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Thursday, February 9, 2017

GRAMMYS Week, Music & Arts News, Valentines Shows & Tuneful Forays — Feb 9 2017 ed.

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We are necessarily taking a break this week from our coverage of all the innovations and new gear that debuted at the Winter NAMM Show. "Part 4" of NAMM coverage will resume that series very soon. This week, there's entirely too much going on, with Valentine's concerts, GRAMMY news and events, and MORE. February may be the shortest month, but it sure doesn't seem like it in terms of the world of music!

So, on with the show!


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CONTENTS / IN THIS EDITION...

1) Groundhog Day to GRAMMYS, Valentine's to Mardi Gras, February Has it

2) "Music Educator of the Year™" to be Honored at Sunday's GRAMMYS

3) Folk-Americana GRAMMYS & Performances to be on Daytime Webcast

4) Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor's Last Proprietor Needs Help with Medical Bills

5) Theatre Pick: "Every Brilliant Thing," through Feb. 12th in Santa Monica

6) "HackPoly" Welcomes Hackers to Cal Poly Pomona this Weekend

7) Take Your Sweetie to a Valentine's Concert ("Valentinish" week), part 1

8) Take Your Sweetie to an Early Valentine's Concert, part 2

9) Super Early Bird "DYLANFEST" Tickets on Sale through Feb. 15th

10) Tales from the Road: New England Fiddle Champ LISSA SCHNECKENBERGER

11) Lunar Eclipse, Comet, and "Snow Moon" Coming February 10, 2017

12) "Sounds of Folk Alliance" Preview Downloads from Yep Rock & Merlefest

13) L.A.'s February CD Release Shows: San Diego's SARA PETITE, Santa Cruz's STEVEN GRAVES, & L.A.'s own AJ HOBBS

14) Grim Reaper's Toll of Musicians & Artists So Far in 2017

15) L.A.’s Top Food Event is March 8-11

16) Santa Clarita COWBOY FESTIVAL Tickets Going Fast; Event in April

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Let's get started!


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# 1 news feature...


GROUNDHOG DAY TO GRAMMYS, VALENTINE'S TO MARDI GRAS, FEBRUARY HAS IT


We missed sending those holiday cards again this year, and Groundhog Day just isn't the same without 'em. That can serve as a reminder to stay out of trouble next Tuesday — Valentine's Day — with one of Forrest Gump's bright box o' choc-lates. Some venues are offering early Valentine's Day-themed musical performances this weekend, so you can catch the show and then, attitudes adjusted accordingly, have private time for candles and romance.

The homage to February's "hearts and flowers" theme moves us to ratify something sent by JIM CURRY and his wife ANNE, who are on the cruise ship performance circuit with their "John Denver Tribute Show." Here is a 1986 video of John Denver singing his song, "Heart to Heart." As Anne says, "John looks fabulous in his tuxedo, singing for an equally well-dressed audience."

Watch John Denver sing "Heart to Heart" at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfm0c46GkD0

Of course, Sunday is the annual day billed as MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT, with the broadcast (and web simulcast) of the 59th annual GRAMMY AWARDS from Hollywood. Instead of waiting three hours after the East Coast sees it live, we'll get the event at 5 pm Pacific on CBS.

The Guide has a nice feature on a very deserving winner, one of the few who is known in advance. That's our # 2 news feature.

As for the GRAMMYS broadcast? Full disclosure is in order here: if you're hoping for even a token performance on TV by any artist or band from the Folk-American realm? Uhh, it might be a good night to catch one of those two-days-early Valentine's-themed concerts.

Or go see "La-La Land" if you want a rather sappy effort to bring back the big-screen musical. It's nominated for 14 Oscars, but we're wondering how that happened. It's not bad, just not THAT good.

The more historically inclined will seek a show this Sunday so they can attend the theatre on Lincoln's Birthday (just no big hats or side balcony box seats. Especially if you have a beard).

Washington's Birthday is Feb. 23rd, but we don't have reports of any shows with minuet dancing or a dress code of powdered wigs. But all venues will accept those little portraits of Washington in exchange for admission and libations.

That brings us 'round to that rather goofy amalgamated holiday, "Presidents Day." It happens on Monday the 20th. Making it okay to stay out late on Sunday the 19th. Otherwise, we're not sure how it's supposed to work (especially these days) to commemorate both the honored and the reviled presidents all on one day. Or perhaps that makes it the perfect holiday for the short American attention span.

Finally, the day everyone wants live music is Fat Tuesday, better known by its French name, MARDI GRAS. Being that it's tied to Easter, it moves around the calendar.

This year, MARDI GRAS happens on February 28th.

Meaning you must march forth on March 1st, a workday Wednesday, whether you're ready or not. We'll bring you a Mardi Gras edition next time.

Too much other news is already chompin' at the bit for this edition.


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# 2 news feature...


"MUSIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR™" TO BE HONORED AT SUNDAY'S GRAMMYS


As we start 2017, KEITH HANCOCK of Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, has been named the "Music Educator of the Year™" by the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards. Hancock will be an honored guest, seated among music's biggest stars, at the GRAMMYS on Sunday night.

A total of 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states comprised the quarterfinalists for the "Music Educator Award™" presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. (Info on all the quarterfinalists is at: https://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/press-release/290-quarterfinalists-announced-for-2017-music-educator-award)

On Wednesday, Feb. 8th, "CBS This Morning" ran a feature story on "Mr. Hancock" and his vocal music program, and moreover, on his enduring influence on current and former students. The story focused on people much more than the many awards and worldwide invitations that Keith Hancock and his choirs have received.

Mr. Hancock and his school will each receive a $10,000 honoraria as he becomes the fourth recipient of the annual award given jointly by the Recording Academy® (sponsor organization of the GRAMMYS) and the Grammy Foundation®.

If you liked the film, "Mr. Holland's Opus" (and who didn't?) you'll love this video short / bio for its human interest and first-rate production values.

The video story covers "Hancock's Laws" that he hands-out to his students. Included are "Live your life with passion," and "Don't put anything on your credit card that you can't pay-off in a month."

That video is available at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSeHUUE9mO0
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Last year, PHILLIP RIGGS of Durham, North Carolina, won the honor. He keeps it on his mantle piece where he can see it see it every day.
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A print story on all 25 of the 2017 finalists is at:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2017-grammy-music-educator-award-semifinalists-revealed/
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Hancock came in as a repeat semifinalist. He was among the final 25 nominees in 2016. There's a good print feature story about all those music educators at:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-grammy-music-educator-award-reveals-25-semifinalists/
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Would you like to nominated a deserving music teacher for next year? Current educators — kindergarten through college, public and private schools — "who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools" are eligible. The American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, and the National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies. But individuals can submit nominees, as well.

Nominations for the 2018 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.


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# 3 news feature...


FOLK-AMERICANA GRAMMYS & PERFORMANCES TO BE ON DAYTIME WEBCAST


Your TV listings and all the glitzy ads will tell you that the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live at 5 pm Pacific this Sunday, Feb. 12, on CBS. That is, the portion of the awards that are broadcast on TV will air at that time. As usual, the awards that folkies care most about? Uh, those won't make it to TV.

But hang on.

Until very recent years, it was only news sources like the Guide that attempted to remedy things for Folk-Americana. And we could have ended this right here by quoting a great newsman who always said, "And that's the way it is."

The internet opened up the ability to share the previously unknown and largely unattended awards for music's supposedly "non-mainstream" artists.

The awards — usually no more than one in each of the various Folk-Americana genres — will not be included in what airs with all the nighttime hoopla. But they'll be included — not exactly "featured," but "included" — in the three hours of daytime webcast, streamed live from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Pacific time.

Seems the singular award for "Folk Album of the Year" — and this year's doubling of "Blues Album of the Year" honors into one for "Best Traditional" and one for "Best Contemporary" Blues Albums — would cut into the time needed at night for bloviating by the recipients of the rather ridiculous multiplicity of rap awards. Rap, as a single category, gets four awards, and the almost guaranteed dissing of somebody who wins by an entourage figure of somebody who doesn't.

Perhaps we are being hasty or unfair. Things HAVE expanded — some — even as a key Americana award was absorbed into an amalgamated category. More on that in a moment.

Here's the complete spectrum of Folk-Americana categories for GRAMMY awards that will be included in the live daytime webcast:

FIELD 13: AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC
45. American Roots Performance (S/T)
46. American Roots Song (S/T)
47. Americana Album
48. Bluegrass Album
49. Traditional Blues Album
50. Contemporary Blues Album
51. Folk Album
52. Regional Roots Music Album

(A) = Category allows Album entries
(S) = Category allows Single entries
(T) = Category allows Track entries

We mentioned an amalgamation. We're still sad that the "Regional Roots Music Album" GRAMMY replaced the short-lived "Cajun-Zydeco Album" category, tossing Louisiana's distinctive accordion-and-fiddle-based Americana music in competition with everything from Old Time Fiddle and Banjo to traditional and contemporary Cowboy/Western and Western Swing to Djangostyle guitar to the music of the Hudson Valley and the Rocky Mountains and the open plains to the Appalachian mountain hollars to the ranchera-influenced accordion and fiddle of the desert Southwest. Obviously, each of those genres — and more, both traditional and contemporary — needed its own category and its own award.

The big, nighttime GRAMMY telecast will feature tributes to GEORGE MICHAEL and PRINCE. But no word of tributes to any of the Folk-Americana stars we lost since the last awards show.

Big Music always claims that what's commercially successful must get all the attention. Indie artists and folk artists have the same answer to that: "If you don't hear it, you can't like it."

So, of course, the evening broadcast features performances by CHANCE THE RAPPER, LITTLE BIG TOWN, STURGILL SIMPSON, four-time GRAMMY® winner and current nominee BRUNO MARS, JOHN LEGEND, METALLICA, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, and KEITH URBAN.

But the one you want is the web simulcast this Sunday at 12:30 pm, Pacific. It's called the "GRAMMY AWARDS PREMIERE CEREMONY®" and it's hosted by MARGARET CHO.

It'll be streamed live on www.grammy.com/live and on www.cbs.com.

Now, hold onto your hats. Performing are by current nominees JUDY COLLINS, RAVI COLTRANE, ZIGGY MARLEY, CARLA MORRISON, NORTHERN CREE, O'CONNOR BAND with MARK O'CONNOR, and THIRD COAST PERCUSSION. Of course, all of them are collectively billed as the opening act, the "Prelude to Music's Biggest Night®," to "Kick Off the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®."

Fine. We can all catch the music festival-like lineup of "opening acts," then slip out the back door and go get a pizza. Just adjust your sombrero and proclaim, "Red carpet? We don't need no stinking red carpet!"

For the daytime simulcast, presenting all the GRAMMY Awards in approximately 70 categories that include the Folk-Americana genres are SARAH JAROSZ, LAUREN DAIGLE, FOR KING & COUNTRY, JIMMY JAM, RENÉ MARIE, MÝA, and BRENDON URIE from Panic! At The Disco.

The "GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony®" webcast, preceding the "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®" telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by GRAMMY® nominee MARGARET CHO.

For those who like details...

SARAH JAROSZ has two nominations this year, for "Best American Roots Performance" for "House Of Mercy" and "Best Folk Album" for "Undercurrent."

JUDY COLLINS, O'CONNOR BAND with MARK O'CONNOR, NORTHERN CREE, THIRD COAST PERCUSSION, RAVI COLTRANE, MARGARET CHO, LAUREN DAIGLE, FOR KING & COUNTRY, RENÉ MARIE, ZIGGY MARLEY, CARLA MORRISON, MÝA, and BRENDON URIE each have one GRAMMY nomination this year.

JUDY COLLINS with ARI HEST is in contention for "Best Folk Album" for their "Silver Skies Blue"; the O'CONNOR BAND with MARK O'CONNOR for "Best Bluegrass Album" for "Coming Home"; and NORTHERN CREE for "Best Regional Roots Music Album" for "It's A Cree Thing."

Performers on the webcast who are nominated in the non-Americana related categories are Third Coast Percussion for "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance" for "Steve Reich"; Margaret Cho, nominated for "Best Comedy Album" for her "American Myth"; Coltrane for "Best Improvised Jazz Solo" for "In Movement"; Daigle for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song" for "Trust in You"; For King & Country for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song" for "Priceless"; Marie for "Best Jazz Vocal Album" for "Sound of Red"; Marley for "Best Reggae Album" for his "Ziggy Marley"; Morrison for "Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album" for "Amor Supremo"; Mya for "Best R&B Album" for "Smoove Jones"; and Brendon Urie with Panic! At the Disco for "Best Rock Album" for "Death of a Bachelor."
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If you're kicking yourself because you have other plans Sunday afternoon? The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony, with the Folk-Americana GRAMMYS and performances, will remain on GRAMMY.com as video-on-demand for 90 days following the event.

It'll be streamed live, Sunday, 12:30-3:30 pm Pacific on:

www.grammy.com/live
and on
www.cbs.com

Do you hear Rodney Dangerfield? He's saying, "Finally! Some respect!"


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# 4 news feature...


BLUE RIDGE PICKIN' PARLOR'S LAST PROPRIETOR NEEDS HELP WITH MEDICAL BILLS


JUDY HERSH is experiencing medical challenges. And like most musicians, there just isn't enough insurance coverage to handle all that needs to be done. Here she is, in her own words:

"Howdy friends of the Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor. It doesn’t seem possible that over six years have gone by since I closed the doors of the Blue Ridge. It was a sad time for me along with the passing of my Dad shortly before.

"I never intended not to stay in communication with the Blue Ridge friends / customers / students and teachers. It was a huge change to go from running the Blue Ridge to looking for a job, and I just let it slide.

"Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me I was very ill. After living a very busy lifestyle and being on automatic pilot between the care-giving of both my parents, running two businesses and tending to my horses and home, I started to realize something was drastically wrong with me physically the summer of 2012. I finally found out in June 2015 I have Chronic Lyme Disease!

"I knew after I closed the Blue Ridge that I wanted to have a Blue Ridge Reunion Picnic the following year. I was so overwhelmed at my new full time job and getting more and more exhausted that I kept putting it on hold. So fast forward to today, I have it all planned and hope to do it this year after going through the next phase of my Lyme treatment.

"I have established a medical fundraiser using the YouCaring.com website to help with the medical costs for my treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease. Please click the link below to read about my 'Trail Ride to Recovery.'

(It's on the "YouCaring, Compassionate Crowdfunding" site)

https://www.youcaring.com/judyhersh-697535

"It is with humble gratitude and appreciation that I thank you in advance for taking the time to read my story. I will be updating my progress periodically.

"I have updated my Facebook page after realizing it will be the easiest way to stay in contact. So if you haven’t already, let's be friends on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/judy.hersh.16

"I miss all of you and look forward to seeing you soon.

"Happy Trails, Happy Pickin’ and Jammin’ & Happy New Year!

"XOXO
Jude"

— Judy L. Hersh

jhersh@pickinparlor.com

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Judy has posted more than what she sent us. On Jan. 30th, she said she had recently had "two 'Neuro-Lyme' episodes," which she describes as, "like having a mini epileptic seizure. I get a headache and then I have uncontrollable muscle twitching. I just 'ride it' out and after about an hour it subsides."
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Any amount you can contribute can add-up and be of tremendous help when a music friend is facing medical challenges that inevitably produce financial needs. The Guide wishes Judy a record fast recovery and lots of helping hands, each bearing a few bucks!


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# 5 news feature...


THEATRE PICK: "EVERY BRILLIANT THING," THROUGH FEB. 12th IN SANTA MONICA


It's the play the LA Times calls "utterly charming!" It's titled "Every Brilliant Thing," and it's running now through February 12 in "The Edye," the intimate theatre at the Broad Stage, at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica 90401.

The play's premise? You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's 'done something stupid.' She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for: 1. Ice Cream; 2. Kung Fu Movies; 3. Burning Things; 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose; 5. Construction cranes; 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she's read it because she's corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.

It's a new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Based on true and untrue stories.

"Four stars. Heart-wrenching, hilarious... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see."
- The Guardian.

Presented by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company, by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe, it's directed by George Perrin.

Tix: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/966071


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# 6 news feature...


"HACKPOLY" WELCOMES HACKERS TO CAL POLY POMONA THIS WEEKEND


This weekend, Feb. 11-12, you can watch real hackers — not those mythical Russian hackers that supposedly ruined everything for a badly run campaign that needs a scapegoat to avoid facing an autopsy of all it did went wrong. In fact, at this event, hackers are not pariahs at all.

