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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Acoustic Americana Music Guide ~ Dec 12 through 14 edition

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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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DECEMBER 12 through 14 WEEKEND UPDATE 2009
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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!
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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 The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day.
- Dr. Seuss, “The Cat in the Hat” (1957)
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Did Dr. Seuss consider your favorite performance venue to be “the house?”
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Great big abundances of live acoustic music performances are 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
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First, here’s a bit of EVENT NEWS
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MARINA V HAS A HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOU
Yes, we know, a LOT of artists are making free MP3s available as Christmas gifts to their fans. But Marina is being both generous and smart by giving away her song, “You Make Me Beautiful.” She tells us, “Even if you already have this song, plz download. If I get the most downloads, I'll get a little cash prize (which I'll use to help fund my music video!) and my song will move up in the contest - and more people will get to hear it! Yay!”
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And she is a wonderful performer, named among the “Top Ten / Best of 2008” in FolkWorks, with the notation, “A rising star in the acoustic renaissance, she delights folk fans at house concerts as easily as she delivers a full-band show at Hotel Café. Marina, now a proud American citizen, was classically trained in Moscow, and her piano compositions combine with her inspirational songwriting and soaring voice to great effect (www.marinav.com).”
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Get the free song by Dec 13, when the link expires, at www.reverbnation.com/playlist7?artist_id=22747
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Marina adds, “Please forward this to your friends - anybody can download this song now (until Dec 13)! You can really make a difference!”
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And just to let you know a bit of what’s up with Marina, she performs in Moscow, Russia, on Dec 23, in Sydney, Australia, on Jan 24, and at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica, CA, in the “SESAC Showcase” on Jan 27. More at www.marinav.com
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Part 5 of “ENJOY LIVE MUSIC WHILE YOU BUY YOUR HOLIDAY JUNK
(ER, GIFTS)”
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(…reduced to what’s still happening, from the original BIG list in the Dec 1 edition):
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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.
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See the times and dates in the Guide for complete listings, and here’s what to look for.
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Sat & Sun, Dec 12 & 13, in South OC:
10 am-6 pm SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL’s closing weekend of the 19th annual “Winter Fantasy - A World of Art and Imagination” at Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach 92651; 949-494-3030. Enjoy performances and shop a large collection of original art. Over 170 artists and craftspeople from all over Southern California and beyond are on the Winter Fantasy grounds for one last weekend creating, exhibiting and selling their unique handcrafted artwork. Plus art classes, live entertainment, and more. Class fees range from FREE to a $5 donation and include all materials needed. All ages are welcome. On the Main Entertainment Deck, country rock group City Country City performs Sat from noon-4:30 pm. The Laguna Beach High School Jazz Band plays Sun from 10:30-11:30 am, and Upstream closes-out the last entertainment from noon-4:30 pm. More at www.sawdustartfestival.org or 949.494.3030.
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Sat, Dec 12:
Noon-2 am “NEIGHBORHOOD HOLIDAY PARTY AND SHOP HOP” in Echo Park, as Stories, 826LA, Origami Records, Out Of The Closet, Masa, Future, The Echo/Echoplex, The Clinic of Echo Park and The Echo Park Parade stage a celebration with store discounts and live music. THE DAMSELLS & THE TODD CLIFFORD 4 perform at 5 pm at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. They tell us, “And we’re hoping Santa and his elf will make a visit too!” Complimentary cider at Stries, while it lasts.
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Sat & Sun, Dec 12 & 13:
8 pm “CONSCIOUS HOLIDAY GIFT BAZAAR” at the LAX Hilton, where ARADHANA SILVERMOON will have her Silvermoon Chocolate booth all day and perform Saturday night at 8 pm. She tells us, “If anyone is interested in attending the event for free and assisting me at my booth in trade for chocolate, please let me know!” More at http://silvermoonmedicine.com
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Every Wednesday:
5-8 pm The “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features live acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in Claremont.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Entire contents copyright (c) © 2009, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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Now, on to the ACOUSTIC MUSIC LISTINGS in the Guide…
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
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(1) Saturday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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2 pm “ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS” a special edition of “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7 pm SLIGO RAGS at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. (See the 6 pm listing for the artists reception, before the show,)
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7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly residency, tonight with TOM SAUBER & PATRICK SAUBER sitting-in at Vincenzo's Pizza in Newhall.
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8 pm JOHN GORKA, with AMILIA SPICER opening and joining him for a few songs, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8 pm JEFF LINSKY performs as part of the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House in Covina.
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8 pm LAURENCE JUBER plays the monthly “SABRINA & CRAIG'S ACOUSTIC L.A.” tonight at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks) in North Hollywood.
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8 pm The BERNIE PEARL BLUES BAND presents an evening of "Old School Blues" at the Arcadia Blues Club in Arcadia.
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An “EVENT OF THE WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
1-4 pm “JEFF LINSKY GUITAR WORKSHOP” as part of the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House in Covina.

See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Saturday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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~ that feature live performance-interviews with acoustic musicians (mostly on-line, simulcast from radio stations elsewhere).
