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Friday, June 12, 2009

Acoustic Americana Music Guide June 12 through 18, 2009

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There are GREAT shows this weekend, and MANY of them are Saturday & Sunday MATINEES - - - perfect for staying indoors with this blustery “June Gloom,” and early enough for Lakers devotees to catch a show and get to a TV set for the game.
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We’ll see you Sunday at the Autry Museum for the RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, named in FolkWorks “Top Ten / Best of 2008” as THE “Best Acoustic Band in Los Angeles.” They do a benefit concert at 2 pm, with award-winning songwriter and cowboy poet LES BUFFAM!
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Both Saturday & Sunday, you can even “build-your-own-music-festival,” by catching a couple of daytime shows and an evening show, all of your choice, from vast possibilities.
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“Tied to the Tracks”
ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE
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JUNE 12 through JUNE 18, 2009 EDITION
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Updated June 12, 2009; recurring events are included.
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Yes, it’s true -
There are more ACOUSTIC AMERICANA / ACOUSTIC RENAISSANCE music performances EVERY week in the Los Angeles area than the COMBINED TOTAL of ALL OTHER KINDS OF MUSIC!
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(And that doesn’t even take the dozens of electric Americana shows into account!)
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WELCOME!
Without question, the Los Angeles region now has the greatest number of live acoustic performances of anyplace in America, and possibly in the world. Much of it is simply WONDERFUL, including club and coffeehouse gigs, performing arts center and theater concerts, indoor and outdoor shows, and a steady parade of festivals that include a healthy acoustic music presence. In addition, for those planning travel and our readers elsewhere, the Guide always includes a vast variety of acoustic music festivals all over the planet. And unique to the Guide, descriptions are included in our extensive listings, rather than simple calendar listings where you need to recognize a performer’s name to know the genre of acoustic music. (Lots of places tell you who, where, and when. We tell you that, plus the all-important “what.”) Yep, we “Guide” you through the live acoustic music scene.
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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.
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RADIO SHOWS that regularly feature live acoustic performances are included, provided there is a way to hear them in Los Angeles. With precious few exceptions, hearing these in L.A. requires internet listening, and we give you the necessary URLs.
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GETTING YOUR GIG LISTED: We welcome your feedback, and news of your acoustic Americana and acoustic renaissance 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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WHERE TO FIND WHAT WE DO…
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WE’RE ON BLOGSPOT.COM where the format allows us to present the massive content of the Guide in easy-to-index published form. The Guide is waaaay too comprehensive to fit anywhere that imposes size limitations (yep, size matters). We began publishing on Blogspot in early 2008.
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WE’RE IN FOLKWORKS with the latest edition of the “Somewhere Out There” column, available online at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35941/3176. (We have received MANY compiled pages of feedback about the current column, so feel free to send us yours!) We contribute occasional reviews or feature stories to FolkWorks. You can read the work of many good writers there, and you can sign-up for a free FolkWorks e-newsletter, too, all at www.FolkWorks.org
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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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JUNE 12 through JUNE 18, 2009 EVENTS
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IN THIS EDITION: Look for our popular “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks!
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Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks are abundant: Noon-1 pm, Calaveras plays a free lunchtime concert at the Santa Monica Public Library; at 7 pm, Chris Valenti plays the “Bohemian Shindig” which includes acoustic music, bands, visual artists, and all 5 of his 2009 comedy shorts, in Hollywood; at 7:30 pm, Neko Case with special guest Jason Lytle of Grandaddy play the Greek Theatre; at 8 pm is a wonderful double-bill of Kacey Jones backed by Dorian Michael, plus Tracy Newman & The Reinforcements in Altadena; and at 8 pm, the “Fireside Concert Series” brings Brad Colerick, Four Rode By, & Merlin Snider and His Band of Pretty Good Acquaintances to Newbury Park.
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Fri, Jun 12; in Arizona:
HANS YORK & ANNIE MOSCOW at Music Makers in Ahwatukee, AZ; tix go fast, reservations and info, 480-706-1224. Hans York won the prestigious 2008 “Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriter Award,” and he has performed multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Annie Moscow’s tours have begun to bring her to Southern Cal, where she is establishing a solid fan base. If you’re headed for Arizona, catch this show. More at www.anniemoscow.com
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Fri, Jun 12; in Seattle:
8-10:30 pm “NORTHWEST SEAPORT CHANTEY SING” aboard the historic steamship “Virginia V” at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Monthly installment of the 2009 Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing series, a sing-a-long with authentic chanteys and songs of the sea, hosted by Wayne Palsson. A recording artist is always on board as song leader to keep the music rolling, with opportunity for anyone to lead a song or just join in the chorus. Chanteys are work songs and foc’s’le ditties with great choruses that join present-day maritime traditions and lore with those of the past. Come and lead a song of the sea or just join in on the chorus. Chanteys and sea songs are easy to learn and fun to sing. The historic passenger ferry “Virginia V,” last of the Puget Sound mosquito fleet, will be docked at the Historic Ships Wharf during the sing. Refreshments & maritime CDs available. More at 206-447-9800 or www.nwseaport.org/programs.html. Free, donations welcome.
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Jun 12-Jul 5; in Michigan:
Annual “ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL” in Ann Arbor, MI, is an “exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment and community spirit.” The three-week event offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, parties and more, with eclectic music, dance, theater, film, visual arts and family fun. The Festival has invigorated the cultural life of the community “as a joyous town-gown event for two and a half decades.” It brings innovative artists, eager students, enthusiastic audiences, curious visitors and “anyone looking to be inspired by the performing arts.” We add the note that the nationally-touring Art Train is based from Ann Arbor, so it is a community that understands quality events.
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Fri-Sun, Jun 12-14; in Kansas:
Annual “SMOKEY HILL RIVER FESTIVAL” in Oakdale Park, Salina, KS 67401; info, 785-309-5770, www.riverfestival.com. In the lineup are Colorado-based ACOUSTIC EIDOLON, an L.A. favorite when they’ve toured in California. More at www.acousticeidolon.com
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Fri-Sun, Jun 12-14; in Connecticut:
30th annual “SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. Hosted by The Museum of America and the Sea, this is one of the world’s premier sea music events. More than 5,000 people attend each year to hear top performers perform the classic musical traditions of the Golden Age of Sail. The festival has featured music from maritime cultures of the world, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Iceland, Poland, Netherlands, France, Canada and Africa, as well as native peoples of the United States.
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LOS ANGELES-area acoustic music events:
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Fri, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Noon-1 pm CALAVERAS in a free lunchtime concert at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica; 310-458-8600; www.smpl.org.
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Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, and Mary) says they make “Wonderful music, wonderfully performed.” This award winning New Folk trio, comprised of singer songwriters GREG BEATTIE & VICTORIA BLYTHE, with DAVE DECKER on lead guitar and backup vocals, combines folk, jazz, blues, and country into a traditional and fresh mix. Their songs have captured the prestigious “Kerrville New Folk” prize, “Grand Prize” in the “West Coast Songwriters International” song contest, first place in the “Napa Valley Emerging Songwriter” awards, first place in the “West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year” honors, and they have appeared in TV shows and movies. Their songs have been recorded by other artists and their performance of “Ready to Fly” is on a compilations alongside Joan Baez, Cheryl Wheeler, and Livingston Taylor. Their live show is a mix of Victoria’s soaring, ethereal vocals and hauntingly beautiful fiddle on pure folk ballads and sultry jazz-fusion torch songs, Greg’s energetic and insightful musical treatment of birth, death and everything in between, and Dave’s constantly creative lead-guitar commentary. Calaveras is currently touring the West Coast to promote the release of their third album, “Green Girl,” which went into rotation on Americana and Folk radio on May 11. “Green Girl” is said to “run the gamut, from emotionally soaring ballads that will make your parents cry, to acoustic Americana that will make your kids dance.”
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Seating in the MLK, Jr. Auditorium is limited and on a first arrival basis. Calaveras performs a matinee show tomorrow (Saturday) at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, 1-3 pm, and that one is $15. This shorter “sampler” show is free.
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Fri, Jun 12, every Fri, on web radio:
5 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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Fri, Jun 12, every Fri:
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 8-10 pm 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, Jun 12, every Fri:
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, Jun 12, every Fri:
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, Jun 12; live music and film screening; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm CHRIS VALENTI plays the “Bohemian Shindig” which includes acoustic music, bands, visual artists, and all FIVE of his 2009 comedy shorts, at Cinespace, 6356 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood. Chris is that very clever and funny singer-songwriter who’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and received considerable notices and recognitions. In addition to his music, Chris has made a number of short films. Cinespace has asked to screen all of his 2009 shorts in one evening.
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Chris says, “In this economy, you'd better know how to stretch a dollar. The Guru in my May short, “Coupons,” (www.funnyordie.com/videos/2e538a0627/coupons) can give you some tips on this. Check it out and let me know your thoughts. Feel free to forward it to friends and comment on the webpage. My good friend Ian Harris, a hilarious comic and writer/director, has posted a video pitch / small donation requests supporting his upcoming project ‘Inventing The Buzz.’ I played the lead in Ian's first feature, ‘It Burns When I Laugh,’ which is a prequel to this next project. I believed in his first film and I really enjoy this one. So please check it out when you get a moment: www.InventingTheBuzz.com.“ More on Chris at www.ChrisValentiMusic.com and www.DysfunctionalRomantics.com and www.StringsOfComedy.com.
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Fri, Jun 12:
7-9:30 pm “LEXUS JAZZ & BLUES CONCERT SERIES” opening night, with the JEFF JENSEN BAND, off Town Center Dr, adjacent to the Hyatt Valencia, Valencia, CA 91355. All ages, no pets allowed. Free.
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Fri, Jun 12, every Fri, 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, Jun 12, 2nd Fri, every month in 2008; in Seaside:
7-9 pm “KIKI WOW & FRIENDS” at Borders Books & Music, 2080 California St, Seaside 93955. For all of you have clamored to know “Whatever happened to Kiki Wow?” – just take drive up the coast, and you can see and hear for yourself.
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Fri, Jun 12, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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Fri, Jun 12, every Fri:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm NEKO CASE, with special guest JASON LYTLE of Grandaddy, at the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Ave in Griffith Park, L.A.; Greek Theatre hotline, 323-665-1927; http://greektheatrela.com. Neko Case has an ability to connect on an uncommonly deep and meaningful level. Produced in association with Goldenvoice, this L.A. show comes during the second leg of Neko’s North American tour, in support of her critically-acclaimed new album, “Middle Cyclone.” The New York Times Magazine praised her voice as “a force of nature" and The New Yorker has called “Middle Cyclone” "'the best album of her career by a generous margin." Additionally, Rolling Stone's 4-out-of-5 star review declared Case "Indie's greatest singer," while Spin's 9-out-of-10 review stated, "America may need Neko Case's back-to-nature fantasias more than ever." The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, the highest debut of the year for an independent release.
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This tour brings Case to the largest venues of her career, backed by her core band of Paul Rigby (guitar), Tom V. Ray (bass), Kelly Hogan (vocals), Jon Rauhouse (guitar) and Barry Mirochnick (drums). Elle magazine described Case’s live shows as "A little like being flattened by the sound of a jet as it passes overhead." Tix $35 & $30.
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Fri, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm KACEY JONES with DORIAN MICHAEL plus TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Both Kacey Jones and Tracy Newman have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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KACEY JONES with DORIAN MICHAEL deliver an evening of intelligent humor and great music. Kacey Jones live performance-interview session on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” had the phone ringing off the wall. And that’s most appropriate for her celebrated off-the-wall, humor-filled, songs. Audiences have been laughing with Kacey Jones for decades, and laughing right along with them are People Magazine, USA Today, and “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor. Her new album, “Donald Trump's Hair,” is the hilarious follow-up to her previous CD, Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead....LIVE!”