"Hackpoly" is a 24-hour annual hackathon event at Cal Poly Pomona in the Bronco Student Center. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create a project — typically software or hardware — in "an environment optimized for creativity."

At the end of the event, the participants demonstrate their projects to fellow hackers, visitors, and a panel of judges.

For details about the event, contact Julie Lappin at: jmlappin@cpp.edu

The event's website has the essential info, at: http://www.hackpoly.com/


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# 7 news feature...


TAKE YOUR SWEETIE TO A VALENTINE'S CONCERT ("VALENTINISH" WEEK), PART 1


From tonight (Thursday), through the weekend and into Tuesday the 14th, there are abundant opportunities to get your sweetie serenaded with sumpin' special and memorable. Some venues offer food and libations. Some have eateries nearby. Here are our picks.
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Thursday the 9th

✔ "BYZANTIUM 2.0: ACOUSTIC TIME TRAVEL" is Thursday, February 9, at 7 pm, at Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1324 Normandie Av, Los Angeles 90006. Reception to follow.

Admission is free, presented by the USC "Visions and Voices" series. Reservations are required. RSVP at

http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679136

Enter a dark space and take a journey across time to medieval Byzantium. Using cutting-edge immersive-audio technologies, the presentation will re-create virtual ancient acoustic spaces in this fascinating event featuring performances by award-winning chanters SPYRIDON ANTONOPOULOS and DIMOS PAPATZALAKIS and PAZ LENCHANTIN, the current bassist for THE PIXIES. The performance will be followed by a conversation exploring technology and the implications of recreating ancient spaces.
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Thursday the 9th

✔ STING plays the local date for his "57th & 9th Tour" Thu, Feb 9, at the Hollywood Palladium.
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Thursday the 9th

✔ SEAN WATKINS and WILLIE WATSON play Thu., Feb. 9, 8 pm, at the Wayfarer, 843 W 19th St, Costa Mesa 92627; 949-764-0039.
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Thursday the 9th

✔ THE GLEN ROBERTS BIG BAND plays Thu., Feb. 9, 7 pm, at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Thursday the 9th

✔ "OFF OF MY HEAD," Thu., Feb. 9, 7:30 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. Buy tickets for this show online….offmyhead6.bpt.me - not through The Coffee Gallery Backstage. A show of real life, irreverent, funny, and sometimes poignant stories that thrill, tickle and inspire told by local experienced storytellers.
Featuring Storytellers Ty Fance, Beverly Mickins, Stan Sellers, Ellen Switkes, & Tony Jacobsen. Tix, $15.
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Thursday the 9th

✔ SOUTH COAST STORYTELLERS’ “ANIMAL MAGNETISM” happens Thu., Feb. 9, 7:30 pm, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malven Av, Fullerton 92833; 714-738-6706.
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Thursday the 9th

✔ GARRISON STARR plays Thu., Feb. 9, 9 pm, on the second stage at the Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com.
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Friday the 10th

✔ GEORGE MANN plays "Labor and protest songs," Fri., Feb. 10, 6 pm, at the Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Pl, San Diego 92105; 619-262-1988.
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Friday the 10th

✔ "THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION GRAMMY SHOW," Fri., Feb. 10, 7 pm-midnight, on the mainstage at the Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com.
Featured performers: LANGHORNE SLIM, O'CONNOR FAMILY BAND feat. MARK O'CONNOR; CARLA MORRISON, MADI CUNNINGHAM, FREDDY & FRANCINE, ULYSSES S GRANT, and a few special guests.
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Friday the 10th

✔ JC & LANEY, an "acoustic rock duo," plays Fri. Feb. 10, 7 pm, at Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Friday the 10th

✔ VICTORIA VOX, ukulele virtuoso, plays Fri., Feb. 10, 7:30 pm, at Brick 15, 915 Camino del Mar, Del Mar 92014; 858-225-1315.
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Friday the 10th

✔ CHRISTIE LENEE plays the "Lord Of The Strings Concert Series," Fri., Feb. 10, 7:30 pm, at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point 92629; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656.
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Friday the 10th

✔ HONEY WHISKEY TRIO plus ECHO SPARKS and BOTTLED SPIRITS play Fri., Feb. 10, 8 pm, at 4th Street Vine, 2142 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814; 562-343-5463.
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Friday the 10th

✔ THE BURGANS with TERRY RANGNO, Fri., Feb. 10, 8 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. Jerry was co-founder of the iconic group, WE FIVE, whose smash recording of "You Were On My Mind" topped the charts and was nominated for the “Best Vocal Performance” Grammy in 1965. Tix, $20.
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Friday the 10th

✔ GRIFFIN HOUSE plays Fri., Feb. 10, 8 pm, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Friday the 10th

✔ SEAN WATKINS & WILLIE WATSON play Fri., Feb. 10, 8 pm, at Pappy & Harriet’s Place, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown 92268; 760-365-5956.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ WILLIE WATSON (formerly of OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW) plays Saturday, Feb 11 at 8 pm at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; tix at: 310 833-4813 or www.grandvision.org. Folksinger, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Willie Watson is a leading pioneer in the renaissance of traditional and old-time music. Opening for Willie is the delightful JESSICA FICHOT, one of our local faves (when she's not galavanting on a big tour somewhere).

Listen to Willie play "Dry Bones" (Live at SXSW 2014) at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNbNYb8p2Es&ct=t%28Shine+A+Light+On+Me%29&mc_cid=be633c732d&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D
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Saturday the 11th

✔ "ANCIENT CALIFORNIA" presents indigenous music of north, central and South America with Martin Espino, Sat., Feb. 11, 10:30 am, at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, 7621 Granite Hill Dr, Riverside 92509.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ GRIFFIN HOUSE plays Sat., Feb. 11, 6 pm, at the Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Bl, San Diego 92101; 619-255-7224.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ THE RATTLESNAKES plus the PEACEMEAL STRING BAND play Sat., Feb. 11, 7 pm, at Guitar Merchant, 7305 Topanga Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ CHRISTIE LENEE plays the 2nd of two shows for the "Lord Of The Strings Concert Series," this one on Sat., Feb. 11, 7 pm, at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo 92691; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS, Sat., Feb. 11, 7:30 pm, at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711. "Early Valentine's Day Saturday with Sweeties" and the band's amazing re-creation of the music of the 1920s. Janet says, "Start cuddling early to the lovingest love tunes ever." Info (great website), www.janetklein.com. Tix, 909-624-2928.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ DAVID NIGEL LLOYD and JONATHAN "MAKO" SHARKEY play "Sessions at the Loft," Sat., Feb. 11, 7:30 pm, at The Loft, 2465 Ventura Bl, Camarillo 93010; 805-383-3333.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ THE FOLK COLLECTION, Sat., Feb. 11, 7 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. "Singing the Classic Songs of the '60s Folk Era" in 3-part harmony are Tony Unger, Ed Labowitz and Mike Sirota. Tix, $20.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ ACOUSTIC CONCERT SERIES has a double bill, Sat, Feb 11, 8 pm, at Jeff Gold's West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills 91307; 818-992-4142; www.westvalleymusiccenter.com. Tix, $15, includes refreshments.
• FREQUENCIES, the duo of BRAD SWANSON & JUSTIN SOUTER, is an "organic alternative band whose songs offer stories of healing and transcendence that lead us on a journey of the heart."
• ERIC SCHWARTZ is a "mega-talented songwriter and player... incredibly funny on the one hand and gut-wrenchingly topical on the other."
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Saturday the 11th

✔ HEATHER CATALENA plays Feb. 11, 8 pm, on the second stage at the Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.hotelcafe.com.
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Sat. & Sun., the 11th & 12th

✔ "ROMEO ET JULIET," the opera, runs two performances: Sat., Feb 11 at 7:30 pm & Sun, Feb. 12 at 3 pm at the Performing Arts Center at Reseda High, 18230 Kittridge St, Reseda. Charles Gounod's timeless classic opera of thwarted lovers, this production is fully-staged by SFV's own CENTER STAGE OPERA and features the CENTER STAGE OPERA ORCHESTRA. It's sung in French with English translation projected above the stage. (First reported in our Jan. 11th edition.) Info: www.centerstageopera.org. Tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2581189
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Saturday the 11th

✔ LOS LOBOS play Sat., Feb. 11, 8 pm, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita 91355; 661-362-5304.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ THE LIVING SISTERS play Sat., Feb. 11, 8 pm, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ HONEY WHISKEY TRIO plays Sat., Feb. 12, 8 pm, at the Barrel Room, 324 W 4th St, Santa Ana 92701; 714-204-0519.
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Saturday the 11th

✔ SPENCER & RAINS & THE SKELETON KEYS play the " Old-Time Tiki Parlour" series, Sat., Feb. 11, 8 pm, at Timewarp Records, 12204 Venice Bl, Los Angeles 90066.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ THE HAYMARKET SQUARES, Sun., Feb. 12, 2 pm matinee show, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. "Punkgrass for the People!" with dancing, mandolin, music, happy faces….everything you might want. They've played all over the world. Tix, $15.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ GEORGE MANN brings "Labor and protest songs" Sun., Feb. 12, 2 pm, at the SoCal Arbeter Ring Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S Robertson Bl, Los Angeles 90035; 310-552-2007.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ LOCKOUT STATION plays their CD release concert, Sunday Feb. 12, 4 pm, at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; www.alvas.com. This three-piece ensemble, draws on flamenco and jazz-fusion influences as well as the avant-garde, using complex harmonies, difficult grooves and winding melodies to evoke impressions of strange and other-worldliness. Tix, $20.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ CRAIG LINCOLN plays Ron Sarfety's monthly "Red Rock Concerts," Sun., Feb. 12, 4 pm, at Crown Books, 6100 Topanga Canyon Bl, #1340, Woodland Hills 91367. Free series.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ THEO & ZYDECO PATROL play the Cajun-Zydeco Dance Series, Sun., Feb. 12, 4:30 pm, at the Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach 90803.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ VICTORIA VOX, accompanied by JACK MAHER, Sun., Feb. 12, 7 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. Ukulele, serious and fun. National act. Big deal. From the cover of the Spring Issue of "Ukulele Magazine" to the front page of "The Wall Street Journal," Victoria Vox is making appearances everywhere! Tix, $18.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ VIGNES ROOFTOP REVIVAL plays a Valentine's themed concert Sun., Feb. 12, 7 pm, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre 91024. Our Jan. 11th story on this show appears as the next news feature.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ LOVEYDOVE plays Sun., Feb. 12, 7 pm, at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ TERRY & JERRY HOLDER play the "Dark Thirty House Concerts" series, Sun., Feb. 12, 7:30 pm, at 1132 Pinehurst Dr, Lakeside 92040; reservations required at 619-443-9622.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ EVAN MARSHALL & PHIL BOROFF play Sun., Feb. 12, 8 pm, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sunday the 12th

✔ OTTMAR LIEBERT, one of then world's greatest guitarists, plays Sun., Feb. 12, 9 pm, at the Canyon Club, 28192 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills 91301; 818-879-5016.
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Monday the 13th

✔ THE BROMBIES play Mon., Feb. 13, 7:30 pm, at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Monday the 13th

✔ JORMA KAUKONEN & JACK CASADY play "HOT TUNA Acoustic" Sun., Feb. 12, 8 pm, at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach (San Diego) 92075; 858-481-9022.
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Tuesday the 14th (Valentine's Day)

✔ "VALENTINE SPECIAL": LISA LYNNE & ARYEH FRANKFURTER, Tue., Feb. 14, 8 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. It's Celtic harps, song, rare instruments, wondrous stories, and fun. This is an exceptional show of quality and music. Tix, $20.
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Tuesday the 14th (Valentine's Day)

✔ HEATHER MALONEY and PETER MULVEY play "Tales from the Tavern at the Maverick Saloon," Sun., Feb. 12, 7 pm, at 3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez 93460; 805-686-4785.
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Tuesday the 14th (Valentine's Day)

✔ I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., Tue., Feb. 14, 9 pm, at the Hi Hat, 5043 York Bl, Highland Park 90042; http://hihat.la. All ages show. The Hawks will pluck tunes from their seven releases, "With musicians from our fantastic and varied guest band sitting in. Action packed, and free!" SARAH KRAMER at 9 pm (http://sarahkramer.com), HAWKS at 10 pm (www.iseehawks.com), HARRISON WHITFORD at 11 pm (https://soundcloud.com/harrison-whitford).
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Wednesday the 15th

✔ BONNIE RAITT plus THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS play Wed., Feb. 15, 8 pm, at the Terrace Theater in the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center complex, 300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90802; 562-436-3636.
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Wednesday the 15th

✔ SARA PETITE, plays Wed., Feb. 15th, 8 pm, in a free show at the Cinema Bar, 3967 N Sepulveda Bl, Culver City. It's a "CD pre release party" by the San Diego-based artist for her new album, "Road Less Traveled."
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Wednesday the 15th

✔ JORMA KAUKONEN & JACK CASADY play "HOT TUNA Acoustic," Wed., Feb. 15, 8 pm, at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano 92675; 949-496-8927.
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Wednesday the 15th

✔ BLACK ARM BAND plays the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) series, Wed., Feb. 15, 8 pm, at Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus in Westwood 90095; 310-825-2101 or 310-825-4401.
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Thursday the 16th

✔ JOHN SCOFIELD, 2016 GRAMMY® Award-winner jazz guitarist , and double nominee in 2017, plays two shows on Thu., Feb. 16, 7 and 9:30 pm at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90064; www.trk.us.com; 310-286-0553. Schofield is nominated this year for "Best Improvised Jazz Solo" for "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Best Jazz Instrumental Album" for "Country for Old Men." In his last release, Scofield re-imagines the music of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Dolly Parton, George Jones, and other country greats with a top tier band of longtime compatriots including organist Larry Goldings, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart.
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Thursday the 16th

✔ THE GLEN ROBERTS BIG BAND plays Thu., Feb. 16, 7 pm, at Cody's Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Thursday the 16th

✔ THE SALTY SUITES, Thu., Feb. 16, 8 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. Always wonderful and eternally creative. They do it all. Fine music and great to watch. These are stars of festivals. Tix, $18.
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Thursday the 16th

✔ PETER MULVEY and HEATHER MALONEY play Thu., Feb. 16, 7:30 pm, at Brick 15, 915 Camino del Mar, Del Mar 92014; 858-225-1315.
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Friday the 17th

✔ HIROYA TSUKAMOTO: acoustic guitar and voice, Fri., Feb. 17, 8 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm. Bob Stane’s comments…"Last time @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage the audience loved him.. Low key but excellent and charming."
Tix, $15.
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Ticketmaster is offering a Valentine's "Two-for-One" deal on many shows, nationwide, but none are in Southern California. If you are anticipating some travel, the concerts stretch a ways into the future. Eligible shows are listed at:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/ticketdeals/ln-offer
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Or, you can put a pair of tix in an envelope with a red rose on top... these shows go on sale FRIDAY:

✔ SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS play the El Rey Theatre on Apr 3.

✔ DIANA KRALL, touring her upcoming album, "Turn Up the Quiet" (due out on Verve Records, May 5th) plays the Santa Barbara Bowl, Aug 6. Tix available Fri, Feb. 10, 11 am, at www.AXS.com.


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# 8 news feature...


TAKE YOUR SWEETIE TO AN EARLY VALENTINE'S CONCERT, PART 2


(Reprinted from our Jan. 11th edition.)
VIGNES ROOFTOP REVIVAL TO PLAY VALENTINE’S CONCERT AT SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE, FEBRUARY 12


Okay, so the real Valentine’s day is February 14. Something all women know and most guys forget. But who wants to fight traffic on a school night to meet your sweetie at a concert? Not the VIGNES ROOFTOP REVIVAL. That's why this show is on Sunday, two days early. This concert is presented by the Sierra Madre Playhouse and Sierra Madre Music.

Born on the roof of an artist loft in Downtown Los Angeles, The VIGNES ROOFTOP REVIVAL serves up an exciting mix of classic jazz, Gypsy jazz, blues, and Americana. Their music incorporates a lively and diverse set of influences, from the classic French swing of DJANGO REINHARDT to the vocal standards of ELLA FITZGERALD and the Brazilian samba music of DORIVAL CAYMMI. They are one of the area's busiest and most "local" bands — they perform 3-8 shows a week within the LA area. They are excited to perform a special Valentine’s Day inspired set of music on February 12th, featuring the smooth jazzy vocals of AMBER NAVRAN and the sweet sounds of flute, trumpet, clarinet, guitar, and bass as performed by band members PATRICK TORREZ, BERGEN MOORE, ERIK MIRON, RUMI, and CAPITAL.

