adding traditional American folk music and dance from the period. Rosalind is forced to flee camp when her uncle Frederick, usurper of his brother’s position as a general in the Union army, threatens to have her killed. Accompanied by her cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a man for safety's sake. The disguise comes in handy when she tests the devotion of her noble admirer, Orlando, on the run from his hostile older brother. Meanwhile, the rebel camp is alive with music — banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more. With Rosalind's wit leading the way, the forces of true love, justice and song eventually triumph.
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This production runs June 7 through Sep 26, ALTERNATING WITH OTHER PRODUCTIONS. Production dates / times: Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 14 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, June 20 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, July 12 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, July 18 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug. 1 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Aug. 9 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3:30 pm * • Saturday, Aug. 22 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Aug. 29 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sept. 6 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sept. 13 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 pm • Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 pm • Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m .
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A special Prologue (pre-show discussion) happens Saturday, Aug 15 at 2:30 pm. (included in ticket price).
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Jul 11 through Sep 26, in Topanga:
7:30 pm “GREEN GROW THE LILACS, ” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that inspired “Oklahoma!”, at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Bl, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. The production opens Sat, Jul 11 and runs through Sep 26. See the feature story in the “News” section of the Guide’s Jun 22 edition.
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Tix range from $10-$39.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, the military and AEA members.
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The season’s offerings here alternate. For a complete schedule of the summer season’s performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com

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Now through Aug 2, in Hollywood:
Andrew Lloyd Webber's “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hollywood Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood; www.HollywoodPantages.com
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In L.A. for a limited 8-week run through August 2 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is performed by a stunning cast and orchestra comprised of 52 superbly talented actors, singers and musicians. It’s being billed as “the MUST SEE production of 2015.”
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Tix start at $29. Box office opens daily at 10 am except holidays for in-person or phone orders at 800-982-2787. Info on the production, a video sneak peek, and online tix at: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour

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Sat, Aug 1,
FESTIVAL,
in Santa Clarita:
3-9:30 pm "BLUESFEST" celebrates "International Blues Music Day" as part of "L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale" in Towsley Canyon Park, 24675 The Old Road, Santa Clarita.
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Live music, food trucks, beer & wine. Bring a beach chair.
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Lineup:
3 pm - tba
4 pm - VIVA VINSON & SUGAR COATED SOUL
5 pm - LAURIE MORVAN BAND
6 pm - CHUCK STRONG and SRBQ
7 pm - WUMBLOOZO
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Presented in association with the SCV Blues Society.
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More at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/bluesfest-/E0-001-085662010-7
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FREE, with free parking; $10 suggested donation.


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Sat, Aug 1,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in Griffith Park (L.A.):
4-9 pm "EAT, SEE, HEAR," is a parking lot event between the L.A. Zoo and the Autry National Center (Autry Museum) in Griffith Park, reaching into the museum's courtyard at 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 90027.
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We do not know who is performing or what stage setups you will find. We know that La Brea Bakery, a leader in artisan bread, is launching their "Breaking Bread Tour" here, bringing handcrafted breads to foodies across the country this summer, from a tour truck with fresh food and recipes, with things like Seedless Raspberry Jam and Almond Butter on a French Baguette and Salami and Sharp Cheddar Cheese on Rosemary Olive Oil bread. So you won't starve while you track-down the event's listenable musical offerings.


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Sat, Aug 8, in downtown L.A.:
3-7 pm “BURGERS & BEER FESTIVAL” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Features Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous. Confirmed restaurants include Animal, Bouchon Bistro, Grill 'Em All, Ledlow, Pono Burger and many more to come. Confirmed breweries include Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strand Brewing Company and many more to come.