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Sat, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, on web radio:
7-8 pm “RELEVANT MUSIC AND MUSE,” hosted by Guy Towe, at www.LATalkRadio.com in Southern California. Hear it at http://latalkradio.com/live.shtml where you’ll need to click the green button. If you miss today’s live show, catch up later at http://latalkradio.com/Guy.php
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Sat, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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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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
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(3) “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Sat, Dec 12; 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
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Sat, Dec 12, in Niles Canyon (East S.F. Bay Area):
Annual “NILES CANYON TRAIN OF LIGHTS” with on-board music by CAREN ARMSTRONG, departs Niles Station at 4:15 pm and 6:45 pm. Info & tix, www.ncry.org. Experience the magic of the brightly decorated holiday train, covered with thousands of lights, as it winds through Niles Canyon on a 75-minute round-trip ride either from Fremont to Sunol or from Sunol to Fremont and return. This annual fundraising event is presented by the Pacific Locomotive Association to benefit Niles Canyon Railway projects throughout the year. Your support helps the non-profit, tax-exempt, living history museum continue to operate and grow. The special annual train ride runs twice tonight, departing Sunol Station at 4:30 pm and 7 pm. The operating RR museum’s website has details. $25, general seating.
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Sat, Dec 12, in Seattle:
7 pm Holiday concert with WILLIAM PINT & FELICIA DALE (aka PINT & DALE) at Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave N, Seattle. Presented by Haller Lake Arts Council and Pacific Northwest Folklore. More info, contact Alice at 206-448-0707 or walice1@qwest.net
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Sat, Dec 12 & Sun, Dec 13, in Olympia, WA:
1-9 pm VINCE BROWN performing at POWER’s (Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights) annual arts & crafts fair & fundraiser. This year’s event is at Whittle, a wood crafting shop for adults and kids, located at 116 Capital Way North in downtown Olympia. The event runs from 1-9 pm Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. Vince says, “On Saturday I’ll be performing old time tunes with Monica Peabody and on Sunday I’ll be performing two sets; a swing set with Sara Holt-Knox on rhythm guitar, and a set with Rheanna Murray on accordion.”
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(4) LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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Sat & Sun, Dec 12 & 13:
10 am-6 pm “MAGIC MOUNTAIN ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE & FREE PARK ADMISSION” at Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia 91355. Entry to Magic Mountain is FREE on Dec 5, 6, 12 & 13 if you bring a new and unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more. Make sure to include the price tag or receipt. Your donation will be distributed by local charities to kids in need during the holidays. The donation is tax-deductible, your good deed helps a child in need, and in return, you get free admission to the amusement park.
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Sat & Sun, Dec 12 & 13, in South OC:
10 am-6 pm SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL’s closing weekend of the 19th annual “Winter Fantasy - A World of Art and Imagination” at Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach 92651; 949-494-3030.
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Enjoy performances and shop a large collection of original art. Over 170 artists and craftspeople from all over Southern California and beyond are on the Winter Fantasy grounds for one last weekend creating, exhibiting and selling their unique handcrafted artwork. Plus art classes, live entertainment, and more. Class fees range from FREE to a $5 donation and include all materials needed. All ages are welcome.
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On the Main Entertainment Deck, country rock group City Country City performs Sat from noon-4:30 pm. The Laguna Beach High School Jazz Band plays Sun from 10:30-11:30 am, and Upstream closes-out the last entertainment from noon-4:30 pm.
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Canned food drive: bring non-perishable foods to the Winter Fantasy and donate to the Laguna Relief and Resource Center, which provides supplemental food to nearly 80 families each day. Non-perishable food items include canned goods, oatmeal, mac & cheese, cooking oil and cereal, etc.
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Puppy adoption in conjunction with the Pet Rescue Group, Shar Pei Rescue and Cuddly Canines, the Winter Fantasy will be holding a pet puppy adoption at the gazebo location in Town Square.
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More at www.sawdustartfestival.org or 949.494.3030.
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Sat, Dec 12:
Noon-2 am “NEIGHBORHOOD HOLIDAY PARTY AND SHOP HOP” in Echo Park, as Stories, 826LA, Origami Records, Out Of The Closet, Masa, Future, The Echo/Echoplex, The Clinic of Echo Park and The Echo Park Parade stage a celebration with store discounts and live music. THE DAMSELLS & THE TODD CLIFFORD 4 perform at 5 pm at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. They tell us, “And we’re hoping Santa and his elf will make a visit too!” Complimentary cider at Stries, while it lasts.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(5) “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Sat, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12; an “EVENT OF THE WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
1-4 pm “JEFF LINSKY GUITAR WORKSHOP” as part of the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Contact venue for details and to reserve a spot. Jeff performs a concert here tonight, and that’s a “Show of the Week” pick, as well. More at www.jefflinsky.com
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Sat, Dec 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm “ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS” a special edition of “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” is a matinee today at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Join Jim Curry as he sings some of the Christmas favorites that John Denver sang in his televised Christmas specials. It’s a rare opportunity to hear John Denver’s Christmas, holiday, and winter songs performed live. Jim is joined by his wife, Anne and special guest, flautist Diane Ireland.
