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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, Sep 19 through 21

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HERE'S THE GUIDE, WITH ADDITIONAL EVENTS ADDED
The editor still can’t use the computer as his recovery continues to progress from eye surgery. This weekend update is made possible by the combined efforts of many, in many places, who received gig notices, formatted them, and sent them back to be combined with others. We hope to post the rest of September on Monday.
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The editor thanks everyone for the cards and letters, and for whatever well-wishes await in the mountain of emails that he can't yet read. A few at a time, we are starting to read them to him (there are over 2,000 there, waiting!)
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Check out Larry Wines’ September column in FolkWorks (written before his eye surgery). It’s available free online at www.folkworks.org/content/viewcategorycur/89 and it’s a time of remembrances for the late musicians MIKE SEEGER and DAVID CARRADINE, and for WOODY GUTHRIE’S guitar.
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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE
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SEPTEMBER 12 through 21, 2009 EDITION
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LOTS of music continues at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona: check our special sections at the beginning of each day’s listings. Plus (as always) there’s an almost incomprehensible number and variety of live acoustic performances all across the L.A. region. And we tell you about all those acoustic festivals, everywhere. AND radio shows featuring live performances and interviews with acoustic musicians that are available on the web. So go enjoy some wonderful live acoustic music!
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September’s live acoustic performances continue, at concert halls, coffeehouses, clubs, bars, parks, band shells, and theaters and amphitheaters indoors and out, and all of it awaits you right here at
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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 NO DEPRESSION as a new presence, and enjoying that site. Find us there at http://community.nodepression.com/profile/TiedtotheTracks
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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/viewcategorycur/89. 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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News of the syndicated “Tied to the Tracks” radio show is happening faster than we can report it. But we will, soon!
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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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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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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!) We don’t update the Myspace site very often anymore. It’s really just an archive of old news at www.myspace.com/laacoustic
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SEPTEMBER 19 through 21, 2009 EVENTS - UPDATE
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IN THIS EDITION: Look for our popular “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks, PLUS acoustic music offerings at the Los Angeles County Fair, AND our special feature on the upcoming Millpond Music Festival!
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Music Today at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona:
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Sat, Sep 19:
7:30 pm LEANN RIMES plays the L.A. County Fair’s “End of Summer Concert Series” in the Grandstand (series runs 19 nights of the Fair).
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With her album “This Woman” in 2005, which included the Top 5 hits “Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense” and “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way,” LeAnn fulfilled the promise she showed as a 13-year-old country star. Her promo syas, “Her voice, breathtaking a decade ago, has grown in range and power, along with the kind of soul that comes only through living life.” Her 10th studio album for Curb Records is due this fall, and she has debuted new songs from it on her current tour.
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General admission to the nighttime entertainment is free with Fair admission. Reserved seating is $18.50-$35; box seating $22.50-$50; stageside seating $75-$150. Tix at Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com) or in person at the Fairplex box office (or at fairplex.com). Concerts require Fair admission. Acts and schedules subject to change. Most shows begin at 7:30 pm. A limited number of free assigned seats are available for grandstand entertainment. (Including wheelchair access). The line forms on Floral (across from the grandstand). Tickets are dispersed at 3 pm., first come, first served on concert days only. Each person must be present to receive a ticket.
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Sat, Sep 19:
JOHNNY POLANCO Y SUS CONJUNTO play four shows today on the Plaza de las Americas Stage. Johnny Polanco is one of the most sought-after band leaders in the U.S. and has gained the distinction for making the type of contagious Latin music that is appreciated by salsa dancers worldwide. Empowered by the extensive knowledge accumulated throughout nearly 35 years of professional musicianship, Polanco , who doubles as the leader of L.A.’s Conjunto Amistad, is an autodiatic artist who has achieved a high degree of skill with 13 different instruments. With his help, this band has influenced the growth and popularity of salsa music for nearly a decade. More at www.myspace.com/johnnypolancoysuconjuntoamistad
Fri, Sep 18, at 7, 8:30, 10, & 11 pm
Sat, Sep 19, at 7, 8:30, 10, & 11 pm
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“Out-of-Town” Events:
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Sat, Sep 19, in NYC:
Grand Finale of the “VIGIL FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE & ECOLOGY” at the Central Park Bandshell in NYC, with lots of music.
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SHARON BENSON tells us, “I'm excited to let you know...My song, ‘The UNIVERSAL FLAG,’ will be part of the Grand Finale. Though Michael Zephro, Soul Dogs, and of course my spirit brother, David Carradine, won't be able to be there with me, all the musicians, performers and participants will join me in the Vigil Grand Finale, singing and playing along with The UNIVERSAL FLAG Song. And, of course... Brian D. McClure's beautiful UNIVERSAL FLAG will be hanging proudly all day at the Bandshel”
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"’THE UNIVERSAL FLAG theme song, co-written by Michael Zephro and myself, is a tribute to Brian D. McClure's Universal Flag Foundation. The Flag is a Symbol for PEACE, Unity, Equality, Diversity and Harmony, which definitely rings true as a Tribute to the United Nations International Day Of Peace.”
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“In 2001, the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution designating September 21 of each year as an ‘International Day of Peace.’ The intention of the resolution is to have the entire world observe a full day of ‘global ceasefire and nonviolence.’ All peoples and organizations are invited to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner. As one way of observing the Day, many peace-based individuals representing a wide variety of religious and spiritual traditions, are advocating an ‘International Day of Peace Vigil’ with the following objective:”
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“To encourage the observation of a worldwide, 24-hour vigil for peace and nonviolence on the International Day of Peace, 21 September of each year, in every house and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world."
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“The VIGIL FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE in Central Park’s Bandshell is an international, transformational grassroots effort dedicated to promoting peace through non violent resolution. It is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and intent as a way to heal; empowering our lives and our communities to achieve Peace.”
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The event will commence around 9 am on the 19th of September 2009, with an Opening Ceremony of music and celebration. Throughout the day children’s choirs, artists, singers and musicians as well as representatives from world religions and ambassadors for Peace will contribute to our program.”
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“If you happen to be in NYC this weekend... Celebrate with us; bring your family and friends to have fun in an interactive day of art, musical presentations, dance, peace meditations, and talks by international and local groups for peace; young people, students and school children. Come and meet the many in the community who share the spirit of peace through celebration and sharing.”
