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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Acoustic Americana Music Guide ~ Dec 8 through 10 edition

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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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DECEMBER 8 through 10, 2009
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…A rainy and chilly start to this week, in a place that we take for granted is always sunny. 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 http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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First, here’s a bit of EVENT NEWS
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The big JOHN GORKA show, with DAVE MORRISON opening, is in our “Heads-up for advance Tix” section, and you should jump right on that one. It marks the return of a folk series to the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, the longtime home of the legendary series produced by the late Ron Stockfleth.
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It’s an appropriate return. No less than Rolling Stone Magazine calls JOHN GORKA “The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.”
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And opening act DAVE MORRISON is named as one of the “Top Ten / Best of 2008” male singer-songwriters in Los Angeles, in FolkWorks, and you’ve heard him perform live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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You can read the Guide’s whole write-up in our “Upcoming / Heads-Up” section, or get your tix right away at asalvatierra@cluela.org or via Paypal, at www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=gBv9Ow-o6w6jnpNx5fb7lTvai3cuXgzBbio3RGEC4KvsZrQPQlwu8ZTnemG&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b833248354cf50881e4ea372b2a42d76305e03018dc2a2bc7. Tix, $20.
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GENEVIEVE GOING TO CUBA WITH A HUMANITARIAN / ARTS CAUSE
You’ve heard her music on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and no doubt seen her perform around town (when she’s not touring all over the map). Now, the very kinetic Genevieve tells us, “I will be traveling to Cuba over the winter with a humanitarian-based arts organization to lend a hand and providing aid to underprivileged musicians. I'm working with a non-profit, so all donations are tax-deductible.
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“While there, I will be interviewing people in the music community about how we can foster more open relationships between the artistic communities in the US and Cuba. The information will also be used to create an educational curriculum for American exchange students from my alma mater who want to learn about the culture hands-on. Additionally, I will be working on several journalism projects focusing on music advocacy and helping artists (particularly young ones) to expand their opportunities and find a voice outside of Cuba. Think Buena Vista Social Club, but for children and young adults.
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“The money raised here will be used to help with the educational and advocacy costs-providing guitar strings and reeds for instruments, and music instruction books, for example. It's a little tricky, because due to the nature of Cuban-American ties, people cannot directly contribute to Cuba (the US government considers that giving the money directly to the regime, which is really not far off), so you have to contribute through other channels (like donating money to volunteer organizations who purchase the goods and literally hand-deliver them). It's a little confusing, but I'm happy to send more details on the situation. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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“The website is www.kickstarter.com/projects/genevievemusic/the-future-of-cuban-music
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We are happy to report that Genevieve reached her fund-raising goal that allows her to make the trip, so for all of you who donated based on our initial notice about her trip, we thank you. “But Hopefully I can start doing more of these things. I figure if people are going to donate, they might as well donate to something where they actually know where the money is going. Or, if they want to volunteer but don't have the time to do so, they can send someone else on a volunteer trip. either way, they're helping.”
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Meanwhile, Genevieve acknowledges, “It's a little confusing jumping through the hoops to donate, and you will need to set up a free account with Kickstarter (so you can log in and add comments to my page), and the donations go through Amazon.com, which also confuses people.” And she thanks everyone who navigates all that to support her as an arts ambassador.
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NEW CD, LOOKS INTERESTING…
We haven’t heard it, but… the EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE CD, with members of I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., MIKE STINSON, THE CHAPIN SISTERS, CHRISTINA ORTEGA, and ZACHARIAH is now available (in time for Christmas); official release is in February. Info, www.earthwormensemble.com
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Part 4 of “ENJOY LIVE MUSIC WHILE YOU BUY YOUR HOLIDAY JUNK
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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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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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(1) Tuesday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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7:30 pm WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY with special guests ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, at Club Nokia, downtown L.A.
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See the complete listing below for all the details.
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Tue, 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, Mother Hen joins as co-host and the show will expand hours and move to a different studio. Info and listen on-line at www.thomasmillershow.com
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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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None reported today. It’s all happening here in and around L.A.!
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(4) LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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Tue, Dec 8; 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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Tue, Dec 8, every week; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week:
4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week:
6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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Tue, Dec 8, every week:
6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week:
6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week; in Menifee:
6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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Tue, Dec 8, every Tue:
6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Dec 8; an up-and-comer to watch:
7-9 pm PHOEBE BRIDGERS plays an acoustic set at Pinocchio's Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Pasadena. Her performance will benefit the Arroyo Food Co-Op, as Pinocchio's will donate 15% of the evening's proceeds to the Co-op. Phoebe tells us, “The venue has great food and a nice selection of beer and wine. All ages, no cover.”