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"People need a good laugh in times like these" says Kacey. And nobody knows how to spin life's little miseries into a good laugh, accompanied by great music, better than Miss Jones. Her new CD, from its title cut homage to "The Donald" to Kacey’s "God Save The Queens" homage to drag queens, is loaded with songs that bring laughter and smiles. The May 2009 issue of Music Connection Magazine says: "The irrepressible Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kacey Jones returns with ‘Donald Trump's Hair,’ a new collection of uproarious songs including ‘Christmas in Rehab,’ ‘Whatever Happened to Kenny Rogers' Face’ and the title song, dedicated to what sprouts from the financier's fantastic follicles. Highly recommended."
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If it all seems off the wall, it's totally sane in the world of Kacey Jones. Hers was, after all, the brilliant mind that conceived one of Nashville's most unique and revered cult acts, ETHEL & THE SHAMELESS HUSSIES, who broke above the waves in the late ‘80s to mainstream nominations as “Comedy Act of the Year” on MCA Records. Kacey produced Kinky Friedman's critically acclaimed project, “Pearls in the Snow,” featuring Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, and Dwight Yoakam. Three of her original songs can be heard in the multi-award winning cult film “Sordid Lives,” and, as Music Supervisor, she wrote the music for the hilarious stage play, "Nipples to the Wind." Why is no surprise that Kacey’s record label, IGO Records, is sponsoring a "Comb-Over Contest" to celebrate the release of “Donald Trump's Hair”-? Contestants with winning comb-over potential may enter at www.DonaldTrumpsHair.net
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Miss Jones will be accompanied by longtime friend and guitarist extraordinaire, Dorian Michael, for an evening of great fun and great music. More at www.KaceyJones.com
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TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS (aka the barefoot LORIE DOSWELL and harmony junkie GENE LIPPMANN) open at 8 pm. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Be in your seats. Don’t miss their opening song – everything you’ll love about them starts happening right away.+
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Tracy is the only singer-songwriter anywhere who has an Emmy and a Peabody Award. Most of her original songs, including “Waffle Boy” – winner of the 8th Annual “Great American Song Contest” -- debuted on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” en-route to global airplay. In addition to her identity as a musician, Tracy is a well-known comedy writer in L.A., creator of the Jim Belushi series, “According to Jim,” and co-writer of the famous “coming-out” episode of the “Ellen” series. Tracy is equally known for her involvement as co-founder, performer and director with the popular improv group, The Groundlings, having shared that stage with the likes of SNL’s Laraine Newman (Tracy’s sister), the late Phil Hartmann, Julia Sweeney, Jon Lovitz, and many others.
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Tracy is rapidly gaining recognition as a singer-songwriter. Her debut CD, “A Place in The Sun,” is, in a manner of speaking, the culmination of her career shift from writing TV sitcoms to pursuing music full time. Tracy has always been a songwriter, but this muse was on hiatus for a while as she joined the writing staffs of various shows, including “Cheers,” “The Nanny,” “The Drew Carey Show” and her aforementioned award wins.
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Tracy’s remarkable ability to craft a great song extends well beyond her wonderful sense of humor. Her compassion is evident in her profound understanding of human nature, as in her award-winning “Waffle Boy.” Another of her most heartbreaking but uplifting songs, “Mama, I Know You Ain’t Santa,” (co-authored by Lynne Stewart) won second place in the prestigious “Unisong Contest” in the “Seasonal/Specialty” category. Be sure to request “Laraine,” her song about sisterhood, motherhood, and life after fame, and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” about the upsetting experience of driving her daughter’s teenage carpool. More on Tracy, including videos, at www.tracynewman.com
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Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Tonight’s combination of Tracy Newman and the brilliant and acerbic humorist, Kacey Jones, makes the perfect show for those who remember the wit and wisdom of the 1960s folk era, as well as their children who will, like, totally, get the humor, (and can explain any computer technology references to their parents.) This will be a very fun and memorable night.” We concur completely and enthusiastically. Tix for this show are the bargain-of-the-week at $15.
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Fri, Jun 12:
8 pm ROBERT DAVID HALL & CHRIS WALL at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. Check with venue before making the trip; this show is not on their current web listing.
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Fri, Jun 12:
8 pm EMILY ZUZIK and her acoustic band, “splitting a long set” with CELIA CHAVEZ at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Emily Zuzik is a singer-writer-promoter; more at www.myspace.com/emilyzuzik. Both of these artists have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Fri, Jun 12, every Fri:
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. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Jun 12:
8 pm GIVE ME BACK MY WIG at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. They play “from 8 pm until exhausted!” Event info & tix, http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=2926646&s=93914888. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm). Tix $10.
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Fri, Jun 12; in Newbury Park; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BRAD COLERICK, FOUR RODE BY, & MERLIN SNIDER AND HIS BAND OF PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES play the “Fireside Concert Series” at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd, Newbury Park. Event info, www.theacornonline.com/Calendar/Default.aspx?EventID=1632 ; 805-499-3511 or firesidebobkroll@aol.com. Brad Colerick is a country-folk multiple-award winning singer-songwriter who has had much success with TV, and he’s twice performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Ed Tree is performing with Brad. FOUR RODE BY is a folk quartet with TOM GRAHAM. Brad Colerick tells us that he and Ed Tree “have been buried in the studio finishing up my latest CD, ‘When I'm Gone,’ which will be released this summer. We're excited to get a chance to play the songs live together.” No reserved seating, $7.
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Fri, Jun 12, every Fri:
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 - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. 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, Jun 12, every Fri:
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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Saturday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks set two records: (1) THREE of them are at the same venue, with three different show times, all in the same day and evening, and (2) it’s a record-number of picks for one day and evening. Here is the splendidly rich offering of what we believe is Saturday’s best: Calaveras plays the first of two different matinee shows today at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, from 1-3 pm; then, 4-6 pm, Evo Bluestein plays the second matinee there; at 6 pm, the “Female Acoustic Showcase” with plenty of folk-friendly performers gets underway in Corona; at 7 pm, J.D. Souther plays the El Rey in L.A.; in the South Bay, the California Cowboys celebrate the release of their new CD at the Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates at 7 pm; at 7:30 pm, Brad Colerick plus Dave Morrison play a compelling double-bill at the Fret House in Covina; at 8 pm, Laurence Juber brings his masterful guitar concert to Boulevard Music in Culver City; meanwhile, EVE SELIS plays today’s third “Show-of-The-Week” in the same day at the same venue, the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, at 8 pm; the “Campfire Chronicles” series brings charming and rollicking old-time music from Triple Chicken Foot plus Frank Fairfield at Stories Café in L.A.; in Santa Monica at 8 pm, Dan Navarro & Stonehoney play a co-bill at McCabe’s; and “Sabrina & Craig's Acoustic L.A. Live” series brings one set each from Calaveras and Kevin Fisher, at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbeck's) in NoHo.
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TIX ALERT:
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Tix on sale Jun 13 at 10 am, for show on Sep 5:
THE AVETT BROTHERS at The Orpheum Theatre, 842 S Broadway, L.A.; 213-749-5171. They played in L.A. a couple years back, and return a couple times a year to delight multigenerational audiences. But that first time here, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based band was given crappy sound reinforcement, so they climbed down from the stage and set-up in the middle of the dance floor, truly acoustic. They had the joint jumpin' to their new fangled old-timey string band sound and innovative washboard-derived percussion rig. Highly recommended. Sep 5 show is at 8 pm. Tix at the usual outlets, $30.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 13 & 14; not especially musical, but cool:
Annual “TOPANGA CANYON GALLERY ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR” at various locations throughout the Topanga area; details at one of the participating artist’s sites, www.megancreations.com
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Sat. Jun 13; in Fallbrook (N San Diego County):
7:30 pm ALBERT & GAGE, the marvelous duo of Christine Albert & Chris Gage, bring their "Dakota Lullaby" California CD Release Tour to the Fallbrook Americana Series, at the Fallbrook Woman's Club, 238 W Mission Rd, Fallbrook 92028; event info, 760-723-7255.
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Jun 13-21; in Nevada City, Northern Cal:
ALISDAIR FRASER'S “SIERRA FIDDLE CAMP” with ALISDAIR FRASER, NATALIE HAAS, HANNEKE CASSEL, NIC GAREISS and many others TBA. Info at www.sierrafiddlecamp.org or call 530-477-0708. Application postmark deadline is Feb 1, 2009.
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Alisdair Fraser is in demand as a concert artist, dance fiddler and fiddle teacher throughout his native Scotland and the United States. 'Artist in Residence' at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow for the past several years, he excels in expressing the beauty and energy of traditional Scottish fiddling and in creating exciting new music that remains true to that tradition.
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Sat, Jun 13; in Colorado:
11 am-7 pm “THE OLD SPANISH TRAIL MUSIC FESTIVAL” with INDIAN NICKEL BAND, FRITZ DAVIS, GABRIELLE LOUISE, ATOMIC PORK, DEARLY BELOVED, JUST MAGIC, & FRED HARGROVE, in Chapman Park, on the west side of Monte Vista, Colorado; www.montearts.com/spanishtrailsmusicfestival. If you go, one to catch is Fred Hargrove, at 11 am, of whom Marvin O’Dell, host of “Around the Campfire” on HeartlandPublicRadio.org, says, “been playing a lot from [Fred’s] latest CD lately… Good songs.” Fred tours with Michael Martin Murphey on their "Lone Cowboy Campfire Tour."
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You can ride a train to the festival. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is modifying its arrival and departure times to accommodate festival goers; www.montearts.com/rgsrr
And check-out the tourist railroad’s summer “Colorado Mountain Music Show” series (www.riograndescenicrailroad.com) that features Suzy Bogguss, Michael Martin Murphey, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, and Larry Penn, with Fred Hargrove as the opening act for all.
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Sat, Jun 13; in Chicago:
11 am-10 pm 44th annual “ANDERSONVILLE MIDSOMMARFEST” on Clark St at Foster, Chicago, IL, is one of the region’s most eagerly anticipated and well-established summer festivals. Three stages are filled all day with spirited music, including nationally renowned acts. Each year 50,000 people gather on Clark Street to enjoy the international food, family activities, entertainment on four stages, and over 100 artisans. Midsommarfest is one of Chicago’s most unique street fairs. Born out of Andersonville's Swedish heritage, Midsommarfest retains its quaint, international flavor. Old-world Swedish traditions, including a festive dance around the Maypole, are incorporated into an array of entertainment for families and adults. The family area includes face painting, games, and a family stage with entertainment including Nordic Folk dancers, the Barefoot Hawaiian Dancers, a pet parade and more. The quaint little Swedish "village" of Andersonville features some of Chicago's most intriguing shops and an array of international eateries. Famous restaurants involved include Reza’s, Andies, Wickstroms Calo, and more. Admission $5 donation. Info, StarEvents, 773-665-4682.
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LOS ANGELES AREA acoustic music performances:
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Sat, Jun 13, every Sat:
8-10:30 am FREE ACOUSTIC CONCERT at Strings Music Store, 146 N Glendora Av, Ste 101, Glendora 91741; 626-914 4100. Sometimes featuring VIN FIZ FLYER. Another in a series of MORNING concerts. Free entertainment, tips only, in a great place, with nice people and good music. Vin Fiz Flyer tells us, “Old town Glendora is a kinda sleepy small Midwest town plopped into Southern California. These early morning concerts sound like a wacky idea, but they’re well-attended by musicians as well as music lovers! A car club meets at the Cafe next door every Saturday for breakfast, and they park their assorted ‘babies’ out front for you to peruse too. Come on by and start your weekend out right.” Check with venue to see if there is a concert scheduled for today.
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Sat, Jun 13:
All-day AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY “RELAY FOR LIFE” includes live music performances all day, at the Louis Pompeii Sports Park in Glendora; info and directions, with details about the various “Relay for Life” events throughout Southern California, on the website at www.relayforlife.com. TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND perform at 2:30 pm; Tim’s wife, Lois Tedrow, is a 17 year cancer survivor, so this one is special every year for the musical duo who earned a “Listener Favorite” track on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Sat, Jun 13, 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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Sat, Jun 13; web chat:
Noon (PDT) THE GREENCARDS, an Americana band from elsewhere in the world that was heard early-on in their career on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” do a live web chat on No Depression, at http://community.nodepression.com
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THE GREENCARDS are two-thirds Australian and one-third from the UK, and they began making their version of Americana music in Austin, Texas. They've toured with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and won the Americana Music Association's “Emerging Artist of the Year” honor in 2006. Their latest album, “Fascination,” was recently released on Sugar Hill Records.