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“You can view the new video, ‘The UNIVERSAL FLAG Song - A Celebration for PEACE DAY Every Day!’ on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqV64YExIoU
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“Peace & Blessings to ALL,” Sharon. More at http://www.souldogs.com
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Sat, Sep 19; in San Luis Obispo:
8 pm JOE LOUIS WALKER plays for the San Luis Obispo Blues Society at Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Av, San Luis Obispo; 805-781-5930.
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Sat, Sep 19; in San Diego:
7 pm PAT CLOUD & FRIENDS at Old Time Music, 2852 University Av, San Diego; 619-280-9035; www.sdoldtimemusic.com. More at www.patcloud.com.
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SEPTEMBER’S EVENT-OF-THE-MONTH PICK:
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Sat, Sep 19; Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20, in Bishop, CA:
18th annual “MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Millpond County Park, north of Bishop; www.inyo.org; info, 760-873-8014; InyoArts@Inyo.org. With a main stage day and night and a workshop stage that’s active all day, the wonderful lineup includes the Laura Love Band, Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber, The Marc Atkinson Trio, Incendio, Vishten, Palm Wine Boys, Joe Craven, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Houston Jones Band, Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott & Friends, Larry Long, Sweetwater String Band, Chic Gamine, Kraig Kenning, and more.
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Last year’s festival made the “Top Ten / Best of 2008” in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166).
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Main Stage Schedule
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Friday Night
6:30 pm Fiddlin’ Pete & Friends (www.fiddlinpete.com)
7:35 pm The Marc Atkinson Trio (www.marcatkinson.com)
9:15 pm Laura Love Band (www.lauralove.net)
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Saturday
1 pm Palm Wine Boys (www.palmwineboys.com)
2:20 pm Kraig Kenning (www.kraigkenning.com)
3:40 pm Joe Craven (www.joecraven.com)
6 pm Houston Jones with special guest Joe Craven (www.houstonjones.com)
7:30 pm Amanda Shaw & The Cute Boys (www.amandashaw.com)
9:15 pm Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue (www.mikefarrismusic.net)
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Sunday
9 am Mike Farris (www.mikefarrismusic.net)
10 am Sweetwater String Band (www.myspace.com/sweetwaterstringband)
11:05 am Larry Long (www.larrylong.org)
12:10 pm Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion (www.sarahleeandjohnny.com)
1:25 pm Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber (www.elizagilkyson.com and (www.ninagerber.com)
2:45 pm Chic Gamine (www.chicgamine.com/wp)
4:20 pm Vishten (www.vishten.net)
6 pm Incendio (www.incendioband.com)
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Camping available in permanent campground, with showers, adjacent to the festival. More on Bishop area lodging, restaurants, etc, at www.bishopVisitor.com.
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Tix: full festival (camping not included), adult, $70 advance, $85 gate; ages 5-18, $25; srs, $60. Camping (one family per site) ranges from $35-$55. RVs and dogs allowed in some campsites. Single-day passes are $25 per adult on Fri, $35 on Sat or Sun, and $10 any single day for ages 5-18.
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Sat, Sep 19; Fri-Thu, Sep 18-24, in New Mexico & Colorado:
“TOM RUSSELL'S COWBOY TRAIN” with featured artists TOM RUSSELL, SOURDOUGH SLIM, and more, is a narrow gauge steam railway tour with some highway connections, from Albuquerque to Chama, NM. Info, www.rootsontherails.com
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Sat, Sep 19, 3rd Sat every month; in Port Townsend, WA:
5:30-8 pm monthy “PORT TOWNSEND CHANTEY SING” at the Courtyard Café (formerly Bread n Roses), 230 Quincy St, Port Townsend; 360-379-3355. Info, Tugboat Bromberg, 360-990-4873 or 360-598-1497. The “call and response” form of these work songs of the sea makes them easy to learn and fun to sing.
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Sat, Sep 19; Wed-Sat, Sep 16-19; in Nashville, TN:
10th annual “AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE” at the Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St, downtown Nashville; connected to the Renaissance Hotel, the host hotel. Info, registration, hotels, tix to honors & awards, at http://www.americanamusic.org/site.php?content=conference. It’s the 10th annual conference, and it includes the 8th annual “Americana Honors & Awards” at The Ryman Auditorium on Thu, Sep 17. The Ryman Auditorium is located at 116 Fifth Av North, Nashville, across the street just E of the Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel. Tix for the Honors & Awards show are $55, available at same link (above).
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Evening showcases happen in four venues:
The Basement, 1604 Eighth Av South (below Grimey's); 615-254-8006
Station Inn, 402 12th Av South; 615-255-3307
Mercy Lounge & Cannery Ballroom, 1 Cannery Row; 615-251-3020
Third & Lindsley, 8918 3rd Av South; 615-259-9891
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The conference brings thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world, and features “approximately 100 performances by legends and the next generation of stars.” It features numerous panels, seminars and other events providing “the most educational music industry forum for discussion in the land.” Topics include “the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals… for anyone who has a passion for music.” Performance lineups on event’s website.
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Sat, Sep 19; Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20; in Virginia:
29th annual “OLE TIME FESTIVAL” in Edinburg VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, showcases arts & crafts and music of all kinds. With a parade, children's activities, an old-timer's baseball game, square dancing, a 4K fun run/walk, a pioneer breakfast, street dance, food stands of all kinds, plus a community dinner, a bed race, a duck race, hay wagon rides, and more. Organizers call it, “A true family event that brings people back year after year. Take a step back in time and celebrate the way things used to be.”
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Sat, Sep 19; Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20; in Tennessee:
Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS REUNION” music festival in Bristol, TN, is held in downtown Bristol, TN/VA celebrating Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music." Genres represented are bluegrass, jamgrass, traditional country, country, Celtic, Americana, folk, singer-songwriter, indie, and acoustic. Three outdoors stages and over 15 indoor venues.
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LOS ANGELES AREA acoustic music performances:
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(Note: our coverage of music events at the L.A. County Fair is in the special section at the beginning of the day’s listings, and those events are NOT repeated in the following section.)
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Sat, Sep 19; on broadcast & web radio:
6-8 am “ALIVE & PICKING” hosted by MARY KATHERINE ALDIN on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, worldwide at www.kpfk.com. As you may know, we do not usually list radio shows UNLESS they feature live acoustic performances. This show does not. But L.A. remains the least diverse radio market in the US (even though it’s the largest US radio market), so any show that spins folk-Americana CDs in this town is cause for celebration. And, KPFK has vacillated on whether or not Mary Katherine’s show will be aired regularly, or at all. Please take note, and let KPFK hear your preferences.
