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Monday, December 29, 2008

ACOUSTIC NEW YEAR'S EVE in the L.A. area - Acoustic Americana Music Guide SPECIAL

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December 31, 2008 - NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS - SPECIAL EDITION
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“CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL MUSIC SOCIETY NEW YEARS CAMP” (Wed-Sat, Dec 31-Jan 3; details at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-events-remaining-acoustic.html) - there are numerous events with acoustic music on New Year’s Eve in the L.A. area.
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Wed, Dec 31:
Noon-2 pm BLUES GYPSIES bring da blues to the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, on W 5th St between S Olive St & S Hill St, L.A.; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/concerts.htm. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. The series has a fine, professional sound system. If you work downtown, you can grab lunch at any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy all or part of the concert. Free.
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Wed, Dec 31:
3-7 pm PADDY’S PIG plays the first of two “NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOWS” – because 4 pm in California is midnight in Ireland and England – show at Black Watch Pub, 497 N Central Av # B, Upland 91786; 909-981-6069; VENUE WILL HAVE FREE CHAMPAGNE & APPETIZERS. The band was splendid recently at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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See an excellent story on PADDY’S PIG by Michelle Mills in the “Whittier Daily News,” at www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_11129751, and Bliss wrote about them in The “Pasadena Weekly,” at www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/trax/6695, and check them at www.celticmp3s.com/free/2008/11/ring-on-chain-by-paddys-pig.shtml
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Their instrumentation includes mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, lots of vocals from the charming Miss Missy and other band members, and some penny whistle. Bridging any musical gap between generations, PADDY'S PIG entertains without fail, playing everything from reels, jigs and rebel songs to drinking songs and tender Celtic ballads. Formed, they tell us, “at the curly-tailed end of the twentieth century,” the Southern Cal-based band performs lively renditions of traditional and pseudo-traditional Irish and Celtic music. They are equally at home playing barn-burners like “The Blacksmith,” and the Pogues’ “Sally MacLennane,” to heart-wrenching ballads like “He Fades Away,” and “She Moved Through the Fair,” to classic tunes like “Loch Lomand,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” They get the audience involved, sometimes leaving the stage to do so, blurring the line between audience and performer.
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Wed, Dec 31:
4 pm & 9 pm (two shows) “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ - THE SONGS OF LIEBER & STOLLER” at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; www.elportaltheatre.com; 818-508-0281; event, 818-508-4200. Special NYE shows include parties; see last paragraph.
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In celebration of all the holidays including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Year’s, Weddington Street Productions in association with Corky Hale Productions presents Leiber and Stoller’s award winning musical “Smokey Joe’s Café” with an all star cast and orchestra.
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Directed and choreographed by Jeffrey Polk with musical direction by Daryl Archibald. Cast members include the Tony nominated original “shimmying” DeLee Lively, Robert Torti who starred in the Los Angeles/ Pre Broadway and London Smokey Joe's and was Tony nominated for Starlight Express and Ovation Winner for Reefer Madness , T.C. Carson who has multi film, television including Fox Network’s Living Single and national stage credits including Dreamgirls and Seasame Street, Sharon Catherine Blanks (Sharon Brown) who starred in Dreamgirls on Broadway and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jackie Seiden whose Broadway and National credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray. And featuring Dionne Figgins , Maeco Oliverand Niles River. Director/choreographer Jeffrey Polk has a long history with the show with Broadway, National and International Tours as well as regional productions at CLOSBC, La Mirada and Sacramento Music Circus.
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Smokey Joes Café premiered on Broadway on March 2, 1995 at the Virginia Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Beat Musical. Smokey Joes Café made its theatrical debut in 1994 in Los Angeles at the then Doolittle Theatre and its London Premiere in 1996 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The New York production closed on January 16, 2000 after 2,036 performances making it the longest running musical revue in Broadway history. The Original Broadway cast soundtrack Smokey Joe’s Café, The Songs of Leiber and Stoller won the Grammy Award for Best Musical show Album on DVD in 2001.
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It’s the days of doo-wop and drive-ins. This Grammy Award winning musical features every hit created by the Top 40 song writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Featuring the solid gold singles of Elvis, The Coasters, Ben E. King, The Drifters and many more. The production showcases 39 pop standards - including some of the most memorable rock n’ roll and rythmn and blues songs of the 20th Century. The songs include Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Yakety Yak, Love Potion Number 9, Stand By Me, Kansas City, and On Broadway. The king himself (Elvis) recorded more than 20 of these Leiber and Stoller hits.
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Rebuilt in the late 90's and opened in January of 2000, the once 1400-seat movie palace now houses three theatres - the 42-seat Studio, the 95-seat Forum, and the 350-seat MainStage - along with the new art gallery, featuring many of Los Angeles visual artists, plus hangings in the sumptuous lobbies. Free parking behind the theatre.
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The Lobbies of the historic El Portal are decorated for the season. (Last show, Jan 1, 8 pm; tix, 25-$55.) Special New Year’s Eve celebrations with inclusive after- parties are Wed, Dec 31 at 4 pm and at 9 pm, with tix $100 and $150 for New Year's Eve.
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Wed, Dec 31; in the OC:
5-9 pm “NEW YEAR’S EVE FRENCH DINNER” at Lulu's Creperie Café, 24781 Alicia Pkwy Suite E, Laguna Hills 92609; 949-855-2222; www.lulus-cafe.com. New Year's Eve dinner in a charming French Café, features 4-course menu at one price. Reservations, 949-855-2222. $40 regular, $30 srs (age 60+).
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Wed, Dec 31; in Lake Hughes:
5 pm “ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI” dinner at The Historic Rock Inn, 17539 W Elizabeth Lake Rd, Lake Hughes; 661-724-1855; www.historicrockinn.com. We don’t know what they have in mind, post-pasta…
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Wed, Dec 31; in Tehachapi:
6 pm-? “OPEN MIC NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY” at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN.
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Wed, Dec 31:
7 pm-1 am “THE COFFEE GALLERY’S NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY” & potluck, with singer-songwriter DAVE MORRISON and others tba, at The Coffee Gallery & The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info, email Julie at bohemianjoe@gmail.com. Dancing in the Coffee Gallery bistro, live entertainment in the Backstage, FOOD potluck - bring your favorite dish to share. Rules (one): park only on Lake Av or in Ronnie’s Service Station. Admission is “a smile and a smooch at midnight.”
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Wed, Dec 31; in the OC:
7 pm-midnight 18th annual “FIRST NIGHT FULLERTON” New Year celebration, centered around Harbor Bl & Chapman Av, N of 91 Fwy, in downtown Fullerton. Info, Fullerton Museum Center, 714-738-6545. “First Night” is the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, offering family-oriented, alcohol-free activities at various locations downtown. The historic downtown area is transformed with live music, entertainers, art exhibits, children's rides and activities, and an ice skating rink. A variety of food booths operate throughout the event, and most downtown restaurants are open and within walking distance of the “First Night” festivities. A 10-minute fireworks finale will finish off the celebration at midnight. A nominal fee is charged for the children’s rides, otherwise, it’s free.
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Wed, Dec 31; in Ventura:
“NEW YEARS CELEBRATION” at Zoeys Café, 451 E Main St, Ventura 93001; advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com or 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091. Limited to 50 guests. Begins with a 4-course gourmet dinner (with a Graham Beck wine pairing) created by Chef Andrew followed by “a fine cigar on the patio,” then it moves up to the Loft “for an intimate show with the amazing CHRIS PIERCE & BAND [www.chrispierce.com]” and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner and show package, $90 per person.
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Wed, Dec 31; at Disneyland:
8 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the “DISNEYLAND NEW YEARS CELEBRATION!” at Disneyland in Anaheim.
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Wed, Dec 31 (& Fri, Jan 2):
8-10:30 pm “CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR” is part of “Divine Performing Arts 2009 World Tour” at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena. Touring nationally, it’s an annual live show featuring classical Chinese dance and music, as well as the spirit of Chinese culture. Dozens of dancers in costumes, thunderous drums, spectacular backdrops, ancient legends, modern tales, soaring songs.
Tix $117 to $230, at http://thingstodo.msn.com/pasadena-ca/events/show/84940040-chinese-new-year-spectacular-2009
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Wed, Dec 31:
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE play a “NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY” at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425. One of Southern Cal’s best bands, the RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with EVAN MARSHALL (AKA “Relaxin' Jackson”) solo on magic mandolin / joining the band on fiddle. They are one of, if not "the" most historical Western band in the world. The Riders Of The Purple Sage have starred in films and radio from pre-WWII days to the present. Today's Riders, under the leadership of CODY BRYANT, deliver a show rich with old and new music. This band often performs with symphony orchestras. Each band member is a virtuoso. Their instruments include a five-string banjo, hot lead guitars, twin fiddles, steel guitar, upright bass, drums (one of the best drummers anywhere), and consummate vocals. While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that builds upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. Today’s Riders bring together hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, always leave the audience wanting more. In October, 2007, Larry Wines wrote that they were “ethereal and orchestral. They exceeded musicianship. They exceeded their genre.” Of course, tonight is a bar gig NYE party, NOT a listening room experience. No cover.
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Wed, Dec 31:
8:30 pm a “NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY” at the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St, El Segundo; reservations: 310-322-2592. Venue, www.otmh.org. “Special celebration films [probably silent films, accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ], music, food, and friends! Resrved seating, $25.”
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Wed, Dec 31:
9 pm-1 am THE CALIFORNIA COWBOYS play for “NEW YEAR’S EVE” at Texas Loosey’s, 22252 Palos Verdes Bl, Torrance 90505. It’s a honky-tonk New Years Eve party.
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Wed, Dec 31:
9 pm (also at 4 pm; two shows) “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ - THE SONGS OF LIEBER & STOLLER” at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; www.elportaltheatre.com; 818-508-0281; event, 818-508-4200. Special NYE shows include parties; see 4 pm listing.
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Wed, Dec 31:
9 pm RYAN HARRISON & THE ORPHANS plus THE LINCOLN BEDROOM play the “NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY” at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A.; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. We ‘spect this will be all-electric…
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Wed, Dec 31:
BIG RED SKY plays for “NEW YEAR'S EVE” at The Hideaway, 12110 Kagel Canyon, Kagel Canyon (Sylmar); 818-890-1225. More at www.thebigredsky.com
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Wed, Dec 31:
“FANTASY ISLAND NEW YEARS PARTY” at Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St, Hollywood 90028; http://ricardomontalbantheatre.info; 323-871-2420 or event line 323-465-4167. All we know is they’re planning an event for NYE. This splendid Beaux Arts live-performance theater was built in 1926-1927. The theater was reopened in May, 2004 and was renamed the Ricardo Montalban Theater. It holds 1000-1200, seated, and is being remodelled to appear more as it did when it was built in 1926. It's Beaux-Arts exterior has been carefully recreated in the first phase of the project and the interior work is progressing. Nike Sportswear held a 3-month exhibition there in summer ’08.
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Wed, Dec 31; in the OC:
9 pm LUIS OLIART with FAMILY STYLE, playing the “NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY” at The Winery Restaurant, 2647 Park Av, Tustin 92782. Singer-songwriter LUIS OLIART excites people. "If Luis doesn't advance to the next round, I'm gonna take him myself and start our own project on the side!" - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) on NBC's “Star Tomorrow” TV show. "...simply magical...totally captivating...compelling." - Bernard Baur, Music Connection. "It’s beautiful to hear such great stirring spirit…there is a fire in it… I love what you are doing." - Joey Reynolds, 710 WOR Radio. More at www.oliartmusic.com and www.myspace.com/oliartmusic
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Wed, Dec 31:
9:30 pm-12:30 am PADDY’S PIG plays the second of their two “NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOWS,” this one at Casey's Irish Bar, 613 S Grand Av, downtown L.A., 90017; 213-629-2353; www.bigcaseys.com. They were splendid recently at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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See an excellent story on PADDY’S PIG by Michelle Mills in the “Whittier Daily News,” at www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_11129751, and Bliss wrote about them in The “Pasadena Weekly,” at www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/trax/6695, and check them at www.celticmp3s.com/free/2008/11/ring-on-chain-by-paddys-pig.shtml
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Their instrumentation includes mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, lots of vocals from the charming Miss Missy and other band members, and some penny whistle. Bridging any musical gap between generations, PADDY'S PIG entertains without fail, playing everything from reels, jigs and rebel songs to drinking songs and tender Celtic ballads. Formed, they tell us, “at the curly-tailed end of the twentieth century,” the Southern Cal-based band performs lively renditions of traditional and pseudo-traditional Irish and Celtic music. They are equally at home playing barn-burners like “The Blacksmith,” and the Pogues’ “Sally MacLennane,” to heart-wrenching ballads like “He Fades Away,” and “She Moved Through the Fair,” to classic tunes like “Loch Lomand,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” They get the audience involved, sometimes leaving the stage to do so, blurring the line between audience and performer.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
See you in 2009!
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As always, more to come, as we keep on keepin’ on into 2009, with updates to the JANUARY Guide, and most of the months of 2009 in the “long look ahead” posts. …So many truly fine shows, so few evenings and weekends to see them. And hey, Western Capitalism is going to collapse around you anyway, and gas is suddenly the ONLY thing that’s affordable, so why not go have a tunefully good time?
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View more events at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com, where all is presented as chronological date listings, for today/tonight, this week, this month, and longer “looks ahead.” The Acoustic Americana Music Guide updates often, and News Features post weekly.
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Current chronological date listings, to Sep 2009, are available for
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(1) Los Angeles-area acoustic Americana / folk-Americana / acoustic renaissance music events, and,
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(2) festivals and other events of great note featuring acoustic Americana music, THROUGHOUT THE US & CANADA (and sometimes beyond), are included in the Guide, and listed separately in our presentation of “Best-Out-of-Town (Beyond L.A.) Events,” which posts from time to time.
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If you don’t see the dates you need in the content bar at left, just scroll it, OR CLICK THE MOST RECENT PAST MONTH for posts that published during that month. If you are exploring the ancient archives on our Myspace page, use the “view all” button and scroll, then use the “older” button as many times as needed to explore into the paleozoic.
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If you’re trying to explain this thing to someone who likes real music, just tell ‘em that the Guide’s MOST RECENT EDITIONS as well as our NEWS FEATURES - that’s both the Guide with its event calendars with descriptive write-ups, AND the separately-posted News for-and-about acoustic musicians and music - can be found conveniently at
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News of the “Tied to the Tracks” radio & TV shows is at www.myspace.com/laacoustic.
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LINKS:
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If you are considering a vacation to Mexico, here's an informative and fun site for you: www.mexicovacationtravels.com
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Friday, December 26, 2008

December 2008 events remaining, Acoustic Americana Music Guide, update 12-26-08

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EDITOR’S NOTES ON THINGS YOU HAVEN’T SEEN HERE BEFORE…
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FIRST, you may have noticed that we’ve been including a number of concerts that are usually found only under the headings of “CLASSICAL MUSIC.” We’re happy to bring you the info about these, not only because some of the best holiday music often includes classical music, but because people who love real music tend to love all real music, whether, for example, a fiddle is called a violin or a viola or just a fiddle.
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SECOND, we don’t usually list “WORLD MUSIC,” but we’re making plenty of exceptions during the holidays. We know you’ll appreciate that when you’re looking for things to impress your out-of-town guests (or just to send them off somewhere to hear something they can’t hear at home in Iowa, and to get them out of the house for a night). And, of course, there is much more to it. Many musical traditions, from throughout the world, have combined and evolved into our North Americana celebrations of Christmas and Hanukah. So much so, that Celtic Christmas concerts, as one example, now seem wholly American.
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December is always a time of year when things are just tastier, with huge platters of onrushing flavors old and new. We see it all as quite consistent with letting you know about music and the musicians who make it, and who’s doing live performances that we know you’ll enjoy. We do, of course, stay true to the nature of live acoustic music, “keeping it real.” So, if you’re looking for that Britney Lohan sh-thump-thud, revolving-door-rehab, pop-tart-du-jour electro-cyberized junk that is recorded one note at a time and infests the radio, you’ll need to look elsewhere. THIS is the place for acoustic music that’s REAL MUSIC, from blues-to-bluegrass-to-borderlands, Cajun-to-cowboy-to-Celtic-to-Cape-Breton-to-Quebecois, new-old-trad-alt-post folk, and the exciting artists of today’s acoustic renaissance!
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WELCOME!
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The GUIDE and the NEWS FEATURES post separately.
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IF YOU USED A SPECIFIC URL to reach this edition of the Guide, and more than a few days have passed since the date it posted, THERE MAY BE A NEWER EDITION. Use the basic url - http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com - and check the side bar on the left, to look for more recent editions with additional and updated events.
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THE MOST RECENT GUIDE, with its detailed calendar of events, is identifiable by the date it was posted at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com. We DO post future months separate from the current month, so the next time you come to the site to find “long looks ahead,” remember that they may get buried under updates to the current month; use the list on the left side for guidance. And we occasionally post a Guide / calendar of “Best-Out-of-Town (Beyond L.A.)” events, for those great festivals and special happenings in other parts of the country, and to help everyone include music with travel plans.
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THE MOST RECENT NEWS FEATURES, as well as other recent news posts that are often still relevant, are always available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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WHAT’S IN THE NEWS THAT WE COVER? Our latest news features always include things of interest to acoustic music fans AND artists (musicians and songwriters). Topics include trends in the industry, radio, internet radio, music conferences, artists who have recently won awards and recognitions, charity benefits, festival lineups and booking information, our picks for on-line music videos, music-related books, things that are fun to know, and more – but NEVER any “who’s-sleeping-with-who” gossip crap. (That’s YOUR business, and it’s not the public’s business just because you work in show biz.) Current and recent news editions are found at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com. Old archived editions are on the myspace page (www.myspace.com/laacoustic), accessible by using the “View All” and the “older entries” button and scrolling all the way back to when acoustic music happened because dinosaurs got rambunctious.
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UPDATES TO THE CURRENT MONTH’S GUIDE / CALENDAR are made at least weekly, because MORE acoustic and folk-Americana music events get booked into a vast number of venues, with more added all the time. And, we include events as we learn of them from artists, presenters, venues, festivals, workshop presenters, etc.
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FUTURE EVENTS are currently posted into mid-2009, and will soon go farther than that.
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RECURRING EVENTS include residencies, series, showcases, and open mics, and all these are numerous in the Southern California acoustic music universe. We generally add them to the Guide’s calendar one week at a time, as dates approach, because there are so many of them, AND because it gives us a chance to learn who is playing. These are currently included through –
Tuesday, December 23.
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GETTING YOUR GIG LISTED: We welcome your feedback, and news of your acoustic Americana music shows (send us gig notices in our format, please; see any listed show for an example) please DON’T expect us to re-type info that you have locked into a jpg – send us plain text, so we can work with it! Send to us at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com.
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WE’RE ON BLOGSPOT.COM after a long presence on MySpace, because that site now accepts only short posts. The Guide is waaaay too comprehensive to fit anywhere that imposes limitations. We began posting to Blogspot in early 2008.
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Our MYSPACE PAGE (www.myspace.com/laacoustic) has current news of the syndicated “Tied to the Tracks” radio show, and what’s happening with its TV counterpart. And it’s where you can find archived Acoustic Americana Music News editions published prior to Spring, 2008.
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PLEASE DO COMMUNICATE WITH US about anything related to the Acoustic Americana Music Guide and / or the Acoustic Americana Music News, at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com.
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PLEASE DON’T send us anything through myspace email. It’s esoteric, it cannot be auto-forwarded into a “real” email account, and we just can’t keep up with it. (Myspace “friends” are great, and we DO welcome you there!) But, communicate through email only at the above address. And, yes, we get HUNDREDS of emails every week, so please give us as much advance notice as possible for your event!
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Fri, Dec 26; at Disneyland:
All day PHIL WARD once again performs at Disneyland, “as the lead goofball” with BILLY HILL AND THE HILLBILLIES in the Golden Horseshoe (Frontierland). Phil tells us, “Five shows daily, with plenty of Christmas music and improvised songs, perhaps about you!” Phil has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Fri, Dec 26; on web radio:
5 pm “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, with this week’s performing western music guests RICK HUFF and PAUL HARRIS. Call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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Fri, every week:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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Fri, every week:
6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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Fri, every week:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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Fri, every week; in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Fri, every week:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” Info & directions, www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Dec 26; in the OC:
8-10:30 pm DENNIS ROGER REED BAND at Alta Coffee, 506 31st St, Newport Beach; 949-675-0233. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and always deliver a fine and fun performance. Dennis says, “Chances are you’re already tired of leftover turkey and stuffing, you spent the day returning ‘gifts’ at the mall, so now it’s time to relax and enjoy some live music. KEVIN GORE will be handling the keys and banjo, LANCE WULFF will be playing harmonica and DRR will be DRRing.” More at www.dennisrogerreed.com. No cover.
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Fri, every week:
ON HIATUS: 8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, last Fri, every month:
9 pm “LAST FRIDAYS AT THE SCENE” with I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. and MIKE STINSON and guests, at The Scene, 806 E Colorado Bl, Glendale; 818-241-7029; www.thescenebar.com. I See Hawks and Mike Stinson do this monthly gig with a different guest each month, where “The worst stage monitors in California contribute to the fun.” Artists info: www.paulmarshall.net. No cover.
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Fri, every week:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, repeats every week:
11 am-12:30 pm “PACIFIC SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” with G. F. MLELY, at Theater & Cabaret, 1535 Termino Av, Long Beach 90804. Info, Billie Kalua, songwriters@jazcraft.net or 562-494-9627. Ongoing, began Mar 31, 2007. $15 per workshop, minimum 4 workshops payable in advance; pre-registration required.
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Saturdays, on web radio:
Noon-1 pm “UNSIGNED MUSIC SHOW” on WPMD with TEE-M and MIKE STARK is “a genre-busting show, where the UNsigned Revolution is on.” On the web at http://wpmd.org. Mike and TEE-M spin CDs 11 am-noon “from cutting-edge indie artists and bands,” (acoustic and electric) then welcome guests at noon, usually for all-acoustic live performances. The show rebroadcasts through the week; check site for details.
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Sat, Dec 27:
1-3 pm The “Youth Program” series brings PAUL WEI plus STRING PLANET to the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Grab lunch at any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy all or part of the concert. Free.
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Saturdays, on web radio:
1-3 pm “CONTINENTAL DRIFT” Celtic and British Isle folk show, on KUSP in Santa Cruz, includes live performance-interviews with host CINDY ODOM on her long-running show. From the highlands of Scotland to the midlands of England and beyond, it’s traditional and contemporary music from Ireland and the other British Isles, with Celtic lore and Celtic-influenced folk and ethnic music from Europe and North America. Info, playlists, and web simulcast at www.kusp.org.
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Saturdays, alternate Saturdays, on web radio:
2 pm (Pacific) “ACOUSTIC HARMONY,” hosted by Mark Michaelis, from WGDR at 91.1 FM in the Green Mountains of Vermont, simulcast at www.wgdr.org. Mark sometimes hosts folk and acoustic renaissance artists in-studio for all-acoustic performance-interviews. He says, “The focus is on contemporary and traditional folk, singer-songwriters and local artists, but a little of anything and everything might creep-in. Whether it's Celtic, bluegrass, world music or even rock or blues, as long as it's got beautiful harmonies and melodies you might here it here on a Saturday afternoon.” More info, playlists, and archived performance-interviews at www.acoustic-harmony.com.
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Saturdays, on web radio:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota. This initial “live” broadcast tiume each weekend is standard everywhere, though repeat times vary by station. In L.A., the show is broadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM, and repeats Saturday night, 6-8 pm and Sunday Noon-2 pm. But if you’re in L.A., it’s much better to find a web simulcast from somewhere; that’s because KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.
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Sat, recurring:
4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, 4th Sat every month:
5 pm Monthly JAM, POTLUCK, & CONTRA DANCE at The Living Tradition series at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; www.thelivingtradition.org; info, 949-646-1964. Dance caller TBD, band TBD. Monthly jam sessions allow musicians (instrumentalists and singers) to learn, practice, and enjoy traditional music in a relaxed atmosphere; held 4th Sat every month, before the contra dance. Jam participants play a wide array of instruments, from accordions to zithers, and a variety of traditional folk tunes, mostly from the Fiddlers’ Fake Book (by David Brody) and the Portland Collection (by Susan Songer). Open to all ages and levels of experience. Vocalists and song circles are welcome. Slow jam encourages novices. Fast jam challenges old-timers.