If you like what you hear, you can find them performing weekly downtown residencies at Eat.Drink.Americano (Mondays), Cafe Gratitude (Tuesdays), and GROW (Wednesdays), and monthly residencies at 3 Clubs, and Casey's Irish Pub. The Vignes Rooftop Revival performs frequently at private parties and has has played venues that include L.A. Live, Villain's Tavern, OSSO DTLA, The 1642, Angel City Brewery, SIP Speakeasy, The Paradise Bar, The Spring Street Arcade, and The Escondite.

But you can avoid standing up, having your view blocked by bar patrons, and getting elbowed by the crowd if you take advantage of this intimate theatre, where everyone has a seat, and its listening room concert environment.

The concert is Sunday, February 12, at 7 pm, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 91024. That's just northeast of Pasadena. There is ample free parking in a lot behind the Playhouse. Tix: Adults $20, youth $15. Reservations, 626-355-4318; online ticketing at www.sierramadreplayhouse.org


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# 9 news feature...


SUPER EARLY BIRD "DYLANFEST" TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH FEB. 15th


Don't miss your chance to save $10 off the door price for this year's DylanFest, which happens May 7th. It's $25 instead of $35 for eight hours of the amazing music of BOB DYLAN, performed by a huge lineup of talented musicians — many who come off the road just to play this annual event. The discount icket offer ends Feb. 15th.

ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER and their award-winning band HARD RAIN produce and present this event each year. And 2017 marks the 27th Annual Bob DylanFest, from noon to 8 pm on May 7, 2017.

The venue is outdoors in the Torino Plaza at the Torrance Cultural Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance, CA 90503. There's plenty of access to shade.

You can check out the program from the 25th Annual Dylanfest at the event's web page, same place as you get those earlybird tickets.

The Guide's staff are all longtime fans of this annual event. Andy and Renee tell those who are unfamiliar with our many past write-ups, "Dylanfest is an eight-hour celebration of the music of Bob Dylan. We started it in 1991 and have been holding the event ever since. The show started with our band and a few friends doing four sets of Bob Dylan songs, and it has grown to a eight-hour event with over 50 musicians performing over 60 Dylan songs. Our band, Hard Rain, is the 'house band,' and we are joined by solo artists, full bands and instrumentalists throughout the course of the day. The show is OUTSIDE at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in the Torino Plaza. There will be some shaded areas, but bring a hat and sunscreen so you can enjoy the beautiful California sunshine! Bring a jacket for later... In case of rain, the event will go on, and we will move inside."

They add, "The audience is encouraged to dress up in costumes as characters, things, interpretations and misinterpretations of Dylan’s song titles or lyrics. A misinterpretation would be when Hard Rain's guitarist, Kirk Makin, dressed up as Angus Young (of AC DC) as a play on the song title ‘Forever Young.’ Some of the costumes over the years have also included various versions of 'Tangled Up In Blue,' 'Highway 61,' 'Farmer’s Daughter,' 'Isis,' and 'Baby Blue,' among others."

There are plenty of videos of live performances from previous Dylanfests, plus the link for the deep discount tix (available only through Feb. 15), and more, at:

http://www.andyandrenee.com/content.php?id=12

Special Early Bird Tickets are $25 'til Feb. 15th.
After that:
Tickets are $30 in advance (Feb. 16th-May 6th).
Tickets at the door are $35.

Kids tix, $10 (ages 7-14 yrs)

VIP Tickets, with lots of goodies, are $100.


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# 10 news feature...


TALES FROM THE ROAD: NEW ENGLAND FIDDLE CHAMP LISSA SCHNECKENBURGER


When we first booked New England fiddler and folksinger LISSA SCHNECKENBURGER on the radio for a live performance, we were thinking of that ad for jellies and jams: "With a name like Smuckers, she has to be good."

Of course we already knew she was. Not just good, but dazzling. She's gone on to win a bunch more awards and play all over the planet. And Hollywood never got a hold of her to make her be just "Lissa," yet another single-name artist. That's okay. It's very much worth learning to spell her last name.

"Sing Out" magazine says of Lissa Schneckenburger:

"World class fiddler ? Far from just offering one dance tune after another, simple settings allow the true beauty of the music to shine through."

Lissa just checked-in. It exactly fits our criteria for the report-from-the-road series, and it's a fun read. So here ya go. Enjoy:

"'Hope Lingers Here' is the title of my new song, which Low Lily will be singing it LIKE CRAZY all the way from Brattleboro to Kansas City:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMwkbvdgXK-/

"Yep, we are jumping in the van to seek out the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, for which we are psyched! See below for more info on our showcases, and YES, we are doing TWELVE of them. Are we insane? Probably, but you knew that already.....

"PLUS we just found out we came in FIRST place in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Grassy Hill Showcase which we played last summer! We are proud, humbled, honored... and as they say in England, chuffed! If you haven't had a chance to check Low Lily's Folk Alley video session from this past fall, you can view it here:

http://www.folkalley.com/music/extras/low-lily-2016-folk-alley-session

"In OTHER news, I am excited to be doing a DROPLET DANCE tour around New England at the end of Feb, with MOLLY GAWLER (dance and circus arts) and NETTIE LU LANE (storytelling).

"DROPLET DANCE is a company with performances integrating dance, theater, acrobatics, storytelling, music, and song into colorful threads that connect every heart and bring about awareness of water in our world. Our goals are to promote environmental education, and an understanding of our relationship to water through creative dance performance and live music.

"You can check out some of our videos on my YouTube Channel, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv19MnjJctc&index=10&list=PLXmgYWzYe9nilVio0E8wczuoXZId1TOyF

"and I hope we'll see you at a live show!"

— Lissa Schneckenburger

Welllll, you won't this time, Lissa, because your tour isn't going west of Kansas City. Come West to the Left Coast, and we'll be there.

Oh, and this is important.

Lissa adds, "Don't forget to collect your free music downloads at

http://www.lissafiddle.com/HvFrHttWJfJ.htm

and enjoy!"

Learn all about this fine fiddler and fun person at www.lissafiddle.com


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# 11 news feature...


LUNAR ECLIPSE, COMET, AND "SNOW MOON" COMING FEBRUARY 10, 2017


An unusual celestial trifecta of a penumbral lunar eclipse, a snow moon, and a comet will occur on February 10th, 2017.

by Bethania Palma

On February 10th, 2017, sky watchers will experience a confluence of three celestial events in the same night: a penumbral lunar eclipse, a "snow moon," and a comet.

The lunar eclipse will be somewhat less spectacular than the image usually conjured up by that term:

This weekend's event is what's known as a "penumbral lunar eclipse," a much more subtle counterpart to the dramatic total eclipse.

As the moon rises on Friday, it will pass through the outer edge of the Earth's shadow, called the penumbra. During this type of eclipse, you see a darkening of the moon from the bottom edge moving towards the top as the night progresses, but not a total lunar blackout.

The eclipse will begin before we can see it in the West, at around 5:45 pm ET — shortly before moonrise, even in the East — and it will end at around 9:50 pm ET (6:50 pm Pacific). The best viewing time will be around 7:45 pm ET. You can see all the time information from NASA at:

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2017Feb11N.pdf

A penumbral eclipse is less striking than a full or partial lunar eclipse, in which the moon turns blood red or appears to have had a "bite" taken out of it. Instead, in a penumbral eclipse, observers may notice only a darkening of the moon's face:

In a total eclipse of the moon, the inner part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, falls on the moon’s face. At mid-eclipse, the entire moon is in shadow, which may appear blood red.

In a partial lunar eclipse, the umbra takes a bite out of only a fraction of the moon. The dark bite grows larger, and then recedes, never reaching the total phase.

In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth falls on the moon’s face. This third kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon. There is never a dark bite taken out of the moon, as in a partial eclipse. The eclipse never progresses to reach the dramatic minutes of totality. At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face. Others will look and notice nothing at all.

The full moon aspect of this trifecta isn't really unusual at all, since lunar eclipses can only occur when the moon is full. News accounts have been playing up the fact that this full moon will be a "snow moon." But that's simply the traditional name given to the full moon that occurs every February in North America (due to its coincidence with snow and cold air temperatures).

If that's not enough, a green-hued comet will also hurl past Earth in the early morning hours of February 11th. According to "Sky & Telescope" magazine, the comet, 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, will zoom by the planet at 3 am EST (midnight Pacific) at a distance of 7.7 million miles. The magazine reports:

"While it won't be coming in for a landing, 45P/H-M-P will miss the planet by just 7.7 million miles or about 32 times the Earth-Moon distance. Because of its proximity, we'll see this frenetic fuzzball barrel across more than 2 hours of R.A. and nearly 20° of declination in the next five days."

In cosmic terms, that's a pitch that upends the batter.
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Bethania Palma Markus is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for a variety of publications as a staffer and freelancer, including the Los Angeles News Group, the LAist, LA School Report, the OC Weekly and Raw Story. She is a huge fan of the X Files, because while she's not saying it was aliens, it was aliens.
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GUIDE EXTRA:

Is this Thailand's space program? It's incredibly entertaining. Ya gotta see this!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ pD_yQZ4iNjY?rel=0


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# 12 news feature...


"SOUNDS OF FOLK ALLIANCE" PREVIEW DOWNLOADS FROM YEP ROCK & MERLEFEST


Folk Alliance International is holding its biggest annual conference and performance fest next week in Kansas City. There's a lot going on. Two-time Grammy nominee ELIZA GILKYSON will be among the presenters at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 15th. She'll also join BILLY BRAGG for a panel on "Contemporary Protest: Music, Politics and Activism." Her fellow Red House Records artists BILL KIRCHEN, who made his name with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in the '70s with their hit "Hot Rod Lincoln," and swamp blues artist RAY BONNEVILLE will perform, too.

You can get a taste of things whether or not you're attending. "Sounds From Folk Alliance International" is coming from Yep Roc Records, and six tracks are already available for download.

They tell us, "February means one thing to us at Yep Roc: Folk Alliance time! We are headed to... Folk Alliance International, one of our favorite musical events and conferences of the year. We’ve teamed up with MerleFest to sponsor an official showcase, featuring SARA WATKINS, SI KAHN, ROBYN HITCHCOCK, THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT, TIFT MERRITT and JONATHAN BYRD. Download the 'Sounds from Folk Alliance International' sampler to get a taste of our lineup!"

Get your downloads (free previews, tip suggested if you take downloads) at:

http://noisetrade.com/yeproc/sounds-from-folk-alliance
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Preview before you download

(1) SI KAHN - "Once When I Was Young"

(2) TIFT MERRITT - "Proclamation Bones"

(3) JONATHAN BYRD - "Poor Johnny"

(4) ROBYN HITCHCOCK - "I Want To Tell You About What I Want"

(5) SARA WATKINS - "Move Me"

(6) THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT - "Second Time Around"
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Will you be attending Folk Alliance 2017? Yep Roc and Merlefest say they "will see you Friday February 17th at Benton’s 20th Floor at 6 pm!"


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# 13 news feature...


L.A.'S FEBRUARY CD RELEASE SHOWS: SAN DIEGO'S SARA PETITE, SANTA CRUZ'S STEVEN GRAVES, & L.A.'S OWN AJ HOBBS


It's a good month for new music, whether or not you're in Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International conference. Right here in L.A., we have three Folk-Americana record releases, all with shows marking the occasion, between now and the end of the month.

We told you about LOCKOUT STATION playing their CD release concert, Sun., Feb. 12, 4 pm, at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; www.alvas.com. That's in our # 7 news feature on shows for Valentinish dates.

Let's look at others.
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SARA PETITE, "Road Less Traveled"

First up is San Diego-based SARA PETITE, playing a pair of "pre release parties" in different venues for her new album, "Road Less Traveled." Only one is an L.A. show, and that's Wed., Feb. 15th, 8 pm, in a free show at the Cinema Bar, 3967 N Sepulveda Bl, Culver City. Her other show is Thu., Feb. 16th, 8 pm, where she's opening for Brandy Clark at Pappy & Harriet's, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, waaay out in the desert in Pioneertown 92268.

This new album is officially due out in Spring/Summer 2017, and the critics haven't heard it yet.

Her live performances have been a hit with The Guide, and there was abundant praise for Sara’s last album, "Circus Comes to Town":

“‘Who is this? She’s amazing’-‘She’ is singer-songwriter Sara Petite. ‘Amazing’? By all accounts, she is.” — San Diego Union Tribune, George Varga, Pop Music Critic.

“We haven't had a down home country singer/songwriter this good since Iris Dement. Think of Dement, only a whole lot more fun, and you'll get a good picture of the joy that is Sara Petite…”
— Country Standard Time.

“FLW seized the opportunity to meet ‘n’ greet the country starlet whose recent new long player, ‘Circus Comes To Town’ has been burning a considerable hole in the FLW player over the past few months.” — Famous Last Words Records.

“There is no medical evidence to prove that Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Carrie Rodriguez somehow joined forces to mother a fully grown musician daughter. But if they did, with Loretta Lynn and Roseanne Cash serving as musical midwives, San Diego singer-songwriter Sara Petite would be the likely outcome.” — UT San Diego.

“(Sara’s) wonderful and distinct twangy vocal is perfectly suited to the contemporary Americana influenced country that echoes the artistic stylings Loretta & Dolly and shares it’s musical DNA with the likes of Holly Williams and Ashley Monroe.” — Beat Surrender
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AJ HOBBS, "Too Much Is Never Enough"

Next, L.A.’s own AJ HOBBS plays two gigs to celebrate the release of his album, "Too Much Is Never Enough." The first is Sat., Feb. 18th, 9 pm, and it's a free show at the Escondite / King’s Inn, 410 Boyd St. the second is Sun, Feb. 19th, 9 pm, in another free show at the "Whiskey Bent and Hellhound Series" at Harvard & Stone, 5221 Hollywood Boulevard.

The album is already featured on "The Bluegrass Situation," and it's drawing high praise:

Saving Country Music says it's among the "Most Anticipated Albums of 2017."

Roots Music Report gives it "5 Stars."

The review in The Daily Country declares, "Hobbs delivers an album that is lyrically and sonically compelling; all the while being unabashedly honest in conveying a man’s weaknesses and strengths in a manner that is sincere, immediate, and relatable. Even though it’s only January, Too Much Is Never Enough is an early sure thing that will undoubtedly be found on many a best of year end lists."

L.A. Music Critic says, "AJ Hobbs has a style that mixes in equal parts Travis Tritt, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings...I wouldn’t be surprised to see him amongst the nominees for next year’s Grammies."

Americana UK rules, "Mighty fine job - 8/10."

L.A. Record says, "AJ makes hardcore shitkicking 70s country like his daddy was Jerry Jeff Walker and his mother was one of those undefeatable women from Terry Allen's Lubbock (On Everything)"

Lonesome Highway says, "Hobbs seems to get the [country/soul] balance right so that it is overall a country album with an undercurrent of soul. Hobbs is a welcome addition to those exponents of California country music we know and love."

Liverpool Sound + Vision writes, "The 12 strong song album is one of storm, of pained beauty...a great album for 2017...8.5/10."

The Santa Maria Sun reports, "Too Much Is Never Enough sounds like a spitfire country album complete with the fast-picking electric guitar and wailing pedal steel."
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STEVEN GRAVES, "Captain Soul"

Santa Cruz-based STEVEN GRAVES is playing an L.A. release show for his new "Captain Soul," on Thu., Feb. 23, 8 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2019 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Tix are $18, and it's an all ages show. Make reservations at 626-798-6236; info, www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm

This guy has chalked-up some interesting reviews from a few sources we know and many we've never heard of. To wit:

The Alternate Root tells the world, “Steven Graves pilots Captain Soul with his hand firmly grasped on a rock-based wheel. Voice and piano gently invite spirit into (the record).”

Ion Indie Magazine calls him an “Artist to Watch.”

Indie Voice Blog says, “This message-infused music provides an ample supply of food for thought, making Graves the Arlo Guthrie of his time…Steven Graves is truly a voice for his generation. His meaty tunes combined with an excellent soundtrack make Captain Soul a definite Get It.”

