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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Music & film NEWS, Memorial Day Weekend FESTIVALS & concerts — May 22 2017 edition

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Late breaking news...

EXPLOSION STRIKES CONCERT IN ENGLAND

Just at press time, we are learning about the attack on a nighttime concert crowd at the Manchester Arena in England. It is both a sports facility and Europe's largest indoor music venue. Just after the concert by American singer Ariana Grande ended, all those in the arena heard a boom. Some presumed it was a large balloon filled with hydrogen or some other explosive gas. It wasn't. It was a bomb. Some of those close to the explosion panicked. Over 20 are dead, and more than 50 were injured. We do not yet know how many were killed or wounded by the explosion and how many may have been injured or killed in the panicked stampede as too many tried to use the exit tunnels, too fast. Our thoughts are with the victims.

Without doubt, this will cause more stringent security at this weekend's music festivals in the US, as it will throughout the world. We encourage you to arrive early and be patient with whatever search protocols will be used where you're going. Check festival and venue websites before you leave — something that was okay to take with you last year may not be allowed in the gates this year. Even though the weather will be warm, think of taking a light jacket or sweater to save your spot, rather than the little backpack you usually take. Anything that seems suspicious can ruin everyone's good time. Be careful out there. Along with the adage, "If you see something, say something," we encourage one more thing: be mindful of the needs of others who are also there to have a good time.

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Now, here's the full edition as originally prepared for publication.
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In addition to fresh news, we wanted to give you a prompt heads-up reminder that we've already got ya covered with the most complete info anywhere on alllllll those MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MUSIC FESTIVALS! See news feature # 3.

We include a quickie list of all the festivals that happen on Memorial Day Weekend. Plus, the link is there to go get all the details on every one of 'em! Of course, you should take a moment to see why that's # 3 and not # 1, or you'll miss the news on how to attend a couple of great events FOR FREE!

Yep, there's plenty o' news in this edition. Including, as features one 'n two, a coupla fine and fun things you need to jump on —

First, TUESDAY NIGHT, May 23, is a FREE event for indie musicians and music pros,

and then there's the upcoming

"CINE GEAR EXPO L.A. 2017" if you make music videos or are otherwise involved in filmmaking / video production. And yep, we have the insider info so you go both places for FREE.

So don't run off 'til you check-out the following...

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CONTENTS / IN THIS EDITION

1) FREE — Tuesday night, May 23 event for Indie Musicians & Music Pros

2) "CINE GEAR EXPO L.A. 2017" is June 1-4: FREE REGISTRATION through May 27

3) "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" — essential for Memorial Day Weekend

4) FREE, June 1st, aboard Queen Mary – Music; WWII Vets Salute; Air Show

5) Concerts, club gigs, other event picks, now through Memorial Day

6) Post-Memorial Day music & event picks through July 4th

7) GRAMMY Museum, GRAMMY Foundation join forces for education

8) GRAMMY Museum grant program awards $200,000 for music research and sound preservation

9) Musical Memorial for DUANE THORIN is May 27


Let's get started!

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CAJUN PROVERB OF THE MONTH:

“You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.”

(Thanks to Lisa Haley & the Zydekats)
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# 1 news feature...


FREE — TUESDAY NIGHT, MAY 23 EVENT FOR INDIE MUSICIANS & MUSIC PROS


It's called "Powermix," and it's a FREE industry networking event. Organizers tell the Guide that you can "Meet cool people, learn new things, and enjoy good music" while "expanding your circle at an event made for indie music professionals."

Powermix has been running for over a year and has already resulted in new deals, relationships, and opportunities for attendees.

They ask simply, "Do you LOVE great music, making new connections, and promoting your business in a vibrant, creative environment?"

With a "Yes" answer, they reply, "We’re inviting you to join us for a unique industry networking event, right here in the NoHo Arts District. Powermix is an industry night free to artists, managers, and other independent music professionals looking to make new connections."

It happens Tuesday, May 23, from 6 to 11 pm at a new venue:

Skinny's Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Throughout the evening, Powermix hosts a live music showcase featuring talent from Disc Makers, CD Baby and other indie music-focused companies. They promise "a surprise special guest icon interview that you don’t want to miss."

It's FREE, but reservations are required. RSVP to:

salston@avldigital.com

With the email subject line:

Powermix RSVP

Tell 'em the Acoustic Americana Music Guide sent you.


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# 2 news feature...


"CINE GEAR EXPO L.A. 2017" IS JUNE 1-4: FREE REGISTRATION THROUGH MAY 27


The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood are the host site for "Cine Gear Expo L.A. 2017," running June 1 through 4. Registration to attend is FREE through May 27, 2017.

This conference / expo is all about "enhancing your entire workflow from the camera to final delivery."

You'll be able to discover how new 16-bit codecs, ultra-fast ingest, cloud-based production and content management tools are fundamentally changing film and video workflows and lowering production costs. One exhibitor tells us, "As stand-alone solutions, each is engineered for excellence. Together they form a production environment of unsurpassed efficiencies."

Sony, a major exhibitor, says, "Get a first-hand look at these new workflow technologies and other Sony highlights at Cine Gear, including our 35mm 960fps HFR camera system, High Dynamic Range displays, and motion picture cameras."

There's plenty for slated for the event. Sony is presenting "Next-Gen Workflow Tools" that include their "Ci Media Cloud Platform, Media Backbone NavigatorX, and Optical Disc Archive Generation 2.

On Thursday, June 1, events are centered on the "FILM COMPETITION FINALIST SCREENINGS" in the Sherry Lansing Theater, Noon-5:30 pm. Other screenings are featured Friday and Saturday, as well.

The GEAR EXHIBITION and premiere SEMINARS take emphasis on Friday, June 2, Noon to 8 pm, and Saturday, June 3, 10 am to 5 pm.

Exhibits are open Friday, Noon-8 pm, and Saturday, 10 am- 5 pm.

Master Classes happen Sunday, June 4.

There are additional evening events, including one of particular note since the big "Amgen Tour of California" bike race concluded this past weekend in Pasadena.

FILM SCREENING, Friday, June 2nd, 7-10 pm at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood. The film is the new documentary, "LE RIDE," with special guest PHIL KEOGHAN from TV's "The Amazing Race." After his introduction, "Le Ride" is about the first English-speaking team to race bicycles in what many say is the toughest sporting event on earth, the "Tour de France." Consistent with the gear theme, at that event, there will be "an exclusive new technology announcement" before the screening.

We suggest you begin your Cine Gear experience by dropping-by Sony's exhibit at S129. You'll want to peruse their offerings of in-depth seminars and screenings as you decide which ones you'd like to attend amongst the array offered by all the exhibitors. For a sneak preview, check the Cine Gear website for times and locations even before you hit the exhibitor booths. Things are being added, so monitor the site if you're going.

Friday recommendation

You'll want to prioritize by making the rounds to get a grasp on all that you can before something happens without you knowing in time.

✔ One of the wonky gearhead offerings on Friday is "Demystifying Log vs. Linear, the power of 16-bit, and High Dynamic Range." In it, acclaimed instructor and DoP ALISTER CHAPMAN will separate the myths from the realities of a 16-bit workflow. It'll also include partic'lars on how far technology has come in a short time, specifically covering unique features of the F55 and R7 recorder, such as 4K recording at 120fps.

Saturday offerings at Cine Gear

It's a big day, and opportunities include:

✔ "Today's Ultimate Run & Gun Cameras," a discussion with "Media Stranger" about Sony's FS5 & FS7. Sony promo says, "'Media Stranger' discusses why FS5 & FS7 are the ultimate run'n'gun cameras and how they have become their productions most reliable workhorses."

✔ "Documentary Cinematography: Challenges and Solutions from VICE." Using FS series camcorders, special guests from VICE, Jerry Ricciotti, Director of Photography VICE media, and Zach Caldwell, associate DoP "VICE News Tonight" will "explore the challenges VICE production teams face, and the solutions VICE has employed for creating a stylistic look across multiple shows."

✔ "From the Script to the Big Screen: The Making of a Feature Film." Join writers/directors Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms and Director of Photography Johnny Derango as they discuss their latest film, "Small Town Crime." They'll discuss their approach to movie-making, use of different creative and cinematography techniques plus the lessons learned in taking a film from script to screen.

✔ "Establishing a look from Full Frame Motion Picture Production." You can join executive producer Glenn Gainor, director Diedrik Van Rooiijen, and Vantage Film GmbH's Alexander Schwarzand and Wolfgang Baumler for 'a lively discussion of the creative process employed in the upcoming Screen Gems feature film, 'Cadaver,' in using pioneering new technologies to realize a high-budget production aesthetic at moderate costs."

✔ "Content Management and Archiving Workflow Challenges Solved by EMBASSY ROW." It's a discussion by Embassy Row on how their producers can quickly search and retrieve content, often within two hours of a live show, and how they are migrating from a huge library of hard drives and spinning archive tape to a fully digital, simple and immediate workflow. This session will feature a live workflow demonstration of the content and workflow management system employed at Embassy Row, and will separately feature a look at Sony's Ci Media Cloud Platform.

Speaking of Sony's extensive product line, you can explore Sony Professional's new mobile app, "Pro USA by Sony." The new app is a resource for users and fans of that company's professional technologies and includes product information, solutions and pricing, as well as the ability to explore tradeshows. Download it at www.sony.com/ProUSA.

Of course, you'll find plenty more info and opportunities to get up-close and personal with gear, plus more apps from many manufacturers and dealers to load into your devices at the event. But the real reason to actually GO someplace is to fully experience and interact with product demos, ask questions, and get the hands-on touch-feel-see-and-hear of competing systems.

Remember , you can get your "Cine Gear Expo" pass, FREE, only through May 27. Thereafter, a $30 cash admission fee will apply to all new registrants.

✔ FREE REGISTRATION (which gets you a NAMM-type badge) is at:

http://www.cinegearexpo.com/la-expo-attendee-registration
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✔ To see the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS even before you take advantage of that FREE registration, check out:

http://www.cinegearexpo.com/la-expo-seminar-schedule

Lights. Camera. Action!


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# 3 news feature...


"ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" — essential for Memorial Day Weekend


It's yugely enormous. And frequently updated. And VEERY comprehensive and inclusive of Folk-Americana and other festivals that prominently feature acoustic music. And it's instantly available in the Guide's enormously wunnerful (drum roll, maestro...)

"ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" !

It's our biggest-ever Music Festival Guide and it covers the whole 2017 festival season (spring, summer and fall), with the MOST CURRENT upcoming stuff right ON TOP. Plus the rest of the year following — and, we'll say it again, frequently updated — so it's not only definitive and outrageously informative, but a fun read, too!

It's available commercial-free — no Big Pharma ads trying to make you think you can't live without some questionable chemical cocktail that n o average person can afford; and no ads by lawyers trying to get a bigger class action suit against Big Pharma for what that hideously expensive seems to have done to mess-up their clients; and no stupid used-car salesman with idiotic antics — just FESTIVAL INFO, suitable for download to your mobile device, at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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The first thing you need is the info on all the Memorial Day Weekend music festivals, and WE'VE GOT IT.

Here's a quick list of them, just to prove it.

♪ ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA's Mem Day Fest coverage includes...

May 27-29 (more or less), 2017, listed by start/end dates.
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✔ "BLUEGRASS & BBQ FESTIVAL" May 4-29 (Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO)

✔ "BISHOP MULE DAYS," May 23-28 (Bishop, CA)

✔ "LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE FESTIVAL" May 24-29 (Bradley, CA)

✔ "DELFEST" May 25-28 (Cumberland, MD)

✔ "ROOSTER WALK" May 25-28 (Axton, VA)

✔ "SPRING STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL" May 25-29 (Grass Valley, CA)

✔ 46th annual "KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL" May 25-Jun 11 (Kerrville, TX)

✔ "BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY" May 26-28 (Napa, CA)

✔ "CALIFORNIA ROOTS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL" May 26-28 (Monterey, CA)

✔ "DARK STAR JUBILEE" May 26-28 (Thornville, OH)

✔ "COUNTRY 500" May 26-28 (Daytona, FL)

✔ "BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL" May 26-28 (Harvard U, Allston, MA)

✔ 46th annual "NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL" May 26-29 (Seattle, WA)

✔ 12th annual "COWBOY LEGENDS POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL" May 26-29 (NW of Salt Lake City, Utah)

✔ 3rd annual "OLIVE DELL MUSIC FESTIVAL" May 26-28 (Colton, CA)

✔ "SCOTTISH FEST" May 27 & 28 (Costa Mesa, CA)

✔ "SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL" May 27 & 28 (Simi Valley, CA)

✔ "SAINT NICHOLAS GREEK FESTIVAL" May 27-29 (Northridge, CA)

✔ 44th annual "TOPANGA DAYS COUNTRY FAIRE" May 27-29 (Topanga, CA)

✔ 45th annual "FIESTA DE LOS ARTES FEST" May 27-29 (Hermosa Beach, CA)

✔ 5th annual "MID-ATLANTIC WILD WEST FEST" May 28 & 28 (Frontier Town, Berlin, MD)

✔ "HEARTBEAT OF MEXICO FESTIVAL" May 28 (Chapman University, Orange, CA)
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ALL of those festivals are covered in detail, in that order, in our 2017 Music Festival Guide, "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" — with the most current upcoming good times always right on top. It's not only definitive, it's a fun read! And, of course, you can just scroll past what's current, and the rest of the year is there, too, and frequently updated, so you can plan ahead!

It's all available, suitable for download to your mobile device, at:
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Enjoy! See ya in the fresh air, out where it's tuneful!


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# 4 news feature...


FREE, JUNE 1st, ABOARD QUEEN MARY – MUSIC; WWII VETS SALUTE; AIR SHOW


(Long Beach, CA, May 22, 2017) – The elegant Queen Mary served as a troopship during World War II. She continues a lifetime of public service just after Memorial Day with an impressive salute to those of the Greatest Generation who served with her in WWII.

And after 3 pm that day, it's FREE.

This is a well-crafted event. Guests can enjoy the popular tunes of the '30s and '40s brought to life by swing dancers and vocalists performing on the Verandah Deck.

A highlight of the day's events will be a vintage "Warbird" flyover and aerial maneuvering demonstration above the ship.

The June 1st "WWII Salute" serves as a timely reminder of a crucially significant period in history and those who lived it. With the nickname "Grey Ghost" for her wartime camouflage paint, the Queen Mary safely ferried over 800,000 Allied personnel to war fronts around the globe and then home again after the powerful military forces of fascist dictators were defeated.

Throughout the war, Nazi U-boat commanders desperately sought to collect the bounty placed on the Queen Mary; none came close.

This year's Memorial Day program — fortunately held a few days late and therefore not conflicting with all the music festivals — is part of the Queen Mary’s ongoing "Community Service Salon Series."

Joining war re-enactors and others on the ship that day will be "War Dog," a restored WWII airplane. Built by North American Aviation for the Army Air Force as the AT-6, and for Naval and Marine Corps pilots as the SNJ, the plane was the most important air combat trainer of the war. This one, magnificently restored, is now piloted by longtime aviator John Collver. His plane will perform its combat ballet at 5:30 pm, just a few hundred feet above the Queen Mary's decks. At over 200 mph, the sound of a warbird passing hard and fast overhead is one for the memory book, something to hear and feel that no "virtual" experience can touch.

The Queen’s Salon, where Bob Hope once debuted his wartime comedy routines, will host WWII re-enactors, present historic memorabilia displays, and host video screenings of the Queen Mary's wartime service and those who sailed aboard her. Guests can interact with "The California Historical Group" as they roam the ship outfitted in WWII uniforms.

Admission to the ship and WWII Salute is FREE after 3 pm on June 1.

Queen’s Salon activities run 3 pm-8 pm. Musical acts perform from 3:30 pm-7:30 pm. The air show, which is best watched from the unique perspective of the ship's decks, happens at 5:30 pm.

A cash bar and food concessions will be available, with libations and victuals for purchase on the Promenade Deck.

The "Glory Days Tour" and new "4D Theater Movie" are optional, and will be $5.

If you drive there, parking for the event is $10 after 3 pm. Or use public transit. Look for the red-and-white "Passport" bus signs at the stations on the end loop of the Metro Blue Line light rail. Passport is a free ride, it runs a loop route, and that includes a stop at the Queen Mary.

More details at:

https://www.queenmary.com/events/monthly-ship-events/
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Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms.

Not only is she bigger than the Titanic, but she's still afloat!

There's plenty more at:

www.queenmary.com
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There's also some cool stuff on YouTube about the history, visitor experience, and past events aboard the Queen Mary:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQueenMaryinLB

If you've infested your device with all the insidious spyware that's part and parcel of social media (especially Facebook, which is, by far, the most intrusive and the nastiest in all it harvests and sells about everything you do, think, look at, and buy), you can find more about what's happening at the Queen Mary at these urls:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thequeen.mary
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheQueenMary
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thequeenmary/


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CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, OTHER EVENT PICKS, NOW THROUGH MEMORIAL DAY


If you're expecting that festival season is bringing plenty of out-of-town prominent players who will arrive early or stay late to play the club circuit — that's not what we're seeing this year. There are some real stars doing concerts, and wowsa lineups at the festivals. But they're not on the same lists. So, here ya go. See what tickles your fancy.