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Jam begins at 5 pm, bring your instruments & join in; free.
Slow jam, 5-5:45 pm
Fast jam, 5:45-7 pm
Potluck, 6:30 pm
Contra dance introduction lesson, 7:30 pm
> CONTRA DANCE is 8-11 pm, $8 per person, $7 for Anaheim residents, $6 for Living Tradition mbrs; children under 18 are free with paid adult.
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Sat, every week:
6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, 4th Sat, every month; in Lancaster:
6:30-10 pm CONTRA DANCE with Live music by DANANCE BAND at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W Ave J (across from Doublz Hamburgers and Popeye's Chicken), Lancaster; info: 661-272-5648 or rm.trochim@verizon.net. Held the last Saturday of every month. Please bring a snack or dessert to share in the potluck. $6 adults, $2 for age 14 and younger.
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Sat, every week; in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Sat, Dec 27:
7:30-10 pm monthly “ANIMAL NIGHT” benefit show with JULIE CHADWICK, SIOBHAN CARMEAN, DAVID STONE, DEANNA PINO, MARC PLATT, ALEKSANDRA SEVER, MICHAEL PENROSE, D. WHITNEY QUINN, AVRIL ROY-SMITH, ALANA SOWMAN, “and maybe a few special guests,” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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Performing host JULIE CHADWICK says, “This month we are celebrating the holidays by holding a fundraiser to help Kulaks stay open. All through the year, Paul Kulak is kind enough to allow us to do ‘Animal Night’ [as a benefit for an animal-related charity] the last Saturday of every month, and we just want to give something back by doing a fundraiser for Kulak’s. This is also a potluck, so if everyone could please bring a little something, like leftovers from your Holiday celebrations, that would be awesome!”
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All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, every week:
7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often, with very impressive performing guests.
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Sat; every Sat:
7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. New in April, 2008. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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Sat, Dec 27:
8 pm-midnight “ZYDECO DANCE SERIES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S DANCE” with live music by ANDRE' THIERRY at the Gardena Elks Lodge, 1735 W 162nd St, Gardena 90247. Info, call Sydney, event producer, at 323-401-8859. $20.
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Sat, 4th Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills; for location, contact Kay Conroy, 818-887-0446, WestValleyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Dec 27:
9 pm THE MULLIGANS at O’Malley’s on Main, 140 Main St, Seal Beach 90740; 562-430-0631; www.omalleyssealbeach.com. Jim McDonough of the “Irish News” says, “best pub in the South Bay… a multi-year winner of the ‘Guinness Perfect Pint Award.’ The food selection is also above the fold, the fish and chips are fantastic. Rated Five Shamrocks on PubGuide.com. Prices are moderate.” Insider info: the staff of the “Irish News” will be there.
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Sat, Dec 27:
9 pm-1 am SEAN WIGGINS & LONE GOAT at The Historic Rock Inn, 17539 W Elizabeth Lake Rd, Lake Hughes; 661-724-1855; www.historicrockinn.com. Sean says “Have dinner and be silly!” More at www.seanwiggins.com. No cover.
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Sat, every week:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, Dec 27:
9:30 pm CHARLIE WOLF & FRIENDS at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). Charlie's music is a blend of seriousness and comedy, music and humor. His songs range from tender, heartbreaking love songs (one sung from the perspective of a moose) to fast paced story songs reminiscent of Johnny Cash or Bob Dylan and satirical songs that make everybody in the audience howl with laughter. Raised by Southern Cal parents who bestowed upon him the love of music and a name that's far better suited for a blues singer, Charlie Wolf is an accomplished musician who plays guitar, harmonica, bass, and accordion, and self-produces all of his recordings, made in his comfy, non-soundproofed home studio. He is also a member of a band called THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. No cover.
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Sat, every week; on TV:
11 pm-12 am "AUSTIN CITY LIMITS" on KLCS (check your cable co.; broadcast TV Ch. 58). Recent editions have happily featured classic Americana artists, rather than the dearth of alt rockers who dominated for several months.
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Sat & Sun, Dec 27 & 28; in Yermo:
Midnight LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the “CALICO NEW YEARS CELEBRATION” and Saturday night fireworks show. Info, www.calicotown.com/events/newyears
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Sun, Dec 28:
2-4 pm BANDIDOS DE AMORE plays a classical guitar concert for the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. Grab lunch at Grand Central Market or any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy the concert. Free.
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Sun, Dec 28; last Sun, every month:
5:45 pm monthly OPEN MIC at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
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Sun, Dec 28:
6-10 pm monthly “GRIMM JAM” at the Big Fish, 5230 San Fernando Rd, Glendale. Kathryn Grimm tells us, Due to the holidaze and other engagements, I have rescheduled the monthly jam to Dec 28th this month. Please come out - we'll still be doing Christmas / holiday songs and the usual craziness.” Musicians wishing to play must contact Kathryn ahead of time at grimmmusic@yahoo.com; this is not your usual open jam.
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Sun, Dec 28:
7 pm SLIGO RAGS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. This locally-based big time Irish act performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” on St. Patrick’s Day in 2006, and that time EIGHT of the Top Ten songs on one Celtic Music Chart were their recordings. Their debut studio CD, "The Night Before the Morning After," still gets international airplay, and was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine. Two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this highly-entertaining ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Using fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and percussion, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Celtic music scene by storm. Says the San Diego Troubadour, "This band can light up an atmosphere as dim as the Guinness stout you just ordered at the bar... Sligo Rags really know their Celtic music." Don't be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act, as well. Much fun. Venue impresario BOB STANE says, “This is a money back, no-questions-asked-if-you-are-not-thrilled act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles.” $18.
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Sun, Dec 28; in Yermo:
Midnight LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the “CALICO NEW YEARS CELEBRATION” Sat and Sun; Saturday night includes fireworks show. Info, www.calicotown.com/events/newyears
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Mon, every week:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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Mon, every Mon, on the web:
3:59-5:15 pm (Pacific time) “WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR” live simulcast from Lexington, Kentucky. Those near Lexington are invited to attend the show live; the rest of us can watch and listen live on the web, or download the podcast later, at www.woodsongs.com. The host is folksinger MICHAEL JOHNATHON, and both he and many of his guests have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Michael’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” is a multi-media celebration of grassroots Americana music, heard worldwide in radio syndication (except in L.A.) and seen and heard on the web. Every Monday evening, Michael and his guests perform folk and bluegrass, and the show explores songwriting, new artists, literature, worldwide radio, television and concerts. WoodSongs is the world first multi-camera, weekly series broadcast on the Internet. Online viewers worldwide can watch the behind-the-scenes production heard by over 900,000 radio listeners on over 491 radio stations each week. Here’s the weekly schedule, adjusted to Pacific time: 4 pm - watch the 60 minute show live as it happens; 5:03 pm - join the audience as they record the promo for the just-completed show; 5:05 pm - enjoy the guest artist's encore performances, not heard on the radio broadcast.
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Mon; every Mon:
6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, recurring, on web radio:
6 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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Mon; repeats every 4th (& 2nd) Mon; in Corona:
7-10 pm CORONA BLUEGRASS JAM at Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Av (at Ontario Av), Corona. Info, contact Todd Holtkamp, 951-347-2597 or onetoad@adelphia.net. Todd says, “Open Jam, all levels welcome. Having a good time is mandatory. If the weather is good we will be outside in front of the main building. If the weather is bad we will be inside.”
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Mon, every week:
“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com.
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Mon, every week:
“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676.
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Mon, every week:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Mon; every 4th (and 2nd) Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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Mon, every week:
ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 78th & Western, L.A. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, every Mon:
8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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Mon, every week:
8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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Mon, every Mon:
8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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Mon, every week:
9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every week is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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Mon; most Mondays:
10 pm PRESTON SMITH plays solo acoustic at The Bridge, 3256 Caheunga Bl (at Barham), Universal City / Hollywood area, one mile N of the Hollywood Bowl. Romantic, loungy, acoustic room. Preston sings “blues & beyond,” soul and jazz. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger July 28, ‘06 Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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Mon, every week:
10:30 pm MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Social, 6525 Sunset Bl, Hollywood. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. No cover.
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Tue, every week; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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Tue, every week:
4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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Tue, every week:
6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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Tue, every week:
6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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Tue, every week; in Menifee:
6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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Tue, every Tue:
6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is 1st entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tues; every 4th Tue:
7-8:30 pm “COMMUNITY FOLK MUSIC JAM” led by Bea Romano & Jim, it’s a traditional folk music jam at the Barbara J. Riley Center, 7810 Quill St, Downey 90242; 562-904-7226. Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and join in. Bea says, “It's a lovely facility. We hope you will enjoy playing / listening to music. Bring your acoustic instruments and join in the fun. There are plenty of armless chairs. Best of all, it's free!”
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Tues; last Tue, every month:
7-8:45 pm GILLI MOON plays her monthly residency and “SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; 323-653-0640. It’s a mostly-acoustic event with guest artists. Gill says, “It features 'moi,' plus a couple of cool cats from Songsalive! - and we all perform in the round on stage. It's really a wonderful night, and starts early, 7 pm stage time.” Venue is known for its Chinese food; call for dinner reserv. Plenty of parking, $7 cover.
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ON HOLIDAY HIATUS; returns Jan 6; 7 pm “MAIN STREET SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE” at Café Bellissimo, 22458 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills; 818-225-0026. It’s a nice format, always with two recording artists, each doing a half-hour set, and a few songs from performing guest host PAUL ZOLLO. (Longtime host GARRET SWAYNE is out of town for a few weeks, but the series continues without interruption.) The two featured artists are followed by an open mic; info, www.garretswayne.com. MSSS patrons get half-price drinks, 6:30-7:30, and special discount on award-winning pizza all evening. No cover, but venue expects a minimum $5 food / drink purchase (and that’s half their former expectation).
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Tue, every week:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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Tue, every week; in Tehachapi:
7-10 pm “ACOUSTIC JAM” at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "All unplugged acoustic players." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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Tue, recurring:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Hallenbeck’s General Store, 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood; 818-985-5916; www.hallenbecks.com. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Tues; every 4th Tue:
8 pm SUZY WILLIAMS and HER SOLID SENDERS play live jazz and jump blues at Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90401; www.templebarlive.com; 310-393-6607. It’s their new 4th Tue residency, every month, for 2008. They play two sets, 8;30 & 9:30 pm. Jitterbug Janet gives free swing dance lessons at 8:15 & 9:15 pm. Suzy Williams has played Carnegie Hall with Stormin' Norman Zamcheck, performed with Moses Pendleton's Pilobolus dance troupe, and has worked with Van Dyke Parks, Buster Poindexter, Marc Shaiman, Nicholas Ray among many others. Bette Midler, Horace Silver, Roosevelt Sykes, Ann Magnuson, Eubie Blake and Hadda Brooks have praised her passionate singing and vibrant energy. The SENDERS are KAHLIL SABBAGH (band leader and vibes), BRAD KAY (piano), DAVE JONES (bass), NICK SCARMACK (drums), DANNY MOYNAHAN (sax), DAN HEFFERNAN (sax), DAVE WEINSTEIN (trombone) and COREY GEMME (trumpet). Celebrate being alive with Suzy and her swinging 8-piece band, evoking the rockin' dance music of Louis Jordan, and the recent release of “Suzy & The Jtones,” her new ten inch record / CD (www.jtonerecords.com). The NY Times John Rockwell wrote, "Williams is an enormously amusing, endearing presence...with tough, belting authority." “All About Jazz” critic Rex Butters wrote in Venice Beachhead, "Suzy and Her Solid Senders teach old standards (Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Anita O'Day, Fats Waller) new tricks, but it's their originals that will bring you back for more." Read the Santa Monica Mirror article at www.smmirror.com/MainPages/DisplayArticleDetails.asp?eid=6706. Catch ‘em at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rADpTDcq98Y. Artists info, www.puddingbench.com/suzy.htm. $10 cover.
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Tue, Dec 30:
8-10:30 pm “CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR” is part of “Divine Performing Arts 2009 World Tour” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E Green St, Pasadena. Touring nationally, it’s an annual live show featuring classical Chinese dance and music, as well as the spirit of Chinese culture. Dozens of dancers in costumes, thunderous drums, spectacular backdrops, ancient legends, modern tales, soaring songs.
Tix $35 to $188, at http://thingstodo.msn.com/pasadena-ca/events/show/85492877-chinese-new-year-spectacular
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Tue, every week:
8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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Tue; repeats every 2nd and 4th Tue:
8 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL MCCARTHY the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. You can sign-up in advance online at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid .
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Tue, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Sierra Cup, 409 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-301-4214; www.sierracup.com. Sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
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Tue, every week; in Laguna Beach:
8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at the The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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Tue, every Tue:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Tue, Dec 30:
10 pm GYPSY KINGS at the Conga Room, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-749-0445; www.congaroom.com
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“CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL MUSIC SOCIETY NEW YEARS CAMP” is four days and three nights of traditional music, intensive workshops, informal jams, singing, and dancing, at Camp Hess Kramer, on Pacific Coast Highway above Trancas Canyon, near Malibu.
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CATHY BARTON & DAVE PARA (banjo, songs, guitar)
TOM & PATRICK SAUBER (banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin)
AMBER & JIM MUELLER (fiddle, clogging)
BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN: Brenda Hunter (fiddle, hammered dulcimer), Jill Egland (flute, accordion, whistle) & Mary Tulin (six- and twelve-string guitar, bouzouki)
THE PRIVY TIPPERS: Craig Tinney, (guitar & banjo), Jerry Ray Weinert (bass), Jacquie Wohl (fiddle), & Dave Firestine (mandolin).
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The Camp is in a rustic canyon, about 100 yards from the ocean in a beautiful Monarch butterfly-home canyon. Non-stop music, jams, workshops, contra dancing, superb meals in kosher-style kitchen, New Year's Eve costume ball, CTMS silent auction, 24-hour coffee, tea, & hot chocolate in dining room with guest refrigerator, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts (with your equipment), three levels of accommodations, but hurry, only cabin and deluxe-rate rooms remain.
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Cabin rate. Shared, heated cabins, holding 10-12 people each (bring your band, or have a family reunion): $175; Suite rate is SOLD OUT; Deluxe rate, modern private bedroom, private bath, holding 2 to 4 people each: $400.
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Cost is per person, with at least two people in a Private, Suite or Deluxe rate room. Single occupancy surcharge, $75. Children ages 6 to 16, $175 in same room with parent. Children under age 6, free.
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Day visitors welcome with advance reservations; cost is $90 per person per day and includes all meals and events on the day you attend. Call CTMS, 818-817-7756 with questions. Spaces always go fast for this New Years Camp. More info and registration form at www.ctmsfolkmusic.org.
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Wed, Dec 31; on Vancouver Island, Canada:
(Read this and get jealous) THE VANCOUVER ISLAND MUSICFEST presents “4 parties in 1” with roots, blues and rockabilly at the Westerly Hotel in Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, on New Years Eve. This event is a partial fundraiser for the Vancouver Island Musicfest. “The Westerly Hotel is the hot spot for New Year's Eve revelers with a full night of first class roots, blues and rockabilly, delicious food and dancing, dancing and more dancing! Start your evening with a choice of four dinner options and spend the evening party hopping with some of the best roots blues and rockabilly the west coast has to offer with THE TWISTERS, COUSIN HARLEY, and DOUG COX with TODD BUTLER.”
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THE TWISTERS in the Ballroom. “The Westerly Ballroom will be the place to be to enjoy one of the finest jumping swing bands around. The music of Vancouver's Twisters has been dubbed 'bluesabilly' and they have been rocking it up with their brand of West Coast party blues for almost a decade. 2003 Juno Nominees and Canadian Independent Music Award winners, the Twisters are one of the hardest hitting acts on the blues scene today. They are a fixture of the Canadian Blues circuit and have earned a reputation as one of the best blues bands in the country, receiving numerous accolades and awards over the years. Whether it's West Coast Swing, Jump, Boogie, or Chicago Shuffles & Texas grinders; any kind of blues you dig, a great party is guaranteed when you invite The Twisters.” Tix $65 pp; menu is seafood, prime rib and chocolate lovers buffet.
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COUSIN HARLEY in Gullivers Pub. “Cousin Harley is PAUL PIGAT; an extraordinary guitarist vocalist and songwriter. Cousin Harley has a hard- earned reputation for delivering everything from hot rod rockabilly to foot stomping vintage country and Western Swing. Pigat's style is deeply rooted in the playing of Les Paul, Charlie Christian and Link Wray with a modern twist to create a style that is exhilarating in its intensity, yet at the same time fluid and precise. Paul’s creative use of tone and dynamics is a hallmark of everything he plays and his sense of rhythm is both sophisticated and dead on. The backing band is one of the hottest rhythm sections around, Edmonton bassist Pete Turland (Ray Condo & the Riccochets) and Victoria drummer Jesse Cahill (Fathead Newman). From classic honky-tonk and cow punk tinged rippers, to a helping of western swing and classic jump blues, Cousin Harley plays in the old tradition slugging it out hot and heavy in the trenches of the live music scene.” Tix $40 pp; menu is Baron of Beef buffet.
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DOUG COX and TODD BUTLER in the Greenhouse. “The Greenhouse Restaurant offers up modern acoustic music featuring lap style slide guitarist Doug Cox and acoustic guitarist Todd Butler. Cox and Butler don't take their entertainment lightly, delivering a highly unconventional, double guitar approach that scores mightily in the originality department across a wide divergence of styles. If you like your blues wringing wet, and fashioned around slippery guitars with just a pinch of humour thrown in for good measure, then this slightly-twisted and heavily talented duo is a must see. Cox is a known across North America for his gifts on slide guitar, lap-steel and Dobro while Butler adds virtuosic guitar and stellar vocals, plus an element of his comedic background to this enlightened presentation. Their colourful, off-kilter guitar work is clearly the secret weapon here but the combination of Cox to Butler makes for a dynamic, if not demented, duo who are a blast to see live!” Tix $50 pp; menu is 5 course sit down gourmet dinner.
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BRENT HART on keys at Snookers, “Snookers - Brent Hart – Pianist.” $120 per couple, menu is a 3 course hot rock fondue for two.
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It’s “the best New Years Eve package in the Comox Valley.” You can book a room and stay the night. Oh, Canada! Contact the Best Western Westerly Hotel at 250-338-7741.
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Wed, Dec 31:
Noon-2 pm BLUES GYPSIES bring da blues to the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, on W 5th St between S Olive St & S Hill St, L.A.; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/concerts.htm. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. The series has a fine, professional sound system. If you work downtown, you can grab lunch at any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy all or part of the concert. Free.
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Wed, Dec 31:
3-7 pm PADDY’S PIG plays the first of two New Year’s Eve shows – because 4 pm in California is midnight in Ireland and England – show at Black Watch Pub, 497 N Central Av # B, Upland 91786; 909-981-6069; VENUE WILL HAVE FREE CHAMPAGNE & APPETIZERS. The band was splendid recently at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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See an excellent story on PADDY’S PIG by Michelle Mills in the “Whittier Daily News,” at www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_11129751, and Bliss wrote about them in The “Pasadena Weekly,” at www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/trax/6695, and check them at www.celticmp3s.com/free/2008/11/ring-on-chain-by-paddys-pig.shtml
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Their instrumentation includes mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, lots of vocals from the charming Miss Missy and other band members, and some penny whistle. Bridging any musical gap between generations, PADDY'S PIG entertains without fail, playing everything from reels, jigs and rebel songs to drinking songs and tender Celtic ballads. Formed, they tell us, “at the curly-tailed end of the twentieth century,” the Southern Cal-based band performs lively renditions of traditional and pseudo-traditional Irish and Celtic music. They are equally at home playing barn-burners like “The Blacksmith,” and the Pogues’ “Sally MacLennane,” to heart-wrenching ballads like “He Fades Away,” and “She Moved Through the Fair,” to classic tunes like “Loch Lomand,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” They get the audience involved, sometimes leaving the stage to do so, blurring the line between audience and performer.
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Wed, Dec 31:
4 pm & 9 pm (two shows) “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ - THE SONGS OF LIEBER & STOLLER” at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; www.elportaltheatre.com; 818-508-0281; event, 818-508-4200. Special NYE shows include parties; see last paragraph.
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In celebration of all the holidays including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Year’s, Weddington Street Productions in association with Corky Hale Productions presents Leiber and Stoller’s award winning musical “Smokey Joe’s Café” with an all star cast and orchestra.
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Directed and choreographed by Jeffrey Polk with musical direction by Daryl Archibald. Cast members include the Tony nominated original “shimmying” DeLee Lively, Robert Torti who starred in the Los Angeles/ Pre Broadway and London Smokey Joe's and was Tony nominated for Starlight Express and Ovation Winner for Reefer Madness , T.C. Carson who has multi film, television including Fox Network’s Living Single and national stage credits including Dreamgirls and Seasame Street, Sharon Catherine Blanks (Sharon Brown) who starred in Dreamgirls on Broadway and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jackie Seiden whose Broadway and National credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray. And featuring Dionne Figgins , Maeco Oliverand Niles River. Director/choreographer Jeffrey Polk has a long history with the show with Broadway, National and International Tours as well as regional productions at CLOSBC, La Mirada and Sacramento Music Circus.
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Smokey Joes Café premiered on Broadway on March 2, 1995 at the Virginia Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Beat Musical. Smokey Joes Café made its theatrical debut in 1994 in Los Angeles at the then Doolittle Theatre and its London Premiere in 1996 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The New York production closed on January 16, 2000 after 2,036 performances making it the longest running musical revue in Broadway history. The Original Broadway cast soundtrack Smokey Joe’s Café, The Songs of Leiber and Stoller won the Grammy Award for Best Musical show Album on DVD in 2001.
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It’s the days of doo-wop and drive-ins. This Grammy Award winning musical features every hit created by the Top 40 song writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Featuring the solid gold singles of Elvis, The Coasters, Ben E. King, The Drifters and many more. The production showcases 39 pop standards - including some of the most memorable rock n’ roll and rythmn and blues songs of the 20th Century. The songs include Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Yakety Yak, Love Potion Number 9, Stand By Me, Kansas City, and On Broadway. The king himself (Elvis) recorded more than 20 of these Leiber and Stoller hits.
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Rebuilt in the late 90's and opened in January of 2000, the once 1400-seat movie palace now houses three theatres - the 42-seat Studio, the 95-seat Forum, and the 350-seat MainStage - along with the new art gallery, featuring many of Los Angeles visual artists, plus hangings in the sumptuous lobbies. Free parking behind the theatre.
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The Lobbies of the historic El Portal are decorated for the season. (Last show, Jan 1, 8 pm; tix, 25-$55.) Special New Year’s Eve celebrations with inclusive after- parties are Wed, Dec 31 at 4 pm and at 9 pm, with tix $100 and $150 for New Year's Eve.
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Wed, Dec 31; in the OC:
5-9 pm “NEW YEAR’S EVE FRENCH DINNER” at Lulu's Creperie Café, 24781 Alicia Pkwy Suite E, Laguna Hills 92609; 949-855-2222; www.lulus-cafe.com. New Year's Eve dinner in a charming French Café, features 4-course menu at one price. Reservations, 949-855-2222. $40 regular, $30 srs (age 60+).
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Wed, Dec 31; in the OC:
7 pm-midnight 18th annual “FIRST NIGHT FULLERTON” New Year celebration, centered around Harbor Bl & Chapman Av, N of 91 Fwy, in downtown Fullerton. Info, Fullerton Museum Center, 714-738-6545. “First Night” is the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, offering family-oriented, alcohol-free activities at various locations downtown. The historic downtown area is transformed with live music, entertainers, art exhibits, children's rides and activities, and an ice skating rink. A variety of food booths operate throughout the event, and most downtown restaurants are open and within walking distance of the “First Night” festivities. A 10-minute fireworks finale will finish off the celebration at midnight. A nominal fee is charged for the children’s rides, otherwise, it’s free.
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Wed, Dec 31; at Disneyland:
8 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS play the “DISNEYLAND NEW YEARS CELEBRATION!” at Disneyland in Anaheim.