Green Man Review finds "There’s some really solid crunchy work to chew on here…the CD offers touches of a range of influences and styles (including a startling and fun little homage to David Bowie at the end of “Man From A Different Planet”). There’s something for everyone on Captain Soul. I’m looking forward to Graves’ next release, and hoping he continues to grow in complexity.”

Michael’s Music Log says, “…Walk With Me” might be my favorite. It has a sweeter vibe, and is a song you can really latch onto. You know? It features some gentle horns and nice work on piano, plus a good, passionate vocal performance. Yes, it’s exactly the kind of song I’m looking for and needing now. “Won’t you walk with me/To a better day.” Wonderful.”

Flyingshoes Review declares, “Its all stirring stuff, with such songs as 'Another Day' (arguably his best) you don't want the album to end!”

Grateful Web posits, “Captain Soul is indeed his most personal statement to date.”

Midwest Record says, “Music for a reawakened consciousness, Graves has a sound that could lead the way to tomorrow and bring back the importance of lyrics as well. A challenging, wild sound that might help to turn things around. Well done.”
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Include one or more of these shows in your musical rounds. Or you know what'll happen. A year from now, when somebody is a big star, you'll be admitting, "Y'know, I had a chance to go to the CD release for that hit record, and I stayed home to email cat memes."


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GRIM REAPER'S TOLL OF MUSICIANS & ARTISTS SO FAR IN 2017


We're still reeling from the sheer numbers, as well as the uniqueness and range of talent, of far too many musicians and artists who died in 2016. As much as we wish it wasn't happening again, 2017 is becoming another black banner year for the Grim Reaper. We decided to do a catch-up for the Acoustic Americana Music Guide of people we've lost so far this year. Perhaps this'll keep it from getting any worse. Most of the source data is from the NY Post, and reformatted for consistent presentation with our own obit data.

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Stars we've lost (so far) in 2017:

1) RICHARD HATCH, who had the role of "Captain Apollo" on the original "Battlestar Galactica,"
for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. After trying for years to revive the show, he had a role in the very different remake. Over the years, Hatch made guest appearances on “The Waltons,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Baywatch,” and other series. He died Feb. 7 at age 71.

2) MICHAEL O’NEILL, songwriter and host of the "Americana Music Series Songwriters Night" at Casa Escobar in Malibu (as recently as 2015) and a radio show. He released several indie albums, available at http://michaeloneillmusic.com/. He was one of 13 children. He died Feb. 5 as a result of ALS.

3) DAVID AXELROD, composer, arranger and producer who had a profound impact on modern music, especially hip-hop, died Feb. 5. He was 83.

4) JOHN WETTON, bassist and singer who served in KING CRIMSON and co-founded the '80s rock supergroup ASIA (he sang their mega-hit "Heat of the Moment"), died Jan. 31 after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67.

5) GEOFF NICHOLLS, longtime BLACK SABBATH keyboardist, died Jan. 28 following a battle with lung cancer. He was 68.

6) RICHARD PORTMAN, sound engineer who received 11 Academy Award nominations and won for his work on Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” died on Jan. 28 at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. He was 82.

7) JOHN HURT, known for his roles in "The Elephant Man," "Harry Potter" and many other films over six decades, died Jan. 27. He was 77.

8) ROBERT ELLIS MILLER, Emmy-nominated director known for films “Reuben, Reuben” and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, died Jan. 27 in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 84.

9) BARBARA HALE, who played the steadfast secretary Della Street opposite Raymond Burr on the legendary courtroom drama "Perry Mason" for nine seasons and 30 telefilms, died Jan. 26 at her Sherman Oaks home in Los Angeles. She was 94.

10) MARY TYLER MOORE, the television icon who turned the world on with her smile and helped change the face of the small screen, died on Jan. 25 at age 80.

11) BUTCH TRUCKS, a founding member and drummer for THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, died Jan. 24 at 69.

12) GORDEN KAYE, best known for starring in the long-running hit BBC sitcom "Allo, Allo!," died at the age of 75 on Jan. 24.

13) MARVELL THOMAS, a member of Stax Record's first family, died on Jan. 23 following a brief, undisclosed illness. The Memphis musician was 75.

14) BIMBA BOSÉ, Spanish singer, model and television personality, died Jan. 23 at age 41 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

15) MIGUEL FERRER, a character actor who won fans for his roles on "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Crossing Jordan," died of throat cancer at his Los Angeles home on Jan. 19. He was 61. Said his cousin George Clooney, “Miguel made the world brighter and funnier ..."

16) TONY ROSATO, actor and alum of the two sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV,” died on Jan. 17 at his home in Toronto. He was 62.

17) WILLIAM PETER BLATTY, novelist and filmmaker who gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," died on Jan. 14. He was 89.

18) TOMMY ALLSUP, Oklahoma native, GRAMMY® winner ("Best Country Instrumental Performance," 2000), a western swing and rockabilly virtuoso — heralded by Paul McCartney as one of the finest guitar players in the world. Known for his work with Buddy Holly as a member of The Crickets, he told, on camera, the story of the coin flip with Ritchie Valens exactly 48 years to the day after it happened — Ritchie Valens won that coin flip and died in the plane crash that killed all aboard. (Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r4_8pjJPxo). Allsup went on to produce and work with Merle Haggard, Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, and Willie Nelson, earning him a spot in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. He died Jan. 12 at age 85.

19) BUDDY GRECO, jazz pianist and singer in Benny Goodman’s big band in the 1940s, who later hung around with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack and developed a well-polished Las Vegas stage show that made him perhaps the ultimate lounge act, died Jan. 10 in Las Vegas. He was 90.

20) FRANCINE YORK, well-known guest star of a variety of TV shows from "Batman" to "The Mindy Project," and a familiar face in many classic Jerry Lewis comedies, died on Jan. 6 at age 80.

21) GEORGE KOSANA, who portrayed Sheriff McClelland in the George A. Romero zombie classic "Night of the Living Dead," died on Jan. 4. He was 81.
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Here's hoping the worlds of music, film, TV, arts and entertainment will be able to celebrate the works of creative people in 2017 with the honorees here to enjoy the parties thrown for them.

THERE WAS NEVER A YEAR TO COMPARE WITH 2016 for marking the deaths of so many extraordinarily talented people. The Guide's feature on those we lost from the arts also ran in The Hollywood Progressive. There, it's re-sequenced to move the Folk-Americana people down in the order and put the bigger music celebrities up-top. But the content is complete. And if you click the link, it helps build demand for more pieces from the Guide to be shared there. It's at:

http://hollywoodprogressive.com/artists-lost-2016/


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L.A.’s TOP FOOD EVENT IS MARCH 8-11

"All-Star Chef Classic" is an exclusive culinary celebration bringing together some of the world's most innovative and celebrated chefs for four days in mid-March. Each event allows our guests to get up close and personal with the chefs, while eating food prepared by some of the greatest chefs in the world.

This "outstanding constellation of chefs" congregate to cook in the Chefs Tasting Arena™ and Restaurant Stadium™, a state-the-art venue with stadium seating, lights, cameras and LED screens, giving fans the perfect view of all the action taking place in the round.

It happens at the L.A. LIVE complex, adjacent to Staples Center, at 800 W Olympic Bl, Los Angeles 90015.

Tix: http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/tickets

Bon Appetite.


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SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL TICKETS GOING FAST; EVENT IN APRIL


Saddle up! Tickets for the 24th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival are selling quickly. Now is the time to look over all the events offered, in addition to those at the Festival site. A new event has been added to the Hart Mansion on Saturday, April 22. Read on to find the perfect event to compliment your Cowboy Festival experience.
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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 19
The Festival kicks off with the OutWest Concert Series at the Repertory East Playhouse featuring MARY KAYE and JOE HERRINGTON. Treat your ears to a performance of captivating Western music and poetry.

Thursday, April 20
Film aficionados won’t want to miss The SCV Film Ranch Tour on Thursday, April 20. Newhall residents and Hollywood film historians E.J. and Kim Stephens conduct a memorable coach tour of famous western film sites in and around the Santa Clarita Valley. Many of these sites are familiar to viewers around the world, but are rarely seen up-close by the public.

Friday, April 21
Relax to the baritone voice of award-winning songsmith JON CHANDLER, as he takes the stage at the Rancho Camulos Museum near Piru, one of America’s finest examples of Early California living. This visit also includes a southwestern lunch in an idyllic setting and an opportunity to step back in time with a docent-led tour of the museum grounds.

Friday afternoon, it’s your chance to experience celluloid history on the Paramount Ranch / M*A*S*H Tour. That’s right. Guests will be taken to the Fox Ranch where the remains of the 4077th MASH unit can still be found. The tour will also visit Paramount Ranch, where hundreds of movies have been filmed.

Friday night, DAVE STAMEY, Western Music Association Entertainer of the year, performs in the intimate setting of silent film actor William S. Hart’s historically preserved 1920s living room at the Hart Mansion.

Saturday, April 22
Newly added: Wyatt Earp is Back. Hear two insightful authors, Garner Palenske and Nicholas Cataldo, discuss the true life stories of Wyatt Earp in the living room of silent film star William S. Hart's mansion.
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The main activities of the festival are Saturday and Sunday. But all these extra events ALWAYS sell-out, well in advance.

All times and ticket info at: www.cowboyfestival.org


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

NAMM Report (part 3), Reviews, Previews, Shows, & Lotsa Music News -- Jan 28 2017 ed.


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Happy Chinese New Year!

This edition's big list of all the feature stories -- "Contents / In This Edition" -- is just below. First, a quick hello, how are ya, we're fine, just back from NAMM, yes it was exhausting but inspiring, and of course we brought you sumpin', and wait for it, 'cause here's a lil' intro.

What a week just past. We live in amazing times. But don't worry -- that isn't a launchpad for another one of the angst-ridden espousals you can't seem to get away from everywhere else. This is a safe zone. Not Ollie-Ollie-oxen-free, where all the nuts can come out. A real safe zone, where, if you're allergic to nuts, you're safe. So, relax. Deep breath. Hi! Yeah. We know.

We've got PLENTY of music news awaiting you!

So much, in fact, that you prob'ly noticed that "Part 3" in the title. We'll need the next few editions to bring you all the reports of the enormous annual NAMM Show and our explorations there. We always provide in-depth coverage and lots of gear reviews, and that always requires multiple parts.

And while every edition of The Guide is timely? This one allows late seating.

We assure you that some of what's in this edition will be just as fresh if you arrive tardy -- like after you get back from the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. It's happening through this weekend in Park City, Utah, with all its late-night and all-day-on-the-weekend music performances. (Hot tips for attendees are in "Notes from the Feature Film World," our # 2 feature story.)

If you're in Southern California, where we publish The Guide, you're basking in post-rain sunshine. But wherever you are, we're all smackdab amidst a couple of weeks packed with crowded hours for music and the arts and culture. There's so much that requires un-piling. We brought our spatula. And the good hot sauce. An' our lil' bottles of seasonings. And the big glass frying pan lid so you can see what's cookin'. Tuck the bib into your collar (no, you can't use the tail of the tablecloth) and get ready for a feast. We saved you a chair at the big kids' table. You'll need to behave. Keep an eye on the bass player.


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CONTENTS / IN THIS EDITION

1) NAMM & Things that Matter: Across the Rhetoric & the Rancor, there's the Music

2) Notes (Musical & Otherwise) from the Feature Film World

3) Catch the 5th Annual "WINTER HOOT" Live ONLINE, Feb. 3-5, from Ashokan

4) CRYSTAL GAYLE Inducted into Grand Ole Opry by Sister, Opry Legend LORETTA LYNN

5) Top 25 Songs Honoring Women, but Timed for the Womens March?

6) LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL Tix Go on Sale Monday; 1st Performers Announced

7) Entries Open: 57th Annual TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL

8) GRAMMY MUSEUM's Upcoming Programs: Banjo, Hawai'ian, More

9) NAMM Featured Speaker: Tech Expectations, or a Dystopian Future Ahead?

10) 22nd Annual HOLLYWOOD PERFORMANCE MARATHON, Jan. 28th

11) FREE "Night on Broadway" Arts & Musical Fest Brings 10 Stages, Jan. 28th

12) TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT, Legendary Eagle & Poco Member, Playing January Dates

13) Grammy nominated Cajun/Zydeco band, THE REVELERS, play Caltech, Jan. 28

14) Superb Folk-Americana & Celtic Coming to San Pedro's Grand Annex

15) Tribute to LANGSTON HUGHES: Stories, Poems, Jazz & Blues, on Feb. 4th

16) Hot Tuna to Join Tedeschi Trucks Band “Wheels of Soul” Summer Tour

17) Grammy Museum® and the Recording Academy® Announce Plans to Develop Grammy Museum in China

18) USC's "Visions & Voices" Series Has Wide Range of Quality Events


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NAMM & THINGS THAT MATTER: ACROSS THE RHETORIC & THE RANCOR, THERE'S THE MUSIC


We always provide major coverage of the NAMM Show. We maintain our commitment for many reasons. They reach beyond the obvious desire to bring you quality journalism with reports on the innovative new gear, signature instruments, and crazy-capable software that lets you create orchestrations for your songwriting and compositions. It's about more than the performances by endorsed artists of the instrument makers, too.

Does that make us feel like a business journal? No. We don't need to wear selective blinders to see beyond the essential commerciality arrayed in a vast showplace. A component of art IS business. When it comes to NAMM, we acknowledge that the scope and scale creates its own universe. It can seem to be bewilderingly tangled, a three-dimensional crossroads of innovators and marketers from every continent except Antarctica.

But something vital transcends all that: there is the essential and unique reason why each individual chose to get into music in the first place. And therein is the magic.

This year, the NAMM Show's four days happened to coincide with peak political punditry surrounding a certain quadrennial and Constitutionally-mandated event in Washington, D.C.

That event was 3,000 miles from NAMM, happening simultaneously on the ice cold Capitol steps. It occurred on a raised platform above the same spot where the Marine Band entertains tourists on warm summer evenings, when winter's bare trees framing the Capitol are lush and green. Realization of that contrast of seasons, and the thought that the same site hosts relaxed music and momentous history, are enough to be a bit jarring, anytime. Last Friday, and through the weekend, things transcended the ordinary contrasts. While thousands sampled music and tried instruments at NAMM, the weekend brought more rancor and divisiveness than any inauguration since Abraham Lincoln's in 1860.

Meanwhile, in the cavernous Anaheim Convention Center? If, shall we say, the thoughts of others outside those walls being "otherwise focused" bothered anybody, it sure wasn't apparent on the exhibit floors at NAMM.

But then, music always has the power to create an alternative universe.

We're not suggesting a lifestyle of being oblivious to the world around you. It seems obligatory to say here that we often acknowledge people in the arts have a different mechanism for establishing perspectives. For some artists in the last few days, it seems individual perspectives produced crazy inappropriate statements -- passion didn't allow popping the clutch on the brain before putting the mouth in gear. For others, whether attending NAMM or otherwise being focused on music, the essential magnet remained facilitation of creativity.

We have a feature story in this edition on music that celebrates women. It originally ran in another publication where it was very intentionally timed to celebrate last Saturday's "Women's March." Is running that story now a political statement, or a timely celebration of women? However we choose to characterize it, folks will see it as they wish. Some will be happy it's here, others will see nothing but the timing as the context.

In any times that command heightened awareness, some folks instantly relate to a piece of music in terms of how it informs events. That, of course, becomes historical. A song or a tune becomes inseparable from the era it informed for an individual or for a "them." Whether or not they would consciously describe it that way. Neil Young's "Ohio" comes to mind as the signature song of how Vietnam protests sparked push-back from a scared system. Long-gone FM radio station KMET even assembled a multiday narrated music production called "The Nixon Years" which aired years after the fact. Splendidly produced, there are treasured fragments of it in a few audio libraries. MTV has periodically run specials from the era when it began, tied to the Reagan years. Some folk artists still conjure emotions with songs of the Civil War.

All the while, through all the good and bad? Inspirational moments and tragic times are memorialized, enjoyed or lamented, informed in some way by music. Music from the contradictory parade of events that each one of us sees. Omnipresent music, through all the years that anyone who hears it has been alive. Who, among us, does not have a sense of a soundtrack of the times of our own sentient existence?

Even with music that "belongs" to the past, each new generation ascribes its own meaning. The obvious example is classical music by long dead composers. And it's no less real in songs about steam trains and paddlewheel steam boats, log flumes, cattle drives and square-rig sailing ships. Or six layers of petticoats, big feathered hats and high-button shoes. Always, music is made fresh by rediscovery, words and music are rediscovered, and past events are reinterpreted.