It's chronological, and it's everything but the festivals.
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Tue, May 23:
8 pm TRIO BALKAN STRINGS plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Tue, May 23:
9:15 pm THE WAG (from New Jersey) plays The Mint, Los Angeles, CA.
* Band member Brian Ostering says, "Our original music has been described as a cross between The Beatles, The Barenaked Ladies and The Mamas & The Papas. Our songs are catchy, upbeat and full of harmonies, and our live show is very energetic and fun. We’re doing a tour of California at the end of May, including a show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage."
* Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies.
* More at www.thewagband.com
* They also play May 20, 10 pm in La Mesa, and May 24, 8 pm at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. (See listings.)
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Wed, May 24:
8 pm THE WAG (from New Jersey) plays the at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2021 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* Band member Brian Ostering says, "Our original music has been described as a cross between The Beatles, The Barenaked Ladies and The Mamas & The Papas. Our songs are catchy, upbeat and full of harmonies, and our live show is very energetic and fun. We’re doing a tour of California at the end of May, including a show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage."
* Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies.
* More at www.thewagband.com
* They also play May 20, 10 pm in La Mesa, and May 23, 9:15 pm in La Mesa. (See listings.)
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Wed, May 24:
7 pm CLAUDE BOURBON headlines the "WINE AND SONG" concert series presented by BRAD COLERICK at the Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena, CA 91030; 323-255-1506.
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Wed, May 24:
8 pm ELEPHANT REVIVAL plays the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, San Diego (Solana Beach), CA 92075; 858-481-9022.
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Thu, May 25: WORKSHOP
4 pm "MAKE A FRAME DRUM" WORKSHOP presented by MARTIN ESPINO at City Terrace Library, 4025 City Terrace Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063; 323-261-0295.
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Thu, May 25:
7:30 pm "VIVA VIVALDI!" performed by the LOS ANGELES VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA, conducted by Maestro CARLO PONTI, at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles CA 90064; 310-286-0553.
* Ending its second year as the orchestra-in-residence at the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, the Los Angeles Virtuosi performs masterworks by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring the thrilling artistry of renowned violinist Roberto Cani, coupled with masterworks by Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven.
* Reflecting its mission to serve as a catalyst in reaffirming, advocating and supporting music education in schools and in the community, the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, in partnership with Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, allocates all net profit from its subscription concerts at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz towards the advancement and support of music education programs in educational institutions, including Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles’ Music Department.
* Info & tix, http://www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com/2016/02/01/los-angeles-virtuosi-orchestra-viva-vivaldi/
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Thu, May 25:
8 pm ELEPHANT REVIVAL plays the Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310-276-6168.
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Thu, May 25:
8 pm AMY HANAIALI'I GILLIOM plays the Irvine Barclay Theatre, on the campus of UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92697; 949-854-4646.
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Fri, May 26:
7 pm JENNIFER KNAPP plays Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl (half-a-block S of Hollywood Bl), Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-461-2040.
* Note that going early and paying a small cover can sometimes get you in for a full evening of music at this venue; check their website to see if another fee is listed to stay after a certain time: www.hotelcafe.com
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Fri, May 26:
7:30 pm CELTIC WOMAN plays their " VOICES OF ANGELS" tour at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 714-556-2787.
* "Voices of Angels" showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming "Voices of Angels" album. This'll sell-out quickly.
* Tix: https://www.scfta.org/events/detail.aspx?id=15455
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Fri, May 26:
7:30 pm DAN WALSH plus LADY ROGO play the "SAN DIEGO FOLK HERITAGE" concert series at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064; 858-566-4040.
* The Guide heard LADY ROGO play at the 2017 NAMM Show as a featured artist. We were quite impressed. Don't let her rock-'n'-rollish name fool ya — she is a Berklee grad who has a fine acoustic repertoire of original and trad folk songs.
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Fri, May 26:
8 pm JOHN M. with BARRETT TAGLIARINO & THE SECRET GARDENERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Fri, May 26:
"AMANDA McBROOM: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* It's renowned songwriter and performer Amanda McBroom in a celebration of her new album "Voices."
* She's been called "…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match."
* Her songs have been recorded by Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond,West Life, Nana Mouskouri, the Chipmunks, and the Baby Dinosaurs in the feature film, "Land Before Time."
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Sat, May 27:
1-5 pm MUSICAL MEMORIAL FOR DUANE THORIN at The Ice House, 24 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
* See news feature # 5 in this edition.
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Sat, May 27:
6 pm SALTY SUITES play the Cliff Restaurant, 577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651; 949-494-1956.
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Sat, May 27:
7 pm JAKE SHIMABUKURO, uke master and dazzling multi-instrumentalist, plays the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 714-556-2787.
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Sat, May 27:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS play their charming music of the nineteen-teens and 1920s at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Sat, May 27:
7 & 9 pm DANNY HOLT performs "THE PIANO/PERCUSSION PROJECT" for two performances tonight at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* "Pianist Danny Holt returns to Boston Court and brings with him an array of percussion instruments, calling for acrobatic feats of multi-instrumentalism."
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Sat, May 27:
7:30 pm NATHAN McEUEN plus JOHN ZIPPERER play the "JULIE’S JOINT HOUSE CONCERT SERIES" 2017 season opener in Canoga Park, CA 91306. Reservations get directions at 818-261-0682 or juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com
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Sat, May 27:
8 pm Banjo maven DONNA LYNN CASKEY brings her old-timey trad and original music to the Namba Performing Arts Space, 47 S Oak St, Ventura, CA 93001.
* It's the CD release celebration for her new album, "The Love Still Shows."
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Sat, May 27:
8 pm CALISTOGA FALLS play the Beach Hut Deli, 19025 Beach Bl, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; 714-841-7609.
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Sun, May 28:
3 pm THE GENE BUTLER BAND plays a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Sun, May 28:
6 pm MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE and LAS CAFETERAS play the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Dr, Orange, CA 92866; 844-626-8726.
* This show requires a ticket.
* It follows the FREE 1-5 pm "HEARTBEAT OF MEXICO FESTIVAL" on the plaza at the venue. See "Festivals" listing.
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Sun, May 28:
7 pm THE LOS ANGELES BELLES (L.A. BELLES) play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA. Reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* Individually they are from Russia, Cuba and the American West but the group was born in Los Angeles and is Lauded By The Las Vegas Callback News For their "Flawless, well trained performances." They are joined for this show by Antonio Carnota from Spain, a pianist, guitarist, singer & entertainer, also with many Vegas credits. More at: https://www.losangelesbelles.com/about
* Genres? Opera, Bossa Nova, acoustic pop, swing jazz, Latin flamenco & more.
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Sun, May 28:
8:30 pm HONEYHONEY plus MADISON CUNNINGHAM play the Federal Underground, 102 Pine Av, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-435-2000.


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# 6 news feature...


POST-MEMORIAL DAY MUSIC & EVENT PICKS THROUGH JULY 4th


Herein, presented in a mashup determined by the dates when they happen, are our recommendations for festivals, concerts, club gigs, screenings, and other events AFTER Memorial Day Weekend, through the July 4th holiday. (We've added more since last week, and more will be forthcoming...)
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The FESTIVALS listed herein are only SOME of those happening in the next few weeks — they are ONLY the ones happening in California — and all we do here is mention 'em. COMPLETE INFO on all those, PLUS dozens more festivals throughout North America, are all presented in detail in the Guide's yuge "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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* Festivals, concerts, club gigs and other events are mixed freely here, based solely on dates and start times.

Here ya go, betwixt Mem Day and July 4th, day-by-day...
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Tue, May 30:
7 pm Monthly "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS" showcase at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations are not taken for this show; just get there with your ten bucks before the room fills-up.
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Tue, May 30:
THE STRAY BIRDS play the Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl (half-a-block S of Hollywood Bl), Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-461-2040.
* Note that going early and paying a small cover can sometimes get you in for a full evening of music at this venue; check their website to see if another fee is listed to stay after a certain time: www.hotelcafe.com
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Wed, May 31:
8 pm THE BLUEGRASS GHOSTS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Wed, May 31:
DEAD & COMPANY bring their tour to the Hollywood Bowl.
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JUNE, 2017...

Thu, Jun 1:
5-8 pm PETER FELDMANN & THE VERY LONESOME BOYS play a bluegrass concert at Christ Presbyterian Church, 36 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA; info & tix, www.BlueGrassWest.com
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Thu, Jun 1:
8 pm MELE'UHANE plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Hawaiian father and son duo Keikilani and Leo Lindsey return to the mainland's West Coast, unleashing a new album and "new levels of storytelling."
* It's the first of two consecutive nights of Hawai'ian music at the excellent little venue. (See listing.)
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Fri, Jun 2:
6:30 pm YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE featuring Bassem Rashidi play the Heisler Park Amphitheater, Cliff Dr & Jasmine St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
* FREE concert presented by the City of Laguna Beach.
* The Guide really does not attempt to cover "world music," but we're happy to include this. These guys are musical virtuosos and they explain the riffs and the array of acoustic instruments to their gringo audiences.
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Fri, Jun 2:
7 pm THE ROWAN BROTHERS play the "CAMBRIDGE DRIVE CONCERT SERIES" in Goleta, CA 93117. Reservations get directions at cambridge.concerts@gmail.com or 805-964-0436.
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Fri, Jun 2:
7:30 pm COLLEEN RANEY BAND plays the "TRINITY CONCERTS" series at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 2051 Sunset Cliffs Bl, Ocean Beach, CA 92107; 619-222-0365 or ckaemmerer@san.rr.com
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Fri, Jun 2:
8 pm KE'AHI plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* It's the second of two consecutive nights of Hawai'ian music at the excellent little venue. (See listing.)
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Fri, Jun 2:
8 pm JOHN CLIFTON plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Jun 2:
"FROM GAGA TO RAVEL: NOT YOUR TYPICAL STRING QUARTET" performed by FRICTION QUARTET at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* An exciting evening of new music and covers from the acclaimed Friction Quartet. From Lady Gaga to Ravel, this won't be your typical concert experience.
* "This was high- octane music-making, and the Frictioneers brought to all of it a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair." — Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle.
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Fri, Jun 2:
8 pm HUBBY JENKINS plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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Fri, Jun 2:
"BACK TO BROADWAY, AGAIN" presented by CAROUSEL DANCE STUDIO at the Fred Kavli Theatre-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
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Fri, Jun 2:
9 pm JUDY COLLINS plays the Canyon Club, 28192 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; 818-879-5016.
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Sat, Jun 3, FESTIVAL:
"SAM HINTON FESTIVAL" presented by San Diego Folk Heritage is FREE in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, Jun 3 & 4, FESTIVAL:
12th annual "LUMMIS DAYS FESTIVAL" at several NE Los Angeles venues that include the Southwest Museum's Mt. Washington Campus; Occidental College; Sycamore Grove Park; the historic stone Lummis mansion; and the delightful Heritage Square Museum in Highland Park, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, Jun 3 & 4: FESTIVAL
"PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL" at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
* Runs 9 am-5 pm, both days.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm KIRA OTT & JIMMY MURPHY bring trad Irish Music to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Saturday night and Sunday afternoon are back-to-back Irish/Celtic music at the venue. See listings.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm "A JUNE STORYTELLING FIESTA" at the Story Salon, inside the Art Parlor, 5302 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood.
* Sharing the storytelling stage are Ty Fance and "a group of fantastic storytellers, hosted by the fabulously talented Beverly Mickins. Featuring Stanley Earle Sellers Jr, Steve Bruner, Katsy Chappell and yours truly, Ty Fance."
* Tix $5 cash at the door.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm CAMBALACHE plays "SON JAROCHO MADE IN EAST L.A." with Cesar Castro. Xochi Flores, Chuy Sandoval, & Juan Perez, as part of the multi-venue, weeks long, "WORLD FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC," with this show at the Japanese American Community & Cultural Center's Aratani Theatre, 244 S San Pedro St, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213-628-2725.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm GARY STOCKDALE, respected performing songwriter, plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7:30 pm DAVID ZASLOFF presents musical comedy at Temple Ner Simcha, 880 Hampshire Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361.
* Tix $13 adv, $20 door; 805-267-9184; www.nersimcha.org
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL plus HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN play the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College, 1000 West Foothill Bl, Glendora, CA 91741; 626-963-9411.
* We ran a feature story on this months ago, so you could get a ticket up-close. It's in the January 12, 2017 edition. It's news feature # 9, titled, "HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN Marks 20 Years, Heads for Southern Cal Gig with ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL." It's at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/01/stuff-to-do-things-to-hear-tix-to-get.html
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm BROCELÏANDE, the splendid Celtic and Early Music Ensemble, plays the "PASADENA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY" concert series at Caltech's Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka "Little Beckman"), 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106; 626-395-4652. For evening events, park free in either lot at the S. end of Michigan Av, off Del Mar, and ignore the "reserved for" signs.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm DAVE WIDOW & THE LINE UP, plus and with BERNIE PEARL play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org
* With his unique style of finger picking and bluesy vocals, DAVE WIDOW, an L.A. Music Awards nominee, combines R&B, funk, soul and rock. He is joined by renowned musician BERNIE PEARL, one of the most highly respected bluesmen in L.A.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Sat, Jun 3:
8-11 pm TERESA JAMES & HER FRIENDS: THE TRAMP/BABYLON REVUE play the "BROGDEN BAY PRESENTS" concert series at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teresa-james-her-friends-the-trampbabylon-revue-tickets-34452512392?aff=mcivte
* Tix, $25 online pre-pay; $30 at the door.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE, amazing guitarist, plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm SANDY SCOTT BAND plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm COLLEEN RANEY BAND plays MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., 14741 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91411; 818-631-1963.
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Sat, Jun 3:
SYNCHROMY presents "BROKEN RIVERS — New Work for Vicki Ray, Alyssa Park, and Tim Loo" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* It's chamber music by Eve Beglarian, Nick Norton, Caroline L. Miller, Julia Wolfe, Dante De Silva, Thomas Kotcheff, Michael Gilbertson, and Anton Svetlicnhy, featuring violinist Alyssa Park, cellist Timothy Loo, and pianist Vicki Ray, with readings by actor Ray Ford.
* "Synchromy continues to be a group to watch, with well-thought-out programs and a diverse array of imaginative musicmaking." — Singerpreneur.
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Sat, Jun 3:
LADY ANTEBELLUM brings their "You Look Good Tour 2017" to the Hollywood Bowl.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm "MUSIC UNDER THE STARS" is FREE, performed as the summer season opener by the PASADENA SYMPHONY AND POPS on the steps of the monumentally beautiful Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Av, Pasadena CA.
* Pasadena City Hall will light up the night sky for this year’s "Music Under the Stars" concert with a blockbuster program celebrating Broadway, the Great American Songbook and beyond. This year's program highlights music from the legendary George Gershwin, with "Porgy and Bess," "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me,' "Embraceable You," and so many treasured songs penned by the iconic American composer.
♪ Guest artists include Broadway sensation VALERIE PERRI, best known for her portrayal of the charismatic Eva Peron in “Evita,” the dynamic voice of Kiki Ebsen, who has backed up such legendary artists as Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs and Tracy Chapman, and Christina Saffran, a true triple threat, who will dazzle and amaze with her powerful yet sultry voice.
♪ LARRY BLANK, conductor
♪ KIKI EBSEN, vocalist
♪ VALERIE PERRI, vocalist
♪ CHRISTINA SAFFRAN, vocalist
♪ THE JPL CHORUS
* The family-friendly fun begins at 6 pm with pre-concert activities, family-style picnicking and food trucks. Gates at 6, concert at 8.
* Bring the kids to discover the wonder of creating their own music at the instrument “petting zoo", where they can try out the instruments of the orchestra.
* More on the event and the orchestra's summer season — including buying tix for the season or individual outdoor concerts — at the L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia: www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by phone, 626-793-7172
* Note: the first 2017 Arboretum concert is July 8, and the guest is LeAnn Rimes.
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Sat, Jun 3:
9 pm JUDY COLLINS plays the Rose Theatre, 300 E Colorado Bl, Pasadena, CA 91129; 818-879-5016.
* Caution about traffic, navigation, and parking: The 8 pm "MUSIC UNDER THE STARS" concert at Pasadena City Hall (see listing) will have several streets closed in the area, and parking will be a mess. Go early, and approach from the east or the south.
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Sat, Jun 3:
9 pm JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE plays the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323-936-6400.
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Sun, Jun 4:
3 pm THE NE'ER DUWELLS bring their trad & contemporary Irish and Celtic music to a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Saturday night and Sunday afternoon are back-to-back Irish/Celtic music at the venue. See listings.
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Sun, Jun 4:
7 pm DAVE STAMEY, winner of 'purt near every award a body can capture in Western & cowboy music, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* This'll sell-out promptly. Don't dawdle.
* The venue rounds-up two mighty fine Western acts, Sunday the 4th and Tuesday the 6th. See listings.
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Sun, Jun 4:
7 pm DROPKICK MICKEYS With Michael Kelly (Sligo Rags) and Padraic Conroy play Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille, 423 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-437-3734.
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Sun, Jun 4:
7:30 pm THE GARLIC BAND, a well-respected world music outfit, play a "FOLKWORKS HOUSE CONCERT" in Van Nuys. Reservations get directions at http://folkworkspresentsthegarlicband.bpt.me/
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Sun, Jun 4:
8 pm BLACK MARKET TRUST play Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill, Jazz, & Etc., 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles, CA 90077; 310-474-9400.
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Sun, Jun 4:
9 pm JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE plays the Music Box, 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101.
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Tue, Jun 6:
8 pm WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* The venue rounds-up two mighty fine Western acts, Sunday the 4th and Tuesday the 6th. See listings.
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Jun 8-25, FESTIVAL:
"HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" at 34 theatres, stages, and other venues in Hollywood / L.A., CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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A Guide Featured Event...