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Fri-Sun, Aug 14-15-16,
FESTIVAL,
in San Diego Co:
Annual “SUMMERGRASS 2015” is at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. For festival goers, it’s “down on the Farm," where you step back in time, relax, and enjoy a great festival.
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The unique venue where Summergrass happens harks back to the 19th and early 20th century farm days, and it’s brimming with rural farm nostalgia from that era. There are steam and gas engines chugging away, powering historic tractors and farm equipment along other relics, in the Weaver's Barn, the Farmhouse, the Schoolhouse, the 1930s gas station replica (posted price "32 cents a gallon"),and there’s a model railroad, a Blacksmith shop, and plenty to delight young and old. Don’t delay getting your tickets and camping arrangements. Things do fill-up.
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This year Summergrass has a fine lineup, with:
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♪ THE BOXCARS
♪ BECKY BULLER
♪ SIDELINE
♪ BLUEGRASS ETC.
♪ THE BROMBIES
♪ ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS
♪ LONESOME OTIS
♪ NEXT GENERATION
♪ BOX CANYON
♪ FRONT PORCH MUSIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
♪ BLUEGRASS BRETHREN
♪ HIGH MOUNTAIN ROAD
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In the past, many of the Summergrass headline performers have either won or have been nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association awards. The combination of national and regional bands on the turn-of-the-19th / 20th century stage built by the museum folks just for the festival. It's constructed without nails, using just dowels and pins to hold it together.
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In all, it’s three days of great live music from twelve national and local bands, and wonderful activities, such as Kids Camp, Meet the Bands, other music workshops and family-friendly things to do, spontaneous jam sessions, and the ever-popular instrument raffles, tasty food, and a variety of vendors. Summergrass is enjoyable for the whole family, a great, affordable family event, and not too far to drive.
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Details, advance tix, camping, etc., are all online at:
www.summergrass.net.


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Fri-Sun, Sep 4-5-6,
FESTIVAL,
in Rhode Island:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS FEST” in Ninigret State Park, RI. If you go, make it a day early to catch STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS on Sep 3 at the Towers.
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Full info at www.rhythmandroots.com


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Fri-Sun, Sep 18-21,
FESTIVAL,
in Coloma (Northern Cal):
9th annual "AMERICAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL" announced its lineup and began offering discounted early bird tickets on May 1, and that offer closes SOON.
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The festival recently announced its line-up:
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Main Stage:
NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, DANGERMUFFIN, NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON & THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS.
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Other Stages ~ Campgrounds and Hot Spots:
DANGERMUFFIN, SHOOK TWINS, DAVID LUNING BAND, SONGS OF THE FALL, DAVID MYLES TRIO, SPARK AND WHISPER, DENNIS JOHNSON AND THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS, A THOUSAND YEARS AT SEA, PROXIMA PARADA, ACHILLES WHEEL DUO, MCNEVIN & THE SPOKES, ISLAND OF BLACK AND WHITE, THE KELLER SISTERS, STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS, THE LOVE CHOIR, MOON SHINER, THE PAINTED HORSES, LUMADAE, TAMRA GODEY.
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Friday Night Showcase hosted by Michael Gaither:
Ten more performances tba.
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Sponsors say, "The South Fork wants you to hear music on its banks! Limited Time left to get ‘Early Bird’ discounts at the festival website.”
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The festival was named "Best of" choice for fun things to do in the Sacramento Bee newspaper, and called, "Friendly, Unforgettable" in the Mountain Democrat. "...what a great vibe at the festival" wrote the Auburn Journal. "Music and Moving Water in Perfect Harmony" says Submerge Magazine.
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Full info and tix, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


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


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


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Wed, Jul 29, FREE, in SGV (Duarte):
6:30-8:30 pm “DUARTE’S SUMMER CONCERTS” returns this week with MARIACHI CAMINO REAL featuring Latin Music with DANZA DEL SOL performance, in Duarte Park, 1344 Bloomdale St, Duarte.
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Free. Bring a beach chair and a picnic dinner, or enjoy something good to eat from one of several food booths that open for business at 6.

