SEARCH the Guide, by date, band, artist, event, festival, etc. (in addition to the sidebar)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, Dec 11 events

.
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
.
Tied to the Tracks
ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
.
DECEMBER 11 events only, 2009
(the full weekend will be published soon!)
.
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
.
Yes, it’s a rainy weekend, and as we said at the beginning of the week: There’s more rain and cold on the way. So, you probably want to be indoors. That means there’s TV (boring, and overloaded with insipid crap that is apparently some cretin’s “reality”), or going to the movies (waaaay too expensive for an hour-and-a-half of movie, plus the preceding half an hour of being blasted with annoying big screen commercials), or shopping (spending money you don’t have on junk the recipients don’t want), OR, you can treat yourself and a lucky companion to some LIVE MUSIC!
+
It’s all right here for you! And you can send the url to your friends, so they can lavish gratitude upon you; as always, it’s http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
First, here’s a bit of EVENT NEWS
.
===
.
The big JOHN GORKA show, with DAVE MORRISON opening, is tonight, and you should jump right on that one. Gorka plays McCabe’s Saturday night, with the excellent AMILIA SPICER opening there, but it’s sold-out. Meanwhile, tonight’s show marks the return of a folk series to the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, the longtime home of the legendary series produced by the late Ron Stockfleth. And there are still tix available for Pasadena.
+
The series return, starting-off with John Gorka is most appropriate. No less than Rolling Stone Magazine calls JOHN GORKA “The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.”
+
And opening act DAVE MORRISON is named as one of the “Top Ten / Best of 2008” male singer-songwriters in Los Angeles, in FolkWorks, and you’ve heard him perform live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
+
And we just received word of “Music, pizza, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, tonight all home made.”
+
You can read the Guide’s whole write-up in our “Upcoming / Heads-Up” section, or get your tix right away at asalvatierra@cluela.org or via Paypal, at www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=gBv9Ow-o6w6jnpNx5fb7lTvai3cuXgzBbio3RGEC4KvsZrQPQlwu8ZTnemG&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b833248354cf50881e4ea372b2a42d76305e03018dc2a2bc7. Tix, $20.
.
===
.
Part 5 of “ENJOY LIVE MUSIC WHILE YOU BUY YOUR HOLIDAY JUNK
(ER, GIFTS)”
+
(…reduced to what’s still happening, from the original BIG list in the Dec 1 edition):
+
Back to solving The Age-Old 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. There are events where merchants offer live music, often with other pleasant amenities, to lure shoppers. We reported in recent editions about the music-filled Thanksgiving weekend in Old Pasadena, and the special one-night annual events in Santa Monica, Claremont, and Venice. But it isn’t over: there are still the recurring events that take-on a Holiday character.
+
See the times and dates in the Guide for complete listings, and here’s what to look for.
+
Every Wednesday:
5-8 pm The “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features live acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in Claremont.
+
Every Wednesday:
7-9 pm The weekly “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK always brings talented musical guests, at WineStyles in South Pasadena, and you can buy bottles of wine there while you hear the music.
+
Every Friday:
11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART in Long Beach, gives you a chance to shop at the museum store and enjoy the exhibits.
+
Every Friday:
5:30-10 pm The “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” offers a four-block street fair in old downtown Monrovia, always with live acoustic music in several places ~ free parking, free event.
+
No doubt there are similar events elsewhere, combining live acoustic music performances with shopping opportunities for the next few weeks. As we learn of more shopping-melee-with-escape-hatch-to-live-acoustic-music events, we’ll let you know.
+
AT EVERY PERFORMANCE VENUE:
There’s that always-wonderful holiday gift idea: give your music-loving friends a CD of the act you just heard!
.
.
===
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Entire contents copyright (c) © 2009, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
.
Now, on to the ACOUSTIC MUSIC LISTINGS in the Guide…
.
.
.
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
.
.
(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
+
7 pm JOHN GORKA plays the kick-off concert, with DAVE MORRISON opening, as Folk Music Returns to Neighborhood Church in Pasadena.
+
7:30 pm LINDSAY TOMASIK at the South Pasadena Music Conservatory in Pasadena
+
8 pm PHIL LEE with SEVERIN BROWNE at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
+
8 pm “AMERICANA MUSIC CIRCLE 10 YEAR REUNION SHOW” at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood.