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Phoebe is a student at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She has played her own brand of acoustic folk all over Los Angeles, including the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, Folk Music Center in Claremont, The Grand Ole Echo series’ Back Porch, and The Coffee Gallery Backstage (where your editor was very impressed with her musicality). Phoebe is an engaging performer for such a young singer, and her own songs are mature and insightful. She can be seen every Saturday busking at the Pasadena Farmer's Market.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week; in the Inland Empire:
7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week, in Palmdale:
7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week; in Tehachapi:
7-10 pm “ACOUSTIC JAM” at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "All unplugged acoustic players." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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Tue, Dec 8, every Tue:
“ACOUSTIC TUESDAY NIGHTS” at Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N El Centro Av (betw Selma & Hollywood Bl), Hollywood; www.myspace.com/cranestavern. More at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=9856844&blogId=470963380
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Tue, Dec 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY with special guests ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, at Club Nokia, downtown L.A. Doors at 7 pm; tix & info, www.goldenvoice.com - www.myspace.com/goldenvoice. Tix, $45, $65, $125.
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Dec 8, 9, & 10:
7:30 pm JONATHAN RICHMAN featuring TOMMY LARKINS on the drums at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, L.A.; 323-954-9630; www.themintla.com. Advance tix available at http://thehappybookers.net/l/7v8msb/1105032;http://themintla.frontgatetickets.com/ondate.php?t=1260252000. Recommended to us by the Happy Bookers…
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Tue, Dec 8, second Tue, every month:
7:30-8:30 pm “SONGSALIVE L.A. / SHOUT IT OUT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Hosted by Bob Leggett. Four performers in a song circle, each plays three songs in a round. Songsalive members get preference. Artists may have other musicians play with or for them (i.e. if primarily a singer not a musician). Artists may apply online at the Songsalive Showcase application page, www.songsalive.org/showcases. Cover is $8, or $5 with flyer from website www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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Tue, Dec 8, recurring:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Tue, Dec 8:
8 pm ODD’S BODKIN 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; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917. Odd's Bodkin plays original and traditional music in a Celtic-Gypsy-Folk-Appalachian style on fiddle, whistle, mandolin, guitar, flute, bass and drums. Lead vocalists Stephanie Mitchell and Kenny Klein have a dynamic vocal blend, and sing songs of myth, longing, love and the evils of dating goth girls. with bassist Anna Klein and drummer Jesse Anatole, a traditional Celtic and roots rhythm underlies melodic blends both traditional and odd. Odd's Bodkin has played across the U.S. and Canada, at such venues as the Southern California Reniaissance Faire, Bristol Renaissance Faire, the Starwood Festival, the Turtle Hill Events Center, GenCon (the world's largest gaming convention...how do you think Kenny learned the evils of dating goth girls?), Cornstalk Music Festival, and the Northern California Renaissance festival. Join Odd's Bodkin for an evening of Faerie Lore, strange love, and Celtic myth. Tix, $15.
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Tue, Dec 8:
8 pm BURLINGTON FAMILY plays the "GO FOLK YOURSELF" series at the Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway, Lincoln Heights (L.A.) 90031. Kevin P. Casey of the BURLINGTON FAMILY says, “We’ll be playing our brand of tortured folk as part of Tank Tuesday’s monthly night. Anyone interested in getting on the discount list please go to www.going.com/gofolkcabin and put in your name and email address.””
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Tue, Dec 8, every week:
8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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Tue, Dec 8, second and fourth Tue, every month:
8 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL MCCARTHY the second and fourth Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm; you can sign-up in advance at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid .
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Tue, Dec 8, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, Dec 8, every week; in Laguna Beach:
8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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Tue, Dec 8, in south OC:
NICOLE GORDON performs at The Marine Room, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach 92651. She’s done live performance-interviews twice on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” with her fine originals and co-writes with “Songs of Shiloh” partner Marty Axelrod. Great vocal chops and a very engaging stage presence. More at www.nicolegordon.net and www.myspace.com/nicolegordonmusic
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Tue, Dec 8:
8:30 pm MARC BOSSERMAN at The Varnish, 118 E Sixth St, downtown Los Angeles 90014; 213-622-9999; www.thevarnishbar.com. He’s a fine composer and pianist, always a joy to hear. More at www.marcbosserman.com and www.iacmusic.com/marcbosserman
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Tue, Dec 8, every Tue:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Tue, Dec 8, every Tue:
9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Each night brings different styles and genres:
Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
Sunday - “Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, World Music” night, 8 pm-11:30 am
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Tue, Dec 8:
10 pm “A CINEMA BAR CHRISTMAS” show with GRANT LANGSTON & THE SUPERMODELS, JOHN RAMEY AND THE ORCHESTRA, and others, “spreading Christmas Cheer and singing Honky Tonk classics” at Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+. Grant says, “Gifts, carols, and lots of Christmas fun, Christmas songs, mistletoe, and I'm told Santa is coming by with gifts for the entire joint.” More at www.grantlangston.com and www.myspace.com/grantlangston. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar.