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Sat, Dec 12, 2nd Sat, every month; in Tehachapi:
2-5 pm Monthly “FIDDLE JAM” at Veterans Hall, 125 East F Street, Tehachapi. Second Sat, every month. Info: Leslie Schoenberg, California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 3, 661-821-0800. Every second Saturday, fiddlers and pickers are all welcome to join in the fun and learn some new fiddle tunes. All ages welcome as well as those who want to listen and tap their toes; www.tehachapi.com.
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Sat, Dec 12, 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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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, Dec 12, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” For the first time, the monthly event will be simulcast on the web, at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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6-8 pm KAREN HART plays “an early evening post-Christmas-shopping frenzy show” at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N Highland (Hollywood & Highland Complex), Hollywood 90028; 323-856-1200. Show info, www.karenhartmusic.com/promo/RenaissanceDecember.pdf
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Sat, Dec 12, 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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6-10 pm “ARTISTS RECEPTION” at Coffee Gallery, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. The December art exhibit features a group show by The Getty Group, "Drawn from Life," offering a selection of artwork focusing on the human form. Participating Artists are Dexter Cannon, Aude Degrasssat, Elliott Kai-Kee, Anne Martens, Nancy Pau, Melissa Piper, Ron Schmidtling, Ellen South, Lee Tirce
The exhibit runs Dec 1-31. More at http://galleryatcoffeegallery.blogspot.com. Come early for the 7 pm show with SLIGO RAGS in the Backstage (see listing) and enjoy the artists reception. Free.
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7-9 pm REMEMBER WHEN plus the DICKENS HOLIDAY CAROLERS as REMEMBER WHEN plays “A SWINGING CHRISTMAS,” featuring “Great Holiday Modern Classics” at The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W Hellman Av, Alhambra. This is one of the jazz vocal group’s favorite venues. They perform many great modern Christmas classics, like Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song,” “Silver Bells” from the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid” starring Bob Hope, and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The grpup’s arrangements and orchestrations are a delight. The Second half of the two-hour program features great Big Band, Swing and jazz standard tunes presented in Remember When’s unique jazz harmony style. Sponsors say, “It will be like celebrating New Year’s Eve several weeks early!” Doors at 6:30 pm. Arrive early to enjoy traditional Christmas music presented by the DICKENS HOLIDAY CAROLERS as they perform in the crowd while waiting for the concert to begin. Reservations & tix at 626-230-5435. Tix $15.
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Sat, Dec 12, 2nd Sat every month; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” presents its “3RD ANNUAL LOTTA LOVE EDITION – FAMILY, FRIENDS & FANS REMEMBER NICOLETTE LARSON (1952-1997)” monthly charity-benefit showcase with a full lineup of performers, at The Talking Stick’s new location 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Performing host MARK ISLAM says, “All of the performers, [make] good on their promise to busk their hearts out… new songs & everything… a Who's Hoot.” The series celebrates its 30th edition tonight, as well. Past lineups have included Grammy winners / nominees and a Village Voice OBIE Award winner. Mark continues, “There's no shortage of acoustic eclecticism in Los Angeles.” Tonight’s show is a benefit for the Nicolette Larson Pediatric Endowment at Mattel Children’s Hospital/UCLA. There’s always a big, quality lineup at this annual tribute.
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Sat, Dec 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm SLIGO RAGS at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reserv 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.”
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Music Connection magazine writes, "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."
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Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2007 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Gordon Rustvold, and percussion whiz-kid Andy Reilly (8 years on the road with the original Riverdance company) are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
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Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob Stane, says, ”A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles."
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Sat, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, every Sat, in Palmdale:
7 pm “ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY” with plenty of acoustic performances and a food drive for charity, at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Tonight “features many of your (and our) favourite performers from the last year” at Butler’s. Among those scheduled to appear are THE BROWNE SISTERS, ALLIE TAYLOR, LENNY DODGE, JOHN M., JACK MILLER, WAYNE SLATER-LUNSFORD, ELAYNA, JOEY BACKENSTOE, THE KEEFTOWNE BLEND “and possibly a few more, playing traditional and contemporary Christmas ditties and Holiday Faves. Classical? Jazz? Folk? Pop? Country? Blues? Celtic? Peruvian Death Metal? Well, we'll have most of that,” says the venue’s “music guy,” Kevin Browne. He adds, ”Even better, though, is that it's all for charity. We'll be accepting donations of canned food and toys on behalf of The Children's Network. So wake up the kids, give your buddies a ring and head on down to Butler's! We'll be bahing your humbug and raising you a holly jolly!”
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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. No cover.
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Sat, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12, 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, Dec 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly residency, tonight with TOM SAUBER & PATRICK SAUBER sitting-in tonight, at Vincenzo's Pizza in Newhall, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall; 661-259-6733 (Lyons exit, just off I-5). Tom adds, “I think HERB PEDERSON will be playing guitar.” Whether you go tonight, you should know that this a long-running series often has very impressive performing guests.
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Sat, Dec 12, in Goleta (Santa Barbara Co):
7:30 pm PATRICK BALL plays the Songtree Concert series, at the Live Oak Universalist Unitarian Church, 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta; series info, www.songtree.org; 805-403-2639.
