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Friday, October 23, 2009

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, Oct 23 to 31

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A TRUE MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA (Oct 25) is one of TWO BENEFIT CONCERTS for Larry Wines (editor of the Guide, music journalist and radio host) who is recovering from eye surgery (without medical insurance). They are Friday night, Oct 23rd at 8 pm, and Sunday, Oct 25th from 1 to 8 pm. These include many of L.A.’s top award-winning artists and best acoustic bands. BOTH CONCERTS are described in detail in our listings!
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The KNITTING FACTORY in Hollywood calls it quits after their multi-stage show Sunday night, Oct 25; though they’ve brought us some fine acoustic acts, like the AVETT BROTHERS, they’re going out with a big lineup of loud rock and ska. Maybe they shoulda brought in more Americana music…
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Following our extensive current event descriptions, we bring you “Ticket Alerts” for a few upcoming events, so you can GET YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THEY SELL-OUT.
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Meantime, send your friends to the Guide! Just tell them to go this url ~
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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~ you don’t even need to tell them why. They will be amazed and they will thank you.
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Last edition, we said, “DON YOUR SAFARI SHIRT (the one with all those pockets) and put the leather helmet and goggles on, so you can brave the freeways in that open-top tin Lizzy. There is sooooo much REAL music waiting for you, right here in the Guide!” ~ well, guess what? At BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY’s fine show on Oct 20, they showed the audience their new CD ~ and how the package transforms into a stereopticon viewer, which is a little leather helmet, and goggles you look through to view each of the four stereo pictures they include. Is that serendipitously congruous, or what?
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The editor still can’t use the computer as his recovery continues to progress from eye surgery - but he does contribute some colorful phrases and somehow coax a coalition of the willing to keep it all going.
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The editor thanks everyone for the cards and letters and tasty edibles and homemade treats, 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 3,900 there, waiting!)
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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE
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OCTOBER 23 through 31, 2009 EDITION
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ROCKTOBER continues with the extravaganza on the 25th (1-8 pm), and dozens and dozens of live acoustic performances happen through the end of the month at concert halls, coffeehouses, clubs, bars, parks, band shells, fall festivals, and theaters and amphitheaters indoors and out! Your guide to the world of acoustica awaits you at
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(Yes, you can give your friends the url, even if it reveals they don’t need to call you anymore to learn what’s happening.)
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NEWS:
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In Memoriam…
I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. pay tribute to the late AMY FARRIS this week on their blog with some MP3s of the Hawks and Amy from Cole's basement. The guys add, “We miss you sister.” As do we. Find their tribute at www.iseehawks.com/hawkslog/#000394
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FEATURE STORY: ‘Grammy Awards Add American Roots Category,’ our recent news feature, is at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/grammy-awards-add-american-roots.html
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FOLKWORKS: you can check out Larry Wines’ most recent column, available free online at www.folkworks.org/content/viewcategorycur/89. 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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REVIEW: WPA (Works Progress Administration) superstar band – you can read JOEL OKIDA’s review for the Guide of their Oct 6 show at Largo in L.A.; it’s at www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/review-of-wpa-works-progress or at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/review-of-wpa-works-progress.html
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RADIO NEWS: the return from hiatus of the syndicated TIED TO THE TRACKS radio show is delayed, due to the producer / host’s ongoing recovery from eye surgery. (At least he has time to listen to all those submitted CDs that arrive daily!) We’ll keep you posted.
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OCTOBER 23 through 31, 2009 EVENT LISTINGS
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Your editor, recovering from eye surgery, still isn’t available to detail the “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks.
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Fri-Sun, Oct 23-25:
“BACONSTOCK” is a free music festival that has nothing to do with Kevin Bacon, and it’s at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. EDIE MURPHY, late the fiddler of MURPHY’S FLAW, says, “It's been a while since my last solo show. Hope you can come out to this one. It's a short and sweet 30 minute set over at The Cinema Bar, Saturday, 3-3:30 pm. I'm thrilled to have members of Murphy's Flaw performing with me. They are John Bryan on banjo, Donn Cunningham on guitar and Paul Dorn on upright bass. Maybe I'll buy ya a taco! Don't be late or you'll miss me!”
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So what’s up with the whole “BACONSTOCK” thing? Edie explains, “My pal and bartender extraordinaire,Sara Bacon, is leaving for Maine. So before heading out, she decided to throw her own little modern day Woodstock in Culver City. It's a 3-day festival from Friday night through Sunday night with 42 of Sara's favorite bands, and I'm honored to be one of them!”
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Fri-Sun, Oct 23-25:
“TRANSFORMATION: INT'L ALCHEMY CONFERENCE” at the L.A. Convention Center in downtown L.A., includes a music performance by AMY CLARKE on Fri; Info at www.AlchemyConference.com. Some events are free, some cost. Workshops, presentations and speakers, including Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements), Dr. Masaru Emoto (The Hidden Messages in Water) & Rickie Byars Beckwith (Healing Through Music).
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Amy Clarke tells us, “I am honored to perform original music on the opening day of the Alchemy Conference on Friday October 23 (my birthday) at 3 pm in Room 408B, following the talented Peter Sterling (Harp Magic), and shortly before Duane Saari and Dr. Theresa Ibis deliver their presentations.”
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Includes practicing alchemists, healers, artists, authors, scientists, shamans, and musicians at this conference exploring concepts and realities of personal and global transformation. Single speaker passes, from $40; entire conference is $347 for all speakers and workshops. Single day pass info at www.eventbrite.com/event/392941298/AlchemyConference/37299280. Free admission to exhibit halls, Golden Pyramid of Peace, and films.
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Fri, Oct 23; Oct 20-24, in NYC:
Annual “CMJ MUSIC MARATHON & FILM FESTIVAL” is New York’s largest music event and one of the world’s most important showcases of new music artists. It is multi-genre and includes Americana music. CMJ draws tens of thousands of professionals from all sectors of the music and film industry. More than 1,300 artists and over 120,000 music fans will converge on the Big Apple to catch the latest buzz band, cool indie film or learn more about the ever-changing music industry from key innovators, insiders and celebrities.
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By day, in partnership with New York University, CMJ Music Marathon welcomes many of the world’s most influential and revolutionary musicians, artists, cultural and political figures at a variety of events including presentations, screenings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions.
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At night, CMJ Music Marathon takes over 75 venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn and surrounding environs presenting a dazzling array of new music from around the globe. Registration to CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival grants attendees entry to all daytime and nighttime offerings (venue capacity permitting). New York’s 101.9 WRXP is the official commercial radio sponsor of this year’s event.
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CMJ’s daytime events are based at NYU’s Kimmel Center in downtown Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and include panels, keynote speeches, networking events, the annual College Day gathering, mentoring sessions, tutorials, and a sizzling, interactive registrants’ lounge lifestyle area along with the return of the Artists’ Lounge for musicians. The event hosts the annual CMJ legal education seminar, The Entertainment Business Law Seminar, presented by CMJ Music Marathon and The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. And there are numerous panels. More at www.cmj.com and www.cmj.com/marathon.
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LOS ANGELES AREA acoustic music performances:
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS bring violin, cello, clarinet, and voices to Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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Fri, Oct 23:
10 am BARYNYA brings Traditional Russian music and dance to the Caltech Public Events series at California Institute of Technology, Beckman Auditorium, 332 S Michigan Av (S of Del Mar Bl, Pasadena); 626-395-4652; www.events.caltech.edu. More at www.barynya.com
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri, on web radio:
5 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& Guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri, in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Fri, Oct 23:
7:30 pm HEART plus special guest THE BANGLES and BOB GENTRY on the Plaza Stage at the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, in Griffith Park, L.A.; Greek Theatre hotline, 323-665-1927; http://greektheatrela.com. It’s a “sweethearts of music” night. HEART sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are multi-decade masters of both tasteful hard rock and sweet melodious acoustic songs. They have written and performed many wonderful acoustic songs since they first made it big on the music scene in the ‘70s.
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THE BANGLES were such a phenomenon at the height of their popularity that the following scene played-out at a hotel desk: Then golf champion Arnold Palmer, on the PGA tour circuit, tried to check-in, and was told that his room had been given to an all-girl rock band. Without hesitation, he asked, “Is it the Bangles?” Tix, www.ticketmaster.com/event/09004262A58A4A58?artistid=735257&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned. $69.50 / $57.50 / $47.50 / $37.50 / $29.50.
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Fri, Oct 23:
7:30 pm DOYLE DYKES plays the “Lord Of The Strings” Concert Series at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. More at www.doyledykes.com
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Fri, Oct 23:
7:30 pm KRISTIN KORB, the marvelous upright bass player / vocalist, plays the Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Bl, Redondo Beach; 310-378-9273. She’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” She is a star in the jazz world, and she does jazz for people who don’t like jazz. She says, “I love playing churches. Families can attend, listening is the focus, and there is always some kind of nice hang after the concert. I don't change anything that I do. The music is still swinging and everyone has a blast.”
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Fri, Oct 23:
7:30 pm monthly “FRIDAY NIGHT KICKBACKS” OPEN MIC series returns tonight in the San Fernando Valley, hosted by CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA at the Valley Life Improvement Center, 10667 White Oak Av (at Chatsworth St), Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899. Info, 818-428-1377. This is “for anyone to perform.” Series continues Nov 8, Nov 28. Produced by CATHY SEGAL GARCIA, a major figure on the L.A. jazz scene. More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. Suggested donation: $5.
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Fri, Oct 23; artists gathering:
7:30 pm “VOCE” in Alhambra; nibbles at 7:30 pm, Voce at 8:30 pm; Reservations get directions from Phil, philh@youbloom.com. VOCE (pronounced vo-chay') is Italian, meaning voice. VOCE is an environment of consciousness in which individuals share their creative process. These activities are in the shamanic tradition of performance, celebration, and listening committed to the nurturing of the individual voice and self-esteem - personal healing through creative community. Voce News ~ "Voce in the Dark" ~ check out this track from Bob Gelman and friends, at www.youbloom.com/web/voce. More at http://motherloadsn.ning.com/profiles/blogs/underground-music-surfaces-at.
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VOCE has been evolving as performance workshops where individuals go through a simple process of introspection and expression. Traditional and modern composing techniques are used to open the individual voice, access self-knowledge, and sing the "inner song".
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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Fri, Oct 23:
DAVID BARLIA's UKULELE WORKSHOP canceled due to illness. THE BILGEWATER RATS tell us, “We hope to have a new date for the event soon.”
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Fri, Oct 23; world music:
ORQUESTA CHARANGOA at El Floridita Restaurant, 1253 N Vine St, Hollywood 90038; dinner reservations, 323-871-8612. Yamaha artist Fay Roberts has been keeping the Cuban tradition alive for more than a decade now. After traveling to Cuba where she studied traditional Charanga music with Richard Egues, of Orquesta Aragon fame, Fay returned to Los Angeles and founded Orquesta Charangoa. With lead vocals by Timba recording artist Gonzalo "Chalo"Chomat, they've been making their joyous sounds ever since. More at www.charangoa.com - music downloads at www.CDBaby.com/cd/charangoa. Call venue for performance time(s).
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri, Oct 23:
8 pm LAWRENCE LEBO plays a BENEFIT SHOW for Larry Wines and it’s her “Anniversary Show” with DENNY CROY; they’re accompanied by PHIL PARLAPIANO on accordion, and NICK KIRGO on guitar, 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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Dirty Linen Magazine raves, “She sounds like what a daughter spawned by Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Wills might have.” Expect a fine and fun eclectic evening of traditional American music, as LAWRENCE LEBO brings her hybrid blues / jazz / folk songwriting and vocals to the warm and intimate concert venue. Accompanied solely by husband/bassist DENNY CROY for part of the evening, the bass and vocal duo amaze audiences with their intricate arrangements and full sound that’s earning them the nickname of “The World’s Biggest Little Band.” Tonight’s show celebrates the couple’s 23rd wedding Anniversary and is a benefit for Larry Wines. Lawrence and Denny are donating their artist's portions of the night to the fund for Larry.
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The duo is joined by special guest PHIL PARLAPIANO on accordion and NICK KIRGO on guitar. Folk darling Parlapiano has toured and recorded with John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Lowen & Navarro and Dave Koz. Kirgo has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” as a member of Lauren Adams band and he performs as half the music duo, Otis. Ms. LEBO will perform selections from her album, “Don’t Call Her Larry, Volume 2,” including her sexy Christmas blues song, “(I’m Your) Christmas Present, Baby!”, as well as much loved selections from her “…Volume 1,” and selections from her upcoming new album.
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Ms. LEBO’s recordings have earned rave international reviews and college airplay, and have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” show, hosted by Liane Hansen, in addition to getting very complimentary ink here in the Guide. She and Denny are donating their artist portions of the night to the fund for Larry.
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Larry Wines is editor of the Guide, columnist and feature writer for FolkWorks, and producer and host of radio’s syndicated “Tied to the Tracks.” Following eye surgery (and no medical insurance) he is temporarily unable to use the computer to make a living. A portion of tonight’s proceeds go to Larry’s recovery fund. (Another benefit, with many artists performing, is Oct 25 at the Topanga Community House; see the section at the end of the Guide’s listings for the last day covered in this edition.) Tix for tonight’s show, $15.
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Fri, Oct 23:
8 pm CAROLINE AIKEN performs at Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks; 818-621-8309. Presented in conjunction with the Bodie House Concert series. Info and tix, www.bodiehouse.com
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
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. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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Fri, Oct 23:
CANCELLED: 8 pm JACKSH*T plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix are still available for their Dec 6 performance.
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Fri, Oct 23; world music:
8 pm OMARA PORTUONDO brings Cuban music to UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. From dancing on stage of Havana’s famous Tropicana cabaret as teen, to appearing on movie screens around the globe in “The Buena Vista Social Club,” Omara Portuondo’s career has been full of remarkable moments and unforgettable music. For her first U.S. tour since 2004, Portuondo explores the songs that marked her path from celebrated Cuban chanteuse to international stardom, including aching boleros and new Brazilian-influenced ballads. Tix, $38-$70.
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Fri, Oct 23, fourth Fri, every month:
8-10 pm “OUT-OF-THE-BLUE” songwriter showcase at the venue named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue,” The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win. It’s a lineup of invited songwriters (often some prominent ones) whose individual sets each include a song written to the unique pre-assigned theme of tonight’s event. Though former performing host DANIEL McFEELEY has moved to Australia, the popularity of this event enables it to continue. Venue has good sandwiches, soups, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Fri, Oct 23:
8-10 pm TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS plus Canadian star JOHN WORT HANNAM 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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TRACY NEWMAN is the only singer-songwriter anybody knows of who has both an Emmy and a Peabody Award; she’s still working on a Grammy. Many of her original songs debuted on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” include her award-winning song, “Waffle Boy,” which is now being covered by others. More at www.tracynewman.com
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JOHN WORT HANNAM has won more awards than just about anyone else in the folk music universe. He is the 2009 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2008 North American Folk Alliance Award Nominee; 2007 Double Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2007 New Folk Winner - Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting Competition; 2007 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2005 Double Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee; 2005 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2004 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition. More, www.johnworthannam.com
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Fri, Oct 23, every Fri:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Fri, Oct 23:
9:30 pm KEN O'MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS at Ireland's 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys; 818-785-4031; www.irelands32pub.com. Ken brings his rich baritone voice to authentic and original songs, plus the band can rock the house. More at www.kenomalley.com
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Your editor, recovering from eye surgery, still isn’t available to detail the “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks.