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7-10:30 pm LAWIM’s annual “BEST OF THE BEST 2008-2009” CD release show at the M Bar, is the annual Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) evening of the best music of the year from their monthly series, at the M Bar, 1253 Vine St (at Fountain), Hollywood
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7:30 pm WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY with special guests ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks.
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8 pm HUGO DUARTE 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;
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8 pm HOLLYWOOD HOT-SHOTS bring charming music of the ‘20s & ‘30s, to the Steve Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood
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Ongoing, 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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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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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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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed, in Yucaipa:
12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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Wed, Dec 9, Wed & Thu, every week; near Santa Barbara:
4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed:
5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. RON ELY plays authentic and original songs of the sea and more at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Wednesday evening, outside this same venue, The Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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6-7:30 pm 16th annual “LONG BEACH HOLIDAY TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY” includes FREE ADMISSION to the RMS Queen Mary, at the Queen Mary, 1126 Queen’s Hwy, Long Beach 90802; 800-437-2934. Ther Long Beach holiday tradition includes the official lighting of the Queen Mary holiday tree, free admission to the Queen Mary beginning at 4 pm, complimentary holiday refreshments, reduced-rate parking with validation.
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Wed, Dec 9, 2nd & 4th Wed every month; in Lancaster:
6 pm UKULELE CLUB at Nick’s Pizza, 43755 15th St West, Lancaster. Uke players begin arriving about 5 pm, meeting starts at 6 pm. Newcomers welcome.
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6:30 pm “TWICE-A-MONTH BLUEGRASS JAM” new for ’09, at Robano's Italian Pizza Kitchen, 10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602. (It’s S of Magnolia, W of Buena Vista, E of Cahuenga.) Jam is in the room behind the bar area. Hosted by Paddy Hill, who wants us to tell you, “All players welcome. Please plan to buy a beer or appetizer (from $5) to get the owner enthusiastic, or better still, a full meal from $9.” Info, contact Paddy Hill at paddyh036@gmail.com. First date for event is Feb 11. No cover.
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7-10:30 pm LAWIM’s annual “BEST OF THE BEST 2008-2009” CD release show at the M Bar, is the annual Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) evening of the best music of the year from their monthly series, at the M Bar, 1253 Vine St (at Fountain), Hollywood 90038; 323-856-0036. Info, info@lawim.com.
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A respectful “listening room” environment is provided for the performances, and there are plenty of industry networking opportunities before and after. Its predecessor, the Soiree, was co-winner in FolkWorks’ “Best of 2008 / Top Ten” for best monthly listening room, and called "An invigorating evening that proves there is art in Los Angeles after all" by Tom Kidd in Music Connection Magazine. Hosted by multi-platinum songwriter-recording artist HARRIET SCHOCK. Valet parking is $4.50 when it operates (sporadically), or there’s free street parking, if you can find it. Full bar available, and there is a $10 minimum on food (the buffet dinner no longer operates). Reservations required for this special show. $25 includes performances, hors d’ouevres, and a copy the CD.
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed (extended indefinitely):
7-9 pm "WINE & SONG" series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue is “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” He describes the event: “Every Wednesday, I'll be hosting an evening of original songs by talented singer-songwriters who present their songs and the stories/inspiration behind them. DAVE MORRISON, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & KUJE HALPIN, and many other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed:
7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. All ages, no cover.
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7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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Wed, Dec 9, 2nd Wed, every month, in the OC:
7 pm “MUCKENTELLERS” at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2 1/2 mi N of the 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org. Hear the best of Nationally known spoken word artists with adult stories. This year featuring strong Women of Words. Opens at 7 pm with a story swap open mic for amateurs. Tix, $5 & $10.
