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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Acoustic Americana Music Guide & NEWS, Nov 28 through 30

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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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NOVEMBER 28-30, 2009
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Here’s the last of November’s events, highlighted by the fact that the editor is once again making his “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks(!) for those who have asked (and those who haven’t). PLUS, some before-the-listings NEWS, and our popular “Heads-Up for advance tickets” listings.
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It’s all here for you, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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FIRST, a bit of NEWS:
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ENJOY LIVE MUSIC WHILE YOU BUY ALL YOUR HOLIDAY JUNK (ER, GIFTS)
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It’s the age-pld dilemma. They’re a couple. She’s addicted to recreational shopping, and he’d rather have a root canal than be dragged along. The Guide offers a solution. Beginning this weekend, there are events where merchants offer music and other pleasant amenities to lure shoppers. Check out the events in Old Pasadena this weekend, beginning at noon Saturday (see the Guide’s listing). He can oogle the Rose Parade Queen and Princesses, she can spend herself into credit card hell, and both can enjoy music and various treats. More of the same happens in Santa Monica on Dec 4, and no doubt elsewhere. As we learn of more events with live acoustic music, we’ll let you know.
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LEFTOVER TURKEY RECIPE FROM MURPHY’S FLAW
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They’ve won in the top three more than once at the prestigious Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, and you’ve heard their music on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” They’re musically exciting with plenty of entertaining banter, delivering a fun mix of bluegrass / newgrass and whatever else emerges from their bag of tricks. As you read the following, keep in mind that they are know for their forays into the realm of comedy. Now, they tell us, “During these last-minute, frenetic days of not practicing for the big gig Saturday at Vincenzo's Pizza in Chatsworth, we thought we'd take a breather and offer you some ways to get creative with all those Thanksgiving day leftovers.
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“The Flaw is indebted to Chef Francois Alles-Zirconia of the prestigious nausées Académie de la cuisine in Paris who came up with this quick recipe for braised turkey almondine gumbo:
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1 lb fresh lard, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
1 cup artificial sweetener
8 oz bacon, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tbsp chopped turkey skin
3 cups grenedine syrup
1 cup stuffing
water to taste
3 lbs lemon zest
4 vanilla beans (or substitute with a large can of pork and beans)
Artificial whipped topping -- just a dab'll do ya.
Combine ingredients in blender on high for three minutes. Pour into lightly floured plastic container and place in 375-degree oven for 12 hours.
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“Don't skimp on the time -- it's the slow cooking that brings together the flavors of the turkey skin, grenadine and plastic.”
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“While all that's in the oven, you may as well take-in the Flaw's performance at Vincenzo's Pizza in Chatsworth on Saturday night:” [See the Guide’s 7 pm listing. And if you actually cooked the foregoing, bring your stomach pump.]
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REVIEW…
If you missed our recent review of BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY by Joel Okida, it’s available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-boulder-acoustic-society-getting.html)
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Entire contents copyright (c) © 2009, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
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Saturday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
The First annual “OH HAPPY DAYS POST-THANKSGIVING ALICE'S RESTAURANT LIVE PERFORMANCE” at Oh Happy Days natural food café in Altadena at 1 pm; ESPINO QUARTET at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena at 7 pm; MURPHY’S FLAW at Vincenzo's Pizza in Chatsworth at 7 pm; TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT plays a “CONTRA DANCE & CLOGGING WORKSHOP” at “the 4th Saturday Contra Dance” series in Brentwood from 7-11 pm; The HUDOST duo from Canada, in L.A. for the second of two shows, plays Tim Robbins' venue for the “WTF?! Festival” – time unknown, listed at 7 pm for details; “AN IRISH CHRISTMAS” at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks at 8 pm; PADDY’S PIG brings Irish music to the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, 10 pm ‘til close.
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Local Festivals:
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Sat, Nov 28; Fri-Sun, Nov 27-29:
10 am-5 pm Annual “APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL” with the RILEY'S MOUNTAINEER BAND is part of Los Rios Rancho “Celebratesa Fall Traditions” at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Rd, Oak Glen; 909-797-1005; www.losriosrancho.com. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho pays tribute to tradition with its 6th annual Apple Butter Festival Thanksgiving weekend. Pioneer families made a custom of gathering in late fall to cook up apple butter from the last of the season's crop. It was a practical way to preserve the apples throughout the year and a pleasurable way to promote community spirit. Families are invited to come up and share in this fine old tradition, which includes a hands-on demonstration of apple butter-making - the old-time (and slow!) way - outdoors in a big copper kettle. Guests can learn how to "start the snits" and "add the money," plus enjoy pioneer crafts and games, music, carriage rides, and lots more. Events include an old-fashioned hoedown Saturday night, featuring traditional dances and music by the Riley's Mountaineer Band. The Festival is 10 am to 5 pm each day. Festival admission is free (small fees for some activities). Tickets are required for Saturday night's hoedown, and include a supper of pumpkin stew.
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“Out-of-Town” Events:
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Sat, Nov 28; Fri & Sat, Nov 27 & 28, in Sonora, CA:
Annual “SONORA CHRISTMAS CRAFT & MUSIC FESTIVAL” with SOURDOUGH SLIM and others, at the fairgrounds in Sonora, CA; info, www.fireonthemountain.com
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Sat, Nov 28, in The Dalles, OR:
Annual “COLUMBIA GORGE COWBOY GATHERING” with DAVE STAMEY, many others; info, backatthe@hotmail.com

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LOS ANGELES AREA acoustic music performances:
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Sat, Nov 28, on broadcast & web radio:
6-8 am “ALIVE & PICKING” hosted by MARY KATHERINE ALDIN on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, worldwide at www.kpfk.com. As you may know, we do not usually list radio shows UNLESS they feature live acoustic performances. This show does not. But L.A. remains the least diverse radio market in the US (even though it’s the largest US radio market), so any show that spins folk-Americana CDs in this town is cause for celebration. And, KPFK has vacillated on whether or not Mary Katherine’s show will be aired regularly, or at all. Please take note, and let KPFK hear your preferences.