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More, including links and how to submit your questions in advance, are available at http://community.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/mark-your-calendar-live-chat
Last weekend, No Depression held its first live chat with Justin Townes Earle, so this may become a regular event with different artists.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
1-3 pm CALAVERAS plays a matinee show (the first of two different daytime shows today) at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, and Mary) says they make “Wonderful music, wonderfully performed.” This award winning New Folk trio, comprised of singer songwriters GREG BEATTIE & VICTORIA BLYTHE, with DAVE DECKER on lead guitar and backup vocals, combines folk, jazz, blues, and country into a traditional and fresh mix. Their songs have captured the prestigious “Kerrville New Folk” prize, “Grand Prize” in the “West Coast Songwriters International” song contest, first place in the “Napa Valley Emerging Songwriter” awards, first place in the “West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year” honors, and they have appeared in TV shows and movies. Their songs have been recorded by other artists and their performance of “Ready to Fly” is on a compilations alongside Joan Baez, Cheryl Wheeler, and Livingston Taylor. Their live show is a mix of Victoria’s soaring, ethereal vocals and hauntingly beautiful fiddle on pure folk ballads and sultry jazz-fusion torch songs, Greg’s energetic and insightful musical treatment of birth, death and everything in between, and Dave’s constantly creative lead-guitar commentary. Calaveras is currently touring the West Coast to promote the release of their third album, “Green Girl,” which went into rotation on Americana and Folk radio on May 11. “Green Girl” is said to “run the gamut, from emotionally soaring ballads that will make your parents cry, to acoustic Americana that will make your kids dance.” Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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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Sat, Jun 13, 2nd Sat, every month; in Tehachapi:
2-5 pm Monthly “FIDDLE JAM” at Veterans Hall, 125 East F Street, Tehachapi. Second Sat, every month. Info: Leslie Schoenberg, California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 3, 661-821-0800. Every second Saturday, fiddlers and pickers are all welcome to join in the fun and learn some new fiddle tunes. All ages welcome as well as those who want to listen and tap their toes; www.tehachapi.com.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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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Sat, Jun 13, 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, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4-6 pm EVO BLUESTEIN plays a matinee show (the second of two different daytime shows today) at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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It’s fiddling, singing, and clogging, at the same time! It’s a banjo concert, with autoharp par excellence and a repertoire of American folk songs that you will find fresh and authentic. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Evo Bluestein brings to his music a rich legacy of American folk tradition, brilliant interpretation and original composition. Exposed to many important American bearers of folk tradition from birth, Evo draws on a wealth of musical and cultural experiences to present a show you will not soon forget. Considered one of this country's most accomplished Appalachian-style autoharpists, Bluestein is equally known as a performer and teacher of oldtime fiddle, button accordion, guitar and banjo. His repertoire includes songs derived from Appalachian, Cajun, zydeco, blues and other styles of music. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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, Jun 13, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” For the first time, the monthly event will be simulcast on the web, at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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Sat, Jun 13; in Corona; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6-10 pm “FEMALE ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE” features MARINA V, JOHANNA CHASE, HOLLY DIANE, KIRSTEN PROFFIT, MIKA COLE, ELIZA RICKMAN, APRYLE DALMACIO, ERIN McLAUGHLIN, ADRINA THORPE, STACY CLARK, CRYSTAL McKEE, MOBETTA LORETTA, twelve performers in all, many in the new folk genre, each doing 3-4 songs, in the performance space at the Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos, 2780 Cabot Dr, Corona 92883; www.promenadeshopsatdoslagos.com. Hosted by “Cut N Dry Talent Radio” host Chris Kult.
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Marina V, who has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and made music on stages all over the world, tells us, “If you are fans of female songwriters like Sara Bareilles, Jewel, Lisa Loeb, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, and other artists like them, then you have to check out the Female Acoustic Showcase. The talent is amazing and unlike some events you might attend that feature local talent, our showcases provide great entertainment value. We feature a variety of female musicians, singer-songwriters whose material has either been featured in TV or in film, and / or has gained public recognition like awards or being featured in respected publications. Bringing all these ladies together on one stage creates a great atmosphere of inspiration. Our goal is to create an awareness of the great female talent that lies within Southern California. We are currently in the process of planning our tour for summer and will be posting dates within the next couple of months.”
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Read a story in the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper about their previous show, at www.pe.com/columns/music/stories/PE_News_Local_S_audiofile0808.2d08798.html. More at www.myspace.com/socalfas. Free.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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, Jun 13, 2nd Sat, every month; in the OC:
6:30 pm Blues legend BERNIE PEARL plays a monthly duet show with pianist DWAYNE SMITH at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. This is Bernie & Dwayne’s every-second Saturday show, and Bernie usually plays this one electric. He was great performing live acoustic on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” in March 2007. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Sat, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm J.D. SOUTHER plays the El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A.; 323-936-4790; www.theelrey.com. He’s a legend, and surely you already know all about him. $28.
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Sat, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm CALIFORNIA COWBOYS celebrate the release of their new CD, "Riding Catalina Again," at the Empty Saddle Club, 39 Empty Saddle Road, Rolling Hills Estates 90274. Your editor was there for the debut of the mastered tracks, and this CD is a solid winner, with fine originals, excellent songcraft, and solid, even superior, production values. The band’s STEVE DEMING says, “We will be enjoying live music and a well stocked bar from 7 pm ‘til .....? Bring your friends.” More at www.californiacowboyband.com
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Sat, Jun 13, 2nd Sat every month:
7 pm “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” monthly charity-benefit showcase, this time with MARC FRANCOEUR, DUDLEY SAUNDERS, & CHRISTOPHER DALLMAN, at The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Performing host MARK ISLAM says, “All of the performers, [make] good on their promise to busk their hearts out… new songs & everything… a Who's Hoot.” Past lineups have included Grammy winners / nominees and a Village Voice OBIE Award winner. Mark continues, “There's no shortage of acoustic eclecticism in Los Angeles.”
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Mark tells us that this is the “2nd Annual Pride Edition,” to benefit internationally-syndicated gay & lesbian radio magazine “This Way Out” (www.thiswayout.org).
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More on Grassroots Acoustica, and lineup for tonight’s show, at www.grassrootsacoustica.org. No cover charge, but every show is a benefit for a nonprofit or charity.
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Sat, Jun 13, every week; in the OC:
7-9 pm “JUST PLAIN FOLKS ORANGE COUNTY” Group Singing, sponsored by the local chapter of the international Just Plain Folks; for info & loc, go to www.JPFolks.org.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm BRAD COLERICK plus DAVE MORRISON in a double-bill at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Link for this show, http://www.frethouse.com/information.php?pID=13&sid=eb7e04d8995534a2351f5f68f63062dd
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Both artists have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and both have premiered music on the radio show that has gone on to achieve worldwide airplay.
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Billboard magazine recently called BRAD COLERICK “one of a baker’s dozen of acts to watch in the folk community around the world.” More at www.myspace.com/bradcolerick
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Folkworks magazine named DAVE MORRISON one of the “Best of 2008 / Top Ten Male Singer-Songwriters” in Los Angeles. Last year, American Songwriter Magazine listed Dave’s album, "A Little Farther Down the Line," which debuted on “Tied to the Tracks,” in its Top Ten for 2007, between albums by Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen.
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This is an acoustic concert -- reflective, deep, lovely, inspiring. Each artist will play a full set with a little dobro/mandolin accompanying and Lisa Turner singing harmony. House concert promoter Alexia Salvatierra says this is music that “refreshes my spirit and moves my soul.”
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Dave Morrison says of Brad Colerick, “He's a tremendous talent, and I'm thrilled that the good folks at The Fret House have asked us over. We'll each do a full fifty-minute set, with a break in between for refreshments and general frivolity. For those of you unfamiliar with this place, let me bring you up to speed. The Fret House is a guitar store located right in the old center of Covina. They have long been known as a real player's shop. The walls are lined with all the good stuff: Martins, Taylors, Gibsons, and a great selection of lesser-known Luthier-built guitars. It's a great place to visit, if only to hang out and play some beautiful instruments. They also do repairs and teach. Everything a small, dedicated music store should be. And down below, in the full basement, is a listening room that rivals anything in Los Angeles. The Fret House is regularly referred to as ‘McCabe’s junior.’ They get really good acts there. Brad and I are very happy to have landed a night. So come on out and be with us. Brad is appearing solo, and I am with my core group: Just the amazing GREG KRUEGER on his bag-of-tricks selection of stringed instruments and my main girl, LISA TURNER, singing harmony. No keyboards or bass this time, and nothing electric. I'm really looking forward to this return to simplicity. And I'll be sharing a few new songs that I've been told are among my best.”
Sample Dave’s performances at www.myspace.com/davemorrisonmusic and www.davemorrisonmusic.com and on YouTube: "Times Like These," www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD-G11Eeg7s ; "Almost A Relief," www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zZl-nEEEwk&feature=related ; "Standing By The Bridge," www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li0VDr8cMG0Buy
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Sat, Jun 13, 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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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. 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, Jun 13, every Sat:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Sat, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURENCE JUBER brings his masterful guitar concert to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. 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." Tix, $17.50.
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Sat, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm EVE SELIS plays the evening show (following two different a matinee shows today) at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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San Diego-based Eve Selis brings country-western-pop that’s upbeat and vibrant, and far better than what Nashville contrives as “country.” She has headlined coast to coast, from the House of Blues in Hollywood, to the legendary Bitter End in NYC, and has shared the stage with Travis Tritt, Chris Isaak, Counting Crows, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Doobie Brothers, Jewel, and Joan Osborne.
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Eve’s new album, “Angels And Eagles,” reveals a more thoughtful singer. The role model is not Tina Turner, but peers such as Suzy Bogguss and Shawn Colvin - strong women who have grown up but will not give in, and make music that reflects adult experiences. The textbook example is Bonnie Raitt's Nick Of Time from 1989. The songs are mostly co-written with long-time writing and performing partner, guitarist MARC "TWANG" INTRAVIA.
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On stage, Eve delivers her high-energy performance with equal parts innocence and authority, always soulful, strong and sexy. She has been called “the queen of roadhouse rock,” but she is just as likely to play acoustic, and the name of her home-grown record label is equally revealing: Hippie Chick Twang. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “The latter description fits better, unless rocking with white-hot intensity is your idea of royal behavior.” There's more than a touch of the blues mama about her, too (check out her sultry performance of “Honky Tonk Town” on YouTube). Eve will tell you that, on a good day, she makes Tina Turner seem like a shy, retiring wallflower. But we suspect she’s in a default mode to an earlier phase of her career, one that she now shares with the thoughtful one exemplified by the material and tone of her new album. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “CAMPFIRE CHRONICLES” series brings charming and rollicking old-time music from TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT plus FRANK FAIRFIELD to Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, L.A. 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. Triple Chicken Foot has performed multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they are at the center of things for the annual “Old Time Social.” Ben of “The Foot” says, regarding tonight, that it’s “an intimate concert of songs and some tunes with Triple Chicken Foot & Frank Fairfield. This show will feature The Foot singing tales of old (we've been a fiddle-heavy band of late), and Frank Fairfield channeling the spirits of musicians gone by.” As Ben might also have added (his mantra) “Old Time is a Good Time.” Deejay Cuz’n Roy plays a role, too. More at www.myspace.com/frankfairfield and http://triplechickenfoot.com
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Sat, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DAN NAVARRO & STONEHONEY play a co-bill at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix for this show at http://lownav.c.topica.com/maam8bWabQE9hbPhQnzbaehoil/
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DAN NAVARRO tells us, “Lowen & Navarro did several memorable McCabe's dates with Stonehoney supporting over the past coupla years. …it becomes a co-headline, Dan & Stonehoney, with even more of what made the other times so fun. If it's anything like it was when we teamed up in Austin in April at the Old Settler's Festival, it will be swwweeeeet. At McCabe's?!? This legendary 125-seat wood-walled backroom is practically haunted with the deep humbling juju of the artists who've played here over the past 50 years. It will likely sell out fast, so u might wanna step on it.”