That gives birth to efforts, whether scholarly or as social phenomena, to impart specific meanings to modern times, to this afternoon, or a place you're decided to go that may entail life-changing risk. In music, there is a connection with others and with the infinite. Songs of physical bondage find new life with those battling banksters and crooked financial systems.

Nor is music free from exploitation. It can bring agendas from those who seek to manage the messages, or to hijack embedded emotional capital for commercial purposes, as when classic recorded riffs callously try to sell you something on TV.

Music, more readily than other forces, can always cast things in different lights.

Of course, the best of new music enables everyone who hears it to make associations. Perhaps more readily in this era of psychologically crafted imagery, an intended image becomes a hated earworm. Our time could use another "I'd Like to teach the World to Sing," or "We Are the World," or "All we are saying is give peace a chance." Across generations, willingly or not, we find meaning in lyrics, in chord changes, in the hard-driving or liltingly evocative melodies, in the tempo and arrangements, and in the compelling humanity, the heart and soul conveyed in the essential individuality of the performance.

Sometimes, music retrospectively stirs a sense of "We got through it together." Though that isn't what comes to mind as we share the day-to-day uncertainties, the kaleidoscopic time passages on our spinning blue planet.

At its best, music brings us together for good when nothing else can. It allows people of different perspectives to find common values, shared hopes and dreams. For some, getting to a better place requires overt lyrical recognition of hard times, and even of oppression or corruption that needs to be exposed and stopped. For others, staying motivated and focused on a goal of what can be achieved, keeping their eyes on the prize, and believing in themselves, their band, their own individual and collective creativity and work ethic, is central.

Circuitously, perhaps improbably, that brings us full circle with how and where and why individual creativity meets commerce. And why covering NAMM is important.

The hopes of designers and marketers, instrument-crafting luthiers, and a universe of manufacturers, from the relatively large to the back-bedroom small, to achieve commercial success? It is, after all, based on acceptance and embrace by individual musicians and mixers and engineers and music consumers. And amidst it all, there is, still, that common awareness, that shared language, the higher plane of resonance that musicians and artists and fans share, whenever they gather.

That is fundamentally what's on display at the NAMM Show, as much as any attractive array of instruments or products. Anyone involved professionally in music is, along with whatever else, an appreciative fan, grateful and thrilled by the special space where music happens. It manifests in the synergistics and the camaraderie. Just as it does backstage at a big music festival where artists compare preamps and pedal boards. It's true in your neighborhood music store, when you interact with the staff and instructors, and with the bright-eyed or tentative students laying hands on instruments new to them. And it's just as present in the verbal swap meet of esoterica that holds court in your local record shop, if you're fortunate enough to have one.

Sharing, exploring, learning, being open to innovation, getting excited about bringing something new on stage or trying it on a recording. It's a theme worthy of celebration. Let's hear what a cross-section of others in music have to say on this broad and essential subject. We've selected a few quotes from the NAMM Show, and more from other musical environs. Enjoy.
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"I don't know if I'd ever have had the exposure to the roots and world music... folk, blues, classic jazz, Gypsy, Celtic, African, Latin, had it not been for combing the racks of the local independent record stores in the Cambridge/Boston area when I was in college and the years since. Those 'mom and pop' stores and small chains, like radio, provided the rich soil from which so much of my passion and education sprang. Having the ability to linger and talk about selections with a staff person who really knew their stuff and was able to illuminate why certain albums by a given artist were better than others, or steer me to new exciting finds I never would have discovered without their help, is another reason why preserving these independent record stores is so crucial. It's the personal connection, the vastly more extensive collections, and being part of the community of like-minded music fans, that makes such a difference. I loved striking up conversations or just spending hours reading notes on vinyl record covers and having the visceral experience of being surrounded by so much history and variety. Nothing like it. So much of what I love about music of all kinds and eras was hatched by just this kind of discovery and choice. The decisions about what to carry and the overall service of these stores is what has made so many of us who we are as musicians and people. Indelible, irreplaceable... and a treasure to protect."

- BONNIE RAITT.

Info at: www.bonnieraitt.com - (The quintessential American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist plays the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA, on Feb 15; the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino, Indio, CA, Feb 18; and the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA, on Feb 23. Tix are still available for all three local concerts).
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"NAMM is not for us, it’s for them, the people we get to speak to face to face. Everyone is here because of a common connection on how to express ourselves. It is about having some sort of tool or process to express yourself."

- JIM DEBARDI, Moog.

Info at: https://www.moogmusic.com - (two of their instruments were nominated in the 32nd annual TEC Awards held at NAMM. To see who won, check that feature story in this edition).

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"NAMM is a great way for us to meet people who would play our instruments and others in the industry that we could possibly do business with. It also gives us the opportunity to see people play our instrument, as well. This year we released a brand-new product for The NAMM Show, so it’s been a great way to see how consumers play it, what their feedback is, and how we could work with them."

- JON SIMPSON, Director of Dubreq.

Info at: www.dubreq.com - (Dubreq Ltd. is a British company dedicated to making exciting products in the musical instrument and toy industries. They are the creators of the original Stylophone, which has a huge cult following in the UK, and its own website, at: www.dubreqstylophone.com).

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"Independent record stores are much more than the name suggests. They are an international community and platform where music has an outlet and an opportunity to grow over the long term, in a way that sincerely connects with community and culture. They are also a magnificent mob of highly opinionated musical bandits which I am proud to call my pals! Bill, keep that Indian ring shining for me. Matt, I'LL meet you in the morning for breakfast. John, we'll always have Paris. Rhino... straight outta Claremont!"

- BEN HARPER, multi-instrumentalist musician.

Info at: www.benharper.com - (The world-touring musician and leader of BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS grew-up in the Folk Music Center & Museum in Claremont, CA. His parents, also musicians, will greet you when you stop by to peruse gear or a new guitar).
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"We make a truly fine product line, don't get me wrong. But I'd rather focus on being an ambassador and an advocate for my instrument, the banjo. It doesn't really matter who built it, it matters much more who wants to learn to play it. When I was learning to play as a young man, it really was terribly disappointing when a family member or friend was rather blasé or not very encouraging when I would play the banjo in a family setting. They were often comparing me to the professionals… And they convinced me by their lack of approval to compare myself to professionals, as well. As I got older, I began to see that everyone experienced these kinds of disappointments in feedback from friends, family, acquaintances, etc. I also began to see that while some of these 'observations by interested persons' were offered innocently and without any intention of being malicious or cruel, they were rather heartbreaking, nonetheless. On the positive side, they could also be used to spur me on to greater development: if I did not treat them as the final word of judgment, of my skill level, or innate ability. So perhaps one of the most important techniques to practice is to practice the sheer joy that comes from playing the banjo. After all, a person who can play with magnificent technique but who is not enjoying the playing because they are 'waiting for a great moment of achievement' is no happier than a beginner who is also waiting to 'be able to play'."

- BARRY HUNN, Worldwide Sales Manager, Deering Banjos.

Info at: https://www.deeringbanjos.com - (Barry Hunn has toured and performed with many of the greats. The Deering Banjo Company, founded in 1975 by Janet and Greg Deering, has grown to become the largest manufacturer of banjos in America. Their NAMM booth is a beehive of live performances by their endorsed artists.)

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"NAMM is the center of the music world. The Boutique Guitar Showcase is a wonderful opportunity to bring in boutique luthiers in a way that fits our needs, and people love it. It allows us to showcase and interact with people who appreciate what we do. It’s a great opportunity for our business to come to NAMM and exhibit at the Boutique Guitar Showcase."

- MICHAEL & TANIA SPALT, owners Spalt Guitars.

Info at: https://www.spaltinstruments.com - (electric guitars and basses created by expert luthier Michael Spalt. Not be confused with the Gypsy Spalt Acoustic Guitar, also on display at NAMM, made by Luna Guitars - www.lunaguitars.com).
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Additional NAMM related features are in this edition, and more will follow over the next several editions, with plenty of reviews of new gear that debuted at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show.


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NOTES (MUSICAL & OTHERWISE) FROM THE FEATURE FILM WORLD


This covers two topics. We're entering awards season, and we have short reviews of nominated films you haven't seen, because it's tough to find the feature-length documentaries unless you make a concerted effort to track them down.

But first, we have some quickie guidance if you're at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend.

The annual SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL has some fun live music gigs. It's happening through this weekend in Park City, Utah. there are late-night and all-day-on-the-weekend music performances. And we have some hot tips for attendees.

At the top of every hour this weekend, you'll see different performing artists at the "Access Film Music Showcase" at the Spur Bar & Grill, 352 Main St, Park City, UT; 435-615-1618. Be sure to catch CHE ZURO there, 3-3:50 pm Saturday.

Not Utah bound? Great! Keep going to the next paragraph.
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Top Documentaries

We spent all day on a recent Saturday, into the night, at the Director's Guild in Hollywood. With lengthy, hour-and-a-half breaks between each one, we saw four of the top-award-nominated full-length documentary films on the big screen.

There are two you must see:

✔ "THE EAGLE HUNTRESS," which is our editor's pick for top honors.

✔ "13," which is the intersection of our dysfunctional culture traced to history and politics, coherently, thoroughly, accessibly, and scathingly presented.
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"THE EAGLE HUNTRESS" was filmed entirely in Central Asia. It's the story of a nomadic family in the remote Altai mountains, where some trappings of modern culture and technology are being adopted. The traditional life-ways of "the eagle hunter" are how the people kept from starving for centuries amidst vast expanses of barrenness. In each family, the culture has been based on bird-napping a young eaglet from the nest and raising the raptor as the partner of the male head-of-household, the horse-riding hunter. The biggest prize of any hunt is a large fox, and every part of the animal is used -- meat and fur play essential roles in survival where winter temps are often 40 below, Fahrenheit.

A key aspect of the culture requires that the bird be held in its hunting role no more than seven years. Then it must be literally and ceremonially returned to the wild. It gets a parting gift of a freshly-slaughtered lamb. With the man expressing gratitude to the bird, this takes place on a high hilltop, far from any settlement. Then the man and horse ride away from the fully un-tethered eagle. The bird, while happy for the sumptuous meal, seems at first bewildered, experiencing life without leg restraints or a hood for the first time since its capture. In practical terms, freed eagles mate with others who were always wild, assuring the survival of the species.

The actual hunting is playing an ever-diminishing role in the lifeways of the culture. But there are annual eagle festivals that date way back, and now attract foreign visitors. In these, the man-bird-horse team competes in feats of derring-do.

Enter into all this the 13-year-old daughter of an eagle hunter. She wants to be an eagle hunter. Not because of some determined to defy all culturally-mandated roles for women, but to fulfill her love for the noble birds and continue her family's lineage of champion eagle hunters.

Because we want you to see it, that's as much of the story as you get. Except to emphasize that the cinematography is crisp, majestic, expansive and beautiful, with some of the best use of camera drones, ever. The soundtrack is enriched by appropriate music that is just right at every moment. And there are one-shots of faces of all the elders, as the girl pursues her dream. The captured facial expressions are priceless. Everything works cinematically throughout, on the macro and micro levels. Look for this film. Share it with the young people in your life.
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The second film is required viewing for every American's cultural literacy. Its title, "13," stands for the 13th Amendment, the one that abolished slavery at the end of the Civil War. Except there is an escape clause in the amendment: you can still enslave anyone convicted of a crime. The movie examines and exposes the manifestations of all that. It explains how and why the US, with five percent of the world's population, has one-quarter of the Earth's incarcerated persons. It stays with you. Go see it. It's had a lot of commercials advertising availability on Netflix.
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The other two films?

One is "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO." Depending on your perspective, it's either just another retelling of America's race relations of the past 60 or so years, or it really gets inside your head, whatever your piece of the American experience. It's told, as much as possible, from the perspective of the late author James Baldwin. We are among those who liked it and appreciated the perspective of its message, from the experience and viewpoint of the late author.
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The last film of the night was one we just will not recommend, despite its status as a top award contender. It's titled, "A FIRE AT SEA." It's the oddest, most incongruous bunch of juxtapositions we've ever experienced on the screen -- outside something intended to be slam-cut as some kind of "art film."

It's about a small Italian island in the Mediterranean between Africa and Sicily. The serious, grueling part is about the endless stream of big, leaky, beat-up wooden boats that are each overloaded with refugees. Many of these boats sink at sea. Those that achieve rescue by the Italian Navy or the island's fishermen are never more than partially successful in saving those crammed aboard the always-sinking boats; the boats always have a lot of dead women and children aboard, and others whose lives may be saved with immediate iv bottles or other medical intervention.

But... that is one of four story lines that just randomly dance in and out of one another. The primary story, in terms of screen time, is about a kid of about 11 or 12 who lives on the island and remains totally oblivious to the refugees, through the entire story. He's actually quite an annoying kid. And, along with endless slow pans of the family kitchen and other inconsequential interiors, the filmmaker gives us about four minutes of the kid loudly sucking spaghetti -- not in strands, but in wads of noodles. The first time or two, some in the audience laugh. By the time that dinner table scene ends, there is a sigh of relief.

Another of the crashed-together story lines is the radio deejay who plays 1950s Italian pop music for the town, taking listener requests, and once a day doing a news report on how many dead refugees were fished-out by the navy after they couldn't find the sinking boat in time. Over 15,000 people have died at sea, trying to get to that island. For those who succeed, it's a 48-hour stopover before the navy gets them to Europe. Though we never see anything of their experiences beyond the island. The desperate plight of these people is never more than a detached adjunct to life on the island. Hence, we discuss them in terms of the daily radio report.

Then there is a fat guy in a wet suit who dives for clams off the island's rocky coast. The first time we see him, there's interest generated by how the hell he can get down the cliffs to the sea. But as his little mash-up diving segments continue to make their random appearances, even the pretty underwater photography can't keep you from wanting to see something happen. A shark, anything.

Godot never shows up.

It's doubly sad because the filmmaker was present for the screening and introduced his film. He was nowhere to be seen after, though, which was merciful.

It made for a late night. I'm still bothered by that film. How anyone could have made such a goofy mash-up. I mean, the intimacy of the camera with the refugees, in so close with them... where the subtitles had the rescuers' words about how so many of them stank of fuel oil that had seriously burned their skin (we saw that, clearly, not from combustion, but from contact)... and how everyone involved in rescuing, helping, feeding or processing the refugees was wearing a heavy mask for breathing, to keep the stench of the dead from making them ill, as well as for protection against diseases. Yet the horror was no more humanizing than scenes of liberation of anonymous concentration camp survivors.

While I suspect the intended message was about settled life on a little outpost of Europe, where spoiled-brat kids can afford to be oblivious, and radio is used for '50s semi-operatic pop rather than education about culture, and where the kids in school learn a little English rather than Arabic... all the while, the reality for these "other" people whose plight and flight is geographically intersecting the island, it is not interacting with the island dwellers' lives. I'm sure that's what's intended. And the idea of these different storylines crashing into each other without being interwoven is intended to emphasize that message. But you must be patient and forgiving to make that determination.

The entire project was done by that one guy who introduced his film. If anyone ever needed a production team, or post-production team, he's the guy. It must have been nominated because no one else made a film about refugees, and we are in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since just after WW II. But, seriously, it is such drudgery to watch that film that it doesn't leave you in any space that helps inform your thinking about the refugee and their tragic circumstances.
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Go see "13" and "The Eagle Huntress" when they arrive where you can see them. And you might appreciate the James Baldwin-perspective of "I'm Not Your Negro."


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# 3 news feature...


CATCH THE 5th ANNUAL "WINTER HOOT" LIVE ONLINE, FEB. 3-5, FROM ASHOKAN


Thanks to the thoughtful planning of hosts MIKE + RUTHY, the annual "Winter Hoot," February 3-5 at The Ashokan Center, will largely be available online. It's a biannual down home celebration of music, food, and community in the Hudson Valley, presented by Mike + Ruthy.

Take a look at the Saturday Lineup: NATALIE MERCHANT, DAN BERN, ELIZABETH MITCHELL & YOU ARE MY FLOWER, JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON, HOME REMEDY, PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES, STORY LAURIE, and hosts THE MIKE + RUTHY BAND.

For those who physically attend, there's a Friday dinner and screening of a documentary film, Jon Bowermaster's "Hudson River at Risk." Friday also brings special musical guest SARAH LEE GUTHRIE, and her performance may also be ONLINE.