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Sat, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28; Fri-Sun, Nov 27-29:
Noon-8 pm “OLD PASADENA HOLIDAY KICK-OFF”” with live music and over 50 events and promotions “in a joyous community atmosphere” in Old Pasadena. It’s “a weekend of free, festive fun for our largest holiday celebration ever. Enjoy spectacular performances, the arrival of Santa, a magical tree-lighting ceremony, a Holiday Open House with special in-store events, exclusive savings and giveaways, and much more. All activities are free and open to the public.” The three-day event rings-in the season with the 92nd Rose Queen in one of her first public appearances, holiday sing-a-longs, and the official start of the Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys benefiting underprivileged children throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Throughout the weekend, guests will experience a joyous community celebration complete with treats, giveaways, live music, and tours of spectacular holiday décor and sparkling lights on the Holiday Jolly Trolley. Attendees are invited to stop by the One Colorado Courtyard to enter into a $1,000 Old Pasadena shopping spree giveaway.
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> Sat, Nov 28 - The celebration continues with Old Pasadena’s first-ever Holiday Open House from noon-8 pm. Restaurants, stores, coffee shops and beauty salons throughout Old Pasadena will offer festive in-store events and promotions. Over 50 of Old Pasadena’s retailers, including A.B.S., Kate Spade, Lather, Banana Republic, Flutter, onesipkim, Elisa B, Diesel, J Crew and Design Within Reach, “are offering thousands of dollars in exclusive savings and many are offering special giveaways.”
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Highlighted Events and Promotions:
Free yoga and exercise classes at Lululemon; Free $3 gift certificates for the first 100 customers at Starbucks; A special book signing at Beyond the Olive; A holiday sweater party at Lush; Old Town Music’s Idol Talent Competition with cash prizes; A cocktail ‘n’ candy bash at Elisa B. Annex; Lula Mae’s free $10 gift certificates for every person who donates an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more; Complimentary mini facials and massages at Origins; A $1,300 spa giveaway at Cote d’Azur; Complimentary photos with “Sexy Santa” at Elisa B.; A “puparazzo” photo opportunity with the Grinch at Three Dog Bakery; A Lobster Fest complete with a three course pre-fix lobster meal at Café Bizou; Brunch with Santa at La Grande Orange Café; Complimentary wine tasting flights with any entrée purchase at redwhite + bluezz.
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All Old Pasadena Holiday Celebration activities are free and open to the public. Detailed info, including a complete list of in-store, restaurant, coffee shop and beauty salon promotions and events is at www.oldpasadena.org/holiday or call 626-356-9725.
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Sat, Nov 28, every Sat, 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, Nov 28:
1 pm First annual “OH HAPPY DAYS POST-THANKSGIVING ALICE'S RESTAURANT LIVE PERFORMANCE” at Oh Happy Days natural food café, 2283 N Lake Av, Altadena. DUANE THORIN, "the Sole Rustler" (from the Soul Rustlers) tells us, "YOU CAN GET ANYTHING YOU WANT AT JOHN'S RESTAURANT, BUT ON THIS DAY IT IS STRICTLY ALICE'S RESTAURANT FOR A HALF AN HOUR." "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie's famed signature piece, is performed live by story teller and raconteur / novellist C.B. FLOYD, with music by local troubadour Duane Thorin. No cover (but the food is quite wonderful).
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Sat, Nov 28, every Sat, 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, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, The Merc now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Sat, Nov 28, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show 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. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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Sat, Nov 28, every Sat, 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, Nov 28, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
3-4 pm “THIS AMERICAN LIFE” hosted by veteran NPR producer Ira Glass is a weekly public radio program broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show “pushes the envelope of radio performance with a show that's part journalism, part arts, and entirely compelling and unique.” The show has a chosen theme each week, for which Glass does a story or two, and he invites a variety of writers and performers to take a whack at the theme. The result is stories, monologues, short radio plays, miniature documentaries, "found recordings" and original works for radio.
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Sat, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
4-6 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories, including the signature monologue “News from Lake Wobegon” by host GARRISON KEILLOR, along with a regular cast of recording artists and guests; it’s broadcast from its home base in Minnesota or various live venues across America. The initial “live” broadcast time every Saturday (3 pm Pacific) is standard most places, though repeat times Sat & Sun vary by station. KCLU (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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Sat, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
6-8 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show 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. The initial “live” broadcast time each weekend is standard everywhere, though repeat times vary by station. In L.A., the show is broadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM from 3-5 pm, 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 else; 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. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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Sat, Nov 28:
6:30 pm “HOLIDAY OF HOPE” Christmas tree lighting celebration, featuring performances by MITCHEL MUSSO, MICHAEL JOHNS, KIMBERLEY LOCKE, and I’M OK YOU’RE OK, at the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 1755 N Highland, Hollywood 90028; www.hollywoodandhighland.com. Ride the Metro Red Line light rail and save expensive parking. Free event.