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Sat, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “SABRINA & CRAIG'S ACOUSTIC L.A. LIVE” this month with performing guests CALAVERAS and KEVIN FISHER, at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbeck's), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. The monthly series is a “songwriter-in-the round format,” with the hosts and two other acts sharing the stage and swapping songs.
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CALAVERAS has won the “Kerrville Folk Festival Grand Prize.” The group is GREG BEATTIE, VICTORIA BLYTHE, & DAVE DECKER, blending rich voices and half-a-dozen acoustic instruments. It’s been said they “turn original songs into classics, with pitch perfect harmonies.” No less than Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, and Mary) says they make “Wonderful music, wonderfully performed,” and Dirty Linen wrote of the group’s “… lush, soaring original tunes, … supercharged and finely crafted." More at www.CalaverasSongs.com
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KEVIN FISHER is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and composer. His songs are on Gold and Platinum records, film scores, television shows, and the country charts with Rascal Flatts, Tim Rushlow, and Sara Evans, and others. His band NAKED TO THE WORLD was voted “Acoustic Band Of The Year” by the National Academy of Songwriters. More at www.myspace.com/kevinfisher1
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Performing hosts SABRINA & CRAIG are known for their harmonies and originals. More on them at www.SabrinaandCraig.com and www.MySpace.com/SabrinaandCraig
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8 pm PHIL GATES, plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. Phil Gates at 10:30 pm, Bobby Bluehouse at 8 pm. Event / tix link, http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=2926647&s=93914888
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The venue calls Bobby Bluehouse, “the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Tix, $10.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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 - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. 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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8-10 pm WILLOW BEND performs at Peet’s Coffee, 8152 E Santa Ana Cyn Rd, Suite 175, Anaheim 92808; 714-363-5200; www.peets.com/stores/store_locator.asp. Band member and dulcimer player Bea Romano tells us, “Peet's in Anaheim Hills has really good coffee and has been more than welcoming to Willow Bend. Jim Cope will be helping to boost the sound on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. So, please stop by, enjoy a cup o'java, and relax a while.”
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Sat, Jun 13; in Ventura:
8-10 pm JACKIE MORRIS plays Java Joe’s, 2950 Johnson Dr #125 (by the Century 16 Theater right off the 101), Ventura 93003; 805-824-6334. Advance tix online at http://java-joes.ticketleap.com/buy-tickets/music/jackie-morris/ventura/AF29A941-6239-4F54-A64B-96940D9B256. Jackie’s second CD, “Money to Burn,” ranked among the “Top Albums and Top Artists of July 2008,” on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart. "A brilliant songwriter with a great voice" says Bill Hahn, WFCU radio host/producer, "Traditions." Her first album, “Where the Legends Grow Like Weeds,” got rave reviews. Both albums are enhanced by renowned multi-instrumentalists, includin David West and Kenny Edwards, and bassist David Piltch on "Money to Burn." Selections from each CD have radio playlists across the country. Her popular "Online Dating" song was selected among the "2007 favorites" by WFCU's "Traditions" show, and her first album has been a public radio pledge drive selection.
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As for tonight’s venue, Jackie says it’s “a cool little coffee house that has recently re-opened its doors to live, acoustic music, and I'll be doing sets with JOHN O'KENNEDY on lead guitar, mandolin and dobro, and CINDERJEAN on harmony vocals and percussion. Cinder will be replacing Lark Cobb for this event, [and] opening with a few of her own numbers, as well. If you want to get some idea of how we sound, click on this link for a video of my recent concert at Fireside Concerts with John: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKfIoaSvAx.” More at www.jackiemorris.com and www.myspace.com/jmlegends. Tix at door or in advance, $10.
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Sat, Jun 13, 2nd Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in the north SFV; for location, contact Bobbi Gore, 818-365-6418; www.songmakers.org.
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POSTPONED until Jun 27; 8-10 pm JAMES LEE STANLEY plays the “Boney Mountain Hose Concert Series” in Newbury Park (near Thousand Oaks). (This was originally scheduled for Jun 13.) Reservations get directions, at music@brandick.com; more info at www.brandick.com/Boney-Mountain-Home.htm and at www.jamesleestanley.com
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He’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and performed and recorded with a vast assortment of first-rate musicians. His album, “Freelance Human Being” was listed in FI magazine as one of the “Top 200 CDs of All Time.”
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Sat, Jun 13; in Santa Barbara:
8:30 pm THE HOLLYWOOD BLUE FLAMES, featuring JUNIOR WATSON, presented by the Santa Barbara Blues Society in Warren Hall, at Earl Warren Showgrounds, in Santa Barbara, More at www.sbblues.org
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Sat, Jun 13, 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, Jun 13:
10 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD #7 bring bluegrass-based Americana to The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Av, Claremont 91711; www.thepressrestaurant.com; 909-625-4808. These guys made it to the final-round finals on TV’s “America’s Next Great Band.” They tell us, “Come on down to see Cliff and the boys tear it up. Lots of old standards, lots of new originals. Recessionary times call for you to channel your inner hobo and come on down, hoist one or two and forget your troubles!” They add, “Great music, great place, great eats, great drinks!” More at www.oldnumber7.net
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10:15 pm SARAH STANLEY & THE LONG HAIRED COUSINS, plus JAIMI SHUEY with her band members Jimi & John, at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar.
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Sat, Jun 13, 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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Sunday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks are all in the daytime (how perfect, with misty gray “June Gloom” keeping you indoors, anyway, and some of you fixated on the Lakers game). One of the best shows anywhere, anytime, is the 2 pm show in the Wells Fargo Theatre at the Autry Museum, with CODY BRYANT & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE (named in FolkWorks as the best band in the “Best of 2008 / Top Ten”) plus their special guest, multiple award-winning cowboy poet & songwriter Les Buffam, playing a benefit for the Western Music Association; meanwhile, in Santa Monica and running at the same time, is the 2-5 pm “Concerts in Harmony / Songwriter Sanctum,” a new monthly acoustic music series making its debut today with Andrew Kelsey & Uncle Charlie, Randall Kirby, Claire Gordon, Berington Van Campen, Jeannie Willets & her band, and an “In-the-Round” set, at The Church In Ocean Park; inland and West, 3-5 pm, the summer concert series co-sponsored by the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and the National Park Service at Peter Strauss Ranch brings globally-touring Banshee in The Kitchen with their delightful Celtic Americana, plus the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles, and the ranch is in Santa Monica Mtns Nat’l Park, near Agoura Hills.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 13 & 14; not especially musical, but cool:
Annual “TOPANGA CANYON GALLERY ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR” at various locations throughout the Topanga area; details at one of the participating artist’s sites, www.megancreations.com
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LOS ANGELES AREA acoustic music performances:
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Sun, Jun 14, recurring:
9 am-1 pm “CLAREMONT FARMER'S MARKET” has live acoustic music in downtown Claremont. RON ELY plays songs of the sea and more on 2nd St between Yale Av and Indian Hill, in old downtown Claremont. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely .
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Sun, Jun 14, 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, Jun 14, 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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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, Jun 14:
11 am PARKER BENT plays the “Matinee Kids Show” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. As the pre-school music teacher for the city of Beverly Hills, Parker Bent brings his original songs to over 300 children each week. He delivers a smart, lively, and very entertaining show. His songs have been played on NPR and Disney Radio, and his last album received the Bronze “Parents' Choice Foundation Award.” Children love him, and parents are thrilled to have their kids turned on by good music. Tix $8, children under age 2 are free.
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Sun, Jun 14, second Sun, every month:
Noon-3:30 pm monthly BLUEGRASS JAM at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com. These jams are the second Sunday of every month. Info: David Naiditch, 626-797-1827; french10@pacbell.net. Host David Naiditch's wonderful instrumental CD has been heard on radio's "Tied to the Tracks." David says, “Pickers, grinners, and fans of bluegrass are invited.” The jam is always free.
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Sun, Jun 14, 2nd Sun, every month; near Goleta:
Noon “TUCKER'S GROVE OLD TIME & BLUEGRASS JAM” at Tucker's Grove County Park, near the intersection of Cathedral Oaks and Turnpike Rd, in "Noleta" (between Santa Barbara and Goleta). After entering the park, go to the right about 1/3 mile to the Kiwannis Meadows section. Hosted by Alan Aleksander (constatty@aol.com.) this jam from the early ’70s was recently reinstated. Goes from noon, "until."
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Sun, Jun 14, every week:
12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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Sun, Jun 14, 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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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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Sun, Jun 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm CODY BRYANT & THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, with special guest, multiple award-winning cowboy poet & songwriter LES BUFFHAM, play a benefit for the Western Music Association, in the Wells Fargo Theatre at the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027; 323-667-2000. Between touring and playing with symphony orchestras, they had L.A.’s most successful residency in 2008, with their shows routinely selling-out 4 to 6 weeks in advance. The Riders of the Purple Sage bring unforgettable melodies, tight harmonies, red-hot musicianship, and a fast-paced show as trademarks. Named “the best acoustic band” in Southern California in FolkWorks “Best of 2008 / Top Ten,” they’ve redefined classic western movie music for a whole new generation of music fans, even as they continue to develop their own rich catalog of originals. They blend elements of the classic sound of Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers with bluegrass, Cajun, and Bob Wills-style western swing into their own supremely entertaining musical vision.
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“These guys are a lot of fun, but when you look under the hood, there’s a lot there. Great musicians, they don’t miss a note! " - Maestro Carlo Spiga, Conductor, Capistrano Valley Symphony. "Cody’s rendition of 'San Antonio Rose' takes me back to a yesterday when Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys reigned supreme. Listening to this band fills me with pleasures of bygone times" - Fess Parker, actor, “Davy Crockett” and “Daniel Boone.” For reservations, call Marilyn Tuttle at 818-365-8709 or Lindalee Green at 661-297-5955, or email LindaleeGreen@earthlink.net. Info about WMA and membership, etc, at www.westernmusic.org. Tix, WMA members $20, gen’l admission $25, kids under age 12 are $10.
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Concert tix include museum admission. Come early and enjoy the museum, including “Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey,” a uniquely American collection that underscores the importance of style and sound with performance costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal letters, musical instruments, and unpublished photographs of such legends as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.
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2-4 pm KRISTIN KORB TRIO plays for the California Jazz Arts Society (CalJAS) House Concert Series in Claremont; reservations get directions, at dale175@aol.com. Stellar vocalist / upright bassist Kristin Korb has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” with Bruce Forman’s COW BOP. Donation is $15 for CalJAS Members, $20 for non members, $10 for students; includes beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks.
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Sun, Jun 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2-5 pm “CONCERTS IN HARMONY / SONGWRITER SANCTUM” is a new monthly acoustic music series on Sunday afternoons, making its debut today, with ANDREW KELSEY & UNCLE CHARLIE, RANDALL KIRBY, CLAIRE GORDON, BERINGTON VAN CAMPEN, JEANNIE WILLETS & HER BAND, and an “In-the-Round” set, at The Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; www.churchop.org; 310-399-1631. More info, www.churchop.org/Home.html and purpleDCconcerts@yahoo.com
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ANDREW KELSEY is the front man of Southern Cal-based band UNCLE CHARLIE, and Andrew is “a crooner and a groover” whose folk, rock, and Motown roots are evident. More at www.myspace.com/unclecharliemusic
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RANDALL KIRBY is a BMI songwriter who began his career on Broadway shows, including "Mame" with Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. He had early co-writes with Creed Bratton, Grass Roots guitarist. Randall’s later collaborations include esteemed songwriters, and he his songs, “funny or profound,” are featured on TV shows.
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CLAIRE GORDON is new to the singer-songwriter world, but, says Dana Charnofsky, she “has no trouble transferring her talent for fine art into musical talent. Her clear voice and heartfelt delivery will touch you and you'll want to cheer her on.”