.
See the complete listings below for all the details.
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
.
(2) Friday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
.
~ that feature live performance-interviews with acoustic musicians (mostly on-line, simulcast from radio stations elsewhere).
.
Fri, Dec 11, Mon-Fri, on web radio:
9-11 am “THE THOMAS MILLER SHOW” is internet radio from L.A. that features unsigned indie musicians, some acoustic, some electric. In Jan 2010, Mothern Hen joins ass co-host and the show will expand its hours and move to a different studio. Info and listen on-line at www.thomasmillershow.com
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri, on web radio:
5 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“FOLK ALLEY” is a non-profit venture produced by public radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. It often features interviews and performances as well as hosted programs with CD tracks from across the spectrum of folk / new folk / acoustic Americana. They say, “Our goal is to bring you the best in folk music, 24 hours a day, wherever you have access to the Internet.” It requires a free membership. All you need to know and to listen is at www.folkalley.com
.
///\\\///\\\
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
.
(3) “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
~ beyond the region covered by the Guide’s usual listings:
.
.
Fri-Sun, Dec 11-13, in Monterey, CA:
Annual “MONTEREY COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA. As always, this fine indoor festival has a wonderful lineup, with DON EDWARDS, DAVE STAMEY, LACY J. DALTON, HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN, THE SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN, LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM, and others. And in case you’re wondering about the bluegrassers in that lineup, Laurie Lewis tells us, “Tom and Laurie WILL NOT be performing Cowboy Music or reciting Cowboy Poetry here. We'll be playing music that bridges the gap between old-time, bluegrass and cowboy.” More at www.montereycowboy.org
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11; in Seattle:
8-10:30 pm “NORTHWEST SEAPORT CHANTEY SING” aboard the historic steamship “Virginia V” at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Monthly installment of the 2009 Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing series, a sing-a-long with authentic chanteys and songs of the sea, hosted by Wayne Palsson. A recording artist is always on board as song leader to keep the music rolling, with opportunity for anyone to lead a song or just join in the chorus. Chanteys are work songs and foc’s’le ditties with great choruses that join present-day maritime traditions and lore with those of the past. Come and lead a song of the sea or just join in on the chorus. Chanteys and sea songs are easy to learn and fun to sing. The historic passenger ferry “Virginia V,” last of the Puget Sound mosquito fleet, will be docked at the Historic Ships Wharf during the sing. Refreshments & maritime CDs available. More at 206-447-9800 or www.nwseaport.org/programs.html. Free, donations welcome.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
.
(4) LOCAL FESTIVALS:
.
.
Ongoing, Dec 4 through 30:
5-10 pm (Light Display Hours) 15th annual “LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER GRIFFITH PARK LIGHT FESTIVAL” on Crystal Springs Drive, in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. This year’s annual event has nights for pedestrians and bicycles, horseback riders, and more, in addition to the run of nights when only cars make the trip to view the park’s annual light displays. Come see this magnificent display of lights that’s been a tradition for 13 years.
+
Schedule for what conveyances are allowed when (including your feet):
> Dec 4-17 are “Vehicle Free Nights,” no cars allowed - you can walk, jog, run, bike, stroll, crawl…anything, except drive.
> Dec 9-30 on Mon, Tue, Wed, & Thurs only - “Horse Enthusiasts” nights, when you can see the lights on horseback.
> Dec 18-30: “Drive through” nights to see the Griffith Park Festival of lights from the comforts of your warm car.
+
Exit the Golden State Fwy (I-5) at Los Feliz. Go west on Los Feliz and turn right onto Crystal Springs Dr. Proceed to the entrance of the Light Festival. To view the Light Festival by foot on the walking path, park at the L.A. Zoo’s big parking lot. More info at www.ladwp.com. Free.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
.
(5) “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
.
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS bring violin, cello, clarinet, and voices to Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART , 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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.
+
It’s an appropriate return, since no less than Rolling Stone Magazine calls JOHN GORKA “The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.”