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Sat, Oct 24; Fri-Sun, Oct 23-25:
“BACONSTOCK” is a free music festival that has nothing to do with Kevin Bacon, and it’s at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. EDIE MURPHY, late the fiddler of MURPHY’S FLAW, says, “It's been a while since my last solo show. Hope you can come out to this one. It's a short and sweet 30 minute set over at The Cinema Bar, Saturday, 3-3:30 pm. I'm thrilled to have members of Murphy's Flaw performing with me. They are John Bryan on banjo, Donn Cunningham on guitar and Paul Dorn on upright bass. Maybe I'll buy ya a taco! Don't be late or you'll miss me!”
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So what’s up with the whole “BACONSTOCK” thing? Edie explains, “My pal and bartender extraordinaire,Sara Bacon, is leaving for Maine. So before heading out, she decided to throw her own little modern day Woodstock in Culver City. It's a 3-day festival from Friday night through Sunday night with 42 of Sara's favorite bands, and I'm honored to be one of them!”
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Sat, Oct 24; Fri-Sun, Oct 23-25:
“TRANSFORMATION: INT'L ALCHEMY CONFERENCE” at the L.A. Convention Center in downtown L.A., includes a music performance by AMY CLARKE on Fri; Info at www.AlchemyConference.com. Some events are free, some cost. Workshops, presentations and speakers, including Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements), Dr. Masaru Emoto (The Hidden Messages in Water) & Rickie Byars Beckwith (Healing Through Music).
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Amy Clarke tells us, “I am honored to perform original music on the opening day of the Alchemy Conference on Friday October 23 (my birthday) at 3 pm in Room 408B, following the talented Peter Sterling (Harp Magic), and shortly before Duane Saari and Dr. Theresa Ibis deliver their presentations.”
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Includes practicing alchemists, healers, artists, authors, scientists, shamans, and musicians at this conference exploring concepts and realities of personal and global transformation. Single speaker passes, from $40; entire conference is $347 for all speakers and workshops. Single day pass info at www.eventbrite.com/event/392941298/AlchemyConference/37299280. Free admission to exhibit halls, Golden Pyramid of Peace, and films.
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Sat, Oct 24, not music but just right for some:
3-8 pm annual “L.A. BEER WEEK FESTIVAL” at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge; 818-949-4200; www.DescansoGardens.org. Bottoms up to the beer tasting event of the season. As the final stop of L.A. Beer Week’s 11-day celebration across Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the Beer Week Festival at Descanso features samplings from almost 80 different brews representing nearly 40 craft breweries. Compare notes as you savor the brewmaster’s art of fermenting hops and barley into a delicious lip-smacking libation. Complementary appetizers available for purchase from Patina Catering. Purchase tix at http://labeerweek.com. Fees for classes and programs include Gardens admission. Parking is free. Gardens admission $8 adults; $6 srs & students; $3 for children ages 5-12; free for Descanso mbrs & for children age 5 and younger.
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Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25, in Moorpark:
9 am-6 pm 12th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARM FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” continues at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark 93021; 805-529-3690; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
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It’s “ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS” as this weekend’s theme features pumpkin demonstrations, a feature display of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, and new and different ways to decorate them. There’s live entertainment on weekends from 10:30 am-5:30 pm. Tractor-drawn wagon ride included with paid admission. Plus, there are kids activities, Pig Races, and Barnyard Story Tales, and a big Cornfield Maze. A portion of proceeds supports local non-profit organizations including the Rotary Club, Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, and others. Free parking. Weekend admission $10, children under age 2 free (weekday admission $3).
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Sat, Oct 24, in Poway, N San Diego County:
8 pm RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS plus CHERRYHOLMES play the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd, Poway; 858-668-4797; www.powayarts.org. Living bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, a National Medal of Arts honoree whose a cappella rendition of “O Death” anchored the “O Brother! Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, is joined by Cherryholmes, the top-selling band created by bassist Jere and mandolinist Sandy and their four children. More at www.ralphstanley.com and www.cherryholmes.musiccitynetworks.com and read the feature in FolkWorks at www.folkworks.org/content/view/36188/166.
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Sat, Oct 24, in Encinitas, N San Diego County:
8 pm 4th Annual "O BERKLEY, WHERE HART THOU?" show with BERKLEY HART, 7TH DAY BUSKERS, EVE SELIS & MARC TWANG, DENNIS CAPLINGER, TIM FLANNERY, SARA PETITE, GREGORY PAGE, BARBARA NESBITT, LISA SANDERS, and more, at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Dr, Encinitas 92024. You only have until noon today to save a few bucks with the $20 advance tix. Berkeley and Hart tell us, “We've got some of the best pickers and players in all of southern California geared up for the show, plus plenty of sweet & solemn voices ready to lift you up and make you feel like you've been dipped in the pure waters of salvation. Don't that sound nice?” This is always one of the best ensemble shows anywhere. Doors at 7 pm. Tix $20 in advance at www.berkleyhart.com; tix at door, $25.
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Sat, Oct 24, in Illinois:
“DEEP BLUES INNOVATORS BLUES FESTIVAL” in Monmouth, Illinois; includes a performance and a workshop by BERNIE PEARL & MIKE BARRY.
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Sat, Oct 24; Oct 20-24, in NYC:
Annual “CMJ MUSIC MARATHON & FILM FESTIVAL” is New York’s largest music event and one of the world’s most important showcases of new music artists. It is multi-genre and includes Americana music. CMJ draws tens of thousands of professionals from all sectors of the music and film industry. More than 1,300 artists and over 120,000 music fans will converge on the Big Apple to catch the latest buzz band, cool indie film or learn more about the ever-changing music industry from key innovators, insiders and celebrities.
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By day, in partnership with New York University, CMJ Music Marathon welcomes many of the world’s most influential and revolutionary musicians, artists, cultural and political figures at a variety of events including presentations, screenings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions.
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At night, CMJ Music Marathon takes over 75 venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn and surrounding environs presenting a dazzling array of new music from around the globe. Registration to CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival grants attendees entry to all daytime and nighttime offerings (venue capacity permitting). New York’s 101.9 WRXP is the official commercial radio sponsor of this year’s event.
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CMJ’s daytime events are based at NYU’s Kimmel Center in downtown Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and include panels, keynote speeches, networking events, the annual College Day gathering, mentoring sessions, tutorials, and a sizzling, interactive registrants’ lounge lifestyle area along with the return of the Artists’ Lounge for musicians. The event hosts the annual CMJ legal education seminar, The Entertainment Business Law Seminar, presented by CMJ Music Marathon and The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. And there are numerous panels. More at www.cmj.com and www.cmj.com/marathon.
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Sat, Oct 24, Saturdays, 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.
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This morning, MK is joined by BEN ELDER, retired host of the long-running bluegrass show on KPFK that was eventually replaced by “Alive & Picking.” The two will discuss music and musicians they have known, and spin favorite tracks.
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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, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, recurring:
8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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Pete was among the winners in mandolin at this year’s Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He says, “There's no way I'm getting out and playing music 8:30 am every Saturday.” So check Pete’s myspace page to see if they’ll be there. Sharon plays flute. Free.
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Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25:
9 am-5 pm annual “PUMPKIN ROUNDUP” at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge; 818-949-4200; www.DescansoGardens.org. With a lush landscape where pumpkins peek around nearly every corner, Descanso’s Pumpkin Roundup features costumes parades (10 and 11 am) followed by sing-alongs, face painting and a pumpkin decorating station (purchase pumpkins for a small fee). On Sat, Oct 24 only, take a pony ride through the magical Harvest Garden ($3 per ride). Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Parking is free. Admission $8 adults; $6 srs & students; $3 for children ages 5-12; free for Descanso mbrs & for children age 5 and younger.
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Sat, Oct 24; Oct 3-Nov 1:
9 am-5 pm “HARVEST FESTIVAL” in the SFV at Forneris Farms, 15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills 91345; 818-361-0714 Farm Market; 818-730-7709 Info; www.fornerisfarms.com. Live music is on weekends. Weekdays, the festival runs 2-5 pm. Features a refreshment stand on weekends with fresh roasted corn and more; a Farm Market with fall decorations and farm grown produce; a Pumpkin Patch – farm grown with every shape and size. Attractions include a Corn Maze Adventure (the editor can tell you that getting lost in one of these corn “maizes” is a distinct possibility); Tractor-pulled Train Ride – take a narrated ride around the farm; Farm Frolic Area for Kids - mini maze, giant hay pyramid, the Great Pumpkin jumper. Attractions have a fee, cash only (prices on their website). No pets. Free parking, free admission.
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Sat, Oct 24:
10 am-1:30 pm DOUG LEGACY & THE ZYDECO PARTY BAND play at the Lombardi Ranch, 29527 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Saugus 91390; info, www.lombardiranch.com; 661-296-8697. Free.
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Sat, Oct 24, in the OC:
11 am-1 pm KELLY'S LOT plays with the full band at the Truck Jamboree in Featherly Park, in Anaheim Hills. Info at www.TruckJam.com.
Kelly Zirbes and her band are bluesy and wonderful.
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Sat, Oct 24:
11 am “SONGWRITING WORKSHOP” with PAUL ZOLLO at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Paul tells us, “I am starting a songwriting workshop this Saturday. It’s a 4-week workshop and will be held at 11 am over four consecutive Saturdays. It’s gonna be a lot of fun, and certainly inspirational and informative. I’ll weave in a lot of my personal experience (as this is, remarkably, the 40th year I have been writing songs) on all aspects of songwriting, plus I will share so much of the wisdom of the great songwriters I’ve been privileged to interview over the years – not one of which can say, “This is the best way to write a song,” but all of whom have many fascinating opinions and ideas about the process. I’ll use much of what I collected in my book Songwriters On Songwriting as well as gems I’ve collected since creating that book (and which will be in Volume II, which I am working on now.)
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“This is a workshop for songwriters – whether you write only words, only music or both; whether you perform your own songs or write them for others – this is a chance to have your songs heard by your fellow songwriters and by those of us who think a lot about both the art and craft of songwriting – and to get feedback on them, as well as ideas about how to improve songs, how to begin songs, how to end them, and all that is involved in the act of writing a song. As Van Dyke Parks said, “The writing of a song – any song – is a triumph.” This class is going to share the inspiration and confirmation of songwriters of his league and beyond in encouraging songwriters to understand that, as Paul Simon said, “Songwriting is hard – whoever said it was easy?” But that with a group of people who do it, and who talk about it, the process can be eased quite a bit.
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“I’ll also deal with the 12 most important rules of songwriting, and how and why to break them. And there’s gonna be some cool special guests.
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“It will be a lot of fun, and though this message is late in coming, I wanted to invite you to spread the word – if you are a songwriter or know of any songwriters looking for guidance, information and support, please let them know. It starts this Saturday at 11 am. It is $150 for the four weeks, which I know is a lot of money, especially now – but allows us to use this great venue, and hopefully lead to other workshops there and elsewhere.
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“You can email me for more information, or go to www.mccabes.com/classsti.html for more info. We have the openings for a few more songwriters” – Paul.
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Paul Zollo (www.myspace.com/paulzollo) is editor of Bluerailroad (www.bluerailroad.com), and senior editor of American Songwriter magazine. He was recently signed to Trough Records (www.trough.com).
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Sat, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24:
2 pm FRANK FAIRFIELD performs a live in-store set at Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Bl, Hollywood; 323-245-6400; www.amoeba.com.
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Your editor really likes this guy and his engaging, often energetic, interpretations of old-time string music styles. This is a live performance of his new self-titled album, “Frank Fairfield,” out now on Tompkins Square.
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Greil Marcus calls Fairfield, "A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who's crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it."
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California-based fiddle, guitar, and banjo player, and ardent 78 collector Frank Fairfield has made his living as a musician, often found playing on the streets of Los Angeles. Handpicked by Fleet Foxes to open their U.S. tour last year, Frank released a 7" on Tompkins Square and recorded his self-titled debut album. His 7" won over tough critics and purists like Grammy winning producer Chris King (Charley Patton, People Take Warning box set), Phil Alexander (Mojo) and Greil Marcus, among others.
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From Liner Notes by John Tottenham:
"Few questions can be satisfactorily answered about Frank Fairfield, mostly because he keeps to himself. He seems to be at once very open to share his insights, but yet in no way willing to give away his secrets. He was born in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He speaks of his grandfather leaving Texas to pick crops around the country, a constant traveler, a musician, who eventually "got religion" and settled in Kettleman City, Kings County as a pastor. Dust storms, tumbleweeds, cotton crops. . . this imagery has been richly cultivated in Fairfield's young mind. Somewhere along the road Frank Fairfield finds himself and begins to play his grandfather's old fiddle, picks up the banjo and gitbox, and starts playing the tunes of old with great conviction, learning many songs from the collection of rural gramophone records he has hungrily hunted down." More at www.myspace.com/frankfairfield
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Catch Frank Fairfield’s full set at the Redwood Bar & Grill in L.A. at 10 pm, Oct 26 (see listing). Today’s show is free.
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Sat, Oct 24; not music, but you want to know:
2 pm ”THE NEED TO KNOW: A VETERAN'S JOURNEY FROM FEAR TO FREEDOM” is part of the “WTF?! Festival” at The Actors' Gang, 9070 Venice Bl (at Culver Bl), Culver City 90232; 310-838-GANG (310-838-4264); www.wtffestival.com.
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Sat, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, Saturdays, on web radio:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “MY KIND OF BLUES” web radio show crafted and hosted by renowned blues man BERNIE PEARL, every Sat on www.wpmd.org. The show often has Bernie reminiscing about the blues greats with whom he has performed, and features thematic sets with “behind the music” -style tales of the songs and the artists. More at www.berniepearl.com - www.myspace.com/berniepearl
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Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25:
4 pm THE BURLINGTON FAMILY performs for the “Brewery ArtWalk” in the gallery/loft/studio/space of artist and designer Kasey McMahon, 2100 N Main St, downtown L.A. More at www.atypicalart.com. The Fall Brewery ArtWalk takes place this Sat and Sun from 11 am-6 pm. Kevin Casey, Burlington Family member, tells us, “The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices. Admission is free and so is parking. Come and support L.A.’s finest artists, take home some great works and dine at the on-site restaurant.” Free.
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Sat, Oct 24:
4-11 pm 10th annual “DIA DE LOS MUERTOS” at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park is an institution, and this year its living star is LILA DOWNS in the cemetery, located at 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; 323-447-0999; www.ladayofthedead.com. Lila Downs (www.liladowns.com) goes on stage at 9 pm.