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BERINGTON VAN CAMPEN is a 44-year veteran of the guitar and songwriter since age 14. His original compositions and music scoring ijnclude feature films, TV, commercials, and live shows that include “The Glory of Easter” pageant at O.C.’s Crystal Cathedral. Berington currently fronts his own original band, and is lead guitarist & vocalist for the BEATUNES Beatles tribute band. More at www.myspace.com/berington
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JEANNIE WILLETS is an award-winning songwriter and performing artist, who has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” She delivers uplifting, smooth acoustic music, with a blend of pop, folk, rock and jazz. Her memorable songs reach the soul and communicate to all ages. Velvet vocals and intricate guitar playing give Jeannie’s music a rare quality and sophisticated sound. “Anywhere I Go”, her debut CD, continues to receive fine reviews and worldwide airplay, following its debut on “TttT.” More at www.myspace.com/jeanniewilletsmusic
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Series runs Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 9, and more is promised. Presented by Dana Charnofsky of “Concerts In Harmony” in cooperation with The Church in Ocean Park. Dana says, ”Come by and check out this beautiful, casual performance space. [It’s] open to the public, [and] well-tamed kids & families are welcome.” Performers’ CD's available for purchase. Complimentary snacks and beverages included with $15 donation.
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Sun, Jun 14, 2nd Sun, every month, in Lancaster / Palmdale:
2-5 pm monthly “AV FOLK MUSIC CLUB CIRCLE” is returning to homes for its potluck and jamfest (no longer at the Health Tree Coffee Lounge & Café.) They tell us, “Bring your instruments and voices and join in.” Held every month on the second Sunday. Info and location, 661-339-2655.
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Sun, Jun 14, 2nd Sun, every month:
2:30-3:30 pm “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT” 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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Sun, Jun 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
3-5 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN brings superb Celtic Americana to the free summer concert series co-sponsored by the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and the National Park Service at beautiful Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy, 2 blks from Troutdale Rd, in Santa Monica Mtns Nat’l Park, near Agoura Hills; 818-382-4819.
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BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plays Celtic music with eclectic skill and merry abandon. Touring and recording since 2002, the trio has delighted audiences in festivals, theaters, living rooms, and countless other venues from New York to Los Angeles, and soon, Japan. They take traditional Celtic tunes, find the sweet spot between old and new, stirring it all up with trademark playfulness and musicality they term “banshee-fying”. Please visit the band at their Web Site, http://www.bansheeinthekitchen.com/
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Plus, the SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES are a last-minute addition, making this a double-bill. For 26 years, the group has played and performed the wonderful fiddle music of Scotland, from traditional strathspeys, reels and jigs going back to the 17th century to modern compositions. Many classic Scottish tunes that are played everywhere today have made their way to the US and become Southern Fiddle style standards, including tunes like “Devil's Dream” (originally “De'il among the Tailors”) or some we regard as Civil War-era tunes and songs, like “Soldier's Joy.” The group welcomes musicians playing fiddle and other instruments to add flavor to the vast repertoire of Scottish fiddle music. More at www.scottishfiddlers.org
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The free series invites you to enjoy bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, or folk music, “sittin' in the outdoor amphitheatre under the shade of giant old oaks, all for the huge cost of ‘nuttin' honey,’ and free parking, too. Series runs 2nd Sunday of Jun, Jul, Aug and Sep, 2009, bringing Scott Gates & Nathan McEuen, plus This Just In (double bill), on Jul 12; The Brombies plus Second Wind Bluegrass (double bill), on Aug 9; a show to be announced on Sep 13. Full details and directions to site at www.topangabanjofiddle.org on the “Free Concerts” page. Yep, free.
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Sun, Jun 14; in Oxnard:
3-8 pm “THE BIG CHILL” BENEFIT for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, wirh RACHEL SEDACCA and others, at Pirate's Grub & Grog, 450 S Victoria Av, Oxnard 93035; 805-984-0046. Rachel Sedacca tells us, “We will have live music and a prize raffle, raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and their program to distribute cooling equipment to those in need.” More about the program at www.msassociation.org/programs/cooling
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The venue is donating 10% of all qualified restaurant & bar tabs to MSAA for the event. If you can't attend but would like to donate or buy raffle tickets, contact Rachel for info, at rachel@rachelsedacca.com. She says, “I will happily include your tickets in the draw, you need not be present to win.” More at www.rachelsedacca.com/calendar.html
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Sun, Jun 14, 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, Jun 14, every Sun:
4-8 pm “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY MONTHLY JAM” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES BAND at The Londoner Pub, 18511 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country (near Santa Clarita) 91351. They tell us, “You never know who will show up. There’s always lots of great music and fun. The Londoner serves up some free food for these Sunday Jams, so come hungry. Don’t forget to bring your instrument - we’d love to hear your music!” More,www.myspace.com/santaclaritavalleybluessociety and www.scvblues.org. All ages, free.
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4-8 pm “CAJUN ZYDECO DANCE SERIES” at The Lakewood HOP, 5201 Clark Av, Lakewood 90721. (Note new time, beginning in March, 2009; and series is no longer at Gardena Elks Lodge); event info, call Sidney, 323-401-8859. Presented by J.P.L.. Productions. Admission to all dances, $20 per person.
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ANDRE THIERRY performs Mar 8.
LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS perform Apr 12.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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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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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, Jun 14, every week, through the spring & summer:
5-9 pm “THE GRAND OLE ECHO” this week brings MIKE STINSON, DOGWEED, ELLIOT RANDALL, and BIRD & MOON to the Americana country & roots series at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; www.myspace.com/thegrandoleecho. Mike Stinson is one of L.A.’s best songwriters, in any genre. Catch him before his set and request “The Late, Great, Golden State.” Several acts play the main stage indoors, plus more live music on the Back Porch Stage, where a BBQ is available. Make sure you partake of performances in both places. Venue has a full bar. All ages, no cover.
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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, Jun 14:
5 pm SARA GAZAREK plays the “JAZZ VESPERS” series at All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Av, Pasadena 91101; 626-583-2725; www.allsaints-pas.org. The series 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, Jun 14, every week; on web radio:
5 pm (Pacific) “MOUNTAIN STAGE,” the long-time NPR roots music show with live performances, hosted by Larry Groce, from the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. No L.A. broadcast station carries this incredibly popular show (or any other NPR syndicated folk-Americana performance-interview show) but you can find a simulcast from any of many other stations at www.mountainstage.org or get info at 304-293-SHOW.
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6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play a special edition “LAKERS PARTY” for their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency 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. Cliff says, “Watch the Lakers on two TVs while we play, and come by early and watch the start of the game with us.” 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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CANCELLED: 6:30 pm HOWARD YEARWOOD & FRIENDS at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. No word on rescheduling. Howard Yearwood and Friends play their album release concert for their "Light In The Storm" Gospel CD. A mix of folk, bluegrass and acoustic country music with some very special surprise guests. Advance tix $15, $20 at door, kids $10 (ages 6-11).
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SOLD OUT - 7 pm MARSHALL CRENSHAW at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. He’s touring his newest CD, “Jaggedtown.” More at www.marshallcrenshaw.com. Tix, $22.50.
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“Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset ... Marshall Crenshaw soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” - Trouser Press.
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Marshall Crenshaw's musical self is brilliantly alive and well. He began playing guitar at age ten, and got his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. While in New York, he recorded a single for Alan Betrock's Shake Records, "Something's Gonna Happen," after which he was signed to Warner Bros. Records.
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His first album, “Marshall Crenshaw,” was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon release in 1982, proving Crenshaw a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single Someday, Someway, which rocker Robert Gordon had taken to #76 on the charts a year earlier. His second album, “Field Day,” is regarded by many critics as one of rock music's classic power pop statements. "Some of the stuff I've done you could call power pop," he told an interviewer. "But the term does have sort of a dodgy connotation." Indeed, Crenshaw's subsequent 20-plus years of studio recordings offer an evolutionary journey through an array of musical landscapes.
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His most recent studio effort, “What's in the Bag,” leaves genre labels in the rear-view mirror, featuring everything from guitar-based instrumentals to R&B influences to jazzy love songs. In the words of PopMatters' Gary Glauber: "What’s in the Bag? is a musical treasure trove. This isn’t about creating a commercial radio single; this is Marshall Crenshaw sharing his gifts with a discriminating audience."
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Such is Marshall Crenshaw's reputation as one of the finest songwriters of his (or any) generation, with roots in classic soul music, British invasion songcraft, Burt Bacharach, and Buddy Holly -- to whom Crenshaw was often compared in the early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba.
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Marshall Crenshaw's most recent career highlights may, at last, bring him the public recognition that has long eluded him. His title contribution to the new film “Walk Hard” was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe award for “Best Original Song” and most recently a Grammy for “Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.”
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If you missed getting tix for tonight, he plays the Grammy Museum Sound Stage on Mon, Jun 15, and he plays SohO in Santa Barbara on Tue, Jun 16.
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Sun, Jun 14, 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, Jun 14:
7 pm THE FLAMENCO PROJECT presents “FLAMENCO WOMEN” at Alva's Showroom, 1417 W Eighth St, San Pedro 90732; event info, 310-977-7332; www.theFlamencoProject.com. "Flamenco Women" celebrates the beauty, grace and passion of women's flamenco dance with spotlights on the "mantón" (shawl), "abanico" (fan) and "bata de cola" (long train dress). Dancers Rina Orellana, Lyn Nacif, and Mizuho Sato join guitartist Kai Narezo and singer Antonio de Jerez. Their promo says, ”Innovation meets authenticity at the FLAMENCO PROJECT, the only flamenco gathering of its kind in Los Angeles. Each project at this quarterly performance showcases a particular aspect of flamenco and ranges from the purest of traditional flamenco to experimental and contemporary flamenco. Artistic director Rina Orellana brings together passionate and exciting performers in diverse programs that include choreographer showcases, emerging dancers, guitarist and singer concerts, fusion, family night and more.” Tix, $25.
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Sun, Jun 14, 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, Jun 14, 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, Jun 14, 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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Sun, Jun 14; in Santa Barbara:
8 pm J.D. SOUTHER, & JILL SOBULE play the SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-962-7776; www.sohosb.com.
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Sun, Jun 14, every Sun:
9 pm “RUSTY SUNDAYS” weekly showcase of “L.A.’s best up-and-coming rock, country, blues and folk music acts, on the Wild-West side” at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401. Musical hosts are MATT OWENS & THE GOLDEN WEST, plus another act or two. $3 cover.
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Monday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks are Marc Bosserman in Pasadena, 6-10 pm, and award-winning stellar jazz singer Cynthia Jones in Brentwood, 8 pm-midnight.
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Mon, Jun 15, every week; on radio & web simulcast:
1-4 pm “BUFFALO BAYOU” radio show hosted by Jake Bacon on KUCI, simulcast at http://www.kuci.org. Sometimes with live performances. It’s “a swamp pop, Cajun, Zydeco, and all things bayou sonic gumbo laced with international flavorings and a wild attitude, cooked up, and served live to the world on the web and on itunes, and at 88.9 FM in Irvine since 2003. In addition to the KUCI webstream, the show is live on myspace at www.myspace.com/jakebacon889.
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Mon, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, every Mon; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, every week:
“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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Mon, Jun 15, 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. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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Mon, Jun 15, 3rd (and 1st) 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, Jun 15, 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. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. 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, Jun 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm-midnight - jazz singer CYNTHIA JONES performs at the Hotel Angelino, 170 N Church Ln, Brentwood 90049; 310-476-6411; www.jdvhotels.com/angeleno. Cynthia won “Jazz Singer of the Year” at the “Temecula Jazz Festival.” Steve Deming, of the California Cowboys, tells us she is the wife of his bandmate Mel Harker, and he says, “CYNTHIA JONES is the finest blues singer in the world, reminiscent of Billie Holiday, but better. And KAREN HAMMACK [performing with Cynthia] is so fine on the keyboard that we invited her to play on our new [California Cowboys] CD.”
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Cynthia says, “Karen and I will be performing from 8 to Midnight. Actually, we will be performing the first two sets. The last set is very loose and other musicians sit-in. It should be fun. I hear the food is incredible, and if you haven't been there before, it is that round hotel off Sunset and the 405 Fwy. It used to be a Holiday Inn a few years ago. The restaurant is on the penthouse floor. They fixed it up and the view is incredible. Anyway, we are special guests of Ryan Cross and Lorca Hart of The Cross Hart Trio. It should be fun. Come on down – or, up?”