+
DAVE MORRISON is named as one of the “Top Ten / Best of 2008” male singer-songwriters in Los Angeles, in FolkWorks, and you’ve heard him perform live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
+
For many years, Neighborhood Church was known nationally for monthly folk concerts featuring a wide variety of prominent artists. In response to the growing interest in music “by the people for the people,” original acoustic music is returning to the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church.
+
John Gorka is the ideal artist to kick off the rebirth of the famous venue. Gorka is a master storyteller known for the emotional depth, intelligence and power of his beautiful songs. His latest CD is due for release just before the concert. John will be accompanied by special guest Dave Morrison, a local singer-songwriter and long-time leader in the Pasadena / Altadena and Southern Cal folk scene.
+
And we just received word of “Music, pizza, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, tonight all home made.”
+
Tix available at asalvatierra@cluela.org or via Paypal, at www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=gBv9Ow-o6w6jnpNx5fb7lTvai3cuXgzBbio3RGEC4KvsZrQPQlwu8ZTnemG&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b833248354cf50881e4ea372b2a42d76305e03018dc2a2bc7. Tix, $20.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11:
7 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS” at California Plaza, cosponsored by Casa Cocina & Cantina, 350 S Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles 90013; 213-621-2249. Valet Parking at CASA is $8 (Cheaper than self-park. Some street parking available). May be acoustic, may be electric.
+
This week’s concert is INDOORS at Casa Cocina & Cantina. ree concerts return to California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles on the 2nd Friday of every month. The program includes performances by local emerging indie bands. The concert series is a collaborative effort by lafreebee, Isgoodmusic, SideCho Records, Heart Music Group, Casa Downtown, Grand Performances and the artists themselves. Rolando Marin of lafreebee describes the event as an opportunity to see a future Coachella performer before they make it big. Recently, local bands like the Airborne Toxic Event and Silversun Pickups went from playing small local venues to sold-out arenas worldwide. Indie music is to Los Angeles today what grunge music was to Seattle in the 90’s. There’s an abundance of local talent and its thrilling to see these bands evolve and succeed. Every month, Friday Night Sessions will introduce a new line-up of bands you won’t want to miss. Concerts are scheduled through the winter and spring months on the 2nd Friday of the month. Performances begin at 7 pm on the Grand Avenue courtyard, adjacent to Casa. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This month’s live musical performances by Under the Asbury (www.myspace.com/undertheasbury - www.undertheasbury.com), Garland (www.myspace.com/garlandz - www.garlandband.com), Lady Katherine (www.myspace.com/ladykatherinemusic), Bright Million: (www.myspace.com/brightmillion or www.brightmillion.com). Free.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11:
7-10 pm “NETTERADIO 2ND FRIDAYS” presents its “HOLIDAY PARTY & SHOWCASE” at The Talking Stick, 1411 C Lincoln Bl, Venice 90291; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11:
7-11 pm KRISTIN KORB that marvelous vocalist and upright bass player, with DAVID ARNAY on piano, at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; 626-795-1001. No cover.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri
7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri, in Tehachapi:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, 2nd Fri, every month; in Seaside:
7-9 pm “KIKI WOW & FRIENDS” at Borders Books & Music, 2080 California St, Seaside 93955. For all of you have clamored to know “Whatever happened to Kiki Wow?” – just take a drive up the coast, and you can see and hear for yourself.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm LINDSAY TOMASIK at the South Pasadena Music Conservatory, 1509 Mission St, Pasadena 91030; 818-902-9699. Her music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Celebrate the holiday season with a special show in this intimate space. The venue has good sound, lighting, and comfortable seating. Joining Lindsay are her longtime collaborator and drummer, Quinn, with Dante Pascuzzo on bass and Novi Novog on viola. Lindsay will perform songs from her latest CD, “The Most Amazing Dream,” as well as some brand new material, and favorites from her past albums. The band plays a one-hour set and a short reception follows. Lindsay adds, “There are wonderful restaurants and shops to enjoy before or after the show.” Tix, $15.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, in Ventura:
7:45-10 pm TRACY NEWMAN & THE REINFORCEMENTS plus GARRET SWAYNE play a “two headliners for the price of one night” at the Duncan House Concert series in Ventura. Reservations get directions at scottd13@roadrunner.com. Info, www.myspace.com/duncanhouseconcerts. Both headliners have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
+