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Celebrating its 109th year anniversary as L.A.'s oldest memorial park, Hollywood Forever welcomes the City of Angels and beyond to commemorate their 10th annual “Dia de Los Muertos.“ They say, “Be our guests as we welcome, honor and celebrate the memories of the beloved souls. Join us as we rejoice and observe the mystical beauty and wonder of this ancient spiritual celebration. Partake of various sacred ceremonial tributes and memorable altar creations on the grounds of the historic Hollywood Forever cemetery.”
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Bring your camera and help document the event, and share your photos with the cemetery at deisy@LAdayofthedead.com. Visual artists are sought to exhibit their Dia De Los Muertos related art at this year’s event; submit images with dimensions to Deisy Marquez at deisy@LAdayofthedead.com. Everyone is invited to be a part of the offering, by bringing a photo, a poem, flowers, fruit or an LED candle to place in the community altar, located at the entrance of the cemetery. No dogs, no coolers, no skateboards. Gen’l $10; children under age 10 free (please bring exact change).
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Sat, Oct 24:
4-8 pm “BRYAN CHAN AND FRIENDS” perform at Chatsworth Farmers Market,20121 Devonshire St, Chatsworth.
Sam Dlugach, singer-Songwriter, 4-4:40 pm
Bryan Chan, slide/blues. www.scvblues.org, 4:40-5:20 pm
Barry Cullison, www.barrycullison.com, 5:20-6 pm
Randall Kirby, singer-songwriter, 6-6:40 pm
The 6:40 and 7:20 slots may or may not be booked, depending on weather.
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Sat, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 4th Sat every month; in the OC:
5 pm Monthly JAM, POTLUCK, & CONTRA DANCE at The Living Tradition series at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; www.thelivingtradition.org; info, 949-646-1964. Dance caller TBD, band TBD. Monthly jam sessions allow musicians (instrumentalists and singers) to learn, practice, and enjoy traditional music in a relaxed atmosphere; held 4th Sat every month, before the contra dance. Jam participants play a wide array of instruments, from accordions to zithers, and a variety of traditional folk tunes, mostly from the Fiddlers’ Fake Book (by David Brody) and the Portland Collection (by Susan Songer). Open to all ages and levels of experience. Vocalists and song circles are welcome. Slow jam encourages novices. Fast jam challenges old-timers.
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Jam begins at 5 pm, bring your instruments & join in; free.
Slow jam, 5-5:45 pm
Fast jam, 5:45-7 pm
Potluck, 6:30 pm
Contra dance introduction lesson, 7:30 pm
> CONTRA DANCE is 8-11 pm, $8 per person, $7 for Anaheim residents, $6 for Living Tradition mbrs; children under 18 are free with paid adult.
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Sat, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24:
7 pm SLIGO RAGS 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. Venue impresario Bob Stane shared this fan mail: “Thanks again for a great show. When Sligo Rags came out on stage the applause was huge. They consistently bring the house down. Sligo Rags has great endurance in keeping the energy for their two and a half hour show. I and my family agree that they are the best. Of course there are about thirty other acts we have seen at the Coffee Gallery that are a close second. Sound and lighting were superb last night. Thanks again.” ~ Kerry and Patty.
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Named among the “Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, they are wonderfully entertaining. When they performed live on radio’s “Tied to thje Tracks” on St. Patrick’s Day, 2006, EIGHT of the TOP TEN songs on one Celtic Music Chart with theirs, with no other artist or band repeating with even a second tune anywhere in the Top 100.
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Bob Stane Says, “this is a money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled act.” Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles.”
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Two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Using fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and percussion, SLIGO RAGS is taking the local and not-so-local Celtic music scene by storm. Their first two studio CDs receive international airplay, and their first was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine. Says the San Diego Troubadour, "This band can light up an atmosphere as dim as the Guiness stout you just ordered at the bar...SLIGO RAGS really know their Celtic music." Don't be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Tix, $18.
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Sat, Oct 24, in the OC:
7 pm DOYLE DYKES plays the “Lord Of The Strings” Concert Series at Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. More at www.doyledykes.com
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Sat, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, every Sat, in Palmdale:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at 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, Oct 24, every Sat; in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Sat, Oct 24, every Sat:
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, Oct 24, 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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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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8 pm GARY ALLEGRETTO with IAN ESPINOZA in “An evening of extraordinary acoustic music” at The Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org. No less than the late Pinetop Perkins said of Gary Allegretto, “That boy can really blow that harp!” Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and harmonica player Gary Allegretto is currently in consideration for two Grammy nominations, one each in the Blues and Folk Categories. He recently received a 2009 "Best of the West" Award and Blues Revue Magazine calls Gary not only "one of the finest harmonica players you'll hear" as well as "one of the classiest acts in the music business today... taking the time to craft music noted not only for its quality but for its authenticity." Gary has one foot in the world of cowboy music, the other in acoustic blues, and he moves freely and with great respect in both. As the founder of the international charity Harmonikids, and sponsored by Hohner Harmonica, Gary has traveled the world bringing smiles to children who have experienced devastation. The extraordinary singer-songwriter / guitar virtuoso IAN ESPINOZA will join Gary. This is a fine duo. Info & tix, www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/82317?prod_id=15561. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats and pre-concert libations and snacks. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Oct 24:
8 pm Canadian folk star JOHN WORT HANNAM and the dynamite fiddle playing songwriter STEPHANIE BETTMAN with multi-instrumentalist LUKE HALPIN at Russ & Julie's House Concert series in Oak Park (Thousand Oaks area); www.myspace.com/russjuliehouseconcerts; www.houseconcerts.us. Reservations & directions, houseconcerts@jrp-graphics.com. Russ & Julie tell us, “This is going to be a great "double-headliner" evening as both of these artists will leave you wanting more!” Your editor concurs.
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JOHN WORT HANNAM has won more awards than just about anyone else in the folk music universe. He is the 2009 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2008 North American Folk Alliance Award Nominee; 2007 Double Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2007 New Folk Winner - Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting Competition; 2007 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2005 Double Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee; 2005 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2004 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition. More, www.johnworthannam.com
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STEPHANIE BETTMAN and her band were the grand prize winners in the 2008 Southern California Live Acoustic Music Competition, regional finalists in the Mountain Stage New Song Competition, and among the winners in the 2007's Topanga Banjo / Fiddle contest. She has been recognized in several international songwriting contests, and when they played the 2007 Sedona Bluegrass Festival, buzz on the street labeled her "the new Alison Krauss." Stephanie has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” between winning big honors at consecutive Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contests, and she is just returning from a big Western states concert tour with LUKE HALPIN, who performs with her tonight. More, www.stephaniebettman.com
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Features coffee & dessert buffet, to which contributions are welcome. Doors at 7:30 pm. All proceeds go to the artist. Check for price of each concert.
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Sat, Oct 24:
8 pm BRIAN BARANY at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. A relative newcomer to the spotlight, guitarist Brian Barany hales from California and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the new generation of Classical Guitarists eager to expand the boundaries of sonic and technical possibilities on the classical guitar. A first place award winner in the 2008 California ASTA Solo Guitar Competition Brian infuses his passionate interpretation of masterworks in a must-see concert of music from around the world ranging from the Baroque to modern era.
Good places to eat in the neighborhood. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix, $15, kids under 12 half price (under age 3, free).
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Sat, Oct 24:
8 pm THEO & THE ZYDECO PATROL play Louisiana music for listening and dancing at a changed location (!); it will NOT be at the CAN Bar & Grill on Euclid in Garden Grove; it WILL BE at Bee Hive Studio, 9627 Chapman Av, Garden Grove 92841; studio phone 714-638-5600. Info and advance tix from Karen, 562-708-8946. Basic Zydeco dance lesson, 7:30-8 pm; band plays 8-11 pm. Soft drinks and water available for purchase, no alcohol available. Admission, $15.
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Sat, Oct 24:
8 pm The PASADENA SYMPHONY plays this season’s Opening Night with a program of “Origins: The Planets,” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Led by maestro Jorge Mester in his 25th year at the artistic helm, the Pasadena Symphony opens its 2009/10 Season. They tell us, “We are honoring this year's ‘Arts and Ideas Festival’ theme, ‘Origins: The Planets’ with a spectacular performance of Holst's The Planets and Debussy's Nocturnes. The Pasadena Master Chorale will perform with the orchestra in a night that is sure to be out of this world!”
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The Los Angeles Astronomical Society will provide full sized telescopes for public viewing on the plaza of the Civic prior to the concert. Star gazing will begin at dusk.
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BUY ONE / GET TWO: For a limited time, new subscribers to the season, or those who have not subscribed in the last three seasons, can receive a complimentary subscription with each regular subscription they purchase. Info on this extraordinary offer, call Tim Harwick at the Pasadena Symphony Association at 626-793-7172-x 16. Another great deal? “FamilyPack” allows children ages 14 and under to attend for only $10 with an accompanying adult family member purchasing a full priced ticket. Info on this is on the symphony website. And, there’s “The Student SoundCheck Card” to make it easy and inexpensive to enjoy a full season of concerts for just $30. Students with a SoundCheck Card and valid ID (showing enrollment) will be given best available seating on concert nights. Tix for tonight at www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or 626-793-7172 x 16.
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Sat, Oct 24, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm the legendary CHRIS SMITHER plays the “Sings Like Hell” series at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E.Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara; 805-963-0761; www.lobero.com. More at www.smither.com and www.singslikehell.com
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Sat, Oct 24:
8-11 pm JACK TEMPCHIN, multi-hit singer-songwriter, plays the “Good Vibes NoHo House Concert” at the North Hollywood home of Rob & Beth Meurer; reservations get directions, at 818-635-2678. You may not know his name, but you certainly know his songs: Jack is the writer or co-writer of:
"Peaceful Easy Feeling" (Eagles)
"The Girl From Yesterday" (Eagles)
"Already Gone" (Eagles)
"Somebody" (Eagles)
"It's Your World Now" (Eagles)
"Someone That You Used To Know" (George Jones)
"You Can Go Home" (Chris Hillman & Desert Rose Band)
"White Shoes" (Emmylou Harris)
"East Of Eden" (Tom Rush)
"15 Days Under The Hood" (Paladins, NRPS)
"Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed" (Candye Kane, Phantom Blues Band)
"To Feel That Way At All" (Patty Loveless)
"Crazy Little Thing" (Candye Kane)
"Your Tatoo" (Sammy Kershaw)
"You Belong To The City" (Glenn Frey)
"Smuggler's Blues" (Glenn Frey)
"The One You Love" (Glenn Frey)
"I Found Somebody" (Glenn Frey)
"True Love" (Glenn Frey)
"Slow Dancing" (Johnny Rivers)
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Sat, Oct 24:
8 pm CATIE CURTIS performs at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Boston-based folk goddess CATIE CURTIS returns to McCabe's. An exquisite songwriter (her “Kiss That Counted” remains one of McCabe’s booker Lincoln Myerson’s favorite songs of the decade), Curtis has toured with Lilith Fair, Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, and can be heard in numerous movies and television shows including Alias, Grey's Anatomy, and 500 Miles To Graceland. She performed at President Obama's inauguration earlier this year. Her latest CD, “Hello Stranger,” offers stripped down versions of her impressive catalog with a crackerjack string band and special appearances with friends Mary Gauthier and Darrell Scott. The Boston Globe writes, "Any fool can write a love-gone wrong song; it takes a real genius to write a love-gone-right one. No urban songwriter does that better than Curtis." More at www.catiecurtis.com. Tix, $17.50.
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Sat, Oct 24:
8 pm LAVAY SMITH AND HER RED HOT SKILLET LICKERS at Cal State Northridge, Plaza del Sol Performance Hall (formerly the Performing Arts Center), Nordhoff St and Zelzah Ave, Northridge; www.ArtsNorthridge.csun.com. This band maintains a busy schedule, including extensive touring throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan. They have performed at many prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl, The San Francisco Blues Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, The Doheny Blues Festival and Jazz Aspen/Snowmass. When not on the road, Lavay and her band are showcased in the San Francisco Bay Area's premier nightclubs, including the Cafe du Nord, Biscuits & Blues, Enrico’s, Jazz at Pearl’s, Ashkenaz, Rancho Nicasio, Kuumbwa Jazz Center and Moe's Alley. More info and tix at www.artsnorthridge.csun.com/EVENTSLavaySmith.html
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Sat, Oct 24:
8-10 pm vocalist SARA LEIB at Café Metropol, 923 E 3rd St, downtown L.A. Arts District 09913; 213-675-8269; www.cafemetropol.com. She’s performed in Greece, New Zealand, Nepal, Thailand, China, Italy and Spain, and sang on Coffeemate commercials. More at www.saraleib.com. $10 cover.
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Sat, Oct 24, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm CAROLINE AIKEN plays the Trinity Backstage Coffee House, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-962-2970; www.trinitybackstage.com. More at www.carolineaiken.com
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Sat, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24; world music:
8 pm GAL COSTA plays the UCLA Live series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. The Brazilian songstress, whose groundbreaking recordings launched Brazil’s heady Tropicalia movement, focuses on the intimacy and intricacy of sambas and bossa novas during this voice-and-guitar duet concert. She’ll revisit songs by Caetano Veloso, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others she made famous, as well as music from her new albums, “Bossa Tropical” and “Hoje.” Tix, $38-$70.
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Oct 24:
CANCELLED: 8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. plus opening act, THE JONATHAN McEUEN BAND, at the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) Center for Folk Music, in the park at 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. "The Hawks' songs are rife with mournful social commentary, environmental tragedy, wily humor, outsider guile, and political undercurrent. Seldom has there been an album with such joyous music-making, such corrosive, acid-etched lyrics." - No Depression. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Tix, $17 advance, $20 door. This show will be rescheduled in 2010.
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CANCELLED: THE BILGEWATER RATS performance canceled due to illness. The Bilgewater Rats tell us, “We hope to have a new date for the event soon.”
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Sat, Oct 24, 4th Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills; for location, contact Kay Conroy, 818-887-0446, WestValleyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Oct 24:
8:30 pm JACKSON BROWNE with Tim Robbins, Ryan Browne and Miles Robbins. LIVE! (only 100 seats) play “The Actors' Gang WTF?! Festival” at the The Actors' Gang, 9070 Venice Bl (corner of Culver & Venice Blvds), Culver City 90232; info & tix, 310-838-GANG (310-838-4264 or www.wtffestival.com. The eclectic 2-month arts event includes music, film, dance,theater literature, poetry and more to raise funds for The Actors' Gang. Week 2 features Jackson Browne, Tim Robbins and filmmakers Patricia Foulkrod and Liam Lynch. Other scheduled events include Documentary Tuesdays, Film Wednesdays, Theater Thursdays, Fun Fridays, and Music Saturdays. All proceeds benefit The Actors' Gang's community outreach programs. See their website for the most up-to-date schedules and line-ups. Bar opens tonight at 7 pm. Two hours free parking available across the street in Ince Parking Lot, corner of Culver & Ince. Tix, $150.