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7-10 pm (started Jan 7) “KULAK'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Marc Platt wrote, for Music Connection, “Your Wednesday Nights will never be the same after participating in this Group Workshop. The weekly cost is $20, which goes to Kulak’s to help pay the rent. The Workshop… is open to the public for the first four weeks. We will then set our 12-person group writing roster until the end of March. The workshop will be limited to 12 writers. We will break up into groups and work on many styles, genres and topics. You will find it challenging and exhilarating. You can bring instruments and will need to have your own small recording device, as well as a pen and notepad. Marc Platt (from the Sunday Night Performance Workshop) will facilitate with help from Steve Schalchlin. Marc has written music for TV Shows like ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ and others for many years. Steve Schalchlin ran similar workshops for the NAS (National Academy of Songwriters) in the 1990s and is a very accomplished songwriter. His ‘New World Waking’ show is currently running in San Francisco. If you are interested, please email Marc Platt at rotn60@aol.com.”
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Wed, Dec 9, 2nd & 4th Wed, every month; in Lompoc:
7-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Southside Coffee Co, 105 S "H" St, Lompoc. Info, call Bill, 805-736-8241.
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed, in Tehachapi:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "musicians, poets, writers, thinkers, and audiences." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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Wed, Dec 9 (Get tix now); a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY with special guests ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl., Thousand Oaks. Doors at 7 pm; tix & info, www.goldenvoice.com - www.myspace.com/goldenvoice. Tix, $65, $75, $85.
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7:30 pm BILLY BOB THORNTON & THE BOXMASTERS play Brixton South Bay, 100 W Torrance Bl Suite J, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-406-1931; www.brixtonsouthbay.com and www.myspace.com/brixtonsouthbay. Plus opening act TBA. Venue is 21+, holds 450. The Boxmasters are an American country rock/rockabilly band founded in Bellflower, California in 2007. It features actor Billy Bob Thornton on drums and vocals with J.D. Andrew on bass, guitars, and vocals as well as Michael Wayne Butler on guitars and lap steel. Doors at 7, show at 7:30. Tix, $15.
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Wed, Dec 9:
7:30 pm "J'ARRIVE," a theatrical interpretation of Jacques Brel songs,at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, 10361 W Pico Bl, L.A. 90064; 310-286-0553; www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com. AURÉLIEN KAIRO’s "J'arrive," a theatrical interpretation of Jacques Brel songs, is full of humor and emotion. A passionate one-man show that brings Hip Hop in an unexpected place and gives a new life to Jacque Brel songs. This tour is organized by the Délégation générale de l'Alliance Française aux États-Unis, with the help of the Consulate of Belgium in Los Angeles.. More at www.alliance-us.org
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7:30 pm JONATHAN RICHMAN featuring TOMMY LARKINS on the drums at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, L.A.; 323-954-9630; www.themintla.com. Advance tix available at http://thehappybookers.net/l/7v8msb/1105032;http://themintla.frontgatetickets.com/ondate.php?t=1260252000. Recommended to us by the Happy Bookers…
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7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed:
7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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Wed, Dec 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm HUGO DUARTE 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; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917. Trying to define Hugo Duarte’s music is a bit like trying to define good Cuban food to someone who’s never experienced its satisfying, mouth-watering sensations. Throw in a creamy, caramel colored flan for dessert; top it all off with a shot of kick-in-the pants, revive-the-dead Café Cubano, and there you have it. A Hugo Duarte fan...”I heard a lot of people play some really good songs. The difference was, I never heard Hugo Duarte play a bad one.”
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Such are the elements of this remarkably talented singer/songwriter/storyteller. Hugo blends of a bit of Country, a pinch of Bluegrass, a handful of Southern rock, a cup or two of Blues, a dash of Island music, occasionally sprinkled with some American history, or tales of the sea, to form an eclectic style that doesn’t fit into the traditional definitions of the Rock and Roll world, the Tropic/Island sound, Blues, Country or any other particular genre.
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Born of Cuban, Chinese, and Scots-Irish ancestry, Hugo’s music is as diverse as his origins. Some of Hugo’s musical influences include the native Bluegrass and traditional country music that have been so much a part of his life, along with artists such as the Allman Brothers, the Marshall Tucker Band, Poco, the Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pure Prairie League, the Outlaws, Loggins and Messina, and many others, and that focus didn’t stop there. It also included Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Led Zeppelin, Glen Miller, John Phillip Sousa, Aaron Copeland, and other equally divergent styles.
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Searching for a connection to his Cuban heritage, he arrived in the Florida Keys and immediately fell in love with the area. It was in those early Key West years that Hugo met and developed a professional friendship with the Calypso Poet, Jimmy Buffett.
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Over the years, Buffett would call or stop by when he was in town, often sitting in with Hugo and the band. They occasionally shared the stage at a locally owned bar called Del Rios where Hugo was performing, and which today is the original Margaritaville Bar and Restaurant.