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Sat, Nov 28, 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, 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, Nov 28:
7 pm ESPINO QUARTET 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; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Ever since the Gypsy Kings released their self-entitled album in 1989, they changed the global musical landscape with their pop-oriented version of traditional flamenco music called Rumba Catalana. A lively mix of gypsy rhythms, salsa and rumba that many musicians have tried to emulate but have failed to advance the genre to new horizons. The unlikely city of Los Angeles, has produced a guitarist-composer that has been able to take the Rumba guitar stylings and rhythms to new fresh territories that reflect the urban/global mix of Southern California. Nicaraguan born Roger Espinoza is a product of American music and a faithful student of the traditional music of the gypsies. A guitar virtuoso who has studied with the legendary Jorge Strunz of the ever so popular guitar duo Strunz and Farah. Mr. Espinoza studied the "Latin Rhumba" and "Gypsy Rhumba" as well as those rhythms from Latin America and the Middle East. He was perfecting and experimenting with the rhythm style of his idols the Gypsy Kings and making it his own. He studied Flamenco rhythms with good friend Paco Arroyo and Gino D'Auri. Mr. Espinoza also studied at the Berklee School of Music. With the release of his debut, Cafe Fuego, Roger Espinoza was poised to make his mark. Cut number one, "Day in Alhambra" which was inspired by one of the older cities in Spain (it is also the country where Espinoza purchased his favorite Conde Hermanos guitar in the town of Madrid); cut number four, “Monteverde” whose flavor comes from the Costa Rican city which is home to the rain forest (you can hear the rain forest at the beginning and conclusion of the piece); track number six, “Gypsy”, which was inspired by the wonderful guitar music performed by the homeless Gypsies of Sevilla and finally; cut number ten, “Goodbye (Pops)”, an homage dedicated to his father who was a pianist and his musical inspiration. The release of Café Fuego was an impressive debut that caught the critics attention. World C.D. Reviewer _Joe Hartlaub said, “Espinoza's playing is exquisite throughout”. CD Dish Reviewer _Michael Allison said, “Café Fuego is definitely one extraordinary album that captured my ear.” Tix, $15.
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Sat, Nov 28:
7 pm MURPHY’S FLAW at Vincenzo's Pizza-Chatsworth, 10364 Mason Av, Chatsworth 91311-3305. They’ve won in the top three more than once at the prestigious Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, and you’ve heard their music on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” They’re musically exciting with plenty of entertaining banter, delivering a fun mix of bluegrass / newgrass and whatever else emerges from their bag of tricks. Cover? Nothing up-front, but the tip jar is ever-present.
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Sat, Nov 28:
7-11 pm TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT plays a “CONTRA DANCE & CLOGGING WORKSHOP” at “the 4th Saturday Contra Dance” series in Brentwood. The Foot is teaming-up tonight with Joe Wack, Steve Lewis, and caller Susan Michaels. The Foot’s Ben Guzman tells us, “If you've been having fun at the Square Dances, you'll love the Contras!” The band has performed live, multiple times, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More info & location at www.triplechickenfoot.com. It’s $10 for two people, so bring a friend.
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Nov 28, in Palmdale:
7 pm “BUTLER’S COFFEE’S FIRST ANNUAL POST-THANKSGIVING TURKEY SHOOTOUT JAVA JAM” at Butler’s Coffee, 40125 10th St. W, Palmdale; 661-272-9530; www.butlerscoffee.com. Proprietor Kevin tells us, “Now that you're Thanksgivinged out and have been Black Fridayed to death, why not kick back and groove to the sounds of not one, not two, not three but four -- count 'em -- acts. Anyway you carve it, that's a generous serving of music, and there's not a gobbler in the bunch. From the old school folk stylings of Jean Pickard & Don Truby and solid rock'n'roll chops of Dee Jaylee right up to the modern sounds of tunesmith Daniel Nesmith and the indie folk-rock of Kristi Michele, that's a great spread, with something for everyone. Wash it down with a couple of cups of Butler's coffee, and that's a fine meal for music-starved ears. The first course will be served around seven, so get there early and grab a seat. Bring your family, bring your friends. Or meet some new ones. Butler's is that kinda place.”
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He adds, “Local musicians or singer-songwriters interested in performing both original music and well-chosen covers are urged to visit BUTLER'S web site and fill-in an application.” No cover.
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Sat, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, every Sat, in Temecula:
7 & 9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. The 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Sat, Nov 28, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
7-9 pm “WEST COAST LIVE” hosted by Sedge Thompson is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in San Francisco, broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show is a nationally-distributed radio variety show performed live in front of a live audience, with author interviews, music, and comedy.
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Sat, Nov 28:
The HUDOST duo from Canada, in L.A. for the second of two shows, this one at Tim Robbins' venue for the “WTF?! Festival.” They are innovative and a joy to see and hear. More at www.hudost.com and www.myspace.com/hudost and www.sonicbids.com/hudost2
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7:30-10:30 pm KELLY FITZGERALD at Finbar’s, 22332 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita; 949-835-1880; www.finbars.com. Wonderful, award-winning singer-songwriter Kelly says, “Brian, Adam and I will be playing. It's a new room for us, so we'd love to see all of you south OC folks come out! My new 4-song Christmas CD is now available. You can hear clips of it, as well as order your copy of the disc on my website. Order through paypal or snail mail. Either one works for me! ;-) Three of the songs are original and there's one cover song. So please check it out. It just might make a great stocking stuffer!” More at www.kellyfitzgerald.net
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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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7:30 pm FIESTA NAVIDAD with MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI CANO at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org. Presented by the OC Philharmonic Society http://www.philharmonicsociety.org
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7:30 pm TOM FAIR plays at Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters, 260 N Allen Av, Pasadena 91106. Tom tells us, “I want to clue you in about a new acoustic venue in Pasadena. Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters is owned and operated by two families, and the younger family members are getting more involved and looking to put in more live music on a regular basis. It’s two blocks south of the 210 freeway, so I’m going to check it out with a trial run, so to speak, by performing there. You’re welcome to stop by and jam with me if you like, or even come up and do a number during my set. I’ll introduce you to the peeps there. The place closes at 9 pm, so there’s time left for another late night gig or partying. Nice place, nice people”
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8 pm “AN IRISH CHRISTMAS” at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl., Thousand Oaks. Presented by Kerry Records. The producers tell us, “With glorious music, dance, storytelling, laughter and plenty of Irish soul, come join us ‘round the hearth' on this joyful Irish night and celebrate with us the wonder and beauty of ‘An Irish Christmas.’ A great night to be Irish…and be certain that you are welcome! Not to be missed! A perfect family event!” More at www.kerryrecords.com. Tix on sale now at the Civic Arts Plaza box office or Ticketmaster. Tix, $54, $44, $24.