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Sat, Sep 19, 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, Sep 19, repeats every Sat:
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, Sep 19, 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, Sep 19, 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, Sep 19, Saturdays, alternate Saturdays, on web radio:
1:30 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, Sep 19, 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, Sep 19:
3:30 pm DAVE MORRISON with GREG KRUEGER, plus BILL DEMPSEY, & LISA TURNER play a house concert in Huntington Beach. Reservations get directions, at 213-219-2449 or email Dave at davymeboy@earthlink.net
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Dave tells us, “This is another of our backyard invasions, where we bring a stage and a P.A. system, and entertain the troops. I'm partnered with Alexia on this, so you know it will be lots of fun. Our hosts, Linda and Ray, are super cool. They're musicians themselves, and we are really looking forward to hanging out with them, and making some music. Of course, there will be food, and we are starting early enough that we'll have plenty of time for a song-circle. So bring your instruments if ya got 'em. We've got a fair number of RSVP's and are expecting a good turn-out. We wanna make sure we have enough food and drink and chairs and such. Ray and Linda's is about a mile from the ocean in a nice suburban neighborhood with plenty of parking. It's supposed to be very hot in the valleys, so the beach sounds like a good plan. And the yard is green and cool.”
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BILL DEMPSEY is well known as a singer-songwriter, teacher, concert promoter, and interpretor of many a great song.
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LISA TURNER , a Trough Records artist, is known for her fiery songs and vocals, Lisa is always a joy and a revelation.
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Dave Morrison willl perform with a pared-down band of Greg Krueger “on his stringed bag-of-tricks, and Lisa Turner lending her voice and beauty.” Dave adds, “I've got a couple brand new songs and maybe a cover or two up my sleeve, along with some of our classics and a preview of songs from the upcoming album.” More at www.myspace.com/davemorrisonmusic and www.davemorrisonmusic.com
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Sat, Sep 19, in Camarillo:
4 pm RACHEL SEDACCA plays an afternoon house concert in Camarillo, hosted by Gil & Cindy Guenette, with an optional potluck of appetizers and cocktails. Rachel’s “Soulful, bluesy Americana” has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” She tells us, “These are great folks and I am so excited to play at their place as they have been long time supporters of my music. RSVP to Gil at 805-217-0868. Hope to see you there, this is one of just a handful of dates I have booked here locally so I'd love the chance to play some of my new material and catch up with you!” More at www.rachelsedacca.com.
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Sat, Sep 19, 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, Sep 19:
KEN O'MALLEY plus THE MCKASSONS play a dinner-and-a-show PRIVATE PARTY AND CONCERT at a lovely private home in South Pasadena. Dinner is followed by a full two hour concert, then a céilí afterward Tix, $55, and they tell us, “we will add a ticket for Sunday night’s big concert at the Ford for $10 more! Contact twlord@sbcglobal.net. These fabulous artists are incurring substantial expense, particularly airfare, to rehearse their Ford show and to perform at the event itself. All proceeds from this private event will go directly to the artists.” Email them for event time.
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Sat, Sep 19, every Sat:
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, Sep 19:
7 pm THE DUO TONES 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. Veteran rock-instrumental masters PAUL JOHNSON & GIL ORR have hit upon a unique and winning idea: by leaving out the drums and bass, they put the focus on their delightful dual-guitar interplay (both acoustic and electric), which lends fresh appeal to the surf-instro genre. Paul co-founded the pioneer '60s surf band, THE BELAIRS (famous for "Mr. Moto") and he currently plays with the SURFARIS (famous for the iconic "Wipeout"). Gil, since the '60s, has been with the CHANTAYS (their big hit was "Pipeline"). As the Duo Tones, they have two popular CDs and a growing visibility, including being a big hit recently on radio’s "A Prairie Home Companion." Veteran showbiz impresario Bob Stane adds, “The Duo Tones are creating a stir among many music fans who are discovering for the first time just how rich this stuff can be when played with the skill and authority that Paul and Gil bring to it.” More at www.pjmoto.com/specialty/duo_tones.php. Bob Stane adds, “Always a fave act here. Many encores for a reason.” Tix, $18.
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Sat, Sep 19, every Sat:
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, Sep 19, in Palmdale:
7 pm JOHN BERGSTROM brings authentic and original western music to Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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Sat, Sep 19, 3rd Sat every month; in Lancaster:
7-9 pm monthly “DESERT SONG PRODUCTIONS FEATURED ARTIST / OPEN MIC” series at the Cedar Centre Theater, 44845 Cedar Av, Lancaster 93534. The series launched Jan 17, ’09 with a group that scored a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Featured artist(s) perform 7-8 pm, followed by the OPEN MIC, 8-9 pm, where you can show off your own talents. Each open mic participant pays $5, and a panel of judges awards the pot to the best open mic performance. This event at this venue looks permanent, after a series of things at several venues. If you’re in the High Desert, go support it. Event info and lineup at http://desertsongfest.org .
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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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7:30 pm STAN RIDGWAY plays at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. More at www.myspace.com/officialstanridgway
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Sat, Sep 19:
7:30 pm PINK MARTINI, plus additional acts to be announced, at the Hollywood Bowl. Portland, Oregon, is renowned for its innovative music scene, and Pink Martini is in the forefront. The ensemble promises to “bring old Hollywood glamour to life through their extraordinary blend of French chanson, Argentine tango, soft meringue beats and vintage-chic style.”
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7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often, with very impressive performing guests.
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Sat, Sep 19, every Sat:
7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. 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, Sep 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30-9:45 pm “UP THE TRAIL FROM TEXAS” Music/Art Showcase created & hosted by singer-songwriter MARK MORAN, at Tex Mex Grill, 2256 Route 66 (at Amelia Av), Glendora 91740. It’s a monthly music/art showcase featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriters in country, folk, pop, jazz, blues, and film music genres, and Mark adds, “And artists that have a vision of love, nature, healing or inspiration.” More at www.mythicalbird.net and www.myspace.com/mythicalbird
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Sat, Sep 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm LOS ANGELES WOMEN IN MUSIC (LAWIM) presents “YOUNG TALENT NIGHT” 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.
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Sat, Sep 19, in the OC:
7:30 pm RICHARD BERMAN plus CAREN ARMSTRONG play the Living Tradition music series, Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; www.thelivingtradition.org; reservations 949-646-1964 or steve@psitech.com.