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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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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Sat, Dec 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHN GORKA, with AMILIA SPICER opening and joining him for a few songs, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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John Gorka was splendid last night at the rebirth of the Acoustic Music Series in Pasadena, and Amilia Spicer was his delightful surprise guest there. Tonight, you’ll get everything except the opening set that Dave Morrison delivered in Pasadena. Gorka is called “The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement” by no less than Rolling Stone Magazine. And his humorous stage banter is wonderful, compared by Alex del Zoppo to that of Bob Newhart in style. More at www.johngorka.com. $20.
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Sat, Dec 12; “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JEFF LINSKY performs as part of the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Jeff does a guitar workshop at 1 pm today in addition to tonight’s concert. More at www.jefflinsky.com. Doors at 7:30. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Dec 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURENCE JUBER plays the monthly “SABRINA & CRAIG'S ACOUSTIC L.A.” tonight with different recording artist guests, playing acoustic, at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916.
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World-Class Virtuoso acoustic guitar soloist LAURENCE JUBER first came to major recognition when Sir PAUL McCARTNEY invited him to become lead guitarist for WINGS -- McCartney's post-Beatles band -- and he toured with them for three years, winning a GRAMMY before going solo. He's been voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and his 14 solo albums have received the highest acclaim. "LJ" will play two full sets as tonight’s featured artist (80 - 90 minutes of music). "He gloriously articulates the melodies and never succumbs to show-off playing. But the notes spin out of the songs with such finesse and musical agility, it's hard to believe he has only 10 fingers and six strings. Juber has made a rare acoustic guitar record with bark and bite. His playing is just short of sleight of hand and, like all magicians, he makes it seem effortless." - San Francisco Chronicle. More at www.LaurenceJuber.com.
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More on tonight’s show and the series at www.myspace.com/acousticla, and info on Sabrina & Craig at www.SabrinaandCraig.com and www.MySpace.com/SabrinaandCraig
This may well sell-out, so make a reservation at sabrinaandcraig@aol.com. Admission for this show is $15.
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Sat, Dec 12, every Sat; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm The BERNIE PEARL BLUES BAND presents an evening of "Old School Blues" at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. Bernie, who has performed multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” tells us it’s “Our first time at the club.” The “Our” refers to Bernie and his excellent band. This venue regularly features “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry.” Opening is the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, qhich the venue touts as “the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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Sat, Dec 12:
8 pm Annual “CINE FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY” with I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. and STEVE YOUNG and a screening of ‘HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS” at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax, L.A. The movie is at 8 pm, Steve Young at 10, and Hawks at 11 pm. Tix, $14.
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8-10 pm MARK GOLDENBERG, GABY MORENO, & DAVID PILTCH at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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Mark Goldenberg is a guitarist who has played on records for a myriad of artists including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton and yes, William Shatner. He has been lead guitarist for Jackson Browne since 1994. He is also a songwriter whose works have been recorded by Linda Rondstat, Chicago, Pointer Sisters, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, Chris Botti, and yes, Olivia Newton John, among others. Mark has just finished his first CD of solo fingerstyle guitar music. Somewhere between Michael Hedges and Joe Pass, between Egberto Gismonti and Erik Satie, Mark’s trying to create music that’s both evocative and reflective, that will appeal to both guitarists and non guitarists alike.
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Gaby Moreno, a soulful new songwriter, is a transplant from Guatemala City, Guatemala. It was there that Gaby first learned to speak English by playing and singing along with such greats as BB King, Robert Johnson and Nina Simone. Notes Moreno "My mom bought me this really cheap nylon string guitar when I was 14, and we became inseparable. I somehow started figuring out Jimi Hendrix songs with it." Gaby gravitated to Los Angeles, CA in 2001 where she attended The Musician’s Institute and honed her craft. Her unique songwriting (she writes in English and Spanish) won her many new fans. In addition, the LA music community took notice and Gaby soon found herself writing songs with some incredibly talented musicians and producers. "Meant to Fly," (co-written by Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida) a song that came from one of the writing sessions was recorded by the winner of Canadian Idol 2006 (Eva Avila). More recently, she made history as the first Latin category winner to take home the "Maxell Song of the Year" Award for her song "Escondidos", written with Ari Shine and Victor Indrizzo. She was presented with the Maxell Song of the Year award at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, where Fergie made a stop on her Verizon VIP Tour. For the first time, the winner of the coveted prize had the opportunity to open a show for an award winning multi-platinum artist.
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David Piltch is the youngest of three children, and his older brother Robert is one of Canada's finest guitarists and was David's first music teacher. Susan, the eldest, is also a fine musician and plays flute and piano. She can be heard performing with the flute/guitar duo, LaBrash/Piltch, originating from the beautiful Caledon, Ontario area, or featured on their two CD's, NATURE'S PLAY and THE MOON AND FLOWERS. Hurray for sibling rivalry. Both of David's parents provided the perfect environment for a creative musical family. Bernie, a "musician's musician," was a role model not only for his children, but also for two generations of woodwind and reed players, from the late forties to the early eighties in Toronto's diverse music scene. Bernie can be heard on a classic recording featuring Duke Ellington, entitled, NORTH OF THE BORDER.