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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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8-10 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 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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8 pm MISTER B & BAND in a big lineup at Cranes Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N El Centro, Hollywood. Mister B, whose music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” tells us, “Cranes is establishing itself as a premier venue for good music while still keeping that neighborhood tavern friendliness. This is our first gig at Crane’s and we’re really excited about playing there. We’ll be in an evening lineup of very talented musicians. We’ll be on about 8 pm.”
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Sat, Nov 28; world music:
8 pm GIVING THANKS presented by the World Festival of Sacred Music, featuring 45 artists from Viver Brazil, the Shakti Dance Company, and Halau Keali'i O Nalani, at Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles 90012; 213-680-3700; www.jaccc.tix.com. Show info, www.wac.ucla.edu/cip or 310-206-1335. The group and the show are “an expression of gratitude for all our moments of music and dance of Brazil, India, & Hawaii. Their promo says, ”It is a rare rare thing. As soon as they met, artistic directors - Linda Yudin, Keali'i Ceballos & Viji Prakash began to talk as if they always knew each other. Ideas, songs, time measures & movement poured out them eager and urgent. As musician, Luiz Badaro played out a rhythm with his fingers on the table, Indian and Hawaiian choreographers Viji & Keali'i began almost immediately to establish a cadence... a movement phrase. It was a natural thing... Come, witness this shared spirit and intense energy as three of LA's most exciting dance companies share the stage to offer - the splendor of refined classical Indian dance; the deeply expressive movement and chant from Hawaii and the fiery tempo of Afro-Brazilian dance.” With support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Giving Thanks next travels to perform at the Guadalajara International Book Fair on Dec 3. Tix for tonight, $25 reserved seats; $20 JACCC mbrs; UCLA faculty / staff and students, children, & srs are $12.
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Sat, Nov 28, 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, Nov 28, every Sat:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, Nov 28, every Sat, in Temecula:
9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. There’s an early show at 7 pm, and the 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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10 pm ‘til close PADDY’S PIG at Auld Dubliner, 71 Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300. Paddy’s Pig is going electric tonight with a bass player. The traditional Irish band says, “Come, bring Uncle Milt and work off the Thanksgiving blues with us.” - Missy, Mike, Damon, Marty - Paddy’s Pig . More at www.paddyspigla.com and www.myspace.com/paddyspigla
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Sat, Nov 28, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
10 pm-midnight “AMERICAN ROUTES” hosted by Nick Spitzer is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show presents a broad range of American and Americana music, from blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in its 9th year on the air, “American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music, and how they are distinguished.”
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Sat, Nov 28, 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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Sunday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
“JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” returns to The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena at 7 pm; PO’ GIRL, plus TWILIGHT HOTEL opening, at the California Traditional Music Society - Center for Folk Music in Encino at 8 pm.
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10 am-2:30 pm WORKSHOP – “SCOTTISH FIDDLE & KEYBOARD ACCORDION, GUITAR & BASS & DANCE,” with SUSAN WORLAND, ANDY IMBRIE, & MARY MURRAY, in El Segundo.
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10 am-5 pm Annual “APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL” with the RILEY'S MOUNTAINEER BAND is part of Los Rios Rancho “Celebratesa Fall Traditions” at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Rd, Oak Glen; 909-797-1005; www.losriosrancho.com. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho pays tribute to tradition with its 6th annual Apple Butter Festival Thanksgiving weekend. Pioneer families made a custom of gathering in late fall to cook up apple butter from the last of the season's crop. It was a practical way to preserve the apples throughout the year and a pleasurable way to promote community spirit. Families are invited to come up and share in this fine old tradition, which includes a hands-on demonstration of apple butter-making - the old-time (and slow!) way - outdoors in a big copper kettle. Guests can learn how to "start the snits" and "add the money," plus enjoy pioneer crafts and games, music, carriage rides, and lots more. Events include an old-fashioned hoedown Saturday night, featuring traditional dances and music by the Riley's Mountaineer Band. The Festival is 10 am to 5 pm each day. Festival admission is free (small fees for some activities). Tickets are required for Saturday night's hoedown, and include a supper of pumpkin stew.
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Sun, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
5-6 am “CITY ARTS & LECTURES” hosted by Linda Hunt is a weekly public radio program broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show BRINGS some of the most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers of our day as they address contemporary ideas and values, often discussing the creative process. These unique programs offer diverse perspective on literature, criticism, the performing arts, and the way we think about the world we live in today.