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Sat, Sep 19; in Goleta:
7:30 pm KENNY EDWARDS with FREDDY KOELLA play at SongTree, 820 N Fairview, Goleta; 805-962-0830.
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Sat, Sep 19, third Sat, every month:
7:30 pm “COFFEE HOUSE AT THE ONION” OPEN MIC at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Av, North Hills. A great place to showcase your new stuff. Coffee and cookies available by donation. (No longer on Fridays.) No cover.
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Sat, Sep 19, 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, Sep 19:
8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. The Old #7 has an original sound that utilizes traditional Bluegrass, Blues' and Honky Tonk to create an American roots music that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy. "If Bill Monroe had started a band with Muddy Waters and Levon Helm, this is what it would sound like." Larry Wines writes, “They bring traditional and new-fangled bluegrass that’s lots of fun.” They were final-round contestants last December on the NBC network TV series, "The Next Great American Band". Cliff says, “We were chosen from 8000 applicants to be in the top 12 and performed on the show for six weeks to 10 million viewers or more each week.” Good places to eat in the neighborhood. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix, $15, kids under age 12 are half price (under age 3, free).
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8 pm JIM & MORNING NICHOLS at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.
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Sat, Sep 19, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm PIETA BROWN & BO RAMSEY, plus ROBBIE FULKS, present a formidable lineup for tonight’s edition of the hghly-regarded “Sings Like Hell” Concert Series at the Lobero Theater, 33 E Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara; 805-963-0761; www.singslikehell.com. Pieta, the very musical daughter of musician Greg Brown, has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” to the delight of listeners. More at www.pietabrown.com - www.boramsey.com - www.robbiefulks.com
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Sat, Sep 19:
8 pm KAT PARSONS at the Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Bl (half a block S of Hollywood Bl), Hollywood. On that bill for the evening, in addition to the fabulous Kat Parsons, are DEREK EVANS, THE APPLETONS, BOOMKAT, RYAN BLAKELY SMITH & THE VOYAGE, and THE DREAMERS.
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Kat, who has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” tells us, “I am finally performing in LA again after a bit of a hiatus due to performing out of the country. I am glad to be back home and am so much looking forward to seeing you (if you remember me!)! Since I've last seen you, I've been to Japan and back, seen dolphins in the wild (Go see "The Cove"), played a Woodstock Opening at the Newseum in DC, attended several weddings (spent far too much on ugly bridesmaid dresses), watched So You Think you Can Dance (so good!), tried to grow herbs in my little square plot outside my apartment (still trying!), spent $30 on DIRT for said square (returned $10 of it), dropped my cell phone 60 times (at least)...this list is getting worse and worse! I'm in the process of pre-production for the next album and am really excited to see you and share the music. This may be my only show of the Fall....who knows? Not me! Seriously, I know nothing. Come one, come all!” Venue is 21+. $10 cover for the evening.
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Sat, Sep 19, every Sat:
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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Sat, Sep 19, every Sat:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB 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. The venue claims, “This is 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.
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Sat, Sep 19, third Sat, every month:
8 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” at the Unurban Café, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica. This event is a pre-booked artist showcase, not an open mic. Javelyn holds a companion event every 1st Fri with an opne mic, at another venue, at 6:30 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com.
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Sat, Sep 19, 3rd Sat, every month, in Camarillo:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “CARS AND GUITARS SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo; for location, contact Pat Cronin, CarsAndGuitarsSongCircle@songmakers.org or 805-236-7954; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Sep 19, 3rd Sat, ODD-numbered months only:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “SOUTH BAY HOOT” in Redondo Beach; for location, contact info@Songmakers.org or 310-376-0222. www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Sep 19, 3rd Sat, ODD-numbered months only; in the OC:
8-11 pm DULCIMANIA with NORM JACOBSON & BARBARA GERSHMAN each on hammered dulcimer, & BRAD MOORE, at Alta Coffeehouse, 506 31st St, Newport Beach; info, Norm Jacobson, jacobson@ics.uci.edu and more at http://us.mc510.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=jacobson@ics.uci.edu. The band says, “the coffee and food are great.” No cover.
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Sat, Sep 19:
9 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., GINA VILLALOBOS, & ELLIOT RANDALL, at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Bl, L.A. (Free parking across the street at Praise Christian Church). Presented by Music Fog. This is an exceptional lineup. Tix, $10.
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9 pm THE CHEATIN' KIND, with BABS, MEL, THE COLONEL and TRENT, plus GROOVY REDNECKS, at The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda, Culver City. Babs of THE CHEATIN' KIND says, “Hey Dolls! The LA WEEKLY says this about our Saturday night show--"Two rowdy, rollickin' combos for the price of none; 9 p.m.; free" But what they don't know is that this is our Birthday Bash Blowout weekend--which should make it 2x as rowdy and rollickin' with two opportunities to join the party! We will be celebratin' another spin around the sun for Babs and for all of our Virgo birthday pals! Come eat homemade cake, belly up to the bar and could ya' buy the Birthday Princess a drink or two.” THE CHEATIN' KIND at 10 pm, GROOVY REDNECKS at 11 pm. No cove3r, bring $ for the tip jar.
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Sat, Sep 19, every Sat:
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, Sep 19, every Sat; 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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An “EVENT OF THE WEEK FOR ARTISTS” is a series of WORKSHOPS at 2, 3, & 4 pm with CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor in Granada Hills.
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Sun, Sep 20:
7:30 pm “MARIACHI FIESTA USA” with Fireworks Finale at the L.A. County Fair’s “End of Summer Concert Series” in the Grandstand (series runs 19 nights of the Fair).
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General admission to the nighttime entertainment is free with Fair admission. Reserved seating is $18.50-$35; box seating $22.50-$50; stageside seating $75-$150. Tix at Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com) or in person at the Fairplex box office (or at fairplex.com). Concerts require Fair admission. Acts and schedules subject to change. Most shows begin at 7:30 pm. A limited number of free assigned seats are available for grandstand entertainment. (Including wheelchair access). The line forms on Floral (across from the grandstand). Tickets are dispersed at 3 pm., first come, first served on concert days only. Each person must be present to receive a ticket.