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Mon, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15:
? pm MARSHALL CRENSHAW plays the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org. Event info, www.grammymuseum.org/interior.php?section=support&pag. He’s touring his newest CD, “Jaggedtown.”
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“Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset ... Marshall Crenshaw soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” - Trouser Press.
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Marshall Crenshaw's musical self is brilliantly alive and well. He began playing guitar at age ten, and got his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. While in New York, he recorded a single for Alan Betrock's Shake Records, "Something's Gonna Happen," after which he was signed to Warner Bros. Records.
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His first album, “Marshall Crenshaw,” was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon release in 1982, proving Crenshaw a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single Someday, Someway, which rocker Robert Gordon had taken to #76 on the charts a year earlier. His second album, “Field Day,” is regarded by many critics as one of rock music's classic power pop statements. "Some of the stuff I've done you could call power pop," he told an interviewer. "But the term does have sort of a dodgy connotation." Indeed, Crenshaw's subsequent 20-plus years of studio recordings offer an evolutionary journey through an array of musical landscapes.
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His most recent studio effort, “What's in the Bag,” leaves genre labels in the rear-view mirror, featuring everything from guitar-based instrumentals to R&B influences to jazzy love songs. In the words of PopMatters' Gary Glauber: "What’s in the Bag? is a musical treasure trove. This isn’t about creating a commercial radio single; this is Marshall Crenshaw sharing his gifts with a discriminating audience."
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Such is Marshall Crenshaw's reputation as one of the finest songwriters of his (or any) generation, with roots in classic soul music, British invasion songcraft, Burt Bacharach, and Buddy Holly -- to whom Crenshaw was often compared in the early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba.
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Marshall Crenshaw's most recent career highlights may, at last, bring him the public recognition that has long eluded him. His title contribution to the new film “Walk Hard” was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe award for “Best Original Song” and most recently a Grammy for “Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.”
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Mon, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, 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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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, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, every week:
9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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Mon, Jun 15, 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, Jun 15, every week:
10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com.. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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Tuesday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks are “Bluegrass at the Braemar with Susie Glaze & Hilonesome in Tarzana at 7:30 pm, and the annual “Bloomsday Celebration” with Ken O’Malley & The Twilight Lords (and others) in Long Beach at 8 pm.
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Tue, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, 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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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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Tue, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, 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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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 first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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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, Jun 16, every week: ON HIATUS, PENDING VENUE’S BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS:
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 host GARRET SWAYNE. 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, Jun 16; in Palmdale:
7 pm ANTELOPE VALLEY GUITAR SOCIETY, with performing guest DANA TAPP, jazz guitarist, at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530; www.butlerscoffee.com/music.html. Dana Tapp is a veteran professional jazz guitarists and has performed with many industry greats. Dana’s set followed by performances from AVGS members and new attendees. More AVGS website, https://avgs.freezoka.com. Info, Jack Miller, President, Antelope Valley Guitar Society, at AvGuitarSociety@yahoo.com or 661-940-8307.
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Tue, Jun 16, every week; in the Inland Empire:
7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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Tue, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, third Tue, every month; “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND 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.)
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SUSIE GLAZE & HILONESOME are named in FolkWorks’ “Best of 2008 / Top Ten” as one of the “Top Ten Live Acoustic Bands in L.A.” in 2008. That selection reads, “Susie is justifiably endorsed by Appalachian music legend Jean Richie, and the band has a fine repertoire of beyond-bluegrass originals from its chief songwriter, Rob Carlson. They can take you up in the hollars, or sound like a female-fronted Asleep at the Wheel.” (www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166)
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In addition, they won the “Just Plain Folks” award for “Best Roots Album” (with 70,000 people voting, worldwide) and they have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” multiple times, to the delight of listeners. Venue booker Gary Mandell says, “Her superb voice complimented by her band’s tasteful backup are a perfect fit.” (Gary is named in FolkWorks among the “Best of 2008 / Top Ten” most underappreciated people of the L.A. acoustic scene.) More at www.susieglaze.com
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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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Tue, Jun 16, 3rd (& 1st) Tue, every month:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814.
Sign up list closes at 8 pm when the show starts. All genres of music and all styles of self-expression including spoken word, instrumental or lyrical (folk, hip hop, soul, reggae, rock, blues, etc) are welcome.
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Tue, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, third (and first) 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 or www.myspace.com/backporchattheunurban.
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Tue, Jun 16; “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-11 pm “BLOOMSDAY CELEBRATION” charity benefit with KEN O'MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS joining a full lineup of performers at Clancy's, in East Arts Village, 803 E Broadway, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-1836; www.clancyslb.com. It’s the annual celebration of this uniquely Irish commemoration of James Joyce and his novel "Ulysses." Costumes are encouraged.
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The 3rd Annual Event celebrates the James Joyce novel, “Ulysses,” with readings, performances, and music. Bloomsday is a commemoration observed annually on June 16 in Dublin, Ireland and around the world to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relive the events in the novel, all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. Bloomsday involves a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatizations, parades, and general merriment. Enthusiasts are encouraged to dress in Edwardian costume and bring personal copies of Joyce's books to read their favorite passages. Ken O'Malley and the Twilight Lords headline the evening's musical entertainment.
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The full scope of Bloomsday at Clancy’s runs all day here, with traditional Irish breakfast of sausages, rashers, toast, beans, and black and white puddings available beginning at 8 am. The evening celebration goes from 6 pm-midnight, and Ken O’Malley performs from 9-11 pm; Joycean readings and dramatizations are ongoing throughout the celebration. The event benefits the Blind Children's Center of Los Angeles, a family-centered agency serving children with visual impairments.
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Tue, Jun 16; in Santa Barbara:
8 pm MARSHALL CRENSHAW at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-962-7776; www.sohosb.com. He’s touring his newest CD, “Jaggedtown.” More at www.marshallcrenshaw.com. “Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset ... Marshall Crenshaw soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” - Trouser Press.
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Marshall Crenshaw's musical self is brilliantly alive and well. He began playing guitar at age ten, and got his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. While in New York, he recorded a single for Alan Betrock's Shake Records, "Something's Gonna Happen," after which he was signed to Warner Bros. Records.
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His first album, “Marshall Crenshaw,” was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon release in 1982, proving Crenshaw a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single Someday, Someway, which rocker Robert Gordon had taken to #76 on the charts a year earlier. His second album, “Field Day,” is regarded by many critics as one of rock music's classic power pop statements. "Some of the stuff I've done you could call power pop," he told an interviewer. "But the term does have sort of a dodgy connotation." Indeed, Crenshaw's subsequent 20-plus years of studio recordings offer an evolutionary journey through an array of musical landscapes.
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His most recent studio effort, “What's in the Bag,” leaves genre labels in the rear-view mirror, featuring everything from guitar-based instrumentals to R&B influences to jazzy love songs. In the words of PopMatters' Gary Glauber: "What’s in the Bag? is a musical treasure trove. This isn’t about creating a commercial radio single; this is Marshall Crenshaw sharing his gifts with a discriminating audience."
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Such is Marshall Crenshaw's reputation as one of the finest songwriters of his (or any) generation, with roots in classic soul music, British invasion songcraft, Burt Bacharach, and Buddy Holly -- to whom Crenshaw was often compared in the early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba.
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Marshall Crenshaw's most recent career highlights may, at last, bring him the public recognition that has long eluded him. His title contribution to the new film “Walk Hard” was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe award for “Best Original Song” and most recently a Grammy for “Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.” Tix $15, $12 if you have dinner there.
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Tue, Jun 16:
8 pm THE ALLEY CATS plus MITZI MOGUL at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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“The Alley Cats,” says venue impresario Bob Stane, “are a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing. Their interaction with audiences combined with their spontaneous humor makes each show refreshing and exciting. Royce, Juan, Mando, and Sean never miss a beat as they bring their own contemporary style to the great songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s. They have recorded four albums, which showcase their rich harmonies, as well as the energy and humor from their live shows. Every Alley Cat performance is accompanied by the sounds of laughter and voices joining-in to sing the melodies we all know and love. Tight harmonies, universal humor, and unbelievable a cappella energy have made The Alley Cats ‘America's Premier Doo-Wop Group, and the most-booked Doo-Wop group.”
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Plus, MITZI MOGUL, aka Mitzi March Mogul, who sings and plays guitar. “Mitzi’s style is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, with a touch of Johnny Cash, yet definitely her own voice. Her songs are about disappointment, optimism, rejection, desire, heartbreak and true love -- the stories of life that live inside all of us. What you're thinking and feeling -- Mitzi's got a song that expresses it in ways that you would, if you could. Be prepared to have a good time and leave with a new soundtrack for your life. You think she's singing to you personally? She is. Worth coming out on a ‘school night!’" -- Bob Stane. Tix, $15.
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Tue, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, 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, Jun 16, every Tue:
9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
Sunday - “Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, World Music” night, 8 pm-11:30 am
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Wednesday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick is THE SONG SIRENS in Sierra Madre at 8 pm.
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Wed, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, 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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Wed, Jun 17, (Wed & Thu), every week; near Santa Barbara:
4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Wed, Jun 17, every Wed:
5-8 pm New “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music with RON ELY doing seafaring songs and more, inside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm . Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They are going to expand with a Farmer's Market each Wednesday evening. That will be outside this same venue, The Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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Wed, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, every Wed:
7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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7-10 pm (started Jan 7) “KULAK'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Marc Platt wrote, for Music Connection, “Your Wednesday Nights will never be the same after participating in this Group Workshop. The weekly cost is $20, which goes to Kulak’s to help pay the rent. The Workshop… is open to the public for the first four weeks. We will then set our 12-person group writing roster until the end of March. The workshop will be limited to 12 writers. We will break up into groups and work on many styles, genres and topics. You will find it challenging and exhilarating. You can bring instruments and will need to have your own small recording device, as well as a pen and notepad. Marc Platt (from the Sunday Night Performance Workshop) will facilitate with help from Steve Schalchlin. Marc has written music for TV Shows like ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ and others for many years. Steve Schalchlin ran similar workshops for the NAS (National Academy of Songwriters) in the 1990s and is a very accomplished songwriter. His ‘New World Waking’ show is currently running in San Francisco. If you are interested, please email Marc Platt at rotn60@aol.com.”
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Wed, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, 3rd (and 1st) 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, Jun 17, 3rd Wed, every month:
7:30-10 pm monthly “SONGWRITER'S NETWORK SHOWCASE” with about 15 performing songwriters, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Songnet’s monthly showcase brings an assortment of accomplished artists trying-out new songs, talented up-and-comers, and others. It provides performing songwriters and other musicians an opportunity to perform their originals on a professional stage, for songwriting peers, in a supportive atmosphere. Info on attending or performing and on the organization, at www.thesongnet.org. Pre-register to perform, or arrive before 7:30 pm for any spots that may remain. Coffeehouse fare available. Free entry, $5 suggested donation.
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Wed, Jun 17, every Wed:
7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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Wed, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, 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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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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Wed, Jun 17; “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-11 pm The SONG SIRENS celebrate Claire Holley's birthday with a show at Café 322, 322 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-836-5414; www.cafe322.com. The SONG SIRENS are the marvelous ensemble of performing songwriters GIA CIAMBOTTI, NICOLE GORDON, CLAIRE HOLLEY, KRISTIN MOONEY, BLISS BOWEN, & CARL BYRON. Tonight, they harmonize and play and dedicate a song or two to celebrate Claire's birthday. Bliss (who doubles as one of L.A.’s favorite music journalists) tells us, “We'll be joined by special guest SALLY JAYE, we've got some surprises planned, and we're looking forward to a fun time that will hopefully be an extra special night for Claire. Please come join us!” More at www.myspace.com/songsirens and www.myspace.com/sallyjaye
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Wed, Jun 17, 3rd 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, Jun 17:
8 pm ZAP MAMA at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A.; 323-936-4790; www.theelrey.com. Zap Mama is an energetic band that fuses the spectrum of New Orleans-based music with Cajun, zydeco and aspects of groove-driven pop. It may or may not be the right cup of strong java for those with mostly-folk sensitivities and tastes, but it is certainly different, and to many, refreshingly so. Doors at 8 pm. Tix, www.goldenvoice.com;$30, went on sale in March.