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Sun, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, recurring:
8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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Sun, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29 a “PICK-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
10 am-2:30 pm WORKSHOP – “SCOTTISH FIDDLE & KEYBOARD ACCORDION, GUITAR & BASS & DANCE,” with SUSAN WORLAND, ANDY IMBRIE, & MARY MURRAY, at the Women's Club of El Segundo, 24 Standard St, El Segundo. Info, http://www.dancin-fool.com/music_registration.pdf or call Doris Fisher at 310-324-2759 or at Roberta Gotfried 310-373-1478. Presented by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
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Sun, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, Nov 29, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
10 am-noon (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. Show always features live performances and skits and stories, including the signature monologue “News from Lake Wobegon” by host GARRISON KEILLOR, along with a regular cast of recording artists and guests; it’s broadcast from its home base in Minnesota or various live venues across America. The initial “live” broadcast time every Saturday (3 pm Pacific) is standard most places, though repeat times Sat & Sun vary by station. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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Sun, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, in the OC:
11:30 am-2:30 pm KELLY FITZGERALD plays her popular brunch gig at Renaissance, 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point; www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Wonderful, award-winning singer-songwriter Kelly says, “My new 4-song Christmas CD is now available. You can hear clips of it, as well as order your copy of the disc on my website. Order through paypal or snail mail. Either one works for me! ;-) Three of the songs are original and there's one cover song. So please check it out. It just might make a great stocking stuffer!” More at www.kellyfitzgerald.net
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Sun, Nov 29; Fri-Sun, Nov 27-29:
Noon-8 pm “OLD PASADENA HOLIDAY KICK-OFF”” with live music and over 50 events and promotions “in a joyous community atmosphere” in Old Pasadena. It’s “a weekend of free, festive fun for our largest holiday celebration ever. Enjoy spectacular performances, the arrival of Santa, a magical tree-lighting ceremony, a Holiday Open House with special in-store events, exclusive savings and giveaways, and much more. All activities are free and open to the public.” The three-day event rings-in the season with the 92nd Rose Queen in one of her first public appearances, holiday sing-a-longs, and the official start of the Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys benefiting underprivileged children throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Throughout the weekend, guests will experience a joyous community celebration complete with treats, giveaways, live music, and tours of spectacular holiday décor and sparkling lights on the Holiday Jolly Trolley. Attendees are invited to stop by the One Colorado Courtyard to enter into a $1,000 Old Pasadena shopping spree giveaway.
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The weekend-long festival concludes Sunday with live performances and sing-a-longs from four of the area’s finest choirs and live theatre groups at the One Colorado Courtyard. Pasadena-based Theatre 360 performs two sets of the famed musical, “Annie,” and the award-winning Cresenta High School Choir will sing favorite holiday classics.
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Highlighted Events and Promotions:
Free yoga and exercise classes at Lululemon; Free $3 gift certificates for the first 100 customers at Starbucks; A special book signing at Beyond the Olive; A holiday sweater party at Lush; Old Town Music’s Idol Talent Competition with cash prizes; A cocktail ‘n’ candy bash at Elisa B. Annex; Lula Mae’s free $10 gift certificates for every person who donates an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more; Complimentary mini facials and massages at Origins; A $1,300 spa giveaway at Cote d’Azur; Complimentary photos with “Sexy Santa” at Elisa B.; A “puparazzo” photo opportunity with the Grinch at Three Dog Bakery; A Lobster Fest complete with a three course pre-fix lobster meal at Café Bizou; Brunch with Santa at La Grande Orange Café; Complimentary wine tasting flights with any entrée purchase at redwhite + bluezz.
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All Old Pasadena Holiday Celebration activities are free and open to the public. Detailed info, including a complete list of in-store, restaurant, coffee shop and beauty salon promotions and events is at www.oldpasadena.org/holiday or call 626-356-9725.
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Sun, Nov 29, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
Noon-2 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show 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. The initial “live” broadcast time each weekend is standard everywhere, though repeat times vary by station. In L.A., the show is broadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM from 3-5 pm, 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 else; 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. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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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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12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2-5 pm (Pacific) “BLUES SHACK” Hosted by Jim Rondeau on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. Show is KCLU's weekly showcase for “the best of the blues, a celebration of the musical innovators who created the genre.”
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING in West L.A. Call for location, 310-557-1927.
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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, Nov 29, every Sun, in Temecula:
3 pm “CLASSICS AT THE MERC” music series featuring violin & piano, at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info, info on artists, and tix, at www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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4-8 pm “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY MONTHLY JAM” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES BAND at The Londoner Pub, 18511 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country (near Santa Clarita) 91351. They tell us, “You never know who will show up. There’s always lots of great music and fun. The Londoner serves up some free food for these Sunday Jams, so come hungry. Don’t forget to bring your instrument - we’d love to hear your music!” More,www.myspace.com/santaclaritavalleybluessociety and www.scvblues.org. All ages, free.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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Sun, Nov 29, 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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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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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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, every Sun, on web radio:
6:05 pm (Pacific) “AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WITH ED AND TERRY” on WKUL Country 92.1 FM in North Alabama, simulcast at www.wkul.com is a western music show. Co-host Ed (Eddy) tells us, “a person can learn a lot from a good cow or an old horse.” Uh, okay, Eddy. You can contact him at kudzucowboy@hotmail.com
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Sun, Nov 29:
7 pm “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” returns to the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the late, 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 that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.
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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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Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, 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 his 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. " Bob Stane says, “Reserve your spot early and be sure to show up. Do not be a ‘no show.’” Tix, $18.
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Sun, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, 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, Nov 29, every Sun, on web radio:
7 pm “FLAT CAT RADIO,” hosted by DAVE STRAUSS, features live on-air performance-interviews at www.myspace.com/flatcatradio. It’s a weekly live web-only show focused on Los Angeles-based songwriters of all genres, but the live segment is generally an acoustic performance.
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Sun, Nov 29, 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 PO’ GIRL, plus TWILIGHT HOTEL opening, at the California Traditional Music Society - Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org; 818-817-7756. Co-presented by Paniolo Productions (www.panioloproductions.com).
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Rolling Stone Magazine writes, "With enough sultry ambiance to be at home in either cocktail lounge or New Orleans street corner, Po' Girl's sentiment never feels forced, the lyricism never cliche or false. They manage to maintain that traditional and nostalgic sound while the breathing fresh life into an old-fashioned genre."