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Sun, Sep 20:
11 am-5 pm “BONANZA DAY” at the Autry celebrating the 50th anniversary of tne Bonanza TV series and the gift of David Dortort's (creator of Bonanza and High Chaparral) papers to the Autry archives. At the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027; www.autrynationalcenter.org; 323-667-2000.
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Bonanza Day is concurrent with the monthly WMA music event. The Autry tells us, “We have designed the schedule so the ‘big event,’ the Bonanza discussion panel, takes place after the Jam ends.” Enjoy a day packed with events, music, and visiting the museum’s galleries and special exhibitions. Bonanza’s creator, David Dortort, will drop to speak during the jam, in addition to the following event schedule:
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11 am-5 pm Dortort family and Bonanza experts greet guests and answer questions in the Autry’s Imagination Gallery
11 am-3 pm Continual Bonanza episodes shown in the Autry’s Western Legacy Theater
3:15 pm Panel discussion and special announcement in the Autry’s Heritage Court
Panel members include Andrew J. Klyde, Attorney, Bonanza Ventures; Kent McCray, Producer; Jeffrey Richardson, Assistant Curator of Film and Popular Culture, Autry National Center of the American West; Mitch Vogel, Actor, “Jamie Cartwright.” Full info at www.autrynationalcenter.org/bonanza_day.php
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Sun, Sep 20; Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20, in Bishop, CA:
18th annual “MILLPOND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Millpond County Park, north of Bishop; www.inyo.org; info, 760-873-8014; InyoArts@Inyo.org. With a main stage day and night and a workshop stage that’s active all day, the wonderful lineup includes the Laura Love Band, Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber, The Marc Atkinson Trio, Incendio, Vishten, Palm Wine Boys, Joe Craven, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Houston Jones Band, Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott & Friends, Larry Long, Sweetwater String Band, Chic Gamine, Kraig Kenning, and more.
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Friday Night
6:30 pm Fiddlin’ Pete & Friends (www.fiddlinpete.com)
7:35 pm The Marc Atkinson Trio (www.marcatkinson.com)
9:15 pm Laura Love Band (www.lauralove.net)
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Saturday
1 pm Palm Wine Boys (www.palmwineboys.com)
2:20 pm Kraig Kenning (www.kraigkenning.com)
3:40 pm Joe Craven (www.joecraven.com)
6 pm Houston Jones with special guest Joe Craven (www.houstonjones.com)
7:30 pm Amanda Shaw & The Cute Boys (www.amandashaw.com)
9:15 pm Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue (www.mikefarrismusic.net)
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9 am Mike Farris (www.mikefarrismusic.net)
10 am Sweetwater String Band (www.myspace.com/sweetwaterstringband)
11:05 am Larry Long (www.larrylong.org)
12:10 pm Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion (www.sarahleeandjohnny.com)
1:25 pm Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber (www.elizagilkyson.com and (www.ninagerber.com)
2:45 pm Chic Gamine (www.chicgamine.com/wp)
4:20 pm Vishten (www.vishten.net)
6 pm Incendio (www.incendioband.com)
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Camping available in permanent campground, with showers, adjacent to the festival. More on Bishop area lodging, restaurants, etc, at www.bishopVisitor.com.
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Tix: full festival (camping not included), adult, $70 advance, $85 gate; ages 5-18, $25; srs, $60. Camping (one family per site) ranges from $35-$55. RVs and dogs allowed in some campsites. Single-day passes are $25 per adult on Fri, $35 on Sat or Sun, and $10 any single day for ages 5-18.
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Sun, Sep 20; Fri-Thu, Sep 18-24, in New Mexico & Colorado:
“TOM RUSSELL'S COWBOY TRAIN” with featured artists TOM RUSSELL, SOURDOUGH SLIM, and more, is a narrow gauge steam railway tour with some highway connections, from Albuquerque to Chama, NM. Info, www.rootsontherails.com
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Sun, Sep 20; Fri-Sun, Sep 18-20; in Virginia:
29th annual “OLE TIME FESTIVAL” in Edinburg VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, showcases arts & crafts and music of all kinds. With a parade, children's activities, an old-timer's baseball game, square dancing, a 4K fun run/walk, a pioneer breakfast, street dance, food stands of all kinds, plus a community dinner, a bed race, a duck race, hay wagon rides, and more. Organizers call it, “A true family event that brings people back year after year. Take a step back in time and celebrate the way things used to be.”
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Annual “RHYTHM & ROOTS REUNION” music festival in Bristol, TN, is held in downtown Bristol, TN/VA celebrating Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music." Genres represented are bluegrass, jamgrass, traditional country, country, Celtic, Americana, folk, singer-songwriter, indie, and acoustic. Three outdoors stages and over 15 indoor venues.
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Sun, Sep 20:
8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BLUEGRASS BAND performs at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl, Hollywood. Free.
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun, on broadcast radio & web simulcast:
8 am-noon “PEACE, LOVE & SUNDAY MORNINGS” with veteran deejay Mimi Chen, on 100.3 FM The Sound in L.A., and simulcast everywhere at http://www.thesoundla.com/?nid=41&sid=304. Mimi mixes together the best acoustic, live, reggae, bluegrass, "jam band", and folk performances by Sound artists both new and old. It's music that fits the mellow mood of Sunday mornings in Southern California. The station tells us, “This is a unique opportunity for our listeners to associate with the idealism that grew out of the peace movement in the 1970s. No longer controversial, the core ideals of friendship and togetherness live on-and relate powerfully to new generations of music fans. Tune in and turn on.”
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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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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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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, Sep 20:
11 am-5 pm “BONANZA DAY” at the Autry celebrating the 50th anniversary of tne Bonanza TV series and the gift of David Dortort's (creator of Bonanza and High Chaparral) papers to the Autry archives. At the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027; www.autrynationalcenter.org; 323-667-2000.