Thu, Jun 8:
7:30 pm SHERYL CROW brings her "Be Myself" tour to the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 844-524-7335.
* Tix at: https://www.axs.com/events/333027/sheryl-crow-tickets
* Since exploding onto the global stage in 1993 with the multi-platinum "Tuesday Night Music Club" album, the one-time music teacher and studio vocalist from Kennett, Missouri has forged a career to become one of the finest female singer-songwriters of her generation. In early 2006, Sheryl was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. The event changed her life, and her recovery has reinforced her zest for a full, joyful life. Over the course of her career, Sheryl has collaborated with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson. She has won countless awards (including 9 Grammy Awards) and she has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
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Fri, Jun 9:
8 pm THE LICATA BROTHERS, RASPIN STUWART, & CARBE-DURAND — "AN ALL STAR NIGHT OF MUSIC & WIT" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* This'll sell-out early. Jump on it.
* Carbe-Durand are two-thirds of globetrotting INCENDIO.
* Raspin Stuwart is the artist who founded "Boulevard Magazine."
* The LICATA BROTHERS are, in a word, on their way to stardom.
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Fri, Jun 9:
7:30 pm HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN plays the "AMSD Concerts" series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City, CA 91950; 829-303-8176.
* We ran a feature story on HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN a few months ago. It's in the January 12, 2017 edition. It's news feature # 9, titled, "HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN Marks 20 Years, Heads for Southern Cal Gig with ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL." It's at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/01/stuff-to-do-things-to-hear-tix-to-get.html
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Fri, Jun 9:
8 pm TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENTS plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Jun 10 & 11, FESTIVAL:
"BIG IRISH FAIR & MUSIC FESTIVAL" at El Dorado Park (off the 605 freeway) 7550 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 10 & 11, FESTIVAL:
30th annual "PALOS VERDES STREET FAIR & MUSIC FESTIVAL," on Norris Center Dr & Crossfield Dr, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 10 & 11, FESTIVAL:
"TEQUILA & TACO MUSIC FESTIVAL" in Brookside Park, next to the Rose Bowl, 360 N Arroyo Bl, Pasadena, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jun 10, FILM SCREENINGS:
2 pm & 8 pm "20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA" and "ON THE WATERFRONT" screen for the L.A. Conservancy's signature film series, "The Last Remaining Seats," at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* This annual series features classic films screened at historic movie palaces of Los Angeles.
* Tickets sell quickly. Get yours promptly for these June 10 screenings.
* "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" screens at 2 pm.
* "On The Waterfront" screens at 8 pm.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Sat, Jun 10:
8 pm MOUTHS OF BABES play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org
* Power folksters TY GREENSTEIN (GIRLYMAN) & INGRID ELIZABETH (COYOTE GRACE) have rocked festival stages and toured with Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, and other top-tier singer-songwriters.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Sat, Jun 10:
8 pm REBEL SANTO, plus IMPERIAL CROWNS, plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Jun 11:
7 pm THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* They headline festivals, and they are a bevy of songbirds, musical mavens all.
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Thu-Sun, Jun 15-18, FESTIVAL:
3rd annual "ROUTE 66 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St, Victorville, CA 92395.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu-Sun, Jun 15-18, FESTIVAL:
42nd annual "FATHER'S DAY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" in the Nevada Co. Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri, Jun 16:
8 pm THE AROHI TRIO ~ RAGAJAZZ CHAMBER MUSIC plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL" at Live Oak Camp, about twenty minutes inland from Santa Barbara, CA
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"HUCK FINN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" is kaput. The Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau bought the festival, moved it from the Mojave River in Victorville to a fine regional park with a lake in Ontario, continued to book great national acts, and then concluded it was too much for 'em. Thanks for the memories!
* So, we suggest you catch the 3rd annual "ROUTE 66 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" in Victorville, or the 31st annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU" Festival, or the "LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL" above Santa Barbara. (See listings.)
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"COUNTRY SUMMER" Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL" at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 17, FESTIVAL:
10 am–6 pm "DISCLOSUREFEST" with California State Parks, Disclosurefest presents the "Mass Meditation Initiative" at Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jun 17, FESTIVAL:
1st annual "BOOTS & BREWS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL" in Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 17-18, FESTIVAL:
31st annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU" Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, N side of Shoreline Dr, at Shoreline Village Dr. & Linden Av, Long Beach, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 17 & 18, FESTIVAL:
1st annual "LOS ANGELES DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL" at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles CA 90064; 310-286-0553.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jun 17:
7 pm RATTLE THE KNEE plays their trad Irish music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 17:
7:30 pm "SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE" concert presented by San Diego Folk Heritage, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Jun 17:
LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA y RAMON AYALA plays The Forum.
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Sun, Jun 18:
7 pm "RHYTHMIC RELATIONS 2017" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* Taikoproject ain’t your mama’s taiko, but it may be your hip younger cousin’s. The first American taiko group to win the prestigious "Tokyo International Taiko Contest" (2005), Taikoproject has performed and recorded with some of the world’s best-known artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.
* This two-hour concert also features sister groups KITSUNE TAIKO and BOMBU TAIKO and guest performers from L.A.-based CIRQUE BERZERK.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Jun 23-25, 2017:
"SUSANVILLE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" in Susanville, east of the Sierra in Northern Cal.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 24 & 25, FESTIVAL:
"ARROYO SECO WEEKEND" festival in Pasadena, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 29-Jul 2, FESTIVAL:
"HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL" at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy, CA 95971.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jul 1, FESTIVAL:
9th annual "ROADSHOW REVIVAL" subtitled "A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC," at Discovery Ventura, 1888 E Thompson Bl, Ventura CA 93001.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY" is a one-day festival at Grand Park and The Music Center, 200 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"COLUMBIA’S GLORIOUS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION" at Columbia State Historic Park, Main St & State St, Columbia, CA 95310.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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That's a lil' rundown on bunches o' festivals and a few recommended concerts and events in California through the 4th of July. There are HUNDREDS more FESTIVALS happening all over North America, and we describe 'em in the detail you need in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA."


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# 7 news feature...


GRAMMY MUSEUM, GRAMMY FOUNDATION JOIN FORCES FOR EDUCATION


Two organizations merge into the GRAMMY Museum Foundation to become the leading educational institution dedicated to broadening the historical and cultural significance of music

The GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation have announced that the two organizations will merge into the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum Foundation, which will offer the best of each organization's initiatives in preservation, education, exhibitions, and public programming. The integrated organization will become the leading educational institution dedicated to broadening the historical and cultural significance of music.

Additionally, the GRAMMY Museum has expanded its executive team, including the appointment of Scott Goldman as Executive Director. Previously Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Goldman will oversee the Museum's development, programming, curatorial services, and strategic planning. Bob Santelli, the Museum's original and previous Executive Director, will transition into the newly created position of Founding Executive Director, focusing on the pursuit of domestic and international market expansions, development of business alliances and strategies, and opportunities for further growth and evolution of the GRAMMY Museum and its missions.

"Both the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation have done such truly remarkable work as individual organizations that we started to think about what we could achieve together," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This integration will allow us to combine our resources and the expertise of our dedicated staffs to increase the impact of our shared vision: to cultivate a greater understanding of the history and cultural significance of music, inspire its appreciation and advance its future."

"By bringing together these two organizations that have already made a lasting impact as individual entities, we stand to achieve tremendous gains as well as scale our efforts," said Goldman. "I'm thrilled to lead the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum and look forward to bringing more resources and scale to our programs as we continue to use music as a gateway to learning."

"For 10 years, I have had the unique and exciting opportunity to run what began as a one-of-a-kind 21st century Museum," said Bob Santelli. "Together with my stellar staff, we've created interactive exhibits that have traveled the country and the world. And now, with footprints in the south via GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and our GRAMMY Museum Gallery at Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville along with our recently announced projects in New Jersey and China, I couldn't be more excited to continue the expansion of the GRAMMY Museum brand."

In 2017 the newly expanded GRAMMY Museum plans to broaden and strengthen its programs by including those previously included under the GRAMMY Foundation umbrella. Moving forward, the Museum will place a stronger emphasis on growing its education and curriculum-based initiatives in an effort to make music education accessible to students nationwide.

In a newly announced development, the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation are joining forces to offer the best of each organization's initiatives in preservation, education, exhibitions, and public programming. The resulting new GRAMMY Museum Foundation will look to become the leading educational institution dedicated to broadening the historical and cultural significance of music through their combined efforts.

Together in 2016, the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Foundation served nearly 100,000 students through local and national education initiatives. To demonstrate their collective potential, here is a look back at four ways each organization previously raised the flag for music education.

The Museum has curated more than 60 exhibits since opening in 2008, including more than 20 that have toured other cultural institutions around the world. For example, Swifties can take a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite artist with "The Taylor Swift Experience" exhibit, which is currently at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. Or if you're a hardcore guitar head, the "Shining Like A National Guitar" exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum might be more your speed.

In its bid to present the "most dynamic and exciting educational programs," the Museum has hosted more than 650 public programs, featuring artist interviews, live performances, film screenings, lectures, and continuing education classes. Upcoming classes cover topics such as networking, pop lyric songwriting and the music of the Civil War.

Since 2014, the GRAMMY Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon has honored both an artist and Southern California educator each year. The Artist Award celebrates a performer who has demonstrated passion and dedication to education through the arts, while the Education Award recognizes educators who incorporate music into teaching academic subjects such as the language arts, history, math, and science. Lady Gaga was the 2016 Artist Award recipient.

The Museum has offered a variety of tour options for schools to maximize the educational potential for attending students. Teachers can take their class on a self-guided tour through the Museum's cutting-edge immersive exhibits or schedule an educational workshop along with their visit, resulting in a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

In 2016 the GRAMMY Foundation provided 20 grants, totaling $300,000, to facilitate a wide range of research, archiving and preservation projects. Each year, grants have been issued to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

For more than 10 years, the Foundation hosted a variety of GRAMMY Camps, including residential and daytime summer programs, which allowed talented high school students to deepen their musical skills. GRAMMY campers receive unprecedented access to professional music creators and participate in once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz session has brought select students to GRAMMY Week for a series of high-profile performances and an album recording session.

GRAMMY Signature Schools provided awards and monetary grants to public high school music programs based upon need as well as top public high school music programs. Since 2010, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million in cash grants to more than 600 schools around the country. Some recipient schools have even leveraged their grants into additional funding for their music education programs.

The Music Educator Award, established in 2013 as a joint presentation by the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy, honors outstanding full-time music educators who teach kindergarten through college in public and private schools. The winner and top Music Educator Award finalists are presented with a monetary award plus a trip to the annual GRAMMY Awards. Each of their schools also receive matching grants. Southern California native Keith Hancock was named the 2017 recipient.
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GRAMMY Museum awards $200,000 in music grants

In May, fourteen recipients, including Berklee College of Music, Yale University and "Living Blues" magazine, were aided by the Museum to support archiving and preservation efforts of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas.

The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate research on a variety of music-based subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs.

Funded by The Recording Academy, the Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, in addition to research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

With a $20,000 grant, the Yale University Library will preserve and digitize approximately 335 hours of unique noncommercial audio, predominantly from 1937–1956, featuring music by Charles Ives. The content will be ingested into the library's digital preservation system and made available via one of its mediated streaming tools.

Berklee College of Music in Boston will receive $13,000 to digitize an impressive collection of analog video tapes spanning 1985–2001, which capture music legends imparting their wisdom in memorable commencement speeches and unique performances.

Living Blues magazine co-founder Jim O'Neal was awarded $5,000, which will be used to catalog and assess a historic collection of more than 2,000 tapes of interviews and live music. These one-of-a-kind tapes, which date from 1968 to 2012, document many major figures in blues, R&B, gospel, and jazz from Chicago, Mississippi, Memphis, and elsewhere.

The Memphis, Tenn.-based Soulsville Foundation will receive $13,000 to support an effort to digitize, preserve and share a collection of more than 250 concert and promotional posters, advertisements and album artwork proofs highlighting the rich history of Stax Records from 1957–1975.

Awarded $5,000, T. Christopher Alpin in Pasadena, Calif., will evaluate and preserve the sound collections of the Fort Sill Chiricahua/Warm Springs Apache tribe. Collections contain the musical heritage of the Chihene, or Warm Springs Apache youth impressed into Nednai camps in the Mexican Sierra Madres between 1882 and 1883.

Iowa State University Foundation was awarded more than $19,000 for a scientific research grant that will examine the acute and long-term effects of therapeutic singing on both the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including depression, stress and inflammation.

To date, the Grant Program has awarded more than $7 million to nearly 400 initiatives that explore the intersection of music and science for the benefit of the general public.

"The compelling and far-reaching endeavors represented by our 2017 grantees reflect a commitment to issues that The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum members are passionate about: our goal to recognize and sustain the value of music in all of our lives," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and Chair of the GRAMMY Museum Board.

You can see the complete list of all the "MUSIC RESEARCH AND SOUND PRESERVATION" grant recipients in the news feature following this one.
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The Grammy Museum is located near Staples Center on the south end of downtown L.A., at 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance around the corner on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-765-6800; www.grammymuseum.com. Visitor hours are Mon-Fri, 10:30 am-6:30 pm; Sat & Sun, 10 am-6:30 pm.

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# 8 news feature...


GRAMMY MUSEUM® GRANT PROGRAM AWARDS $200,000 FOR MUSIC RESEARCH AND SOUND PRESERVATION


Funds Will Provide Support For Archiving And Preservation Programs And Research Efforts

That Examine The Impact Of Music On Human Development

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 8, 2017)—The GRAMMY Museum® Grant Program announced today that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Research projects include a study that will investigate the effects of group singing therapy on people with Parkinson's disease, a study that examines the effects of household sounds on infants and their development, and more. Preservation and archiving initiatives will evaluate the sound collections of the Fort Sill Chiricahua/Warm Springs Apache tribe, digitize traditional Yiddish folk recordings, preserve carillon music, and more. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2017 cycle are available at www.grammymuseum.org.

"The Recording Academy® is proud to support our GRAMMY Museum Grant Program and its important work," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and Chair of the GRAMMY Museum Board. "To date, we have awarded more than $7 million to nearly 400 initiatives that explore the intersection of music and science for the benefit of the general public, and safeguard our musical heritage for present and future generations. The compelling and far-reaching endeavors represented by our 2017 grantees reflect a commitment to issues that Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum members are passionate about: our goal to recognize and sustain the value of music in all of our lives."

Generously funded by The Recording Academy, the Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, in addition to research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. In 2008 the Grant Program expanded its categories to include assistance grants for individuals and small to mid-sized organizations to aid collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan. The assistance planning process, which may include inventorying and stabilizing a collection, articulates the steps to be taken to ultimately archive recorded sound materials for future generations.

Preservation Assistance

Freight & Salvage—Berkeley, Calif.

Awarded: $5,000

Established in 1968, the Freight & Salvage is one of the country's few full-time roots music presenters, celebrated worldwide for the excellence of its visiting artists. Hundreds of concerts at the Freight & Salvage have been recorded in multiple outdated formats. Thousands of hours of music are deteriorating, and the organization is now seeking support to assess the contents of the archive and prepare a plan for digitizing and preserving this treasure trove of master artists.

Jim O'Neal—Kansas City, Mo.

Awarded: $5,000

Living Blues magazine co-founders Jim O'Neal and Amy van Singel amassed a historic collection of more than 2,000 tapes of interviews and live music. These one-of-a-kind tapes, which date from 1968 to 2012, need to be catalogued and assessed in preparation of having the collection digitized, preserved, and disseminated. The tapes document many major figures in blues, R&B, gospel, and jazz from Chicago, Mississippi, Memphis, and elsewhere.

T. Christopher Alpin—Pasadena, Calif.

Awarded: $5,000

This project evaluates the sound collections of the Fort Sill Chiricahua/Warm Springs Apache tribe. This community is descended from the Apache prisoners of war seized with Geronimo in 1886. Collections contain the musical heritage of the Chihene, or Warm Springs Apache youth impressed into Nednai camps in the Mexican Sierra Madres between 1882 and 1883. Sound recordings include ceremonial, social, and hymn songs dating from the 19th century.