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Yes, Hugo Duarte’s music is unique. It demands something of the listener, especially if the listener really wants to “get it”. Yes, you can put it on in the background and it will sound great, or you can choose to listen closely and that’s when a door to a truly unique awareness really begins to open.
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Venur impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob Stane adds, “So…why settle for standing outside and peering through the window? Open that door and step inside…really inside, where you will hear, see, and feel the magic.” Tix, $15.
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Wed, Dec 9, 2nd Wed every month; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm HOLLYWOOD HOT-SHOTS bring charming music of the ‘20s & ‘30s, to the Steve Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Bl (x-from Barnsdale Park), Hollywood; 323-666-4268; www.steveallentheater.com. Get tix at 800-595-4-TIX, and there’s more about this monthly show at www.steveallentheater.com/hotshots. It’s JOHN REYNOLDS and his washboard playing brother, RALF REYNOLDS, plus an always surprising assortment of guests for an evening of "upstairs" hot jazz, with plenty of Django-style jazz. Guests include performers who have previously worked with THELONIOUS MONK and BENNY GOODMAN. $10.
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Wed, Dec 9, every Wed:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Talking Stick, 1630 Ocean Park Bl, Santa Monica; www.thetalkingstick.net.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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8:30 pm-midnight “JAZZ JAM SESSION” at The Smokehouse Restaurant, 4420 W Lakeside Dr (at Barham), Burbank 91505; www.smokehouse1946.com; 818-845-3731. New home for the long-running weekly series formerly at the Sportsman’s Lodge; hosted by CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA, President of the California Pop & Jazz Council (www.capopandjazzcouncil.org). Event info, www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover.
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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, sintilating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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7-10 pm weekly ”POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” tonight brings KEN O’MALLEY (Twilight Lords) and MARK ISLAM (Grassroots Acoustica host) with ED TREE to Arnie’s Café & Ristorante Italiano in Tujunga.
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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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“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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NELL ROBINSON plays her CD release show with JIM NUNALLY, KEITH LITTLE, TONY MARCUS, TOM ROZUM, & LAURIE LEWIS, at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA; 510-644-2020. Laurie tells us, “Tom Rozum and I will be backing up Nell Robinson for the release of her new CD, ‘Nell Robinson in Loango.’ I produced about half this CD, and, if I say so myself, it sounds great!”
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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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11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu: in Santa Barbara:
5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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6-9 pm BARRY BIG B BRENNER plays the “Burgers, Beer, & Blues” night, an “every Thursday” series in the tent adjacent to the weekly South Pasadena Farmer’s Market outside the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com. See 5 videos from Barry’s 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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Thu, Dec 10, 2nd and 4th Thu, every month; in Ventura:
6-9:30 pm “ZOEY'S JAM” at Zoey’s, 451 E Main St, Ventura. 805-658-8311. Hosted by Gene Rubin, who says, “Check-out Ventura's Bluegrass Jam website, at http://home.earthlink.net/~generubinaudio/index.html. All skills welcome, friendly folks, great food and drink, and even better jammin'. Generally we number 25 to 35 musicians. We now have additional space for even more jam circles. Spectators are appreciated and welcome.” Contact Gene with your email address to receive regular reminders and details: 805-658-8311 or generubinaudio@earthlink.net.
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Thu, Dec 10, recurring; in Idyllwild:
6-9 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & KEVIN HAMBY at Café Aroma, 54750 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild; 951-659-5212. Acoustic blues, bluegrass, swing, folk, more; Sandii Castleberry with guitar, vocals, harmonica; Kevin Hamby on bass, vocals.
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7-10 pm weekly ”POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” tonight brings KEN O’MALLEY (Twilight Lords) and MARK ISLAM (Grassroots Acoustica host) with ED TREE at Arnie’s Café & Ristorante Italiano, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.ArniesCafe.com. Ken O’Malley is a stellar performer of authentic and original Irish music, and he’s in the midst of his large-venue tour of his Irish Christmas show. Mark Islam finally gets the chance to do his set without juggling a big lineup of other artists at his monthly-for-charity “Grassroots Acoustica” series. Ed Tree is a fine musician and locally-renowned record producer. Venue serves good Italian food, coffeehouse treats and beverages. You can bring your own wine with no corking charge. No cover, donations to artists are welcome. No cover.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
7-10 pm “FLAMENCO GUITAR NIGHT” with award-winning flamenco guitarist STEPHEN DICK at Manchego Food From Spain Restaurant, 2510 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-450-3900; www.manchegoonmain.com. Venue serves great tapas and Spanish dinner plates in an elegant and intimate space. STEPHEN DICK - "Esteban de Los Angeles" - has won numerous prizes for his compositions and performances, including an award from the Sur Jerez Flamenco Competition in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for his original 1st album, "Naranjas Amargas." A versatile artist, he is the winner of the Peter Frampton award for excellence in contemporary music, and his compositions for the guitar have been published in Italy, and in the US by Columbia Music Company. He won the Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for his "Sonatina for Solo Guitar," and a Meet the Composer's grant for his realization of Federico GarcÃa Lorca's romantic ballad, "Romance Sonambulo." He a 2008/2009 winner of a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and US Universities for a new flamenco concert featuring GarciaLorca's mystical lullaby, "Nana del Caballo Grande."