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11 am-5 pm Dortort family and Bonanza experts greet guests and answer questions in the Autry’s Imagination Gallery
11 am-3 pm Continual Bonanza episodes shown in the Autry’s Western Legacy Theater
3:15 pm Panel discussion and special announcement in the Autry’s Heritage Court
Panel members include Andrew J. Klyde, Attorney, Bonanza Ventures; Kent McCray, Producer; Jeffrey Richardson, Assistant Curator of Film and Popular Culture, Autry National Center of the American West; Mitch Vogel, Actor, “Jamie Cartwright.” Full info at www.autrynationalcenter.org/bonanza_day.php
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11 am-1 pm (Pacific time) “COW TRAILS SHOW” from Mancos, Colorado, features live on-air performances by Western music artists hosted by “Western Belle Barb” (Barbara Richhart) on KSJD, simulcast at www.ksjd.org. Studio phone-in numbers for host and on-air guests, 970-564-9727 & 970-564-0808. More, www.myspace.com/mancosbelle
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Sun, Sep 20, 3rd Sun, every month:
Noon-3 pm Monthly “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN CAL JAM SESSION” is really a song circle, and named in FolkWorks as co-winner of L.A.’s “Best Monthly Listening Room Series” - on the Heritage Court Stage in the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; 818-971-5002; www.museumoftheamericanwest.org. WMA California Chapter meeting follows. All performing musicians (whether or not they are Autry members or WMA members) get in free, and each may bring one guest. In addition, on WMA jam days at the Autry, all WMA members (whether or not they are perfoming) are admitted free (w/ WMA membership ID) and get access to the jam and to all the museum galleries for the whole day. Award-winning performing songwriter JOYCE WOODSON says, “You can have lunch there at the Golden Spur [café] first, then stop by for some music.” Info on event and participating at www.westernmusic.org. This is a very well-attended, very popular song circle, wherein each performer or group does a song in turn, possibly backed instrumentally by others in the circle. Its expansion from two hours (1-3 pm) to three hours (noon-3 pm) came at the invitation of the Autry, beginning in May, 2009. Museum gen’l adm $9 adults, $3 kids age 12 and under.
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Sun, Sep 20, 3rd Sun, every month:
Noon-3 pm SONGSALIVE! monthly “LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP,” with music industry guest speaker, at The Finnish Center, 10701 Magnolia Bl (E of Vineland), North Hollywood 91601; 818-506-3850 for directions only. Each monthly workshop features a music industry guest speaker, in a setting for songwriters to gather, share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting community. The first half of each session is an in-the-round workshop, where each writer presents one song, on tape or CD or live. The second half includes the guest speaker and an industry discussion, with time to talk, enjoy coffee and network. Hosted by Paul Lawrence Moyer. Info on guest speaker, or pre-registration, at 310-238-0359 or www.songsalive.org/losangeles for rules, speakers & what to bring. (Event now held on 3rd Sundays, changed from 1st Sundays.) These events start promptly. $5, or free for Songsalive! members.
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun:
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, Sep 20, every Sun:
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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1-5 pm SONGMAKERS “EAST VALLEY HOOT” in Van Nuys; for location, contact Barbara Greenspan, EastValleyHoot@songmakers.org or 818-780-5979; www.songmakers.org.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2 pm Big, Free recording session! “TWO JOHNS, NO WAITING!” is JOHN M and JOHN ZIPPERER plus DAVE MORRISON 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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“TWO JOHNS, NO WAITING!” is a collaboration between two solo performers, JOHN M and JOHN ZIPPERER. Both artists have performed at Coffee Gallery in the past. On September 20th they will join forces performing together and separately for this exceptionally diverse and entertaining show.
John Zipperer does vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboard.
John is a singer/songwriter, musician, former instructor of voice and music theory at the world renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He’s also a former television actor who has appeared on “The Agency,” “Maximum Bob,” and “General Hospital” among other shows and is a veteran of many bands. John has performed and taught with such greats as Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus), Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) Dave Sutton and many other well known names in the Los Angeles music community. His focus on new material and new approaches to familiar material makes every performance fresh and keeps audiences coming back again and again.
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John M plays 12 string and 6 string acoustic guitars and sings. A passionate and energetic singer/songwriter, John M has performed and toured all over the United States at such legendary venues as The Bluebird Café in Nashville, The Tin Angel in Philadelphia, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, and of course our own Coffee Gallery Backstage. He received awards from Just Plain Folks for “Best Holiday Song of the Year,” (for “That’s What Christmas Is To Me,”) and “Best Novelty Song of the year” (for “Music Rowbots.”) He has also received multiple honorable mentions in the Billboard Song contest. His song, “My Mother In Me” was a “most requested song” on radio. He currently has 4 CD’s, A Christmas EP and video, and a feature length DVD documentary film on House Concerts available, and is in production on a 5th CD.
The “Two Johns” will be performing a very special FREE CONCERT at the Coffee Gallery on September 20th at 2:00pm, and the show will be professionally videotaped.
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2, 3, & 4 pm CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY present a series of WORKSHOPS at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. They’re festival favorites who your editor first saw at a festival in Washington state in 2004. They’ve earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” with their delightfully comic, “Six Naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac.” Janet Beazley is a standout on banjo.
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"HOW TO PLAY IN A BAND" 2-5 pm. Band has taught workshops at major festivals and music camps/
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4-4:45 pm - Instrument Breakout Groups- banjo (Janet), rhythm guitar (Chris), lead guitar (Eric), fiddle (Christian), bass (Austin) and how each instrument contributes to a band.
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Concert tix only: advance $15, at the door $20; kids $10 (age 6-11 years) - doors open 6:30 pm.
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Chris Stuart, first prize winner at Merlefest songwriting contest in bluegrass and gospel; nominated SPBGMA songwriter of the year 2005, IBMA showcase songwriter; songs recorded by Claire Lynch, Larry Cordle, Dale Ann Bradley & others; five songs on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart. Janet Beazley, album on Bluegrass Unlimited top-15 chart; featured in Banjo Newsletter; teaches at major banjo camps. Eric Uglum, "Shenandoah Wind" on Bluegrass Unlimited chart; world-renowned guitarist, played in Weary Hearts. Christian Ward & Austin Ward, appeared on CMA Fan Fest with Ricky Skaggs and Earl Scruggs. Chris Stuart, guitar; Janet Beazley, banjo; Eric Uglum, guitar; Christen Ward, fiddle; Austin Ward, bass. More at www.chrisstuart.com. A rare Southern California appearance, and there is a 7 pm concert (see listing).
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Sun, Sep 20:
3-6 pm THE CHEATIN' KIND at the Bigfoot Lodge, 3172 Los Feliz Bl, L.A. Babs of THE CHEATIN’ KIND says, “This is our Birthday Bash Blowout weekend--which should make it 2x as rowdy and rollickin' with two opportunities to join the party! We will be celebratin' another spin around the sun for Babs and for all of our Virgo birthday pals! Come eat homemade cake, belly up to the bar and could ya' buy the Birthday Princess a drink or two.” BLOODY BRAINS at 3 pm, Groovy Rednecks at 4, THE CHEATIN' KIND at 5 pm. No cover.