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PO' GIRL tours in support of their pair of new albums, "Deer in the Night" and "Live." Alyssa Archambault of Paniolo writes, “Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into their fresh and original sound. Since the band's birth in Vancouver, BC in 2003 they've been winning devoted and growing numbers of fans across 4 continents and 13 countries with their powerful, passionate and spirited live show. The interplay between Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger and JJ Jones is truly something to behold. They are distinct voices with incredible harmonies; multiple instrumentalists who bring the perfect sound to each song and songwriters who pen poetic tunes you'll find yourself humming. Po’Girl showcases a wide array of instruments, from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, and guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums-- and they frequently trade off instruments with each song. Their fluid and joyous musicality is one of the group's most endearing features. Suffice it to say Po' Girl makes 21st Century roots music, urban roots – never derivative, not faithfully aping a beloved tradition. Russell, Teixeira, Sidelinger, and Jones don't rehash the old forms, they reshape and reinvigorate them for new ears. Like genuine gypsies, they wander and play--out on the international road bringing their unique brand of pan North Americana to a diverse and widespread audience 250 to 300 days of the year... always restless, more often than not bone-tired, they write their flashes of sadness, their loss, their good love, their faint dreams of home into songs that matter deeply to them. Like any good art, they are little acts of self-rescue. So you should listen. You aren't much different from them, and who couldn't use a little rescuing these days?”
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The Glasgow Americana Festival says of them, “Their uplifting take on American Folk music, combining it with Jazz, roots and a little bit of pretty much everything else, has the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.”
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"Po' Girl is rough and smooth, sweet and tart, and would be huge stars in that super-cool alternate universe I've always wanted to live in." - John Schlotfelt, Little Village Magazine.
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Paniolo adds, “Their latest release, ‘Deer in the Night,’ still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po' Girl sound - the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk - but it's all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records. They have also recently released a live album - 'Po' Girl Live' that captures the energy and spirit of the live show complete with special guests JT and the Clouds.”
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Hear their songs: “Deer In The Night” - http://pogirl.net/deer/deer.mp3 and “Dig Me A Hole” - http://pogirl.net/deer/dig.mp3. More at www.pogirl.net and www.myspace.com/pogirls. Their numerous CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com/artist/pogirl.
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Sun, Nov 29:
8 pm JESSICA CATRON (from VOCO), plus Mirror to Mirror, Ezra Buchla, Missincinatti, and Monsturo, in a “David Rothbaum presents” show. Jessica tells us, “If you'd like to go, please contact David Rothbaum for directions to his new place - david@davidrothbaum.com.“ We don’t anything about the other acts, but we know that Jessica is wonderful.
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Sun, Nov 29:
8 pm “FOREVER FLAMENCO!” series continues every first, third and occasional fifth Sunday of the month in 2009, at The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Av (at Normandie), L.A. 90029; 323-663-1525; www.FountainTheatre.com. With only 80 seats in four rows, The Fountain Theatre is the perfect place to view Flamenco. Each show features a roster of world-class Flamenco dancers, singers and musicians drawn from the rich pool of Flamenco artists in Southern Cal, with additional guest artists brought from San Francisco, Albuquerque and Spain.
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Sun, Nov 29, every Sun:
9 pm “RUSTY SUNDAYS” weekly showcase of “L.A.’s best up-and-coming rock, country, blues and folk music acts, on the Wild-West side” at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401. Musical hosts are MATT OWENS & THE GOLDEN WEST, plus another act or two. $3 cover.
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Sun, Nov 29, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
10-11 pm “ETOWN” hosted by Nick Forster on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. Heard from coast to coast on NPR, commercial, and community stations, etown's mission is “to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. Like old-time radio variety shows, every etown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversation and information about our communities and our environment.”
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Monday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
TINY TELEVISION, an acclaimed Americana band on tour from the UK, plays Hotel Café in Hollywood at 7 pm; The RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm.
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Mon, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, every Mon; on radio & web simulcast:
1-4 pm “BUFFALO BAYOU” radio show hosted by Jake Bacon on KUCI, simulcast at http://www.kuci.org. Sometimes with live performances. It’s “a swamp pop, Cajun, Zydeco, and all things bayou sonic gumbo laced with international flavorings and a wild attitude, cooked up, and served live to the world on the web and on itunes, and at 88.9 FM in Irvine since 2003. In addition to the KUCI webstream, the show is live on myspace at www.myspace.com/jakebacon889.
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Mon, Nov 30, every Mon:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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Mon, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30:
7 pm TINY TELEVISION, an acclaimed Americana band on tour from the UK, plays Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com. The band tells us, “It will probably be a solo or duo performance, and we could use all the support we can get.” And it seems they deserve the support. They’re getting rave reviews for their debut record in the UK. Check out the latest at www.americana-uk.com/auk/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5026. Check with venue for cover; it’s always cheaper earlier in the evening, and you can stay for the later acts, once you’re in.
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Mon, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30 & Dec 1:
8 pm THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with mandolin phenom EVAN MARSHALL opening and then joining the band on fiddle, 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; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award recipient Bob Stane says, “Absolutely fabulous musicianship and humor. They front Symphony Orchestras with their tribute to the old west and the new west. Even if you ‘think’ this is not your ‘coffee in an old bean can,’ you should loosen up and give it a try. You will return to see their cracklin' show over and over. Everyone loves The Riders Of The Purple Sage.”
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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, fiddle, steel guitar, bass, and drums and consummate vocalists. 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. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and are named in FolkWorks “Top Ten / Best of 2008” as THE best acoustic band in Southern California. In one review (some time ago) Larry Wines wrote that the performance was “ethereal and orchestral. They exceeded musicianship. They exceeded their genre.”