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu; in Lancaster:
7-10 pm “CEDAR OPEN MIC” at Cedar Center, 44345 Cedar Av (at Lancaster Bl), Lancaster 93534; www.myspace.com/cedarcenteropenmic. Hosted by Ms. Shell Marie and Cleen. It’s open to all ages, however there is no censorship rule. It welcomes poets, spoken word, “freestylers,” and acoustic musicians. Free.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
OPEN MIC / SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at Primo Pizza, 28200 Bouquet Cyn Rd, Saugus. Mike Dill hosts. He's a fine fingerstyle blues picker.
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Thu, Dec 10; runs Dec 8-10:
7:30 pm JONATHAN RICHMAN featuring TOMMY LARKINS on the drums at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, L.A.; 323-954-9630; www.themintla.com. Advance tix available at http://thehappybookers.net/l/7v8msb/1105032;http://themintla.frontgatetickets.com/ondate.php?t=1260252000. Recommended to us by the Happy Bookers…
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Thu, Dec 10, 2nd Thu, every month:
7:30-10:30 pm monthly “NSAI SONGWRITER’S NIGHT” at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. NSAI Is the Nashville Songwriters Association International. STEVEN BEOUGHER is the host. The first round of songwriters, at 7:30, is usually three artists. At 8:30 is a featured songwriter for an hour-long set. About 9:45, the 2nd round of songwriters is three more artists. Severin Browne says, “This is a great opportunity to hear some great songwriting in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.” Venue has coffeehouse fare and good salads and sandwiches.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
7:30 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu, in Temecula:
7:30 “JAZZ AT THE MERC” series hosted by SHERRY WILLIAMS at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Thursday, the audience is treated to a different jazz group in the intimate space known as "The Merc." One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Info, schedules, www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/presents/merc.aspx
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Thu, Dec 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “BLUE CHRISTMAS: A HOLIDAY TRIBUTE TO ELVIS” starring Mark W. Curran, 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; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917. The holiday magic of Elvis comes alive in this special Coffee Gallery presentation of the greatest hits of the King Of Rock and Roll - performed live, starring the West Coast's most celebrated Elvis Tribute artist, Mark W. Curran.
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The show features the hottest most requested songs of Elvis mixed with his greatest holiday classics, delivered with humor and style as only Mark W. Curran can. He has been featured on the Tyra Banks Show and has the look and moves of Elvis, singing exactly like Elvis without lip-syncing. His show features several costume changes (black leather and jumpsuit eras) including hits like "Hound Dog," "All Shook Up," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender" "Suspicious Minds" as well as holiday classics like "White Christmas," "Blue Christmas" "Here Comes Santa Claus," and "Santa Claus Blues."
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Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador award honoree Bob Stane says, “Tie on your mistletoe and order up an Eggnog Cappucino at the Coffee Gallery for a fun and entertaining show that will get you and your loved ones in the rock n roll christmas spirit! Seating is limited so RSVP NOW!” Tix, $15.
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Thu, Dec 10:
8 pm AMANDA ABIZAID & STEPHANIE ERDEL (La Woman Summer Tour Show) w/friends NATASCHA CORRIGAN & EVSV, plus the debut performance of rock duo STACEY EVANS & NIKI SVARA, at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Amanda tells us, “It will be recorded live for a CD which will be available soon after. This show is a sampling of the tour across the U.S. that I did this summer with singer songwriter Stephanie Erdel, La Woman Summer Tour.” More at www.amandaabizaid.com.
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Thu, Dec 10, Thu & Fri, every week:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Thu, Dec 10:
8 pm MARC BOSSERMAN at The Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery, 117 E Harvard, Glendale 91205; 818-507-7011; www.leftcoastwinebar.com. He’s a fine composer and pianist, always a joy to hear. More at www.marcbosserman.com and www.iacmusic.com/marcbosserman
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Thu, Dec 10, recurring:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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Thu, Dec 10, 2nd Thu, every month, in the OC
8 pm “MUCK AFTER DARK” cabaret & “new vaudeville” for kids over 17, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2.5 mi N of 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; info & tix, 866-411-1212; www.TheMuck.org - info@TheMuck.org. Tix, $5 & $10.