Tracy Newman, the sister of Saturday Night Live’s original cast member - Laraine Newman, is a television writer and producer. Her first writing job, along with her partner Jonathan Stark, was on staff at Cheers. From there they wrote on a number of other sitcoms, including Bob, The Nanny, Hiller and Diller, and The Drew Carey Show. In 1997, they won the Emmy and the prestigious Peabody Award for co-writing the “coming out” episode of Ellen. Tracy has been a songwriter throughout her television career and recently released her first CD, “A Place in the Sun.” (www.cdbaby.com/cd/tracynewman.) She works with two other singers – Gene Lippmann and Lorie Doswell, (www.loriedoswell.com.), who together are the Reinforcements. Tracy's song "Waffle Boy" is a winner in the 8th Annual Great American Song Contest. (scroll down their page) It was selected one of the Top 5 winners in the Special Music category. Tracy's song "Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa," which she co-wrote with Lynne Stewart, has just won second place in the prestigious Unisong contest, in the category of Seasonal/Specialty Songs. In addition, a few of Tracy's other songs have received honors at Unisong. "Hands off the Phone" is an Honorable Mention in the Folk/Acoustic category, "Cowboy" is in AAA/Alternative for an Honorable Mention, and the lyrics for "The Boy Who Mans the Waffle Irons," is one of the top 20 under the Lyrics category.
+
As a troubadour for the Digital Age, Garret Swayne's songs are a chronicle of his life and times. If there's a unifying theme to his music, it's about Connection--the idea that we're really all of one heart when we get beneath the surface. This is evidenced in the warm reception he receives wherever he performs. Originally from Baltimore, he has traveled the nation and the world, charming audiences throughout the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and even the former Soviet Bloc with his one-of-a-kind brand of Americana.
"It's always been about the song", says Garret. "I've always admired songwriting craft above everything else." So from Gershwin to Lennon/McCartney, Carole King to Smokey Robinson, Paul Simon to Sting to Kurt Cobain, it's always been the great classic tunesmiths that Garret considered his heroes. Their genre of music didn't much matter. Garret's unique, country-rock "folkabilly" sound was forged from a number of different sources--Classic Rock, Motown, R&B, the Folk Tradition, The Blues, and a little, Country Western. Tix, $15.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm PHIL LEE with SEVERIN BROWNE at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Americana / roots performer Phil Lee plays his own special blend of rockabilly and roots music. His new CD, "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You," hit # 1 on the Euro-Americana radio chart and # 4 on FAR (freeform American roots) radio chart.
+
Associated Press describes Lee as "combining the social conscience of Woody Guthrie with the twisted fury of Jerry Lee Lewis." Singing with no apologies -- and certainly no regrets -- Lee moves seamlessly from the gut-bucket blues of "Jemima James" to the poignant Beatles-influenced "We Cannot Be Friends Anymore." And the Nashville Scene said if there were a Music City Mount Rushmore "to save the fourth head for Phil Lee," the other heads being John Prine, Guy Clark and Lucinda Williams. That's sure good company for the singer-songwriter based in Nashville.
+
Lee's music is "irreverent, ragged and beautiful in its simplicity." Lee crafts songs that are home to a cast of social misfits, outcasts, petty criminals and people living on the fringe. When music journalist Peter Cooper at the Nashville Tennesean wrote that Lee is the "Don Rickles of disenfranchised Nashwang," he captures somewhat the essence of Lee. Truly, Lee is a man who has lived much of the colorful life about which he writes and sings.
+
Plus,
SEVERIN BROWNE, a guest multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and one of Southern California’s most enduringly popular songwriters. When Severin Browne makes music, the room comes alive. His rich harmonies and excellent musicianship are exciting and infectious. You will be brought to the heights of joy and back again to take an inward journey. The music delights and amazes, gratifies and surprises. His banter will keep you laughing, the music will make you soar, and by the end of their performance, you will have grown. Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob stane says, “This is a show not to be missed.” Tix, $15.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “AMERICANA MUSIC CIRCLE 10 YEAR REUNION SHOW” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; info, or watch live online, at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Hosted by Lauren Adams with a HUGE lineup of artists who have performed her monthly series, including many who have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” (including Lauren). Schedule includes ERNEST TROOST, NICOLE GORDON, JANE BOLDUC, ED TREE, GRANT LANGSTON, DALE La DUKE, PHIL PARLAPIANO, MARK "POCKET" GOLDBERG, JONATHAN CLARK, JASON CHARLES MILLER, BEN CARR, more. All artists at the venue donate their performances, and venue expects a minimum $10 donation in lieu of a cover charge.
