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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide & HAITI BENEFIT NEWS, through Jan 25 (and beyond) EXTRA

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This is a re-post that includes additional Haiti benefit shows and a few more things…
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BENEFIT shows for Haitian earthquake relief include an enormous one with Grammy and top music award winners, sponsored by the ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE on Sunday, Jan 31, at 2 pm (it’s the current Front Page at FolkWorks online, at www.folkworks.org). Others are Jan 23, Jan 24, Jan 28, Feb 12, and one is still pending. Full info is in the Guide’s listings, below.
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Tied to the Tracks
ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
“Weekend Update”
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JANUARY 22 through 25, 2010
(re-published Jan 23 with additional info, events, and updates)
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We go WAAAY beyond the weekend listings in our “upcoming events” section, so be sure you check it out. That way, you’ll get your tickets to shows you want to see before they’re sold-out.
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Fresh NEWS FEATURES:
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1) UPDATE TO THE BIGGEST MUSIC NEWS - “HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER” CONCERTS
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We have more to report to you.
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Sun, Jan 31; a “SHOW-OF-THE-YEAR” pick:
2-8 pm “CONCERT FOR HAITI” is an enormous multi-artist benefit with Grammy and top music award winners, sponsored by the Acoustic Americana Music Guide, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230. Rev. Rich Bolin has generously donated the use of his beautiful church.
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This will be among the best acoustic concerts of 2010, anywhere. CONFIRMED TO PERFORM are:
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LAURENCE JUBER (Grammy winning guitarist form Paul McCartney’s Wings), AMILIA K. SPICER, BRAD COLERICK, ROBBY LONGLEY, FREEBO (Bonnie Raitt Band), LISA TURNER, ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, DAVE MORRISON BAND, Blues legend BERNIE PEARL with MIKE BARRY, SUSIE GLAZE & HILONESOME (award-winning bluegrass band), SEVERIN BROWNE, DUANE THORIN, MICHAEL RICHARDS & DOCTOR FUN from blues band WUMBLOOZO, JAMES LEE STANLEY, DALE LaDUKE, KARA GRAINGER, TRACY NEWMAN, DAFNI, BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO (Cajun festival favorites), SAGE (duo of Dan Brown & Kathy Jarel-Girgis), TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND, MATT CARTSONIS (famous film composer), RENAISSANCE (top doo-wop vocal group), STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN (a top fiddle-playing vocalist on folk music charts).
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The “house band” includes Grammy-winning guitarist LAURENCE JUBER (Paul McCartney) and bassist PAUL MARSHALL (I See Hawks in L.A.) The schedule of who-performs-when is not yet established. Check the Guide frequently for complete info, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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In lieu of tickets, donation checks (we’ll soon specify a minimum amount) will be accepted, to any one (or more) of a number of disaster relief organizations working on the ground in Haiti.
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The event needs volunteers! You can contact us with offers to help, at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com
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2) MORE MUSIC BENEFITS FOR HAITI ARE COMING
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Sat, Jan 23, at 7, MERLIN SNIDER & THE PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES were already a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick. Now, Merlin is making it a BENEFIT SHOW for Haitian earthquake relief 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.
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ON TV, Sun, Jan 24, 8-10 am is “PRIVATE SESSIONS: SONGS FOR HAITI” - A&E presents a special two-hour edition of “Private Sessions,” produced to raise funds for relief efforts. The show includes some of the cable network's favorite performances from the “Private Sessions” library, featuring Ringo Starr, Mary J. Blige, Hall & Oates, Daughtry, Boyz II Men, Brooks & Dunn, Lionel Richie and many others. In addition, host Lynn Hoffman is joined by “top guests from the music world” to make personal appeals to viewers, asking them to donate via www.aetv.com/haiti to charities involved in the relief work. A&E bills this as, “Great music for a great cause. We can help.”
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Sun, Jan 24, at 7 pm is a “HAITI EARTHQUAKE BENEFIT SHOW” at (and from) Kulak's Woodshed, artists tba; the Woodshed is located at 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Check venue’s website for details of lineup, as they develop, and how you can contribute to a charity working the relief effort for victims.
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Thu, Jan 28, 7-11 pm, is the “HAITI ORPHANAGE CHARITY EVENT” with musician AMANDA ABIZAID performing at The Annex of Hollywood and Highland (where the Oscars are awarded), in Hollywood. Amanda tells us, “100% of the money will be wired to the orphanage.” What’s the orphanage? She explains, “My good friend Marc Porterfield and his colleague, Corey Taylor, at Wolfgang Puck Catering, are putting together a fundraiser to help out their dear friend Herve, who's father's orphanage, located outside Port-Au-Prince, was leveled by the earthquake. We are all volunteering to host an evening of fun and cheer for a good cause. Wolfgang Puck is donating food, Ultimat Vodka is donating, well, vodka, and Her Energy is donating their energy drink, and we have other sponsors pouring in. The DJ, band, (tbd) and myself are also donating our time for the cause. Please email Marc Porterfield at porterfield.marc@gmail.com if you can assist in any capacity with the event.”
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Amanda encourages other donations to assist the relief and recovery efforts in Haiti, as well. Tix are $20 at the door.