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Thu, Dec 10:
R. SCOTT plays the blues at Alex's Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St, Long Beach -- entrance around back; 562-434-8292. Read about him on www.lbpost.com. He tells us, “I was fortunate enough to do an interview with Sander Roscoe Wolff for lbpost.com. We covered a lot of ground and I performed a version of ‘The Kiss’ for webcast.” He adds, “On Nov 9, I spent a great Monday with Jake Bacon, Fluffy Mae and Mr. Mojo on Jake’s ‘Buffalo Bayou’ radio show... much talk, music and snacks! He specializes in Cajun / Zydeco music but he's been a supporter of my music for a while now. Thanks Jake! The show airs Mondays 1-4 pm on KUCI 88.9 FM and www.kuci.org [and it’s always listed in the Guide].”
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
CALJAS ARTISTS WEEKLY JAZZ PERFORMANCE NIGHT at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. It’s a new venue, said to be beautiful, serving food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy. The venue is part of the newly-renovated Claremont Packing House. Proprietress Nancy Tessier’s father, Refugio "Coco" Lopez, plays alto, and she wanted her club to feature an array of jazz singers. This led to a fortuitous connection with Dale Boatman, founder and president of the California Jazz Arts Society. CalJAS is a powerful force in bringing some of the best jazz artists in Southern California, especially singers, to restaurants, clubs and other performance spaces in eastern Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, an area that previously had relatively few opportunities for jazz musicians to perform.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-8:30 pm. Happy hour 4-7 pm, M-F. No cover.
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Thu, Dec 10, 2nd Thu, every month:
9 pm COW BOP, that marvelous bebop western swing band, plays their monthly residency at The Foundry, 7465 Melrose Av, Hollywood 90046. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and played all over the US. Band leader and USC artist-in-residence BRUCE FORMAN asks, “Why not come on down and swing the night away? For those of you who don't know, The Foundry is a great jazz bar, with some other-worldly food, a great hang!” This residency commenced Jun 11. Cow Bop is Bruce Forman, guitar; Pinto Pammy, vocals; Phil Salazar, fiddle; Alex King, bass; Jake Reed, drums.
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Thu, Dec 10, second Thu, every month:
9-11 pm “ACOUSTIC MUSIC NIGHT” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; 323-464-MUSE; www.cafemusela.com. Select rotating guest artists perform original works on piano and guitars in the “urban zen” setting of Café Muse. Often, talented cast members from plays and musicals in-rehearsal or currently-running in the surrounding Hollywood theater district take part, mixing top-drawer deliveries of show tunes with originals by the scheduled performer. Venue has “tasty vegetarian & non-vegetarian menu, organic coffee, tea, & free wi fi.” No cover.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
9 pm-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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Angel tells us, “This night is acoustic, old timey, ukuleles, barbershop quartets, dedicated to creating a community of artists and musicians who don't need the use of flashy lights, amps or mics. Our grandpappies didn't need it so why do we? Inquiry about playing can be sent to HyperionTavernAllAcoustic@gmail.com or even better, stop by and have a beer! Entry is always free and 21+! We'll get the barberpole up and running soon.”
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu:
9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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Thu, Dec 10, every Thu; on web radio:
9 pm “FREIGHT TRAIN BOOGIE” radio show from Northern Cal, on KRCB 90.9 and 91.1 FM on Sonoma County’s only public radio station; features live performance-interviews; simulcast on the web at www.krcb.org/listen/listen.html. You can ask the host or the guests questions or make comments at frater@freighttrainboogie.com.
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(6) EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS / UPCOMING EVENTS / BUY TIX NOW
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Fri, Dec 11 (Get tix now); a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm JOHN GORKA plays the kick-off concert, with DAVE MORRISON opening, as Folk Music Returns to Neighborhood Church, 301 N Orange Grove Bl, Pasadena. Fondly remembered as the home venue for the long-running series that ended with the death of its founder, Ron Stockfleth.
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It’s an appropriate return, since no less than Rolling Stone Magazine calls JOHN GORKA “The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.”
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DAVE MORRISON is named as one of the “Top Ten / Best of 2008” male singer-songwriters in Los Angeles, in FolkWorks, and you’ve heard him perform live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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For many years, Neighborhood Church was known nationally for monthly folk concerts featuring a wide variety of prominent artists. In response to the growing interest in music “by the people for the people,” original acoustic music is returning to the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church.