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Wed, Dec 31 (& Fri, Jan 2):
8-10:30 pm “CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR” is part of “Divine Performing Arts 2009 World Tour” at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena. Touring nationally, it’s an annual live show featuring classical Chinese dance and music, as well as the spirit of Chinese culture. Dozens of dancers in costumes, thunderous drums, spectacular backdrops, ancient legends, modern tales, soaring songs.
Tix $117 to $230, at http://thingstodo.msn.com/pasadena-ca/events/show/84940040-chinese-new-year-spectacular-2009
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Wed, Dec 31:
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE play a New Year’s Eve party at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425.
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RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with EVAN MARSHALL (AKA “Relaxin' Jackson”) solo on magic mandolin, joining the band on fiddle. They are one of, if not "the" most historical Western band in the world. The Riders Of The Purple Sage have starred in films and radio from pre-WWII days to the present. Today's Riders, under the leadership of CODY BRYANT, deliver a show rich with old and new music. This band often performs with symphony orchestras. Each band member is a virtuoso. Their instruments include a five-string banjo, hot lead guitars, twin fiddles, steel guitar, upright bass, drums (one of the best drummers anywhere), and consummate vocals. While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that builds upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. Today’s Riders bring together hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, always leave the audience wanting more. In October, 2007, Larry Wines wrote that they were “ethereal and orchestral. They exceeded musicianship. They exceeded their genre.” Of course, tonight is a bar gig NYE party, NOT a listening room experience. No cover.
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Wed, Dec 31:
9 pm-1 am THE CALIFORNIA COWBOYS at Texas Loosey’s, 22252 Palos Verdes Bl, Torrance 90505. It’s a honky-tonk New Years Eve party.
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Wed, Dec 31:
9 pm (also at 4 pm; two shows) “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ - THE SONGS OF LIEBER & STOLLER” at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; www.elportaltheatre.com; 818-508-0281; event, 818-508-4200. Special NYE shows include parties; see 4 pm listing.
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Wed, Dec 31:
BIG RED SKY plays for NEW YEAR'S EVE at The Hideaway, 12110 Kagel Canyon, Kagel Canyon (Sylmar); 818-890-1225. More at www.thebigredsky.com
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Wed, Dec 31:
“FANTASY ISLAND NEW YEARS PARTY” at Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St, Hollywood 90028; http://ricardomontalbantheatre.info; 323-871-2420 or event line 323-465-4167. All we know is they’re planning an event for NYE. This splendid Beaux Arts live-performance theater was built in 1926-1927. The theater was reopened in May, 2004 and was renamed the Ricardo Montalban Theater. It holds 1000-1200, seated, and is being remodelled to appear more as it did when it was built in 1926. It's Beaux-Arts exterior has been carefully recreated in the first phase of the project and the interior work is progressing. Nike Sportswear held a 3-month exhibition there in summer ’08.
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Wed, Dec 31; in the OC:
9 pm LUIS OLIART with FAMILY STYLE, playing the NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY at The Winery Restaurant, 2647 Park Av, Tustin 92782. Singer-songwriter LUIS OLIART excites people. "If Luis doesn't advance to the next round, I'm gonna take him myself and start our own project on the side!" - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) on NBC's “Star Tomorrow” TV show. "...simply magical...totally captivating...compelling." - Bernard Baur, Music Connection. "It’s beautiful to hear such great stirring spirit…there is a fire in it… I love what you are doing." - Joey Reynolds, 710 WOR Radio. More at www.oliartmusic.com and www.myspace.com/oliartmusic
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Wed, Dec 31:
9:30 pm-12:30 am PADDY’S PIG plays the second of their two New Year’s Eve shows, this one at Casey's Irish Bar, 613 S Grand Av, downtown L.A., 90017; 213-629-2353; www.bigcaseys.com. They were splendid recently at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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See an excellent story on PADDY’S PIG by Michelle Mills in the “Whittier Daily News,” at www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_11129751, and Bliss wrote about them in The “Pasadena Weekly,” at www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/trax/6695, and check them at www.celticmp3s.com/free/2008/11/ring-on-chain-by-paddys-pig.shtml
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Their instrumentation includes mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, lots of vocals from the charming Miss Missy and other band members, and some penny whistle. Bridging any musical gap between generations, PADDY'S PIG entertains without fail, playing everything from reels, jigs and rebel songs to drinking songs and tender Celtic ballads. Formed, they tell us, “at the curly-tailed end of the twentieth century,” the Southern Cal-based band performs lively renditions of traditional and pseudo-traditional Irish and Celtic music. They are equally at home playing barn-burners like “The Blacksmith,” and the Pogues’ “Sally MacLennane,” to heart-wrenching ballads like “He Fades Away,” and “She Moved Through the Fair,” to classic tunes like “Loch Lomand,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” They get the audience involved, sometimes leaving the stage to do so, blurring the line between audience and performer.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
See you in 2009!
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As always, more to come, as we keep on keepin’ on into 2009, with updates to the JANUARY Guide, and most of the months of 2009 in the “long look ahead” posts. …So many truly fine shows, so few evenings and weekends to see them. And hey, Western Capitalism is going to collapse around you anyway, and gas is suddenly the ONLY thing that’s affordable, so why not go have a tunefully good time?
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If you’re trying to explain this thing to someone who likes real music, just tell ‘em that the Guide’s MOST RECENT EDITIONS as well as our NEWS FEATURES - that’s both the Guide with its event calendars with descriptive write-ups, AND the separately-posted News for-and-about acoustic musicians and music - can be found conveniently at
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If you are considering a vacation to Mexico, here's an informative and fun site for you: www.mexicovacationtravels.com
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EDITOR’S NOTE…
You may notice that we are including a number of concerts that are usually found only under the headings of “Classical Music.” We’re happy to bring you the info about these because people who love real music tend to love all real music, whether, for example, a fiddle is called a violin, or a viola, or just a fiddle.
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It is all quite consistent with letting you know about music and musicians doing live performances that we know you’ll enjoy. We are, of course, true to the nature of live acoustic music, “keeping it real.” So, if you’re looking for that Britney Lohan sh-thump-thud, revolving-door-rehab, pop-tart-du-jour junk that infests the radio and is recorded one note at a time, you’ll need to look elsewhere. THIS is the place for acoustic music that’s REAL MUSIC, from blues-to-bluegrass-to-borderlands, Cajun-to-cowboy-to-Celtic-to-Cape-Breton-to-Quebecois, new-old-trad-alt-post folk, and the exciting artists of today’s acoustic renaissance!
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WELCOME! And after reading this little section of relevant stray facts, if you feel lost or mystified about any of this, you can read our “Welcome” post (find it in the list, at left) – it’s a good idea to do that if you are new to the Guide & News. It’ll help you understand how all this works!
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The GUIDE and the NEWS FEATURES post separately.
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IF YOU USED A SPECIFIC URL to reach this edition of the Guide, and more than a few days have passed since the date it posted, THERE MAY BE A NEWER EDITION. Use the basic url - http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com - and check the side bar on the left, to look for more recent editions with additional and updated events.
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THE MOST RECENT GUIDE, with its detailed calendar of events, is identifiable by the date it was posted at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com. We DO post future months separate from the current month, so the next time you come to the site to find “long looks ahead,” remember that they may get buried under updates to the current month; use the list on the left side for guidance. And we occasionally post a Guide / calendar of “Best-Out-of-Town (Beyond L.A.)” events, for those great festivals and special happenings in other parts of the country, and to help everyone include music with travel plans.
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THE MOST RECENT NEWS FEATURES, as well as other recent news posts that are often still relevant, are always available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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WHAT’S IN THE NEWS THAT WE COVER? Our latest news features always include things of interest to acoustic music fans AND artists (musicians and songwriters). Topics include trends in the industry, radio, internet radio, music conferences, artists who have recently won awards and recognitions, charity benefits, festival lineups and booking information, our picks for on-line music videos, music-related books, things that are fun to know, and more – but NEVER any “who’s-sleeping-with-who” gossip crap. (That’s YOUR business, and it’s not the public’s business just because you work in show biz.) Current and recent news editions are found at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com. Old archived editions are on the myspace page (www.myspace.com/laacoustic), accessible by using the “View All” and the “older entries” button and scrolling all the way back to when acoustic music happened because dinosaurs got rambunctious.
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UPDATES TO THE CURRENT MONTH’S GUIDE / CALENDAR are made at least weekly, because MORE acoustic and folk-Americana music events get booked into a vast number of venues, with more added all the time. And, we include events as we learn of them from artists, presenters, venues, festivals, workshop presenters, etc.
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FUTURE EVENTS are currently posted IN THIS POST into mid-2009, and will soon go farther than that.
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RECURRING EVENTS include residencies, series, showcases, and open mics, and all these are numerous in the Southern California acoustic music universe. We generally add them to the Guide’s calendar one week at a time, as dates approach, because there are so many of them, AND because it gives us a chance to learn who is playing.
Recurring events included in this edition through Wed, Jan 7.
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GETTING YOUR GIG LISTED: We welcome your feedback, and news of your acoustic Americana music shows (send us gig notices in our format, please; see any listed show for an example) please DON’T expect us to re-type info that you have locked into a jpg – send us plain text, so we can work with it! Send to us at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com.
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WE’RE ON BLOGSPOT.COM after a long presence on MySpace, because that site now accepts only short posts. The Guide is waaaay too comprehensive to fit anywhere that imposes limitations. We began posting to Blogspot in early 2008.
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Our MYSPACE PAGE (www.myspace.com/laacoustic) has current news of the syndicated “Tied to the Tracks” radio show, and what’s happening with its TV counterpart. And it’s where you can find archived Acoustic Americana Music News editions published prior to Spring, 2008.
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PLEASE DO COMMUNICATE WITH US about anything related to the Acoustic Americana Music Guide and / or the Acoustic Americana Music News, at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com.
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PLEASE DON’T send us anything through myspace email. It’s esoteric, it cannot be auto-forwarded into a “real” email account, and we just can’t keep up with it. (Myspace “friends” are great, and we DO welcome you there!) But, communicate through email only at the above address. And, yes, we get HUNDREDS of emails every week, so please give us as much advance notice as possible for your event!
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This being NEW YEAR’S DAY, it would be advisable to check with artists or venues for all shows that are “recurring” events…
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Thu, Jan 1; not music, but cool; in the OC:
9:30 am-noon “NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION HIKE” at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach 92651; www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast (click on Activities and Programs); 949-923-2235. Start the New Year on a healthy foot with this 2.8-mile hike, with OC Parks Interpretive Specialist Laura Cohen & Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. $5 / person; parking $3.
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Thu, every week:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET,” brand new in October ’08, with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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Thu, Jan 1; not music, but cool; in the OC:
11 am-12:30 pm 8th Annual “HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER PLAZA PLUNGE” at Zack’s Pier Plaza, 405 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648; 714-536-0215. The ultimate way to “recover” from too much revelry the night before. Plunge into the New Year “with a roar!” The Huntington Beach Host Lions Club sponsors this event to raise money for CCI (Canine Companions for Independence). Arrive at 11 am to sign-up for a certificate of participation (Donation of $10 for certificate). From 11:45-noon participants gather and rush into the sea for a refreshing start to the New Year. Free.
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Thu, every week:
4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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Thu, every week; in Santa Barbara:
5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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Thu, 1st and 3rd Thu, every month; in the OC:
6-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM IN THE OC” at Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley 92708; 714-965-1125. It’s described as “Open Mics and Jams,” and as an “open bluegrass jam, all pickers welcome, all grinners welcome!” Event info, Shelah Spiegel, 714-962-5083 or ifiddler@yahoo.com. Free.
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Thu, recurring; in Idyllwild:
6-9 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & KEVIN HAMBY at Café Aroma, 54750 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild; 951-659-5212. Acoustic blues, bluegrass, swing, folk, more; Sandii Castleberry with guitar, vocals, harmonica; Kevin Hamby on bass, vocals.
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Thu, Jan 1, 2009:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists LAUREN ADAMS (Peaceful Warrior, and performing host of the monthly “Americana Song Circle”), NICK KIRGO & ERICA SORENSEN (Otis), JANE BOLDUC, and DAVID FRASER, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. Hosted by Mark “Pocket” Goldberg and “Brother” Randy Sacks. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Thu, every week:
7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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Thu, every week:
7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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Thu, every week:
DISCONTINUED; ENDED IN NOVEMBER: 7 pm WEEKLY ZYDECO DANCE in Long Beach, every Thursday at Golden Sails Hotel, PCH Club, 6285 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach; 562-596-1631. Info, Karen, 562-438-1255, karinovations@verizon.net.
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Thu; every week; in Lancaster:
7-10 pm “CEDAR OPEN MIC” at Cedar Center, 44345 Cedar Av (at Lancaster Bl), Lancaster 93534; www.myspace.com/cedarcenteropenmic. Hosted by Ms. Shell Marie and Cleen. It’s open to all ages, however there is no censorship rule. It welcomes poets, spoken word, “freestylers,” and acoustic musicians. Free.
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Thu, every week:
OPEN MIC / SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at Primo Pizza, 28200 Bouquet Cyn Rd, Saugus. Mike Dill hosts. He's a fine fingerstyle blues picker.
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Thu, every week:
7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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Thu, Jan 1:
8 pm “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ - THE SONGS OF LIEBER & STOLLER” at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; www.elportaltheatre.com; 818-508-0281; event, 818-508-4200. In celebration of all the holidays including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Year’s, Weddington Street Productions in association with Corky Hale Productions presents Leiber and Stoller’s award winning musical “Smokey Joe’s Café” with an all star cast and orchestra.
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Directed and choreographed by Jeffrey Polk with musical direction by Daryl Archibald. Cast members include the Tony nominated original “shimmying” DeLee Lively, Robert Torti who starred in the Los Angeles/ Pre Broadway and London Smokey Joe's and was Tony nominated for Starlight Express and Ovation Winner for Reefer Madness , T.C. Carson who has multi film, television including Fox Network’s Living Single and national stage credits including Dreamgirls and Seasame Street, Sharon Catherine Blanks (Sharon Brown) who starred in Dreamgirls on Broadway and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jackie Seiden whose Broadway and National credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray. And featuring Dionne Figgins , Maeco Oliverand Niles River. Director/choreographer Jeffrey Polk has a long history with the show with Broadway, National and International Tours as well as regional productions at CLOSBC, La Mirada and Sacramento Music Circus.
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Smokey Joes Café premiered on Broadway on March 2, 1995 at the Virginia Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Beat Musical. Smokey Joes Café made its theatrical debut in 1994 in Los Angeles at the then Doolittle Theatre and its London Premiere in 1996 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The New York production closed on January 16, 2000 after 2,036 performances making it the longest running musical revue in Broadway history. The Original Broadway cast soundtrack Smokey Joe’s Café, The Songs of Leiber and Stoller won the Grammy Award for Best Musical show Album on DVD in 2001.
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It’s the days of doo-wop and drive-ins. This Grammy Award winning musical features every hit created by the Top 40 song writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Featuring the solid gold singles of Elvis, The Coasters, Ben E. King, The Drifters and many more. The production showcases 39 pop standards - including some of the most memorable rock n’ roll and rythmn and blues songs of the 20th Century. The songs include Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Yakety Yak, Love Potion Number 9, Stand By Me, Kansas City, and On Broadway. The king himself (Elvis) recorded more than 20 of these Leiber and Stoller hits.
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Rebuilt in the late 90's and opened in January of 2000, the once 1400-seat movie palace now houses three theatres - the 42-seat Studio, the 95-seat Forum, and the 350-seat MainStage - along with the new art gallery, featuring many of Los Angeles visual artists, plus hangings in the sumptuous lobbies. Free parking behind the theatre.
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The Lobbies of the historic El Portal are decorated for the season. Special New Year’s Eve celebrations with inclusive after- parties are Wed, Dec 31 at 4 pm and at 9 pm, with tix $100 and $150 for New Year's Eve. Jan 2 tix, 25-$55.
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Thu, recurring:
8-11:30 pm RICK SHEA AND THE LOSIN' END at Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; 626-447-9349; www.arcadiabluesclub.com. Rick and his honky-tonk blues band’s Thursday series, with guests. Rick & co play 8-9, then from 10-12. At 9 is the guest band, different each week. Artists’ info: www.rickshea.com. Venue serves dinner, has drink specials most nights. $5 cover.
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Thu & Fri, every week:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz. The boys say, “Come down for great music, dancing and a green beer!” Info & directions, www.theploughboys.com.
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Thu, 1st and 3rd Thu, every month:
8-10 pm WINDY RIDGE brings bluegrass to the Coffee Cartel, 1820 S Catalina Av, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-316-6554. Info, contact Frank Bayuk at 310-567-6321 or windyridgeband@aol.com. Band info, www.windyridgebluegrass.com. No cover.
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Thu, recurring:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Thu; repeats every Thu:
CALJAS ARTISTS WEEKLY JAZZ PERFORMANCE NIGHT at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. It’s a new venue, said to be beautiful, serving food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy. The venue is part of the newly-renovated Claremont Packing House. Proprietress Nancy Tessier’s father, Refugio "Coco" Lopez, plays alto, and she wanted her club to feature an array of jazz singers. This led to a fortuitous connection with Dale Boatman, founder and president of the California Jazz Arts Society. CalJAS is a powerful force in bringing some of the best jazz artists in Southern California, especially singers, to restaurants, clubs and other performance spaces in eastern Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, an area that previously had relatively few opportunities for jazz musicians to perform.
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Thu, most Thursdays:
8:30 pm THE WATKINS FAMILY HOUR at one of the two Largo locations, either the original “little stage” venue at 432 N Fairfax Av, LA; 323-852-1073, or the new “big stage” Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Bl, L.A. 90048; http://largo-la.com; 310-855-0350. They are alumni of NICKEL CREEK. Cover is $15 in the small venue, $25 in the big venue.
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Thu, every week:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-8:30 pm. Happy hour 4-7 pm, M-F. No cover.
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Thu, every Thu; on web radio:
9 pm “FREIGHT TRAIN BOOGIE” radio show from Northern Cal, on KRCB 90.9 and 91.1 FM on Sonoma County’s only public radio station; features live performance-interviews; simulcast on the web at www.krcb.org/listen/listen.html. You can ask the host or the guests questions or make comments at frater@freighttrainboogie.com.
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Thu, every week:
9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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Thu, 1st & 3rd Thu, every month:
9:30 pm Pianist DANNY HOLT “& friends” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). Called "exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times, pianist Danny Holt performs across the globe in concert halls, clubs, art galleries, churches, living rooms, and wherever else he can find a piano and someone to listen. Whether playing classical music, experimental music, minimalist grooves, or pop/rock, Danny is consistently praised by critics for his energy, wit, and vibrancy. Twice a month, Danny performs here with his invited guests. More at www.dannyholt.net and www.myspace.com/dannyholtmusic
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) happens every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum for table service requested, otherwise, no cover.
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Thu; every Thu:
9:30 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES at Bartwist, 48 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.bartwist.com. Expect a good time and dancing’, from honky-tonk to Elvis. Venue has food and full bar. No cover.
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Fri, every week:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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Fri, every week:
6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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Fri, every week:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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Fri, first Fri, every month:
6:30-10 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” is a featured act / OPEN MIC monthly event at the The Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Includes music and raffles of merchandise from indie artists and sponsors, including massage, life coaching, and acting coaches. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. Javelyn holds a companion event every 3rd Sat at another venue, at 8 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com. $2 cover.
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Fri, 1st & 3rd Fri, every month:
7-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays piano at Vitello’s Restaurant 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City 91604; 818-769-0905. Marc says, “Great place for Italian grub.” He delivers fine piano (and elsewhere, vocals). Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Fri, every 1st & 3rd Fri; in Lancaster:
7 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS in Lancaster, meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster. Call Walter or Paula at 942-6893 for info. Organizers say, “If you can walk, you can do this social dance. It's great fun, and beginners are welcome.”
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Fri, every 1st & 3rd Fri; in San Clemente:
Blues legend BERNIE PEARL’s residency at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. Switching his four-year residency there to alternate Fridays; on second Saturdays, Bernie will continue to play electric with pianist Dwayne Smith. He was great performing live on “Tied to the Tracks” in March, ‘07. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Fri, every week; in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Fri, first Fri, every month:
7:30-10 pm “SCOTT AND MELANIE BOMAR'S FIRST FRIDAY” show with different performing guests each month, at The Spot Cafe & Lounge, 4455 Overland Av, Culver City 90230; 310-559-8868. No cover.
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Fri, first Fri, every month:
7:30 pm “SONGSALIVE! FIRST FRIDAYS LOS ANGELES SHOWCASE” at Hallenbeck's & Cahuenga General Store, 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.hallenbecks.net. Featuring talented songwriters from around the globe, and held around the globe, Songsalive! Showcases are a cozy, intimate and acoustic environment where media and music industry representatives often drop-by to check-out the latest talent. Venue has coffeehouse fare, good sandwiches & salads. Info on sponsoring organization at www.songsalive.org/losangeles. $8 cover at the door.
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Fri, Jan 2, 2009:
8-11 pm PADDY'S PIG at Casey's Irish Bar, 613 S. Grand Av, downtown L.A. 90017; 213-629-2353; www.bigcaseys.com. They were splendid recently at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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Their instrumentation includes mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, lots of vocals from the charming Miss Missy and other band members, and some penny whistle. Bridging any musical gap between generations, PADDY'S PIG entertains without fail, playing everything from reels, jigs and rebel songs to drinking songs and tender Celtic ballads. Formed, they tell us, “at the curly-tailed end of the twentieth century,” the Southern Cal-based band performs lively renditions of traditional and pseudo-traditional Irish and Celtic music. They are equally at home playing barn-burners like “The Blacksmith,” and the Pogues’ “Sally MacLennane,” to heart-wrenching ballads like “He Fades Away,” and “She Moved Through the Fair,” to classic tunes like “Loch Lomand,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” They get the audience involved, sometimes leaving the stage to do so, blurring the line between audience and performer.
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Fri, first Fri, every month:
8-10 pm monthly “FIRST FRIDAY” show hosted by SEVERIN BROWNE with this month’s guest, JAMES LEE STANLEY, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; live simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. The series features performing guests (one or more recording artists) and the “First Friday Band,” with SEVERIN BROWNE, MIKE BISCH, DAVID STONE, JEFF KOSSACK, AARON WOLFSON, ALEX DEL ZOPPO and GARY POPENOE. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, every week:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” Info & directions, www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Jan 2, 2009:
8-10 pm BELLA DONNA (Stevie Nicks-Tom Petty tribute band) plays electric for the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. Grab a fresh dinner at Grand Central Market or find something at any of several nearby take-out places (or dine upscale at the Biltmore), and enjoy the concert. Free.
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Fri, every week:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, repeats every week:
11 am-12:30 pm “PACIFIC SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” with G. F. MLELY, at Theater & Cabaret, 1535 Termino Av, Long Beach 90804. Info, Billie Kalua, songwriters@jazcraft.net or 562-494-9627. Ongoing, began Mar 31, 2007. $15 per workshop, minimum 4 workshops payable in advance; pre-registration required.
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Saturdays, on web radio:
Noon-1 pm “UNSIGNED MUSIC SHOW” on WPMD with TEE-M and MIKE STARK is “a genre-busting show, where the UNsigned Revolution is on.” On the web at http://wpmd.org. Mike and TEE-M spin CDs 11 am-noon “from cutting-edge indie artists and bands,” (acoustic and electric) then welcome guests at noon, usually for all-acoustic live performances. The show rebroadcasts through the week; check site for details.
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Sat, Jan 3, 2009:
1-3 pm The “Youth Program” series brings JIM GAMBLE SANTA’S WORKSHOP plus SAFARI’S GOODY to the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Grab lunch at any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy all or part of the concert. Free.
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Saturdays, on web radio:
1-3 pm “CONTINENTAL DRIFT” Celtic and British Isle folk show, on KUSP in Santa Cruz, includes live performance-interviews with host CINDY ODOM on her long-running show. From the highlands of Scotland to the midlands of England and beyond, it’s traditional and contemporary music from Ireland and the other British Isles, with Celtic lore and Celtic-influenced folk and ethnic music from Europe and North America. Info, playlists, and web simulcast at www.kusp.org.