Preservation Implementation

Berklee College of Music—Boston

Awarded: $13,000

Berklee has an impressive collection of video tapes (1985–2001) capturing music legends imparting their wisdom in memorable commencement speeches and unique performances. Berklee plans to digitize these at-risk analog recordings to preserve the collection and provide more public access to these unique resources. Given the fragility of these tapes, they must be preserved before all integrity is lost.

Bok Tower Gardens, Inc.—Lake Wales, Fla.

Awarded: $20,000

One of the largest yet least-known instruments, a carillon is comprised of at least 23 tuned bells in chromatic series. With only about 600 carillons around the world and fewer than 200 in North America, it is also one of the most rare. Bok Tower Gardens, home to the largest carillon library in the world, will digitize a portion of the 1600-plus reel-to-reel audio recordings of carillon performances, spanning decades of carillon history.

Center For Traditional Music And Dance—New York

Awarded: $10,000

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance will digitize and preserve the final 200 hours from the more than 700-hour collection of the essential field recordings of Yiddish music traditions made between 1982 and 2007 by leading scholar, performer, and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Michael Alpert. Currently, these materials are maintained on a variety of unstable formats.

Soulsville Foundation—Memphis, Tenn.

Awarded: $13,000

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will digitize, preserve, and share its collection of more than 250 concert and promotional posters, advertisements, and album artwork proofs highlighting the rich history of Stax Records from 1957 to 1975. Due to years of improper storage, these materials are in danger of deteriorating without proper care. Materials will be stabilized, scanned, and shared with the public through the museum's website.

Sundance Institute—Park City, Utah

Awarded: $10,000

The Sundance Institute aims to digitize a wide range of recordings and documents from the Sundance Institute Film Music Program (1985–present), which includes seminal work in independent film music composition, and provides insights into the creative and career trajectories of individual artists supported by the program and the impact of their work on contemporary American culture at large.

Texas Folklife—Austin, Texas

Awarded: $20,000

Since 2012, Texas Folklife has undertaken an initiative to identify, organize, digitize, and disseminate its rich audio recording collection of Texas folk and traditional arts performances, field recordings, and interviews with artists dating from 1984. For this project, they will digitize and catalog a large portion of the audio collection in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the UT iSchool, and other partners.

Yale University—New Haven, Conn.

Awarded: $20,000

Yale University Library seeks to preserve approximately 335 hours of unique non-commercial audio, predominantly from 1937–1956, featuring music by Charles Ives. Most recordings are on at-risk formats, notably instantaneous disc. All recordings will be digitized following International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives guidelines. Digitized content will be ingested into the library's digital preservation system and made available via one of its mediated streaming tools.

Scientific Research

Case Western Reserve University—Cleveland

Awarded: $19,935

This project aims to document parents' musical practices, beliefs, and perceptions about musical development in order to gain a broader understanding of the interactions and relationships influencing early childhood music development in home and community settings. The researcher will engage in 12 months of fieldwork with eight extended families from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and family structure backgrounds in the metropolitan Cleveland area.

Iowa State University Foundation—Ames, Iowa

Awarded: $19,630

Motor and non-motor symptoms, such as depression, negatively impact quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease. Participants in a recent therapeutic singing study have indicated many benefits of group singing for motor and non-motor symptoms. This project seeks to examine the acute and long-term effects of therapeutic singing on both the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's, including depression, stress, and inflammation.

Skidmore College—Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Awarded: $20,000

An individual differences approach will be used to assess the degree to which music and speech share neural resources. Participants will be identified as lyric- or melody-focused, and scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging while listening to sung melodies. Differences in neural activation between groups will show where and how the speech and music networks are shared, and guide the development of music therapy for language disorders.

University of Oregon—Eugene, Ore.

Awarded: $19,992

Sounds are a rich source of information available to infants. A current unmet need is to know which kinds of music, language, and other sound patterns in infancy set young learners on a path to social, linguistic, and academic success. Researchers at the University of Oregon will capture the many sounds in infants' everyday lives and characterize their quantity, quality, and stability. This research has potential to guide evidence-based policy about "sound diets"—from rhythms to tunes to words—that best support infants' development.

Established in 2008 as a partnership between The Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.


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# 9 news feature... (Reprinted from May 13th edition)


MUSICAL MEMORIAL FOR DUANE THORIN IS MAY 27


DUANE THORIN left the planet on March 29th, 2017. He was a stunningly fine musician, a bright presence with a brilliant mind, and a wonderful friend to the music community and all who were privileged to know him. Duane was a personal friend whose absence is a void felt by many, and whose frequent communications are missed daily around this windblown adobe.

Whether you knew him from his solo performances with his six or twelve string guitars, or in his operatic "CHEF DUANIO" character, or as the performer-arranger half of the acclaimed duo, THE BOHEMIAN SOUL RUSTLERS, you know what an amazing talent he was.

His musical memorial is set for the world-famous venue where he once booked many of the acts:

The Ice House, 24 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106. It happens May 27, from 1-5 pm.

Duane spent many happy and invigorating times there, on stage, backstage and in the office doing all the things a producer and booker must do. Plus, the venue seats many more people than his usual music haunt up the hill, the Coffee Gallery Backstage.

There is a city parking structure on Mentor Av, across from the Ice House, or it's walkable from the Lake Avenue station of the Gold Line light rail.

DONNA BARNES-ROBERTS is producing the afternoon event. She says, "If you have any questions, or contributions of photos, stories, videos, or complete fabrications, please send me an email as I am compiling these bits for the memorial and beyond."

Donna refers to herself as "your humble servant in Duanio-Land."

There are some opportunities for additional musicians to perform. Especially if you ever shared a stage with Duane. Don't be bashful, and remember, having a part is the best way to get through something when you're grieving.

Contact Donna at:

donna@barnesroberts.com

or by phone at 626-344-3488.
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Listen / watch some of Duane's performances and his originals on his website

http://www.thorinmusic.com/


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Ahead in the Guide...

THE COMING SUMMER...

Contrary to appearances the last couple weeks, we're really NOT going back into the daily music calendar bid'ness. But, that said... there is an irresistible bridge of tunefulness between the current weekends of festivals.

And we all know that if you rely on corporate mainstream media for your supposed news, you'd miss all these things. Along with 'purt near all the music news we bring you. So, we'll feature some select picks of concerts, etc., as we navigate the summer together.

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As always, you know that a whole lot more is coming soon — including fresh MUSIC NEWS, PREVIEWS & REVIEWS, and more additions to our massive guide to the MUSIC FESTIVALS of 2017.

Meantime, with all that's about to happen that we report in the foregoing? Go get tuneful!

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Boilerplate? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

What "boilerplate"? Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17-21, and more; two BIG FESTIVAL Weekends; fine Concert picks — May 17 edition 2017

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We'll happily admit that we are very prejudiced in favor of things that happen this weekend. And that's a whole week before the next onslaught of all those other very fun festivals that vie for your attendance on Memorial Day Weekend. So we cover all of 'em.

Plus, we know sumpin' else — that once you're in music mode, you'll likely stay there. So we include word of the best concerts happening betwixt now and July 4th. Of course that is an organic proposition, since word arrives here every day of more 'n more stuff going on, somewhere out there. So, like any real news source, what's up-to-the-minute today is but a partial projection of the impending future by tomorrow. Which is a sledge hammer of a hint to say, stay in touch with the Guide.

To make this departure to Tunetown, jump into the vestibule. The conductor has already called "All aboard!"

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Contents / in this edition...

1) Festivals, Concerts, Workshops, etc. — Now through THIS WEEKEND

2) Festivals — MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND & the week leading to it

3) Concerts, club gigs, other event picks, week leading to Memorial Day

4) Upcoming musicality — post-Mem Day picks through July 4th

5) (Reprint): Musical Memorial for Duane Thorin is May 27, 1-5 pm

6) Net Neutrality may vanish on Thursday — Why you should care, & what you can do

7) USA Songwriting Competition has limited-time CD offer, through May 19th

8) City of Hope announces artists for 27th annual Celebrity Softball Game

9) Folk Alliance Region-West Early-Bird Registration ends May 31st

10) Marina V blends folk sensibilities into pop with fabulous lyrics

11) (Reprint): Navigation / Venue Traffic Alert, now through May 20, Pasadena Area

12) News Finder — Recent Topics in the Guide
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# 1 news feature...


FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, WORKSHOPS, ETC. — NOW THROUGH THIS WEEKEND


With soooo much imminent goodness — the "12th Ever OLD TIME SOCIAL" kicking-off Thursday night and running through Saturday night; the "DOHENY BLUES FEST" running all weekend; bluegrass fests in Las Vegas and Berkeley; the "JOSHUA TREE SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL"; and our favorite, the 57th annual "TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL" happening this Sunday, May 21st — staying home is not an option.

Of course, there's even MORE to complicate your choices, and we cover all that, too. You'll be glad you moseyed over for a gander at the Guide to have yerself a look-see.

The FESTIVALS listed herein are only SOME of those happening — they're just the ones in California & nearby, like Vegas — and all we do here is mention 'em. COMPLETE INFO on all those, PLUS dozens more festivals throughout North America, are all covered in detail in the Guide's yuge "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Festivals, concerts, club gigs and other event picks appear herein based on dates and start times.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
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First, the festivals...

Wed-Sun, May 16-21, FESTIVAL:
"CALIFORNIA AUTOHARP GATHERING" at St. Nicholas Ranch Conference & Retreat Center, 38526 Dunlap Rd, Dunlap, CA 93621
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Through May 19, FESTIVAL: (started Apr 22)
"WILD FOR THE PLANET" runs Earth Day through Endangered Species Day at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Wednesday's Concerts, etc.

Wed, May 17:
7 pm THE BEE EATERS bring their Old Time Music to a house concert in Santa Barbara; info and tix, Cooley@music.ucsb.edu
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Wed, May 17:
8 pm RODRIGUEZ plays the City National Grove Of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av, Anaheim, CA 92806; 714-712-2700; www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com
* He is the real-life archetype for all those myths of a great musician presumed dead who was, all the while, very much alive. Rodriguez is an American musician and the biggest-selling artist, ever, in South Africa. And there, his music was a factor in bringing-down the apartheid regime — without him ever knowing about any of it until years later. That story is the subject of the award-winning film about him, "Searching for Sugar Man."
* The Guide has done feature stories on the artist and the film:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-award-winning-music-documentary-on.html (Aug 3, 2016)
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2014/05/weekend-festivals-and-fridays-arts.html (May 30, 2014)
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2013/02/late-breaking-extra-news-edition-feb-5.html (Feb 5, 2013)
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First, the festivals...

Thu-Sat, May 18-20, FESTIVAL:
"12th EVER LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL," happens at various L.A. venues.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu-Sun, May 18-21, FESTIVAL:
15th Annual "JOSHUA TREE FESTIVAL SPRING" in Joshua Tree, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu; Wed-Sun, May 16-21, FESTIVAL:
"CALIFORNIA AUTOHARP GATHERING" at St. Nicholas Ranch Conference & Retreat Center, 38526 Dunlap Rd, Dunlap, CA 93621
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu; through May 19, FESTIVAL: (started Apr 22)
"WILD FOR THE PLANET" runs Earth Day through Endangered Species Day at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thursday's Concerts, etc.

Thu, May 18:
7:30 pm THE ROADHOUSE SERIES—THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Quite a lineup for this one: featured artist-in-residence and M.C. PATRICK CARRICO, with special guests: Roadhouse alumni KASSIDY HEAL, CHAD WATSON, PAM LOE, VERN MONNETT, COYOTE MOON, J.P. McDERMOTT and ALICE WALLACE, plus "very special guests" RONNIE MACK, KAREN TOBIN, and "the great pedal steel playing" DEAN PARKS.
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Thu & Fri, May 18 & 19: (Not music, but cool)
7:30 pm "RHINOS, RICKSHAWS & REVOLUTIONS: MY SEARCH FOR TRUTH" is Nat'l Geographic photographer AMI VITALE on the main stage at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401; info, https://www.thebroadstage.org/amivitale; tix, 310-434-3200.
* Since beginning her career covering such stories as the conflict in Kosovo and the disputed Pakistan-India border, photojournalist Ami Vitale has let one principle guide her work: to live the story. That means she's gone to tremendous lengths to capture the power of the human spirit even in the face of adversity-living in mud huts, contracting malaria, and braving civil war in Guinea-Bissau. But soon, another philosophy began to overtake her work: "you can't talk about humanity without talking about nature." Thus, she chronicles her journey from documenting warzones to helping to reintroduce rhinos to the wild, and donning a panda costume to remain anonymous among the giant mammals.
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Thu, May 18:
"MOZART: TRUTH THROUGH BEAUTY" presented by "L.A. Opera Young Artists in Concert" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* LA Opera’s artist-in-residence Matthew Aucoin, joined by the rising stars of the company’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program, presents a musical exploration of Mozart’s unique artistic trajectory.
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Thu, May 18:
9 pm THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS play the SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-962-7776.
* They're back Friday at 9 pm, sharing the bill with another band. See listing.
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Thu, May 18:
9 pm-midnight KATHLEEN GRACE with GABE WITCHER (The Witcher Bros.) and a great band at the Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St, Suite 301 (Weller Court Plaza 3rd floor), Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213-620-0908; www.bluewhalemusic.com
* Kathleen's genre is nominally jazz, but don't pigeonhole her with elevator music. She is exciting and excellent.
* She's performing 2 sets tonight with David Piltch on bass, Tim Young on guitar, Storm Nilson on guitar, Gabe Witcher on violin and Matt Mayhall on drums.


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FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
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First, the festivals...

Fri-Sun, May 19-21, FESTIVAL:
2nd annual "BERKELEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri; Thu-Sat, May 18-20, FESTIVAL:
"12th EVER LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL," happens at various L.A. venues.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri; Thu-Sun, May 18-21, FESTIVAL:
15th Annual "JOSHUA TREE FESTIVAL SPRING" in Joshua Tree, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri; through May 19, FESTIVAL: (started Apr 22)
"WILD FOR THE PLANET" runs Earth Day through Endangered Species Day at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri; Wed-Sun, May 16-21, FESTIVAL:
"CALIFORNIA AUTOHARP GATHERING" at St. Nicholas Ranch Conference & Retreat Center, 38526 Dunlap Rd, Dunlap, CA 93621
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Friday's Concerts, etc.