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Sat, Oct 24:
9 pm-1 am CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705; www.club705.com. The Cowboys (Mel, Craig & Steve) tell us, “The food and the ambience are great. Now this is the place to listen to music.” They add, ”We have been invited by the WMA to perform two showcase performances at the annual Showcase and awards the third weekend in November in Albuquerque,NM. Thank you, WMA!” Their new CD is available on their website at www.californiacowboyband.com and at www.CDbaby.com and www.sonicbids.com.
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Sat, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 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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Your editor, recovering from eye surgery, still isn’t available to detail the “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks.
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Sun, Oct 25:
1-8 pm gala BENEFIT CONCERT / music extravaganza for music journalist, radio host, and GUIDE editor LARRY WINES, at Topanga Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga CA 90290.
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Performances by:
I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND
SEVERIN BROWNE
DAVE MORRISON BAND
ROBERT MORGAN FISHER
TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND
STEVE WERNER (of Fur Dixon & Steve Werner)
STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN
MELANIE KAREEM BELLYDANCERS
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It’s a musical extravaganza concert / festival / benefit show for Larry Wines, producer & host of radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He reports on and showcases live performances from singer-songwriters and bands in the Americana, folk, cowboy, Cajun, Celtic and bluegrass traditions, and the best of today’s acoustic renaissance musicians.
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He produces the Acoustic Americana Music Guide and writes a column and the annual “Best of / Top Ten” for FolkWorks.
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After surgery for a detached retina, without health insurance, he faces an uncertain amount of time healing. The syndication of the radio show is on hold, and he cannot use the computer for that and his other work. He temporarily cannot make a living and needs our help.
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If you read this before the day of the event, please RSVP your reservation, so food quantities will include you, to marilynbabcock@mac.com
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Sun, Oct 25; Fri-Sun, Oct 23-25:
“BACONSTOCK” is a free music festival that has nothing to do with Kevin Bacon, and it’s at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. EDIE MURPHY, late the fiddler of MURPHY’S FLAW, says, “It's been a while since my last solo show. Hope you can come out to this one. It's a short and sweet 30 minute set over at The Cinema Bar, Saturday, 3-3:30 pm. I'm thrilled to have members of Murphy's Flaw performing with me. They are John Bryan on banjo, Donn Cunningham on guitar and Paul Dorn on upright bass. Maybe I'll buy ya a taco! Don't be late or you'll miss me!”
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So what’s up with the whole “BACONSTOCK” thing? Edie explains, “My pal and bartender extraordinaire,Sara Bacon, is leaving for Maine. So before heading out, she decided to throw her own little modern day Woodstock in Culver City. It's a 3-day festival from Friday night through Sunday night with 42 of Sara's favorite bands, and I'm honored to be one of them!”
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Sun, Oct 25; Fri-Sun, Oct 23-25:
“TRANSFORMATION: INT'L ALCHEMY CONFERENCE” at the L.A. Convention Center in downtown L.A., includes a music performance by AMY CLARKE on Fri; Info at www.AlchemyConference.com. Some events are free, some cost. Workshops, presentations and speakers, including Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements), Dr. Masaru Emoto (The Hidden Messages in Water) & Rickie Byars Beckwith (Healing Through Music).
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Amy Clarke tells us, “I am honored to perform original music on the opening day of the Alchemy Conference on Friday October 23 (my birthday) at 3 pm in Room 408B, following the talented Peter Sterling (Harp Magic), and shortly before Duane Saari and Dr. Theresa Ibis deliver their presentations.”
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Includes practicing alchemists, healers, artists, authors, scientists, shamans, and musicians at this conference exploring concepts and realities of personal and global transformation. Single speaker passes, from $40; entire conference is $347 for all speakers and workshops. Single day pass info at www.eventbrite.com/event/392941298/AlchemyConference/37299280. Free admission to exhibit halls, Golden Pyramid of Peace, and films.
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Sun, Oct 25; Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25, in Moorpark:
9 am-6 pm 12th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARM FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” continues at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark 93021; 805-529-3690; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
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It’s “ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS” as this weekend’s theme features pumpkin demonstrations, a feature display of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, and new and different ways to decorate them. There’s live entertainment on weekends from 10:30 am-5:30 pm. Tractor-drawn wagon ride included with paid admission. Plus, there are kids activities, Pig Races, and Barnyard Story Tales, and a big Cornfield Maze. A portion of proceeds supports local non-profit organizations including the Rotary Club, Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, and others. Free parking. Weekend admission $10, children under age 2 free (weekday admission $3).
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Sun, Oct 25, in San Diego:
7:30 pm CATIE CURTIS plays the Acoustic Music San Diego series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176 www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. Boston-based folk goddess CATIE CURTIS is an exquisite songwriter (her “Kiss That Counted” remains one of McCabe’s booker Lincoln Myerson’s favorite songs of the decade), Curtis has toured with Lilith Fair, Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, and can be heard in numerous movies and television shows including Alias, Grey's Anatomy, and 500 Miles To Graceland. She performed at President Obama's inauguration earlier this year. Her latest CD, “Hello Stranger,” offers stripped down versions of her impressive catalog with a crackerjack string band and special appearances with friends Mary Gauthier and Darrell Scott. The Boston Globe writes, "Any fool can write a love-gone wrong song; it takes a real genius to write a love-gone-right one. No urban songwriter does that better than Curtis." More at www.catiecurtis.com.
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Sun, Oct 25, in Lakeside (San Diego Co):
7:30 pm JAMES LEE STANLEY plays his final Southern Cal concert of the year at the Dark Thirty Productions House Concert Series in Lakeside 92040; reservations get directions, at 619-443-9622. He’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” solo, with John Batdorf (his duo partner in the “All Wood & Stones” acoustic Rolling Stones project), and his album, “Freelance Human Being,” was named among the “Top 200 CDs of All Time” in one publication. Hear his new solo CD at www.jamesleestanley.com/eternalcontra.html - “All Wood & Stones” info, www.allwoodandstones.com - info, www.myspace.com/jamesleestanley. Tix, $20.
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Sun-Tue, Oct 25-27, in Northern Cal:
Annual “DRAFT HORSE CLASSIC” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley,
CA, includes musical performances by SOURDOUGH SLIM and others; info, www.nevadacountyfair.com
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Sun, Oct 25, last Sun, every month; near Seattle:
4-6:30 pm “RUNNING DOG SHANTY SING,” held the last Sunday of every month, at Running Dog Guitars / Sound Guitar Repair, 118 N 35th St, Suite 105, Fremont, WA. Hosted by Rick Davis & Cat Fox. Sea Chanties (shanties) are fun to sing and the choruses are always easy-to-learn sing-alongs. The hosts tell us, “The building is tall, grey cinderblock and green metal. Suite 105 is in the back, facing the alley between 36th and 35th. Parking available on the street. Over 21 years of age please. Potluck beverages and snacks.” Free.
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Sun, Oct 25, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
6-10 am “BLUEGRASS ETC.” with producer & host FRANK HOPPE, on KCSN 88.5 FM in L.A., worldwide at www.kcsn.org. Frank’s show has been broadcast for 17+ years, and lately, he’s had live performance-interviews with musical guests. A musician himself, Frank Hoppe knows traditional bluegrass and old time string music forward and backward and everywhere in between.
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Sun, Oct 25, recurring:
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, Oct 25, 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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Sun, Oct 25; Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25:
9 am-5 pm annual “PUMPKIN ROUNDUP” at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge; 818-949-4200; www.DescansoGardens.org. With a lush landscape where pumpkins peek around nearly every corner, Descanso’s Pumpkin Roundup features costumes parades (10 and 11 am) followed by sing-alongs, face painting and a pumpkin decorating station (purchase pumpkins for a small fee). On Sat, Oct 24 only, take a pony ride through the magical Harvest Garden ($3 per ride). Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Parking is free. Admission $8 adults; $6 srs & students; $3 for children ages 5-12; free for Descanso mbrs & for children age 5 and younger.
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Sun, Oct 25; Oct 3-Nov 1:
9 am-5 pm “HARVEST FESTIVAL” in the SFV at Forneris Farms, 15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills 91345; 818-361-0714 Farm Market; 818-730-7709 Info; www.fornerisfarms.com. Live music is on weekends. Weekdays, the festival runs 2-5 pm. Features a refreshment stand on weekends with fresh roasted corn and more; a Farm Market with fall decorations and farm grown produce; a Pumpkin Patch – farm grown with every shape and size. Attractions include a Corn Maze Adventure (the editor can tell you that getting lost in one of these corn “maizes” is a distinct possibility); Tractor-pulled Train Ride – take a narrated ride around the farm; Farm Frolic Area for Kids - mini maze, giant hay pyramid, the Great Pumpkin jumper. Attractions have a fee, cash only (prices on their website). No pets. Free parking, free admission.
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Sun, Oct 25, recurring:
9 am-1 pm “CLAREMONT FARMER'S MARKET” has live acoustic music in downtown Claremont. RON ELY plays songs of the sea and more on 2nd St between Yale Av and Indian Hill, in old downtown Claremont. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely .
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Sun, Oct 25, every Sun:
10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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Sun, Oct 25, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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Sun, Oct 25, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, Oct 25:
11 am THE SQUEE GEES play the Matinee Kids' Show series at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $8; kids under age 2 are free.
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Sun, Oct 25, repeats every fourth Sun:
11 am-4 pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM, TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO, hosted by BRETT WALLER, at Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park “in the Arroyo,” 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy. Link to the Audubon center has a map: http://www.audubon-ca.org/debs_park.htm. Enter through the main portal of the Audubon center, out to the grounds, pass the pond and wind up the path to under the shade of the old pepper tree. Info, call Brett, 323-441-2113.
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Sun, Oct 25, every Sun, on web radio:
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, Oct 25, repeats every fourth Sun, in Temecula:
OPEN JAM SESSION IN TEMECULA at The Nettworks Ranch, Menifee Valley, in the Temecula / Murrieta Valley, a few miles N of the I-215 / I-15 split, in that triangle. Take Scott Rd W 2 miles off I-215, or Bundy Canyon Rd E 4 miles off I-15. Turn S on Daily Rd; first ranch on right; info, Diana Nett, The Nettworks Ranch, 951-679-7951 or 909-239-5154.
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Sun, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, 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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Sun, Oct 25:
1-8 pm gala BENEFIT CONCERT / music extravaganza for music journalist, radio host, and GUIDE editor LARRY WINES, at Topanga Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga CA 90290.
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Performances by:
I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND
SEVERIN BROWNE
DAVE MORRISON BAND
ROBERT MORGAN FISHER
TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND
STEVE WERNER (of Fur Dixon & Steve Werner)
STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN
MELANIE KAREEM BELLYDANCERS
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It’s a musical extravaganza concert / festival / benefit show for Larry Wines, producer & host of radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He reports on and showcases live performances from singer-songwriters and bands in the Americana, folk, cowboy, Cajun, Celtic and bluegrass traditions, and the best of today’s acoustic renaissance musicians.
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He produces the Acoustic Americana Music Guide and writes a column and the annual “Best of / Top Ten” for FolkWorks.
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After surgery for a detached retina, without health insurance, he faces an uncertain amount of time healing. The syndication of the radio show is on hold, and he cannot use the computer for that and his other work. He temporarily cannot make a living and needs our help.
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If you read this before the day of the event, please RSVP your reservation, so food quantities will include you: marilynbabcock@mac.com
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Sun, Oct 25, repeats every fourth Sun:
1-5 pm BLUEGRASS JAM at Torrance Elks Lodge, 1820 Abalone Av, Torrance. Info, Bill Elliott, 909-678-1180 or Bob & Lynn Cater, 310-678-1180.
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Sun, Oct 25, recurring:
1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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Sun, Oct 25:
2-4 pm “BASIC ZYDECO DANCE WORKSHOP” at The Warehouse, 2508 N Palm Dr, #104, Signal Hill 90755. In addition, “the zydeco documentary” will screen 4-5 pm after class. Instructor is Greg Benusa, 619-857-8409.
Intermediate & Advanced Workshop Material Covered:
Houston Style Floating Slides with Lifts
Lifts with Standard Zydeco Footwork, Inside Turn Partner Toss,
Rotating 360 Inside Turns, Inside Turns, Hip Twist
Hesitations/Shelton Broussard, Hip to Hip, Side by Side to
Alternating Opens, Hip Push, The "V", Reverse 360 Floating Slides
Will also send attendees a free video clip of a slow review of the
zydeco material covered for practice & future reference.
RSVP requested but not required to Karen Redding at 562-708-8946. Bring folding chair if you’re staying for the movie. More at www.zydecoworkshop.com. $20.
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Sun, Oct 25; not music, but folk related:
2-4:30 pm “RESISTANCE THEN, RESIST NOW! – The Ash Grove Honors 45th Anniversary of The Resistance” is “a meeting of the resisters of the military draft and Veterans For Peace” at Arlington West in Santa Monica. Arlington West is a temporary memorial erected every Sunday on the beach by Veterans For Peace, immediately north of the Santa Monica Pier; info, www.arlingtonwestsantamonica.org.
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The Ash Grove Foundation continues its ongoing series of “Beyond November” community events, observing the 45th Anniversary of The Resistance draft resisters movement. The Resistance was an organization of draft resisters founded in 1964 and quickly grew nationally. The actual anniversary date and gathering of original members of The Resistance will take place the previous day on Sat, Oct 24. Today’s event brings together the original Resisters and current Veterans For Peace, emceed by famed peace activist, Veteran Ron Kovic who became disabled in the Vietnam War.
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The Ash Grove (1958-1973) on Melrose Av in Hollywood was a pioneering musical and political venue. The performance standards and creative interplay among musicians, young and old, produced many great artists, enriched the lives of audiences, and gave the club a leading role in the culture of a generation. Archived Ash Grove concerts from that era are available for listening or download at www.WolfgangsVault.com
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Sun, Oct 25:
6 pm “BENEFIT FOR SAMOA TSUNAMI SURVIVORS” includes performances by “LISA HALEY & FRIENDS," THE STRANGERS, IMISHI, OLA FOU, HULA WORSHIP TEAM, and more, at Hope Chapel Teen Center, 2420 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach 90254; info, 310-374-HOPE; check the event website for a list of needed supplies, www.helpsamoa.com
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Sun, Oct 25:
2-6 pm “BEDROCK REHEARSAL PARTY” at Bedrock Rehearsal Studios in Echo Park; reservations get directions and invitation at rsvp@bedrockla.com. They’re celebrating the opening of 8 state of the art hourly music studios with an afternoon of free music, food and their own brewery’s beer. While party-goers tour the massive 37,000 square foot building in Echo Park they can enjoy fresh off the grill brat’s, a preview of Bedrock Brewing Company’s micro-brew that will be served in renewable bio-plastic cups from Repurpose and enjoy music performances from Evan Way of The Parson Red Heads, Fort Wife (featuring Avi Buffalo) and Learning Music.