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Wed, Jun 17, 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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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Talking Stick, 1630 Ocean Park Bl, Santa Monica; www.thetalkingstick.net.
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Wed, Jun 17, recurring:
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, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, 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, Jun 17, every Wed:
9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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Three of Thursday’s four “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks begin at 8 pm: Rebecca Kleinmann & Elameno Quintet in Altadena; Kathleen Grace in Fullerton; and, the “‘F’ Is For Folk Film Series” with a screening of “Earl Scruggs: His Family And Friends” in Hollywood; and at 9 pm is the “100% Acoustic Old Time Jam” hosted by Triple Chicken Foot, fun whether you go to play or go to listen, in L.A.
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Local Festivals:
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A BUNCH happens this coming weekend, as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival starts today in Colorado, and two of best LOCAL acoustic music festivals start tomorrow:
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Fri-Sun, Jun 19-21:
The annual “HUCK FINN JUBILEE COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” brings headliners RICKY SKAGGS, DAILEY & VINCENT, THE GRASCALS, THE LONESOME RIVER BAND and many more, at Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville.
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Here’s the full lineup for each day:
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Friday:
Noon - Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
12:50 pm - Lonesome Otis
1:40 pm - Hey Boyz
2:30 pm - Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
3:20 pm - Dailey & Vincent
4:10 pm - Silverado Bluegrass Band
5 pm - Sawmill Road
5:50 pm - Break
6:30 pm - Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
7:20 pm - Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
8:10 pm - Dailey & Vincent
9 pm - Mark Twain Live
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Saturday:
9:30 am Nathan McEuen & Scott Gates
10:20 am - Lonesome River Band
11:10 am - Sawmill Road
12 Noon -
The National Bluegrass Playoffs presents Deering Banjo Championship
1:30 pm - Break
2 pm - Kids on Bluegrass
2:30 pm - Nathan McEuen & Scott Gates
3:20 pm - Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
4:10 pm - Claire Lynch Band
5 pm - The Grascals
5:50 pm - Break
6:30 pm - Sawmill Road
7:20 pm - Claire Lynch Band
8:10 pm - Lonesome River Band
9 pm The Grascals
9:50 pm - Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
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Sunday:
9:30 am - Julie Wingfield
10:20 am - Hey Boyz
11:10 am - Lonesome River Band
12 Noon -
Great Western Cow Chip Throwing Championship
1:10 pm - Don Edwards
2 pm - Julie Wingfield
2:50 pm - Sawmill Road
3:40 pm - Lonesome River Band
4:20 pm - Don Edwards
5 pm - Break
6:00 p.m. - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
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Complete festival info at www.huckfinn.com
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Fri-Sun, Jun 19-21;
The 21st annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL” in the hills above Santa Barbara, brings a lineup with RODNEY CROWELL, ANONYMOUS 4 with DAROL ANGER & SCOTT LAW, THE SUBDUDES, DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN, JIM LAUDERDALE BLUEGRASS BAND, OLD BLIND DOGS, MAMADOU DIABATE, TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE, PO' GIRL, LOS PINGUOS, TERRY EVANS, AMANDA SHAW AND THE CUTE GUYS, GIRLYMAN, MASANGA MARIMBA ENSEMBLE, RANCHO DELUXE, DAWN LAMBETH with the REYNOLDS BROTHERS, RHYTHM RASCALS, REDSKUNK JIPZEE SWING BAND, THE CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS, ANDREW JACKSON AND DUENDE, & THE BASICALLY BLUEGRASS BOYS. It’s a benefit for a wonderful public radio station, KCBX FM (www.kcbx.org) and that station’s principal annual fund-raiser.
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Here’s the full lineup for each day:
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Friday:
Joe Dickerson, Scottish Highland bagpipes, 3:45-4 pm
Rancho Deluxe, alternative country, 4-5 pm
Terry Evans, soulful blues, 5:30-6:30 pm
Old Blind Dogs, Traditional Scottish, 7-8:15 pm
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women, Grammy-winning alt country/folk rock, 8:45-10:15 pm
Teen Concert (Stage Too)
Still Time with special guest Chase McBride, 8-10 pm
Hot Licks Dance: Old Blind Dogs, Traditional Scottish, 10:30 pm-midnight
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Saturday:
Sunrise Hotlicks: Redskunk Jipzee Swing Band, 8-8:45 am
Joe-Jam (workshop with Joe Craven) Workshop (Stage Too), 8-9:30 am
Sunrise Hotlicks: The Basically Bluegrass Boys, 9-9:45 am
Dawn Lambeth w/ Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals, Early Jazz/Swing, 10-11 am
Mamadou Diabate, Malian kora master, 11:20 am-12:20 pm
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Cajun, 1-2:15 pm
Stage Too: Los Pinguos, 2:45-3:30 pm
Hotlicks Kids' Show: Storyteller Kirk Henning, 3-4 pm
Stage Too: Mamadou Diabate, 3:45-4:30 pm
Los Pinguos, hot Argentine folk groove, 5-6:15 pm
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, funked New Orleans jazz, 6:45-8:15 pm
The Subdudes, New Orleans rockin' R&B, blues and funk, 8:45-10:15 pm
Teen Concert (Stage Too) Tropo with special guest DJ Payne, 8-10 pm
Hot Licks Dance, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, 10:30 pm-midnight
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Sunday:
Sunrise Hotlicks: Andrew Jackson and Duende, fingerstyle guitar, 8-8:45 am
Joe-Jam (workshop with Joe Craven) Stage Too, 8-9:30 am
Sunrise Hotlicks: Cache Valley Drifters, Americana, 9-9:45 am
Po' Girl, soulful and harmonious urban, 10-11 am
Masanga Marimba Ensemble, Zimbabwe and Latin America, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band, Grammy-winning bluegrass, 1-2:15 pm
Stage Too: Girlyman, 2:45-3:30 pm
Hotlicks Stage: Kids Talent Show, 2:45-4:30 pm
Stage Too: Masanga Marimba Ensemble, 3:45-4:30 pm
Girlyman, three-part harmony folk pop, 5-6:15 pm
Anonymous 4 with Darol Anger & Scott Law, Grammy-winning early Americana, 6:45-8 pm
Rodney Crowell, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, 8:30-10 pm
Joe Dickerson, Scottish Highland bagpipes, 10 pm
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Complete info on the festival at www.liveoakfest.org/pp/index.shtml
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“Out-of-Town” Events:
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Thu-Sun, Jun 18-21; in Colorado:
36th annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Telluride, Colorado, is one of the best music festivals in America. If you’re not already there, plan to go next year. Check it out at www.bluegrass.com/telluride
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Thu, Jun 18; in Kansas:
5:30 pm annual “ART WALK MUSIC FESTIVAL” at The Gazebo in Ave A, the park at Ave A & Main St, Hutchinson, KS 67502; info, 620-662-1280. Colorado-based ACOUSTIC EIDOLON, an L.A. favorite when they’ve toured to California, are among the performers. More at www.acousticeidolon.com
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LOS ANGELES AREA acoustic music performances:
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” 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, Jun 18, (Wed & Thu), every week; near Santa Barbara:
4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Wed’s include BBQ; Thu’s are a “Mountain Fiddle Hootenanny.” Both hosted by MARK LEWIS. More at www.paradisestoresb.com/entertainment.asp?cmth=2&cyer=2009
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
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, Jun 18, every Thu: 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, Jun 18, 3rd (and 1st) 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, Jun 18, 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, Jun 18, every Thu:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with guest artists each week, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes) tells us, it’s “a new little coffee house that is becoming quite a scene. This bass player-songwriter MARK GOLDBERG hosts a fantastic Americana Songwriter Showcase every Thursday night, many times with name songwriters. 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, Jun 18; not music, but cool:
7 pm THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART hosts a retrospective of the work of KAMALA LOPEZ, filmmaker and actor, at the museum, 628 Alamitos Av, Long Beach 90802; info & advance tix, 562-437-1689 or www.molaa.org.
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Kamala produced the film, “A Single Woman,” a biopic about the first woman member of Congress and her sole antiwar votes. The film premiered in Washington, DC for contemporary members of Congress, and has screened by invitation at the National Portrait Gallery and at the United Nations.
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Reception at 7 pm in outdoor sculpture garden, followed by film presentation, then dancing and drinking under the stars. Kamala says, “The Museum houses some of the strongest exhibits by Latin American artists anywhere and the galleries will be open all night for you to check them out.” She adds, “Earlier in the evening (at six o'clock) I will be bringing in forty ‘At Risk’ girls from the LAUSD ‘Heart’ Program, which is the only program dealing with the major problem of gangs/crime in our public schools. Unfortunately it is about to be cut from fifteen Youth Relations staffers to seven - seven people to deal with over two hundred thousand active gang members of middle and high school age in our city(?!). If any of you are interested in helping me support this program, please let me know! Even if it is just exposing these young people to different environments and potential life choices - the impact could be life changing. More at www.heroicafilms.com/MOLAA.html. Tix, $15 gen’l, $5 students.
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
7-10 pm “FLAMENCO GUITAR NIGHT” with award-winning flamenco guitarist STEPHEN DICK at Manchego Food From Spain Restaurant, 2510 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-450-3900; www.manchegoonmain.com. Venue serves great tapas and Spanish dinner plates in an elegant and intimate space. STEPHEN DICK - "Esteban de Los Angeles" - has won numerous prizes for his compositions and performances, including an award from the Sur Jerez Flamenco Competition in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for his original 1st album, "Naranjas Amargas." A versatile artist, he is the winner of the Peter Frampton award for excellence in contemporary music, and his compositions for the guitar have been published in Italy, and in the US by Columbia Music Company. He won the Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for his "Sonatina for Solo Guitar," and a Meet the Composer's grant for his realization of Federico GarcÃa Lorca's romantic ballad, "Romance Sonambulo." He a 2008/2009 winner of a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and US Universities for a new flamenco concert featuring GarciaLorca's mystical lullaby, "Nana del Caballo Grande."
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
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, Jun 18, third Thu, every month:
7-10 pm “BEACH CITIES FOLK MUSIC CLUB” at a private home in Manhattan Beach; for info & loc, 310-376-8760, Aprilstory@aol.com, www.beachcitiesfolkclub.org. Hosts say, “Please bring yummy snacks, drinks to share. Since we meet on a weeknight, we ask that you respect the ending time and leave at 10 pm.” Coordinator is April Halprin Wayland.
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Thu, Jun 18, 3rd Thu, every month; in Camarillo:
7-11 pm SONGMAKERS “CAMARILLO HOOT” in Camarillo; for location, contact TJ Zeiler, Songmaker93010@gmail.com or 805-482-0029; www.songmakers.org.
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
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, Jun 18, every Thu; 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, Jun 18, every Thu:
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, Jun 18, every Thu:
7:30 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
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, Jun 18, third Thu, every month:
7:30-10:30 pm L.A. SONGWRITERS CO-OP monthly meeting, with music industry guest speaker, at The Pig & Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl (1 blk E of Highland), Hollywood. Event info, 323-551-1000; www.SongwritersCoOp.com. Meets here every 3rd Thu, hosted by Alex Del Zoppo. Info: 323-551-1000; info@songswritersCoOp.com; www.SongwritersCoOp.com. Get feedback from songwriting professionals and your peers on what's working in your original song and how to make it even better. Bring 15 to 20 copies of your lyrics (with chords if possible) and your music on CD or tape or play it live. Meetings start promptly. $5 admission fee.
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Thu, Jun 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm REBECCA KLEINMANN & ELAMENO QUINTET at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Elameno Quintet brings modern acoustic originals, performed and composed by Rebecca Kleinmann, flute; Myra Joy, cello; Dusty Brough, guitar; Tobias Roberson, percussion; Kevin Hill, bass.
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Rebecca Kleinmann’s music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and Myra Joy has accompanied “TttT” guest and Telluride Troubadour winner Hans York.