Fri & Sat, May 19 & 20:
8 am-8:45 pm "JULIAN FIDDLE & PICKIN’ CONTEST" at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036.
* Includes a workshop by MATTHEW HARTZ, Texas-style fiddler.
* Same hours, both days.
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Fri, May 19:
6-10 pm LITTLE FEAT'S PAUL BARRERE & FRED TACKETT on acoustic guitar & mandolin, plus KENNY GRADNEY, TONY BRAUNAGEL, DAN GRIMM & KIRSTEN COLLINS play a benefit for "Safety Harbor Kids" with a concert and Poker Party at Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W Ojai Av, Ojai CA 93023.
* Silent auction items include personally signed guitars.
* Safety Harbor Kids (SHK), a 501c3 nonprofit, has its roots in music with current Board members including JACKSON BROWNE and FRED TACKETT and supporters including ALBERT LEE, BONNIE RAITT, PAUL BARRERE of LITTLE FEAT, DANNY SERAPHIN of CHICAGO, many other great artists, and studios including East/West and The Village. SHK is celebrating 10 years of serving orphans, foster and homeless children. More at www.safetyharborkids.org.
* The event features a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament and a concert by the world renowned guitar/multi-instrumental duo.
* Held to benefit disadvantaged youth in the area, the festivities include poker, music and dancing, wine tasting and games.
* Prizes include a weekend with a Tesla provided by Tesla Motors of Santa Barbara, rounds of golf at the Ojai Valley Inn, horseback lessons, wine & coffee tasting, dining experiences, massages and much more.
* Tix for the concert are $20. Tix for all aspects of the event are at www.safetyharborkids.org/fundraisingevents/2017concertandpoker.html
* VIP tix available at 800-277-0497.
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Fri, May 19:
6 pm-late "DARK NIGHTS AT L.A. LIVE" brings live music by the band WEEKEND CELEBRITY and much more, at the L.A. Live complex next to Staples center.
* Tix at the box office in the West Garage lobby are 40% off if you say "Dark Nights for 40% off." That's at L.A. LIVE's Event Deck (Top Level of the West Garage), 1005 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015; https://www.lalive.com/events-calendar/dark-nights#artists
* There are Stilt Walkers | Roaming Characters | Hula Hoopers | Street Dancers | Contortionists; plus muralists Evol | James Wilde XO | Phobik | BlackBrain | Armando Rosete | Sand One | Septerhed | The Blacklight King | MDMN | Zoueh; and bunches of vendors.
* WEEKEND CELEBRITY is an in-vogue, media darling band that centers on their fiddle player. It's sorta fiddle-based acoustic pop that can get electrified. To see if this is music you like, go to http://weekendcelebrityla.com/ and click the music vid for "Bittersweet Royals."
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Fri, May 19:
6:30 pm JOYCE WOODSON, BETH FITCHET-WOOD and GRACE FREEMAN play a FREE concert in Heisler Park Amphitheater, Cliff Dr & Jasmine St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
* Presented by the City of Laguna Beach.
* JOYCE WOODSON is a major star in Western music, and though she lives here, she seldom plays in Southern Cal.
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Fri, May 19:
7-10 pm ANDY & RENEE, still basking in the afterglow of their 27th annual "DYLANFEST" and preparing for their tour of Italy, play Ports O' Call Restaurant, 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-3553.
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Fri, May 19:
7:30 pm KATEY SAGAL & THE RELUCTANT APOSTLES play a benefit at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* The actress/musician leads a new musical act presented by the "Jeannine Bryant for Honorary Mayor" campaign, specializing in "psychedelic soul music."
* Proceeds from ticket sales support the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, LAPD Harbor Boosters, Harbor Interfaith, and The Moms of San Pedro.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Fri; Thu & Fri, May 18 & 19: (Not music, but cool)
7:30 pm "RHINOS, RICKSHAWS & REVOLUTIONS: MY SEARCH FOR TRUTH" is Nat'l Geographic photographer AMI VITALE on the main stage at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401; info, https://www.thebroadstage.org/amivitale; tix, 310-434-3200.
* Since beginning her career covering such stories as the conflict in Kosovo and the disputed Pakistan-India border, photojournalist Ami Vitale has let one principle guide her work: to live the story. That means she's gone to tremendous lengths to capture the power of the human spirit even in the face of adversity-living in mud huts, contracting malaria, and braving civil war in Guinea-Bissau. But soon, another philosophy began to overtake her work: "you can't talk about humanity without talking about nature." Thus, she chronicles her journey from documenting warzones to helping to reintroduce rhinos to the wild, and donning a panda costume to remain anonymous among the giant mammals.
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Fri, May 19:
7:30 pm FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO play the first of three concerts in different venues for the "LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT SERIES," this one at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point, CA 92629; tix, 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656.
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Fri, May 19:
8 pm ANAIS MITCHELL plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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Fri, May 19:
8 pm TOM CORBETT TRIO plays the "CAMARILLO CAFE" concert series at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010; 805-523-2682.
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Fri, May 19:
8 pm CHEF DENIS & FRIENDS plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, www.arcadiabluesclub.com
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Fri, May 19:
8 pm SALTY SUITES play Grapes and Hops, 54 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001; 805-641-0053.
* They also play the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena for a Saturday 3 pm matinee.
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Fri, May 19:
8 pm L.A. TAIKO INSTITUTE plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org
* Taiko is the world's most thunderous percussion, but it's also the most melodious. Really fun and inspiring.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Fri, May 19:
8 pm AOLANI plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Music from Hawai'i, including many island classics.
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Fri, May 19:
9 pm THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS plus STEEP RAVINE at the SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-962-7776.
* The Honeydrops are also here Thu, May 18, at 9 pm; see listing.


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SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
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First, the festivals...

Sat & Sun, May 20 & 21, FESTIVAL:
"DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL" at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr (at Pacific Coast Highway), Dana Point, CA 92629
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, May 20, FESTIVAL:
"LAS VEGAS FAMILY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" is FREE in Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way, Las Vegas, NV 89129.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat; Fri-Sun, May 19-21, FESTIVAL:
2nd annual "BERKELEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat; Thu-Sat, May 18-20, FESTIVAL:
"12th EVER LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL," happens at various L.A. venues.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat; Thu-Sun, May 18-21, FESTIVAL:
15th Annual "JOSHUA TREE FESTIVAL SPRING" in Joshua Tree, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat; Wed-Sun, May 16-21, FESTIVAL:
"CALIFORNIA AUTOHARP GATHERING" at St. Nicholas Ranch Conference & Retreat Center, 38526 Dunlap Rd, Dunlap, CA 93621
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, May 20 & 21, FESTIVAL: (began Apr 8)
"THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE" reaches its closing weekend at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA 91706.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Saturday's Concerts, etc.

Sat & Sun, May 20 & 21:
9 am-9 am "RELAY FOR LIFE OF CONEJO VALLEY" is one of the many community-based fundraisers for the American cancer Society, this one at Conejo Creek Park, 1300 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA; event info 310-498-4096; http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY17CA; cancer info hotline (24/7) 800-227-2345.
* These events always have many hours of live music, though this one has not published a lineup or schedule. A number of folk musicians and nouveau acoustic bands generally take part, and there are areas where you can listen without participating in the circuit walking that's done to collect on pledges of support. (Though you can support the cause financially by sponsoring a walker or donating directly at the event.)
* There's a Luminaria ceremony Saturday at 8:30 pm, and a closing ceremony with music at 8:30 am Sunday.
* Musicians who wish to take part on stage at one of these events can make contact at: http://relay.acsevents.org/site/PageServer/?pagename=relay_get_involved
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Sat; Fri & Sat, May 19 & 20:
8 am-8:45 pm "JULIAN FIDDLE & PICKIN’ CONTEST" at Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036.
* Includes a workshop by MATTHEW HARTZ, Texas-style fiddler.
* Same hours, both days.
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Sat, May 20:
3 pm SALTY SUITES play a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* They also play Grapes and Hops in Ventura, Fri, May 19, at 8 pm. See listing.
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Sat, May 20:
7 pm PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* This is first rate, real local roots music stars. It'll sell-out promptly. Tix are $23. Once it's gone, try for the waiting list.
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Sat, May 20:
7 pm DOUG MacLEOD, legendary Louisiana bluesman and endorsed artist by National Steel Guitar, plays Lucille’s BBQ, 2550 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782; 714-259-1227.
* Doug MacLeod just Won the Blues Foundation's "2017 Acoustic Artist Blues Music Award."
* July 7th will bring the release of his third album on the Reference Recordings label, titled "Break The Chain." On it, Doug continues to explore the breadth and depth of the human condition. Each of the twelve new original songs is extremely personal and at the same time, universal; covering subjects topical, humorous, and soulful; from the satirical to the sublime. "Break The Chain" will be released on compact disc with HDCD, and as high-resolution and conventional downloads; and later, as a premium 2-LP set.
* Also during the Blues Foundation event, Doug MacLeod and air host Fiona Boyes were able to record new Blues Radio International sets, to be published soon.
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Sat, May 20:
7 pm DAVID LINDLEY, a man who can play anything with strings, plays Don the Beachcomber, 6278 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649; 562-592-1321.
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Sat, May 20:
7 pm THE LUCKYS bring their "Soulful Americana" to Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Sat, May 20:
7 pm GRUPO FOLKLORICO ORGULLO MEXICANO'S "10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONCERT" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Sat, May 20:
7 pm FRANK VIGNOLA & VINNY RANIOLO play the second of two concerts in different venues for the "LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT SERIES," this one at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; tix, 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656.
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Sat, May 20:
7:30 pm "SING FOR JUSTICE – SONGS FOR PEACE, FREEDOM, JUSTICE & COMPASSION" is performed by MERLIN SNIDER & THE PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES, plus THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE, and THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS TRIO, at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's concert series, 3327 Old Conejo Rd, Newbury Park, CA 91320; 805-492-8751.
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Sat, May 20:
7:30-11 pm ANDY & RENEE, still basking in the afterglow of their 27th annual "DYLANFEST," play their "Buon Viaggio" show before leaving Sunday on their tour of Italy. Tonight's show is at Texas Loosey's, 22252 Palos Verdes Bl, Torrance, CA 90505; 310-540-9799.
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Sat, May 20:
7:30 pm "BEST OF BROADWAY VOL. III" performed by CENTER STAGE OPERA, at the Performing Arts Center at Reseda High, 18230 Kittridge St, Reseda, CA.
* Two shows: May 20 at 7:30 pm; May 21 at 3 pm.
* Tix & info, 818-517-4102; www.centerstageopera.org
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Sat, May 20:
7:30 pm ROB RIO and TOM LEE play "THE LIVING TRADITION" concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-955-3807; www.thelivingtradition.org
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Sat, May 20:
8 pm JAMES INTVELD plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, May 20:
8 pm RODRIGUEZ plays the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-899-2222.
* He is the real-life archetype for all those myths of a great musician presumed dead who was, all the while, very much alive. Rodriguez is an American musician and the biggest-selling artist, ever, in South Africa. And there, his music was a factor in bringing-down the apartheid regime — without him ever knowing about any of it until years later. That story is the subject of the award-winning film about him, "Searching for Sugar Man."
* The Guide has done feature stories on the artist and the film:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-award-winning-music-documentary-on.html (Aug 3, 2016)
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2014/05/weekend-festivals-and-fridays-arts.html (May 30, 2014)
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2013/02/late-breaking-extra-news-edition-feb-5.html (Feb 5, 2013)
* More at http://sugarman.org
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Sat, May 20:
8 pm LAURENCE JUBER, Grammy-winning guitarist from Paul McCartney's Wings, plays an acoustic show at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina, CA 91723; 626-339-7020.
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Sat, May 20:
8 pm Bluesman BERNIE PEARL with bassist MIKE BARRY plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, May 20:
8 pm MOSTLY KOSHER plays the "MUSIC AT THE POINT" concert series at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808.
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Sat, May 20:
"MICROFEST: ARTHUR OMURA — MAGICAL MEANTONE" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* It's accomplished harpsichordist & organist Arthur Omura in an evening of Baroque harpsichord and organ music by Jehan Alain, Couperin, Marcel Dupré, Lou Harrison, & Jehan Titelouze.
* Isn't it time to hear someone besides Lurch play the harpsichord?
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Sat, May 20:
8:30 pm THERIANTHROPE with Miles Shrewsbery, Dusty Brough, & Fabrice Martinez, plays Corazón Performing Arts, 125 S Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, CA 90290.
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Sat, May 20:
9:30 pm CHRIS TRAPPER plays the music hall at Genghis Cohen Cantina, 740 N Fairfax Av, Los Angeles, CA, 90046; 323-653-0640.
* If you go early for their Chinese food, be sure they seat you in the music hall; the rest of the place is just the restaurant.
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Sat, May 20:
10 pm THE WAG (from New Jersey) plays The Go Lounge, La Mesa, CA.
* Band member Brian Ostering says, "Our original music has been described as a cross between The Beatles, The Barenaked Ladies and The Mamas & The Papas. Our songs are catchy, upbeat and full of harmonies, and our live show is very energetic and fun. We’re doing a tour of California at the end of May, including a show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage."
* Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies.
* More at www.thewagband.com
* They also play May 23, 9:15 pm in L.A., and May 24, 8 pm at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. (See listings.)


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SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
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First, the festivals...

Sun, May 21, FESTIVAL:
57th annual "TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL" at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA.
* There is soooo much happening here, at what the Guide proclaims every year as "the best one-day trad music fest anywhere!" There are many featured acts as well as stunningly wonderful contestants and more, plus incredible jamming.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, May 20 & 21, FESTIVAL:
"DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL" at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr (at Pacific Coast Highway), Dana Point, CA 92629
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, May 19-21, FESTIVAL:
2nd annual "BERKELEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu-Sun, May 18-21, FESTIVAL:
15th Annual "JOSHUA TREE FESTIVAL SPRING" in Joshua Tree, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, May 20 & 21, FESTIVAL: (began Apr 8)
"THE ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE" reaches its closing weekend at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA 91706.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html

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Wed-Sun, May 16-21, FESTIVAL:
"CALIFORNIA AUTOHARP GATHERING" at St. Nicholas Ranch Conference & Retreat Center, 38526 Dunlap Rd, Dunlap, CA 93621
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sunday's Concerts, etc.

Sun, May 21:
11:30 am-1:30 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS play their charming music of the nineteen-teens and 1920s as part of the "Antique Car Show" weekend at the Muckenthaler Cultural Arts Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; www.themuck.org
* Free outdoor concert in the Muckenthaler Amphitheater.
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Sun, May 21: WORKSHOP
Noon-3 pm L.A. SONGSALIVE! presents a "SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP & LUNCH" with producer/vocal coach LEANNE SUMMERS, at the Cahuenga General Store, 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood, CA.
* Leanne is a professional singer, vocal coach, producer and clinician with over 40 years on stage, in the studio and behind the scenes. She has prepared artists for major tours and appearances on The Tonight Show, ASCAP Pop Awards, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, Star Search, America’s Most Talented Kids, American Idol, Americas Got Talent, The Voice and more. Her voice and vocal/music productions can be heard on "Ray Donovan," "House of Lies," "Californication," "Cold Case," "The Drew Carey Show," and "West Wing."
* Topic for the Second Half is "ALL THINGS VOICE from Stage to Studio and in between." Sponsors say, "Come armed with any questions you may have. There's sure to be a war story or two as well."
* $10 for non-Songsalive members; first timers can only "audit" watch. Members can participate.
* Attendance requires a reservation via Meetup; walk-ups not admitted. Details at: www.songsalive.org
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Sun, May 21:
2-5 pm BERNIE PEARL plays a concert presented by the Santa Barbara Blues Society at the New Victoria Theater, 33 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA; info, 805-722-8155.
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Sun, May 21:
3 pm "BEST OF BROADWAY VOL. III" performed by CENTER STAGE OPERA, at the Performing Arts Center at Reseda High, 18230 Kittridge St, Reseda, CA.
* Two shows: May 20 at 7:30 pm; May 21 at 3 pm.
* Tix & info, 818-517-4102; www.centerstageopera.org
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Sun, May 21:
7 pm "SONGS SONGS SONGS: PAUL ZOLLO" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Paul Zollo is the author of the bestselling "Songwriters on Songwriting" and several books on iconic musicians and what drives them to create and perform. So, obviously, he knows everybody and always has plenty of musical guests and some good stories to tell.
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Sun, May 21:
7:30 pm LAURENCE JUBER, Grammy-winning guitarist from Paul McCartney's Wings, plays an outdoor evening concert the L.A. County Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007; 626-821-3222.
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Sun, May 21:
7:30 pm RONNY COX plays the "DARK THIRTY HOUSE CONCERTS" series in Lakeside, CA 92040. Reservations get directions at 619-443-9622.


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# 2 news feature...


FESTIVALS — MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND & the week leading to it


Festivals are in this feature. The concerts happening the same week get their own seprate set of listings, after this one.