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The event will be spaced out among the 8 uniquely themed rooms including a Gibson guitar room that will feature guitars for demo, a photo booth, Isgoodmusic.com dessert room, LA Record Lobby and the Dixon drum room where a Dixon snare will be raffled off. This will also give the public its first look at the new repair and gear rental shop. The hourly studios mark the second stage in the facilities development after opening and filling all of their private lock-out rehearsal and recording studios. Bedrock will eventually house the Loading Dock Café and Bedrock Brewing Company, a brew pub that will feature beers crafted in house, as well as artisan pizza and intimate acoustic shows to be booked by Spaceland Presents. Plans for a rooftop community garden and three guest suites that specifically cater to touring bands are also in the works. The end goal is to create a locally fueled one stop spot for the ever growing musical community of Los Angeles’ east side.
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Sun, Oct 25, in Lancaster:
3 pm Canadian folk star JOHN WORT HANNAM plays the Slater-Lunsford House Concert series in Lancaster (N of Palmdale); reservations get directions. Info at www.desertsong.net/main/?page_id=113. JOHN WORT HANNAM has won more awards than just about anyone else in the folk music universe. He is the 2009 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2008 North American Folk Alliance Award Nominee; 2007 Double Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2007 New Folk Winner - Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting Competition; 2007 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2005 Double Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee; 2005 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2004 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition. More, www.johnworthannam.com
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Sun, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25; Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25:
4 pm THE BURLINGTON FAMILY performs for the “Brewery ArtWalk” in the gallery/loft/studio/space of artist and designer Kasey McMahon, 2100 N Main St, downtown L.A. More at www.atypicalart.com. The Fall Brewery ArtWalk takes place this Sat and Sun from 11 am-6 pm. Kevin Casey, Burlington Family member, tells us, “The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices. Admission is free and so is parking. Come and support L.A.’s finest artists, take home some great works and dine at the on-site restaurant.” Free.
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Sun, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25:
5-8 pm TROUT & CO. bring “country fried acoustic blues” to Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) Featuring vocals, guitar, lap-steel, harmonica, with - Steve Nish on hot guitar and special guest Arden Acord on fiddle & mandolin. Band leader Trout Davis tells us, “I hope to have an open mic portion if some musicians will come ready to play or want to jam with us. It’s all acoustic folks. All proceeds will be donated.”
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Sun, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, every Sun:
5-7 pm “THE MUSIC OF COSMIC STARFISH” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl (at Hudson), Hollywood 90038; 323-464-MUSE (6873); www.cafemusela.com. JEFFREY SNYDER (aka Cosmic Starfish) brings his electro-folk music to Cafe MUSE every Sunday. (Yep, this is electric.) The venue tells us, “Come to the MUSE to hear his truly unique and totally chill astral-pop music... the perfect complement to Sunday dinner, don't you think?” We haven’t been, but their menu of light cuisine is quite good.
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Sun, Oct 25, every Sun:
5-8 pm “JAZZ NIGHT” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Different bands every week. No cover.
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Sun, Oct 25, 4th Sun, every month:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A.; for location, contact Mha Atma Khalsa, WestLAHoot@songmakers.org or 310-203-0162; www.songmakers.org.
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Sun, Oct 25, every Sun, through the spring & summer:
DONE; FINALE WAS SEP 27; MAY RETURN IN A DIFFERENT VENUE IN 2010: 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, Oct 25, 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 music or music-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, Oct 25, 4th Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm “BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM” for beginners, at SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande. Info, 805-473-0102.
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Sun, Oct 25, repeats last Sun, every month:
5:45 pm OPEN MIC at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabesguitar.com.
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Sun, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, in Lancaster:
6:30-10 pm monthly CONTRA DANCE with the DANANCE BAND at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Ave J, Lancaster; 661-733-8106; rm.trochim@verizon.net. Bring a snack or dessert to share- keep your energy up! $6 per adult, $2 for ages 14 and younger.
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Sun, Oct 25:
7 pm RALPH STANLEY & HIS CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS plus special guests CHERRYHOLMES play the UCLA Live series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. Living bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, a National Medal of Arts honoree whose a cappella rendition of “O Death” anchored the “O Brother! Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, is joined by Cherryholmes, the top-selling band created by bassist Jere and mandolinist Sandy and their four children. More at www.ralphstanley.com and www.cherryholmes.musiccitynetworks.com and read the feature in FolkWorks at www.folkworks.org/content/view/36188/166. Tix, $28-$52.
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Sun, Oct 25:
7 pm VICTORIA VOX, with special operetta guest LILA BLOOM, 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. A big time exhibit of voice and instrument and lots of smiles and laughs from Victoria Vox.
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Victoria Vox only comes to California once per year and her fave spot is The Coffee Gallery Backstage. She has an enthusiastic following of admirers and she is cute and funny and does great things with the uke. She is featured at ukelele festivals all over America. Victoria Vox says that sad songs are harder to come by on the ukulele. Actually, there are a couple of heartbreak themes on her newest album, Chameleon, but surrounded by the ukulele and other contemporary sounds, the end result is a bright and enchanting pop record.
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Vox graduated from The Berklee College of Music with honors and a degree in songwriting -- releasing a handful of DIY, guitar-driven albums before a friend gave her the 4-stringed instrument. It proved to be the perfect new partner for her rich voice and changed the way she wrote and arranged music.
Her first ukulele driven record, Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea was funded by fan donations and released in 2006. The refreshing disc was well received, and featured on NPR’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge,” while songs were featured on television and in independent movies. Vox has also been awarded runner-up and First Place in the International Acoustic Music Awards and also included in Relix Magazine’s list of artists to watch.
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Vox, who lives in Baltimore now, has been averaging 150 dates for the past several years. “I'm finding that non-ukulele listeners are converted daily,” she says. “It's really fun to give people what they weren't expecting.” Not that Vox is the only current artist to slip in a little ukulele -- which seems to be on the cusp of comeback? But, the singer-songwriter is dedicated to the tiny instrument, and maybe, just maybe helping make it cool again.
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LILA BLOOM..."An eerie voicemail left at the wrong number sparked the story for the project now called Lila Bloom, which focuses on a lover looking back on the inception, growth, and demise of a relationship. An operetta of sorts featuring haunting yet sultry vocals by the part of the female lover, and equally stinging guitar licks by the part of the male lover, Lila Bloom has a sound all its own. Lila Bloom is from Denver, Colorado, and has a total of four members which will be performing at the Coffee Gallery Backstage."
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"Lila Bloom is a Denver-based act with roots in Jazz, Folk, and Alternative Rock. The band performs the original "Say You'll Stay" operetta; a project sparked in May 2008 when an eerie voicemail left by an old woman ("Eloise") at the wrong number spoke of dreams, love, and death by "little songs". Eloise is scattered throughout the lyrics of the operetta, watching over the two lovers as they look back over the inception, growth, and demise of their relationship.
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Lila Bloom performs the sultry vocals of the operetta, while the stinging licks of the guitar intertwine. It creates a harmony that caresses the audience and entices each person want to "stay the night". Ken Crow plays the guitar, Aaron Ainbinder plays bass, and Emily backs up Ms. Bloom's vocals, adding a haunting echo and harmony to the operetta. A sultry passion play of music in just under an hour. A fine two act show. Tix, $18.
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Sun, Oct 25:
7 & 9 pm CHRIS SMITHER plays two shows tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. The venue’s booker, Lincoln Myerson, says, “If you've seen Smither live, you've surely been knocked out (as we have) by the amount of music that comes out of this one man. His guitar playing is remarkably fluid, and with his feet miked to amplify the beat, he sings acoustic blues with a smoky voice that just keeps getting better with age. He tours in support of his latest album, ‘Time Stands Still,’ just the eleventh studio album in a near 40 year career that finds Chris yet again at the top of his game. The Austin Statesman says ‘Chris Smither is America's great blues poet, a master acoustic guitarist whose music suggests the power of Son House and a wisdom informed by the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.’ That about sums it up. You should be here!” More at www.smither.com. Tix for either show, $24.50.
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Sun, Oct 25:
7 pm the TOM CORBETT BAND with BILL KNOPF & KATHY CRAIG at Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St, El Segundo; reservations: 310-322-2592. Venue, www.otmh.org. Easily some of Southern Cal’s finest string band musicians, plus pianist Kathy Craig. All of them teach at the Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Oct 25:
7-10 pm "CALIFORNIA ONE CARE SNEAK PREVIEW CELEBRATION" includes TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS at the Musician's Union, Local 47. Tracy says, “Lorie, Gene and I will sing the PR jingle. Paula Poundstone headlining! Great night. Celebrity Salute to single-payer health care.” Fundraiser. Reservations by phone: 310-459-2323.
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Sun, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, repeats last Sun, every month; in the OC:
7-9 pm monthly “ORANGE COUNTY SONGSALIVE! SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Spires Restaurant (in the Meeting Room), 13030 Goldenwest Av (crnr of Garden Grove Bl), Westminster 92683; 714-636-0442; event info, 714-333-8222 (Rodney). Songwriting workshop, critique session and songwriting exercises. Event gathers songwriters to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the global Songsalive! songwriting communities. First half is an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each (on tape, CD or live) followed by a guest speaker or industry discussion in the second half, with time to talk and network. Moderated by Rod O'Riley. Directions, info, www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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Sun, Oct 25, 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, Oct 25, 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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7:30 pm RICK SHEA plays one of three CD Release Shows for his new "Shelter Valley Blues" on Tres Pescadores Records, this one at the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) Center for Folk Music, in the park at 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. "Years from now writers will refer to this as "his career album." In case I'm not around to do it, I'll just do it here. He's had a long and storied career and worked with music royalty in several genres. As is the case with in demand players they often don't get the proper respect for their own recordings. This one will change all of that for Shea. This self produced and recorded album feels like something The Band would have done early in their career." - Blll Lavery, Village Records. Doors at 7 pm for the best seats. FREE refreshments for everyone. Tix, $12 Concert only, or $20 includes concert, the new "SVB" CD, + one free drink.
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Sun, Oct 25, repeats last Sun, every month:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont; 909-624-2928. Sign-ups at 7 pm. $1 cover.
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8 pm LILA DOWNS at The Grove Of Anaheim, www.thegroveofanaheim.com. Show info, www.thegroveofanaheim.com/events/show.aspx?ID=1696. Tix from the cancelled Aug 26 show are honored tonight.
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Singer-songwriter Lila Downs grew up living between two very different cultures - in Minnesota, and the Sierra Madre Mountains of southern Mexico. She draws on her roots by tapping deeply into native Mesoamerican music and sings in the Indian languages of Mexico such as the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Nahuatl.
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Lila Downs started singing mariachi songs when she was eight and when she turned 14 she began taking voice lessons. She returned to Minnesota for college where she studied voice and anthropology at the University of Minnesota with the intent on becoming an opera singer until she became disenchanted with the music department. After a few years Lila began singing in the club scenes of Oaxaca and Philadelphia along with Paul Cohen, an expatriate saxophonist who had also been a clown and juggler in the circus. They began collaborating together on songs that would slowly mature into their most recent recordings.
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More at www.liladowns.com and see the feature on Lila Downs in FolkWorks at www.folkworks.org/content/view/36181/166. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix, $35 & $25.
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9 pm CHRIS SMITHER plays two shows tonight at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. The venue’s booker, Lincoln Myerson, says, “If you've seen Smither live, you've surely been knocked out (as we have) by the amount of music that comes out of this one man. His guitar playing is remarkably fluid, and with his feet miked to amplify the beat, he sings acoustic blues with a smoky voice that just keeps getting better with age. He tours in support of his latest album, ‘Time Stands Still,’ just the eleventh studio album in a near 40 year career that finds Chris yet again at the top of his game. The Austin Statesman says ‘Chris Smither is America's great blues poet, a master acoustic guitarist whose music suggests the power of Son House and a wisdom informed by the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.’ That about sums it up. You should be here!” More at www.smither.com. There’s an earlier show at 7 pm. Tix for either show, $24.50.
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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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Mon, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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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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, Oct 26, every Mon, on the web:
3:59-5:15 pm (Pacific time) “WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR” live simulcast from Lexington, Kentucky. Those near Lexington are invited to attend the show live; the rest of us can watch and listen live on the web, or download the podcast later, at www.woodsongs.com. The host is folksinger MICHAEL JOHNATHON, and both he and many of his guests have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Michael’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” is a multi-media celebration of grassroots Americana music, heard worldwide in radio syndication (except in L.A.) and seen and heard on the web. Every Monday evening, Michael and his guests perform folk and bluegrass, and the show explores songwriting, new artists, literature, worldwide radio, television and concerts. WoodSongs is the world first multi-camera, weekly series broadcast on the Internet. Online viewers worldwide can watch the behind-the-scenes production heard by over 900,000 radio listeners on over 491 radio stations each week. Here’s the weekly schedule, adjusted to Pacific time: 4 pm - watch the 60 minute show live as it happens; 5:03 pm - join the audience as they record the promo for the just-completed show; 5:05 pm - enjoy the guest artist's encore performances, not heard on the radio broadcast.
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Mon, Oct 26; musicians’ mixer:
5-8 pm this month's “HAPPY HOUR HANG” hosted by Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM), and this time it’s at the Burbank Bar & Grille, 112 N San Fernando Bl, Burbank; www.bbgrocks.com. In the heart of the studios, near the 5 & 134 freeways. These events are designed for you to meet new people in the local music scene, men and women from all walks of the music industry, re-connect with old contacts and find that new job opportunity. Open to everyone.
$1 OFF all drinks, complimentary appetizers, area street & garage parking. Bring a friend and your business cards, introduce yourself & make the evening work for you. Includes a drawing for a LAWIM Swag Bag that includes one year FREE membership or extension of your current LAWIM membership. More at www.lawim.com.
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Mon, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26:
7 pm TEGAN AND SARA with LAURA VEIRS at The Orpheum; doors at 7 pm. Tix, $38, $42. (Oct 25 sold out, limited tix available for Oct 26).
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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, Oct 26, repeats every 4th (& 2nd) Mon; in Corona:
7-10 pm CORONA BLUEGRASS JAM at Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Av (at Ontario Av), Corona. Info, contact Todd Holtkamp, 951-347-2597 or onetoad@adelphia.net. Todd says, “Open Jam, all levels welcome. Having a good time is mandatory. If the weather is good we will be outside in front of the main building. If the weather is bad we will be inside.”
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Mon, Oct 26, on broadcast & web radio:
7 pm VERTIGO ROAD duo Kim & Dawnia will be interviewed on KPFK, 90.7 fm, http://www.imru.org/imrum_what.html. You’ve heard their music on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Tonight, Chris Wilson speaks with them on-air, for about 10-15 minutes, in their first radio interview. More at www.vertigoroad.com
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Mon, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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 & Tue, Oct 26 & 27:
8 pm THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with mandolin phenom EVAN MARSHALL 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. They were named in FolkWorks “Top Ten / Best of 2008” as THE best live acoustic band in L.A. Beyond their present virtuosity, they are one of, if not "the" most historical Western bands in the world, The Riders Of The Purple Sage starred in films and radio for the pre-war days to today. Today's Riders, under the leadership of Cody Bryant, put on a show rich with old and new music. Band members are highly-skilled musicians. Instruments include a five-string banjo, hot lead guitar, twin fiddles, steel guitar, bass, drums, and consummate vocals. While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that carries on and builds upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. Today’s Riders bring together hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, leave the audience wanting more. Their sound and show makes you feel that all is well in the West. Larry Wines once wrote that they are “etherial and orchestral, and exceed their genre.” Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “You owe it to yourself to see this most amazing and amusing exhibit. Forget what you think you like and don’t like. See The Riders Of The Purple Sage.” Tix: $20.