+
The Americana Music Circle at Kulak's Woodshed in Los Angeles has been a local showcase for 10 years. Performing host Lauren Adams, who has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” tell us, “The circle is a place for songwriters to enjoy themselves, stretch out and meet new comrades each month. The format of our show is to have a local or emerging artist open the show. Next, a three artist song circle takes the stage and then, a touring artist or artist of note to close our show. The circle is designed to encourage the artists to play and sing on each other's songs and that can lead to some magical musical moments. Not for the faint of heart or the novice, the musicians in the circle are well seasoned and comfortable with the living room atmosphere we try to encourage. The reunion is a joyful celebration of community with 12 songwriters reuniting to perform for two hours in front of our friends and fans. Please join us in celebrating and also in celebrating Kulak’s Woodshed 10 years of loving service to the songwriting community.” All artists donate their performances to the venue. Venue expects a $10 donation in lieu of a cover charge.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11:
8 & 10 pm JOHN DOE plays two shows at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Concert Office inquiries: mccabesconcerts@gmail.com; Tix, either show, $20.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11:
9 pm THE PRESTON SMITH SHOW with his acoustic jazz band at Giovanni's, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills (just E of Topanga exit off the 101 fwy). "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz… His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, July 28 2006, The Pasadena Weekly.
+
Preston appeared on "The Tonight Show" along with the late Jimmy Stewart and released an album on Curb Records entitled "Preston Smith." He was featured on the hit movie soundtrack "Cocktail" starring Tom Cruise with the title song "Oh I Love You So," which he composed, produced and performed. The soundtrack went on to sell over six million units foreign and domestically. Roseanne Cash then recorded his song "Black and White," which released as a single, was a hit on the country radio charts, and was included in her Greatest Hits CD that went Gold. He sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed at countless functions for celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono; Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Van Halen and Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others have joined him on-stage for impromptu jam sessions. "You're somethin' else on that guitar, boy." Jerry Lee Lewis.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11:
8 pm-2 am “GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION” for a new performance venue, The Blue Whale, 23 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Suite 301, Japan Town, L.A. 90012; 213-620-0908. Event includes free champagne. Full bar and finger foods available for purchase.
+
Musical performers for this special opening, and a preview of what's to come:
+
First Set: Classical string quartet, featuring Ralph Morrison on violin, Sarah Parkins on violin, Piotr Jandula on viola, Amanda Zidow on cello.
+
Second Set: Modern jazz trio, featuring, Bevan Manson on piano, Tom Rizzo on guitar, Tom Boyd on oboe.
+
Third Set: Electronic late ‘60s/early ‘70s Miles style jazz/funk/rock/hiphop featuring "UM" he quartet of pianist Yoonseung Cho, Dante-trumpet, Tony- Ebass, Vince-Drums.
+
Info, contact joonleemusic@yahoo.com. No cover.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri. Dec 11:
8 pm “POETRY OPEN MIC NIGHT” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, in the OC:
9 pm-1 am KELLY FITZGERALD brings her trio to Muldoon’s, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11, every Fri:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 11:
10 pm JOHN DOE plays two shows (8 & 10 pm) at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Concert Office inquiries: mccabesconcerts@gmail.com; Tix, either show, $20.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
The COMPLETE WEEKEND EDITION will post soon…
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
.
(6) EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS / UPCOMING EVENTS / BUY TIX NOW
(updated Dec 4)
.
.
.
HEADS-UP – GET TIX WHILE YOU CAN!
.
.