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As teenagers during the late seventies, David and brother, Rob, could often be heard performing with their father and with the many Jazz groups playing around the Toronto scene. David became a "regular" at Bourbon Street (a Toronto Jazz club) and played with famous musicians such as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Mose Allison, George Coleman. and many others. In 1979, David did a stint with Blood, Sweat and Tears, which included recording the album, NUCLEAR BLUES. In 1981, the road led David to Japan for the first time and six months on tour with Chuck Mangione. In 1983, David formed the group, Strangeness Beauty. This instrumental trio was an innovative ensemble employing conceptual writing and improvisation, and was comprised of Ron Allen, saxophone and lyracon (wind synthesiser), and Michael Sloski, drums. Entering the world of singers, David began recording and performing with Mary Margaret O'Hara, then later k.d. lang and Holly Cole (Trio). Presently, David lives in California and can be heard on upcoming recordings with Holly Cole, k.d. lang, Eddi Reader, Paul Young and Kenny Loggins.
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8 pm “CONSCIOUS HOLIDAY GIFT BAZAAR” at the LAX Hilton, where ARADHANA SILVERMOON will have her Silvermoon Chocolate booth all day and perform Saturday night at 8 pm. She tells us, “If anyone is interested in attending the event for free and assisting me at my booth in trade for chocolate, please let me know!” More at http://silvermoonmedicine.com
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Sat, Dec 12:
8 pm author CARLOS FUENTES does a spoken word performance for the UCLA Live series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org.
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Sat, Dec 12, 2nd Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in the north SFV; for location, contact Bobbi Gore, 818-365-6418; www.songmakers.org.
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8:30 pm THE FLYING TOURBILLON ORCHESTRA plays a free art gallery show with MARVELOUS TOY, at 3000 Olympic Bl, Suite 2525, Bldg 1, Santa Monica 90404. “FTO’s sound is lush — the group sees open musical space as an opportunity to insert a guitar riff, organ fill, or percussive embellishment. Hunter Costeau’s scratchy vocals blend beautifully with Kelli Kofke’s soprano, giving the well crafted lyrics their due; the words to “In a Dream,” a firsthand account of strangulation, might also fit comfortably in a death-metal ballad, but the band contrasts the violent tale with ringing chimes, operatic singing, and bright guitars.”- Phil Kropoth, Flavorpill.
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9-11:30 pm KELLY FITZGERALD brings her trio to La Palapa, 4020 Olympic Plaza, Belmont Shore; www.lapalapadelmar.com; 800-958-7729.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & 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, Dec 12, 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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2-5 pm “SONGWRITER SANCTUM’S HOLIDAY SONG SHARE” with SEVERIN BROWNE, JOE HAMILTON, ROBBY HELPERIN, ANDREW KELSEY, DALE LADUKE, ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, DAVE MORRISON, FELICE PERES, LORI PORTER, STEVE PUZARNE, SABRINA & CRAIG, ERIC SCHWARTZ, SHAKEH, TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND, MICK TERRY, LISA TURNER, BERINGTON VAN CAMPEN, JEANNIE WILLETS, and others at the Church in Ocean Park in Santa Monica.
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3-6 pm “THE REAL DEAL BLUES” with guitarist MICHAEL RICHARDS & harmonica wizard HERBIE KATZ of WUMBLOOZO, and L.A. Music Award “Blues Artist of the Year” PEACH, at Valley Improvement Center in Granada Hills.
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4 pm VERTIGO ROAD at Starbucks in Studio City.
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7 pm JANET KLEIN & THE PARLOR BOYS at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Noon-5 pm PETE STEINBERG is “guest artist and educator” at the Association of Fingerstyle Guiotarists (AFG) event at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana.
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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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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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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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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, Dec 13:
11 am-2 pm BARRY BIG B BRENNER plays the “SUNDAY BLUES BRUNCH” series at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com. See five videos from his recent Coffee Gallery Backstage gig, at www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Barry+Big+B+Brenner+Coffee+Gallery&search_type=&aq=f. More at www.myspace.com/barrybigbbrenner
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11 am-1 pm (Pacific time) “COW TRAILS SHOW” from Mancos, Colorado, features live on-air performances by Western music artists hosted by “Western Belle Barb” (Barbara Richhart) on KSJD, simulcast at www.ksjd.org. Studio phone-in numbers for host and on-air guests, 970-564-9727 & 970-564-0808. More, www.myspace.com/mancosbelle
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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
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Sun, Dec 13; 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
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1-9 pm VINCE BROWN performing at POWER’s (Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights) annual arts & crafts fair & fundraiser. This year’s event is at Whittle, a wood crafting shop for adults and kids, located at 116 Capital Way North in downtown Olympia. The event runs from 1-9 pm Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. Vince says, “On Saturday I’ll be performing old time tunes with Monica Peabody and on Sunday I’ll be performing two sets; a swing set with Sara Holt-Knox on rhythm guitar, and a set with Rheanna Murray on accordion.”
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10 am-6 pm “MAGIC MOUNTAIN ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE & FREE PARK ADMISSION” at Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia 91355. Entry to Magic Mountain is FREE on Dec 5, 6, 12 & 13 if you bring a new and unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more. Make sure to include the price tag or receipt. Your donation will be distributed by local charities to kids in need during the holidays. The donation is tax-deductible, your good deed helps a child in need, and in return, you get free admission to the amusement park.