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Mon, Oct 26, 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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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, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, every 4th (and 2nd) Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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Mon, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum for table service requested, otherwise, no cover.
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Mon, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 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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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, Oct 26:
10 pm “OLE TIME VARIETY SHOW” with BLIND BOY PAXTON and FRANK FAIRFIELD at the Redwood Bar & Grill, 316 W 2nd St (between Broadway and Hill), downtown L.A. 90012; www.theredwoodbar.com.
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Your editor really likes FRANK FAIRFIELD and his engaging, often energetic, interpretations of old-time string music styles. This is a live performance of his new self-titled album, “Frank Fairfield,” out now on Tompkins Square.
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Greil Marcus calls Fairfield, "A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who's crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it."
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California-based fiddle, guitar, and banjo player, and ardent 78 collector Frank Fairfield has made his living as a musician, often found playing on the streets of Los Angeles. Handpicked by Fleet Foxes to open their U.S. tour last year, Frank released a 7" on Tompkins Square and recorded his self-titled debut album. His 7" won over tough critics and purists like Grammy winning producer Chris King (Charley Patton, People Take Warning box set), Phil Alexander (Mojo) and Greil Marcus, among others.
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From Liner Notes by John Tottenham:
"Few questions can be satisfactorily answered about Frank Fairfield, mostly because he keeps to himself. He seems to be at once very open to share his insights, but yet in no way willing to give away his secrets. He was born in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He speaks of his grandfather leaving Texas to pick crops around the country, a constant traveler, a musician, who eventually "got religion" and settled in Kettleman City, Kings County as a pastor. Dust storms, tumbleweeds, cotton crops. . . this imagery has been richly cultivated in Fairfield's young mind. Somewhere along the road Frank Fairfield finds himself and begins to play his grandfather's old fiddle, picks up the banjo and gitbox, and starts playing the tunes of old with great conviction, learning many songs from the collection of rural gramophone records he has hungrily hunted down." More at www.myspace.com/frankfairfield
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If you can’t handle the late hours, catch Frank Fairfield’s in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood at 2 pm, Sat. Oct 24 (see listing).
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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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Tue, Oct 27, every week; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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6-8:15 pm STAN WEST at Frisella's Roastery, 179 N Glendora Av, Glendora; 626-852-1810. A bluesman from hat to boots, Stan West is, according to blues expert Bernie Pearl, one of this country's premiere slide guitarists. Vintage Guitar Magazine wrote, "Stan West knows the Blues," and Seven Days adds, "If there is any justice, Stan West would be a legend." He’s still working on that, with his new CD, “Live at Mr. Mike’s.”
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When he played the Fret House, they noted, “Stan West is something of an institution on the Southern Californian blues scene, delighting the patrons of the area's blues clubs with his potent slide guitar riffs for around thirty years, as well as opening for artists like Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter and Robben Ford. A rather astute observer of that four-letter word called ‘life,’ Stan West knows the blues.”
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Stan has quite a history, indeed, including performing on stage with all those luminaries, and even with Janis Joplin. In 1977, a stroke paralyzed one side of his body and robbed him of the ability to play. Overcoming that with a new and unique slide guitar style, he launched the Stan West Band in ’79. Beginning in ’83, he became proprietor of Stan’s Guitar Shop in Glendora. His previous CDs were released in ’94 and ’97. More recently, Stan was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, and has been forced to declare “no more smoke-filled clubs!” Catching Stan perform these days is a rare treat. More at www.stanwest.com. Venue offers great food, beer and wine. Stan says, “Try their tri-tip for a real sandwich treat!”
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6-8:45 pm “COMMUNITY FOLK MUSIC JAM” led by Bea Romano & Jim, is a traditional folk music jam at the Barbara J. Riley Center, 7810 Quill St, Downey 90242; 562-904-7226. Event info, www.folkjam.org; 562-861-7049. All acoustic instruments and singers welcome, as are good listeners. Bea says, “It's a lovely facility. We hope you will join in the fun. There are plenty of armless chairs. Best of all, it's free!”
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6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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Tue, Oct 27, every week; in Menifee:
6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Oct 27, last Tue, every month:
7-8:45 pm GILLI MOON plays her monthly residency and “SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; 323-653-0640. It’s a mostly-acoustic event with guest artists. Gill says, “It features 'moi,' plus a couple of cool cats from Songsalive! - and we all perform in the round on stage. It's really a wonderful night, and starts early, 7 pm stage time.” Venue is known for its Chinese food; call for dinner reserv. Plenty of parking, $7 cover.
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Tue, Oct 27, every week:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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Tue, Oct 27, every week; in the Inland Empire:
7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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Tue, Oct 27, every week, in Palmdale:
7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at 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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Tue, Oct 27, every week; in Tehachapi:
7-10 pm “ACOUSTIC JAM” at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "All unplugged acoustic players." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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“ACOUSTIC TUESDAY NIGHTS” at Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N El Centro Av (betw Selma & Hollywood Bl), Hollywood; www.myspace.com/cranestavern. More at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=9856844&blogId=470963380
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Tue, Oct 27, recurring:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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8 pm THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with mandolin phenom EVAN MARSHALL 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. They were named in FolkWorks “Top Ten / Best of 2008” as THE best live acoustic band in L.A. Beyond their present virtuosity, they are one of, if not "the" most historical Western bands in the world, The Riders Of The Purple Sage starred in films and radio for the pre-war days to today. Today's Riders, under the leadership of Cody Bryant, put on a show rich with old and new music. Band members are highly-skilled musicians. Instruments include a five-string banjo, hot lead guitar, twin fiddles, steel guitar, bass, drums, and consummate vocals. While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that carries on and builds upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. Today’s Riders bring together hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, leave the audience wanting more. Their sound and show makes you feel that all is well in the West. Larry Wines once wrote that they are “etherial and orchestral, and exceed their genre.” Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “You owe it to yourself to see this most amazing and amusing exhibit. Forget what you think you like and don’t like. See The Riders Of The Purple Sage.” Tix: $20.
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Tue, Oct 27; in the OC:
8 pm JOHN WORT HANNAM plays the Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach 92651; 949-494-3027. He has won more awards than just about anyone else in the folk music universe. He is the 2009 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2008 North American Folk Alliance Award Nominee; 2007 Double Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2007 New Folk Winner - Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting Competition; 2007 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition; 2005 Double Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee; 2005 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee; 2004 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition. More, www.johnworthannam.com
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Tue, Oct 27; not music, but you want to know:
8 pm “THE GROUND TRUTH: AFTER THE KILLING ENDS” is part of the “WTF?! Festival” at The Actors' Gang, 9070 Venice Bl (at Culver Bl), Culver City 90232; 310-838-GANG (310-838-4264); www.wtffestival.com. Patricia Foulkrod's documentary film is an unflinching look at US soldiers as they struggle to come to terms with their experience when returning home from Iraq. "A searing document...every single American should see this film." - Premiere Magazine. The screening is followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Patirica Foulkrod and veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflict. Two hours free parking available across the street in Ince Parking Lot, corner of Culver & Ince. Free admission.
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Tue, Oct 27, every week:
8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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Tue, Oct 27, repeats every second and fourth Tue:
8 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL McCARTHY the second and fourth Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. You can sign-up in advance online at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid .
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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, Oct 27, every week:
DISCONTINUED: VENUE HAS CLOSED; 8 pm OPEN MIC at Sierra Cup, 409 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-301-4214; www.sierracup.com. Sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
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Tue, Oct 27, every week; in Laguna Beach:
8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at the The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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Tue, Oct 27, every Tue:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Tue, Oct 27, every Tue:
9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
Sunday - “Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, World Music” night, 8 pm-11:30 am
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed, in Yucaipa:
12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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Wed, Oct 28, Wed & Thu, every week; near Santa Barbara:
4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. RON ELY plays authentic and original songs of the sea and more at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Wednesday evening, outside this same venue, The Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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Wed, Oct 28, 2nd & 4th Wed every month; in Lancaster:
6 pm UKULELE CLUB at Nicks Pizza, 43755 15th St West, Lancaster. Uke players begin arriving about 5 pm, meeting starts at 6 pm. Newcomers welcome.
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6:30 pm “TWICE-A-MONTH BLUEGRASS JAM” new for ’09, at Robano's Italian Pizza Kitchen, 10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602. (It’s S of Magnolia, W of Buena Vista, E of Cahuenga.) Jam is in the room behind the bar area. Hosted by Paddy Hill, who wants us to tell you, “All players welcome. Please plan to buy a beer or appetizer (from $5) to get the owner enthusiastic, or better still, a full meal from $9.” Info, contact Paddy Hill at paddyh036@gmail.com. Series began Feb 11. No cover.
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Wed, Oct 28, 4th Wed, every month:
6:45 pm “GILLI MOON & J.WALKER'S SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. Gilli is co-founder of the global Songsalive! songwriters organization. She books different guests, and herself performs each month. More at www.songsalive.org
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed in Oct & Nov 2009:
7-9 pm "WINE & SONG" series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad says the venue is “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” He describes the event: “Every Wednesday in October and November I'll be hosting an evening of original songs by talented (that's where you come in) singer-songwriters who will present their songs and the stories/inspiration behind them. DAVE MORRISON and some other San Gabriel Valley songwriters will be joining me for the first installment on Oct 7. Shows are from 7 to 9 pm. [Songwriters,] If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the LA area in Oct or Nov, please get in touch.” -Brad. Brad Colerick and Dave Morison have both performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Wed, Oct 28:
7-9 pm “WEST COAST SONGWRITERS” night at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. $5 cover.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. All ages, no cover.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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7-10 pm (started Jan 7) “KULAK'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Marc Platt wrote, for Music Connection, “Your Wednesday Nights will never be the same after participating in this Group Workshop. The weekly cost is $20, which goes to Kulak’s to help pay the rent. The Workshop… is open to the public for the first four weeks. We will then set our 12-person group writing roster until the end of March. The workshop will be limited to 12 writers. We will break up into groups and work on many styles, genres and topics. You will find it challenging and exhilarating. You can bring instruments and will need to have your own small recording device, as well as a pen and notepad. Marc Platt (from the Sunday Night Performance Workshop) will facilitate with help from Steve Schalchlin. Marc has written music for TV Shows like ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ and others for many years. Steve Schalchlin ran similar workshops for the NAS (National Academy of Songwriters) in the 1990s and is a very accomplished songwriter. His ‘New World Waking’ show is currently running in San Francisco. If you are interested, please email Marc Platt at rotn60@aol.com.”
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Wed, Oct 28, 2nd & 4th Wed, every month; in Lompoc:
7-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Southside Coffee Co, 105 S "H" St, Lompoc. Info, call Bill, 805-736-8241.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed, in Tehachapi:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "musicians, poets, writers, thinkers, and audiences." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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Wed, Oct 28:
7:30 pm REGINA SPEKTOR at the Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, in Griffith Park, L.A.; Greek Theatre hotline, 323-665-1927; http://greektheatrela.com. Pianist and vocalist Regina Spektor returns to Los Angeles, and the seating at the Greek Theatre will be reconfigured to allow for a more intimate setting. Captivating audiences with her distinctive songs, Regina Spektor has gone from hypnotizing small crowds to selling out 3,000 capacity venues worldwide with what Rolling Stone praised as "one of the most intensely joyful rock shows we've seen." Spektor crafts intelligent, honest odes to life, and her amazing ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary is evident in her new CD, “far,” (another one of those lower-case things) which debuted at #3 on The Billboard Top 200. Along with NPR, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and many others around the world, The New York Times raves about her newest album, “[Spektor’s] most ambitious work sonically and her storytelling is as elliptical as ever.” The UK Sunday Times agrees this is “her most accomplished, mystifying, eclectic and beautiful release to date. It doesn't just fly, it soars." Spin Magazine says "far snuggles between her previous efforts, linking the heady sweep of 2003's Soviet Kitsch to the roundabout pop treats of Begin To Hope.” People Magazine adds, “[Spektor’s] eclectic, breathtakingly gorgeous songs will be good company wherever you go.” Tix, $45 / $39.50 / $35.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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Wed, Oct 28:
8 pm STEVE MARTIN performs with the STEEP CANYON RANGERS and The L.A. Philharmonic in “AN EVENING OF BLUEGRASS & BANJO” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org. Iconic comedian Steve Martin is a fine banjo player, as he proves in this very special appearance at Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform songs from his new album, “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo,” currently on top of the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. Having won a Grammy for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” in 2001, this will be the accomplished instrumentalist’s first public show in Los Angeles in decades, and follows his recent sold-out performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Tix & info at www.laphil.com/tickets/performance_detail.cfm?id=4206 and more at www.LAPhil.com. More at www.stevemartin.com and www.steepcanyon.com.
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Wed, Oct 28:
8 pm “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” 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. Tribute artist Jim Curry’s voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie, “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine," "Calypso," and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other."
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The husband and wife team deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!) The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer-songwriters ever to grace the stage.
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Wed, Oct 28:
8 pm YASMIN LEVY at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, L.A. 90049; 310-440-4500; www.skirball.org. The award-winning Sephardic Israeli vocalist showcases her captivating blend of Ladino, flamenco, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean musical traditions. "Nothing can really prepare you for the beauty and intensity of [Levy's] performance." - fRoots. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.skirball.org/index.php?option=com_ccevents&scope=prgm&task=detail&oid=630&ccmenu=d2hhdcdzig9u. $30 gen’l; $25 Skirball mbrs; $20 full-time students.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
8 pm OPEN MIC at The Talking Stick, 1630 Ocean Park Bl, Santa Monica; www.thetalkingstick.net.
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Wed, Oct 28, recurring:
8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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Wed, Oct 28, last Wed, every month:
ON HIATUS: 8-10 pm “HOBO SOUP” monthly folk music evening with performing host “BANJO FRED” STARNER, usually joined by PHIL VAN TEE and KAREN KRANTZ, at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St, in the Old Bank District, downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. The venue is the big lobby of a 1905-era bank building. Fred says it has “a fine sound system, and a no-alcohol good vibe.” FRED STARNER is the officially-named “GRAND DUKE OF HOBO MINSTRELS” by the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. Musical funnyman PHIL VAN TEE has taken his homemade cookie-tin banjo to stages everywhere, opening for nearly all the big-name country music acts. Previous guests have included JILL FENIMORE, ORGANIC DEMO, and DADDY BONE. Artist info, www.hobobanjofred.com. Venue is just down the gated alley between Main and Broadway; it’s a coffeehouse that serves coffee drinks and tasty light fare.
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Wed, Oct 28, 4th Wed every month:
8:30 pm “FESTIVAL OF THE EGG” the monthly all-female musicians’ event, at the Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-2114. $7.