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Bob Stane adds, “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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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, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, every Mon:
ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. 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, Nov 30, 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, Nov 30, 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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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, Nov 30, 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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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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Sat, Dec 5; a “PICK-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
11 am-1 pm monthly “LOS ANGELES WOMEN IN MUSIC (LAWIM) WORKSHOP SERIES” brings DON GRIERSON to the Musicians Institute, 1655 N McCadden Pl, Hollywood 90028. Event info, 213-243-6440 or www.lawim.com. LAWIM tells us, “If you are looking to make your mark and grab a piece of the 40 billion dollar a year music business, Don Grierson offers a world of wisdom and practical information on how to make an impact in today's modern music industry. Learn about the bigger picture, the processes and system filters, and A&R today vs. yesterday, as he guides you through the giant maze and teaches you how to get people to listen!”
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DON GRIERSON is a legendary A&R executive who has worked with many of the most notable artists in modern music history. As a promotion person for Capitol Records he was involved with the launch of Apple Records and The Beatles. Don also worked in international, marketing and advertising for Capitol. He then became a founding member and VP, A&R, for EMI America Records, signing and working with acts such as Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes, Kate Bush, Sir Cliff Richard, J. Geils Band, and Kenny Rogers. This was followed by a very successful stint as VP, A&R back at Capitol where he signed and helped guide a number of hit-making acts, including Heart, Joe Cocker, Steve Vai, Megadeth, George Clinton, Tina Turner, Bob Seger, Duran Duran, Thomas Dolby, Billy Squier, and others. Later he became Sr. VP, Head of A&R at Sony/Epic Records working with such acts as Cheap Trick, Celine Dion, Bad English, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, The Jacksons and Living Colour. Don currently operates his own independent consultant company as well as being a faculty member at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. More at www.dongrierson.com.
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Sat, Dec 5 (Get tix now):
8 pm BRUCE MOLSKY plays the FolkWorks Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St, Santa Monica 90401; info, www.folkworks.org. It’s a rare opportunity to see BRUCE MOLSKY in a solo concert. Alone or with fellow musicians, guitar, fiddle, or banjo in hand, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky has been exploring traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades. He synthesizes these musical forms and refracts them through his own evolving sensibilities to the point where the sources of his inspiration transform themselves into a sound that is uniquely his. While he is most identified with traditional American old-time music, Molsky’s influences range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues, from the haunting modal strains of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe.
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Sat, Dec 5 (Get tix now):
8 pm TOM RUSSELL plays McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabesguitar.com. More at www.tomrussell.com
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Sun, Dec 6 (Get tix now):
2 pm Annual COWBOY CHRISTMAS CONCERT with top western music award winners BELINDA GAIL & CURLY MUSGRAVE and other stars of western and cowboy music and cowboy poetry, plus emcee LARRY WINES, at the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027; www.autrynationalcenter.org; 323-667-2000. Concert is followed by the annual Western Music Association (WMA) Christmas Party at Viva Fresh Cantina in Burbank. Advance tix info coming soon.
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Sun, Dec 6 (Get tix now):
AFTERNOON FIDDLE & CELLO WORKSHOP presented by ALISDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS at a Pasadena venue TBA; info & reservations, 626-446-2663 or ponyseeker@yahoo.com
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Sun, Dec 6 (Get tix now):
7 pm ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS play the Caltech Folk Music Society series at California Institute of Technology, Beckman Institute (Little Beckman), on the campus in Pasadena; 626-395-4652; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu.
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Sun, Dec 6, in Ojai (Get tix now):
7 pm TOM RUSSELL plays the Ojai Concert Series, Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E. Ojai Av, Ojai; 805-665-9952; www.ojaiconcertseries.com. Tom Russell is an American singer-songwriter. Although most identified with the Texas Country music tradition, his music also incorporates elements of folk, Tex-Mex and the cowboy music of the American West. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Dave Alvin, Suzy Bogguss and more. In addition to his music, he is also a painter of folk art and has published a novel and a book of songwriting quotes. Russell grew up in California, graduated from the University of California with a degree in criminology and taught school in Nigeria at the time of the Biafran War. He also lived in Spain and Norway and played music at a circus in Puerto Rico. He began his musical career in earnest in the early 1970s in Vancouver, playing strip bars. Later he relocated to Texas and formed a band with singer-pianist Patricia Hardin. Along with legions of fans, the media treats him with high regard: "perhaps the finest American folk-roots artist that most Americans never heard of." -All Music Guide. This may well sell-out. More at www.ojaiconcertseries.com/index.files/Page1192.htm. Tix, $20 advance, $25 at door; Kids under age 15 are 1/2 price at door.
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Mon, Dec 7, in Bakersfield (Get tix now):
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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Tue, Dec 8 (Get tix now):
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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Wed, Dec 9 (Get tix now):
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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Fri, Dec 11 (Get tix now):
7 pm JOHN GORKA plays the kick-off concert, with DAVE MORRISON opening, as Folk Music Returns to Neighborhood Church, 301 N Orange Grove Bl, Pasadena. Fondly remembered as the home venue for the long-running series that ended with the death of its founder, Ron Stockfleth.
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Sat, Dec 19 (Get tix now):
8 pm “HOLIDAY SWING” is the season’s offering by the GOLDEN STATE POPS ORCHESTRA with legendary jazz and blues artist BARBARA MORRISON, at the Warner Grand Performance Space, historic Warner Grand Theater, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org. Barbara Morrison Join GSPO for a little holiday cheer – GSPO Big Band style! Jazz and Blues legend Barbara Morrison will be rocking the house and ringing in the holidays! Who knows – it might snow?
Returning to the Warner Grand stage after a three year absence - the gifted Ms. Morrison is fresh off a 33 US City tour, co-headlining in an all-star tribute to legendary composer Harold Arlen (most recognizable for his genius behind the music for The Wizard of Oz). Barbara now celebrates her 30th year in the music industry. Over the years she has performed with a virtual "who's who" of the Jazz and the Blues worlds. More at www.gspo.com and www.barbaramorrison.com.