Tue-Sun, May 23-28, FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"BISHOP MULE DAYS," at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, 1141 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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May 24-29, FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE FESTIVAL" at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu-Mon, May 25-29, FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"SPRING STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL" at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, May 26-28, FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY" in Napa, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, May 26-28, FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"CALIFORNIA ROOTS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL" in Monterey, CA.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, May 26-29: FESTIVAL (Memorial Day Weekend)
3rd annual "OLIVE DELL MUSIC FESTIVAL" is a nude music festival at Olive Dell Ranch, 26520 Keissel Rd, Reche Canyon, Colton CA 92324; 909-825-6619; www.olivedellranch.com
✔ TIX: There's a $10 festival wrist band, plus the OD daily fee -- $22 single adult; $40 couple incl. children under age 18.
✔ CAMPING: Yes, $10 daily, $20 for RV site with hook-ups; cabin rentals are $30-$40/night.
✔ THE SCENE: Music festival weekend is also the annual "Pirates Weekend" at the venue, with appropriate costumes and related games and activities. Festival events include plenty of live music, a Saturday BBQ Dinner in the restaurant, the Saturday night "Rockin' the Ranch Dance" with a festival band, lots of vendors, games, activities, and more. The venue is a "Family Nudist Resort" that also has single members. In addition to the music, numerous amenities include a tennis court, hiking in the ranch's picturesque hills, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and Olive Dell's Cafe Delicious, a full-time restaurant.
✔ 2017 LINEUP:
♪ Rudy Vega
♪ Matt McKnight
♪ Jim Hynde (magician)
♪ Jackie Junior
♪ Core Elements
♪ The Soverign Artist
♪ Tami Taylor (balloon twister)
♪ Grizzly Soul
♪ Blake Hernandez
♪ Patrick Carrico Band
♪ Repeat O'Fenders
♪ David Beal leads the Friday night Karaoke
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Sat & Sun, May 27 & 28, FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"SCOTTISH FEST" at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, May 27 & 28, FESTIVAL: (Sat & Sun of Memorial Day Weekend)
"SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL," at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley, CA.
* Yep, it's a reliably first-rate and endlessly tuneful event with major league headliners.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat- Mon, May 27-29: FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"SAINT NICHOLAS GREEK FESTIVAL" at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 9501 Balboa Bl, Northridge, CA 91325.
* Runs 1 pm-9 pm, all three days, with live music, dancing, and Greek food.
* Greek festivals are legendary for making visitors feel like "honorary Greeks."
* This is only one of three local festival that continues on through Mem Day Monday (The others are the 44th annual "TOPANGA DAYS COUNTRY FAIRE," and the 45th annual "FIESTA DE LOS ARTES FEST" in Hermosa Beach; see listings.) So, if you were elsewhere on Sat & Sun, make it a 3-dayer by catching this one Monday.
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Sat-Mon, May 27-29, FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
44th annual "TOPANGA DAYS COUNTRY FAIRE" at the Topanga Community House & Fairgrounds, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, CA.
* This is only one of three local festival that continues on through Mem Day Monday. (The others are the "SAINT NICHOLAS GREEK FESTIVAL" in Northridge, and the 45th annual "FIESTA DE LOS ARTES FEST" in Hermosa Beach; see listings.) So, if you were elsewhere on Sat & Sun, make it a 3-dayer by catching this one Monday.
* Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat-Mon, May 27-29: FESTIVAL (Memorial Day Weekend)
45th annual "FIESTA DE LOS ARTES FEST" is centered at Beach Dr & 11th St, Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254; http://fiestahermosa.net
✔ TIX:
✔ CAMPING: No.
✔ THE SCENE: The event has an eclectic assortment of music and involves 8 blocks surrounding Pier Av & Hermosa Avenue. The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce has produced this since 1972, and bills it as the ”largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California.” Over 300 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. The food court offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food choices. The "Charity Beer & Wine Garden" features many different brews of beer and a selection of wines. Plus, there's The Kiddie Carnival, and a free bike valet.
✔ NOTE 1: This is only one of three local festival that continues on through Mem Day Monday. (The others are the 44th annual "TOPANGA DAYS COUNTRY FAIRE" and the "SAINT NICHOLAS GREEK FESTIVAL" in Northridge; see listings.)
✔ NOTE 2: For music booking info, email bellevent@gmail.com
✔ 2017 LINEUP:
♪ Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, Sunday headliners, 11:30 am-2:30 pm on the Garden Stage
♪ Michael Colton, Blues
♪ Pink Roach, Rock
♪ Safety Orange, Reggae Rock
♪ Frankly Speaking, Rock
♪ After School Heroes, Rock from all decades
♪ Coast Music & 11Echo, Hermosa Youth Rock Show
♪ Dr. Funk Mind Body and Soul, R&B
♪ Ghost in the Machine, Police Tribute Band
♪ Vitalogy, Pearl Jam Tribute Band
♪ Soul Sacrifice, Santana Tribute Band
♪ Hollywood Stones, Rolling Stones Tribute Band
♪ Mel Harker
♪ Cynthia Jones & the West Coast Nightlighters
♪ Karl Grossman
♪ Devitt Feeley
♪ Aragorn Wiederhold
♪ Jamisen Jarvis
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Sun, May 28: FESTIVAL: (Memorial Day Weekend)
"HEARTBEAT OF MEXICO FESTIVAL" at Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Dr, Orange, CA 92866; 844-626-8726.
* FREE performances, 1-5 pm, by Mexican and Mexican-American performing groups, plus culture and art booths.
* There is also an evening concert that requires a ticket, with MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE and Guide favorite LAS CAFETERAS; see 6 pm "Concerts" listing.


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# 3 news feature...


CONCERTS, CLUB GIGS, OTHER EVENT PICKS, WEEK LEADING TO MEMORIAL DAY


Chronologically, everything but the festivals...

Tue, May 23:
8 pm TRIO BALKAN STRINGS plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Tue, May 23:
9:15 pm THE WAG (from New Jersey) plays The Mint, Los Angeles, CA.
* Band member Brian Ostering says, "Our original music has been described as a cross between The Beatles, The Barenaked Ladies and The Mamas & The Papas. Our songs are catchy, upbeat and full of harmonies, and our live show is very energetic and fun. We’re doing a tour of California at the end of May, including a show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage."
* Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies.
* More at www.thewagband.com
* They also play May 20, 10 pm in La Mesa, and May 24, 8 pm at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. (See listings.)
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Wed, May 24:
8 pm THE WAG (from New Jersey) plays the at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2021 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* Band member Brian Ostering says, "Our original music has been described as a cross between The Beatles, The Barenaked Ladies and The Mamas & The Papas. Our songs are catchy, upbeat and full of harmonies, and our live show is very energetic and fun. We’re doing a tour of California at the end of May, including a show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage."
* Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies.
* More at www.thewagband.com
* They also play May 20, 10 pm in La Mesa, and May 23, 9:15 pm in La Mesa. (See listings.)
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Wed, May 24:
7 pm CLAUDE BOURBON headlines the "WINE AND SONG" concert series presented by BRAD COLERICK at the Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena, CA 91030; 323-255-1506.
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Wed, May 24:
8 pm ELEPHANT REVIVAL plays the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, San Diego (Solana Beach), CA 92075; 858-481-9022.
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Thu, May 25: WORKSHOP
4 pm "MAKE A FRAME DRUM" WORKSHOP presented by MARTIN ESPINO at City Terrace Library, 4025 City Terrace Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063; 323-261-0295.
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Thu, May 25:
7:30 pm "VIVA VIVALDI!" performed by the LOS ANGELES VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA, conducted by Maestro CARLO PONTI, at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles CA 90064; 310-286-0553.
* Ending its second year as the orchestra-in-residence at the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, the Los Angeles Virtuosi performs masterworks by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring the thrilling artistry of renowned violinist Roberto Cani, coupled with masterworks by Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven.
* Reflecting its mission to serve as a catalyst in reaffirming, advocating and supporting music education in schools and in the community, the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, in partnership with Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, allocates all net profit from its subscription concerts at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz towards the advancement and support of music education programs in educational institutions, including Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles’ Music Department.
* Info & tix, http://www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com/2016/02/01/los-angeles-virtuosi-orchestra-viva-vivaldi/
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Thu, May 25:
8 pm ELEPHANT REVIVAL plays the Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310-276-6168.
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Thu, May 25:
8 pm AMY HANAIALI'I GILLIOM plays the Irvine Barclay Theatre, on the campus of UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92697; 949-854-4646.
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Fri, May 26:
7 pm JENNIFER KNAPP plays Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl (half-a-block S of Hollywood Bl), Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-461-2040.
* Note that going early and paying a small cover can sometimes get you in for a full evening of music at this venue; check their website to see if another fee is listed to stay after a certain time: www.hotelcafe.com
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Fri, May 26:
7:30 pm CELTIC WOMAN plays their " VOICES OF ANGELS" tour at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 714-556-2787.
* "Voices of Angels" showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming "Voices of Angels" album. This'll sell-out quickly.
* Tix: https://www.scfta.org/events/detail.aspx?id=15455
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Fri, May 26:
7:30 pm DAN WALSH plus LADY ROGO play the "SAN DIEGO FOLK HERITAGE" concert series at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064; 858-566-4040.
* The Guide heard LADY ROGO play at the 2017 NAMM Show as a featured artist. We were quite impressed. Don't let her rock-'n'-rollish name fool ya — she is a Berklee grad who has a fine acoustic repertoire of original and trad folk songs.
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Fri, May 26:
8 pm JOHN M. with BARRETT TAGLIARINO & THE SECRET GARDENERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Fri, May 26:
"AMANDA McBROOM: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* It's renowned songwriter and performer Amanda McBroom in a celebration of her new album "Voices."
* She's been called "…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match."
* Her songs have been recorded by Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond,West Life, Nana Mouskouri, the Chipmunks, and the Baby Dinosaurs in the feature film, "Land Before Time."
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Sat, May 27:
1-5 pm MUSICAL MEMORIAL FOR DUANE THORIN at The Ice House, 24 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
* See news feature # 5 in this edition.
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Sat, May 27:
6 pm SALTY SUITES play the Cliff Restaurant, 577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651; 949-494-1956.
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Sat, May 27:
7 pm JAKE SHIMABUKURO, uke master and dazzling multi-instrumentalist, plays the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 714-556-2787.
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Sat, May 27:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS play their charming music of the nineteen-teens and 1920s at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Sat, May 27:
7 & 9 pm DANNY HOLT performs "THE PIANO/PERCUSSION PROJECT" for two performances tonight at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* "Pianist Danny Holt returns to Boston Court and brings with him an array of percussion instruments, calling for acrobatic feats of multi-instrumentalism."
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Sat, May 27:
7:30 pm NATHAN McEUEN plus JOHN ZIPPERER play the "JULIE’S JOINT HOUSE CONCERT SERIES" 2017 season opener in Canoga Park, CA 91306. Reservations get directions at 818-261-0682 or juliesjoint@johnzipperer.com
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Sat, May 27:
8 pm Banjo maven DONNA LYNN CASKEY brings her old-timey trad and original music to the Namba Performing Arts Space, 47 S Oak St, Ventura, CA 93001.
* It's the CD release celebration for her new album, "The Love Still Shows."
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Sat, May 27:
8 pm CALISTOGA FALLS play the Beach Hut Deli, 19025 Beach Bl, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; 714-841-7609.
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Sun, May 28:
3 pm THE GENE BUTLER BAND plays a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Sun, May 28:
6 pm MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE and LAS CAFETERAS play the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Dr, Orange, CA 92866; 844-626-8726.
* This show requires a ticket.
* It follows the FREE 1-5 pm "HEARTBEAT OF MEXICO FESTIVAL" on the plaza at the venue. See "Festivals" listing.
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Sun, May 28:
7 pm THE LOS ANGELES BELLES (L.A. BELLES) play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA. Reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) at 626-798-6236.
* Individually they are from Russia, Cuba and the American West but the group was born in Los Angeles and is Lauded By The Las Vegas Callback News For their "Flawless, well trained performances." They are joined for this show by Antonio Carnota from Spain, a pianist, guitarist, singer & entertainer, also with many Vegas credits. More at: https://www.losangelesbelles.com/about
* Genres? Opera, Bossa Nova, acoustic pop, swing jazz, Latin flamenco & more.
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Sun, May 28:
8:30 pm HONEYHONEY plus MADISON CUNNINGHAM play the Federal Underground, 102 Pine Av, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-435-2000.
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# 4 news feature...


UPCOMING MUSICALITY — POST-MEM DAY PICKS THROUGH JULY 4TH


Herein, presented in a mashup determined by the dates when they happen, are our recommendations for festivals, concerts, club gigs, screenings, and other events AFTER Memorial Day Weekend, through the July 4th holiday. (We've added more since last week, and more will be forthcoming...)
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The FESTIVALS listed herein are only SOME of those happening in the next few weeks — they are ONLY the ones happening in California — and all we do here is mention 'em. COMPLETE INFO on all those, PLUS dozens more festivals throughout North America, are all presented in detail in the Guide's yuge "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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* Festivals, concerts, club gigs and other events are mixed freely here, based solely on dates and start times.

Here ya go, betwixt Mem Day and July 4th, day-by-day...
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Tue, May 30:
7 pm Monthly "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS" showcase at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations are not taken for this show; just get there with your ten bucks before the room fills-up.
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Tue, May 30:
THE STRAY BIRDS play the Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl (half-a-block S of Hollywood Bl), Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-461-2040.
* Note that going early and paying a small cover can sometimes get you in for a full evening of music at this venue; check their website to see if another fee is listed to stay after a certain time: www.hotelcafe.com
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Wed, May 31:
8 pm THE BLUEGRASS GHOSTS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Wed, May 31:
DEAD & COMPANY bring their tour to the Hollywood Bowl.
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JUNE, 2017...

Thu, Jun 1:
5-8 pm PETER FELDMANN & THE VERY LONESOME BOYS play a bluegrass concert at Christ Presbyterian Church, 36 E Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA; info & tix, www.BlueGrassWest.com
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Thu, Jun 1:
8 pm MELE'UHANE plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Hawaiian father and son duo Keikilani and Leo Lindsey return to the mainland's West Coast, unleashing a new album and "new levels of storytelling."
* It's the first of two consecutive nights of Hawai'ian music at the excellent little venue. (See listing.)
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Fri, Jun 2:
6:30 pm YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE featuring Bassem Rashidi play the Heisler Park Amphitheater, Cliff Dr & Jasmine St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
* FREE concert presented by the City of Laguna Beach.
* The Guide really does not attempt to cover "world music," but we're happy to include this. These guys are musical virtuosos and they explain the riffs and the array of acoustic instruments to their gringo audiences.
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Fri, Jun 2:
7 pm THE ROWAN BROTHERS play the "CAMBRIDGE DRIVE CONCERT SERIES" in Goleta, CA 93117. Reservations get directions at cambridge.concerts@gmail.com or 805-964-0436.
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Fri, Jun 2:
7:30 pm COLLEEN RANEY BAND plays the "TRINITY CONCERTS" series at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 2051 Sunset Cliffs Bl, Ocean Beach, CA 92107; 619-222-0365 or ckaemmerer@san.rr.com
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Fri, Jun 2:
8 pm KE'AHI plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* It's the second of two consecutive nights of Hawai'ian music at the excellent little venue. (See listing.)
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Fri, Jun 2:
8 pm JOHN CLIFTON plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Jun 2:
"FROM GAGA TO RAVEL: NOT YOUR TYPICAL STRING QUARTET" performed by FRICTION QUARTET at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* An exciting evening of new music and covers from the acclaimed Friction Quartet. From Lady Gaga to Ravel, this won't be your typical concert experience.
* "This was high- octane music-making, and the Frictioneers brought to all of it a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair." — Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle.
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Fri, Jun 2:
8 pm HUBBY JENKINS plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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Fri, Jun 2:
"BACK TO BROADWAY, AGAIN" presented by CAROUSEL DANCE STUDIO at the Fred Kavli Theatre-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
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Fri, Jun 2:
9 pm JUDY COLLINS plays the Canyon Club, 28192 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; 818-879-5016.
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Sat, Jun 3, FESTIVAL:
"SAM HINTON FESTIVAL" presented by San Diego Folk Heritage is FREE in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, Jun 3 & 4, FESTIVAL:
12th annual "LUMMIS DAYS FESTIVAL" at several NE Los Angeles venues that include the Southwest Museum's Mt. Washington Campus; Occidental College; Sycamore Grove Park; the historic stone Lummis mansion; and the delightful Heritage Square Museum in Highland Park, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat & Sun, Jun 3 & 4: FESTIVAL
"PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL" at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
* Runs 9 am-5 pm, both days.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm KIRA OTT & JIMMY MURPHY bring trad Irish Music to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Saturday night and Sunday afternoon are back-to-back Irish/Celtic music at the venue. See listings.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm "A JUNE STORYTELLING FIESTA" at the Story Salon, inside the Art Parlor, 5302 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood.
* Sharing the storytelling stage are Ty Fance and "a group of fantastic storytellers, hosted by the fabulously talented Beverly Mickins. Featuring Stanley Earle Sellers Jr, Steve Bruner, Katsy Chappell and yours truly, Ty Fance."
* Tix $5 cash at the door.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm CAMBALACHE plays "SON JAROCHO MADE IN EAST L.A." with Cesar Castro. Xochi Flores, Chuy Sandoval, & Juan Perez, as part of the multi-venue, weeks long, "WORLD FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC," with this show at the Japanese American Community & Cultural Center's Aratani Theatre, 244 S San Pedro St, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213-628-2725.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7 pm GARY STOCKDALE, respected performing songwriter, plays Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Sat, Jun 3:
7:30 pm DAVID ZASLOFF presents musical comedy at Temple Ner Simcha, 880 Hampshire Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361.
* Tix $13 adv, $20 door; 805-267-9184; www.nersimcha.org
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL plus HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN play the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College, 1000 West Foothill Bl, Glendora, CA 91741; 626-963-9411.
* We ran a feature story on this months ago, so you could get a ticket up-close. It's in the January 12, 2017 edition. It's news feature # 9, titled, "HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN Marks 20 Years, Heads for Southern Cal Gig with ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL." It's at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/01/stuff-to-do-things-to-hear-tix-to-get.html
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm BROCELÏANDE, the splendid Celtic and Early Music Ensemble, plays the "PASADENA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY" concert series at Caltech's Beckman Institute Auditorium (aka "Little Beckman"), 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106; 626-395-4652. For evening events, park free in either lot at the S. end of Michigan Av, off Del Mar, and ignore the "reserved for" signs.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm DAVE WIDOW & THE LINE UP, plus and with BERNIE PEARL play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org
* With his unique style of finger picking and bluesy vocals, DAVE WIDOW, an L.A. Music Awards nominee, combines R&B, funk, soul and rock. He is joined by renowned musician BERNIE PEARL, one of the most highly respected bluesmen in L.A.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Sat, Jun 3:
8-11 pm TERESA JAMES & HER FRIENDS: THE TRAMP/BABYLON REVUE play the "BROGDEN BAY PRESENTS" concert series at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teresa-james-her-friends-the-trampbabylon-revue-tickets-34452512392?aff=mcivte
* Tix, $25 online pre-pay; $30 at the door.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE, amazing guitarist, plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm SANDY SCOTT BAND plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm COLLEEN RANEY BAND plays MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., 14741 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91411; 818-631-1963.
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Sat, Jun 3:
SYNCHROMY presents "BROKEN RIVERS — New Work for Vicki Ray, Alyssa Park, and Tim Loo" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.com
* It's chamber music by Eve Beglarian, Nick Norton, Caroline L. Miller, Julia Wolfe, Dante De Silva, Thomas Kotcheff, Michael Gilbertson, and Anton Svetlicnhy, featuring violinist Alyssa Park, cellist Timothy Loo, and pianist Vicki Ray, with readings by actor Ray Ford.
* "Synchromy continues to be a group to watch, with well-thought-out programs and a diverse array of imaginative musicmaking." — Singerpreneur.
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Sat, Jun 3:
LADY ANTEBELLUM brings their "You Look Good Tour 2017" to the Hollywood Bowl.
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Sat, Jun 3:
8 pm "MUSIC UNDER THE STARS" is FREE, performed as the summer season opener by the PASADENA SYMPHONY AND POPS on the steps of the monumentally beautiful Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Av, Pasadena CA.
* Pasadena City Hall will light up the night sky for this year’s "Music Under the Stars" concert with a blockbuster program celebrating Broadway, the Great American Songbook and beyond. This year's program highlights music from the legendary George Gershwin, with "Porgy and Bess," "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me,' "Embraceable You," and so many treasured songs penned by the iconic American composer.
♪ Guest artists include Broadway sensation VALERIE PERRI, best known for her portrayal of the charismatic Eva Peron in “Evita,” the dynamic voice of Kiki Ebsen, who has backed up such legendary artists as Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs and Tracy Chapman, and Christina Saffran, a true triple threat, who will dazzle and amaze with her powerful yet sultry voice.
♪ LARRY BLANK, conductor
♪ KIKI EBSEN, vocalist
♪ VALERIE PERRI, vocalist
♪ CHRISTINA SAFFRAN, vocalist
♪ THE JPL CHORUS
* The family-friendly fun begins at 6 pm with pre-concert activities, family-style picnicking and food trucks. Gates at 6, concert at 8.
* Bring the kids to discover the wonder of creating their own music at the instrument “petting zoo", where they can try out the instruments of the orchestra.
* More on the event and the orchestra's summer season — including buying tix for the season or individual outdoor concerts — at the L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia: www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by phone, 626-793-7172
* Note: the first 2017 Arboretum concert is July 8, and the guest is LeAnn Rimes.
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Sat, Jun 3:
9 pm JUDY COLLINS plays the Rose Theatre, 300 E Colorado Bl, Pasadena, CA 91129; 818-879-5016.
* Caution about traffic, navigation, and parking: The 8 pm "MUSIC UNDER THE STARS" concert at Pasadena City Hall (see listing) will have several streets closed in the area, and parking will be a mess. Go early, and approach from the east or the south.
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Sat, Jun 3:
9 pm JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE plays the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323-936-6400.
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Sun, Jun 4:
3 pm THE NE'ER DUWELLS bring their trad & contemporary Irish and Celtic music to a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* Saturday night and Sunday afternoon are back-to-back Irish/Celtic music at the venue. See listings.
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Sun, Jun 4:
7 pm DAVE STAMEY, winner of 'purt near every award a body can capture in Western & cowboy music, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* This'll sell-out promptly. Don't dawdle.
* The venue rounds-up two mighty fine Western acts, Sunday the 4th and Tuesday the 6th. See listings.
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Sun, Jun 4:
7 pm DROPKICK MICKEYS With Michael Kelly (Sligo Rags) and Padraic Conroy play Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille, 423 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-437-3734.
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Sun, Jun 4:
7:30 pm THE GARLIC BAND, a well-respected world music outfit, play a "FOLKWORKS HOUSE CONCERT" in Van Nuys. Reservations get directions at http://folkworkspresentsthegarlicband.bpt.me/
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Sun, Jun 4:
8 pm BLACK MARKET TRUST play Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill, Jazz, & Etc., 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles, CA 90077; 310-474-9400.
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Sun, Jun 4:
9 pm JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE plays the Music Box, 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101.
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Tue, Jun 6:
8 pm WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* The venue rounds-up two mighty fine Western acts, Sunday the 4th and Tuesday the 6th. See listings.
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Jun 8-25, FESTIVAL:
"HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL" at 34 theatres, stages, and other venues in Hollywood / L.A., CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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A Guide Featured Event...