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Wed, Oct 28, every Wed:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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8:30 pm-midnight “JAZZ JAM SESSION” at The Smokehouse Restaurant, 4420 W Lakeside Dr (at Barham), Burbank 91505; www.smokehouse1946.com; 818-845-3731. New home for the long-running weekly series formerly at the Sportsman’s Lodge; hosted by CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA, President of the California Pop & Jazz Council (www.capopandjazzcouncil.org). Event info, www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover.
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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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3-8 pm “WE TELL STORIES” at the 4th annual “HAUNTED HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HIGHLAND PARK” at the Old LA Farmer's Market at Ave. 58 and N. Figueroa
Blvd. in Highland Park. Featuring performances by the Grammy Award winning MARIACHI DIVAS, We Tell Stories children's theatre company, Taiko drummers, Folklorico dancers and more. L.A.'s multi-ethnic children's storytelling theatre company presents this outdoor festival. It’s “a great way for families to celebrate the harvest and enjoy Halloween in a comfortable, lively setting with fun for the whole family. Admission is free.
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We Tell Stories, performing since 1981, is known for bringing myths, legends, and literature from all cultures and times to extemporaneous life. The Haunted Harvest storytelling whirlwind includes Aesop's fables and folktales from Japanese, Mexican and American Indian traditions. From their seats or on the stage in costume, audience members are an integral part of the performance.
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The Costume Contest is open to all ages, and participants are encouraged to enter their already-carved pumpkins in the Carved Pumpkin Contest. The Festival's additional attractions include face painting, an arts and crafts table, fresh Farmer's Market produce and prepared foods, trick-or-treating and more. More info, We Tell Stories at 323-256-2336 or www.wetellstories.org.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu: in Santa Barbara:
5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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Thu, Oct 29, recurring; in Idyllwild:
6-9 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & KEVIN HAMBY at Café Aroma, 54750 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild; 951-659-5212. Acoustic blues, bluegrass, swing, folk, more; Sandii Castleberry with guitar, vocals, harmonica; Kevin Hamby on bass, vocals.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu through the summer:
DONE FOR 2009 (but you can still go there for the Fosselman’s ice cream): 6:30-8:30 pm BUDDY ZAPATA at Buster's Coffee & Ice Cream Shop, 1006 Mission, South Pasadena; 626-441-0744. He’s performed live, multiple times, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” with PETER CASE (Plimsouls), solo, and in an all-pro “Blues Song Circle.” Buddy tells us he’s trying-out new material for an upcoming CD, and the little venue with the great ice cream (and good sandwiches) is the beneficiary. No cover, tips to the artist are welcome.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with guest artists each week, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes) tells us, it’s “becoming quite a scene. This bass player-songwriter MARK GOLDBERG hosts a fantastic Americana Songwriter Showcase, many times with name songwriters. I try to go as often as possible, because it's always good.” Venue serves Italian food, good coffeehouse treats and beverages. You can bring your own wine with no corking charge. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
7-10 pm “FLAMENCO GUITAR NIGHT” with award-winning flamenco guitarist STEPHEN DICK at Manchego Food From Spain Restaurant, 2510 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-450-3900; www.manchegoonmain.com. Venue serves great tapas and Spanish dinner plates in an elegant and intimate space. STEPHEN DICK - "Esteban de Los Angeles" - has won numerous prizes for his compositions and performances, including an award from the Sur Jerez Flamenco Competition in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for his original 1st album, "Naranjas Amargas." A versatile artist, he is the winner of the Peter Frampton award for excellence in contemporary music, and his compositions for the guitar have been published in Italy, and in the US by Columbia Music Company. He won the Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for his "Sonatina for Solo Guitar," and a Meet the Composer's grant for his realization of Federico GarcÃa Lorca's romantic ballad, "Romance Sonambulo." He a 2008/2009 winner of a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and US Universities for a new flamenco concert featuring GarciaLorca's mystical lullaby, "Nana del Caballo Grande."
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu; in Lancaster:
7-10 pm “CEDAR OPEN MIC” at Cedar Center, 44345 Cedar Av (at Lancaster Bl), Lancaster 93534; www.myspace.com/cedarcenteropenmic. Hosted by Ms. Shell Marie and Cleen. It’s open to all ages, however there is no censorship rule. It welcomes poets, spoken word, “freestylers,” and acoustic musicians. Free.
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OPEN MIC / SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at Primo Pizza, 28200 Bouquet Cyn Rd, Saugus. Mike Dill hosts. He's a fine fingerstyle blues picker.
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Thu, Oct 29:
7:30 pm STEVE MARTIN performs with the STEEP CANYON RANGERS in “AN EVENING OF BLUEGRASS & BANJO” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org. Iconic comedian Steve Martin is a fine banjo player, as he proves in this very special concert, performing songs from his new album, “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.” The CD is currently on top of the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. Having won a Grammy for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” in 2001, this will be the second of two public shows by the accomplished instrumentalist in the Los Angeles area in decades, and follows his recent sold-out performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. More at www.stevemartin.com and www.steepcanyon.com.
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7:30 & 9:15 pm KRISTIN KORB, KATHLEEN GRACE, & INGA SWEARINGEN (“TALES FROM THE DIVA DEN”) play a pair of special shows tonight for Kristin’s birthday at Vitello's (Upstairs at Vitello's), 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City 91604; 818-769-0905; www.vitellosrestaurant.com. Kristin Korb is the delightful standup bass player and vocalist who has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” She is a jazz artist who delights people who don’t like jazz. Her Cd tracks, and those of Kathleen Grace, who joins her tonight, have been heard on “TttT.” Kristin says, “I have a significant birthday to celebrate this year and it is going to be a blow out! Dress up and bring your friends. I'm being joined by my gal pals and a whole cast of characters. Your presence is the only present I need (unless you want to bring me George Clooney).” Reservations highly recommended. 6:30-7:30 pm is Free Wine Tasting; 7:30 & 9:15 show times.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
7:30 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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8 pm RICK SHEA plays one of three CD Release Shows for his new "Shelter Valley Blues" on Tres Pescadores Records, this one 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. RICK SHEA has managed to parlay that tough but real education into a successful career as a solo artist, with five critically acclaimed albums and appearances at the Strawberry Festival, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Canmore Folk Festival, the Freight and Salvage, McCabe’s and many of the other folk, rock and acoustic venues in California and the West.
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Rick Shea is one of L.A.’s most talented songwriters, with songs embracing everything from traditional folk and country music to norteño and border rock, his voice is smooth and bittersweet and his guitar playing goes from subtle on the ballads to blazing through the rockers. His 5 critically acclaimed albums have been called "marvelous…4 stars... " LA Daily News, to “stunningly good”... Dirty Linen and he's worked with everyone from roots rock kingpin Dave Alvin to folk chanteuse Katy Moffatt to indie rock legends R.E.M. Playing a solo acoustic show at The Coffee Gallery to celebrate the release of his new album, "Shelter Valley Blues."
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“Staunchly independent...represents the best of California music,” Jonny Whiteside/LA Weekly. Rick Shea has been hailed as "one of L.A. 's most talented songwriters" Music Connection and ”staunchly independent...represents the best of California music,” LA Weekly. Shea's songs embrace everything from norteño and border rock to traditional folk and country music. He brings his smooth and bittersweet voice and "marvelous" guitar playing to a special show. Tix, $15.
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8 pm “AN EVENING WITH R. CRUMB” at UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. R. Crumb’s psychedelic and overtly sexual comics—including the characters Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural and Devil Girl— propelled him overnight to celebrity status in 1960s San Francisco, but also led to obscenity arrests, copyright ownership lawsuits and years of IRS trouble. Now living in France, Crumb makes a very rare public appearance, joining longtime friend and art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly, for a candid discussion about the controversial artist’s life and his highly anticipated new project, an illustrated version of Genesis. (Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis,” on view Oct 24 to Feb 7 at the Hammer Museum.) More at www.crumbproducts.com. Tix for tonight’s show, $36-$60.
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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Thu, Oct 29, recurring:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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8-10 pm SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE at The Talking Stick, (new location), 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. A full evening of entertainment from local songwriters, hosted by MAUREEN DOHERTY. Songsalive is now booking for various dates in 2007, and seeking singer-songwriters to perform; info: hotline at 310-238-0359 or email usa@songsalive.org; www.songsalive.org. No cover, $5 donation requested.
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Thu, Oct 29, every Thu:
CALJAS ARTISTS WEEKLY JAZZ PERFORMANCE NIGHT at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. It’s a new venue, said to be beautiful, serving food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy. The venue is part of the newly-renovated Claremont Packing House. Proprietress Nancy Tessier’s father, Refugio "Coco" Lopez, plays alto, and she wanted her club to feature an array of jazz singers. This led to a fortuitous connection with Dale Boatman, founder and president of the California Jazz Arts Society. CalJAS is a powerful force in bringing some of the best jazz artists in Southern California, especially singers, to restaurants, clubs and other performance spaces in eastern Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, an area that previously had relatively few opportunities for jazz musicians to perform.
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8:30 pm ALELA DIANE plus MARISA NADLER w/ MYLES BAER at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park; 213-413-8200. www.attheecho.com. Music journalist Joel Okida, who wrote a recent review for the Guide, tells us, “My folky favorites this month: Psych-folksinger, Alela Diane and shoegaze goth, Marissa Nadler both coming to the Echo. Beautiful ladies, beautiful voices, poetically depressing songs -- and they will make me sob uncontrollably, out on the back slope, into my $4 PBR (tears will actually add some flavor to that bitter brew). The taco truck across the street will have to provide redemption. Color me sorrow.”
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-8:30 pm. Happy hour 4-7 pm, M-F. No cover.
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9 pm-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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9 pm “FREIGHT TRAIN BOOGIE” radio show from Northern Cal, on KRCB 90.9 and 91.1 FM on Sonoma County’s only public radio station; features live performance-interviews; simulcast on the web at www.krcb.org/listen/listen.html. You can ask the host or the guests questions or make comments at frater@freighttrainboogie.com.
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Fri, Oct 30, in New Orleans:
Annual “VOODOO FESTIVAL” in New Orleans, Louisiana, includes TAO RODRIGUEZ-SEEGER BAND and many others. Info, www.myspace.com/taorodriguezseeger
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1-3 pm “THE ART OF ENGINEERING & PRODUCING” is this month's Los Angeles Women In Music (LAWIM) workshop, presented by Grammy winner VAL GARAY at West L.A. Music, in the Pro Tools Room, 11345 Santa Monica Bl, L.A. 90025. Questions? Email info@lawim.com. Val Garay is responsible for a total of 31 Grammy nominations, and 3 out of 5 years running, the Record of the Year was produced at his Record One Studio. His engineering and production efforts have earned him 94 Gold and Platinum Records and over 150,000,000 records sold. Val has worked with a lengthy roster of top artists including Neil Diamond, Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, James Taylor and Linda Rondstadt. In 1982 he earned a Grammy Award for Record of The Year for Kim Carnes' number one hit “Bette Davis Eyes.” In addition, Val has worked side by side with Digidesign providing input to the development of the D-Command worksurface for Pro Tools. LAWIM says, “For the last 30 years, Val Garay has produced and engineered some of the best-sounding and best-selling albums in the recording industry.” It’s an opportunity to meet a legendary master record producer, with demonstrations and informative discussion on “all things engineering and producing” by “the man who defined the L.A. sound;” followed by Q&A. Proceeds benefit LAWIM (www.lawim.com) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. RSVP & payment required by 5 pm Fri, Oct 30. Limited seating. $15 LAWIM mbrs, $25 non-mbrs.
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Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS bring violin, cello, clarinet, and voices to Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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5 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6 pm 2nd annual “FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE IN CLAREMONT” brings PIRATES OF THE BLACK SWAN performing at Claremont City Hall, 2nd St, Claremont 91711. They routinely sell-out the house when they play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, and that venue’s impresario, Bob Stane, says, “Batten down the hatches. Secure the main lines, for this ship be a rockin' tonight!” Captain Ron Ely performs his maritime music (including an original that had its world premiere on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”) with his trusted guitar and mouth harp, singing songs from many ports of call. Then, me hearties, as Bob says, “Belay yourselves, for the Pirates of the Black Swan board the main deck to perform bone rattlin’ pirate rock in full pirate regalia, with nautical wit and mayhem. Guaranteed to get your peg leg a tappin' with nautical wit and seafaring music.” The band explains, “We are a five piece crew with strong vocals, two guitars, woodwinds, harmonica and fiddle. Some dancing and singing by the wenches. A costumed extravaganza. Come in pirate gear if it suits you. No parrots, please. Come aboard and sail with us.” Your editor enjoys this act, the only one he likes that uses backing and loop tracks, because they are still very musical and quite entertaining. More at www.myspace.com/piratesoftheblackswanmusic. Free.
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6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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6:30-8 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT SING-ALONG” series celebrates HALLOWEEN on the Music Center Plaza, 135 N Grand Av, downtown L.A. 90012; info, 213-972-3660, or www.musiccenter.org//events/aa_frintsing.html. It’s a SPOOKTACULAR evening of your favorite Halloween songs. Join hundreds of fellow song lovers and belt-out spooky and kooky tunes on the Music Center Plaza. No experience necessary. Come prepared to sing. Lyric sheets provided. Live band accompaniment. Festive attire welcomed. B.Y.O.C. (that’s Bring your own candy). Songs include “The Addams Family Theme,” “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Love Potion #9,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Masquerade,” “Spiderwebs,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Somebody's Watching Me,” “Superstition,” “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” “People are Strange,” “Defying Gravity,” “Purple People Eater,” and more. Free admission, but tix required -- Tix are distributed at 6 pm, while supplies last. One ticket per person to those waiting in line. Capacity is limited. Tix are first come, first served.
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& Guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, Oct 30, every Fri, in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Fri, Oct 30, last Fri, every month:
“SAN PEDRO SHANTY SING” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Audrey Coleman wrote in FolkWorks, “If you arrive at the official start time, you'll find a chair at the table and friendly people who will let you look at their shanty books so you can sing along. No singing background required. Many of the twenty or so shanty fans who gather around the long wooden dinner table in the restaurant's cozy upstairs meeting room are volunteers with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. They sail ‘tall ship’ sail boats for youth training programs run by the Institute. For them, learning the songs that powered the labor on the 19th century clipper ships has become an extension of learning to sail the ships themselves. Added attractions are Alan's pennywhistle and concertina, Jeff's banjo, Kim's collection of flutes, and Dustin and Lindsay's robust baritone voices. When the table fills up, more chairs are set up around the room. And the Guinness flows freely till about 10:30 pm.” Venue is celebrated in the Yahoo! Travel Guide as “the only Authentic British Restaurant in the South Bay of Los Angeles.”
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Fri, Oct 30, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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Fri, Oct 30, every Fri:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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8:pm BELINDA GAIL & CURLY MUSGRAVE, top western music stars (individually and as the multiple award-winning duo), in a rare Southern Cal concert at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Absolute favorites and major stars in the western music genre, they have delighted listeners of radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” when they performed live, twice.
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Belinda and Curly have won just about everything that recording artists can win, together as a duo, and individually:
Traditional Duo/Group of the Year (WMA) Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave, 2005, 2006,2008;
Traditional Album of the Year (Western Music Assoc.), “Red Rock Moon,” Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave, 2007.