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3-5 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING at the home of Pat Keating and Bruce Hayes in West L.A.; call for info and location, 310-557-1927.
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Sun, Sep 20, 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, Sep 20:
4-8 pm JEFFREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS play for the Lakewood Hop, the Cajun-zydeco dance series at The Center at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Av, Lakewood. Info, call Sidney at 323-401-8859 or 562-804-4434. $20.
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Sun, Sep 20, 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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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun:
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, Sep 20:
4:30 pm DAN CROW plays a “Special family/children's concert” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. More at www.dancrow.com
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun, through the spring & summer:
5-9 pm “THE GRAND OLE ECHO” country & roots series brings a full lineup each week to The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; www.myspace.com/thegrandoleecho. Several acts on the main stage indoors, plus more live music on the Back Porch Stage, where there’s a BBQ available. Venue has a full bar. All ages, no cover.
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun:
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, Sep 20, 3rd Sunday, every month; in the OC:
5-7 pm ONE FOOT IN at Java Joe's, 4973 Yorba Ranch Rd (in strip mall at Yorba Linda Bl & Yorba Ranch Rd), Yorba Linda 92887; 714-970-7988. They are RUSS LEWARK, MICHAEL R. GARDNER & JEFF NEWELL, joined by KEVIN GORE to form the quartet, then by drummer T.J. TARRANCE DeFRIEZ for the big band. They’re a fun rootsy string band, they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they tell us, “We're excited about now doing regular monthly performances at Java Joe's in Yorba Linda… playing in the early evening for those that have to work the next day. Come out and gather with us against the cold, cruel world. We want to sing away your troubles. Bring 'em on down.” As for the venue, the guys say, “Mmmmm, wine & beer & coffee & tea & atmosphere & company at Java Joe's alone is worth the trip. Chuck, the owner, only serves what he likes to drink and his good taste really shows. Come, sit on a comfy couch, have a slosh and groove to the sounds of One Foot In!” More at www.onefootin.com
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun; 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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Sun, Sep 20, 3rd Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm "BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION" at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande; 805-481-4015. Hosted by Roger Siminoff; info, siminoff@siminoff.net. All welcome.
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Sun, Sep 20, every Sun:
6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play 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. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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Sun, Sep 20, in Thousand Oaks:
6 pm JIMMY LaFAVE performs for the Thousand Oaks Library Music Series, at Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; info, www.BodieHouse.com. More at www.jimmylafave.com.
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Sun, Sep 20, 3rd Sun, every month:
6-10 pm “GRIMM / BIG FISH / PRO BLUES JAM” at The Big Fish, 5230 San Fernando Rd, Glendale; 818-244-6442. With KATHRYN GRIMM on guitar & vocals, BILL ORR on bass & vocals, FRANKIE SALEMMO on drums. Other musicians take part by invitation from Kathryn, in advance, at grimmmusic@yahoo.com. "Grimm hosts the Pro Blues Jam the third Sunday of each month, to give professionals and amateurs a chance to shine. Her guitar licks are explosive and her singing divine." - Joyce Rudolph, Los Angeles Times. Billy Hulting (Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, Dwezill Zappa) says Kathryn Grimm "...sings like an angel, plays guitar like the devil." Kathryn tells us, “Bill [Orr] has just started a myspace page for the Big Fish Jam. Pleeeaaasseee go visit, add it to you friends list and keep visiting to view the up-and-comers photos, [and learn about the] music and info about the Best Jam in Town.” It’s at www.myspace.com/bigfishjam.
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Sun, Sep 20:
7 pm Sixth Annual “CELTIC CONCERT AT THE FORD” presented by An Claidheamh Soluis / The Celtic Arts Center brings THE McKASSONS, KEN O'MALLEY, HIGHLAND WAY, SLUGGER O´TOOLE, IRISH STEP DANCERS, and THE LOS ANGELES POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY PIPES AND DRUMS, at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-461-3673; 323-GO1-FORD; www.FordTheatres.org; box dinner orders 310-652-3797.
Ken O'Malley, along with The McKassons, a Seattle based Scottish band, will headline this year's Celtic Arts Center Concert at the John Anson Ford on Sunday, September 20, 2009. Tickets are available at www.tinyurl.com/ford2009 for advance purchase. The John Anson Ford also allows picnicking prior to the event on their lovely grounds. Bring your own or order box dinners from the Ford and make it a party!

THE LOS ANGELES POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY PIPES AND DRUMS kick-off
a great night of traditional Celtic music and dance, featuring the Seattle-based band THE McKASSONS (www.themckassons.com) who have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Special guest KEN O'MALLEY’s (www.kenomalley.com) latest CD had its world premiere on “TttT,” and his rich baritone and authentic and original Irish songs are a delight. San Diego´s HIGHLAND WAY (www.highlandway.us), plus SLUGGER O´TOOLE (www.myspace.com/sluggerotoolem), Irish step dancers DREAMDANCE II and comedian MIKE BURSTYN round-out the evening.
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An Early Buyer Incentive allows the buyer to pay $22 or $20 for tickets if purchased by Sep 13. Otherwise, the full prices are $27 and $25 gen’l, with a student / child price of $12. Buy 3 or more events at the Ford and tix are $18 and $16. Early buyer incentive ($5 discount per ticket) at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase.
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Sun, Sep 20:
7 pm “SLACK KEY GUITAR NIGHT” starring JIM "KIMO" WEST & T. DAN HOFSTEDT 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. Slack key guitar masters Jim "Kimo" West and "T. Dan" Hofstedt take you on a sonic journey to the Hawaiian Islands via the enchanting and lilting sounds of ki hoa'lu, as it is known in Hawai’i.
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Jim "Kimo" West has performed at many of Hawaii's slack key festivals as well as the Southern California Slack Key Festival in Redondo Beach in both 2008 and 2009. A winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian "Grammy") nominee, Kimo is known for his unique style, original tunings and "nahenahe" sound. He is also a composer for film and TV and has released four CD's of original slack key compositions and arrangements.