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Wed, Jul 29, in South Pas:
7 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. plus LOAFER'S GLORY play a double-bill at the "WINE & SONG IN THE CANYON" series musically hosted by BRAD COLERICK at the home of Carolyn & Craig Watson in South Pasadena.
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Brad says, "Get your tickets now! This is going to be an incredible show in the gorgeous backyard paradise of Carolyn & Craig Watson, Sponsored by Watson Design Group." $20 advance / $25 door.
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Reservations (required) and that gets the address:
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https://www.paperlesspost.com/m/#/events/13332596-49c525a9/replies/216700548-2c5ca62d?event_id=13332596-49c525a9&id=216700548-2c5ca62d&utm_campaign=redeliver_rsvp_nenv&utm_medium=email&utm_source=event

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Wed & Thu, Jul 29 & Jul 30:
WYE OAK plays two Southern Cal dates in different venues:
• Wed, Jul 29, at 8 pm, with LAKE, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038;
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• Thu, Jul 30, at 9 pm at Club Bahia, 1130 W Sunset Bl, L.A. 90012.
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Wye Oak is touring their latest album, "Shriek." The duo shares their July 29 date with the band LAKE.
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FOLKIES? Of a sort. Wye Oak has brought some unusual influences to their style of folk music, including indie, dream pop, and shoegaze. They are a band of two, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Their stage setup on tour dates is notably unusual, with lead vocalist Jenn Wasner thrashing away on her guitar and drummer / keyboardist Andy Stack playing the drums with his right hand, striking the bass pedal with his foot, and creating basslines on the keyboard with his left hand.
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Wye Oak has become well known, not only for the duo's vocal harmonizing, but for catching audiences off guard with distortion or sudden changes in volume. Audiences began attempting to define Wye Oak's style on their many tour dates in 2011 when they opened for some of the biggest names in music.
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Wasner and Stack spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constantly touring "Civilian," their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes.
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"Shriek" is their fourth full-length cd and the culmination of their intent "to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release." They will tell you it's their most personal and confident declaration yet.
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Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.
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To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive approaches to production fit their new direction. The result, "Shriek," is a record that's been described as "a narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment."
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Both Wasner and Stack had played in numerous local bands around Baltimore since high school, forming their duo in 2006. The two initially searched for more members before settling in as a musical twosome and playing numerous local tour dates.
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Their debut album, "If Children," was released independently in 2007, but gained such local and underground popularity (especially among bloggers) that it led to a record deal and a re-release of the record. Wye Oak continued to craft their sound on "The Knot" in 2009, and their endlessly toured "Civilian" from its release in 2011. And now, some changes with their 2015 release, "Shriek."
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"Civilian" was acclaimed as a "winning evolution" of Wye Oak's style, allowing the duo to crash noisily into mainstream popularity. It's also allowed Wasner and Stack to spread their new sound as openers for some heavy hitters' tour dates in 2011. Some of those bands include Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and their stylistic counterparts, Yo La Tengo. Wye Oak is also performing at some of the summer's biggest music festivals.
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Tix:
• Jul 29, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-082357883-3
• Jul 30, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/wye-oak-/E0-001-083968829-2

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Wed, Jul 29, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles; 323-668-0318. $10 cover.
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Music runs from 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Math & Science. 8:15 pm - Morty Shallman. 9 pm - The Withers. 9:45 pm - The Tearaways. 10:30 pm - Sunken Ships. 11:15 pm - New Maximum Donkey.
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per night) through August 2.