“DUSTY” ROY ROGERS, JR. honored BELINDA GAIL & CURLY MUSGRAVE when he said they can be described as “the ROY ROGERS & DALE EVANS of the 21st century.” The duo has twice performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Belinda’s solo honors:
Female Performer of the Year, Western Music Assoc., 1999
Female Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Western Artist ,1999
Female Performer of the Year, Western Music Assoc., 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008
Western Music Assoc. Traditional Duo/Group with Curly Musgrave, 2005
Academy of Western Artist Female Vocalist of the Year, 2005
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Curly’s solo honors:
Songwriter of the Year (WMA) 2002, 2003, 2004;
Male Performer of the Year (WMA) 2002, 2003;
Male Performer of the Year (AWA) 2003;
Entertainer of the Year (AWA) 2003;
Best Collaboration / Musician-Poet, "El Fuego" with Virginia Bennett (WMA) 2007.
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If you’ve seen them perform, you know why so many awards have come to each of them, and when they take the stage as a duo, magic happens. They’ll play two full 45 minute sets.
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Belinda adds, “Boulevard Music is a premier, L.A. venue for intimate and quality music and this will be the dynamic, multi-award-winning-duo's first appearance at `The Boulevard' and one you won't want to miss. Check out the Boulevard's web site and come and enjoy the show and browse the great selection of instruments and music while you're at it.” Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide, too.
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This may well sell-out in advance. You can reserve tix online or by phone. Doors at 7:30 for advance tix holders and best seats. Show at 8 pm. They’ll play two full 45-min sets. More at www.codeofthewestentertainment.com/gail-musgrave/default.asp. Tix, $15.
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8 pm “TRIPPIN’ THE ‘60S” with BARRY McGUIRE and JOHN YORK (The Byrds) at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Both shows sold out last time Barry & John played here, hence this double night smash.
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BARRY McGUIRE stepped into the public eye in 1963 on the Andy Williams Show as the gravelly voiced lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. He launched his musical career with the million-sellers "Green, Green" and "Green Back Dollar." In 1965, at the heart of the peace movement, McGuire went solo. His growing awareness of social hypocrisy was expressed in his third hit "Eve of Destruction" which echoed around the world as an anthem of the times.
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Three years later, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of the musical "Hair." Once again his voice was heard proclaiming the ideals of a radical generation. Dick Clark says, “When world events collide with “Rock&Roll” you get Barry McGuire.” He has brought “Trippin’ the ‘60s” to the radio audience of “Tied to the Tracks,” where listeners were thrilled.
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JOHN YORK is currently working with Barry in the show. John is best known for his work as a member of the world-renowned Folk Rock/Country Rock group, the Byrds. His vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White, Nicky Hopkins, Mac Rebenack (Dr. John,) Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet,) The Mamas and Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel (The Band) and many others. The TV show “The Place Where I Am Dreaming” featured John’s artistic collaboration with his wife, artist Sumi Foley. Recently, John has composed and recorded music for the lyrics of Kim Fowley on "West Coast Revelation." The duet "Redneck Ninja" highlights John's creative partnership with acclaimed songwriter Patrick Brayer. In 2007, John played concerts in Japan for the third time. Tix, either show, $20.
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Fri, Oct 30:
8 pm CAROLINE AIKEN performs at The Thousand Oaks Library Concert Series (presented by Bodie House Music) at the Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309. Info, www.bodiehouse.com. More at www.carolineaiken.com
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8 pm CHIP TAYLOR plus KENDEL CARSON and special guest JON VOIGHT at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $16.
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Fri, Oct 30:
ORQUESTA CHARANGOA at The Granada, 17 S 1st St, Alhambra 91801; 626-227-2572. Yamaha artist Fay Roberts has been keeping the Cuban tradition alive for more than a decade now. After traveling to Cuba where she studied traditional Charanga music with Richard Egues, of Orquesta Aragon fame, Fay returned to Los Angeles and founded Orquesta Charangoa. With lead vocals by Timba recording artist Gonzalo "Chalo"Chomat, they've been making their joyous sounds ever since. More at www.charangoa.com - music downloads at www.CDBaby.com/cd/charangoa.
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Fri, Oct 30, every Fri:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Oct 30, every Fri:
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. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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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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9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Today is Halloween, the old All Hallows Eve. In America, it is a commercial enterprise to market little misshapen plastic skulls with orange lights in the eye sockets and other bizarre specialty goods (all made in China) and billions of small candy bars (all made with dangerous high fructose corn syrup). The monetary worth of the day and evening and the decorations and cheesy costumes and accouterments for the days leading up to it are second only to the annual orgy of buying for Christmas.
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Sat, Oct 31 & Sun, Nov 1, in Moorpark:
9 am-6 pm 12th annual “UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARM FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL” concludes at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark 93021; 805-529-3690; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
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It’s HALLOWEEN and the last weekend of the Festival. Children dressed in a FULL costume (not just painted face or mask) get in FREE this Saturday. This year, the Festival remains open Nov 1 (admission is $5 that day). There’s live entertainment on weekends from 10:30 am-5:30 pm. Tractor-drawn wagon ride included with paid admission. Plus, there are kids activities, Pig Races, and Barnyard Story Tales, and a big Cornfield Maze. A portion of proceeds supports local non-profit organizations including the Rotary Club, Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, and others. Free parking. Weekend admission $10, children under age 2 free (weekday admission $3).
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Sat, Oct 31, Saturdays, 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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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, Oct 31, recurring:
8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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Pete was among the winners in mandolin at this year’s Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He says, “There's no way I'm getting out and playing music 8:30 am every Saturday.” So check Pete’s myspace page to see if they’ll be there. Sharon plays flute. Free.
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Sat, Oct 31; Oct 3-Nov 1:
9 am-5 pm “HARVEST FESTIVAL” in the SFV at Forneris Farms, 15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills 91345; 818-361-0714 Farm Market; 818-730-7709 Info; www.fornerisfarms.com. Live music is on weekends. Weekdays, the festival runs 2-5 pm. Features a refreshment stand on weekends with fresh roasted corn and more; a Farm Market with fall decorations and farm grown produce; a Pumpkin Patch – farm grown with every shape and size. Attractions include a Corn Maze Adventure (the editor can tell you that getting lost in one of these corn “maizes” is a distinct possibility); Tractor-pulled Train Ride – take a narrated ride around the farm; Farm Frolic Area for Kids - mini maze, giant hay pyramid, the Great Pumpkin jumper. Attractions have a fee, cash only (prices on their website). No pets. Free parking, free admission.
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Sat, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31; workshop for artists:
1-3 pm “THE ART OF ENGINEERING & PRODUCING” is this month's Los Angeles Women In Music (LAWIM) workshop, presented by Grammy winner VAL GARAY at West L.A. Music, in the Pro Tools Room, 11345 Santa Monica Bl, L.A. 90025. Questions? Email info@lawim.com. Val Garay is responsible for a total of 31 Grammy nominations, and 3 out of 5 years running, the Record of the Year was produced at his Record One Studio. His engineering and production efforts have earned him 94 Gold and Platinum Records and over 150,000,000 records sold. Val has worked with a lengthy roster of top artists including Neil Diamond, Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, James Taylor and Linda Rondstadt. In 1982 he earned a Grammy Award for Record of The Year for Kim Carnes' number one hit “Bette Davis Eyes.” In addition, Val has worked side by side with Digidesign providing input to the development of the D-Command worksurface for Pro Tools. LAWIM says, “For the last 30 years, Val Garay has produced and engineered some of the best-sounding and best-selling albums in the recording industry.” It’s an opportunity to meet a legendary master record producer, with demonstrations and informative discussion on “all things engineering and producing” by “the man who defined the L.A. sound;” followed by Q&A. Proceeds benefit LAWIM (www.lawim.com) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. RSVP & payment required by 5 pm Fri, Oct 30. Limited seating. $15 LAWIM mbrs, $25 non-mbrs.
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Sat, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31, 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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3-10 pm “EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS” in downtown San Pedro, centered around 6th, 7th, and Pacific. Followed by the annual “VICARS & TARTS COSTUME PARTY” beginning at 6 pm at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com; live music and prizes for costumes.
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Sat, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31, Saturdays, on web radio:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “MY KIND OF BLUES” web radio show crafted and hosted by renowned blues man BERNIE PEARL, every Sat on www.wpmd.org. The show often has Bernie reminiscing about the blues greats with whom he has performed, and features thematic sets with “behind the music” -style tales of the songs and the artists. More at www.berniepearl.com - www.myspace.com/berniepearl
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Oct 31 is Bernie’s Hallowe'en Special, and he says, “Just in case you plain forgot, or just don't have little ones to truck around the neighborhood in costume. We'll use the occasion to look into the occult: witches, devils, mojos, spells, tricks, treats and other related subjects.”
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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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, Oct 31, last Sat, every month; in Lancaster:
6:30-10 pm CONTRA DANCE with live music by DANANCE BAND at its new location, Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster; info, 661-733-8106 or rm.trochim@verizon.net. Band includes FRANK JAVORSEK (longtime teacher at Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor), & DOUG MOON (banjo player, former Captain Beefheart guitarist). Please bring a snack or dessert to share in the potluck. $6 per adult, $2 for ages 14 and younger. Live caller.
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Sat, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31, every Sat, in Palmdale:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at 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, Oct 31, every Sat; in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often, with very impressive performing guests.
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7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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Sat, Oct 31, 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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8 pm “TRIPPIN’ THE ‘60S” with BARRY McGUIRE and JOHN YORK (The Byrds) at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Both shows sold out last time Barry & John played here, hence this double night smash.
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BARRY McGUIRE stepped into the public eye in 1963 on the Andy Williams Show as the gravelly voiced lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. He launched his musical career with the million-sellers "Green, Green" and "Green Back Dollar." In 1965, at the heart of the peace movement, McGuire went solo. His growing awareness of social hypocrisy was expressed in his third hit "Eve of Destruction" which echoed around the world as an anthem of the times.
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Three years later, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of the musical "Hair." Once again his voice was heard proclaiming the ideals of a radical generation. Dick Clark says, “When world events collide with “Rock&Roll” you get Barry McGuire.” He has brought “Trippin’ the ‘60s” to the radio audience of “Tied to the Tracks,” where listeners were thrilled.
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JOHN YORK is currently working with Barry in the show. John is best known for his work as a member of the world-renowned Folk Rock/Country Rock group, the Byrds. His vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White, Nicky Hopkins, Mac Rebenack (Dr. John,) Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet,) The Mamas and Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel (The Band) and many others. The TV show “The Place Where I Am Dreaming” featured John’s artistic collaboration with his wife, artist Sumi Foley. Recently, John has composed and recorded music for the lyrics of Kim Fowley on "West Coast Revelation." The duet "Redneck Ninja" highlights John's creative partnership with acclaimed songwriter Patrick Brayer. In 2007, John played concerts in Japan for the third time. Tix, either show, $20.
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Sat, Oct 31; for Halloween:
8 pm THE TIGER LILLIES play UCLA Live, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. These three godfathers of the alt-cabaret take the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin and push it up against the savage edge of punk. For Halloween, they stage a show full of dark and deviant theatrics, including songs from their smash show “Shockheaded Peter” and the Grammy-nominated album “The Gorey End.” Tix, $22-$40..
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Sat, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31, fifth Sat of the month (when there is one):
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “TAKE THE FIFTH HOOT” in Studio City; for location, contact Rich & Jo Lewis, Takethe5thHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Oct 31:
9 pm-1 am WUMBLOOZO plays HALLOWEEN NIGHT at Joe’s Great American Bar and Grill, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank 91505; 818-729-0805; www.rootsatjoes.com , www.myspace.com/rootsatjoes. WUMBLOOZO delivers “Original riproaring old school rock n’ roll n’ blues straight from the delta and beyond!” Costume contest, $1 entry fee, and best costume wins the pot. More at www.wumbloozo.com
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Sat, Oct 31:
9 pm-1:30 am 8th annual Halloween “SPOOKY NIGHT MONSTER BASH,” with the band DIRTY PICTURES, at Abuelita's, 137 S Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga; www.abuelitastopanga.com; 310-455-8788. Includes a costume contest. $10 cover.
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Sat, Oct 31, 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, Oct 31, 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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EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS / BUY TIX NOW
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HEADS-UP – GET TIX WHILE YOU CAN!
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Sun, Nov 1:
7:30 pm “An Evening with KRIS KRISTOFFERSON” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown L.A. In this solo acoustic show, three-time Grammy-winner and Country Music Hall-of-Famer Kris Kristofferson guides his audience through his poignant songs of love and protest, including his classics made famous by Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Tix & info at www.LAPhil.com - link to program page, www.laphil.com/tickets/performance_detail.cfm?id=3993
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Tix went on sale Oct 16 at 10 am;
Apr 24 & 25, 2010:
“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL“ with Nashville big names and LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, returns to Empire Polo Club in Indio.
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Announced so far: MERLE HAGGARD, THE AVETT BROTHERS, DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, BAXTER BLACK, STEEL DRIVERS, BJ THOMAS, BOBBY BARE, CHUCK MEAD, MARY GAUTHIER, LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS, BILL ANDERSON, WADDIE MITCHELL & TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, PHIL VASSAR, CARLENE CARTER;
Plus “Mane Stage” Nashville acts:
Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys;
And:
Jamey Johnson, Ray Price, Joey + Rory, Nick 13, Easton Corbin, Heidi Newfield, and Mallary Hope.
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Weekend passes $99, $499, $799; single day, $79.
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Tix went on sale Sat, Oct 17;
Nov 12:
7 pm HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS at Club Nokia, L.A. Doors at 7 pm. Tix, $45, $65, $85.
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Tix went on sale Oct 23 at noon;
Dec 7, in Bakersfield:
7:30 pm WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY with special guests ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, at the Majestic Fox Theater in Bakersfield; tix & info, www.goldenvoice.com - www.myspace.com/goldenvoice. Tix, $59.50, $68.50.
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Tix went on sale Oct 23 at 10 am;
Dec 8:
7:30 pm WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY with special guests ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, at Club Nokia, downtown L.A. Doors at 7 pm; tix & info, www.goldenvoice.com - www.myspace.com/goldenvoice. Tix, $45, $65, $125.
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Tix went on sale Oct 23 at 10 am;
Dec 9:
7:30 pm WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY with special guests ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl., Thousand Oaks. Doors at 7 pm; tix & info, www.goldenvoice.com - www.myspace.com/goldenvoice. Tix, $65, $75, $85.
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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 NOVEMBER and beyond - in and around Los Angeles, plus RADIO SHOWS with live performances of acoustic music available on the web, plus the many acoustic music FESTIVALS, near and far, hither and yon, here, there and everywhere! It’ll all be here, soon.
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copyright (c) © 2009, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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The editor still can’t use the computer as his recovery continues to progress from eye surgery - but he does somehow coax a coalition of the willing to keep it all going.
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WANT TO HELP keep the Guide going? Go to http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/guide-faqs-and-more.html
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