Fri-Sun, Dec 11-13, in Monterey, CA:
Annual “MONTEREY COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA. As always, this fine indoor festival has a wonderful lineup, with DON EDWARDS, DAVE STAMEY, LACY J. DALTON, HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN, THE SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN, LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM, and others. And in case you’re wondering about the bluegrassers in that lineup, Laurie Lewis tells us, “Tom and Laurie WILL NOT be performing Cowboy Music or reciting Cowboy Poetry here. We'll be playing music that bridges the gap between old-time, bluegrass and cowboy.” More at www.montereycowboy.org
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Sat, Dec 12; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
11:30 am-3 pm “WORKSHOP FOR SINGERS” with singer KATE McGARY and guitarist KEITH GANZ, is the latest in a series hosted by Cathy Segal-Garcia; reservations get directions, at cathy@cathysegalgarcia.com or 818-368-8839. Kate McGary is visiting from the East Coast.
+
The six years of collaboration between singer Kate McGarry and guitarist Keith Ganz have produced three critically acclaimed recordings, a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and live performances that crackle with spontaneity and joy. Cathy says, “Come join the ‘dynamic duo’ in a rare workshop setting where you will have the opportunity learn skills that will bring your singing to a new level.”
+
Palmetto Records artist Kate McGarry has been a singer, composer, arranger and educator for 25 years. Last year, she represented the US State Department as a Jazz Ambassador, taught on the factulty at Manhattan School of Music, and received a Grammy nomination for her CD "If Less is More...Nothing is Everything."
+
"With a voice that soars with abundant hope, Kate McGarry creates music that makes you sit up and take notice... a modern jazz singer who is redefining the genre with a compelling body of work." - Icon Magazine
+
Keith Ganz is a guitarist, composer, arranger and vocal accompanist beyond compare. In addition to his Grammy nominated collaboratoins with Kate, he has been the guitarist of choice for Harry Connick Jr., Luciana Souza, Peter Eldridge, Gretchen Parlato and many more. He has performed on Letterman, Oprah, and Ellen and toured in four continents. More on the workshop series at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. Workshop is $40.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Sat, Dec 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick (Get tix now):
8 pm HIGH HILLS BLUEGRASS BAND plays their FAREWELL PERFORMANCE at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.
+
Reservations are strongly recommended; this popular group’s fans will probably flock to see Laura, Virginia, Leslie, and Cheryl do their final show together. Since 1996, High Hills Bluegrass Band has entertained audiences throughout the Southwest with its fun and heartfelt performances. Playing in venues from large concert halls and huge outdoor festivals to intimate coffee houses, the members of High Hills have “enjoyed the thrill of making great music together and the honor of sharing it with happy, receptive audiences,” and they add, “We feel so grateful to have had so many wonderful opportunities to share our music with you!”
+
They continue, “As some of you may know, Laura is relocating to the Seattle area, where she is looking forward to living among the tall pines, enjoying the rain, playing her guitar and banjo, and writing some more music. Each member of High Hills has her unique musical interests, goals, and projects. Leslie looks forward to continuing writing music and playing her guitar and mandolin....and yes, even the piano! Cheryl's love of vocal music will be a growing part of her life. Virginia's musical teaching and wonderful songwriting continue to be a great passion for her. Though each of us is sad about the conclusion of our years together as a band, we look forward to continuing our friendship and to exploring our individual musical pursuits. We'll see what develops for each of us as the future unfolds!”
+
The ladies conclude, “We feel so blessed to have played for wonderful audiences in over 60 different venues and hundreds of performances over our years. Most precious to us is the fact that so many people in our audiences have become our friends -- people who we've come to look forward to seeing when we perform. We are so grateful for the support and friendship you have given us over the years. We have wonderful memories of you all -- and we'll miss you! We'd love to see you at our farewell performance Saturday at Boulevard Music.” More at www.HighHills.com and www.LauraSilverstein.com.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Fri, Dec 18, in Oklahoma City, OK:
7 pm 15th annual “MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY’S COWBOY CHRISTMAS BALL” at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The yuletide dance begins at 7 pm, with Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family in the Museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center. With its buffet dinner, visit from Santa Claus, dancing and Murphey’s live performances, the event harkens back to frontier traditions when neighbors gathered to dance, eat and celebrate. Reservations can be made online at www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Wed, Dec 23 (Get tix now):
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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Thu, Dec 31 (Get tix now):
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.