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10 am-6 pm SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL’s closing weekend of the 19th annual “Winter Fantasy - A World of Art and Imagination” at Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach 92651; 949-494-3030.
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On the Main Entertainment Deck, country rock group City Country City performs Sat from noon-4:30 pm. The Laguna Beach High School Jazz Band plays Sun from 10:30-11:30 am, and Upstream closes-out the last entertainment from noon-4:30 pm.
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Canned food drive: bring non-perishable foods to the Winter Fantasy and donate to the Laguna Relief and Resource Center, which provides supplemental food to nearly 80 families each day. Non-perishable food items include canned goods, oatmeal, mac & cheese, cooking oil and cereal, etc.
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Puppy adoption in conjunction with the Pet Rescue Group, Shar Pei Rescue and Cuddly Canines, the Winter Fantasy will be holding a pet puppy adoption at the gazebo location in Town Square.
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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.
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> 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.
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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.
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Sun, Dec 13, 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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9 am-1 pm “CLAREMONT FARMER'S MARKET” has live acoustic music in downtown Claremont. RON ELY plays songs of the sea and more on 2nd St between Yale Av and Indian Hill, in old downtown Claremont. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely .
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr. Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. It is closed on rainy days. If you’re too broke for the train under the Christmas tree, or even for the tree, then this will lift your spirits and rekindle all those childhood memories of the miniature train under the tree. Except this one is big enough to ride, and it’s pulled by a real steam locomotive. LALS is a non-profit corporation that was founded in 1956. It was started by train enthusiasts for the purpose of educating people in railroad history and lore and also to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride from 11 am-3 pm every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. to ride. The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum survives solely on donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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11:30 am-2:30 pm KELLY FITZGERALD plays her popular brunch gig at Renaissance, 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point; www.renaissance-danapoint.com
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Noon-5 pm PETE STEINBERG is “guest artist and educator” at the Association of Fingerstyle Guiotarists (AFG) event at Grand Central Art Center, operated by the California State University Fullerton art department, 125 N Broadway, Santa Ana 92701. $5 fee for parking structure (enter on 3rd St).
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Pete Steinberg was the 1999 Southwestern Fingerstyle Champion, and AFG president Greg Atkin says, “That about says it all! He teaches fingerstyle guitar at L.A. landmark McCabe’s Guitar Shop, where he shares his knowledge of ragtime and blues solos in the styles of Delta blues greats and Nashville hot shots from John Hurt to Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. Pete is also a great folk singer and humorist. Do not miss this AFG event.”
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Noon-3:30 pm monthly BLUEGRASS JAM at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com. These jams are the second Sunday of every month. Info: David Naiditch, 626-797-1827; french10@pacbell.net. Host David Naiditch's wonderful instrumental CD has been heard on radio's "Tied to the Tracks." David says, “Pickers, grinners, and fans of bluegrass are invited.” The jam is always free.
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Noon “TUCKER'S GROVE OLD TIME & BLUEGRASS JAM” at Tucker's Grove County Park, near the intersection of Cathedral Oaks and Turnpike Rd, in "Noleta" (between Santa Barbara and Goleta). After entering the park, go to the right about 1/3 mile to the Kiwannis Meadows section. Hosted by Alan Aleksander (constatty@aol.com.) this jam from the early ’70s was recently reinstated. Goes from noon, "until."
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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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1-4 pm “FOLK SONG JAM” sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) at the Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. Singalongs, new in Sep ’09, feature “all kinds of folk and folk music,” free and open to the public (street parking on Sunday is free, as well). Song circle is led by Janet Cornwell, a seasoned folk singer and song leader with a genuine love for sharing traditional songs. Free.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2-5 pm “SONGWRITER SANCTUM’S HOLIDAY SONG SHARE” with multiple performers doing original and traditional songs at folk impresario Dana Charnofky's series at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-1631; www.churchop.org.
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Thus is a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick for several reasons. First, the participants are inclusive of some of L.A.’s best singers. Second, how many times have you searched for a Christmas event where you could hear all your old favorite carols from childhood, only to be disappointed by a droning preacher, instead? Third, it features a potluck meal. Fourth, the charitable aspect of this gives you a chance to enjoy music and help a child in need.
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Dana says, “Bring your friends, bring your family, and spend the afternoon just blocks from the beach, listening to music in a comfy setting. Come early and visit the famous Santa Monica Farmers Market beforehand, for handmade gifts! Stay late -- we'll have a song-circle after the show.”
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Today’s event features a potluck. They tell us, “Please bring a dish of some sort to share -- we will have paper plates and plastic-ware. We'll need drinks, main dishes, snacks... The more yummy food we have to share, the more fun it is! Mmmmm.”

You can take part in the gift exchange / donation for the needy. Dana explains, “Bring two gifts between $10 and $20. Be sure that one is NEW AND NOT wrapped! One present will be donated to the Church In Ocean Park (our venue), to be dispersed through various kid's programs -- a needy child will receive it. That's the unwrapped gift. With the second, you can join in our own gift exchange. We will have a ‘gift grab-bag,’ and everyone who puts one in can take one out! So, try to bring two presents, one to donate and one to exchange.”