Thu, Jun 8:
7:30 pm SHERYL CROW brings her "Be Myself" tour to the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 844-524-7335.
* Tix at: https://www.axs.com/events/333027/sheryl-crow-tickets
* Since exploding onto the global stage in 1993 with the multi-platinum "Tuesday Night Music Club" album, the one-time music teacher and studio vocalist from Kennett, Missouri has forged a career to become one of the finest female singer-songwriters of her generation. In early 2006, Sheryl was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. The event changed her life, and her recovery has reinforced her zest for a full, joyful life. Over the course of her career, Sheryl has collaborated with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson. She has won countless awards (including 9 Grammy Awards) and she has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
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Fri, Jun 9:
8 pm THE LICATA BROTHERS, RASPIN STUWART, & CARBE-DURAND — "AN ALL STAR NIGHT OF MUSIC & WIT" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* This'll sell-out early. Jump on it.
* Carbe-Durand are two-thirds of globetrotting INCENDIO.
* Raspin Stuwart is the artist who founded "Boulevard Magazine."
* The LICATA BROTHERS are, in a word, on their way to stardom.
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Fri, Jun 9:
7:30 pm HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN plays the "AMSD Concerts" series in the Laura R. Charles Theater at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Av, National City, CA 91950; 829-303-8176.
* We ran a feature story on HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN a few months ago. It's in the January 12, 2017 edition. It's news feature # 9, titled, "HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN Marks 20 Years, Heads for Southern Cal Gig with ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL." It's at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/01/stuff-to-do-things-to-hear-tix-to-get.html
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Fri, Jun 9:
8 pm TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENTS plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Jun 10 & 11, FESTIVAL:
"BIG IRISH FAIR & MUSIC FESTIVAL" at El Dorado Park (off the 605 freeway) 7550 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 10 & 11, FESTIVAL:
30th annual "PALOS VERDES STREET FAIR & MUSIC FESTIVAL," on Norris Center Dr & Crossfield Dr, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 10 & 11, FESTIVAL:
"TEQUILA & TACO MUSIC FESTIVAL" in Brookside Park, next to the Rose Bowl, 360 N Arroyo Bl, Pasadena, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Sat, Jun 10, FILM SCREENINGS:
2 pm & 8 pm "20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA" and "ON THE WATERFRONT" screen for the L.A. Conservancy's signature film series, "The Last Remaining Seats," at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* This annual series features classic films screened at historic movie palaces of Los Angeles.
* Tickets sell quickly. Get yours promptly for these June 10 screenings.
* "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" screens at 2 pm.
* "On The Waterfront" screens at 8 pm.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Sat, Jun 10:
8 pm MOUTHS OF BABES play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org
* Power folksters TY GREENSTEIN (GIRLYMAN) & INGRID ELIZABETH (COYOTE GRACE) have rocked festival stages and toured with Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, and other top-tier singer-songwriters.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Sat, Jun 10:
8 pm REBEL SANTO, plus IMPERIAL CROWNS, plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91066; info & adv discount tix, http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Jun 11:
7 pm THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
* They headline festivals, and they are a bevy of songbirds, musical mavens all.
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Thu-Sun, Jun 15-18, FESTIVAL:
3rd annual "ROUTE 66 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St, Victorville, CA 92395.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Thu-Sun, Jun 15-18, FESTIVAL:
42nd annual "FATHER'S DAY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" in the Nevada Co. Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri, Jun 16:
8 pm THE AROHI TRIO ~ RAGAJAZZ CHAMBER MUSIC plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL" at Live Oak Camp, about twenty minutes inland from Santa Barbara, CA
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"HUCK FINN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" is kaput. The Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau bought the festival, moved it from the Mojave River in Victorville to a fine regional park with a lake in Ontario, continued to book great national acts, and then concluded it was too much for 'em. Thanks for the memories!
* So, we suggest you catch the 3rd annual "ROUTE 66 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" in Victorville, or the 31st annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU" Festival, or the "LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL" above Santa Barbara. (See listings.)
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"COUNTRY SUMMER" Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Fri-Sun, Jun 16-18, FESTIVAL:
"SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL" at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 17, FESTIVAL:
10 am–6 pm "DISCLOSUREFEST" with California State Parks, Disclosurefest presents the "Mass Meditation Initiative" at Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
* FREE with advance free tix, available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mass-meditation-initiative-tickets-32835079607
* Organizers expect over 3,000 people to meditate simultaneously at the event and globally through a live stream at http://disclosurefest.org.
* The event features live music, internationally renowned speakers, workshop leaders, yoga teachers, sound healers, 100% vegan food, and "conscious products and services."
* Full info: http://DisclosureFest.org
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Sat, Jun 17, FESTIVAL:
1st annual "BOOTS & BREWS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL" in Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 17-18, FESTIVAL:
31st annual "LONG BEACH BAYOU" Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, N side of Shoreline Dr, at Shoreline Village Dr. & Linden Av, Long Beach, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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(Just added, so here's the write-up that's in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA"...)

Jun 17 & 18, FESTIVAL:
1st annual "LOS ANGELES DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL" at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles CA 90064; 310-286-0553.
✔ TIX: Weekend Pass, $154, includes film screening, lecture and concerts, but NOT the Master Classes; individual events are $15-$40. Tix at: www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com/2016/01/26/los-angeles-django-reinhardt-festival
✔ CAMPING: No.
✔ THE SCENE: Featuring French Manouche musicians in the style of Django, Yorgui Loeffler, Samy Daussat, Noé Reinhardt, Frank Anastasio, Aurore Voilqué, Claudius Dupont, and LA-based band Trio Dinicu. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, the innovative performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, presents the first edition of "The Los Angeles ‪Django Reinhardt Festival." Named after legendary Gypsy guitarist ‪Django Reinhardt, the pioneer of jazz guitar and the originator of “Gypsy Jazz,” the festival carries on his profound legacy with an all-star list of instrumental artists. The weekend includes Master Classes, Film Screening, Lecture, Alfresco Open-Jam, Guitar Displays and Vendors, Live Concerts and All-Star Finale Performance. Schedule at: http://www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com/2016/01/26/los-angeles-django-reinhardt-festival/
✔ 2017 LINEUP:
(all from France)
♪ Yorgui Loeffler, headliner, French Manouche guitarist in the style of Django
♪ Samy Daussat
♪ Noé Reinhardt
♪ Frank Anastasio
♪ Aurore Voilqué
♪ Claudius Dupont
♪ Trio Dinicu
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Sat, Jun 17:
7 pm RATTLE THE KNEE plays their trad Irish music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 92675; reservations (10 am-10 pm, 7 days) 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Jun 17:
7:30 pm "SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE" concert presented by San Diego Folk Heritage, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
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Sat, Jun 17:
LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA y RAMON AYALA plays The Forum.
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Sun, Jun 18:
7 pm "RHYTHMIC RELATIONS 2017" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-548-2493.
* Taikoproject ain’t your mama’s taiko, but it may be your hip younger cousin’s. The first American taiko group to win the prestigious "Tokyo International Taiko Contest" (2005), Taikoproject has performed and recorded with some of the world’s best-known artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.
* This two-hour concert also features sister groups KITSUNE TAIKO and BOMBU TAIKO and guest performers from L.A.-based CIRQUE BERZERK.
* Tix: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp
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Jun 23-25, 2017:
"SUSANVILLE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" in Susanville, east of the Sierra in Northern Cal.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 24 & 25, FESTIVAL:
"ARROYO SECO WEEKEND" festival in Pasadena, CA.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jun 29-Jul 2, FESTIVAL:
"HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL" at the Plumas County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy, CA 95971.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jul 1, FESTIVAL:
9th annual "ROADSHOW REVIVAL" subtitled "A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC," at Discovery Ventura, 1888 E Thompson Bl, Ventura CA 93001.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY" is a one-day festival at Grand Park and The Music Center, 200 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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Jul 4, FESTIVAL:
"COLUMBIA’S GLORIOUS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION" at Columbia State Historic Park, Main St & State St, Columbia, CA 95310.
Complete info in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" at: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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That's a lil' rundown on bunches o' festivals and a few recommended concerts and events in California through the 4th of July. There are HUNDREDS more FESTIVALS happening all over North America, and we describe 'em in the detail you need in the Guide's "ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA."


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# 5 news feature... (Reprinted from May 13th edition)


MUSICAL MEMORIAL FOR DUANE THORIN IS MAY 27


DUANE THORIN left the planet on March 29th, 2017. He was a stunningly fine musician, a bright presence with a brilliant mind, and a wonderful friend to the music community and all who were privileged to know him. Duane was a personal friend whose absence is a void felt by many, and whose frequent communications are missed daily around this windblown adobe.

Whether you knew him from his solo performances with his six or twelve string guitars, or in his operatic "CHEF DUANIO" character, or as the performer-arranger half of the acclaimed duo, THE BOHEMIAN SOUL RUSTLERS, you know what an amazing talent he was.

His musical memorial is set for the world-famous venue where he once booked many of the acts:

The Ice House, 24 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106. It happens May 27, from 1-5 pm.

Duane spent many happy and invigorating times there, on stage, backstage and in the office doing all the things a producer and booker must do. Plus, the venue seats many more people than his usual music haunt up the hill, the Coffee Gallery Backstage.

There is a city parking structure on Mentor Av, across from the Ice House, or it's walkable from the Lake Avenue station of the Gold Line light rail.

DONNA BARNES-ROBERTS is producing the afternoon event. She says, "If you have any questions, or contributions of photos, stories, videos, or complete fabrications, please send me an email as I am compiling these bits for the memorial and beyond."

Donna refers to herself as "your humble servant in Duanio-Land."

There are some opportunities for additional musicians to perform. Especially if you ever shared a stage with Duane. Don't be bashful, and remember, having a part is the best way to get through something when you're grieving.

Contact Donna at:

donna@barnesroberts.com

or by phone at 626-344-3488.
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Listen / watch some of Duane's performances and his originals on his website

http://www.thorinmusic.com/


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# 6 news feature...


NET NEUTRALITY MAY VANISH ON THURSDAY — WHY YOU SHOULD CARE, & WHAT YOU CAN DO


We'll let Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D, Hawaii), share the mic for this one. She says:

"The FCC is a government entity obligated to the serve the public interest — however, their plan to repeal net neutrality serves corporate interests, and must be stopped. Add your name if you agree.

"The FCC is meeting tomorrow (Thursday, May 18) to review the landmark and extremely important rules established on net neutrality. Trump-appointed [FCC] chairman Ajit Pai is bent on overturning this popular regulation, which prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from withholding internet speed from customers or blocking certain content according to how much they pay."

We hope you read that part carefully. The new FCC chairman wants to repeal the laws that require ISPs to let everyone drive on the internet freeway. It would become a tollway where the rich could go as fast as they want, and the rest of us would be relegated to driving bumpy dirt roads.

Tulsi Gabbard continues:

"We need to keep the internet free and open to all people. Anything less is corporate censorship sponsored by a government agency, and unfortunately, that’s what the big ISPs and their friends in the FCC want. More corporate profit, more restricted access for users, and the ability to take customers private browsing data to turn over to advertisers for a profit.

"With a boom in internet technology, it’s hard enough keeping our laws and regulations up to speed to protect consumers. Overturning net neutrality takes us in the wrong direction."

You can register your desires on the FCC comments page that John Oliver exposed as intentionally obscure.

The link is below. And it's important. As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, over 96.5% of comments in favor of abolishing net neutrality had been sent by corporate web bots, and only 2% of individual human beings favored giving our rights to rich corporations. Still, the total number of comments — those from humans and those from web bots — will be used to justify Ajit Pai's move to give the web to corporations, unless all of us respond in numbers too big to ignore.

Congresswoman Gabbard says, "Sign... today to show the FCC that our rights to privacy and information aren’t up for auction."

She continues:

"The American people made their preference clear in 2015, flooding the FCC website with over 4 million public comments in favor of net neutrality, which the commission established. Just last year, a US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. Now under new Republican leadership, the FCC’s attempt to pull that regulation out from under the public is a brazen ploy to give corporations yet another advantage over consumers.

"The FCC chairman may not care for public opinion when compared to corporate profitability, but I do. Lawrence, we need your help to fight decisions like this every day in Congress, in Hawaii, and anywhere else that we see injustice occur. I serve to put people before profits, and open access to the internet is one of the greatest gifts technology has given us. It should not be restricted according to how much one can afford to pay for it.

"It is critical that we make our voices heard before the FCC meets to determine the future of net neutrality. Will you join me in signing this petition to keep it in place?"

We can’t allow the FCC to stifle consumer choice in the name of protecting the largest internet service providers’ profits. Net neutrality must remain, and with your help, it will.