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Wed, Jul 29, in L.A.:
8 pm “THE DROP: TORI KELLY” is waaay outside the genres the Guide covers. That said, it is a nice event, with a performance-interview, at the Grammy Museum, Figueroa & Olympic, downtown L.A., and sponsored by Amoeba Music.
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Hailed as an "Artist to Watch" by Rolling Stone, USA Today, and Spin, California-born singer-songwriter Tori Kelly first rose to prominence when her cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" went viral, racking up over 22 million views on YouTube. Kelly released her debut digital EP, Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly, in 2012 and it cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Scooter Braun became Kelly's manager, and she scored a contract with Capitol Records, which released her Top 20 EP Foreword in fall 2013. Kelly's debut full-length album, Unbreakable Smile, was released June 23, 2015, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 75,200 units in its first week of release. Produced by Max Martin, the album includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J and Daye Jack, and features the singles "Nobody Love," a Top 20 hit on Billboard's Pop Songs chart that has upwards of 10 million streams, and "Should've Been Us," which has entered the Top 25 at pop radio. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Kelly to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and discussion surrounding her new album and career, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation.
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Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix, $20 at 213-765-6803 or online at www.grammymuseum.org.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Altadena:
8 pm ART PODELL & TRACY NEWMAN, this time with musical guest JUDY MONTGOMERY, return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2019 N Lake Av, Altadena. You will, FOR SURE, need reservations to get in. Call 10 am-10 pm, 626-798-6236.

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Wed, Jul 29, in Culver City:
9 pm RICH McCULLEY, GRANT LANGSTON, JIMMER PODRASKY, and BRIAN WHELAN, play QUITE a night In-the-Round at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bld, Culver City 90230.
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Rich tells us, “I will be going to Nashville in a few weeks and decided the best way to prepare for all my shows out there was do what they do-songwriter rounds-so I gathered 3 of my favorite writers for your listening pleasure!”
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More on Rich McCulley and his new CD, “The Grand Design,” at his website. Check out the track, “The Gift,” at: http://richmcculley.com/video

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♪ Thu, Jul 30, FREE, is a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick in Culver City!
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Thursdays, FREE; remaining shows Jul 30 through Aug 13, in Culver City:
7 pm CULVER CITY'S “BOULEVARD MUSIC SUMMER FESTIVAL” runs weekly in the palm-lined courtyard of Culver City’s City Hall. Each concert is FREE and parking is free, with an optional $10 up-front reserved seat.
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The season’s offerings are diverse. Here’s the remainder of the season’s schedule:
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** July 30: Hot Jazz and Western Swing from the HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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** Aug 6: Classic Rock with incredible vocals from VENICE.
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** Aug 13: Zydeco music featuring the sounds of Creole from Louisiana and Texas, with the excellent BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO (a Guide “SHOW-of-the-WEEK” pick!)
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Avoid the crowds and parking hassles of other areas on the Westside. Courtyard opens at 4:30 pm. Careful with arriving early, because the free parking is free for two hours in designated parking structures in Culver City. Dozens of dining options are available within walking distance. You can even catch the new light rail to Culver City and a convenient Culver Bus to the concert, and not drive at all.

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Thu, Jul 30, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Molly Malone’s, 575 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323 935-1577.
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Performances run from 7:30 to about midnight. 7:30 pm - Alex Jules. 8:15 pm - Brandon Schott. 9 pm - Linus of Hollywood. 9:45 pm - Chris Price. 10:30 pm - Spirit Kid. 11:15 pm - Feronia.
(The Guide recommends you arrive in time to catch BRANDON SCHOTT at 8:15 pm.)
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per night) through August 2.
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$10 cover.

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Fri, Jul 31, FREE, in Santa Clarita:
8-10 pm "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" with CENTER STAGE OPERA is part of "L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale" in Towsley Canyon Park, 24675 The Old Road, Santa Clarita.
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An evening of favorites from classical opera AND classic musical theatre, presented in cooperation with Center Stage Opera.
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Bring a beach chair and a picnic and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars.
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Free; $10 suggested donation. Free parking.

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Fri, Jul 31, FREE, in El Segundo:
6-8 pm THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles, plays the "Opening Weekend Summer Concert" at the Point, 850 S Sepulveda Bl, El Segundo 90245.
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The Guide isn't big on cover bands or tribute acts. This group is a rare exception, because they're that good.
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This is a free outdoor concert for the "Grand Opening Weekend" at the Point Plaza. It's near enough to the ocean that blankets are encouraged.
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Since their debut in 1999, THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles, has earned its place among the top-drawing tribute acts in North America and is widely regarded as the finest Eagles tribute show working today. Selected to perform the music of The Eagles by the Mark Cuban / Ryan Seacrest television network AXS-TV, their 90-minute live concert for the hit cable TV show "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" was broadcast to millions of viewers over five countries. Marked by lush vocal harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, every TLR performance delivers a reverence for the iconic Eagles studio recordings, blended with the The Long Run's own live-concert energy.
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FREE show.