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Dana adds that we should expect to hear O Holy Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Maoz Tzur, Hands Holding Hands, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Count Your Blessings, The First Noel, Happy Christmas (War Is Over), Light One Candle, Sing a Song of Christmas, Sleigh Bells/Jingle Bells Medley, American Noel, Prayer For Peace (Hallelujah/Salaam), O Come All Ye Faithful, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts), River, Silent Night...She adds, “open to the public ~ donations appreciated ~ kids and calm, quiet dogs are welcome. Feel free to bring your instrument.”
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More info, www.churchop.org/Home.html and purpleDCconcerts@yahoo.com. Monthly songwriter showcase featuring some of the best of today’s local songwriting talent and several folk-Americana recording artists. No cover, donations appreciated.
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2-5 pm monthly “AV FOLK MUSIC CLUB CIRCLE” is returning to homes for its potluck and jamfest (no longer at the Health Tree Coffee Lounge & Café.) They tell us, “Bring your instruments and voices and join in.” Held every month on the second Sunday. Info and location, 661-339-2655.
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2:30-3:30 pm “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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3-6 pm “THE REAL DEAL BLUES” with guitarist MICHAEL RICHARDS & harmonica wizard HERBIE KATZ of WUMBLOOZO, and L.A. Music Award “Blues Artist of the Year” PEACH, at Valley Improvement Center, 10667 White Oak Ave Granada Hills 91344; 818-428-1377. This is the acoustic side of Michael with Doctor Fun (aka Herbie Katz) accompanying him on harmonica. Herbie tells us, “For those of you who love Michael's Wumbloozo songs, these will blow you away. These songs tell tales of love, betrayal and life. The words and Michael's voice shine through. The venue will be shooting a DVD and Michael will be giving copies of it to everyone attending.” More info at www.myspace.com/michaeldigiulio and www.wumbloozo.com
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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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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 pm VERTIGO ROAD perform at Starbucks, 10965 Ventura Bl (at Vineland), Studio City 91604; 818-762-9121. You’ve heard their music on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and aboard Frontier Airlines flights. If you like the Indigo Girls, you’ll love this duo. More at www.vertigoroad.com and http://www.myspace.com/vertigoroad
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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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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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4:15 pm local expression of the global “CLIMATE VIGIL” by candle light at the corner of Ave. K and 10th St. West, in Lancaster. (Take the 14 Fwy N, exit Ave K, turn right, and it’s a half mile.) Organizers tell us, there will be two numbers: At least one is an orginal song about climate change. The band is called NEW LEAF. No electricity, so it will be acoustic. If you're in the Antelope Valley come to our vigil.”
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5 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ for listening & dancing 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, Dec 13, 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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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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7 pm JANET KLEIN & THE PARLOR BOYS 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. Come out and frolic with ukulele chanteuse Janet Klein, and her Parlor Boys, as these distinctive musician pals bring to life "Obscure, Naughty and Lovely tunes of the 1910s, ‘20s & ‘30s, delivering a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems.” These merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads.The Parlor Boys feature Ian Whitcomb, on accordion and ukulele (A Backstage favorite) , as well as the astonishing guitar,banjo and whistling talents of John Reynolds and Tom Marion on guitar, banjo & mandolin, alumni of R. Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders, along with a bevy of hot musicians on violin, cornet, trombone and slap-happy bass. Watch out for the charming and alarming Ms. Klein! Tix, $20.
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7 pm THE POLYNESIAN PARADISE DANCERS perform “Postcards from Paradise,” their “biggest show of the year” at Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School, 12417 Philadelphia St (corner of Bailey Av & Whittier Av), Whittier 90601. Info at info@polynesianparadise.net or 562-945-2599.
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Sun, Dec 13, 2nd Sun, every month:
7-10 pm monthly “WORLD MUSIC SERIES” at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052. Tonight brings the STEFANI VALADEZ ENSEMBLE, and the eclectic sounds of DAVID OSBORNE on of the first non-Romanian Pan Flute, joined by Stefani on Guitar. Series has presented highly regarded local and touring artists. Venue offers sandwiches, salads, coffeehouse beverages. $10 cover.
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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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Sun, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, every Sun:
7:30-10 pm “SUNDAY NIGHT SONG & VARIETY SHOWCASE” is the new OPEN MIC on The Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917. Everybody knows the world-famous Backstage, with its parade of world-class and renowned professional acts – this is the FREE stage in the front of the coffeehouse. It’s “out front,” where you can buy coffeehouse treats and beverages (and soup, salads, and sandwiches from their newly-expanded evening menu). This new series, hosted by Duane Thorin, welcomes “singers, songwriters, and other talents,” and just a few weeks in, it’s been drawing musicians who do paying gigs elsewhere, and a few who play the Backstage. And the free show starts a half hour after the show in the Backstage. Front and back, it’s become a Sunday evening hotbed of music. Free.