+
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.
+
"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show." - Music Connection. The hosts tell us, “This is going to be a potluck party, so bring a tray of finger food and we'll supply the party favors and the bubbly.” Tix, $20 before Dec 1, thereafter $25 advance, $30 at door if any remain.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
.
==============
.
2010 events…
.
==============
.
.
Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17, on California’s Central Coast:
1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, presented by the Boutique Hotel Collection, and venues include The Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, SeaVenture Resort, Inn at Morro Bay, and Apple Farm Inn. Each of the 5 properties offers special packages for the festival.
+
Honoring the American heritage of music, food and art, the festival celebrates California’s music tradition with four days of Americana-themed events featuring live music, “heritage-inspired food and drink created by premier local chefs,” and original artwork and artists.
+
Stuart Mason of MOLLY’S REVENGE (they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”) tells us, “Come get a taste of American music and Central Coast cuisine with a variety of culinary, cultural and musical events at five different venues around the beautiful Central Coast. A portion of the proceeds from The Americana Festival 2010 (including all CD sales) go to The Hospice of San Luis Obispo County Supportive Music Program.” For a full schedule of events, go to http://sloamericanafestival.com.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Sat, Jan 16, 2010 (advance word; plan now):
6 pm 13th annual “COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at The Empty Saddle Club, 39 Empty Saddle Rd, Rolling Hills Estates 90275. Includes the CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND, THE CROSS TOWN COWBOYS, THE NEW WESTERNAIRES, and others. Free chili and cornbread at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. Sponsored by the The Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association; more at www.pvpha.org and www.californiacowboycowboyband.com. Contact pvdispatchmailbox@yahoo.com or Pam Turner, Festival Director, at 310-715-9376. Free event.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Sat & Sun, Jan 16 & 17, in Denver, Colorado:
“Great American Wild West Show” returns For 30th year to the National Western Events Center Arena, Denver, CO. This event continues to be a crowd favorite from its very first year at the National Western and the shows keep getting bigger and more exciting year after year. Sponsors say, “The award winning Great American Wild West Show is Action! Music! History! & Thrills!… Featured World wide on StarzEncore network’s Westerns Channel and three-time winner of True West magazine’s ‘Best of the West’ award, the Great American Wild West Show is a star-spangled celebration of the American West…Cowboys and Indians, daredevil riders and heroes and legends from the American West come alive as the wild west stagecoach thunders into the arena. From Buffalo Bill’s’ grand arrival to the grand finale the show is action-packed family fun for everyone. Return to those thrilling days of six-guns, Texas Longhorns and Silver Screen Cowboys, trick riders and fancy ropers, sharpshooters, singing cowboys and the splendid color and pageantry of World Champion Native American hoop-dancers. You have to see it to believe it. A special musical attraction will be included at this year’s shows, Western Music Association’s ‘Duo of the Year’ & ‘Entertainers of the Year,’ Curly Musgrave & Belinda Gail from California will be in the ‘Wild West’ spotlights performing their western classics. Featured at this year’s shows are special guests, in character and period costumes, from Denver’s Buffalo Bill Museum.”
+
This western spectacular is “a real piece of Americana for young and old.” 2010 marks the show’s thirteenth year at Denver’s National Western. It runs two performances, Sat, Jan 16 at 5 pm & Sun, Jan 17 at 4 pm. More at www.wildwestshow.net. Tix on sale now at the National Western Stock Show web site, www.nationalwestern.com/nwss/specialevents/wws.php
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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).
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, 2010 (Get tix now, at a BIG discount):
“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL“ with Nashville big names and LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, returns to Empire Polo Club in Indio.
+
Announced so far: MERLE HAGGARD, THE AVETT BROTHERS, DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, BAXTER BLACK, STEEL DRIVERS, BJ THOMAS, BOBBY BARE, CHUCK MEAD, MARY GAUTHIER, LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS, BILL ANDERSON, WADDIE MITCHELL & TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, PHIL VASSAR, CARLENE CARTER;
Plus “Mane Stage” Nashville acts:
Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys;
And:
Jamey Johnson, Ray Price, Joey + Rory, Nick 13, Easton Corbin, Heidi Newfield, and Mallary Hope.