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Saturdays, alternate Saturdays, on web radio:
2 pm (Pacific) “ACOUSTIC HARMONY,” hosted by Mark Michaelis, from WGDR at 91.1 FM in the Green Mountains of Vermont, simulcast at www.wgdr.org. Mark sometimes hosts folk and acoustic renaissance artists in-studio for all-acoustic performance-interviews. He says, “The focus is on contemporary and traditional folk, singer-songwriters and local artists, but a little of anything and everything might creep-in. Whether it's Celtic, bluegrass, world music or even rock or blues, as long as it's got beautiful harmonies and melodies you might here it here on a Saturday afternoon.” More info, playlists, and archived performance-interviews at www.acoustic-harmony.com.
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Saturdays, on web radio:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota. This initial “live” broadcast tiume each weekend is standard everywhere, though repeat times vary by station. In L.A., the show is broadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM, and repeats Saturday night, 6-8 pm and Sunday Noon-2 pm. But if you’re in L.A., it’s much better to find a web simulcast from somewhere; that’s because KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.
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Sat, first Sat every month:
4 pm “CHARITY AUCTION” at Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Bl, Hollywood; 323-245-6400. Host Brently Heilbron presides over the event, bringing a good time and money for a variety of charitable causes.
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Sat, recurring:
4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, first Sat every month:
6-10:30 pm monthly “PICKIN’ NIGHT” at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. Beginner’s Jam 6-7:30 pm (main store); Intermediate Jam 6-7:30 pm in their additional space at 17824 Chatsworth St, 2 doors E of the main store; Open Jam 7:30-10:30 pm in main store.
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Sat, 1st Sat, every month; in the OC:
6 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” in Mission Viejo; for location, contact David Borger & Ann Carroll, OrangeCountyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat; 1st Sat every month; in Oak Glen:
6 pm monthly “HOMETOWN JAMBOREE” show & jam at Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, in the beautiful hills of Oak Glen above Yucaipa and Beaumont; info & tix, 909-797-1005 or www.losriosrancho.com. They tell us, “Folks can tuck into a tasty meal and enjoy a hand-clappin', knee-slappin', toe-tappin' good time as RILEY'S MOUNTAINEERS and special guest performers pick, fiddle and sing their favorite old-time bluegrass, western, and gospel tunes, as well as a few surprises along the way. Guest musicians are always welcome to tote along an instrument or two and join in the free-wheeling jam after the show. You never know who'll turn up, or what you'll hear next!” No shows in Dec and July. Jamborees start at 6 pm. Upcoming: Nov 1, 2008; 2009: Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2, Jun 6, Aug 1, Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7. Advance tix $15 adults, $10 kids age 12 & under.
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Sat, every week:
6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Jan 3:
7 pm DAVID NIGEL LLOYD with the CROWN CITY BAND opening, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91101; info, www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917.
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DAVID NIGEL LLOYD is a folk musician and songwriter, who, says the LA Weekly, is “some serious traditional fun.” Over the last 15 years he has performed from his home country of England to California. He sings of pumpkin kings, fairy queens, East African juju men, idiot presidents, divine drunkards, prisoners both great and small, and ancient Irish warriors in dusty oil towns. “A strongly individual musical and poetic mind is at work here,” said British journalist David Kidman in “BeGlad” magazine. In performance, David frames his songs with wry commentary and the occasional surreal folk tale. “As much American influenced as British,” says Steve Hochman of the L.A. Times, who adds, “he accompanies himself on the 8-stringed octar and on steel and gut strung guitars tuned differently.” Dirty Linen cites his “spirited singing and full-bodied playing.” Folk Roots, UK, writes, “Lloyd uses traditional tunes and themes where it suits his purposes.”
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The CROWN CITY BAND are Pasadena-based, playing blues, country rock, oldies from the ‘60s and ‘70s, originals, and more. Formed in 1999 as a trio, they grew to five players, with KEN MARCUS on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, DALTON PERRY on harmonica and vocals, STEVE SATTLER on lead guitar, JEFF KINSEY on bass, and DON VENA on drums. They cite wide-ranging influences, from CCR to Arthur Crudup to Ball and Sultan and others. $15.
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Sat, every week; in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Sat, Jan 3, 2009:
7:30 pm RICK SHEA plus TREMOLOCO at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. More at www.rickshea.com
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Sat, Jan 3, 2009:
7:30-11 pm “FIRST SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE” with THE SCREAMING EARWIGS the merry acoustic band of TOM SAUBER, PATRICK SAUBER, STEVE LEWIS, & MIKE SAUBER, playing the 1st-Sat-of-every-month contra dance at the Brentwood Youth House, 731 S Bundy Dr (just S of San Vincente). Instruction at 7:30, dance from 8-11 pm.
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Sat, every week:
7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often, with very impressive performing guests.
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Sat; every Sat:
7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. New in April, 2008. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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Sat, first Sat every month:
7:30-11:30 pm “SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB” at Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St (corner of 18th & Broadway), Santa Monica. Info, coordinator April Halprin Wayland, 310-376-8760, Aprilstory@aol.com; www.santamonicafolkmusicclub.org.
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Sat, first Sat every month:
8-10 pm monthly “JUKE JOINT GANG” show at The Talking Stick (new location), 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. It’s an evening of fine acoustic roots music, with four acts, each playing a 30-min set. Usually hosted by ERNEST TROOST and/or LAUREN ADAMS, who have each performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Venue has coffeehouse fare, good sandwiches. No cover.
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Sat, every week:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, first Sat every month; in the OC:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” meets in a private home in Mission Viejo. Info, www.songmakers.org/hoots/orange_county_hoot.htm.
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Sat, every week:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, every week; on TV:
11 pm-12 am "AUSTIN CITY LIMITS" on KLCS (check your cable co.; broadcast TV Ch. 58). Recent editions have happily featured classic Americana artists, rather than the dearth of alt rockers who dominated for several months.
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Sun, Jan 4, 2009; in Nevada City, CA:
9 am-4 pm ALISDAIR FRASER’s “SIERRA FIDDLE NEW YEAR’S CAMP” community music workshop and gathering for all string players, at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St, Nevada City, CA. “All players of violin, fiddle, viola, cello, guitar, flute, whistle etc etc welcome.” Info and registration at www.sierrafiddlecamp.org/ABF_workshop.html
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Alasdair Fraser, master Scottish Fiddler, has inspired and encouraged countless aspiring and accomplished musicians. He will hold a special one-day workshop for all string players (fiddle, viola, cello and bass) based on the fiddle music of Scotland and beyond. Woodwinds, guitars and keyboards are also welcome. The goal is to explore playing traditional music in a group, with emphasis on arrangement ideas and the techniques that give traditional music its particular flavor. Alisdair says, “We will look at the elements of language and dance and how to put fiddle tunes together to form a medley or a larger piece of music. Teaching will be geared towards intermediate to advanced musicians but enthusiasts of all levels are welcome to attend. Beginners will be encouraged to participate at their current level of ability. There will be a mighty jam session afterwards with a no-host bar and a pass-the-hat pizza dinner. Guests welcome.”
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Sun, every week:
10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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Sun, every week:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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Sun, every week:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, every week:
Noon-3 pm “AMERICANA BRUNCH” with different live performers each week, at Safari Sam's, 5214 Sunset Bl, Hollywood 90027. Hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff W, who David Serby says, “Not only puts these Sunday shows together, but he spins some serious old school country, honky tonk and rockabilly music, too.”
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Sun, every week:
12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun; 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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Sun; 1st Sun, every month:
1-5 pm “1ST SUNDAYS BLUEGRASS JAM” at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance; first Sun, every month. Bill Elliott 909-678-1180; Ron Walters 310-534-1439.
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Sun, 1st Sun, every month:
1 pm Monthly “CTMS OLD TIME JAM” at the Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; 818-817-7756. Free.
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Sun, recurring:
1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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Sun, Jan 4, 2009:
2 pm matinee CATHY BARTON & DAVE PARA at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91101; info, www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917. CATHY BARTON & DAVE PARA have been performing for over twenty-eight years at festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and studios across the U.S. and Europe. Dave and Cathy play hammered and fretted dulcimers, banjo, guitar, mandolin and autoharp, as well as "found" instruments like bones, spoons, mouthbow and leaf. Their concerts present a range of music from lively dance tunes, old ballads, songs from the Civil War, songs of the American rivers, old gospel songs, and contemporary songs.
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Cathy, a recognized master of the frailing banjo style, has twice won the “Tennessee Old-Time Banjo Championship.” The late Roy Acuff often called her his "favorite banjo player" because her playing reminded him of earlier country music sounds. Dave is noted for his superbly distinctive back-up guitar style, plus he’s a virtuoso "leaf" player. $15.
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Sun; first Sun every month; in Nipomo:
2 pm WILD RIVER RAMBLERS bring bluegrass to Santa Maria Brewing Co, 112 Cuyama Ln (1/2 blk W of the 101), Nipomo; 805-349-2090. Features JULIO BOYSENBERRY on banjo. “2 PM to whenever.”
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Sun, recurring:
3-5:30 pm JAZZ COMPOSERS WORKSHOP at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sunday.
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Sun, every week:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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Sun, every week:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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Sun, every week:
4-6 pm “BEGINNERS IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Sun, every week:
5 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. (BBQ changed to 5-8 pm, effective July 4.) Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Bonnie, 4-6 pm. Every Sunday they “light up the 'ol barbie and throw on anything from marinated tri-tip beef to good 'ol hamburgers. Every BBQ is served with all the fixin's, like baked beans, vegetables, rice, cole slaw, potato salad and more.” They tell us, “If you're looking for something really fun and different to do on Sundays, then head on down to The Cowboy Palace Saloon for dance lessons at 4, mouthwatering BBQ at 5, and a hot country band starting at 6!” No cover.
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Sun; first Sun every month; in Santa Margarita:
5:30-8:30 pm SANTA MARGARITA JAM (bluegrass & more) at "The Porch" (formerly Solomon's Café), 22322 El Camino Real (Rt 58), Santa Margarita. First 1/2 hour is a free music lesson for anyone getting started; remainder of evening is an open jam for all pickers. Bluegrass / trad / old time oriented. Info, siminoff@siminoff.net.
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Sun, every week (new):
6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 debut their new “Sunday Happy Hour” residency tonight at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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Sun, every Sun:
7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum for table service requested, otherwise, no cover.
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Sun, every week:
7 pm PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP WITH MARC PLATT at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; www.kulakswoodshed.com. Must be a member in advance to gain entry. Limit 10 performers per week. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/workshop.shtml. Each week's workshop is $20, with all proceeds to the venue.
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Sun, every week, on radio and web radio:
7-9 pm “FOLKSCENE” is a long-running folk music show from Los Angeles, hosted by ROZ LARMAN on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, and simulcast at www.kpfk.org. Each edition features a long-form performance-interview, recorded live, with a guest recording artist. The show celebrated its 37th year on the air in February 2008. Info on the show and guests, playlists, and tributes to the late co-host HOWARD LARMAN, at www.folkscene.com.
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Sun, every week, on web radio:
7 pm “FLAT CAT RADIO,” hosted by DAVE STRAUSS, features live on-air performance-interviews at www.myspace.com/flatcatradio. It’s a weekly live web-only show focused on Los Angeles-based songwriters of all genres, but the live segment is generally an acoustic performance.
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Mon, every week:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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Mon, every Mon, on the web:
3:59-5:15 pm (Pacific time) “WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR” live simulcast from Lexington, Kentucky. Those near Lexington are invited to attend the show live; the rest of us can watch and listen live on the web, or download the podcast later, at www.woodsongs.com. The host is folksinger MICHAEL JOHNATHON, and both he and many of his guests have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Michael’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” is a multi-media celebration of grassroots Americana music, heard worldwide in radio syndication (except in L.A.) and seen and heard on the web. Every Monday evening, Michael and his guests perform folk and bluegrass, and the show explores songwriting, new artists, literature, worldwide radio, television and concerts. WoodSongs is the world first multi-camera, weekly series broadcast on the Internet. Online viewers worldwide can watch the behind-the-scenes production heard by over 900,000 radio listeners on over 491 radio stations each week. Here’s the weekly schedule, adjusted to Pacific time: 4 pm - watch the 60 minute show live as it happens; 5:03 pm - join the audience as they record the promo for the just-completed show; 5:05 pm - enjoy the guest artist's encore performances, not heard on the radio broadcast.
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Mon; every Mon:
6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, recurring, on web radio:
6 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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Mon; 1st (and 3rd) Mon, every month:
7-10 pm DALE LaDUKE & FRIENDS play a twice-a-month singer-songwriter showcase night, with different guests each time, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; http://arniescafe.com; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes, Five Wheel Drive) tells us, it’s “a new little coffee house that is becoming quite a scene.” Dale gets major-league songwriters; a recent edition featured HAROLD PAYNE, & FREEBO. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Mon, every week:
“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com.
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Mon, every week:
“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676.
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Mon; repeats every first Mon:
7:30-9 pm “LAMN JAM” at The Scene, 806 E Colorado St (x-st Everett), Glendale 91205; 818-241-7029. L.A. Music Network Jam is billed as a place where “artists, musicians, singers and songwriters play for the pros.” Only LAMN Members perform by registering at 818-769-6095 or tara@lamn.com. Info: www.lamn.com. Performers receive constructive criticism in the areas of music, lyrics and performance. No cover.
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Mon, every week:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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Mon, every week:
8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Mon, every week:
ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 78th & Western, L.A. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, every Mon:
8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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Mon, every week:
8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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Mon, every Mon:
8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by singer-songwriter Chris Mathieu at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, “Open-Mic on Mondays is now for MUSIC ONLY.” Two songs, and if time allows, performers may get to go up a second time. Venue adds, “The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.” Sign-ups at 8 pm.
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum for table service requested, otherwise, no cover.
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Mon, every week:
9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every week is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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Mon; most Mondays:
10 pm PRESTON SMITH plays solo acoustic at The Bridge, 3256 Caheunga Bl (at Barham), Universal City / Hollywood area, one mile N of the Hollywood Bowl. Romantic, loungy, acoustic room. Preston sings “blues & beyond,” soul and jazz. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger July 28, ‘06 Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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Mon, every week:
10:30 pm MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Social, 6525 Sunset Bl, Hollywood. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. No cover.
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Tue, every week; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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Tue; first Tue, every month:
12:30-2:30 pm monthly “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB RECITALS” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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Tue, every week:
4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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Tue, every week:
6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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Tue, every week:
6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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Tue, every week; in Menifee:
6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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Tue; first Tue, every month:
6:30-10 pm HAMMERED DULCIMER PRACTICE GROUP at a private home in Downey; first Tue, every month. Round-robin format, all levels welcome. No dues or fees. Contact Bea Romano for loc: celticanamusic@yahoo.com.
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Tue, 1st Tues, every month; in Camarillo:
6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS “ROUND TABLE PIZZA SONG CIRCLE,” at Round Table Pizza, 889 Arneill Rd (near Ponderosa; in Longs, K-Mart, Vons shopping center), Camarillo; 805-484-8900. Get 20% off your order during the Songmakers event. You can call to order ahead at 805-484-8900. Info, TJ Zeiler, Songmaker93010@gmail.com or 805-482-0029; www.songmakers.org.
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Tue, every Tue:
6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is 1st entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Jan 6, 2009:
7 pm all-OPEN MIC special edition of the “MAIN STREET SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE” as it returns from holiday hiatus at Café Bellissimo, 22458 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills; 818-225-0026. We always say, “It’s a nice format, always with two recording artists, each doing a half-hour set, and a few songs from performing host GARRET SWAYNE. The two featured artists are followed by an open mic.”
But, tonight’s edition is all open mic; info, www.garretswayne.com. MSSS patrons get half-price drinks, 6:30-7:30, and special discount on award-winning pizza all evening. No cover, but venue expects a minimum $5 food / drink purchase (and that’s half their former expectation).
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Tue, every week:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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Tue, every week; in Tehachapi:
7-10 pm “ACOUSTIC JAM” at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "All unplugged acoustic players." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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Tue, recurring:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Hallenbeck’s General Store, 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood; 818-985-5916; www.hallenbecks.com. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Tue; first & third Tue, every month:
“BACK PORCH AT THE UNURBAN” hosted by swamp grass band KILLING CASSANOVA, on the back porch at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica. The back porch is “a night of acoustic singer-songwriters, folk and freak folkers” sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova. The Unurban is a free thinking, all ages, speakeasy-style coffee house, with food for vegeterians and deli lovers alike, and the usual coffeehouse fare. The hosts add, “Please contact us if you're interested in sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova,” through www.myspace.com/killingcassanova .
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Tue, first Tue, every month:
8 pm-1 am “RONNIE MACK'S BARN DANCE” with a full lineup of guest performers and THE BARNDANCE BAND at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, L.A. 90029; contact venue for set times, www.elcidla.com/ronnymack.html; 323-668-0318. No cover.
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Tue, every week:
8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly summer series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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Tue, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Sierra Cup, 409 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-301-4214; www.sierracup.com. Sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
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Tue, every week; in Laguna Beach:
8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at the The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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Tue, every Tue:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Tue, Jan 6, 2009:
9 pm NELLIE BLY at Room 5 (above Amalfi Ristorante), 143 N La Brea Av, L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504; www.amalfiristorante.com. They’re an indie alt-country trio, sharing members with the excellent Irish band, PADDY’S PIG.
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Wed; every Wed; in Yucaipa:
12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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Wed, every Wed:
ON HIATUS: 3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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Tom tells us, “It won’t be meeting again until the weather warms up.”
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Wed, every Wed:
7-9 pm ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC, hosted by ALLAN COMEAU, at Santa Monica Bar & Grille, 3321 Pico Bl, Santa Monica. It’s now weekly. SEVERIN BROWNE says, “For those of you who like a good open mic night, my friend Allan Comeau is hosting… not far from McCabe’s. And the food is good.” 6:45 pm sign-ups.
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Wed, every Wed:
7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. All ages, no cover.
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Wed, every Wed; in Tehachapi:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "musicians, poets, writers, thinkers, and audiences." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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Wed, every Wed:
7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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Wed, 1st Wed, every month:
7:30-10 pm monthly “SONGWRITER'S NETWORK SEMINAR” with a music industry guest speaker, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Songnet’s monthly seminar brings an assortment of accomplished music industry insiders, from traditional record label execs to the gurus of new media. It provides musicians and songwriters the opportunity to get inside information on the business side of music, to help their creative endeavors and careers. Info on night’s program, the organization, articles, links to the music business, and CGB impresario BOB STANE’s "boilerplate," explaining why some artists do not get booked on a regular basis, are all at www.thesongnet.org. Coffeehouse fare available. Free entry, $5 suggested donation.
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Wed, 1st & 3rd Wed every month:
7:30-9:30 pm twice-monthly “COWBOY WESTERN JAM” at El Trocadero, 24274 Main St (at Market), Newhall 91321; 661-284-6615; www.eltrocaderosteakhouse.com. (Many maps show the street name as San Fernando Rd; the part where the venue is located was renamed Main St in 2007.) Event moved to this venue in Sep, 2008. This is the event that was held at Rattlesnake Slim’s until that venue had a fire, and before that, it was held for years at Vincenzo’s Pizza. All pickers invited. No cover.
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Wed, every Wed:
7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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Wed, every Wed; in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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Wed, every Wed:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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Wed, 1st Wed, every month:
8 pm THE BROMBIES bring bluegrass to Viva Fresh Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank (next to L.A. Equestrian Center); 818-845-2425. They have a residency there, the first, third (and occasional fifth) Wed of every month.
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Wed, 1st Wed, every month:
8 pm monthly “ACOUSTICALLY SPEAKING” show with performing host POET RONI GIRL and a full evening’s lineup, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea, L.A. Venue has full bar and light meals (full dinners can be sent-up from Amalfi Ristorante, downstairs.) Cover is $6 if you say "Flyer" or bring their event flyer (otherwise, it’s more).
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Wed, every Wed:
8 pm “SONGWRITER WORKSHOP” hosted by MARC PLATT, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; www.kulakswoodshed.com; 818-766-9913. Details of this new night when we get them.
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Wed, every Wed:
8 pm OPEN MIC at The Talking Stick, 1630 Ocean Park Bl, Santa Monica; www.thetalkingstick.net.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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Wed; every Wed:
8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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Wed, every Wed:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Wed, every Wed:
8:30 pm-midnight “JAZZ JAM SESSION” at The Smokehouse Restaurant, 4420 W Lakeside Dr (at Barham), Burbank 91505; www.smokehouse1946.com; 818-845-3731. New home for the long-running weekly series formerly at the Sportsman’s Lodge; hosted by CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA, President of the California Pop & Jazz Council (www.capopandjazzcouncil.org). Event info, www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover.
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Wed, every Wed:
DISCONTINUED: (check with venue) 8:30 pm “SPOKEN WORD & POETRY OPEN MIC” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873).
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Wed, 1st & 3rd Wed, every month:
9-11 pm “WESTSIDE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND” hosted by JEFF KOSSACK & JOHN STOWERS with pre-booked guests, at Santa Monica Bar & Grille, 3321 Pico Bl, Santa Monica. “They usually have a song circle with 4 or 5 songwriters,” says SEVERIN BROWNE and he continues, “For those of you who like a good open mic night, my friend Allan Comeau is hosting the open mic [happens earlier, 7-9 pm]. The location for this wondrous event not far from McCabes. For those of you on the West Side, this may become your regular Wednesday night outing! John and Jeff are talking about having the very best singer-songwriters that they know join them every two weeks. And the food is GOOD.”
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Thu, Jan 8, 2009:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists ERNEST TROOST (Nicole Gordon, Lauren Adams, Lisa O'Kane), and BUDDY ZAPATA, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. Both Ernest Troost and Buddy Zapata have performed live, multiple times, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes, Five Wheel Drive) tells us, “I try to go as often as possible, because it's always good.” No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Thu, Jan 8, 2009:
8 pm SONGS OF SHILOH at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91101; info, www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917. NICOLE GORDON & MARTY AXELROD have performed from their thematic “Songs of Shiloh” album twice on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and at a variety of venues, including this one. They’re simplifying things, and calling their act SONGS OF SHILOH. Tonight’s show marks a new stage in the evolution of Songs of Shiloh, as they welcome drummer ADAM ROACH to the fold, joining their original bassist NORM SANCHO. They add, “We welcome back, from her first semester in Baltimore, our original harmony vocalist ZOE AXELROD [who performed with them on “TttT”].”
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Review by Kerry: "They performed… last night at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Marty is a wonderful musician and his daughter Zoe sang backup with Nicole. This show is wonderful and these songs will haunt you. Credit should also be given to their bass player who was world class. This show and these songs are terrific. I have seen them twice at the Coffee Gallery and this is music at its finest. Marty is a genius on keyboards and songwriting. How can you find fault with an act that has you from start to finish. Modern folk songs that transcend generations and great instrumental skills. Thanks again Coffee Gallery." $15.
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Fri, Jan 9, 2009:
8 pm PETER OSTROUSHKO (“A Prairie Home Companion”) performs the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) concert series in the Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Bl (at Ventura Bl), Encino 91316; tix & info, www.ctmsfolkmusic.org or 818-817-7756 (11 am-4 pm). Doors at 7:30 pm.
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“Five stars! Jackpot! Ostroushko is one of a group of virtuoso musicians capable of defying boundaries…as both a composer and a player, Peter Ostroushko deserves a prominent place in the front rank of today’s acoustic music scene.” – Sing Out! magazine.
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Peter is touring his latest CD, “Peter Joins the Circus.” He’s played lead ukelele with the MINNESOTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under the direction of SIR NEVILLE MARINER. PETER OSTROUSHKO is regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. His tours have taken him to the stages of clubs, performing arts centers, music festivals and theatres across North America and Europe, and he has earned an international reputation as a versatile and dazzling master of instrumentation and composition. His recording contributions stand favorably alongside great Nashville session men of his generation. He’s played with JETHRO BURNS, EMMYLOU HARRIS, WILLIE NELSON, CHET ATKINS, JOHNNY GIMBLE, but his hometown Minneapolis’ music scene has provided a fabulous variety of musical styles in which Peter remains unequaled: folk (Greg Brown, John Hartford, Taj Mahal, fellow Prairie Home cast members Robin & Linda Williams), bluegrass (Norman and Nancy Blake, Tim O’Brien and Hot Rize), jazz, classical, and even rock.