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Tue, Dec 22 (Get tix now):
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK plays the Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND plays the Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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8 pm SLIGO RAGS play the NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY for the Ojai Concert Series at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E Ojai Av, Ojai; info & tix at 805-665-8852 or www.ojaiconcertseries.com. Ring in the New Year with a wild Celtic concert, then waltzing till 12:30 am. Bring the family, bring all your friends and help ring in the New Year with a wild, fun Celtic concert featuring the return of Sligo Rags, 8-11 pm, then enjoy elegant and romantic waltzes to a live band until 12:30 in the morning.
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When Sligo Rags performed on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” for St. Patrick’s Day in 2007, EIGHT of the Top Ten songs on one Celtic Music Chart were theirs, and no other artist or band repeated anywhere in that chart’s Top 100. They are an energetic Celtic / bluegrass fusion band and two-time winner of the Orange County Music Awards for Best Folk Band. This ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Using fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and percussion, Sligo Rags is taking the national Celtic music scene by storm.
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Sat, Jan 16, 2010 (advance word; plan now):
13th annual “COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at The Empty Saddle Club, 39 Empty Saddle Rd, Rolling Hills Estates. Includes the CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND and at 7 pm the CROSS TOWN COWBOYS. More when we know it.
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Fri, Feb 19, 2010 (Get tix now):
8 pm AN EVENING WITH RANDY NEWMAN at UCLA Live 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 promo calls him, “America’s premiere musical fabulist,” and Randy Newman has maintained a remarkable balance of trenchant vignettes, exaggerated outrage and, especially in his film work, earnest sentiment. His latest album, “Harps and Angels,” employs sardonic wit and self-deprecation on a level worthy of Mark Twain. And Newman’s wry classics, including “Political Science,” “I Love L.A.,” and his much-played during the aftermath of Katrina, “Louisiana 1927,” have only grown in relevance with time. But Newman shines most brightly in his rare concert appearances, where his mischievous presence complements his musical and storytelling talents. Tix, $65, $50, $40; UCLA students $15.
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Mar 20 - 28, 2010 (reserve now):
IRELAND TOUR – tour the Emerald Isle, led by Irish musician KEN O'MALLEY - highlights include Dublin, Donegal, Westport, Achill Island, Connemara, Galway, Aran Islands, the Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher. SPACE IS LIMITED - the full itinerary is available at www.kenomalley.com (click on Travel to Ireland with Ken O'Malley in the upper right corner of the home page).
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 (Get tix now):
8 pm ARLO GUTHRIE & THE GUTHRIE FAMILY RIDES AGAIN at UCLA Live 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. Four generations of what Vanity Fair rightly called “the first family of American folk” gather to revive the musical spirit of late patriarch Woody Guthrie. Led by Woody’s son Arlo, a star in his own right, “The Guthrie Family Rides Again” continues the clan’s tradition of sharing its music far and wide. Joining-in are Arlo’s son Abe, who has accompanied his father on keyboards and vocals since the 1980s, daughters Cathy and Annie, and Sarah Lee Guthrie with her husband Johnny Irion - one of the most acclaimed folk-rock duos of the last decade - and various grandkids. The elder generation is represented by Woody’s songs, both the classics and “new” compositions using lyrics uncovered in the Guthrie archives. Tix, $58, $42, $28; UCLA students $15.
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 (Get tix now):
8 pm MARK KNOPFLER at the Pantages Theatre; 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028. Nederlander is offering a free copy of his CD, “Get Lucky,” with every pair of tix bought online at www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004329CBC65F34?artistid=769953&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned
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Sat, Apr 17, 2010 (Get tix now):
8 pm MARK KNOPFLER has added a second show (he’s here Apr 16 & 17) at the Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028. Nederlander is offering a free copy of his CD, “Get Lucky,” with every pair of tix bought online at www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004329CBC65F34?artistid=769953&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned. Tix for everyone else, www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B00432E988955AC?artistid=769953&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1.
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“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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Plus “Mane Stage” Nashville acts:
Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys;
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“SCOTTISH FIDDLE TRAIN” with ALISDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS is a beautiful coastal train trip from California to Oregon and back. Join Alasdair & Natalie Haas and special guests involving fiddles, pipes and whisky tasting, on an unforgettable musical journey on board vintage private railroad cars from Los Angeles and the Bay Area to Portland and return, May 12-16, 2010. Be one of just 57 travelers on this journey along the coast, tracing the historic El Camino Real, then through the Central Valley to Sacramento, past Mount Shasta and over the Cascade Mountains on one of the most scenically spectacular rail routes in North America. Sign up today with Roots on the Rails at trains@sover.net, or 866-484-3669 (toll free in the US & Canada) or 802-258-1397. Full details at www.rootsontherails.com.
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Fri, May 14, 2010:
7:30 pm CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR together again at the Hollywood Bowl. They performed together at the Troubadour in the ‘70s and bring that rich history and music to this historic L.A. reunion. Tix at www.ticketmaster.com/Carole-King-James-Taylor-Troubadour-Reunion-tickets/artist/1384600?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
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Sun, May 16, 2010 (advance notice, so you can plan):
50th annual “TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST” at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills; www.topangabanjofiddle.org; Hotline: 818-382-4819. We’ll bring you info on registration for all the competitions when we have it, along with the list of featured acts playing the several stages. This is a must-attend event, that’s always the best one-day acoustic music festival in Southern Cal. And, since it’s celebrating the major milestone of haqlf-a-century, we expect an event that will be VERY impressive, indeed.
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“2010 NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK CONFERENCE” in Los Angeles is the 5th annual conference. If the website information doesn't answer any questions you might have, contact Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions (www.stevenhenegar.net), at shenegar@sbcglobal.net - 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852.
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