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Fri, Jul 31, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, Los Angeles; 323-931-4636. $10 cover. Things run 7:30 pm to about midnight. 7:30 pm - The Bobbleheads. 8:15 pm - Plasticsoul. 9 pm - The Piper Downs. 9:45 pm - Evil Maria. 10:30 pm - Cartoon. 11:15 pm - The Condors.
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per night) through August 2.
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$10 cover. 18+ show

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Fri, Jul 31, in Hollywood:
9 pm-2 am "HOLLYWOOD CLUB CRAWL TOUR" seems to center at Playhouse Nightclub, 6506 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028.
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And now for something completely different.
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PERFORMERS and what they perform will vary from club to club.
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Tix: a Special Early Bird (21+) "Launch of Ticket Sale" offer is $15, at:

Tix are $20 (21+) if you buy them there.
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Special 5 Pack of Tickets is $80, and a 10 Pack of Tickets is $120.
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Hollywood Blvd Crawl is a guided clubbing LA party tour of best club event destinations. Your Friday LA Club Crawl ticket includes:
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3-5 Clubs // Free Drinks // No Cover Charges
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Whether you are flying solo, partying with friends, or looking for a fun night out with your sweetheart, Hollywood Blvd Crawl club crawls will show you the best of LA nightlife, VIP style. It's billed as "an evening of decadence and debauchery, as you tour L.A.’s trendiest and highly coveted nightclubs, such as Playhouse, Lure, Ohm, Supperclub, and beyond."
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With over 20 years of experience, the Hollywood Blvd Crawl team has mastered the ins and outs of how things work in this city. The Hollywood Blvd Crawl is perfect for singles, couples, bachelorettes, birthdays, business professionals or anyone who wants a fun night out on the town. They have the entire evening mapped out, so you can relax and party, not worry about where you are going next.
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Read about dress code requirements at:
http://hollywoodblvdcrawl.com/dress-code-la-club-guide/
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Check-in is at 9 pm for Calle Tacos and Pre-party at 6508 Hollywood Bl (at Wilcox) 90028. There, you meet your VIP hosts and fellow crawlers. Departure is at 10 pm on a liver-whipping party-night-out guided tour of 3-5 clubs.
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Tix at:
www.hollywoodblvdcrawl.com

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Sat, Aug 1, in OC (Huntington Beach):
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” continues tonight at Surf Dog’s Sports Grill (an all-ages venue and show), 5932 Warner Av, Huntington Beach; 714-846-5700. $10 cover. Things run from 7:30 pm to 1 am. 7:30 pm - Popdudes. 8:15 pm - The Yorktown Lads. 9 pm - The Relatives. 9:45 pm - Scarlet Crush. 10:30 pm - Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings. 11:15 pm - The Mozzies. midnight - The Jeremy Band.
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Sat, Aug 1, in BevHills:
8 pm OTTMAR LIEBERT, one of the planet's greatest guitarists, plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills 90211.
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Tix, $38-$68, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/ottmar-liebert-/E0-001-082389673-9

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Sat, Aug 1, in SaMo:
8-10 pm BOBBY LONG plays McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405.
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Bobby Long (bobbylong.info) has gone from pursuing his dreams on the London open mic scene to anticipating the August 7 release of his new album, "ODE TO THINKING," on Compass Records. In support of the release, he's touring the U.S. and Europe, including McCabe's on August 1st.
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Long is best known for his powerfully evocative lyrics set to haunting melodies. Since relocating to New York in 2009, he has cultivated a large, dedicated fan base, one that allowed him to successfully implement a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the new album. The album was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios.
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Tix, $20, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/bobby-long-/E0-001-085386858-4