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Peter’s first recording session was an uncredited mandolin set on BOB DYLAN’s “Blood on the Tracks,” and his work is featured on ROBIN HOLCOMB’s 1992 CD “Rockabye” (Elektra). Peter is at his most passionate when Ostroushko plays Ostroushko - a rich ethnic mix with its heart in his Ukrainian heritage. His own term for his gumbo of musical styles is "slüz düz,” a phrase borrowed from his mother, meaning, roughly, "over the edge" or "off his rocker.” Indeed, Peter is something of a first-generation hero in the Ukrainian community of North America. To his surprise, one town even held a parade in his honor! Not surprisingly, Peter’s resume is dizzying in size and scope. More at www.peterostroushko.com
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Advance tix, purchased by Dec 31, entitle you to ask for a free CD at the door. (CD from the CTMS music library’s duplicates.)
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Fri, Jan 9:
8 pm WILL RYAN and THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS with IAN WHITCOMB at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91101; reservations, 626-398-7917; info, www.coffeegallery.com. And now for something completely different: GRAMMY winner IAN WHITCOMB will bring his English sensibilities to a Western show, together with two other celebrated musicians - JOHN REYNOLDS & BENNY BRYDERN – known, with Ian, for their roles in the old time and early 20th century music world. This should be better than good. Waahoo!
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WILL RYAN is billed as "Modern cowboy classics sung by authentic Western characters!" Will Ryan is also called, "The King of the Radio Cowboys," and the Cactus County Cowboys as, "the Band that Won the West." Seems they have been entertaining horses, cattle and people since those dimly remembered, far-off days before the almost-arrived Barack Obama administration. Will and the boys have perplexed audiences near and far with their unique repertoire, their tricky pickin' and what they proudly call their "inadvertent humour." (Note the British spelling, for Ian’s benefit.) In fact, their first appearance (Will Ryan, backed by Westy and Presto) was at the Golden Boot Awards with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and a whole slew of cowboy legends as their captive audience. Wait. Let's make that "captivated audience."
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WILL RYAN handles guitar, ukulele and song-writing chores. He’s a Westerner who has written hundreds of songs for people like the Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle and the O-K Corral Chorale (and for characters like Elmo Aardvark, Tigger, the Grinch and the Muppets). Over the years he's written many a cowboy tune and he continues doing so, thereby keeping the band in fresh supply of material. Known in certain circles as a cineloquist ("voice-actor", to the layman), Will Ryan has provided dozens of voices in many an Oscar-nominated animated film (e.g. Petrie in "The Land Before Time", Seahorse in "The Little Mermaid", a dozen characters in "Thumbelina", featured roles in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action!," Mickey's Christmas Carol," and more.). He is heard in hundreds of episodes of award-winning TV shows, including as Tigger and Rabbit in Disney's long-running "Welcome to Pooh Corner", Willie the Giant in the current series "Mickey Mouse Club House."
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The music organization BMI has given Will a “Pioneer/Silver Circle Award,” the animation industry has given him an Annie Award and the TV industry has awarded him Emmy and Writers Guild Award nominations.
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The CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS, "the Band that Won the West," has members who have been recording with Will for years on TV and movie projects. Together they are the founders and principal perpetrators of the nascent musical / dance style known as "Cowboy Skiffle." WESTY WESTONHOFER, "the Continental Cowpoke," plays upright bass, euphonium and tuba, though rarely simultaneously. He was a long-time member of the BEVERLY HILLS UNLISTED JAZZ BAND and he portrayed a gentleman in the internationally popular music act, the PALM SPRINGS YACHT CLUB. Add JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS, "the Fastest Drawer in the West," who takes care of lead guitar, banjo, jazbo, whistling and the Windsor number two brush. One of the most in-demand acoustic guitarists in Hollywood history, he is also a talented artist. Usually playing with the band is RALF REYNOLDS, “the cowboy who invented the automatic washboard.” He handles washboard percussion like Thurston handled disappearing elephants: with stunningly magical finesse, Another regular on the Cactus County buckboard is BENNIE BRYDERN who, when he's not busy flabbergasting crowds with hot his fiddle-playing, spends time scoring movies and television shows for American and European producers.
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Guest star band-member is GRAMMY winner IAN "OXBRIDGE" WHITCOMB, “the cowboy who put the ‘West’ in Westminster Abbey.” His hi-falutin' accent contributes an authentic immigrant flavour to the vocals, while his accordion and ukulele extend extra-added Western punch to the instrumental blend. $15.
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Fri, Jan 9, 2009:
8 pm APRIL VERCH at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. Award-winning and step-dancing fiddler, and sultry vocalist, April Verch brings new musical meaning to the term multi-tasking. Lincoln, the McCabe’s concert booker, says, “She's been diligently working at all three since she was a toddler, and though not yet 30, she is a consummate musician (check out ‘Take Me Back,’ on Rounder). Her traditional step dancing takes the whole experience to another level, and her live performances are an astounding display of energy-infused virtuosity. Take it from those of us who were here the first time she came through - she will blow your mind.” We’ve seen her perform, and we heartily concur. Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $15.
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Fri, Jan 9, 2009:
8-11 pm PADDY'S PIG at Casey's Irish Bar, 613 S. Grand Av, downtown L.A. 90017; 213-629-2353; www.bigcaseys.com. They were splendid recently at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
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See an excellent story on PADDY’S PIG by Michelle Mills in the “Whittier Daily News,” at www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_11129751, and Bliss wrote about them in The “Pasadena Weekly,” at www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/trax/6695, and check them at www.celticmp3s.com/free/2008/11/ring-on-chain-by-paddys-pig.shtml
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Their instrumentation includes mandolin, guitar, drums, percussion, lots of vocals from the charming Miss Missy and other band members, and some penny whistle. Bridging any musical gap between generations, PADDY'S PIG entertains without fail, playing everything from reels, jigs and rebel songs to drinking songs and tender Celtic ballads. Formed, they tell us, “at the curly-tailed end of the twentieth century,” the Southern Cal-based band performs lively renditions of traditional and pseudo-traditional Irish and Celtic music. They are equally at home playing barn-burners like “The Blacksmith,” and the Pogues’ “Sally MacLennane,” to heart-wrenching ballads like “He Fades Away,” and “She Moved Through the Fair,” to classic tunes like “Loch Lomand,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” They get the audience involved, sometimes leaving the stage to do so, blurring the line between audience and performer.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009:
1-3 pm The “Youth Program” series brings GILLI MOON & J. WALKER SKILLZ FOR LIFE plus ALLEN OSHIRO to the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Grab lunch at any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy all or part of the concert. Free.
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Sat, Jan 10; in the OC:
6:30-10 pm BERNIE PEARL with piano master DWAYNE SMITH at Iva Lee's, 555 S El Camino Real, San Clemente; 949-361-2855. Treat yourself to a night out at a great restaurant, with great blues music. Bernie has performed multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Sat, Jan 10:
7 pm SLIGO RAGS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. This locally-based big time Irish act performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” on St. Patrick’s Day in 2006, and that time EIGHT of the Top Ten songs on one Celtic Music Chart were their recordings. Their debut studio CD, "The Night Before the Morning After," still gets international airplay, and was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine. Two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this highly-entertaining ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Using fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and percussion, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Celtic music scene by storm. Says the San Diego Troubadour, "This band can light up an atmosphere as dim as the Guinness stout you just ordered at the bar... Sligo Rags really know their Celtic music." Don't be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act, as well. Much fun. Venue impresario BOB STANE says, “This is a money back, no-questions-asked-if-you-are-not-thrilled act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles.” $18.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009:
7:30 pm COLES WHALEN with SARAH SLANTON at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A.; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Artists info, www.myspace.com/coleswhalen and www.myspace.com/sarahslantonmusic. $10.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009; 2nd Sat every month:
7:30 pm monthly “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” this month with the “2nd Annual Auld Lang Syne Edition: One Degree To Edward Tree” featuring WENDY CONRAD, LISA O'KANE, SPENCER DAVIS, EDWARD TREE, JOHN STOWERS, JANE BOLDUC, and more, at the charity benefit series new home, The Talking Stick’s NEW location, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Tonight is the series’ 19th installment with 100% of donations benefitting “House Of Hope,” a safe, sober environment for women wanting to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. More on Grassroots Acoustica at www.grassrootsacoustica.org. No cover, but it’s a fund-raiser for charity.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009; in Ojai:
7:30 pm JOHN McCUTCHEON plays the “Fresh Roasted Concert” Series at Matilija Aud., 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai; advance tix, 805-646-8907 or www.ptgo.org (click on Fresh Roasted). They tell us, “Buy early, we expect to sell-out!”
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Multiple Grammy Nominee JOHN McCUTCHEON is considered to be one of America's finest folksingers, and he is a first-rateinstrumentalist and storyteller, as well. With 31+ albums and six Grammy nominations, his concerts have become legendary for their exploration of community, continuity and hope. The Washington Post called his concerts, "little feats of magic." A John McCutcheon concert features an array of instruments that includes the hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo and autoharp; strong lyrics tackling the issues of the day, and stories told with the richness of literature. After 30 years of international touring, McCutcheon is at the top of his game in observances of history, work, love, aging and small town life.
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"A virtuoso instrumentalist who never lets his technical wizardry interfere with the heartfelt message of his songs. My only regret is that I'll never again experience the thrill of hearing him for the first time." - Ahser Raboy, conductor, Napa Valley Symphony.
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You can enjoy a free glass of wine before and after the show, or stay the night; either option is part of a special concert package, “Wine and Folk Music Go Together.” With purchased tickets to the McCutcheon performance you can enjoy a free glass of wine before the concert and another at the post- concert reception, at Casa Barranca, 208 E Ojai Av, at approximately 9:45 pm. Show your concert tix and start sipping. In addition, Casa Barranca offers you a 20% discount on any merchandise you wish to purchase. If you're from out of town you can spend the night and enjoy Ojai at either the Best Western Casa Ojai, 1302 E Ojai Av, 805- 646-8175; $110 a night (a 25% discount), or at Su Nido Inn, 301 Montgomery, 805-646-7080; $179 a night (25% discount). Phone either for reservations.
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Concert tix, advance: gen’l, $22, srs & students $17. At door: $25 gen’l, $20 srs & students.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009; in Encinitas (San Diego):
7:30 pm APRIL VERCH plays the San Diego Folk Heritage series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas; 858-566-4040; SDFH@san.rr.com. When you see twenty-seven year old April Verch perform, the first thing that strikes you is the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing and stepdancing. When you listen to “Take Me Back,” her third disc for Rounder Records, heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” what draws you in are more subtle things - her confident, winsome singing, the finely detailed elegance of her fiddle phrasing and the depth of a repertoire that ranges through material from Americana mainstays Buddy and Julie Miller, to simple country songs and rollicking tunes from her native Ottawa Valley to sparkling original instrumentals. Artist info, www.aprilverch.com/bio.php. Adv tix, www.ticketweb.com; $22 gen’l, $19 mbrs.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009:
8 pm PETER OSTROUSHKO (“A Prairie Home Companion”) at the CalTech Folk Music Society series on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832).
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“Five stars! Jackpot! Ostroushko is one of a group of virtuoso musicians capable of defying boundaries…as both a composer and a player, Peter Ostroushko deserves a prominent place in the front rank of today’s acoustic music scene.” – Sing Out! magazine.
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Peter is touring his latest CD, “Peter Joins the Circus.” He’s played lead ukelele with the MINNESOTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under the direction of SIR NEVILLE MARINER. PETER OSTROUSHKO is regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. His tours have taken him to the stages of clubs, performing arts centers, music festivals and theatres across North America and Europe, and he has earned an international reputation as a versatile and dazzling master of instrumentation and composition. His recording contributions stand favorably alongside great Nashville session men of his generation. He’s played with JETHRO BURNS, EMMYLOU HARRIS, WILLIE NELSON, CHET ATKINS, JOHNNY GIMBLE, but his hometown Minneapolis’ music scene has provided a fabulous variety of musical styles in which Peter remains unequaled: folk (Greg Brown, John Hartford, Taj Mahal, fellow Prairie Home cast members Robin & Linda Williams), bluegrass (Norman and Nancy Blake, Tim O’Brien and Hot Rize), jazz, classical, and even rock.
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Peter’s first recording session was an uncredited mandolin set on BOB DYLAN’s “Blood on the Tracks,” and his work is featured on ROBIN HOLCOMB’s 1992 CD “Rockabye” (Elektra). Peter is at his most passionate when Ostroushko plays Ostroushko - a rich ethnic mix with its heart in his Ukrainian heritage. His own term for his gumbo of musical styles is "slüz düz,” a phrase borrowed from his mother, meaning, roughly, "over the edge" or "off his rocker.” Indeed, Peter is something of a first-generation hero in the Ukrainian community of North America. To his surprise, one town even held a parade in his honor! Not surprisingly, Peter’s resume is dizzying in size and scope. More at www.peterostroushko.com
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Info & tix, Caltech Ticket Office, 626-395-4652 or 1-888-2CALTECH.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009:
8 pm ADRIAN LEGG & PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. Lincoln, the McCabe’s concert booker, says, “For any serious student of guitar, or anyone who loves music, for that matter, this show is a must-see.” Guitar magazine wrote, "Impossible to categorize as a player, ADRIAN LEGG incorporates virtually every genre on his guitar in a virtuosic instrumental style with effects. He brought electric approaches to acoustic playing, creating a modern cross-over amalgamation in the tradition of eclectic folk playing that goes back to the 1960s." And then there’s the virtuosity of D’Agostino. Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $20.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009:
8 pm ED GERHARD at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Artist info, www.virtuerecords.com. $20.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009:
8 pm EDDIE CUNNNINGHAM plus ASHLEY MIERS at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2009:
8 pm EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER, & UNCLE RUTHIE start 2009 with “SHMUESN’n SHPILN: STORIES & MUSIC FOR THE NEW AMERICAN SHTETL” at the Arbeiter Ring Workman’s Circle, 1525 S Robertson, L.A. 90035. Reservations at 310-552-2007. EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER has twice performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” bringing music of the Jewish experience of immigration to America. Advance tix, before Jan 7, mbrs $15, non-members $18. At door, mbrs $17, non-members $20. More at www.extremeklezmer.com
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Sat, Jan 10:
9 pm ELLIOT RANDALL at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A.; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. He’s an Americana artist from San Francisco by way of South Carolina. Elliot has had airplay in San Francisco on KFOG and his entire album was in rotation on XM's "X Country" station from Nov ‘07 to April ‘08. He did the live in-studio "Hang Time" show on XM, last time he was in Nashville. Been a while since he got to L.A., so it’s a good chance to catch him.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009; in NYC:
6th annual “globalFEST,” a “preeminent world music festival in North America,” with CALYPSO ROSE, CHICHA LIBRE, FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE, HOT 8 BRASS BAND, KAILASH KHER'S KAILASA, L&O, LA TROBA KUNG-FÚ, MARCIO LOCAL, OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS DANCE BAND INTERNATIONAL, SHANBEHZADEH ENSEMBLE, TANYA TAGAQ, VALKYRIEN ALLSTARS, WATCHA CLAN, others, at Webster Hall in New York. Early tix sales, through Nov 30, save $5. Info, www.rockpaperscissors.biz. It’s timed to coincide with the annual “Association for Performing Arts Presenters Conference,” when thousands of concert presenters are in town to program their upcoming seasons. Promoters tell us, “Drawing on the bounty of sounds, styles, and approaches exploding around the world, globalFEST has opened minds and doors for outstanding international artists.” They continue, “globalFEST was created in the wake of 9/11, a time of xenophobic backlash and tightening visa restrictions, the festival has always kept a finger on the pulse of cross-border musical exchange and has adapted to the changing needs of the field. The festival directors - Bill Bragin of Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures - and Isabel Soffer of World Music Institute - are joined by Shanta Thake of Joe's Pub at The Public Theater.”
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Sun, Jan 11; on web radio:
7-8 am (Pacific) SANTA CRUZ RIVER BAND is interviewed live on Denver, Colorado's KUVO radio, with web simulcast at www.kuvo.org. It’ll be spins of the band’s recordings and live telephone interviews with TED RAMIREZ & MICHAEL RONSTADT. Quite a breakthrough, since the public radio station centers on jazz, blues, and Latin jazz, and the band does what they call “Southwestern folk” from both sides of the border. The Tucson-based, globally-traveling band has been a huge hit on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” when they have performed live multiple times. More at www.santacruzriverband.com
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
11 am-noon PETER ALSOP plays a kid’s show at McCabe’s, 3103 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. He’s delighted audiences young and old for many years, as he did when he performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Peter has several childrens music CDs and is widely acclaimed within the genre, bringing humor and insight for children and adults alike with songs like “You Get A Little Extra When You Watch TV,” and “My Gums Grow Teeth.” You'll find out why Peter has consistently won “Best Children’s” awards from Parents Choice and the Association For Independent Music. Artist info, www.myspace.com/peteralsop2 and www.peteralsop.com. Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $8.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
2-4 pm BOBBY MATOS plays Latin jazz for the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. Grab lunch at Grand Central Market or any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy the concert. Free.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
3:30 pm CHRISTOPHER KOVALCHICK, violin, and JULIA GREER, piano, play the “Kitty MacDonnell Memorial Concert” in Dabney Lounge on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832); this event, http://events.caltech.edu/events/event-5530.html. Presented by the Caltech Committee on Institute Programs. The program will feature works by Brahms, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev. Artists info, www.christopherkovalchick.com and www.jrgreer.caltech.edu/pianist/index.html. FREE, no tix or reservations required.
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Sun, Jan 11:
4 pm BRETT PERKINS & AMALIE RIIS play a house concert at the Vreelands in South Pasadena 91030. Reservations get directions, at brett@brettperkinspresents.com. Please arrive no later than 3:45 pm. BRETT PERKINS was the founding host of the “Listening Room Concert Series” in Southern California, which now operates worldwide (but not locally). In fact, he operates an acclaimed series of global songwriter retreats, including one on the California central coast every January. More info at www.brettperkins.com.
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AMALIE RIIS, from Denmark, has a new CD due in January, “Red Light, Green Light, Go.” Her demo album two years ago was charming.
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Amalie has been playing club dates since recording her first demo at 15. In 2005, she released her first album, "Places Where We Go" to strong airplay on Denmark National Radio P4, propelling her to tour in Ireland, Sweden and the US. Her second album, "Safe and Sound" was released in April 2008 on the new Danish label Songcrafter, in Denmark, Holland and Sweden. It received strong reviews and got hot rotation on national radio of the first single, 'I Think I Love You'.
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Amalie primarily writes in English, in a mix she refers to as “between folk/Americana and pop,” with songs inspired by her journeys big and small, and by love and life and everything in between.
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Suggested donation for the house concert is $10 per person, and it goes to the artists.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
5 pm TAMIR HENDELMAN plays the “JAZZ VESPERS” series at All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Av, Pasadena 91101; 626-583-2725; www.allsaints-pas.org. The series makes its 2009 return. It is “a celebration of life, spirit and music.” Child care is provided. Good will offering is accepted. No reservations. Free.
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Sun, Jan 11:
6 pm FRED EAGLESMITH performs at the Thousand Oaks Library as part of the Bodie House Music series, at the Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362. Fred Eaglesmith is an award-winning singer-songwriter who inspires comparisons to icons like Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen, tops the roots music charts, and boasts devoted fans that include a slew of his fellow songwriters. High-profile tastemakers in the know - fellow musicians like Toby Keith and The Cowboy Junkies, as well as film folks like Martin Scorsese and James Caan - consider him one of the stellar musical and lyrical talents of our day. Though a decidedly grassroots artist in the thematic focus of his songs and how he pursues his career, he boasts an impact that far better known musical acts can only envy. Playing some 180 shows a year across North America, Europe, and Australia, his popular multi-day music trains, and releasing his own records under his cheekily-titled ‘A Major Label’ imprint, His latest album and 16th release, “Milly's Café,” has hit the Top 10 on the Americana chart. Want some cocktail party trivia? Fred is the only Canadian to have ever written a #1 song on the bluegrass charts. He is the subject of three tribute albums and enjoys critical comparisons to some of the most respected talents in music as well as the respect of his peers. Though sponsored by the Bodie House Music series, this show is at the Thousand Oaks Library. This may sell-out, so get tix right away. More at www.BodieHouse.com. $25.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
7 pm THE COWBOY BALLADEERS: RODGER MAXWELL, BRUCE FARWELL, & GARY LYNCH reprise last year's sell-out show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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This year these musical cowpokes bring a new show that features “lots more of their legendary cowboy-folk three-part harmony, [as] Bruce's master fingerstyle guitar playing winds intricately around Rodger's own fingerstyle playing, while Gary's bull fiddle cradles the blend of voices and guitars in a warm river of sound.” The Balladeers perform a song mix of Rodger Maxwell's award winning originals, plus traditional cowboy trail songs, movie-era cowboy songs, the best-known contemporary cowboy songs, “and some happy surprises.” Their promo says, “An evening with the Cowboy Balladeers will leave your feet tired from tapping, your mouths tired from smiling and singing, and your spirit calm and peaceful.” Geez, guys, we know you cowboys work from “see to see” – when you can first see in the morning to when you can’t see at night – but lay-off the stuff about getting’ plumb tuckerd-out, y’hear?
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Rodger's CD "Cowboy Promises" received a 2008 Top Ten nomination from the Western Music Association. In addition, both Rodger's songwriting and his song "Hombres of Summer" were likewise WMA 2008 Top Ten nominees. Remember some extra oats for your horse, so he’ll have as good an evening as you will. $15.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
7 pm ART GARFUNKEL with SANTA CLARITA SYMPHONY at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita 91355; www.canyonspac.com; 661-362-5304.
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It's been 35 years since "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was recorded, and ART GARFUNKEL's image and signature vocals remain among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. Teaming up with lifetime friend Paul Simon in 1962, SIMON & GARFUNKEL won five Grammy awards together, two in 1968 and three in 1970. In 1972, "Simon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits" was released, remaining on the charts for 131 weeks in the US. The album has since sold 14 million copies, the largest-selling album of all time for a duo. In 1990, Paul and Art were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With 12 solo albums, countless musical achievements and awards, and a lifetime of touching the souls of listeners throughout the world, Art Garfunkel brings his storied voice and one-of-kind persona to the stage once again.
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The SANTA CLARITA SYMPHONY is a group of 75 professional musicians. Many live locally, and perform with nationally-recognized orchestras where they provide world-class orchestral experiences. Tix go on sale Jul 16, 2008; prices tba.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
7 & 9 pm AL KOOPER plays two shows at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. Al Kooper played keyboards with Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Who and the Rolling Stones. He was a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears. He helped sign Richard Thompson, discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd, and was sampled by the Beastie Boys. All after beginning as a teenaged session guitarist. As Lincoln, McCabe’s concert booker, says, “In other words, he's been around a little, and his stories, as much as his music, make his shows unforgettable.” Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $24.50.
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Sun, Jan 11, 2009:
9 pm AL KOOPER plays two shows at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. See 7 pm listing for info. Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $24.50.
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Mon, Jan 12, 2009:
7-8:30 pm “CLAZZICAL NOTES: THE WOMEN” in Ramo Auditorium on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832); this event, http://events.caltech.edu/events/event-5742.html. “Clazzical Notes” is free, an adult educational outreach series sponsored by The Orchestras of Pasadena (www.theorchestras.org). It is a free evening of music and discussion among renowned musicians, to bridge the gap that currently exists between the jazz and classical music communities. The artists for this evening include jazz singer SHERRY WILLIAMS and L.A. Opera’s ANGEL BLUE. Moderator is RACHEL WORBY (www.worby.com), Music Director of the Pasadena POPS.
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As Music Director of The Pasadena POPS and a guest conductor of orchestras throughout Europe, South America, Australia and Asia – including the London Philharmonic, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic and the Herzliya Chamber Orchestra in Israel – conductor RACHEL WORBY has collaborated with such celebrated singers as Jessye Norman, Andrea Marcovicci, Jubilant Sykes, Eric Owens and Joely Fisher.