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Jim "Kimo" West first visited Hana, Maui in 1985, after a long summer on the road as guitarist for famed musical satirist, "Weird Al" Yankovic. As the sounds of Gabby Pahinui, the Sons of Hawai'i, Sonny Chillingworth, The Sunday Manoa, and others, played on the turntable, he jammed along for fun and relaxation. Already a devotee of open tunings, he was immediately drawn to the gentle rhythms of ki ho 'alu (slack key guitar) and soon began writing his own songs. The rich physical and cultural landscape of the Hana Coast has provided the inspiration for many of his compositions. While always retaining the heartfelt essence of traditional slack key, Jim "Kimo" West brings much of his own musical heritage to his original ki ho'alu instrumentals. His style can best be described as "nahenahe", meaning "soft, sweet or gentle voice", a fusion of old and new but still rooted deeply in tradition.
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O'ahu native "T. Dan" Hofstedt plays slack-key infused with his rich personal experiences growing up in Hawaii and will be sharing some of his many original songs. He was recently featured in two sold-out performances at the Coffee Gallery in a unique show of Hawaiian "pidgin" English stories and slack-key guitar with Hawaiian storyteller and comedian Kamaka Brown called, "If Can, Can- If No Can, No Can." He has two CD's of original slack-key influenced original compositions.
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Hofstedt was introduced to slack key guitar as a teenager growing up in Hawaii where he performed in a Polynesian song and dance revue with the Kalani High School Select Choir, which performed at many venues around Honolulu, as well as a road trip to Nevada, Disneyland, and Mexico where they brought the Aloha Spirit to the mainland. He was part of the choir's Hawaiian trio who backed up the legendary Don Ho at a fundraising concert for a school for special needs children in 1975.
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Tix, $20, or $15 if you are wearing "aloha attire."
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7 pm CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY perform at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. They’re festival favorites who your editor first saw at a festival in Washington state in 2004. They’ve earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” with their delightfully comic, “Six Naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac.” Janet Beazley is a standout on banjo.
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Chris Stuart, first prize winner at Merlefest songwriting contest in bluegrass and gospel; nominated SPBGMA songwriter of the year 2005, IBMA showcase songwriter; songs recorded by Claire Lynch, Larry Cordle, Dale Ann Bradley & others; five songs on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart. Janet Beazley, album on Bluegrass Unlimited top-15 chart; featured in Banjo Newsletter; teaches at major banjo camps. Eric Uglum, "Shenandoah Wind" on Bluegrass Unlimited chart; world-renowned guitarist, played in Weary Hearts. Christian Ward & Austin Ward, appeared on CMA Fan Fest with Ricky Skaggs and Earl Scruggs. Chris Stuart, guitar; Janet Beazley, banjo; Eric Uglum, guitar; Christen Ward, fiddle; Austin Ward, bass. More at www.chrisstuart.com. A rare Southern California appearance, and there are musician’s workshops earlier, at 2, 3, & 4 pm (see 2 pm listing). Concert Tix, advance $15, at the door $20; kids $10 (age 6-11 years).
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Sun, Sep 20:
7 pm PIETA BROWN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Pieta, the very musical daughter of musician Greg Brown, has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” to the delight of listeners. More at www.pietabrown.com.
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Sun, Sep 20, 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, Sep 20, every Sun:
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, Sep 20, every Sun, 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, Sep 20, every Sun, 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, Sep 20, third Sun, every month:
8 pm “VARIETY NIGHT,” with a guest recording artist, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Performance by the guest artist, plus the pre-registered open mic-ers. Signups each month begin two Sundays ahead, at 1 pm, and continue until showtime unless all 8 slots are filled in advance. The night always includes a drawing for 2 hrs free studio time at Sunburst Recording for a lucky open mic-er. Performers may purchase a live recording of their stage performance for $8. Website has directions to venue and nearby recommended eateries. $4.
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Sun, Sep 20, 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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“TOM RUSSELL'S COWBOY TRAIN” with featured artists TOM RUSSELL, SOURDOUGH SLIM, and more, is a narrow gauge steam railway tour with some highway connections, from Albuquerque to Chama, NM. Info, www.rootsontherails.com
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(Note: our coverage of music events at the L.A. County Fair is in the special section at the beginning of the day’s listings, and those events are NOT repeated in the following section.)
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Mon, Sep 21, every Mon, on web radio:
Noon-12:30 pm “GUNSLINGER RADIO SHOW” with host Cowboy Hud and performing guests on web radio KSGV, Glendora, at http://ksgvradio.com.
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Mon, Sep 21, every Mon; 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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21, 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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Each show is later archived on line, for free 24/7 viewing in various media formats, and available streaming and as a podcast.
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Mon, Sep 21, every Mon:
6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, Sep 21, 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, Sep 21, every Mon:
7 pm free “J.A.M. SESSIONS” series continues at the Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-GO1-FORD; www.FordTheatres.org; box dinner orders 310-652-3797. Grounds open two hours early for picnics, so pack your basket and a bottle of vino and head for the Ford. A variety of events and activities happen through the summer in this series. It is NOT what musicians would recognize as a “jam session.” It’s a structured program. Check the Ford’s site to see what happens tonight. This series is free, but you should reserve a spot by calling the Ford at 323-461-3673.
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Mon, Sep 21, every Mon:
“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, Sep 21, every Mon:
“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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21:
8 pm PADDY KEENAN and accompanist tba, 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. In the mid-1970s The Irish musical legend and Bothy Band co-founder is the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today. The Bothy Band forever changed the face of Irish traditional music. One of the band's founding members, and one of its driving forces, was uilleann piper Paddy Keenan. The virtuosity and ferocity of his playing caused Bothy Band-mate Donal Lunny to describe him as "the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes". Paddy is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. To quote John O'Regan in "Rock 'n' Reel" magazine, "In Irish music there are legends and legends, and then there's Paddy Keenan." Tix, $20.
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Mon, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21, 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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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Mon, Sep 21, every Mon:
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 Mon 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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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, Sep 21, every Mon:
9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "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, The 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, Sep 21, every Mon:
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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[Updated editions with more (always more -- as we have time to organize all of it), and all the many, many, acoustic music events still to come in SEPTEMBER and beyond - in and around Los Angeles, plus the many, many, many upcoming acoustic music FESTIVALS, near and far, hither and yon, here, there and everywhere! It’ll all be here, soon.
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The MOST RECENT EDITIONS - the GUIDE’s event calendars with descriptive write-ups, AND the Acoustic Americana Music News Features – are available at
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Use the tabs on the left side of the main page, and be aware that you often need to open an individual month to access everything published during that month.
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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 “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~ 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 into account the dozens of electric Americana shows!)
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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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