There's a Sunday singalong, and activities all weekend for all ages. If go, you can still volunteer to get in free, or buy your tix at the link below. In person or with your virtual presence, Mike + Ruthy invite you to "Support Your Hoot!"

They continue, "Warm your soul at this much-needed, mid-winter, multi-generational get-together where music and nature hold the space for us to be ourselves and to appreciate the good in each other. Let's HOOT!"

What makes "The Winter Hoot" special: there are so many things to do, and for the middle of winter in a snowy region, that's rather astonishing. There are all-ages crafts with FiberFlame, kids activities, blacksmithing, square dancing, snow-tubing, hiking (weather permitting), filmed mini-sets in the Pewter Shop, an Instrument Petting Zoo, jamming, singing, local food, and local beer & wine.

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"The Holler!"

They're especially excited about something new this year, and it's one other festivals should jump to emulate. ("Emulate" is a nice way of saying "steal.")

It's "The Holler!" Attendees can sign-up to record "a poem or song for our times" Saturday afternoon in Sycamore Lounge. The Holler playlist will be uploaded and shared after the Hoot. How do they do it? They are thanking Telefunken Elektroakustik "for the beautiful microphone" and "local radio partners Radio Woodstock 100.1 and 98.1 KZE for spinning one of the Holler tracks in the springtime."

Mike + Ruthy add, "We can't wait to hear what folks come to share. Sign up in advance! All voices welcome! All Hoot attendees welcome to lend their voices and share a song or poem for the times — we‘ll record up to two takes for each performance. Then, the recordings will be compiled into a Winter Hoot playlist that’ll be shared with the whole community. Recording will happen between 1 and 4 pm on Saturday, Feb 4, and is generously supported by microphone sponsor Telefunken Elektroakustik.

"Sign up by visiting ebsm.co/holler

"Come join in (and tag your friends who might want to perform)!

AND, for online listeners? It appears you can become participants, layering your voice into some part of this. See the link above.

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Storytelling on hand

STORY LAURIE was named "best children's performer" by Hudson Valley Magazine. Her socially conscious songs and stories engage all ages. We don't know if either of the two online presences will roam from stage to stage. She performs Saturday at 4:30 in the Kids Zone.

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Wanna go, for reals? Ticket Info, Lodging & Food...

If advance tickets sell out they will "still have plenty of 'pay what you want' day passes at the door - suggested donation $30."

Tix at: http://hoot.love (almost gone)

Follow @homeofthehoot on social media for updates. That includes knowing if they've filled up the parking lot.

$50 bunks are still available in the Women's, Men's, Early Birds', or Night Owls' longhouse rooms. Bed with pillow provided. BYO bedding and toiletries. Sat/Sun breakfasts are included with purchase of a bunk.

Saturday lunch/dinner are vended by Ashokan & Veggie Oasis. Friday night dinner is by reservation only.
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On Site and Online...

Saturday night at the Winter Hoot 2017, starting at 6:30 pm (3:30 pm PST). Hosts Mike + Ruthy let loose with their full band and rock the house with their special blend of folk, blues, roots and more. Be there, one way or the other.

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ONLINE: TWO OPTIONS for those who can't make it to the Hoot

*** (a) LISTEN ON MIXLR, live from Friday at Noon PST 'til Sunday at 9 am PST, "you can feel like you're right here with us! Listen while you clean your house or make dinner, hey you might find yourself waltzing with your spoon," say Mike & Ruthy. The magic address is:

http://mixlr.com/hootlove/events/winter-hoot-2017/

*** (b) WATCH ON FACEBOOK. Mike & Ruthy tell us, "When inspiration strikes and bandwidth allows we'll be streaming live video on The Hoot's Facebook Page." Tune in at:

https://www.facebook.com/homeofthehoot/

(Note that MIXLR is sound-only, but promises a LOT more of the festival.)

The Guide has reported on several festivals that feature web simulcasts of some or all events. We hope that festivals reaching global audiences becomes a universal trend, and congratulate all those who employ the technology and go the extra mile to do this.


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# 4 news feature...


CRYSTAL GAYLE INDUCTED INTO GRAND OLE OPRY BY SISTER, OPRY LEGEND LORETTA LYNN


By Scott Adkins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 21, 2017) – Grammy®-winning songstress CRYSTAL GAYLE was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry® this evening at the Ryman Auditorium by her sister and Opry legend LORETTA LYNN. Gayle made her Opry debut 50 years ago on the Ryman stage, singing the country classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at age 16. She had been publicly invited to join the Opry by member CARRIE UNDERWOOD in November.

“We’ve been together a long time, honey. And we’ve never had a fight,” Lynn said. “It was the greatest moment of my life when they made me a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962. I know she is just as happy as I was then.” “Being a member of the Opry is just incredible,” Gayle beamed. “It’s really hard to comprehend. I have felt like a part of the Opry for all these years. Now, I’m official.”

Grammy-nominated duo DAILEY & VINCENT is set to be formally inducted into the Opry on Saturday, March 11.

CRYSTAL GAYLE is an award-winning country music icon whose reign in the music business includes 20 No. 1 country hits, six albums certified Gold by the RIAA and the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales with her 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. Her her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” became an iconic staple and solidified her as one of the top female vocalists during the 1970s and 1980s. Her list of platinum and gold was to be matched only by her awards and accolades. CMA's "Female Vocalist of the Year," for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy Award Winner for "Best Female Vocal Performance," thanks to her beloved "Brown Eyes" - a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing. Crystal swept the Academy of Country Music Awards for three of their "Top Female Vocalist" statuettes. She is the recipient of three "American Music Awards," voted by the nation as America's "Favorite Female Artist." Perhaps nothing sums up Crystal's career achievements as well as being awarded with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2009. Also famous for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine in 1983. She is the younger sister (by 19 years) of singer Loretta Lynn, and a distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless. Gayle also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near Lynn's star. In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Crystal with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors.™ For more information, visit crystalgayle.com

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows beginning on February 14. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Marking more than nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).

More info at: www.opry.com.


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# 5 news feature...


TOP 25 SONGS HONORING WOMEN, BUT TIMED FOR THE WOMENS MARCH?


This week, "The Alternate Root" (www.thealternateroot.com) selected their choice of the "Top 25 Songs Honoring (the) Women's March." There's plenty of great music in their list. The idea of selecting songs in honor of special people is always a good notion, because it makes us more mindful, on an ongoing basis. But the timing of this raises some issues. Is it honoring or exploiting when a list of songs is tied to an event that has overt political overtones that transcend its announced purpose?

The Alternate Root wrote, "Women and their supporters took the first steps of protest on Saturday, January 21, 2017 as marchers took to the streets in all fifty states in the U.S., and continued the line around the world. The universal message was clear no matter what the numbers say as marching feet took on the role of fingers and fists raised in defiance. The power of the people served the government notice... we are here and we are watching. Pink was the color of the day for hats as all races came together to take a stand."

There are words in there that are unambiguously confrontational: "fists," "protest," "defiance."

Not exactly the words we would choose to honor anyone, or to celebrate women in song. Still, we chose to bring you the list of the songs, and the link to go hear them. We do that because the music is good, even if the introductory words are not. And because any dialog created by the context and timing of the presentation are, if they produce some mindful contemplation and reflection, a good thing.
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Here's the list:

1 Aretha Franklin - Respect (from the album 30 Greatest Hits)
2 Lucinda Williams – Awakening (from the album Blessed)
3 Nikki Lane – Highway Queen (from the album Highway Queen)
4 Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - I Learned the Hard Way (from the soundtrack album Miss Sharon Jones)
5 Amanda Shires – My Love (The Storm) (from the album My Piece of Land)
6 Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine (from the album Indigo Girls)
7 Calico the band – High Road (from the album Rancho California)
8 Margo Price - Four Years of Chances (from the album Midwestern Farmer’s Daughter)
9 Ruthie Foster – Keep Your Big Mouth Shut (from the album …First Came Memphis Minnie)
10 Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Things That We Are Made Of (from the album The Things That We Are Made Of)
11 Mary Gauthier - Oh Soul (from the album Trouble and Love)
12 A Traveling Song – Alice Wallace (from the album Music, Memories, and Pride)
13 Shelby Lynne – Be in the Now (from the album I Can’t Imagine)
14 Gretchen Peters - Woman on the Wheel (from the album Hello Cruel World)
15 Melissa Etheridge – All American Girl (from the album Yes I Am)
16 Anne McCue – Broken Promise Land (from the album Broken Promise Land)
17 Bettye Lavette - You Don’t Know Me at All (from the album The Scene of the Crime)
18 Allison Moorer - Gonna Get It Wrong (from the album Down to Believing)
19 Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid - Shed My Skin (from the album The Cardinal)
20 Joan Jett – You Don’t Own Me (from the album Bad Reputation)
21 Amelia White - River of My Dreams (from the album Old Postcard)
22 Fanny – The First Time in a Long Time (from the album First Time in a Long Time)
23 Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt) - I’ve Had Enough (from the album Trio)
24 Ashleigh Flynn – How the West Was Won (from the album A Million Stars)
25 Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves – Eurythmics featuring Aretha Franklin (from the album Be Yourself Tonight)
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Listen to any or all of the songs, see a photo of each artist or band, and/or order a copy of the CD that holds each song, at:

http://thealternateroot.com/what-s-trending/5996-top25-wmarch


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# 6 news feature...


LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL TIX GO ON SALE MONDAY; 1st PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED


Tickets Go on Sale Monday, January 30th; Early Bird ticket pricing through Friday, March 17th

A Central Coast favorite in the hills above Santa Barbara for 29 Years, and a benefit for KCBX Public Radio, this one is a perennial favorite and family-friendly festival. With three days of music and dancing and live performances on three stages that encompass Folk, Blues, Roots Rock, Gypsy Jazz, World Music, Funk, Singer-Songwriters, and Alt Country, it offers an eclectic range with something for everyone. Plus, as the proven way to fund a public radio station without all those excruciating pledge drives, it just can't be beat.

This Father's Day weekend festival celebrates the love of music, dancing, nature, food, beverage, arts, crafts and good old fashion family fun. Get up and dance or just relax in the shade. You'll fit-in.

Telluride has its "Festivarians." Live Oak has its frequently updated "Oakie News" and online interaction with all the other "Live Oakies," plus its Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.
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"Every year it gets better and better. I love all the music Live Oak offers. I am always excited to hear a new band or artist I would have never discovered on my own."
— Ann, Live Oakie since 2007.
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Confirmed acts so far:

JACKIE GREEN (Friday, June 16th); soulful singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; plays American roots styles in "timeless, personally-charged music."

THE PAUL THORN BAND (Sunday, June 18th); Southern roots rock and blues from Nashville direct to the Live Oak Main Stage.

SAM OUTLAW (Sunday, June 18th); California Country, steeped in the music, mythos, and classic vibes of everything from '60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to '70s Laurel Canyon troubadour.

JOE CRAVEN & THE SOMETIMERS (Friday, June 16th); crazy good pickin' & so much fun, featuring longtime Live Oak emcee and mega-multi-instrumentalist JOE CRAVEN, with BRUCE MacMILLAN and JONATHAN STOYANOFF. Their analog/power tool box includes both upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, "more cowbell," and who knows what else.

THE TIPSY GYPSIES (Friday, June 16th); retro funky jazz, blues and pop from this outfit who started as a gypsy jazz group over 5 years ago and evolved into a full electric group playing a lively repertoire of Blues, Jazz, and Pop music from the 1910s to the 2010s.

MOONSHINER COLLECTIVE (Sunday, June 18th); soulful and upbeat folk rock from San Luis Obispo-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter DAN CURCIO & co., drawing from a diverse range of Folk, Rock and Americana influences.

Also appearing...

THE TURKEY BUZZARDS, alt-country duo

WORDSAUCE, hip-hop funk band

SOMETHING RIDICULOUS JUGGLERS: "...no matter where our career takes us, there is a reason we will always keep Father's Day Weekend open for Live Oak: the community and experience of this festival are one of a kind." — Something Ridiculous Jugglers.

MORE PERFORMERS to be announced soon. Stay tuned to the festival's website.
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THREE DAYS OF CAMPING available: Camp or join your friends and family for a day outing.

JAMMING: Musician jams and kids laughter fill the air at the Live Oak Campground. Under the oak trees there is music for all.

MUSICIAN WORKSHOPS are scheduled in addition to the main stage acts.

TALENT SHOW and KIDS ACTIVITIES: there is no shortage of activities for the kids, little and big. Every generation can join in the fun of building a musical instrument, listening to a storyteller, learning to juggle, or do silk painting, crafting pottery, face painting, tie dye, wood craft, and the very popular Talent Show.

FOOD, BEVERAGE, ART, family and friends: many artists showcase their talents in a fun-to-visit artists village. That's joined by a nice selection of food and beverage vendors including wine and craft beers. With the music as the main event, all make for a great atmosphere for families and friends to join up. You can get a ticket for the day or camp for three days under the stars and among the beautiful Live Oaks in the Santa Ynez Mountains.
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"Excellent. So much fun! It's almost like magic how several thousand people can come together and be an instant community for 3 days"
— T.Hopkins, San Luis Obispo
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Tickets go on sale January 30th. Early Bird ticket pricing runs through Friday, March 17, 2017.

Before purchasing tickets, review the info online, because you need to get familiar with some esoteric details. If you need assistance, call their office, at: 805-781-3030, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.

BUY TIX:
Call 805-781-3030 or online at: http://www.liveoakfest.org/tickets

Additional info on the festival: http://www.liveoakfest.org


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# 7 news feature...


CALLS ISSUED: 57th ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL


Thing is, dawdling can mean you don't get organized until after the quotas are full for the category in which you want to compete. That applies to becoming a contestant. It can also leave you flatfooted if you drag your soles in submitting your graphic art design.

The best one-day music festival in Southern California just published a notice that reads, "Calling ALL CONTESTANTS, VOLUNTEERS and GRAPHIC ARTISTS." Now, it says registration for the contests opens February 1. And you really need to look at that opening date, and not the close-of-entries date. Because the deadline date won't mean a thing if your instrument category fills-up. That applies to all the things that fill-up early, like the Band Competition and the Singing Competition, too.

This year's event is SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017, from 9 am–6 pm. The event returns as guests of the National Park Service, at its longtime home, in the Old West town movie set and adjacent meadow and oak tree forest at:

Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

All the entry info -- and the prize info, including how to win the honoraria as this year's GRAPHIC ARTIST for the official T-shirt and other art, AND, how to be one of the VOLUNTEERS who gets-in FREE -- all that essential stuff -- isn't just available around the cracker barrel or the pot belly stove down at the general store. It has a Cyberian presence at:

www.topangabanjofiddle.org

And you can talk to a live human at:

info@topangabanjofiddle.org
Or get the deets on the frequently-updated hotline, at: 818-382-4819

One of the sponsoring organization's longtime directors, JOY FELT, asked to speak to you directly. And she arrived prepared to do that by the numbers. So, take it away, Joy...

"WE’RE GOING TO CELEBRATE OUR 57th YEAR!!

"All links to information below can be found on our Home Page

*** (1) Save the Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

*** (2) Contestant Registration: February 1 through April 15, 2017.

*** (2a) The ON-LINE Registration Form will be available on 2/1/17.

*** (2b) FLATFOOT Dancing continues as a competitive category.
*** (2c) Special Dulcimer presentation and workshop are featured this year.

*** (3) NEW RULES for Intermediate Level Instrument Contestants are under the 'Contestant FAQ’s.'

*** (3a) MID-MORNING COMPETITION for Banjo Fiddle, Mandolin and Flat-picking Guitar

*** (4) ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE: Begins Feb 1, 2017 – Save money / avoid long lines

*** (5) GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARD: Submissions due by March 15, 2017 ($650 Design Award)

*** (6) NOMINATE MUSIC LEGEND AWARD: Submissions due by March 15, 2017

*** (7) SIGN UP FOR EMAIL LIST - link on our the festival's Home Page

*** (8) SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER and enjoy a FREE Admission. A Contest and Festival of this high quality does not just happen. Could you be our next decision maker? What would you love to do the most? What are your talents? Tell us what interests you would like to pursue while working with an experienced mentor.

*** (9) DISTRIBUTE INFO -- Want to get “Save the Date” Postcards out there? Contact Joy at the “info” address below for details on that and getting Free Admission.