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“Actually, I predict that two extraordinarily gifted artists like SHERRY WILLIAMS and ANGEL BLUE will instantly connect with the audience all on their own, from the moment they begin to sing,” says Worby, whose recorded collaboration at Pasadena’s Blair High School in 2006 with internationally acclaimed soprano Jessye Norman was rated one of NPR’s Top Ten programs of the year. “But, as enthralling as it will be to hear Sherry and Angel perform, I’m also looking forward to hearing their thoughts on music, jazz, opera and their lives as both musicians and women.”
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As a musician and actress, SHERRY WILLIAMS has received worldwide acclaim. After beginning her career as a member of THE YOUNG AMERICANS, she appeared on television shows ranging from “The Tonight Show” to “Soul Train” and, in addition to touring with such artists as Andy Gibb, Johnnie Ray, Herbie Mann and Eddie Hendricks, has performed at jazz venues, clubs and festivals throughout Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
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Williams is equally comfortable in the recording studio. She released her first CD, “The Way You Love Me,” in 1997 to rave reviews, following that with the Grammy nominated “A Taste of Sherry” in 2003 and, later that same year, “You Must Believe In Spring.”
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The L.A. Times described her as having “...the vocal power of Streisand and ...the emotions of Nancy Wilson. She is liquid fire and magic, this lady.”
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Although she is just beginning her career, soprano ANGEL BLUE has already garnered an impressive list of accolades. In addition to being selected to take part in the prestigious “Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program” at Los Angeles Opera, Blue has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, the ACT-SO NAACP Classical Voice Competition, and the Redlands Bowl Competition and earned the Emerging Young Entertainers Award from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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Earlier this season, Blue appeared in productions of “Suor Angelica” and “Carmen” with L.A. Opera and, in June 2009, will perform the role of Clara in “Porgy and Bess” with the San Francisco Opera. She will travel to Valdosta Georgia to appear as the featured soloist with the Valdosta Symphony. Angel Blue has already sung include the Redlands Symphony, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra, the California Philharmonic, and the Riverside Philharmonic. “She has killer high notes and killer theatrical instincts,” raved the Los Angeles Times.
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“This is an exciting time for women in almost every medium, and women have always been most naturally and formally represented in the arts,” says Price-Gaines. “At Clazzical Notes’ The Women, we’ll present three powerfully talented women at the top of their game who will come together to create a memorable and most talked about evening of song and conversation.” FREE; no tix or reservations required.
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Mon, Jan 12:
PETE HOPKINS makes his House of Blues debut at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100. The always exciting Pete has a limited number of free tix, if you contact him in time, at petehopkins@sbcglobal.net.
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Tue, Jan 13; 2009:
8 pm MURIEL ANDERSON, master guitarist and fingerstyle champ, plus REBECCA SAYRE opening, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. MURIEL ANDERSON is the host and founder of “All Star Guitar Night” at the annual NAMM convention in Anaheim, and she is performing this special concert while she’s in town, with special guest REBECCA SAYRE. No less than LES PAUL calls Muriel, “One hell of a great player… a great personality, and what I like is the touch that Muriel has on the guitar, the way she plays it like we all wish to play.”
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MURIEL ANDERSON is the first and only woman to win the Fingerstyle Championship title, and she is widely respected as one of the foremost guitarists in the world. Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a bluegrass band, amazing audiences with her technique and endearing them with her sense of humor. One minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next, Chopin's Minute Waltz, her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass, and international music is revered by guitarists around the globe.
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Muriel has released seven instrumental CD's, three videos/DVD’s, and guitar books published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Zen-On Japan. Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Womens Choir, and she has a composition in Woody Allen’s recent film, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Muriel’s “Heartstrings” recording traveled as far as outer space, accompanying the astronauts on a space shuttle mission. Touring in the US and internationally year ‘round, her music brings smiles and promotes understanding worldwide. "Acoustic guitarist Muriel Anderson... has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world's best, and most versatile, guitar instrumentalists." - Chicago Tribune.
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“Muriel Anderson is a good friend and a great guitarist. She deserves National Recognition.” - Chet Atkins.
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Plus, REBECCA SAYRE - “Sayre’s elegantly expressive voice remains a subtle and sublime treasure, displaying a musicality that trumps the ever-present predictability of most modern singers…. She’s embraced a contemporary sound that fuses jazz phrasing with a relaxed, classic-pop melodicism.” - Nashville Scene.
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As a lead singer with Nashville favorite BADABING BADABOOM, Sayre made a name for herself with her outstanding vocals and earned rave reviews from Nashville media and fans. Described as “The Beatles-meets-the-Andrews Sisters,” BadaBing performed hundreds of shows all over the east, from Lincoln Center in New York to Bliss Fest in Michigan, to Destin, Florida. In March, 2005, Rebecca’s solo debut, "This Is Always," reached #47 on the National JazzWeek Album charts at a time when the deluge of releases by female jazz singers had one programmer screaming, “I don’t care if she’s Billy Holiday back from the dead, I can’t fit any more female jazz vocalists into my programming!” Sayre is a performance veteran and an original in every way. You will leave a Rebecca Sayre show with a CD, a smile, and your name on her mailing list.
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Tix $20 at door, or $18 in advance at www.murielanderson.com/store
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Wed-Sun, Jan 14-18, 2009; in Colorado:
20th Annual “COLORADO COWBOY POETRY GATHERING” at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO; www.arvadacenter.org. It's the 20th Anniversary Celebration, and AL “DOC” MEHL (theasphaltcowboy@comcast.net) tells us, “You'll find a premiere line-up of poets and musicians.” Al will be on stage Thursday afternoon, Jan 15, and all day Jan 16 & 17. He cpntinues, “Make a full day of your outing, and for the price of one ticket you'll see dozens of the ‘Best of the West.’ Ah, heck, just quit the day job (you never liked it that much anyway...) and come for all five days!’ More at the event website; click on the words "On Stage," and look for "Upcoming Special Events."
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Jan 14, 2009; in Ojai:
7 pm CROWFOOT at the Ojai Concert Series, Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai; 805-649-5189; www.ojaiconcertseries.com. CROWFOOT is from Canada and the East Coast, an Appalachian / Quebecois fusion trio sensation that weaves those musical influences plus others from England and Ireland, into a captivating fusion that delights dancers and listeners alike. Into this meeting ground of traditions, they incorporate their own distinctive original compositions and songs. Known for rich vocal harmonies, haunting ballads, and finely crafted instrumental arrangements that compliment their infectious energy and make you want to dance. Their diversity of instrumentation allows for a wide palette of sound, and audience members are consistently won over by the depth and variety of Crowfoot’s musical experience. Having cut their teeth on the contra dance circuit, Crowfoot has gained a reputation for their trancelike grooves, subtle interplay, and unstoppable energy. For three years they have played contra dances across the US and Canada, drawing a youthful following and foot-stomping praise wherever they go. They are Adam Broome on guitar, cittern, & vocals; Jaige Trudel on fiddle, cello, & vocals; and Nicholas Williams on flutes, accordion, piano, & vocals. Doors at 6:30 for adv tix & will-call, 6:45 for tix buyers. Seating first come. Kids tix, under 14, are 1/2 price; on-site child care, by adv reserv is $5. Show tix $15 advance, $18 at door.
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Wed, Jan 14:
8 pm FRED EAGLESMITH at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Fred Eaglesmith is an award-winning singer-songwriter who inspires comparisons to icons like Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen, tops the roots music charts, and boasts devoted fans that include a slew of his fellow songwriters. High-profile tastemakers in the know - fellow musicians like Toby Keith and The Cowboy Junkies, as well as film folks like Martin Scorsese and James Caan - consider him one of the stellar musical and lyrical talents of our day. Though a decidedly grassroots artist in the thematic focus of his songs and how he pursues his career, he boasts an impact that far better known musical acts can only envy. Playing some 180 shows a year across North America, Europe, and Australia, his popular multi-day music trains, and releasing his own records under his cheekily-titled ‘A Major Label’ imprint, His latest album and 16th release, “Milly's Café,” has hit the Top 10 on the Americana chart. Want some cocktail party trivia? Fred is the only Canadian to have ever written a #1 song on the bluegrass charts. He is the subject of three tribute albums and enjoys critical comparisons to some of the most respected talents in music as well as the respect of his peers. $20.
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Thu-Sat, Jan 15-17; in Northern Cal:
9 am-5 pm “CALIFORNIA INDIAN STORYTELLING ASSOCIATION (CISA) SYMPOSIUM AND FESTIVAL” at San Leandro Public Library Theater, 300 Estudillo Av, San Leandro 94577. Info, 510-386-7557 days, 510-793-8208 evenings; cistory@cistory.org and www.cistory.org. The CISA World Symposium and Storytelling Festival’s theme is “Indigenous Voices, Ancient Trade Routes.”
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The current of creativity and survival of Native Peoples of the Western Hemisphere has been the movement of stories and resources across vast oceans, rivers, and land routes. The symposium seeks to follow these ancient routes from the Pacific to the western shores of the North American continent, exploring ancient routes in stories, songs, chants, and artifacts that link each of the Indigenous Peoples together. Many of the routes are thousands of years old, but remain alive and vital to all Native People. This is an international gathering of Indigenous storytellers, scholars and culture bearers.
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Thu & Fri events include keynote addresses, panel discussions, and other presentations. The storytelling festival on Sat includes performances and an opportunity to have dinner with the storytellers and other presenters. Presented in cooperation with the San Leandro Public Library, in its state-of-the-art theater center. Made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Indian Storytelling Association, and audience donations.
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Symposium recommended for adults and teens, ages 15 and up; storytelling & music performances recommended for adults and children ages 8 and up. Suggested donations for symposium, $10 / day, and for festival, adults $15, elders / students / children ages 8-17, $10. “Dinner with the Storytellers” is $15.
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Thu, Jan 15; in Portland, Oregon:
“OLD-TIME MUSIC GATHERING” in Portland; info http://bubbaguitar.com/festival/index.html
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Thu-Mon, Jan 15-19; in Monterey, CA:
16th annual “MONTEREY SWINGFEST” at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Monterey. Last year’s festival brought nearly 1,000 dancers from Germany, France, England, Scotland, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and all over the US and Canada. The event admission includes four days of dance workshops, dance contests and lots of social dancing. Monterey Swingfest features Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann, Parker Dearborn & Jessica Cox, Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake, Arjay Centeno & Melissa Rutz, Mary Ann Nunez, Skippy Blair, Kelly Casanova, Michelle Kinkaid, Sonny Watson & Deanna Mollmann. Many past and present World & National Champions and stars from “Star Search”, “30 Seconds Of Fame”, “So You Think You Can Dance” and the upcoming major film release “Love N Dancing” (www.lovendancing.com). Learn, dance, watch and enjoy dance with classes, contests, shows and surroundings. The venue is less than 2 miles from Fisherman's Wharf and less than 4 miles from Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. More at www.CentralCoastSwingDance.com
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Thu, Jan 15, 2009:
9 am annual “BROOMBALL BOOST GAME,” L.A POLICE DEPARTMENT VS. L.A. FIRE DEPARTMENT, in a charity game at the Pershing Square Ice Rink in the park at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. Come early for the broom-ball game, and stay for the VERTIGO ROAD concert at noon. Both are free. Grab a fresh lunch at Grand Central Market or find something at any of several nearby take-out places. Event is free.
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Thu, Jan 15, 2009:
Noon-2 pm VERTIGO ROAD plays the lunchtime “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. This is a fine band, playing a series with a fine, professional sound system. If you work downtown, you can grab lunch at any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy all or part of the concert. Vertigo Road’s music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.vertigoroad.com. Free.
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Thu, Jan 15:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists DAVID MORGAN (Ray Charles, Jim Messina, Chuck Negron), and AMILIA K. SPICER, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes, Five Wheel Drive) tells us, “I try to go as often as possible, because it's always good.” AMILIA K. SPICER has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and is a main stage darling of the Kerrville Folk Festival. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Thu, Jan 15:
8 pm TIM THOMPSON & MYLES THOMPSON, the reigning Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and his son, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Tim won 1st Place in the hallowed “International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition” championships in Winfield, Kansas in Sep 2008. Tim is known for his exciting and intense playing and his charming and down to earth personality. His repertoire covers folk, jazz and bluegrass and includes arrangements of “The Flintstones” and “Eleanor Rigby.”
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In addition to television and movie soundtrack credits, Tim Thompson has produced and played on countless records during his 15 years in Nashville. His rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” appears on the movie soundtrack of “Casper’s Haunted Christmas” along with cuts from Ricky Van Shelton and Deanna Carter. Thompson wrote a song called “Six String Ramble” that plays on the new Flip Video Camcorder software for sale at Target and Walmart. He has traveled around the country playing concerts and teaching guitar clinics and songwriting workshops. Tim travels with his 14 year old son, Myles Thompson, a talented fiddle player who has adopted the ethics of “practice, practice, from his father.
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Tim Thompson has released seven CDs; one a singer-songwriter disc, and six instrumental CDs. His latest is a collaborative project with fellow fingerstyle guitarist John McClelland. Tim is currently working on a new CD that will feature his son, Myles. Audio and video clips can be found at www.TimThompsonGuitar.com or on YouTube. Thompson will be in California for a few weeks and appearing in the Aphex Booth at The NAMM Show. Reservations advised.
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Thu, Jan 15:
8-10 pm “BRETT PERKINS LISTENING ROOM CONCERT SERIES SPECIAL EVENT” featuring several artists from Denmark, Ireland, the UK, and around the US, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. It’s a showcase of these international performing songwriters who are in California to attend the 5th Annual “California Listening Room International Songwriters Retreat.”
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BRETT PERKINS was the founding host of the “Listening Room Concert Series” in Southern California, which now operates worldwide (but not locally) – except once a year, when Brett returns to California to operate a songwriters retreat in the Golden State. In fact, he operates an acclaimed series of global songwriter retreats, including one on the California central coast every January. More info at www.brettperkins.com.
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All artists at Kulak’s donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 16
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Fri, Jan 16:
7:30 pm MIKE DOWLING at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Mike Dowling, heard on Vassar Clements 1979 GRAMMY-nominated "Nashville Jam," is brilliant doing traditional blues, vintage swing, ragtime, and originals played with grace, wit, and dazzling proficiency. "One of the finest guitar players there is, anywhere," said the late Vassar Clements. Mike’s solo album "Swamp Dog Blues" is a “near perfect album” says Blues Revue. “A first-class performer and player.” Jethro Burns said, after working with Mike, "I don't play guitar when Mike's in the band. You don't take the game warden fishing." Venue booker Gary Mandell adds, “One of the most tasteful players you'll ever hear.” Venue website has a local dining guide. Tix on sale Jan 2. $15.
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Fri, Jan 16, 2009:
8 pm PETER ROWAN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. Musical chameleon and pioneer Peter Rowan is known for many projects, including his landmark album, “Awake Me in the New World.” He started as singer/guitarist for BILL MONROE before collaborating with DAVID GRISMAN in OLD AND IN THE WAY, with RICHARD GREENE in SEATRAIN, and with accordion master FLACO JIMENEZ in FREE MEXICAN AIRFORCE. And there have been others, as well. McCabe’s concert booker, Lincoln Myerson, says of Peter, “His beautiful performance was one of the highlights of our 50th Anniversary Concert at Royce Hall, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to McCabe's after far too long an absence.” Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $20.
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Fri, Jan 16:
8 pm HANS YORK & HIS BAND, YOUNG AMELIA at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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2008 “KERRVILLE NEW FOLK WINNER” HANS YORK is known for his infectious shows and his captivating performances. His grassroots approach and close interaction with the audience have earned him friends and fans throughout the country. Hans brings superb musical and composing skills as well as a soaring three-octave voice to the American community of performing songwriters. His US debut album, “Inside Out,” received several awards and a nomination for “Best Acoustic Album” of 2005 by Indie Acoustic Project. His current album, “Young Amelia,” is a subtle journey exploring the hidden recesses of the human heart, with outstanding musicianship and deep compassion. Besides beinga German expatriate, Hans lived in Rio de Janeiro where he studied Samba, Bossa Nova and popular Brazilian music. Upon his return from there to Europe, it inspired his first solo album, the innovative “Hazzazar.” Hans is a world musician in the true sense of the term, drawing most of his present day inspiration from his vast eclectic acoustic background.
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His band YOUNG AMELIA features some of the best young and upcoming musicians in the country, with EVA SCOW on mandolin & violin, MYRA JOY on cello (she’s delighted audiences here before), and DUSTY BROUGH on nylon string guitar. $15.
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Fri, Jan 16, 2009:
8 pm LUIS OLIART at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Singer-songwriter LUIS OLIART excites people. "If Luis doesn't advance to the next round, I'm gonna take him myself and start our own project on the side!" - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) on NBC's “Star Tomorrow” TV show. "...simply magical...totally captivating...compelling." - Bernard Baur, Music Connection. "It’s beautiful to hear such great stirring spirit…there is a fire in it… I love what you are doing." - Joey Reynolds, 710 WOR Radio. More at www.oliartmusic.com and www.myspace.com/oliartmusic. $7 cover.
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Fri, Jan 16; in Lancaster:
8 pm OZARK JUBILEE at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster; 661-723-5950; www.lpac.org. Ozark Jubilee serves up an all-new variety show of country and western, bluegrass and gospel music with a huge helping of classic hillbilly humor. Starring the outrageous Doofus Doolittle (aka world-class fiddler RANDY NEWMAN), this performance is straight out of “The Grand Ole Opry.” It’s feel-good family fare that leaves audiences hungry for more. Tix $25 & $20.
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Sat, Jan 17; in Seattle, WA:
10:30 am, through the day BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH teach banjo and fiddle workshops, respectively, at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Av, N, Seattle. Bill teaches “Earl Scruggs Essentials” from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and “Unlocking Melodic and Single-String Styles” from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Megan teaches “Classic Bluegrass Instrumentals For Fiddle” from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and “Double Stops and Drones - Take Your Fiddle Playing to the Next Level” from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Workshops are $35 each or $60 for both sessions. Info and reservations at 206-634-1662.
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BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH recently performed and did workshops in Southern Cal, and recorded a performance-interview for radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Megan is a SIX-TIME US National Fiddle Champ, and Bill literally wrote the book on banjo instruction, the international bestseller, “Banjo for Dummies.”
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Sat, Jan 17:
1-3 pm The “Youth Program” series brings SOOZIE’S BALLOON SHOW plus WEUSI STORIES & DANCE to the “Pershing Square Ice Rink Music Series” on the outdoor stage at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90014; 213-847-4970; www.laparks.org/pershingsquare. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Ride the Red Line subway to Pershing Square and avoid expensive parking. The series has a fine, professional sound system. Grab lunch at any of several nearby take-out places, and enjoy all or part of the concert. Free.
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Sat, Jan 17, 2009:
1:30 & 3:30 pm “OZARK JUBILEE FOR KIDS” starring DOOFUS DOOLITTLE at the Haugh Performing Arts Center, at Citrus College 1000 W. Foothill Bl, Glendora 91741; www.haughpac.com. Hillbilly high jinks, sidesplitting comedy, and down-home cornpone humor abound in this musical variety show that’s just plain, good old-fashioned fun. The eight members of OZARK JUBILEE - under the leadership of zany DOOFUS DOOLITTLE - are coming all the way from Branson, Missouri, to share their very own mixture of country standards, bluegrass, and gospel music chosen especially for young audiences. All ages show. Tix are a fine bargain at $6.
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Sat, Jan 17:
3 pm “MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION” with GRAMMY nominated Cajun/zydeco band LISA HALEY HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, in Covina. More at www.bluefiddle.com
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Sat, Jan 17:
3-6 pm CROSS TOWN COWBOYS play the “Rattle Cowboy Poetry and Music Concert” at Ocean Park Church, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405. Admission by donation; no one turned away.
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Sat, Jan 17:
6 pm In town from Denmark, BRETT PERKINS & AMALIE RIIS play the “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS SALON” in the San Fernando Valley; reservations get directions at 818-774-9718. It’s "A new salon in town where... to converse is human, to salon is divine..." BRETT PERKINS was the founding host of the “Listening Room Concert Series” in Southern California, which now operates worldwide (but not locally) – except once a year, when Brett returns to California to operate a songwriters retreat in the Golden State. In fact, he operates an acclaimed series of global songwriter retreats, including one on the California central coast every January. More info at www.brettperkins.com.
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AMALIE RIIS, from Denmark, has a new CD due in January, “Red Light, Green Light, Go.” Her demo album two years ago was charming.
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Amalie has been playing club dates since recording her first demo at 15. In 2005, she released her first album, "Places Where We Go" to strong airplay on Denmark National Radio P4, propelling her to tour in Ireland, Sweden and the US. Her second album, "Safe and Sound" was released in April 2008 on the new Danish label Songcrafter, in Denmark, Holland and Sweden. It received strong reviews and got hot rotation on national radio of the first single, 'I Think I Love You'.
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Amalie primarily writes in English, in a mix she refers to as “between folk/Americana and pop,” with songs inspired by her journeys big and small, and by love and life and everything in between.
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Sat, Jan 17:
7 pm THE FOLK COLLECTION at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and the phones rang off the wall. The Folk Collection could just as well be named “Your Favorite Songs of the ‘60s Folk Era” group. TONY UNGER, ED LABOWITZ, & MIKE SIROTA, along with bass man BOB PACKHAM, grew up in the 1960s where they fell in love with the story songs and 3-part harmonies of that acoustic era. Ed and Tony have been a duo on and off since their days at Hollywood High School. Mike joined the group in 2003 and Bob in early 2005.
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Much of their repertoire is familiar to audiences of all ages. With songs like “This Land is Your Land,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?” and John Denver tunes, original compositions, and a medley of the great TV Western theme songs of the ‘50s, like “Rawhide” and “Bonanza,” The Folk Collection is reminiscent of groups like The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, The New Christy Minstrels, and The Brothers Four. But they have their own unique blend, sound - and humor. These guys grew up loving folk music, and the turnouts at their shows confirms that there are many baby boomers, as well as older and younger folks, who really like listening to words and harmonies - and joining-in when the mood and song fit. Their show is centered on folk music and good clean jokes. They are family-friendly and their audiences are multi-generational - from children to parents to grandparents, and even great-grandparents. Their show is a fun evening. You will leave singing, toe-tapping, and smiling. More at www.thefolkcollection.com. $18.
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Sat, Jan 17:
7:30 pm ANDY STATMAN crosses roots-Americana with klezmer, playing the free “SOUNDS OF L.A.” concert series at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $10. Reservations for show are available beginning Tue, Dec 23, at 9 am at 310-440-7300 or at link below after that time. “…inimitable musical fusion combines Jewish rhythms with American roots music and avant-garde jazz.”
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For more than 30 years, clarinet and mandolin master ANDY STATMAN has broken new ground by skillfully integrating klezmer, bluegrass, and jazz. Statman continues to delight and inspire with work that “The New York Times” calls "the music of Jewish mystics, but interpreted not as a tradition to be preserved but as a spiritual path to be followed in as personal a manner as possible."
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Hear a music sample from "Rawhide" from Andy Statman's CD, “East Flatbush Blues” (on Shefa) at www.getty.edu/visit/events/sounds_la_2009.html?cid=egetty086
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Sat, Jan 17:
7:30 pm BOB BROZMAN at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. A master of slide, fingerstyle, and percussive guitar, Bob's exhilarating show spans the global and musical spectrum. Bob's familiarity with diverse world music cultures produces a novel blending of rhythmic and timbral influences, unparalleled in today's musical environment. His rhythmic dexterity resonates with elements of blues, jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso, sega, and even hip-hop and ska. Read Bob's website bio. It seems impossible for one human to do all the things he does musically. Venue website has a local dining guide. Tix on sale now, “way earlier than typical.” $17.50.
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Sat, Jan 17:
8 pm JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET plays the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; tix 310-506-4522; info, http://arts.pepperdine.edu. Guitar great JOHN JORGENSON is one of the world’s reigning masters of DJANGO REINHARDT-style gypsy jazz. Plus, John is a founding member of the DESERT ROSE BAND and the HELLECASTERS as well as a six-year member of ELTON JOHN's band. He amazes his live performance audiences, not only his virtuosic guitar work, but also his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist. The quintet includes Jorgenson, rhythm guitarist KEVIN NOLAN, violinist JASON ANICK, bassist CHARLIE CHADWICK, and drummer RICK REED.