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Sat, Aug 1, in Pasadena:
8 pm PHAT CAT SWINGER plays a really big shew, sponsored by the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association at Grace Hall, 73 N Hill Av, Pasadena 91116.
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All ages event. Ticket info below.
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They're playing Serbia in September. That should give you the idea they're a big local deal. Indeed, Phat Cat Swinger has toured the country and performed shows with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, and played alongside The Coasters.
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One of the best bands to dance to in the surrounding Los Angeles areas, Phat Cat Swinger was influenced by the classic sounds of Bobby Darin, Louis Prima, and Frank Sinatra and mixed with the new swingin’ sounds of such bands as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Brian Setzer. Phat Cat Swinger is a band filled with booming toms, walking bass lines, jumpin’ guitar rhythms, roaring horn lines and smooth vocals.
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Born of the idea to combine fun, laughter and great music to entertain audiences with a collective showmanship, the nine band members of Phat Cat Swinger have grown to be one of the hottest live swing bands to hit Southern California’s underground scene.
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A big break for the band came when they made an appearance in Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” music video, where they performed in the beginning scene of the song dressed up to the nines in white suits; they have also appeared as band members for the Jonas Brothers in their music video "Love Bug" and more recently played for the Stars And Stripes Benefit at the venue of every man’s dream, the Playboy Mansion.
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Phat Cat Swinger's first album (self titled) was released in July 2005 and held such fanatical songs such as “Hep Cats,” “Money Tree,” and the crowd’s favorite sing-along song, “Smolie Olie Olie.” Most of the band's original songs were composed by Marco Palos with the rest of the band pitching-in until they reached melodies that take you from toe-tapping jazz to smooth, sultry tango.
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Together with original songs they perform nostalgic cover songs that take you back (even if you weren't there), including “Run Around Sue,” “Sing Sing Sing”, “The Way You Look Tonight,” “In The Mood,” and “Jump Jive And Wail.”
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In May 2009, the band released another disc, this one a three song EP with their original, “Won’t You Tell Me?” and “Ain’t Got No Home” (which is amazing to see live, where Phil hits those high notes and Marco, with his sultry deep baritone voice, adds wonders to this song), plus their new song, “Dance Dance Dance,” with lyrics written by lead vocalist Tim Porter. This band lets listeners know there is no right or wrong way to dance.
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Tix, $15, at:
http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/phat-cat-swinger-/E0-001-085492428-5
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More dates for PHAT CAT SWINGER:
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Aug 7 - 8 pm, Playa Del Rey Elk's Lodge.
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Aug 13 - 6 pm, Anaheim Downtown Disney District - Wonderground.
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Aug 14 - 10 pm, Beverly Hills Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge.

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Sun, Aug 2, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm “INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW” concludes its L.A. dates today with this matinee show at Skinny’s Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818 763-6581. $10 cover. Music runs 1-6 pm. 1:15 pm - Aaron, David & Charles (from Brian Jones Was Murdered). 2 pm - Kylie Hughes. 2:45 pm - See How They Run. 3:30 pm - Fernando Perdomo. 4:15 pm – Marston. 5 pm - Suite 100.
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The “Overthrow” is an international tour, and it’s at various Southern Cal venues (one per day/night) through THIS ONE, August 2.
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$10 cover.

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

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Aug 22, in Bev Hills:
LEON RUSSELL plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.

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Sep 10, in Bev Hills:
JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO plus TAJ MAHAL TRIO play the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.

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

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Oct 2, in BevHills:
GORDON LIGHTFOOT plays the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills.
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Tix at www.canyonclub.net or 888-645-5006.

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

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♪ 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, both traditional and innovative. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues, and schedules of performances in Southern California venues large and small. We cover workshops and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kids 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 pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to proto blues.
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