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Sun, Dec 13; Sat & Sun, Dec 12 & 13:
8 pm “CONSCIOUS HOLIDAY GIFT BAZAAR” at the LAX Hilton, where ARADHANA SILVERMOON will have her Silvermoon Chocolate booth all day and perform Saturday night at 8 pm. She tells us, “If anyone is interested in attending the event for free and assisting me at my booth in trade for chocolate, please let me know!” More at http://silvermoonmedicine.com
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Sun, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, 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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Noon-1 pm “INVESTING IN ARTISTS GRANT INFORMATION WEBINAR” presented by the Center for Cultural Innovation on the web; www.cciarts.org
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Mon, Dec 14, 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
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Mon, 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, 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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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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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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“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
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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.
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> 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.
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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.
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Mon, Dec 14; an “EVENT OF THE WEEK” for artists:
Noon-1 pm “INVESTING IN ARTISTS GRANT INFORMATION WEBINAR” presented by the Center for Cultural Innovation, 244 S. San Pedro St Suite 401, L. .90012; 213-687-8577; www.cciarts.org
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The theme is “Knowledge + Networks + Financial Independence for Artists.” CCI's Investing in Artists grants program is designed to enhance the working lives and creative environment for individual artists in California by funding tools and market strategies that will allow artists to create their best work more consistently, and distribute that work more broadly to new audiences. Applications for Round V of the program are due on January 11, 2010. In this fifth round of funding, applications will be accepted in the Artistic Equipment & Tools category and in the Artistic Innovation category for Visual Arts, Crafts and Literary Arts.

CCI hosted a series of webinars, this being thr final one, to provide a general orientation to the Investing in Artists grants program application and funding guidelines. Each conference call will include an overview of the application guidelines and criteria, and an overview of the online application form via CultureGrants Online™ Q & A.
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The webinar will include a simultaneous web presentation. You do not need to have web access to participate in the webinar, but you do need it to view the presentation. The webinars are toll-free and you must pre-register in order to receive the access code and dial-in instructions. Space is limited, so we request that you register no later than noon on the day preceding the scheduled call.
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2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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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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“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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“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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7 pm A FINE FRENZY and GREEN RIVER ORDINANCE, with SARA HAZE & SHAWN HLOOKOFF in a benefit for Childrens Hospital presented by Koffeehouse Music at Dakota Live Music Lounge, 1026 Wilshire Bl (at 11th), Santa Monica 90401; 310-393-8200; www.dakotalounge.com. Expect a partly acoustic, partly electric night.
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It’s a holiday concert and toy drive to benefit CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES, featuring EMI/Virgin recording artists A Fine Frenzy and Green River Ordinance, together with Koffeehouse favorites Sara Haze and EMI recording artist Shawn Hlookoff.
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Children's Hospital desperately needs new toys for the holidays so we ask you to join us and help make a difference in a child's life this holiday season! Admission is FREE with a new, unwrapped toy donation (preferred), or just a $5 cover at the door.

Doors at 5 pm, with a Koffeehouse jam session / open mic from 6-7 pm (sign up in advance by emailing chris@koffeehouse.com). Shawn Hlookoff kicks off the holiday concert at 7 pm, followed by Sara Haze at 7:45 pm. Green River Ordinance plays at 8:30 pm, and A Fine Frenzy at 9:30 pm.
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Note you MUST RSVP at: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221662570991&ref=mf and then arrive EARLY as there are no advanced ticket sales and all entry will be on a first-come-first-serve basis (even with RSVP) unless you have a dinner/group reservation by calling 310-393-8200 to request a list of table / bottle packages and reserve a VIP table. Event is 21+. FREE with your donation at the door of a new, unwrapped toy (valued over $10) for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, or $5 cover.
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7-10 pm CORONA BLUEGRASS JAM at Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Av (at Ontario Av), Corona. Info, contact Todd Holtkamp, 951-347-2597 or onetoad@adelphia.net. Todd says, “Open Jam, all levels welcome. Having a good time is mandatory. If the weather is good we will be outside in front of the main building. If the weather is bad we will be inside.”
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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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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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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, Dec 14, 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; Dec 14, 2nd & 4th Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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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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8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing 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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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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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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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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Mon, Dec 14, every Mon:
10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com.. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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(6) EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS / UPCOMING EVENTS / BUY TIX NOW
(updated Dec 11)
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HEADS-UP – GET TIX WHILE YOU CAN!
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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"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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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
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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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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.
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Announced so far: MERLE HAGGARD, THE AVETT BROTHERS, DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, BAXTER BLACK, STEEL DRIVERS, BJ THOMAS, BOBBY BARE, CHUCK MEAD, MARY GAUTHIER, LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS, BILL ANDERSON, WADDIE MITCHELL & TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, PHIL VASSAR, CARLENE CARTER;
Plus “Mane Stage” Nashville acts:
Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys;
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Jamey Johnson, Ray Price, Joey + Rory, Nick 13, Easton Corbin, Heidi Newfield, and Mallary Hope.
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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.
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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
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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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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.
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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
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(7) MORE STUFF >>>>>>> Other News, Resources, etc…
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Updated editions with more (always more -- as we have time to organize all of it), and all the many, many, acoustic music events still 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.
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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
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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.
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Our REVIEWS:
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(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
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(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)
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RADIO NEWS: the return from hiatus of the syndicated TIED TO THE TRACKS radio show is delayed, due to the producer / host’s ongoing recovery from eye surgery. (At least he has time to listen to all those submitted CDs that arrive daily!) We’ll keep you posted.
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