"Mahalo,
Tulsi"
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SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TO THE FCC

Try getting through on the direct FCC link that has the intentionally confusing url:

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/proceedings?q=name:((17-108))

Or, if that one is down again, you can use an FCC alternative entry point. But this one has its own built-in way to scare you off. It requires you download their template and fill it out completely in order to make your statement, and then you can follow their instructions to upload it to their site:

https://www.fcc.gov/restoring-internet-freedom-comments-wc-docket-no-17-108
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We wish we could tell you that the link John Oliver established — the one that has crashed the entire FCC website, twice — would get your message registered. But it won't. The FCC, citing some arcane "procedural quirk," is NOT accepting any comments that have been made through

http://gofccyourself.com
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Congresswoman Gabbards has her own petition online. While it's less effective than registering your thoughts directly with the FCC, it doesn't hurt to sign her petition and add to whatever weight she can bring to bear. Plus, it lets her know you support her taking a leadership position against the corporate power grab. That's at:

http://aloha.votetulsi.com/page/s/net-neutrality
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WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU BECOME AWARE OF THE HUGE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS PROPOSED CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT POLICY AND REGULATION.

A scathingly effective and informative video treatise — and one that is bitingly funny in its ridicule of the oligarchs who seek to control the web (for the same reasons they try to control everything else in our society) for their own interests, purposes, and maximization of profits — is the subject of this splendid video by Lee Camp. It's from his weekly series, "Redacted Tonight."

If you're not yet a "Lee" fan, prepare to become one. Here's his special feature from last Friday, "Our Internet Will Be Destroyed in the Coming Weeks & No One’s Talking About it":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBkMRDbgAY4

The YouTube notes for the above say, "Lee explains all of the new pushes by the telecoms and the FCC to undermine internet freedom, one of which has them going so far as to actually call their attempts at crushing internet freedom, you guessed it — "INTERNET FREEDOM." It’s Orwellian and sick. Lee goes on to shred the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, by tearing into video footage of Pai being an absolutely ridiculous, villainous corporate tool. Lee then explains how important maintaining Net Neutrality is. He discusses how an open internet is why movements like Black Lives Matter, the Bernie Revolution and Occupy have been able to even exist. This and more on 'Redacted Tonight.'"

Plus there's a fine article you can read at http://leecamp.com:

"While the U.S. Prepares to Crush Net Neutrality, Other Countries Have Made it a Basic Human Right."

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UPDATE: LATE THURSDAY...

They did it. They actually voted to initiate the repeal of net neutrality.

On a party-line vote, the FCC voted for the first step of Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to hand-over control of the internet to giant telecom corporations and screw the rest of us.

Comcast and Verizon may have won this battle, but many of our fellow citizens are awake now, and vowing that the corporatocracy has not won the war.

Thursday's vote was the very bad, very dangerous first step in the FCC's rule-making process. We have until July 17 to bring as much pressure as possible, not only on the FCC, but also on Congress and the White House, to keep net neutrality rules in place.

We need to make sure that our elected representatives in the House and Senate, as well as the White House, all understand this: if the FCC goes forward with handing over control of the internet to Comcast and their big telecom brethren, they will be held accountable when we vote in 2018.


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# 7 news feature...


USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION HAS LIMITED-TIME CD OFFER, through May 19th


For a VERY limited time, between now and May 19th, if you enter the 22nd USA Songwriting Competition you get a copy of the "USA Songwriting Competition Compilation CD" —

https://online.songwriting.net/?promo=CD3

This is one of the longest-running and top songwriter contests with great prizes and the Guide tells you about it every year. In their late announcment just today, contest officials seem to be tripping over their own shoelaces bragging about all the artists on this limited CD. They told the Guide, "In the limited time offer that we have, there is no way to summarize them all. Get it while stocks last, because in 3 days time, the offer is gone... [and] you would have missed the boat on this Compilation CD!"

On it, you will hear the top winning songs of the past year, featuring winning tracks by songwriters who include Jerad Finck, Tim Gates, Jesse Blaze Snider, Cam Nacson, Jared Rabin, Trev Lukather, Frank Raknes Schonberg, Marlowe Stone, Pinnacle TheHustler, Paulina Aguirre, Tiffany Smith, Brian Kelly, Lisa Hilton, Terry Fator, Benjamin Furman, and more people you've never heard of — yet. Because winning this competition has proven to be a path to a music career for many.

Karen Randle runs Artist Relations at the USA Songwriting Competition. She says, "I decided to re-open the Machine program for a few days. But you have to act quickly – this special offer is only good till May 19th and we will be closing this shortly. After you enter, we will mail you the compilation CD, so enter now before all the Compilation CDs are gone."

Sure, it's a promo gimmick. But if you're a songwriter, you should enter, anyway. And it never hurts to hear what kind of material made it with the impressive panel of music industry judges to win in each of the many categories last year.

All the entry instructions are at the above link.


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# 8 news feature...


CITY OF HOPE ANNOUNCES ARTISTS FOR 27th ANNUAL CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2017) – Most Southern Californians know the City of Hope in Duarte, CA. But few here know that it is the longtime beneficiary of a Celebrity Softball Game presented by Staples® and played in Tennessee. It happens Saturday, June 10 at 11 am at First Tennessee Park in Nashville.

For the first time this year, the event will involve legendary artists as play-by-play announcers. The first round of artists to participate will be Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, Jeannie Seely and Tim Rushlow.

The most recent additions to the star-powered lineup are Craig Morgan; The Swon Brothers; Jessie James Decker joined by her husband and NFL player, Eric Decker; Jackie Lee; Maggie Rose; Drew Scott from HGTV’s “Property Brothers"; and Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, and Chase Chrisley of USA's "Chrisley Knows Best."

Previously announced artists for teams "iHeart Media" versus "SiriusXM/Grand Ole Opry" are: Kellie Pickler, Bobby Bones, Sara Evans, Lauren Alaina, Aaron Watson, Danielle Bradbery, Trent Harmon, and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth from ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

Reba McEntire will sing the National Anthem. More talent will continue to be announced at the event website.

As always, 100 percent of event net profits benefit City of Hope. There's more info on the game at www.cityofhope.org/softball or follow City of Hope on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For those interested in attending, tickets are on sale now at www.Ticketmaster.com.

The City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. For more info, go to www.cityofhope.org.


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# 9 news feature...


FOLK ALLIANCE REGION-WEST EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 31st


The 14th annual "FAR-West Acoustic Music Conference" happens October 5–8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, WA, and we've reported on it before. Now it's time to remind everyone that the early-bird registration deadline grows near. Through May 31, Folk Alliance members can register for $160, and non-members for $185.

Special discounts apply for Canadian attendees, as well as those who present or represent qualifying house concert series, small venues, arts organizations, and DJ’s.

The Larman Scholarship helps musician attendees with financial help for registration. There's info on that at: http://www.far-west.org/registration-2017.html

The place to go to register is:

http://www.far-west.org/registration-2017.html

The FAR-West Conference is a key gathering place for music and arts communities from the Greater West and beyond. FAR-West draws members from California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii, and in Canada from Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories. The FAR-West conference relocates every two years; this is the second year that Bellevue, Washington is hosting the event.

In addition to seeing first-rate entertainment at the official showcases and "Venues Choice Concert," it's a participatory event. All those in attendance can connect, collaborate, perform, learn, and celebrate their diverse talents. Highlights include:
• Venues' Choice Concert presenting favorite acts from popular stages.
• Two juried Official Showcase Concerts starring top acoustical acts.
• Best of the West (BOTW) Award Luncheon
• Pre-conference Wednesday Night Open Stage at Dusty Strings in Seattle.
• Workshops and panels for the arts and music professions.
• Networking Center for promotion and information exchange.
• Late Night "Private Guerilla Showcases" (PGS) for musicians.
• The New Voices Showcase for conference first-timers.
• Sunday Afternoon Storytelling Expo introducing outstanding storytellers.
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The organization completed its 2017 elections earlier this month. It's likely you know some or all of these folks. Re-elected to a three year board term are Carey Appel (CA) and Joel Tepp (WA). Newly elected board members for three years are Mary Anne Moorman (WA) and Stephen Bond Garvan (ID). Two ballot questions about revising the by-laws were passed by membership. At its May 9 meeting, the FAR-West board also appointed Michael Howard (AK) to a one year board term. The Board re-elected officers to one year terms: Mark Kaufman (WA), President; Jeanette Lundgren (OR), Vice-President; Janet Dukes (NV), Secretary; Ronnie Weinberger (CA), Treasurer.


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# 10 news feature...


MARINA V BLENDS FOLK SENSIBILITIES INTO POP WITH FABULOUS LYRICS


Like most fans of traditional Folk-Americana music, we also love new music that is well crafted. That applies whether it's delivered with mandolins, banjos, guitars, accordions, or keyboards.

We've told you about Russian emigre MARINA V many times over the past few years. There are many reasons to celebrate her talents — her keyboard composing and engaging performance style are high on the list. So are her ability to apply her multilingual mastery to the crafting of lyrical sentiments in English better than most songwriters who were raised with English as their first (and probably only) language.

This time, we're going to ask you to approach one of her songs backwards. (No, not a "Paul is a walrus" vinyl-spun-backwards thing, but a look before you leap kinda thing.) Read the lyrics first, before you watch the video. That's because you won't be able to savor the lyrics in the first listen unless you've seen them first. The words begin simply enough, and the chorus seems simple — but wait'll you see where this songwriting/performing duo takes them.

The song is "BORN TO THE STARS" written by Marina Verenikina & Nick Baker.

We are, we are, we are
We are born to the stars, we are
We are never to stop
Never to stop
We are the only chance we've got

Whatever happened to
The dreams that we once knew
Whatever happened to us
Did we grow up too fast?
Well, I don’t want to be
Whatever they decided for me
And I don’t want to feel
The way it’s making me feel

We are, we are, we are
We are born to the stars, we are
We are never to stop
Never to stop
Even when it scares us
We are, we are, we are
We are given a chance we are
We are never to stop
Never to stop
We are the only chance we’ve got

Whatever happened to
The brave and beautiful
The hope in songs & books
Discovering the universe
Well I don’t want to be
Their sensible version of me
And I don’t want to feel
The way it’s making me feel

Whatever happened to
The dreams that we once knew
Whatever happened to our childlike wonder
I need to feel the light
The hunger for this life
The beauty lies inside
So go and find it.
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Marina tells us, "I wrote 'Born to the Stars' during a dark moment in my life, but this song helped me get through it. Every time I sing it, I feel strong, empowered and inspired. If you feel inspired too, please share. I'm honored to have cameos by several amazing people whose spirit and determination I admire tremendously."

There's a long list of those artists making cameos in the music video. Among them are several folkies. Because we 'spect you're about to go watch it, here's the list of people to look for in the video, along with Marina and Nick: Manda Mosher (Calico The Band); Shannon Hurley & Ben Eisen (Lovers & Poets); Jill Sobule; Jim Kimo West (Hawaiian Slack Key/Weird Al); Bruce Kulick (KISS/Grand Funk Railroad); Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith); Steve Horner; Steel Panther; David Ellefson (Megadeth); Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie); Astrid Plane (Animotion); Sandro Monetti (writer/journalist); Eliina Nicole (Regain Your Voice); Marci Chiarandini (Las Vegas Public Library); Katya Tsyganova; Elke James; Raggi Olafsson (Árstíðir); Cole Coleman; Ali McManus & band; Nikhil Korula.

The video was produced by Steve Horner and directed & edited by Katya Tsyganova. Guest vocals by Árstíðir. Filmed at Studio 519, Redondo Beach, CA.

Here's the link. Enjoy. And watch out, because you might just get inspired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEnZaoj2nnQ&feature=youtu.be
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Buy and support:
Get the single at: https://tinyurl.com/MarinaViTunes
You can pre-order the upcoming album at: http://www.MarinaV.com


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# 11 news feature... (Reprinted from May 13th edition)


NAVIGATION / VENUE TRAFFIC ALERT, now through May 20, Pasadena area


In professional bike racing, the Amgen Tour of California begins Thursday, May 11, and will conclude a week from Saturday, on May 20, with the final stage beginning at Mountain High in the San Gabriel Mountains, and finishing in Pasadena at the Pasadena Convention Center at 300 E Green Street. The home stretch comes down the Angeles Crest Highway, passes through La Canada, runs east on Woodbury Road and turns south on Los Robles Blvd. The riders then turn east on Colorado Boulevard, go one block and turn right on Madison, then right on Green Street to the finish line. The race is expected to end around 1:45 PM. If you like bike racing, it will be an exciting place to be, and if you don't, a good place to avoid. If you want to see the finish, arrive early and allow time to find parking. Thanks to our friends at the Pasadena Folk Music Society for the word.


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# 12 news feature...


NEWS FINDER — RECENT TOPICS IN THE GUIDE


Things you could stand to know about, from the most recent "Music News" editions of the Guide:
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✔ "57th Annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival Still Needs Volunteers" is the May 16th special edition, at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/57th-annual-topanga-banjo-fiddle.html
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✔ "Weekend Doin's, May 13 & 14, plus News, UPCOMING Festivals & a few Concert picks through July 4th" ran May 13, 2017, and includes these durable news features:

5) Volunteer: Santa Monica Mountains Trail Work, May 20th (or ongoing)
6) The Guide Has an International Readership
Plus...
1) (Repeated May 17) Musical Memorial for Duane Thorin is May 27, 1-5 pm
2) (Repeated May 17) Navigation / Venue Traffic Alert, now through May 20, Pasadena Area
7) (Updated May 17) Need to Play Catch-Up? Here are Recent Topics / Editions...

That's at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/weekend-doins-may-13-14-plus-news.html
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✔ "Mid-Week Hot Stuff, May 10-May 14, plus two bits o' history, and FESTIVAL-FILLED weekends ahead" ran Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Its news features are integrated with the calendar and are all about history that continues to shape our world today:

* May 9th: "Victory Day" with its marches in 50 nations to honor the "Immortal Batallion" that defeated fascism and dictators and gave us the post-World War II world...

* May 10th: "GOLDEN SPIKE DAY.' Few events in 19th century America were as formative, or came close to having such a big role in defining the nation we would become, as the completion of the first transcontinental railroad..."

That's at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/mid-week-hot-stuff-may-10-may-14-plus.html
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✔ "Remembering BILL BRYSON, bluegrass musician extraordinaire" is the May 3rd special edition, at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/remembering-bill-bryson-bluegrass.html
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✔ A full edition of music news ran May 5th. It contains the following feature stories:

1) THIS WEEKEND is Festival-Crazy! Here's a Guide to Maximizing Your Fun!
2) BOB DYLAN finally gets his Nobel prize; and DYLANFEST is this Sunday in Torrance
3) LAURIE LEWIS, Bluegrasser and Grammy winner has news, and she plays Saturday night
4) PETER, PAUL & MARY duo play "Music2Life" Benefit in Ventura, May 13
5) Obscure here, famous elsewhere, and wonderful: ELLEN STAPENHORST
6) ERNEST TROOST's latest — an original and ironic "Make America Great Again"
7) For a Cajun landmark, it's ashes to ashes, Hall-Of-Fame to dust
8) Cajun-Zydeco-Creole-Blues FESTIVAL SEASON & concerts in Southern Cal
9) NU-BLU, top bluegrass stars, release brand new album "Vagabonds"
10) New CD by World Music star MEKLIT features ANDREW BIRD on violin and THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
11) New releases of great old material: THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, THE DOORS
12) "WILLIE NELSON’s Luck Reunion" 2017 included Southern Cal's THE WILD REEDS
13) The Broad Stage wins Ovation Award for "1984" as "Best Presented Production of 2016"
14) Maritime Music / Sea Chanteys Festivals & News

It's at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/05/mays-musical-banquet-news-reviews.html
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✔ We reported the sad news about JIMMY LaFAVE being diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was received from Slaid Cleaves and his wife, Karen. It's an up-top feature, added when the news arrived. Plus, that same April 21st edition ran with more six music news stories, including these:

2) A Guide to the 10th Annual "RECORD STORE DAY" on Saturday, April 22nd
3) A Special Bluegrass "RECORD STORE DAY" Release
4) After "Record Store Day," there's "RECORD STORE CRAWL 2017" in July
5) "EARTH DAY" Special Video Download: "EARTH AS A PLANET"

That edition is archived at:

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/weekend-music-news-lotsa-great-stuff.html


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Be sure to get acquainted with the Guide's continuously updated

"ENCYCLOPEDIA FESTIVANICA" -!

It's your most complete source for both the LOCAL and NATIONAL Folk-Americana MUSIC FESTIVAL scene !

The edition that keeps the current upcoming festivals on top is at

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-current.html
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If you only want to check on the ADDITIONS to that yuge catalogue (added festivals or added info on already listed festivals), you can check easily on those, at

http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-music-festival-guide-late-additions.html

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THE COMING SUMMER...

Now, we're really NOT going back into the daily music calendar bid'ness, but, that said... there is an irresistible bridge of tunefulness between weekends of festivals.

And if you rely on corporate mainstream media for your supposed news, you'd miss all that. Along with most of the music news we bring you. So, we'll feature some select picks of concerts, etc., as we navigate the summer together.

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As always, you know that a whole lot more is coming soon — including fresh MUSIC NEWS, PREVIEWS & REVIEWS, and more additions to our massive guide to the MUSIC FESTIVALS of 2017.

Meantime, go get tuneful!

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Boilerplate? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

What "boilerplate"? Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...
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