+
Weekend passes $99 (limited time, early-bird advance purchase), $499, $799; single day, $79.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
May 12-16, 2010; on the US West Coast (Get tix now):
“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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Tix go on sale Mon, Nov 23, 10 am:
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
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
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.
.
///\\\///\\\
.
==============
.
Jul 30-Aug 1, 2010; an EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK for ARTISTS:
“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.
+
Includes the annual “FRINGE FESTIVAL” with numerous 55 minute sets of “compelling, risky, experimental, and work-in-progress storytelling, with folktales, autobiography, performance art, stand-up, puppetry, dance and favorite long form stories.”
+
Steven Henegar tells us, “Growing networks of performance venues all over the world have adopted this model and many storytellers are taking advantage of these venues to reach new audiences. The Conference Fringe encourages more storytellers to participate in American and Canadian Fringe Festivals by providing the opportunity for you to experience many aspects of a typical Fringe Festival including the selection process and performance framework.” More at www.storynet.org/conference/fringe.html
.
///\\\///\\\
.
.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.
.
(7) MORE STUFF >>>>>>> Other News, Resources, etc…
.
.
===
.
Updated editions with more (always more -- as we have time to organize all of it), and all the many, many, acoustic music events still in the coming weeks and beyond - in and around Los Angeles, plus RADIO SHOWS with live performances of acoustic music (available mostly on the web, of course, since we are in acoustic-music-radio-deprived Los Angeles) plus the many acoustic music FESTIVALS, near and far, hither and yon, here, there and everywhere! It’ll all be here, soon.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
Our FEATURE STORY: ‘Grammy Awards Add American Roots Category,’ our recent news feature, is at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/grammy-awards-add-american-roots.html
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
In FOLKWORKS: you can check out Larry Wines’ most recent column, available free online at www.folkworks.org/content/viewcategorycur/89. It’s a time of remembrances for the late musicians MIKE SEEGER and DAVID CARRADINE, and for WOODY GUTHRIE’S guitar.
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
Our REVIEWS:
+
(1) WPA (Works Progress Administration) superstar band – you can read JOEL OKIDA’s review for the Guide of their Oct 6 show at Largo in L.A.; it’s at www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/review-of-wpa-works-progress or at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/review-of-wpa-works-progress.html
+
(2) BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY that virtuosic ensemble from the Centennial State, is reviewed by JOEL OKIDA at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-boulder-acoustic-society-getting.html)
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
RADIO NEWS: the return from hiatus of the syndicated TIED TO THE TRACKS radio show is delayed, due to the producer / host’s ongoing recovery from eye surgery. (At least he has time to listen to all those submitted CDs that arrive daily!) We’ll keep you posted.
.
.
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
.
NEED TO KNOW MORE about the GUIDE and its companion, THE ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC NEWS,
or
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR GIG FOR INCLUSION?
+
Our “stuff ya wanna know “ (FAQs) page is available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/guide-faqs-and-more.html
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
Questions? Comments? Contact us at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
The editor is gradually readapting to the computer following his eye surgery, and seems once again to be able to read - even if he sees everything like it’s in a funhouse mirror…
+
PLEASE HELP!
Submit your gigs in our format! It takes many, many, MANY hours just to convert what you send into listings we can use. Look at ANY write-up in the Guide, and follow the format you see there!
+
WANT TO HELP EVEN MORE to keep the Guide going? Go to http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/guide-faqs-and-more.html
to find out HOW!
.
================================================================
.
THE LATEST EDITION OF THE GUIDE, the News, current events, “heads up” notices to buy tix for upcoming events, and more – it’s available 24/7 (& frequently updated!) at ~
.
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Entire contents copyright (c) © 2009, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
.
.

1 comment:

Terri said...

Hi Larry, I'd just like to clarify that the new music series at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena is in no way connected with Ron Stockfleth's original "Acoustic Music Series" at that location. I'm sure the new series will be fabulous, but Ron's series ended in March of 2005. He chose in his final days to end the series rather than to pass it on to other hands. A minor point to some, perhaps, but it would be important to Ron that this be known. Thanks!

Terri Skeoch
Cambria, California