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John Gorka is the ideal artist to kick off the rebirth of the famous venue. Gorka is a master storyteller known for the emotional depth, intelligence and power of his beautiful songs. His latest CD is due for release just before the concert. John will be accompanied by special guest Dave Morrison, a local singer-songwriter and long-time leader in the Pasadena / Altadena and Southern Cal folk scene.
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Tix available at asalvatierra@cluela.org or via Paypal, at www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=gBv9Ow-o6w6jnpNx5fb7lTvai3cuXgzBbio3RGEC4KvsZrQPQlwu8ZTnemG&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b833248354cf50881e4ea372b2a42d76305e03018dc2a2bc7. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Dec 11:
8 pm “AMERICANA CIRCLE REUNION” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607. Hosted by Lauren Adams with a HUGE lineup of artists who have performed her monthly series, including many who have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” (including Lauren). Schedule includes ERNEST TROOST, NICOLE GORDON, JANE BOLDUC, ED TREE, GRANT LANGSTON, DALE La DUKE, PHIL PARLAPIANO, MARK "POCKET" GOLDBERG, JONATHAN CLARK, JASON CHARLES MILLER, BEN CARR, more. All artists at the venue donate their performances, and venue expects a minimum $10 donation in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, Dec 12 & Sun, Dec 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; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
11:30 am-3 pm “WORKSHOP FOR SINGERS” with singer KATE McGARY and guitarist KEITH GANZ, is the latest in a series hosted by Cathy Segal-Garcia; reservations get directions, at cathy@cathysegalgarcia.com or 818-368-8839. Kate McGary is visiting from the East Coast.
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The six years of collaboration between singer Kate McGarry and guitarist Keith Ganz have produced three critically acclaimed recordings, a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and live performances that crackle with spontaneity and joy. Cathy says, “Come join the ‘dynamic duo’ in a rare workshop setting where you will have the opportunity learn skills that will bring your singing to a new level.”
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Palmetto Records artist Kate McGarry has been a singer, composer, arranger and educator for 25 years. Last year, she represented the US State Department as a Jazz Ambassador, taught on the factulty at Manhattan School of Music, and received a Grammy nomination for her CD "If Less is More...Nothing is Everything."
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"With a voice that soars with abundant hope, Kate McGarry creates music that makes you sit up and take notice... a modern jazz singer who is redefining the genre with a compelling body of work." - Icon Magazine
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Keith Ganz is a guitarist, composer, arranger and vocal accompanist beyond compare. In addition to his Grammy nominated collaboratoins with Kate, he has been the guitarist of choice for Harry Connick Jr., Luciana Souza, Peter Eldridge, Gretchen Parlato and many more. He has performed on Letterman, Oprah, and Ellen and toured in four continents. More on the workshop series at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. Workshop is $40.
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Sat, Dec 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick (Get tix now):
8 pm HIGH HILLS BLUEGRASS BAND plays their FAREWELL PERFORMANCE at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.
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Reservations are strongly recommended; this popular group’s fans will probably flock to see Laura, Virginia, Leslie, and Cheryl do their final show together. Since 1996, High Hills Bluegrass Band has entertained audiences throughout the Southwest with its fun and heartfelt performances. Playing in venues from large concert halls and huge outdoor festivals to intimate coffee houses, the members of High Hills have “enjoyed the thrill of making great music together and the honor of sharing it with happy, receptive audiences,” and they add, “We feel so grateful to have had so many wonderful opportunities to share our music with you!”
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They continue, “As some of you may know, Laura is relocating to the Seattle area, where she is looking forward to living among the tall pines, enjoying the rain, playing her guitar and banjo, and writing some more music. Each member of High Hills has her unique musical interests, goals, and projects. Leslie looks forward to continuing writing music and playing her guitar and mandolin....and yes, even the piano! Cheryl's love of vocal music will be a growing part of her life. Virginia's musical teaching and wonderful songwriting continue to be a great passion for her. Though each of us is sad about the conclusion of our years together as a band, we look forward to continuing our friendship and to exploring our individual musical pursuits. We'll see what develops for each of us as the future unfolds!”
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The ladies conclude, “We feel so blessed to have played for wonderful audiences in over 60 different venues and hundreds of performances over our years. Most precious to us is the fact that so many people in our audiences have become our friends -- people who we've come to look forward to seeing when we perform. We are so grateful for the support and friendship you have given us over the years. We have wonderful memories of you all -- and we'll miss you! We'd love to see you at our farewell performance Saturday at Boulevard Music.” More at www.HighHills.com and www.LauraSilverstein.com.
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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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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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(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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