*** (10) LIKE the Contest/Festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/topangabanjofiddle

*** (11) FOLLOW the event preps on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TopangaContest

"ALL INFORMATION can be found on the website at: www.topangabanjofiddle.org

"Call the hotline (818-382-4819) or email Joy at info@topangabanjofiddle.org "

-- Joy Felt, Board of Directors,
57th AnnualTopanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
Paramount Ranch, May 21, 2017

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Looks like Joy 'purt near covers it. We'll be there, as always, in the thick o' things. The Guide's editor has a longtime gig as an emcee. Drop by the Railroad Stage and say howdy.


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# 8 news feature...


GRAMMY MUSEUM'S UPCOMING PROGRAMS: BANJO, HAWAI'IAN, MORE


The museum offers plenty, and we are fortunate they're located in L.A. They always have more programs than we list here. We tend to restrict our write-ups to the things of interest to Folk-Americana musical tastes.

The mission of the GRAMMY Museum is to explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards®, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.

Tix and info, call 213-765-6800 or online at www.grammymuseum.org

Visit the museum to enjoy its unique galleries and exhibits. It's located at 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance around the corner on Figueroa, and it's part of the "LA LIVE" complex, near the Staples Center), Los Angeles 90015. Museum hours are Mon-Fri 10:30 am-6:30 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am-6:30 pm.
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Spotlight: Sierra Hull
Presented by American Express
In conjunction with the Americana Music Association & 88.5FM KCSN
Wednesday, February 1, 2017; 8 pm

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome rising folk singer/songwriter and mandolin player Sierra Hull to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on her career and GRAMMY-nominated album, Weighted Mind (for Best Folk Album), moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. The conversation will be followed by a performance.
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Icons of the Music Industry: Ken Ehrlich
Tuesday, January 31, 2017; 8 pm

Ahead of the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, please join us as we welcome back legendary television producer/director, and longtime GRAMMY Awards Executive Producer, Ken Ehrlich to the Clive Davis Theater as we profile his impressive four-decade career. This program is free. GRAMMY Museum members receive priority seating.
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We Are Friends: A Lifetime Party of '70s Hawaiian Music - A Mele Mei in L.A. event
Wednesday, February 8, 2017; 8 pm

Join us for an intimate concert in the Clive Davis Theater featuring performances by Henry Kapono, Johnny Valentine, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing, Malani Bilyeu, Gaylord Holomalia, GRAMMY nominee Kalani Pe'a, and more! Taking place the week prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the special event will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Museum's latest exhibit, We Are Friends: A Lifetime Party of '70s Hawaiian Music.
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Homegrown: Silversun Pickups
Presented by American Express
Wednesday, January 25, 2017; 8 pm

SOLD OUT
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Spotlight: Eric Hutchinson
Presented by American Express
Thursday, January 26, 2017; 8 pm

SOLD OUT
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"Project Angel Food Benefit" featuring The Groovy Rednecks, The Ingrates, Talkin Treason & Ryman Rails
Friday, January 27, 2017

Project Angel Food is nonprofit organization in Los Angeles County which provides free and nutritious meals for men and women too sick to shop and cook for themselves. The mission is to feed and nourish the sick as they battle and are disabled from critical disease or illness such as cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD/emphysema, diabetes, end stage renal failure, HIV/AIDS, stroke/cardiovascular accidents and other myriad serious diseases. Nutritionally-balanced meals are cooked and delivered at no cost to the client directly to their home. They have served over 9 Million meals since 1989. Driving the truck and delivering these meals is Tex Troester, singer of the outlaw country band The Groovy Rednecks. Formed in 1991 in Hollywood, The Groovy Rednecks have been delivering old school country rock music with punk rock novelty lyrics in the tradition of Bobby Bare, Kinky Friedman, The Hickoids, and Shel Silverstein for 865 shows across LA in the last 25 years. The Groovy Rednecks and their friends The Ingrates, Talkin Treason, and Ryman Rails perform this benefit where 100% of the door goes to Project Angel Food. Cafe NELA is 21 and over.

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"A Celebration Of The Ash Grove" with Ed Pearl Featuring Special Performances by Bernie Pearl, Barbara Morrison, Claudia Lennear, Jackson Browne, and Get Lit Teen Poetry with Rhiannon McGavin
Monday, January 30, 2017; 7:30 pm

SOLD OUT (We told you about this one, weeks ago.)
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# 9 news feature...


NAMM FEATURED SPEAKER: TECH EXPECTATIONS, OR A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE AHEAD?


Let's be clear up front: we don't understand anyone who doesn't harbor suspicion for the Brave New World of cyber-connected everything. Largely, that's because we've researched and reported in various publications, over some period of time, on how every app you download is a delivery vehicle for spyware.

And how that spyware joins more of the same that came with your smartphone. And how your cell phone carrier, by being bribed to allow only a "mandatory Google operating system" has joined Google in making a ton of money by infesting you with spyware that you cannot shut-off or opt-out of.

We have reached the point of ubiquitous spyware whose chief function is to collect data on your every move so it can be bundled and sold to whomever wants to buy it. Granted, they must buy it in bulk; but everything that identifies and cross-connects you as an individual is included. Even though the people who know everything about you are not paying you for the privilege of spying on you -- you are the one paying for the privilege of being spied-on.

And it keeps multiplying and being justified, like the premise that soon, you will be warned of any impending health challenge. Like a heart attack, or habits that lead to diabetes.

Of course, there is no mention that all that data is bundled and sold with everything else. Meaning that a potential employer might refuse to hire someone because they don't like something about the person's health profile that the person, him or her self, doesn't even know.

If you've just read that with amusement, thinking it's no big deal, you need to spend some time reading those 70+ page "user agreements" that come with every new app, and that pop-up with all those "mandatory upgrades." It's all in there, in gobbledegook legalese. That's how they make it lawful to violate your Fourth Amendment rights and spy on you. You have given them your permission.

So, when the annual NAMM Show booked a NAMM U Breakfast Session speaker, among its daily variety of speakers, to inform and delight the audience with word of all the interactive cyber-based marvels that are just around the corner? Marvels that will connect everything about a music student or musician customer with everything that's known (somewhere, in some cyberian cloud) about their every whim and preference and experience?

We were not amused at what we heard.

Oh, there's no question the speaker is a qualified expert in the field. He is business expert Larry Ballin, and he is well versed on what's out there now, being applied in some esoteric role, and how it will soon be adapted and marketed for more universal applications. And he shared some of his knowledge of what's under development, and how that will revolutionize some aspect of something, or change everything about everything. Given all that, it seemed odd that his topic had the almost innocuous title of, "20/20 Vision: Future Proof Your Business."

That "20/20" in the title is a bit of dual entendre. Mr. Ballin envisioned for his audience numerous aspects of how the world of the year 2020 will be markedly different than what has already outpaced our ability to comprehend current implications as we begin 2017.

Perhaps it's important to remember that the NAMM audience is primarily comprised of people who don't get the parade of corporate "motivational speakers" and "seminar experts" to which big employers subject everyone in their work force. The stalwart members of NAMM own music stores and instrument making shops or importing offices with some warehouse space. If they're on the electronics end, their specialty products are mostly from small companies with a limited number of employees. Sure, there are the Sonys and the Yamahas, and they're well represented at NAMM, with fine wares on display. But in terms of being big enough to book the specialists on the speaking circuit into their shops or offices? Very few NAMM members are in that league.

So, many of the people in that breakfast session were getting one of their three mornings of annual exposure to a professional speaker who does presentations with projected slide frames of charts and graphs.

That said, we have arrived at the second thing we need to make clear: we are not being critical of NAMM for booking Mr. Ballin, nor do we doubt the likelihood of the predictions he made. Actually, we appreciate him and NAMM for presenting something that we're still thinking about. Even though it's something that bothers us to the core.

What we don't like, and what we advocate everyone question and resist, is whether there is really a need for the kind of universality of interconnected everything.

That, and what else it made us realize: we believe we are seeing a lemming-like populace who is ignoring the admonition to "not go gently into that good night" -- one that will be fraught with nightmares.

Have you ever encountered the topic in a modern discussion, or in the original 19th century essay, "The Voluptuary of the Future"-?

It dates from about the 1880s. It predicted the kind of future that we saw on full, detailed, dystopian display at that NAMM breakfast session. Drones delivering everything from one or another mega-warehouse where all orders are taken and filled by robots. "E-buttons," a whole matrix of them, affixed to every shelf in your home and workplace, anywhere you keep anything you consume. Literally, those buttons encompass everything -- so that, as the speaker said, "When you take the last roll of toilet paper off the shelf, you just push the e-button with the right logo on that short portion of that shelf, and in 45 minutes, a drone delivers a six-pack of Charmin. No wasting time doing mundane things like going to the store."

At that moment, we thought, "Yeah. No mundane things like having jobs with UPS or at Ralphs or Vons. No competitors. Just one 'We Supply Everything' hall of robotics owned by a mega-giant corporation."

Part of Mr. Ballin's presentation included "two invisible robots that live inside two computers." One took a freeform lead on fake violin and the other, listening to the first, improvised a fake cello. Yes, virtual creativity, in reactive collaboration.

We couldn't get "The Voluptuary" out of head. That ancient book has that rather provocative title because it foresees a time when you won't need to attract the opposite sex. You just signal the voluptuary with the proscribed thought, and your, uhh, "needs" are handled. By automation.

The concept has been recurrent in academia, particularly in philosophy, and sometimes in bioethics. Much derives from "Well-being and the Priority of Values," with discussions of "truth-adjusted" attitudinal hedonism, wherein the goal is happiness, not well-being. Sometimes, the conflict of "biases" with "cultural norms" is considered, as in "Feeling happy (but not too happy) ...not necessarily elated or ecstatic."

J. J. C. Smart gets to the essence of the original concept of "the voluptuary of the future" in describing a person with "a number of electrodes protruding from his skull, one to give the physical pleasure of sex."

Uhh, you have seen the tech publications' reviews of implanted chips that facilitate interactive devices, haven't you?

Do you have the creeps yet? We sure as hell do.

And if you don't? Remember that we told you the "mandatory Google operating system" in your smartphone is spyware? We tried to Google the phrase, "Voluptuary of the Future." No record. Though the ixQuick.com search engine gets results.

Currently, the number-one bestseller on Amazon is George Orwell's 68-year-old novel, "1984." It's about a dystopian, high-tech future where everyone is surveilled so all actions and activities can be controlled, and the language has been re-formed to meet the needs of the masters. If our mention of that book leaves you wondering what the devil we're talking about, you really need to read it.


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# 10 news feature...


22nd ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD PERFORMANCE MARATHON, JAN. 28th


This is a multi-venue and multifaceted affair. Starting at 3 pm, and continuing until MUCH later that same night...

It's the 22nd annual "HOLLYWOOD PERFORMANCE MARATHON" at Theatre of NOTE -- also on Saturday Jan 28. Comedic nu-folk artist PHIL WARD tells us, "I'm in this almost every year and it's the damnedest thing you'll ever see. It starts at 3 pm; $20 gets you in (it's a big fundraiser for NOTE) and you can come and go all day and night. Usually wraps up around 2 am on Sunday. I'll take the stage sometime between 10 pm and midnight and play a couple of songs. But don't come for me; come for the unparalleled extravaganza of eclectic performances, including (in past years) juggling, poetry, storytelling, improv, song, dance, comedy, performance art, genuine celebs and more. 1517 N Cahuenga, Hollywood, 90028. Come on, get crazy!"
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PLUS...

And who should we hear from again but PHIL WARD. He tells us, "It's our second appearance as a boffo double header! I'll do a full set, followed by THE SECRET GARDENERS, who will rock and roll all people in the sanctuary and some on the sidewalk outside. It's all part of the 'CITY ROOTS CONCERT SERIES,' presented by the untamable Alexia Salvatierra at 7 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Av, 90038. (Hollywood? West Hollywood? You decide.) $15 suggested donation (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds), and you get food! Lots of food! Great food! Trust me on this. Plenty of free street parking, or run into the church and grab a parking pass that allows you to park in the neighborhood without interference from The Man, and I think we all know who The Man is as of Jan 20."


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# 11 news feature...


FREE "NIGHT ON BROADWAY" ARTS & MUSICAL FEST BRINGS 10 STAGES, JAN. 28th


(From L.A. Weekly's "Things to Do")

The 3rd annual Night on Broadway festival, Saturday Jan. 28, 2017, from 4-11 pm, highlights entertainment, art, food and nighttime fun along Downtown L.A.'s Broadway from 3rd St. to Olympic Blvd. in celebration of the 9th anniversary of Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

Enjoy – for free – 10 stages of live entertainment, including six beautiful historic theatres, featuring hundreds of acts - from local talent to national stars, and a mile long stretch of Broadway filled with art installations, food trucks and interactive experiences.

L.A. is a mecca for creative talent of all kinds, and Night on Broadway is where it all shines. Plan your own, unique #NightOnBroadway. On Jan. 20 download the Night on Broadway mobile app with all you need to navigate the event, plus enjoy a built-in augmented reality gamified event experience like none other.


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# 12 news feature...


TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT, LEGENDARY EAGLE & POCO MEMBER, PLAYING JANUARY DATES


Announces tour of critically-acclaimed new solo album; Spring dates are all East Coast and Midwest, starting April 18
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With a critically-acclaimed new solo album, "Leap of Faith," out now via Benowen Records, legendary musician TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT is essentially choosing Southern Cal and Vegas to preview what the rest of the country will see this spring.

And his new album is a winner, all around. Back on Sep. 23, Rolling Stone called it, "a soundtrack for that sort of pitch-perfect American landscape, mixing bluegrass, Cajun, rock, Seventies soul and California country..."

In the midst of his current January West Coast run of shows, Schmit announced Friday, January 27, that he has booked a spring East Coast and Midwest leg in support of "Leap of Faith," his new 12-track solo album, available now via Benowen Records as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set, CD, and digitally.

For the East Coast run which kicks off April 18 in Chicago, the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups EAGLES and POCO and his band will perform songs from Timothy's four-decade long career. More tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks, but no assurance he'll get back to L.A. anytime soon.

The Orange County Register reviewed Timothy's sold-out show on January 7 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, with writer Tony Saavedra noting:

"There's no mistaking that voice, that crystal voice, cutting through the harmonies, soaring on solos. The backbone of the Eagles' sound. The voice of Timothy B. Schmit. His songs, including 'I Can't Tell You Why,' 'I Don't Want to Hear Anymore,' and 'Love Will Keep Us Alive,' were the gems of the Eagles' last couple of albums. They're the songs that make an audience collectively swoon. Be it on background or lead vocals, Schmit - like his predecessor in the Eagles, Randy Meisner -- is a jewel. And he shined Saturday, fronting his own band, playing his own music, at a sold-out Coach House in San Juan Capistrano... his own songbook, taken from the past 40 years, is a strong and lively mix of life-affirming country-rock and funk. At times playful. At other times soulful, but always engaging. While pleasant enough in their recorded form, these songs need to be experienced live. They take on a whole new energy and a charm that can only be lent by the graceful Schmit, who at 69 still has that boyish wonder belying his rock star persona. He started off Saturday with 'One More Mile,' a swampy, backwater piece of Americana that shows off Schmit's skill on acoustic guitar and set the tone for the show. Schmit quickly brought out his secret weapon, the DOOBIE BROTHERS' JOHN McFEE on guitar, fiddle, pedal steel, and the list goes on. McFee traded blistering guitar solos through the night with Waddy Wachtel-lookalike HANK LINDERMAN. The vocal harmonies were especially tight on 'My Hat' and the knee-slappin' 'Red Dirt Road.' Both are featured on Schmit's new CD, 'Leap of Faith.' One highlight of a night full of them was the Poco tune 'Keep on Tryin',' done with only an acoustic guitar and a handful of voices. Just pure, unembellished talent. Schmit dedicated 'Tequila Sunrise' to his comrade GLENN FREY, who died one year ago this month. 'Wonder why the right words never come,' he sang. Oh, but sometimes they do. And in this case the right words are 'pure joy.' Onstage and in the audience."

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Back on December 12th, Timothy joined Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols for an in-depth interview on his "JONESY'S JUKEBOX" show. You can listen to the archived interview and hear "What I Should Do," the latest single from the new album. That link is at the bottom of the page at:

http://www.955klos.com/jonesys-jukebox/.