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Gypsy jazz has been described as “a sensuous French-American hybrid of jazz, swing, rock, bluegrass, and romantic music with a nod to the great Django Reinhardt.” Thus, it’s always been a comfortable fit with the best of Americana music.
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Immediately preceding the concert, from 6 to 8 pm, audience members are invited to the free opening reception for the exhibition, “Robert Dowd: Pop Art Money,” at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, adjacent to the theatre.
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Sat, Jan 17, 2009:
8 pm THE DITTY BOPS at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. A favorite at the venue, they were featured on the 3-hour radio history of concerts at McCabe’s, which debuted on Thanksgiving Day. Tix for this show are will-call only. $20.
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Sat, Jan 17, 2009:
8 pm BOB BROZMAN at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. (Website includes a neighborhood dining guide.) Tix on sale Aug 18 – months earlier than usual. $17.50.
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Sat, Jan 17, 2009:
8 pm OZARK JUBILEE starring DOOFUS DOOLITTLE at the Haugh Performing Arts Center, at Citrus College 1000 W. Foothill Bl, Glendora 91741; www.haughpac.com. Hillbilly high jinks, sidesplitting comedy, and down-home cornpone humor abound in this musical variety show that’s just plain, good old-fashioned fun. The eight members of OZARK JUBILEE - under the leadership of zany DOOFUS DOOLITTLE - are coming all the way from Branson, Missouri, to share their very own mixture of country standards, bluegrass, and gospel music chosen especially for young audiences. Tix $24, $22 students & srs, $12 ages 16 & under.
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Sat, Jan 17; in Seattle, WA:
11 pm-12:30 am BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH play Egan's Ballard Jam House, in Ballard (NW Seattle). Reservations get directions at 206-789-1621. $7.
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BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH recently performed and did workshops in Southern Cal, and recorded a performance-interview for radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Megan is a SIX-TIME US National Fiddle Champ, and Bill literally wrote the book on banjo instruction, the international bestseller, “Banjo for Dummies.”
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Sun-Sat, Jan 18-31, 2009; in Elko, NV:
25th Annual “COWBOY GATHERING” in Elko, Nevada. Expect an extra-special shebang for their big anniversary year.
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Sun, Jan 18, 2009; in the SF Bay area:
LINDA RONSTADT, RY COODER, TAJ MAHAL, LAURIE LEWIS, TOM ROZUM, and LOS CENZONTLES play an “Arhoolie Foundation Fundraiser.” Laurie Lewis tells us, “This is a very rare, special event to benefit the Arhoolie Foundation, and we hope a few of you will be able to join us. For more information, please contact me directly by email, laurie@laurielewis.com. The Foundation… [does] excellent work. Needless to say, we are honored to be included in this incredible line-up. Tickets to this occasion are very limited.”
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Sun, Jan 18; in Bellingham, WA:
2 pm BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH play Nancy's Farm, 2030 E Smith Rd, Bellingham, WA. Suggested donation $8 to $12. Info, 360-966-4640.
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BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH recently performed and did workshops in Southern Cal, and recorded a performance-interview for radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Megan is a SIX-TIME US National Fiddle Champ, and Bill literally wrote the book on banjo instruction, the international bestseller, “Banjo for Dummies.”
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Sun, Jan 18:
3 pm ANDY STATMAN crosses roots-Americana with klezmer, playing the free “SOUNDS OF L.A.” concert series at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $10. Reservations for show are available beginning Tue, Dec 23, at 9 am at 310-440-7300 or at link below after that time. “…inimitable musical fusion combines Jewish rhythms with American roots music and avant-garde jazz.”
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For more than 30 years, clarinet and mandolin master ANDY STATMAN has broken new ground by skillfully integrating klezmer, bluegrass, and jazz. Statman continues to delight and inspire with work that “The New York Times” calls "the music of Jewish mystics, but interpreted not as a tradition to be preserved but as a spiritual path to be followed in as personal a manner as possible."
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Hear a music sample from "Rawhide" from Andy Statman's CD, “East Flatbush Blues” (on Shefa) at www.getty.edu/visit/events/sounds_la_2009.html?cid=egetty086
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Sun, Jan 18:
7 pm HOUSTON JONES at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. With four alumni of THE WAYBACKS, and the title of “Best Discovery” of the Fall 2005 Strawberry Music Festival, California-based high octane Americana quintet HOUSTON JONES is definitely hot. Performing a mostly original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. Tonight adds special guest CHOJO JACQUES on fiddle and mandolin, to the lineup of PETER TUCKER on drums and percussion, TRAVIS JONES on lead vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar, GLENN “HOUSTON” POMIANEK on acoustic and electric lead guitar, and CHRIS KEE on standup bass. (Chojo, Chris, Peter and Glenn are WAYBACKS alums.)
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A quote from Peggy, a sophisticated music fan and habitué of the venue: “They run the range from blues to jazz to rock to bluegrass to folk to heart-jamming rhythm - I was bouncing throughout their entire set! I love 'em - first saw 'em at your place as backup to Chojo Jacques, and then saw them at FAR-West Folk Alliance - their harmonies are creative and tight, their musicianship is stellar, they're funny, and I loved 'em.” $18.
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Sun, Jan 18, 2009:
7 pm PETER HIMMELMAN, plus an opening act, tba, at the Grand Vision Event Center, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; event info, http://panioloproductions.com/local.html. PETER HIMMELMAN is a hilarious, openhearted, spontaneous, unpredictable and truly multi-faceted musician. He is a critically-lauded rock troubadour, a Grammy nominated creator of children’s music, and an Emmy nominated film and television composer. One of the finest, if not underappreciated, American songwriters of the last two decades. Artist info, http://peterhimmelman.com. Plus an opening act, tba. Tix $15 adv, $17 door.
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Sun, Jan 18; in Bellingham, WA:
BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH teach evening banjo and fiddle workshops. Details and location TBA. Info, contact Len at 360-647-0203.
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BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH recently performed and did workshops in Southern Cal, and recorded a performance-interview for radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Megan is a SIX-TIME US National Fiddle Champ, and Bill literally wrote the book on banjo instruction, the international bestseller, “Banjo for Dummies.”
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Mon, Jan 19:
8 pm ROY ZIMMERMAN at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. He is easily one of the best satirical and political songwriters working today, celebrated even by Tom Lehrer. He’s perfomed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and in a zillion other places, including some of America’s most prestigious venues, and he is a star on YouTube. Roy Zimmerman in the intimate setting of this listening room environment, with its superb sound and dramatic lights, is a treat. In this time of war, natural disaster, social upheaval and political strife,and the Presidential Inauguration tomorrow, this one will be special, and it will be video recorded for an upcoming DVD. There'll be an ample portion of Roy's usual knife-edged political satire, and a sendup of the holiday season. So be the first to look back laughingly at the Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwaanza holidaze, and ahead to the arrival of the brand-new Obama-era hilarity. $15.
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Tue, Jan 20, 2009:
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION in Washington, D.C., when the nation finally gets a new Chief Executive; followed that evening by numerous celebratory balls.
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Tue, Jan 20, 2009; third Tue, every month:
7:30 pm THE BLADERUNNERS are this month’s performing artists at the monthly “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR,” BASC (Bluegrass Assoc of Southern Cal) show at Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana 91356. (Take 101 Fwy to Reseda Bl, exit S, go 2 1/2 miles up the hill to the entrance on the right.) Show is free; dinner is an optional pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad (you can add chicken breast), rolls, butter, coffee, tea and dessert, $14 (tax and tip included). Buffet served beginning at 6:30 pm. Bar service available. Ample seating, safe, secure free parking. Info: contact Joy Felt, Bluegrass Association of Southern California, at 818-705-8870 or bascinfo@socalbluegrass.org.
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Wed, Jan 21, 2009; not music, but cool:
8 pm H. JEFF KIMBLE: “THE QUANTUM INTERNET” in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832); this event, http://events.caltech.edu/events/event-5523.html. Presented by the Caltech Committee on Institute Programs. Quantum networks offer a unifying set of opportunities and challenges across exciting intellectual and technical frontiers, including quantum computation, communication, and metrology. The realization of quantum networks composed of many nodes and channels requires new scientific capabilities for the generation and characterization of quantum coherence and entanglement. Fundamental to this endeavor are quantum interconnects that convert quantum states from one physical system to those of another in a reversible fashion. Such quantum connectivity for networks can be achieved by optical interactions of single photons and atoms, thereby enabling quantum teleportation between nodes. Extending entanglement across quantum networks in this fashion will create wonderful scientific opportunities for the exploration of physical systems that have not heretofore existed in the natural world. H. Jeff Kimble is the William L. Valentine Professor and Professor of Physics at Caltech. FREE; no tix or reservations required.
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Thu-Sun, Jan 22-Feb 1, 2009; in New Zealand:
“WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL” in Christchurch, New Zealand, is The largest street performance festival in Australasia. It’s a non-ticketed event staged each year for 10 days in beautiful Christchurch. The festival presents more than 45 international and national acts and provides the 300,000 attendees with nonstop fun and laughter. Features 12 indoor and outdoor venues. Donations sought from patrons, but no admission charges.
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Thu, Jan 22:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists DAN NAVARRO (Lowen & Navarro, Pat Benatar), and PHIL PARLAPIANO (John Prine, Lucinda Williams), at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes, Five Wheel Drive) tells us, “I try to go as often as possible, because it's always good.” DAN NAVARRO has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” with ERIC LOWEN (Lowen & Navarro) and this is a very notable show with two big music stars that’s FREE. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Thu, Jan 22, 2009:
8 pm “BLUE NOTE 70th ANNIVERSARY TOUR” brings an all-star lineup to UCLA Live!, Royce Hall, UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. Led by Blue Note Records artist and pianist, BILL CHARLAP with PETER BERNSTEIN, RAVI COLTRANE, LEWIS NASH, NICHOLAS PAYTON, PETER WASHINGTON & STEVE WILSON. The all-star ensemble will explore classic tunes by Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and many others.
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Since it was launched in 1939 by childhood friends ALFRED LION and FRANCIS WOLFF, Blue Note Records has been the premier label in jazz, recording the greatest artists of the genre. Blue Note Record’s catalog of music features an impressive array of legendary performances and a core list of “must-have” releases that indelibly marked the history of jazz. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Blue Note Record legacy, an all-star band featuring some of today’s finest musicians is traveling the world, celebrating this rich treasure trove of music. Led by Blue Note Records artist and pianist, Bill Charlap, the group explores classic tunes by Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and many others. Tix, $50, $38, $26; $15 for UCLA students.
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Thu, Jan 22:
8 pm THE SIXTH WAVE at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Nationally-acclaimed and award-winning, they’re Los Angeles' own a cappella six-voice jazz / pop / rock group vocal collective. What is a vocal collective? It’s what happens when you bring a group of singers together who all have extensive resumes, ranging everywhere from opera to rock and roll, from jazz clubs in NYC to recording studios in L.A. All of these elements come together to form the creative soup that is Sixth Wave. $15.
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Fri, Jan 23:
7 pm CHRIS AYER at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com. Chris is a New York-based singer-songwriter-guitarist and nationally touring artist. He is known for clever lyrics and song structure. Chris won the Grand Prize in the 2006 “John Lennon Songwriting Competition,” Folk category, for his original song, "Evaporate." In Nov 2006, the song was recognized by VH-1, winning “Song of The Month” in their “Save the Music” competition, Adult Contemporary category. Chris was also “Performing Songwriter” magazine's "Do It Yourself" pick for March 2007. His latest album was recorded in Nashville and produced by JASON GANTT (The Chieftains, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw) and is set for an April 2009 release.
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Here are some media quotes: "..tight arrangements, excellent musicality and imaginative lyrics. If you're looking for great music, this is the place indeed." -Performing Songwriter Magazine. "Part street poet, part armchair philosopher, indie singer/songwriter, Chris Ayer, will leave you smiling whether you feel like smiling or not. You gotta love this guy.. a delightful discovery." -BuddyHollywood.com. "He's talented.. this guy is beyond (John) Mayer. He's Bright Eyes mixed with James Taylor in the form of James Dean." - URB Magazine. More at www.myspace.com/chrisayer.
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Venue has good light dinners and full bar. $10 cover, for all the acts, all evening.
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Fri, Jan 23 (& 24, 30 & 31) 2009; film screening:
7:30 pm (Fri) “HOW THE WEST WAS SHOT: SIX WESTERNS, SIX DECADES” film series at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; tix are free, parking is $10. Advance reservations strongly advised.
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Films in the series and times and dates are:
“THE IRON HORSE” (1924) directed by John Ford; Fri, Jan 23, 7:30 pm.
“THE BIG TRAIL” (1930, 20th Century-Fox) directed by Raoul Walsh; Jan 24, 4 pm.
“RED RIVER” (1948, United Artists) directed by Howard Hawks; Jan 24, 7:30 pm.
“ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” (1968, Paramount) dir. Sergio Leone; Jan 30, 7:30 pm.
“BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK” (1955, MGM) dir. John Sturges; Jan 31, 4 pm.
“PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID” (1973, MGM) dir. Sam Peckinpah; Jan 31, 7:30 pm.
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It’s a theme of “Romance, rough riding, and railroads,” as the series celebrates six classic westerns with compelling stories and stunning cinematography in a series of films that sample great westerns from the 1920s to the 1970s, complementing the exhibition “Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California,” in the Getty gallery.
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The Getty’s promo observes, “The western landscape has long provided a raw and encouraging palette seemingly created for the artist. Just as photographer Carlton Watkins evidenced its majesty in the late 1800s, filmmakers a few years later would insert characters and epic stories into its environs. John Ford's ‘The Iron Horse’ (1924) and Raoul Walsh's ‘The Big Trail’ (1930) laid the groundwork for the concerns of filmed westerns for years to come: the treacherous building of the transcontinental railroad and the pioneering move west. In time, most great filmmakers would try their hand at a western; for some, it would prove a distinct and mythic genre.”
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TONIGHT’S FILM:
“THE IRON HORSE” (1924) directed by John Ford. Landscape becomes character in John Ford's first epic western, as Ford tells the story of the creation of the first transcontinental railroad, which was completed in 1869, just 55 years before the film about the event. The film lays the groundwork for the tropes that would always be considered "Fordian": landscape as character, sensitivity to the worker over the businessman, and, above all, a deep sensitivity to how history is turned into myth. The film has been preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with funding provided by The Film Foundation.
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ONE SCREENING of each film. Series runs Fridays & Saturdays, January 23 & 24 and 30 & 31. Admission is FREE; a separate reservation is required for EACH film (hence, a “double feature” requires two sets of reservations). Use the "Make Reservation" buttons at www.getty.edu/visit/events/western_film_series.html?cid=egetty085 or call 310-440-7300. (Note that you will need to go on, off, and back on to the reservations page to obtain more than a total of four free tix. You CAN make reservations for free tix for the full series, but not all at once.)
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Fri, Jan 23:
SOLD-OUT: 8 pm DAVE STAMEY at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Voted “Male Performer of the Year” by the Western Music Association, winner of the “Will Rogers Award” for “Male Vocalist of the Year” from the Academy of Western Artists, and a five-time nominee for “Songwriter Of The Year,” Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses. $25.
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Fri, Jan 23; in the OC:
8-10:30 pm FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE acoustic tour, with the DENNIS ROGER REED BAND opening, plus TIM HORRIGAN & special guests, at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8930 for dinner reservations & tix; 949-496-8927 for concert hotline. The DRR BAND (DENNIS ROGER REED, TIM HORRIGAN, ELLIS SCHWIED, & JAMEY HOLBROOK) have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Tonight they play the role of opener. Dennis tell us that FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE are “doing a short run of full band acoustic shows, [including] this is one, featuring songs from their upcoming new recording as well as songs from all their previous releases. They’re quirky, and so are we.” $20 discount tix are available from band members or dennisrogerreed@pacbell.net. More at www.fountainsofwayne.com.
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Fri, Jan 23:
FEMI KUTI makes a local stop on their national tour, playing the House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100. More at www.myspace.com/femikuti
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Sat, Jan 24; in Yuma, AZ:
“BLUEGRASS IN THE PARK” at the classy Wet Wetland Park in Yuma, AZ, is “an outstanding one-day festival featuring Danny Paisley & Southerngras, The James King Band, The Bluegrass Patriots, Karl Shiflett & Big County & UU Generation.
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Sat, Jan 24, (and 30 & 31) 2009; film screening:
4 & 7:30 pm “HOW THE WEST WAS SHOT: SIX WESTERNS, SIX DECADES” film series at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; tix are free, parking is $10. Advance reservations strongly advised.
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Films remaining in the series, and times and dates are:
“THE BIG TRAIL” (1930, 20th Century-Fox) directed by Raoul Walsh; Jan 24, 4 pm.
“RED RIVER” (1948, United Artists) directed by Howard Hawks; Jan 24, 7:30 pm.
“ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” (1968, Paramount) dir. Sergio Leone; Jan 30, 7:30 pm.
“BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK” (1955, MGM) dir. John Sturges; Jan 31, 4 pm.
“PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID” (1973, MGM) dir. Sam Peckinpah; Jan 31, 7:30 pm.
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It’s a theme of “Romance, rough riding, and railroads,” as the series celebrates six classic westerns with compelling stories and stunning cinematography in a series of films that sample great westerns from the 1920s to the 1970s, complementing the exhibition “Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California,” in the Getty gallery.
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The Getty’s promo observes, “The western landscape has long provided a raw and encouraging palette seemingly created for the artist. Just as photographer Carlton Watkins evidenced its majesty in the late 1800s, filmmakers a few years later would insert characters and epic stories into its environs. John Ford's ‘The Iron Horse’ (1924) and Raoul Walsh's ‘The Big Trail’ (1930) laid the groundwork for the concerns of filmed westerns for years to come: the treacherous building of the transcontinental railroad and the pioneering move west. In time, most great filmmakers would try their hand at a western; for some, it would prove a distinct and mythic genre.”
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TODAY’S FILM (4 pm):
“THE BIG TRAIL” (1930, 20th Century-Fox) directed by Raoul Walsh. This was John Wayne in his breakout starring role. Walsh and cinematographer Arthur Edeson create a riveting tale of pioneers crossing the Oregon Trail with the help of trapper John Wayne, whose incredible visage, physique, and presence announce him in his debut as a major star. This film has been preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with funding provided by The Film Foundation.
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TONIGHT’S FILM (7:30 pm):
“RED RIVER” (1948, United Artists) directed by Howard Hawks. Features stunning scenery and compelling acting from John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. Historically based on the opening of the Chisholm Trail in 1867, Hawks's film invokes a typical Western theme - the tough journey through tough land - but with his penchant for drawing character, the interior story of conflict between the gritty, headstrong father John Wayne and the softer, compassionate son Montgomery Clift rivals the stunningly shot external story.
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ONE SCREENING of each film. Series runs Fridays & Saturdays, January 23 & 24 and 30 & 31. Admission is FREE; a separate reservation is required for EACH film (hence, a “double feature” requires two sets of reservations). Use the "Make Reservation" buttons at www.getty.edu/visit/events/western_film_series.html?cid=egetty085 or call 310-440-7300. (Note that you will need to go on, off, and back on to the reservations page to obtain more than a total of four free tix. You CAN make reservations for free tix for the full series, but not all at once.)
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Sat, Jan 24:
7-9 pm CROSS TOWN COWBOYS continue their “Cowboy Coffee” House Tour” at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 661-951-9089. Expect tunes from their new CD.
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Jan 24; in Sand City (central CA coast):
“BRETT PERKINS LISTENING ROOM CONCERT SERIES SPECIAL EVENT” featuring several artists from Denmark, Ireland, the UK, and around the US, at the Ol' Factory Café, 1725 Contra Costa St, Sand City, CA 93955. It’s a showcase of these international performing songwriters who are in California to attend the 5th Annual “California Listening Room International Songwriters Retreat.”
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BRETT PERKINS was the founding host of the “Listening Room Concert Series” in Southern California, which now operates worldwide (but not locally) – except once a year, when Brett returns to California to operate a songwriters retreat in the Golden State. In fact, he operates an acclaimed series of global songwriter retreats, including one on the California central coast every January. More info at brett@brettperkinspresents.com.
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Sat, Jan 24, (and 30 & 31) 2009; film screening:
7:30 pm “HOW THE WEST WAS SHOT: SIX WESTERNS, SIX DECADES” film series at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; tix are free, parking is $10. Advance reservations strongly advised.
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Films remaining in the series, and times and dates are:
“RED RIVER” (1948, United Artists) directed by Howard Hawks; Jan 24, 7:30 pm.
“ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” (1968, Paramount) dir. Sergio Leone; Jan 30, 7:30 pm.
“BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK” (1955, MGM) dir. John Sturges; Jan 31, 4 pm.
“PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID” (1973, MGM) dir. Sam Peckinpah; Jan 31, 7:30 pm.
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Sat, Jan 24, 2009:
8 pm FRED EAGLESMITH & MARTIN ETZIONI at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $15.
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Sat, Jan 24, 2009:
8 pm IAN WHITCOMB & FRED SOKOLOW at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Artist info: Ian, www.picklehead.com/ian.html and Fred, http://members.aol.com/sokolowmus. $15.
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Sat, Jan 24, 2009:
8 pm “JAPANESE FUSION SERIES #5” workshop & concert with SHUICHI HIDANO TAIKO SHOW at Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; event info, http://panioloproductions.com/local.html.
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Solo Taiko Workshop at 5 pm is $10; Concert at 8 pm is $15 adv. Tix, www.panioloproductions.com/store.html.
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Sun, Jan 25, 2009:
11 am THE SUNSHINE SISTERS play a matinee kids show at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. Local duo LONNIE MARTINEZ & JANINE COOPER return to McCabe’s with their beautiful voices and harmonious music. McCabe’s booker Lincoln Myerson says, “Come see why we love to have these two accomplished artists and musicians join us again and again!” Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $8.
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Sun, Jan 25, 2009:
3:30 pm The TOKYO STRING QUARTET in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832); this event, http://events.caltech.edu/events/event-5703.html. Presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association. This will be the Tokyo String Quartet's 12th Coleman concert, including the Centennial concert in 2004, since winning the Vera Barstow Award at the 1970 Competition. In 1995 the ensemble began performing with the "Paganini Quartet," a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The Toronto Star said of the Quartet's playing that "The musicians displayed such finesse, such careful shaping of each melodic line as it was passed from one instrument to the next, that it left one almost breathless." Their numerous television appearances include “Sesame Street,” PBS's “Great Performances,” and “CNN This Morning.” The program includes:
Haydn, Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5
Janáček, Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"
Brahms, Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67
Artists info, www.tokyoquartet.com. Series info, include a downloadable PDF series brochure, at www.colemanchambermusic.org. Series of Six Coleman Chamber Concerts, by subscription, $192, $156, $120, $90; $60 youth. Tix for this concert, $36, $30, $25, $20; $10 youth.
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Sun, Jan 25, 2009:
7 pm THE HUNT FAMILY FIDDLERS at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita 91355; www.canyonspac.com; 661-362-5304. The Hunt Family Fiddlers are an award-winning family of Irish step-dancers, fiddlers and singers who have been entertaining crowds across the country with their high-powered performances and other instrumental talents. In addition to fiddles, this extraordinary family of nine plays drums, accordion, keyboard and guitar, performing Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and popular tunes, and offering a unique blend of diversity to every show. Tix go on sale Jul 16, 2008; prices tba.
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Sun, Jan 25, 2009:
7 pm KRIS DELMHORST & JEFFREY FOUCALT at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $16.
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Sun, Jan 25:
7 pm “TWICE GUITARS” with CARL VERYHEYEN and STEVE TROVATO at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. CARL VERYHEYEN and STEVE TROVATO are two of L.A.'s most amazing guitarists. Both have won numerous popularity polls and awards for their playing. Together their styles combine to form a musical genre all its own - part blues, jazz, rock 'n roll, country, rhythm & blues, soul, rockabilly, bluegrass and even gypsy. Their camaraderie, vocals and antics on stage make them a joy to behold, and their collective improvising is an "edge-of-your-seat" experience. High level performing at its finest. $15.
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Sun, Jan 25:
7 pm REEL LADIES film screening of the documentary, “THE SOULS OF BLACK GIRLS,” a Film Noire Production, followed by a panel discussion; in Hollywood; info, http://reelladies.ning.com/events/reel-screening-series
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“The Souls of Black Girls” is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images-- how they are instituted, established and controlled. The documentary also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.