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This captivating acoustic ensemble performs their own original music, blending flavors from their individual backgrounds in styles from Flamenco to Brazilian, from Irish to Arabic. Elameno will delight you with virtuosic improvisation, compelling grooves, beautiful compositions, and their unique band chemistry. The members of Elameno Quintet have been touring internationally with a wide variety of musical projects, and their only L.A. area show on their California tour is tonight, at the intimate Coffee Gallery Backstage. This young, virtuosic ensemble of world-class musicians is a delight, with their stunning improvisation on the flute, mesmerizing guitar, soulful cello lines, superb upright bass, and skillfully applied percussion.
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Their fans include prominent musicians: "Elameno Quintet gave a great performance. I am now a big fan! Great music." - Luis Conte. "Still thinking about that great performance you did at the Mint in LA." - Billy Childs
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Hear these five musicians and you believe they’ve spent their lives performing together. The tones blend, the beats groove and something amazing happens with the unusual combination of these five instruments. Unique and accessible at the same time, the flavor of Elameno Quintet appeals to audiences of all ages and across genres. Last summer’s tour was marked by sold out shows, so get your reservations at the venue. More at www.elamenoquintet.com. Tix, $15.
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Thu, Jun 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm-midnight KATHLEEN GRACE at Steamers Jazz Club & Café, 138 W Commonwealth, Fullerton 92832; 714-871-8800; www.steamersjazz.com. Kathleen tells us, “There will be a very special guest joining me for some songs (hmmm I wonder who that could be). There's no cover, so call up to reserve a table and feel free to sing along.” She adds, “Well, I am back from having way too much fun on the East Coast. When I landed in DC I could smell the soil and feel the green leaves growing. Blues Alley with Kristin Korb was a blast and the ‘Peruvian Song Cycle’ in NY was amazing. It's possible that I may be addicted to ceviche. But I do love California and it is so good to be home.”
Reservations requested by venue; no cover.
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Thu, Jun 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “‘F’ IS FOR FOLK FILM SERIES” brings the film, “EARL SCRUGGS: HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS featuring DOC WATSON, JOAN BAEZ, BOB DYLAN, some of THE BYRDS and more” at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N Fairfax Av, Hollywood; 323-655-2510. Series info, www.cinefamily.org. It’s a Thursday series of folk music-themed films chosen by the series’ organizers. Tonight is an especially strong offering.
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“Earl Scruggs: His Family And Friends,” directed by David Hoffman, released in 1972, screens tonight in DigiBeta, and is 90 minutes. It has interesting promo: “Earl Scruggs is a banjo. Born under a foggy mountain top straight out of Cleveland County, North Carolina, no other name in the history of mountain music is more directly associated with three-finger pickin' (‘Scruggs-Style’) than Earl. Originally part of BILL MONROE'S BLUE GRASS BOYS, Earl built on earlier musical traditions and formulated a singular style known for being smoother than glass and never wavering in syncopation or uninterrupted flow. Most know Earl as the picker behind the ‘Dueling Banjos’ riff in ‘Deliverance,’ but thankfully the 1972 PBS documentary, ‘Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends,’ offers a more complex portrait of the man behind the hand. Featuring BOB DYLAN, JOAN BAEZ, THE BYRDS (CLARENCE WHITE & SKIP BATTIN!), and CHARLIE DANIELS, Earl and his banjo embark on a personal renaissance, taking the instrument where it has never gone before. Unmissable highlights include Earl playing for anti-war protesters, battling a mini-Moog (which cannot keep up with his style), and Earl visiting the MORRIS BROTHERS' garage to hear them sing their hit song, ‘Salty Dog’ and pick a tune together.”
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Thu, Jun 18, Thu & Fri, every week:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Thu, Jun 18, 3rd (and 1st) 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, Jun 18, 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 - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. 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, Jun 18, 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, Jun 18, every Thu:
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, Jun 18, 3rd Thu, every month; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 pm-midnight “100% ACOUSTIC OLD TIME JAM” hosted by TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The venue has an all-acoustic series every Thursday, and it goes old time for a jam led by Triple Chicken Foot every 3rd Thursday. The Thursday series has its own web page at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic - complete with weekly lineups for all those other Thursdays. “The Foot” has twice performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The Foot’s Ben says, “The Hyperion Tavern Old-Time Jams welcome everybody from beginners to people who have been playing their whole lives. If you love this music and want to learn some good tunes and meet wonderful people all while drinking beer grab your instrument (whatever it may be) and come on down to one of these nights. It's free except for the beer. Please buy some refreshments and tip your bartender.” Whether you go to play or go to listen, it’s just like Ben Guzman says: “Old time is a good time.” No cover.
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9 pm-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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Angel tells us, “This night is acoustic, old timey, ukuleles, barbershop quartets, dedicated to creating a community of artists and musicians who don't need the use of flashy lights, amps or mics. Our grandpappies didn't need it so why do we? Inquiry about playing can be sent to HyperionTavernAllAcoustic@gmail.com or even better, stop by and have a beer! Entry is always free and 21+! We'll get the barberpole up and running soon.”
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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Thu, Jun 18, every Thu:
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, Jun 18, 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, Jun 18, 3rd (& 1st) 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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A “LOOK AHEAD:”
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…show is Wed, Jun 24;
WIN a FREE pair of tickets --
each day for a WEEK – from Sat, Jun 13 through Fri, Jun 19 --
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to see EMMYLOU HARRIS, PATTY GRIFFIN, SHAWN COLVIN, & BUDDY MILLER in their “THREE GIRLS AND THEIR BUDDY” concert at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday, June 24, 2009!
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“Tied to the Tracks” and the “Acoustic Americana Music Guide,” in association with Nederlander Concerts, is thrilled to offer (drum roll, maestro…)
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EVERY DAY for a week –
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a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS
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that’s SEVEN PAIRS OF TICKETS in all, one pair each day,
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from Sat, June 13 through Friday, June 19
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to see “Three Girls and Their Buddy” at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday, June 24!
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Here’s the description of the concert from the “Acoustic Americana Music Guide,”
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ALL THE INFO on how the TICKET GIVEAWAY works:
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Wed, Jun 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm EMMYLOU HARRIS, PATTY GRIFFIN, SHAWN COLVIN, & BUDDY MILLER are “THREE GIRLS AND THEIR BUDDY,” at the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, in Griffith Park, L.A.; Greek Theatre hotline, 323-665-1927; http://greektheatrela.com.
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The performance of “Three Girls and Their Buddy” is a powerful evening of melodies and harmonies by megastars of roots-Americana, all four of them multiple-award-winning and accomplished singer-songwriters. The group is certain to present originals from their latest albums: Emmylou Harris’ “All I Intended to Be,” Patty Griffin’s “Children Running Through,” Shawn Colvin’s “These Four Walls,” and Buddy Miller’s recent offering, with his wife Judy, “Written in Chalk.” The set list will be a delightful mix of their originals and their favorite folk, country, and rock covers. All will share the stage, taking turns singing lead while the others do back up on vocals, guitar and hand percussion.
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EMMYLOU HARRIS, PATTY GRIFFIN, SHAWN COLVIN, & BUDDY MILLER have variously played in each other's bands, sang each other's songs, done guest appearances or produced each other's albums, or done all of the above. The scope and artistry of such broad collaborative interaction is evident in their undeniable chemistry on stage. This is one of our favorite “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks of the summer, and an exciting ensemble performance by four beloved, venerable and esteemed all-stars of Americana, as “Three Girls and Their Buddy” perform at the Greek Theatre on June 24.
Tix, $55 / $45 / $35 / $25.
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Or, win a FREE pair of tickets in the “Tied to the Tracks” / “Acoustic Americana Music Guide” daily giveaway, every day for a week – Sat, June 13 through Friday, June 19, by watching for details at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com or http://community.nodepression.com/profile/TiedtotheTracks
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HERE’S HOW IT WORKS / RULES for the ticket giveaway:
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1) “Tied to the Tracks” and the “Acoustic Americana Music Guide,” in association with Nederlander Concerts, is offering a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS each day for a week, Sat, June 13 through Friday, June 19, to see “Three Girls and Their Buddy” at the Greek Theatre on June 24.
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2) On each of those seven days, just after 12 Noon, a daily question will be posted at both http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com and http://community.nodepression.com/profile/TiedtotheTracks
(The same question will be posted, as close as possible to the same time each day, on both websites.)
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3) Each day, a different question will ask something about the music careers of one of the four artists performing in “Three Girls and Their Buddy” at the Greek Theatre on June 24.
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4) The questions may be easy or difficult. Some may require digging, but the answer to each can be found by doing research on the web. Of course, big fans of the artist whose career is the subject of any given day’s question may already know the answer, and have a key advantage based on knowledge they already possess. Each question will be written by Larry Wines, and he shall be the sole judge of each question’s correct answer and of the winner of each of the seven pairs of tickets. NO ONE will be given hints, clues, answers or other information prior to the public release of each day’s question.
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5) The winner of the pair of tickets each day will be determined by the first correct answer to the day’s question, as received at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com
(Exception: after winning a pair of tickets in this giveaway, a winner is ineligible to win a second pair in this giveaway.)
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6) Each winner, upon notification he or she has won, must provide their first and last name and complete address as it appears on the government-issued photo i.d. that they will use to claim their tickets.
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7) Winners agree to allow their name and the name of the town where they live (not their complete address) to be used publicly in connection with any and all publicity and promotion deriving from the ticket giveaway, and each winner agrees to send a post-performance comment about the show, by email, for use by “Tied to the Tracks,” the “Acoustic Americana Music Guide,” Nederlander Concerts, and/or the Greek Theatre.
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8) Upon receiving confirmation of the required i.d. information and the winner’s statement of acceptance of each of these terms, and intention to attend the concert, that pair of tickets (of the seven pairs) will be placed for pickup at Will-Call at the Greek Theatre, for pick-up on the evening of the performance, June 24, 2009; receiving the pair of tickets requires showing a government-issued photo i.d. with information matching that sent by the winner (see Rule #6).
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9) Should a winner be unable or be deemed unable, for any reason, to accept the pair of tickets, the first correct answer received at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com after their correct answer was received will win that pair of tickets.
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GOOD LUCK, and start learning about the music careers of each of these four stellar artists!
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[Updated editions with more (always more -- as we have time to organize all of it), and all the many, many, acoustic music events to come in JUNE and beyond - in and around Los Angeles, plus the many, many, many upcoming acoustic music FESTIVALS, near and far, here, there and everywhere! It’ll all be here, soon.]
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The MOST RECENT EDITIONS - both the GUIDE’s event calendars with descriptive write-ups, AND the Acoustic Americana Music News Features – are available at
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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News of the “Tied to the Tracks” radio show is at www.myspace.com/laacoustic and on No Depression, at http://community.nodepression.com/profile/TiedtotheTracks
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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. With a new spirit of HOPE in America, why not celebrate by going out for a tunefully good time?
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copyright (c) © 2009, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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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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CAJUN PROVERB OF THE MONTH “The sign of a true friend: when he can forgive your success!” -- from www.bluefiddle.com, which supplies us and the Gator Gazette.
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Yes, it’s true -
There are more ACOUSTIC AMERICANA / ACOUSTIC RENAISSANCE music performances EVERY week in the Los Angeles area than the COMBINED TOTAL of ALL OTHER KINDS OF MUSIC!
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(And that doesn’t even take the dozens of electric Americana shows into account!)
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If you have trouble believing that assertion, then print this out and see how many pages you’ll need just for the events for the days covered in this edition!
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Check it yourself: take any edition of the L.A. Times Calendar Section and any edition of the LA Weekly, count-up all the live music shows (you won’t even need to subtract-out the acoustic shows in those two publications, since they hardly list any, anyway) and add them up. THEN, count the number of live acoustic music performances for the same days in the Acoustic Americana Music Guide. We have yet to find a week when the TOTAL of all those other genres of music performances equals the number of live performances of acoustic music in the L.A. area! (Even though you can’t hear the music on the radio here, or read about it in the biggest newspapers, it seems people DO want acoustic music and they will find and support it anyway!
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