Bass Player magazine wrote in its December issue, "...veteran Eagles bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit spins some memorable yarns on his sixth solo outing -- all delivered within his folk-rock, country-rock, yacht-rock, and rock & roll wheelhouse. The reggae-tinged 'Slow Down' and 'All Those Faces' establish Schmit's overall preference for rich, minor-chord colors. Downstairs, his bass leads the backbeat pulse of 'What Should I Do,' while 'You're So Wild' starts with a country two feel before Schmit's upper-register riffing provides the subhook in the edgy chorus. Closing matters is the horn and accordion-infused ballad gem, 'This Waltz'."

The new 12-track solo album was recorded in his own Los Angeles studio with co-producer an engineer HANK LINDERMAN. "Leap of Faith" marks the culmination of Schmit's unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, the new album plays like a multicolored corona around Schmit's distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track "My Hat" to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflections of "This Waltz," this is more than just another album in a great artist's catalog.

Writing and recording between touring with the EAGLES, the songs on this album have a broad compass. "Slow Down" is a note to self on escaping life's pressures, coasting along on a reggae pulse sweetened by jazz giant GARY BURTON's vibraphone, while "What I Should Do" has a Muscle Shoals feel; steamy, funky, and sensual. On "Goodbye, My Love," he takes us deep down into traditional country with PAUL FRANKLIN's glistening steel guitar layered over the changes. And on "It's Alright," his most intimate song, Schmit needs only his own acoustic guitar to express profound love.
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Timothy B. Schmit's new album, "LEAP OF FAITH" is available on CD or as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set. Those items alone, and exclusive bundles are available at:

http://timothybschmit.com/store
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LOCAL TOUR DATES:

Thu, Jan 26, 8 pm (6 pm doors), WITH JACK TEMPCHIN, in Hermosa Beach, CA, at Saint Rocke; tix: http://www.saintrocke.com/event/1371945-timothy-b-schmit-eagles-hermosa-beach/

Sat, Jan 28, 8 pm, in North Las Vegas, NV, at Aliante Casino; tix:
https://ticketing.aliantegaming.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=31

Sun, Jan 29, 9 pm, in Pasadena, at The Rose; tix:
http://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/09005159AD3437F0

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His SPRING TOUR DATES starting April 18th are all in the East. Catch him in January in Southern Cal or Vegas.


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# 13 news feature...


GRAMMY NOMINATED CAJUN/ZYDECO BAND, THE REVELERS, PLAY CALTECH, JAN. 28


THE REVELERS, the great Cajun/Zydeco band from Lafayette, Louisiana, perform in Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, Saturday, January 28 at 8 pm. This band is the result of melding together members from two great Cajun bands, the PINE LEAF BOYS and the RED STICK RAMBLERS, who acted and performed music in HBO's New Orleans epic television show, "Treme."

The new band's CD, "Get Ready," was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016. THE REVELERS feature BLAKE MILLER (accordion & vocals), CHAS JUSTUS (guitar & vocals), DANIEL COOLIK (violin), GLENN FIELDS (drums & vocals), ERIC FREY (bass), and CHRIS MILLER (saxophone). This show is going to be tons of fun.

At the series website, www.pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org, you can listen to their song, "Toi, Tu Veux M'voir," and a few more songs from a session at KEXP radio.

Doug Loach of Songlines Magazine wrote, "If you've ever been nagged by the feeling that all Cajun and zydeco music was starting to sound a bit too much like the same old thing, The Revelers will toss that notion back on your ears. This is Louisiana-bred party music sustained by the sonorous signature of its native milieu, but perked up the an injection of contemporary pop, rock, and R&B."

This show is on the Caltech campus in Ramo Auditorium, south of Beckman Auditorium (Big Beckman). That's southeast of Beckman Institute (Little Beckman), where the series usually has its shows. They'll post signs to guide you.

Tickets for this show are $25 for adults, $5 for children, and they can be obtained by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at 626-395-4652 Monday- Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. You can also buy tickets in person at the Ticket Office in Winnett Student Center, near the intersection of San Pasqual Street and Holliston Avenue, with no service charge. Give them a call before you go and they can tell you exactly where they are. You can also buy tickets online at the link below, and at the door.

Find out about the series' other shows at:

www.pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org

Tix for this show at:

http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=8314414

Map to venue (Ramo Auditorium) at:

http://math.caltech.edu/SimonFest/map_to_Ramo.pdf


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# 14 news feature...


SUPERB FOLK-AMERICANA & CELTIC COMING TO SAN PEDRO'S GRAND ANNEX


We've told you all about the Grand Vision Foundation. How they saved the glorious old movie palace, the Warner Grand. How they maintained the momentum and established a more intimate venue two doors away. And that they book lots of fine Folk-Americana acts at the latter (where these three events will happen).

In FEBRUARY, they'll outdo themselves. Have a look and a listen, then jump on some tix before they're gone with the wind.

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WILLIE WATSON (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show) plays Saturday, Feb 11 at 8 pm. Folksinger, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Willie Watson is a leading pioneer in the renaissance of traditional and old-time music. Opening for Willie is the delightful Jessica Fichot, one of our local faves (when she's not galavanting on a big tour somewhere).

Listen to Willie play "Dry Bones" (Live at SXSW 2014) at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNbNYb8p2Es&ct=t%28Shine+A+Light+On+Me%29&mc_cid=be633c732d&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D

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THE FIRE burns with Celtic intensity on Friday, Feb 3 at 8 pm. It's high-energy Scottish music with world class fiddling, bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle & bouzouki. Scottish Fiddle Champion REBECCA LOMNICKY, piper DAVID BREWER, and guitarist ADAM HENDEY are joined for this concert by guest singer CHRISTA BURCH.

Listen to them performing "The Panda Set" at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLa7tDI9NRs&ct=t%28Shine+A+Light+On+Me%29&mc_cid=be633c732d&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D

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ROSE'S PAWN SHOP plays Saturday, Feb 18 at 8 pm. A little bit bluegrass, a little bit alt-country and a whole lot of rock n' roll. Known for watertight musicianship, soaring harmonies and deeply melodic songwriting, "Rose's Pawn Shop will knock your socks off! " says Grand Annex booker Taran.

Listen to them performing "The Arsonist" at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/rosespawnshop?ct=t%28Shine+A+Light+On+Me%29&mc_cid=be633c732d&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D
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Hmm. Didja notice? THE FIRE doesn't perform "The Arsonist"-? ROSE'S PAWN SHOP performs "The Arsonist." Somebody needs to get the memo. Or just tell 'em when you go see their shows.
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All three dates are at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; tix at: 310 833-4813 or www.grandvision.org


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# 15 news feature...


TRIBUTE TO LANGSTON HUGHES: STORIES, POEMS, JAZZ & THE BLUES, ON FEB. 4th


The venue might throw you. They're presenting a fine event. Forest Lawn Presents "A Wordtheatre Tribute to Langston Hughes: Stories, Poems, Jazz and the Blues," on February 4, 2017, at 7:30 pm.

It's at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, indoors, in the Hall of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles 90068.

Free admission & free parking.


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# 16 news feature...


HOT TUNA TO JOIN TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND “WHEELS OF SOUL” SUMMER TOUR


By Cash Edwards

Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced the third installment of their wildly popular Wheels of Soul Summer Tour. The 12-piece ensemble led by husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will be supported on all dates by longtime friends and collaborators Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and drummer Justin Guip) and masters of soulful folk, The Wood Brothers. The tour is scheduled to hit many of the country’s premier outdoor venues on the most ambitious Wheels of Soul tour to date July 1 through 30, 2017. For the latest ticket on-sale information, please visit: www.tedeschitrucksband.com.

With an incomparable live show that embodies the vision of a large touring family bound by music, the Wheels of Soul summer dates are a favorite among fans and critics alike. The Oakland Press deemed Wheels of Soul “the best musical hang of the season…a celebration of kindred creative spirits,” while Denver Westword calls TTB’s summer package “a wall of talent on stage.”

When asked about joining Wheels of Soul this year Jorma offered excitement and praise, “Tedeschi Trucks is arguably one of the greatest band in the world today. It is an honor for me and my Hot Tuna brothers to be part of this great tour.” Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna crossed paths with Derek and Susan early in their careers and their mutual admiration and kinship grew as Jorma supported TTB on select shows this past year.

For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. From their days playing together as teenagers in the Washington, DC area, through years of inventive Psychedelic rock in San Francisco (1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees), to their current blues sound, no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. At the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. They are a force in American music.

The annual Wheels of Soul summer run has become more than just a fan favorite; it has become a highlight for the headliners as well. “It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect. Each year we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus,” says Susan.

Derek adds that this tour offers a unique opportunity for both the musicians and fans, “Every year as the tour rolls along the collaborations between all the musicians grow and grow. It inspires and challenges us in new ways and I think that really translates to the audience when they see how much fun we’re having with our friends.”

The "Wheels of Soul Summer Tour" 2017 launches July 1 in Gilford, NH, and is set to conclude
July 30 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Currently, there are no California dates.

Follow Hot Tuna's Escapades:
www.jackcasady.com
www.jormakaukonen.com
www.hottuna.com
www.furpeaceranch.com


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GRAMMY MUSEUM® AND THE RECORDING ACADEMY® ANNOUNCE PLANS TO DEVELOP GRAMMY MUSEUM IN CHINA


In partnership with Beijing SEEC Culture Media Co., Ltd., Sanya Municipal People's Government, and China Music Vision, "GRAMMY Museum China" is expected to open within the next three years, marking the Museum's first international expansion
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On January 9th, simulcast in its Los Angeles home base, the GRAMMY Museum® joined with the Recording Academy®, Beijing SEEC Culture Media Co., Ltd., Sanya Municipal People's Government, and China Music Vision to announce their partnership to develop the first-ever GRAMMY Museum in China, expected to open within the next three years. The announcement was made during a ceremony in Beijing that was attended by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, Deputy Executive Director Rita George, Mayor of Sanya Mr. Yanjun Wu, SEEC CEO Boming Wang and President Li Wang, and China Music Vision CEO Mingzhang Sun and Director Ling Yan.

"When we opened the first GRAMMY Museum outside of Los Angeles in 2016 in Cleveland, Mississippi, we knew it was only the beginning," said Santelli. "The opportunity to take the Museum experience internationally is truly a dream come true for me and my staff, and we couldn't be more excited to begin our international expansion in the beautiful city of Sanya, China. We know how passionate the people of China are about American music, and we look forward to bringing its storied history to the country."

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy stated, "We are proud to celebrate our relationship with SEEC by bringing the GRAMMY Museum's first-ever international expansion to China, a country with a rich history in the arts that places a strong emphasis on the cultural value of music." Portnow also serves as Chair of the GRAMMY Museum Board.

He added, "Advancing The Recording Academy's work and mission internationally is a priority for us, and one that has been particularly welcomed and supported by China, so it makes perfect sense for us to expand the Museum first to this region of the world. We look forward to a bright and successful future in Sanya and beyond."

The first GRAMMY Museum in China is expected to open within the next three years in Sanya, a resort town on the southern end of China's Hainan Island, and will feature approximately 40,000 square feet of exhibit space that includes a temporary exhibit gallery and a theater. The GRAMMY Museum in China will share the focus of the Los Angeles Museum in exploring and celebrating the history of the GRAMMY Awards®, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment, through artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the industry's premiere awards and the artists who have been honored by them.

The GRAMMY Museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created as a partnership between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, the 21st century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the GRAMMY Awards.
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The Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations, and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver.

You can get information on the museum's programs, temporary exhibits, and concert series at 213-765-6800 or at www.grammymuseum.org

For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, and like "The GRAMMY Museum" on Facebook.
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Established in 1957, The RECORDING ACADEMY is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy/GRAMMYs on Facebook, and join The Recording Academy's social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.
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BEIJING SEEC CULTURE MEDIA CO., Ltd. is an affiliate of SEEC Group. SEEC, the abbreviation of Stock Exchange Executive Council, initiated and played the important role in the designing and development of China's capital market in early1990s. With the corporatization reform, SEEC started its media business with the publication of series magazines, including CAIJING, Securities Market Weekly, Real Estate, Sports Illustrated, TimeOut and Grazia. As of today, SEEC has become one of the largest media group in China, under which there are more than 20 branded magazines as well as online media such as HEXUN.com., the largest financial portal and CAIJING.com.
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CHINA MUSIC VISION Ltd. is the exclusive partner of The Recording Academy in the Greater China for GRAMMY-branded entertainment and educational initiatives. CMV endeavors to bring the top-tier musical experience to the local markets while foster the cultural exchange between the East and West.
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Learn more at: www.grammymuseum.org


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18) USC's "VISIONS & VOICES" SERIES HAS WIDE RANGE OF QUALITY EVENTS


The Guide celebrates this series, which mixes live music with a variety of arts, cultural, and topically historical programs. Nearly all events are FREE, but reservations are required, and most events fill-up long before the date when they happen.
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"500 YEARS OF UTOPIA: UTOPIAN REPRESENTATIONS" is
Tuesday, February 7, at 5 pm, in Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240, on the USC campus.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at

http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679310

The concept of utopia has provoked the Western political imagination for 500 years, since the term was coined by Sir Thomas More to describe the ideal metropolis. But how do we envision utopia in the context of a 21st-century megacity like Los Angeles, with its particular environmental, social, and economic challenges? In a multimedia conversation, archivist and cultural historian Megan Prelinger will discuss these questions with USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Geoff Manaugh.

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"BYZANTIUM 2.0: ACOUSTIC TIME TRAVEL" is
Thursday, February 9, at 7 pm, at Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1324 Normandie Av, Los Angeles 90006. Reception to follow.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at

http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679136

Enter a dark space and take a journey across time to medieval Byzantium. Using cutting-edge immersive-audio technologies, we will recreate virtual ancient acoustic spaces in this fascinating event featuring performances by award-winning chanters Spyridon Antonopoulos and Dimos Papatzalakis and Paz Lenchantin, the current bassist for the Pixies. The performance will be followed by a conversation exploring technology and the implications of recreating ancient spaces.

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"SOLEDAD BARRIO AND NOCHE FLAMENCA: ANTIGONA" is "A Visions and Voices Signature Event," Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 pm, in Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, January 30, at 9 a.m. RSVP at

http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679146

Don’t miss Antigona, Martín Santangelo’s stunning flamenco interpretation of Sophocles’ Antigone, performed by Noche Flamenca, a company celebrated around the world for its spellbinding performances. The production stars Bessie Award–winning flamenco superstar Soledad Barrio as a disenfranchised woman struggling against patriarchal authority. At its heart, the story of Antigone resonates with the roots of flamenco, which is based on the strength of family. Antigone’s story is her humanity and her quest to bury her brother regardless of the circumstances.

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"SOUND MAZE" is "A Visions and Voices Signature Event" running
Friday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 8
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, from 5 to 7 pm.
USC Fisher Museum of Art

Admission is free. Reservations requested for the opening reception. RSVP beginning Wednesday, February 1, at 9 a.m. RSVP at

http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679160

Listen, play, and discover sound anew as you improvise with more than a dozen newly invented musical instruments in Sound Maze, an interactive installation created by composer and instrument inventor Paul Dresher. Designed for all ages, all levels of musical experience, and all types of minds, this remarkable hands-on installation lets you experiment with extraordinary inventions to discover new ways of creating sound and music, unleashing the musical creativity in everyone.

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"CYBER WARS AND GLOBAL POLITICS: FRED KAPLAN AND GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS IN CONVERSATION" is "A Visions and Voices Signature Event"
Thursday, March 9, at 7 pm, in Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, on the USC campus 90089.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, February 8, at 9 am, at:

http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=877032

Best-selling author Fred Kaplan and USC Judge Widney Professor, General David Petraeus, will come together for a fascinating and timely conversation on cyber wars, national security, and global politics.

Fred Kaplan is a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist who spent 20 years at the Boston Globe. Kaplan is currently the “War Stories” columnist for Slate. He is the author of several books, including The Wizards of Armageddon, an inside history of nuclear strategy; Daydream Believers, about American foreign policy in the early 21st century; 1959: The Year Everything Changed; The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War; and, most recently, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.

General (Ret.) David Petraeus is a partner at KKR, chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and a Judge Widney Professor at University of Southern California. Prior to joining KKR, General Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including command of coalition forces in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military General Petraeus served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned an MPA and Ph.D. degree in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. General Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries. General Petraeus is also a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Co-Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Institute’s Global Advisory Council, Senior Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council, and seven veterans service organizations.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.


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