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The documentary features candid interviews with young women discussing their self-image and social commentary from Actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS Washington Week Moderator Gwen Ifill, among others. The Souls of Black Girls is a piece that attempts to provoke honest dialogue and critical thinking among women of color about media images and our present condition—internally and externally.
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Round table discussion immediately follows with a prestigious panel of speakers:
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Filmmaker Daphne Valerius, Writer, Director and Producer of the film; www.thesoulsofblackgirls.com ; Tanya Kersey, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Black Film Festival; www.tanyakersey.com ; Keesha Sharp, NAACP Image Award Nominated Actress (Girlfriends and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married); www.keeshasharp.com ;
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Night includes screening, filmmaker Q&A, round table discussion, appetizers, networking. Tix $20 mbrs, $25 non-mbrs. (Mbrs email for discount, at REELLadies@yahoo.com )
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Tue, Jan 27; in the OC:
8-11 pm BETH FITCHET WOOD’s weekly “SONGWRITER'S SHOWCASE” tonight with the DENNIS ROGER REED BAND, at the Marine Room, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027. Every Tue, with different featured artists. More at www.dennisrogerreed.com
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28
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Wed, Jan 28:
8 pm COW BOP at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. This is musical virtuosity, excitement, and splendid technique. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” crossed America performing the “Route 66 Challenge,” played prestigious venues and festivals. They mix swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, bebop jazz, acoustic western sensibilities, and tons of fun. Led by internationally acclaimed guitarist and USC Artist-in-Residence BRUCE FORMAN, they thrill audiences with their unique brand of uniquely American music. Their debut CD, “Swingin’ Out West,” rocketed to the top of the charts in four different genres. Their new CD, “Route 66,” (released April 2008) features Monty Alexander and Dan Hicks and is a celebration of their having won the Route 66 Challenge three times. Check out Bruce's playing, featured in Clint Eastwood's award-winning “Million Dollar Baby.” $15.
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Wed, Jan 28, 2009:
MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO, plus U.S. MAIL BAND, at Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Bl, L.A. 90048; http://largo-la.com; 310-855-0350; (their beautiful new theater on La Cienega). VOCO has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and at venues coast-to-coast and overseas.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
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Thu, Jan 29:
7 & 9:30 pm “NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS” brings MASTERPIECE, plus THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN, OLD SCHOOL, and international champion guest artists, three headline acts in all, from the Mid-Winter convention of “CHAMPION A Cappella Barbershop” to play two shows at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN headline both shows. Venue impresario BOB STANE says, “This is absolutely an extremely special event. The musical talent is stunning. The humor outstanding. This is an extrordinary night of champions. Well worth $22.50 for each show.”
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First show (7 pm): MASTERPIECE and THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN plus surprise guests. MASTERPIECE is four International quartet champions from three different foursomes: tenor ROB MENAKER and bass BRETT LITTLEFIELD sang with the 1996 International Champion quartet NIGHTLIFE; lead MARK HALE sang with the 2001 International Quartet Champion MICHIGAN JAKE. Baritone ALAN GORDON sang with the 2004 International Quartet Champion quartet GOTCHA! Plus, THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN, with “stunning music and outstanding humor. A perfect night's entertainment.” Together they have woven a wonderfully precise sound and stage personae into a truly exciting and winning combination, having captured the title of “Far Western District Champions” for 2008-2009 in their first attempt.
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Second show (9:30 pm): OLD SCHOOL and THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN (with different songs and costumes than the 7 pm show) plus surprise guests!
OLD SCHOOL has taken on the look and feel of quartets from the Barbershop Harmony Society's past and put it back into play on the contest and show stage. “They have incorporated big and bold chords, swipes, key-changes and hellacious tags that can peel paint at 20 yards.” Tenor RICK TAYLOR formerly of RIPTIDE holds down the full-voice tenor notes. Lead JOE "AWESOME" CONNELLY holds the title as the only man to own three International Gold medals, having won with THE INTERSTATE RIVALS in 1987, KEEPSAKE in 1992, and PLATINUM in 2000. Baritone JACK PINTO has sung in various quartets on the international contest stage, and brings “plenty of vigor.” Bass JOE KRONES has a “voice the size of Texas.”
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THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN anchor both shows, with “the best of music and the funniest of comedy.” Bob Stane calls them, “A stunning exhibit,” continuing, “I can give you a hint about THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN in a paragraph I wrote to some other venues. Here it is:
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“THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN are perfect. They sing, they are funny, they are smooth, they make it look easy, they are in costume and they just ‘wow’ the audience. They sold out every seat during their first engagement and I expect nothing less during the next two shows at my bistro. Fabulous musical talent and enviable stagecraft. My suggestion to any venue is: ‘GRAB THEM.’ Don't delay, just offer them your next available spot. You will be as delighted as I was, especially when your audience tells you that you are a booking genius. Yes, THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN will make you look brilliant. And you will be.”
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Bob Stane suggests, strongly, that you grab one of these shows, adding, “Stay up late on a school night.” $22.50, either show.
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Thu, Jan 29:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists MARCY LEVY (Eric Clapton), and JEFF PARIS (Bill Withers, Keb' Mo, Billy Preston), and at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes, Five Wheel Drive) tells us, “I try to go as often as possible, because it's always good.” Tonight offers a very notable show, with two big-league musicians, that’s FREE. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Thu, Jan 29; not music, but cool:
8 pm MATTHEW BOGDANOS: “THIEVES OF BAGHDAD: THE JOURNEY TO RECOVER THE WORLD'S GREATEST STOLEN TREASURES” in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832); this event, http://events.caltech.edu/events/event-5841.html. Presented by the Caltech Committee on Institute Programs, in the “Voices of Vision” series. (Originally scheduled for Oct 9, 2008.) When Baghdad fell, Colonel Matthew Bogdanos was in southern Iraq, tracking down terrorist networks through their financing and weapons smuggling—until he heard about the looting of the museum. Immediately setting out across the desert with an elite group chosen from his multiagency task force, he risked his career and his life in pursuit of Iraq's most priceless treasures.
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“Thieves of Baghdad” takes you from his family's flight to safety at Ground Zero on 9/11, to his mission to hunt down al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan, and into the war-torn streets of Baghdad on the trail of antiquities. Colorful characters and double-dealing are the norm as Bogdanos tries to sort out what really happened during the chaos of war. We see his team going on raids and negotiating recoveries, blowing open safes and mingling in the marketplaces, and tracking down leads from Zurich and Amman to Lyons, London, and New York. In an investigation that led to the recovery of more than 5,000 priceless objects, complex threads intertwine, and the suspense mounts as the team works to locate the most sensational treasure of all, the treasure of Nimrud, a collection of gold jewelry and precious stones often called "Iraq's Crown Jewels."
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A mixture of police procedural, treasure hunt, wartime thriller, and cold-eyed assessment of the connection between the antiquities trade and weapons smuggling, Thieves of Baghdad exposes sordid truths about the international art and antiquities market. It explores the soul of a man who is equal parts hardened Marine, dedicated father, and passionate scholar. Most of all, it demonstrates that, in a culture as old as that of the Middle East, nothing is ever quite what it seems.
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Matthew Bogdanos has been an assistant district attorney in Manhattan since 1988. A colonel in the Marine Reserves, middleweight boxer, and native New Yorker, he holds a degree in classics from Bucknell University, a law degree and a master's degree in Classical Studies from Columbia University, and a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Recalled to active duty after September 11, 2001, he received a Bronze Star for counterterrorist operations in Afghanistan, and then served two tours in Iraq. Released back into the Reserves in October 2005, he plans to return to the DA's Office to head up New York's first antiquities task force. FREE; no tickets or reservations required
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Thu, Jan 29:
9:30 pm “NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS” brings MASTERPIECE, plus THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN, OLD SCHOOL, and international champion guest artists, three headline acts in all, from the Mid-Winter convention of “CHAMPION A Cappella Barbershop” to play two shows at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Second of two shows; see 7 pm write-up.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
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Fri, Jan 30 (& 31) 2009; film screening:
7:30 pm (Fri) “HOW THE WEST WAS SHOT: SIX WESTERNS, SIX DECADES” film series at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; tix are free, parking is $10. Advance reservations strongly advised.
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Films remaining in the series, and times and dates are:
“ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” (1968, Paramount) dir. Sergio Leone; Jan 30, 7:30 pm.
“BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK” (1955, MGM) dir. John Sturges; Jan 31, 4 pm.
“PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID” (1973, MGM) dir. Sam Peckinpah; Jan 31, 7:30 pm.
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It’s a theme of “Romance, rough riding, and railroads,” as the series celebrates six classic westerns with compelling stories and stunning cinematography in a series of films that sample great westerns from the 1920s to the 1970s, complementing the exhibition “Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California,” in the Getty gallery.
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The Getty’s promo observes, “The western landscape has long provided a raw and encouraging palette seemingly created for the artist. Just as photographer Carlton Watkins evidenced its majesty in the late 1800s, filmmakers a few years later would insert characters and epic stories into its environs. John Ford's ‘The Iron Horse’ (1924) and Raoul Walsh's ‘The Big Trail’ (1930) laid the groundwork for the concerns of filmed westerns for years to come: the treacherous building of the transcontinental railroad and the pioneering move west. In time, most great filmmakers would try their hand at a western; for some, it would prove a distinct and mythic genre.”
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TONIGHT’S FILM:
“ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” (1968, Paramount) dir. Sergio Leone. Man battles man, and landscape, in Leone's classic. Like its fairy tale title, Leone's operatic ode to the west captures a period of time both current, the "civilization" of the wilderness through the railroad and commerce, and mournful, and simultaneously serves as a parable of the death of the western. Gathering up influences of westerns past, Leone etches his own vision of the myth, as the grizzled human face stands equal with the fading scrubrush of the land, both destined to fade into the sunset.
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ONE SCREENING of each film. Series runs Fridays & Saturdays, January 23 & 24 and 30 & 31. Admission is FREE; a separate reservation is required for EACH film (hence, a “double feature” requires two sets of reservations). Use the "Make Reservation" buttons at www.getty.edu/visit/events/western_film_series.html?cid=egetty085 or call 310-440-7300. (Note that you will need to go on, off, and back on to the reservations page to obtain more than a total of four free tix. You CAN make reservations for free tix for the full series, but not all at once.)
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Fri, Jan 30:
8 pm LAURENCE JUBER at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. PAUL McCARTNEY hand-picked him to become lead guitarist for WINGS. Close your eyes and you'll hear 3 guitarists. Open them and you'll see one inspired solo player. Laurence Juber is acclaimed as one of the leading acoustic guitarists of our generation. His masterful fingerstyle playing combines elements of jazz, blues, rock, and folk, with a distinctive voice that transcends musical boundaries. This is a show for all musical tastes. “Guitar Player” magazine wrote, "The moods he can pull out of a single Martin acoustic are pretty astounding." “Acoustic Guitar” magazine calls him, "One of the most gifted and versatile fingerstyle guitarists on the scene," and Fingerstyle Guitar cites his "Stunning fretwork." Even the L.A. Times, notorious for ignoring acoustic music, says he brings "A provocative guitar perspective" Buy tix early. $25.
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Fri, Jan 30, 2009:
8 pm TERRI HENDRIX and LLOYD MAINES at Russ & Julie's House Concert series in Oak Park (Thousand Oaks area); www.myspace.com/russjuliehouseconcerts; www.houseconcerts.us. Reserv & directions at houseconcerts@jrp-graphics.com. These two headliners have shared many a stage at big venues and on the Austin music scene, but this is a rare treat to see them together in an intimate house concert setting. Features coffee & dessert buffet, to which contributions are welcome. Doors at 7:30 pm. All proceeds go to the artist. Check for price of each concert. More at www.terrihendrix.com
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Fri, Jan 30; in Lancaster:
8 pm THE NEVILLE BROTHERS at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster; 661-723-5950; www.lpac.org. Groove to the hybrid mix of blues-soaked jazz, funk, soul, gospel and Southern street music created by “The First Family of Funk.” Brothers ART, CHARLES, AARON. & CYRIL NEVILLE proudly carry the torch of their native New Orleans' rich R&B legacy around the world and into downtown Lancaster. www.nevilles.com. Tix $56 & $49.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009:
2 pm “ROYCE HALL ORGAN & FILM” brings organist TOM TRENNEY accompanying one of the great comedies of the silent film era, Harold Lloyd’s “Speedy” (1928), at “UCLA Live” in Royce Hall, UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. Shot on location in Manhattan and featuring shots of the old Yankee Stadium and Coney Island's Luna Park, Lloyd’s last silent film is packed with brilliant sight gags and includes a cameo by baseball legend Babe Ruth. Co-presented with the UCLA Film & Television Archive. It’s a popular family event, so get tix early.
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“One of the enduring valentines to New York City from Hollywood.” - Andrew Sarris, New York Observer. Master organist Tom Trenney plays along to Harold Lloyd’s last silent film, “Speedy,” a film that packs as many great gags per minute as any Lloyd film, and also has one of his sweetest love stories.
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Lloyd's character Harold "Speedy" Swift, is an upbeat young man whose fatal attraction for baseball always causes him to lose his jobs. After his latest firing, he impulsively spends a day at Coney Island with his sweetheart, Jane Dillon (Ann Christy). Ann's grandfather, Pop Dillon (Bert Woodruff), meanwhile, has a dilemma -- he runs the last horse-drawn trolley in New York City, and the railway magnates desperately want his route. Since Pop won't sell it to them, they hire thugs to stop him from making his rounds at least once every 24 hours. Speedy hears about this plan and takes over the route to protect the old man. When the magnates then steal the trolley, Speedy's dash to get it back to its route in time leads to a frenzied finale, as Harold races Gotham’s last horse-drawn trolley right through Washington Square Arch!
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Filmed on location in New York City, “Speedy” features the most extensive Manhattan location shots of its time. Many of the historically interesting sites include Coney Island's Luna Park, with some wonderfully hair-raising (and understandably obsolete) rides, Columbus Circle and Wall Street as they were in 1928. In the film's climax, the trolley has a spectacular crash at the Brooklyn Bridge -- this accident was not planned, but was left in the film anyhow. Baseball legend Babe Ruth has a cameo role, playing himself as a very harassed fare when Speedy is working as a cabbie. Their wild ride ends at the old Yankee Stadium, and the film captures one of the Bambino's record-setting 60 home runs from the 1927 campaign.
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At the time of the film’s release, Lloyd was a top box-office draw, a bigger moneymaker than Charlie Chaplin (whose releases during the '20s was infrequent) and Buster Keaton (whose quirky comedy wouldn't be fully appreciated for several decades). While Lloyd made some fairly amusing sound films, he never again matched the quality of his silent work.
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“No filmmaker had ever made such flamboyant use of New York.” – Kevin Brownlow. "Speedy is a very significant film for Lloyd's career. It is not only his last silent film and the climax to his "golden age," but it also evidenced a mellowing of character...He is a devil-may-care likeable chap, somewhat altruistic, still sharp and witty, but most important, he is confident -- confident in himself, in his time, in his values and ideals." – Adam Riley
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“SPEEDY,” 1928, 35mm, silent, 86 min. (24 f.p.s.)
Directed by Ted Wilde
Cinematography: Walter Lundin
Screenplay: John Grey, Lex Neal, Howard Emmett Rogers, Jay Howe
Cast: Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Brooks Benedict
Producer: John L. Murphy.
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Gen’l $25; $15 for children under age 12 and for UCLA students.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009; film screening:
4 & 7:30 pm “HOW THE WEST WAS SHOT: SIX WESTERNS, SIX DECADES” film series at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; tix are free, parking is $10. Advance reservations strongly advised.
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Films remaining in the series, and times and dates are:
“BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK” (1955, MGM) dir. John Sturges; Jan 31, 4 pm.
“PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID” (1973, MGM) dir. Sam Peckinpah; Jan 31, 7:30 pm.
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It’s a theme of “Romance, rough riding, and railroads,” as the series celebrates six classic westerns with compelling stories and stunning cinematography in a series of films that sample great westerns from the 1920s to the 1970s, complementing the exhibition “Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California,” in the Getty gallery.
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The Getty’s promo observes, “The western landscape has long provided a raw and encouraging palette seemingly created for the artist. Just as photographer Carlton Watkins evidenced its majesty in the late 1800s, filmmakers a few years later would insert characters and epic stories into its environs. John Ford's ‘The Iron Horse’ (1924) and Raoul Walsh's ‘The Big Trail’ (1930) laid the groundwork for the concerns of filmed westerns for years to come: the treacherous building of the transcontinental railroad and the pioneering move west. In time, most great filmmakers would try their hand at a western; for some, it would prove a distinct and mythic genre.”
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TODAY’S FILM:
“BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK” (1955, MGM) dir. John Sturges. It’s the western as allegory for blacklisting in '50s Hollywood. The western can be a beautiful thing: it can be the setting for the hero, the bad guy, and the horse; or it can be a film that uses western signifiers and settings as allegory for the social circumstances of the day. Here, Sturges brilliantly utilized western tropes, the one-armed stranger versus the town of hostile ruffians, as an allegory for the blacklisting blazing through '50s Hollywood.
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TONIGHT’S FILM:
“PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID” (1973, MGM) dir. Sam Peckinpah. One of the last great westerns, made fifty years after John Ford initially celebrated the birth of the west. Sam Peckinpah, a true lover of the west and the western, here elegizes it half a century into the development of the film genre. “Progress” as depicted in the film equals the dehumanizing takeover of the wilderness and the end of the way of life inherent to the western. James Coburn, in his character of Pat Garrett claims, "This country's getting old and I'm getting old with it." Not, however, without a fight.
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ONE SCREENING of each film. Series runs Fridays & Saturdays, January 23 & 24 and 30 & 31. Admission is FREE; a separate reservation is required for EACH film (hence, a “double feature” requires two sets of reservations). Use the "Make Reservation" buttons at www.getty.edu/visit/events/western_film_series.html?cid=egetty085 or call 310-440-7300. (Note that you will need to go on, off, and back on to the reservations page to obtain more than a total of four free tix. You CAN make reservations for free tix for the full series, but not all at once.)
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Sat, Jan 31:
7 pm JIM KWESKIN & FRIENDS at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. JIM KWESKIN was the originator, in the 1960s of THE JIM KWESKIN JUG BAND that launched the careers of GEOFF MULDAUR, MARIA MULDAUR, MEL LYMAN, BILL KEITH and RICHARD GREENE, among others. He has recorded and released dozens of tracks. He specializes in finger picking the guitar and singing songs from the great American songbook of pop, folk and swing. Venue impresario BOB STANE says, “We are betting on some good stories anda lot of familiar music. Join Jim and all of us for some fun and serious going down that nostalgic road. A fine band with JIM KWESKIN leading.” JIM KWESKIN brings “friends” JEAN SUDBURY (Tumbling Tumbleweeds) on fiddle and TIM EMMONS on bass. Jim promises, “Everyone will have a good time.” Advance tix $22; $25 at door.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009:
7:30 pm MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO at Blvd Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. VOCO has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and at venues coast-to-coast and overseas.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009; film screening:
7:30 pm “HOW THE WEST WAS SHOT: SIX WESTERNS, SIX DECADES” film series concludes at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; tix are free, parking is $10. Advance reservations strongly advised.
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Tonight’s finale is the film, “PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID” (1973, MGM) dir. Sam Peckinpah. See 4 pm listing for details.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009; in Encinitas (San Diego):
7:30 pm TERRI HENDRIX with LLOYD MAINES play the San Diego Folk Heritage series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas; 858-566-4040; SDFH@san.rr.com. When Terri Hendrix walked away from her opera scholarship in college, it was only because she found the classical music path too narrow for her free spirit.
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But there was just no shaking her love of music. Armed with the Mississippi-John-Hurt-style guitar chops she learned from mentor and philanthropist Marion Williamson - in exchange for milking goats on Williamson’s Wilory Farm - Hendrix began hauling her own P.A. in the back of her beat-up pick-up to gigs throughout the Texas Hill Country.
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From her native San Antonio to the live music hotbed of Austin and every small town honky-tonk and coffee shop in Texas, it wasn’t long before the fans started adding-up, and Hendrix had to recruit some of them to help keep up with her mailing list. All this in the pre-email / web site dark ages of the early ’90s. By the time she got around to recording her debut album, 1996’s “Two Dollar Shoes,” Terri Hendrix did what most artists still did at the time, and shopped around for a record label. She was turned down by three, none of which are still in business. She released the record independently, and never looked back.
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Now, nine self-released albums later, Terri Hendrix is still thriving — and grateful she made the fateful decision more than a dozen years ago to not only follow her own path through her music career, but to ultimately “own her own universe.” Artist info, www.terrihendrix.com. Adv tix, www.ticketweb.com; $18 gen’l, $15 mbrs.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009:
8 pm THE NEVILLE BROTHERS at the Haugh Performing Arts Center, at Citrus College 1000 W. Foothill Bl, Glendora 91741; www.haughpac.com. There is no question that the Neville Brothers are the first family of music in New Orleans, the United States, and possibly the world. Individually, their recording history spans over 40 years. As a group, the Neville Brothers have been together and recording since 1978. Their music defies classification: bayou funk, rhythm and blues, bebop, soul are inadequate labels for their unique, never-duplicated sound. Each of the four brothers has discovered his own musical identity; as a family, these “blood brothers” have created some of the funkiest sounds the world has ever heard, combining half a century of New Orleans music into one family unit. Artists info, www.nevilles.com. Tix $45 & $40, students & srs $43 & $38.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009:
8 pm STAN RIDGWAY at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403. McCabe’s concert booker, Lincoln Myerson, tells us, “When it comes to writing songs about ghostly marines, strippers with broken arms, and other dark, strange subjects, Ridgway is the best there is. Through the musical pictures that he's been painting for 30 years now, the singer-songwriter and guitarist has emerged as a singular voice in contemporary song. He's written songs for film with STEWART COPELAND, written and orchestrated music for the surrealist paintings of Mark Ryden, recorded and performed for uber-producer Hal Willner, and produced FRANK BLACK, among other projects. His songs carry listeners to the edge of their seats, while perfectly balancing his sometimes-untrustworthy narrator's voice from the twilight zone. This show will feature Ridgway and his acoustic quartet playing favorites as well as new songs from his soon to be released 10th solo album. Pull up a chair.” Tix purchased online or by phone, add $4 svc chg, per order (not per ticket) to price shown. $17.50.
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Sat, Jan 31:
8 pm JONATHAN McEUEN performs at the Thousand Oaks Library as part of the Bodie House Music series, at the Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362. Jonathan McEuen was born to play music and bring joy to those listening. Good genes and a star-studded "extended musical family" are great (his father is famous rock star banjo picker John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with whom Jonathan has played), but when people respond to Jonathan's extraordinary voice and guitar playing, it's obvious he's more than "just another son of a star." He’s spent his youth - and now his young adult life - on the road, doing what he loves most, playing guitar and singing with the family, playing electric and acoustic guitar and singing background for a number of world class artists, and fronting his own bands.
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Most recently, he put in serious time as half the duo with HANNA McEUEN on a major label. That experience confirmed he was ready to move forward and create music outside the confines of his influences or a specific genre. With more shows behind him than he can count (Jay Leno, Grand Ol' Opry, and Red Rocks among them), Jonathan is taking audiences to new places. Playing music without limitations, he creates new genres, breaking some molds and fusing musical traditions in his own, inspired way. Though sponsored by the Bodie House Music series, this show is at the Thousand Oaks Library. More at www.jonathanmceuen.com and www.BodieHouse.com. $15.
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Sat, Jan 31, 2009:
8 pm PETER SPRAGUE at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Artist info, www.petersprague.com. $15.
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As always, more to come, as we (believe it or not) continue to make updates to all the months of 2009 in the “long look ahead” posts.
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…So many truly fine shows, so few evenings and weekends to see them. And hey, Western Capitalism is going to collapse around you anyway, and gas is suddenly the ONLY thing that’s affordable, so why not go have a tunefully good time?
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If you are considering a vacation to Mexico, here's an informative and fun site for you: www.mexicovacationtravels.com
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“There’s nothing as quiet as night without music, as dark as a night without stars...” - from “THE FIDDLER,” learned from Guy Carawan
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