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Fri, Feb 12, 7-10 pm; at the venue and with a web simulcast, is “LOVE FOR HAITI” with THE CONLONS, MELISSA TRINCHERE, AUBREY BOUSKILL, KATHLEEN BLACKWELL, and THE PATCHWORK QUILT FALLACY, is a benefit for the American Red Cross Relief Efforts in Haiti sponsored by NetteRadio, at (and webcast live from) The Talking Stick, 1411 C Lincoln Bl, Venice 90291; 310-450-6052; www.thetalkingstick.net. Event includes an auction, drawing, and more, all to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti. Annette Conlon’s “NetteRadio” is webcast globally, and you can not only hear, but watch, this event live online at www.netteradio.com or www.ustream.tv/channel/netteradio. If you are not present at the venue, you can donate from anywhere. Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Relief Efforts in Haiti – anytime, including now. More on the American Red Cross at 800-HELP-NOW or info@usa.redcross.org. Annette tells us, “The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual, or political position.” Venue is all ages. $5 cover plus one beverage minimum.
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Finally, Jeannine Frank and her “Parlor Performances” series is working on a benefit for Haitian earthquake victims. More when we know it, or check with Jeannine at 310-476-6735 or Jeannine@FrankEntertainment.com.
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Things got started when the first local Haiti benefit concert was held Sunday, Jan 17. That happened on just 36 hours notice, after being announced Friday night (at 3 am Saturday), and causing us to publish a special edition of the Guide. That “HAITI EARTHQUAKE BENEFIT” with “SOUTH PARK’S” fiddle-playing actress ELIZA JANE SCHNEIDER performing her award-winning one-woman play, “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, brought-in over $850. And it was a marvelous show.
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3) CD BABY TO DONATE $1 TO HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FROM EVERY CD OR ALBUM DOWNLOAD…
Brian Felsen, President of CD Baby, has sent a message to the artists who sell their music through the massive online music store, CD Baby dot com. Brian wrote, “The earthquake and its aftermath in Haiti have touched all of our lives. Many in the CD Baby family have already contributed as individuals, but we wanted to do more to help the victims of the horrible earthquake tragedy. By selling [or buying] your music on CD Baby, you can help raise funds towards those affected by the disaster. Starting on Monday, January 25th and continuing for two weeks, we will donate $1 of our cut from every CD sale through our website, and $1 from every download sale over $8.99 on our site, to the American Red Cross and to Mercy Corps, a Portland-based relief organization with a large presence in Haiti. With your help, we hope to raise tens of thousands of dollars. Since the donation will be taken out of OUR cut of sales, [artists] will still earn the normal amount per CD and download sale.” Brian adds, to the artists, “If you’d like to help out as well, consider letting your fan base know that a portion of your sales will go to these fine organizations.”
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In addition, CD Baby (and the Guide) encourage you to please donate directly to a relief organization that is working effectively in Haiti.
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In addition, THE GUIDE wants you to know that Congress just passed a bill that allows you to deduct your donation on your 2009 Federal Income Tax Return, through the end of February, 2010. (Careful, though, as only donations to US-based charities can be deducted.)
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If you can make it to the CONCERT FOR HAITI on Jan uary 31 in Culver City, you’ll have your choice of which organization gets your money, in lieu of an admission ticket. And you’ll see an AMAZING show of Grammy and other top music award winners! Whether or not you can get to the concert, you can make your own direct donation to any of many fine and effective organizations. CNN, MSNBC, and other sites have all the info.
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As Brian says, “Together, we can make a difference.”
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More about benefit concerts for Haiti, and all the live acoustic performances in the L.A. region, and the WEB RADIO shows with performance-interviews with acoustic musicians, and more, is right here in this edition of the Guide. Tell your friends they can find it at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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Recent NEWS FEATURES from the Jan 15 to 18 edition, are available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/01/acoustic-americana-music-guide-haiti.html
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Recent NEWS FEATURES…
From the Jan 12 to 18 edition are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/01/acoustic-americana-music-guide-jan-12.html
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Recent NEWS FEATURES…
From the Jan 3 to 11 edition are available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/01/acoustic-americana-music-guide-jan-3-to.html
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“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anaïs Nin.
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Entire contents copyright (c) © 2010, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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NOW, ON TO THE GUIDE’S LISTINGS!
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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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8 pm BARRY McGUIRE & JOHN YORK return with their “Trippin’ The ‘60s” show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm “CHOPIN AND THE PIANO” with pianist & composer LINCOLN MAYORGA, playing the Parlor Performances series at its new venue in West Hollywood.
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9:15 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the first of four CD release shows, joined by GINA VILLALOBOS and HAYMAKER at the Puka Bar in Long Beach.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Friday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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~ that feature live performance-interviews with acoustic musicians (mostly on-line, simulcast from radio stations elsewhere).
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RADIO: Fri; 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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RADIO: Fri; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: Fri, 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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RADIO: Fri, every Fri, on web radio:
5 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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WEB TV: Fri, every Fri; web video simulcast:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, live from Kulak's Woodshed in 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. Web page has a provision to accept a donation to help the venue pay for the uplink and band width use by those watching.
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(3) Friday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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None reported for today. Everything wonderful seems to be happening in and around L.A.!
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(4) Friday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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LOTS of things happen in the next few days, but no festivals today.
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(5) Friday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS with violin, cello, clarinet, and voices, at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART , 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who 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 Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and 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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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri
7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri, in Tehachapi:
CANCELLED; VENUE HAS CLOSED: 7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Fri, Jan 22:
7:30 pm THE CODY BRYANT SHOW, performing temporarily as “The Rainy Day Kids,” at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com. Come early for a good seat. Venue has a full bar and ful restaurant menu. No cover.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri, Jan 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BARRY McGUIRE & JOHN YORK return with their “Trippin’ The ‘60s” show 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. Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob Stane gushes, “TRIPPIN’ THE ‘60s is back! World Famous. Great show. Funny, touching, nostalgic. Stories of all the greats he has known and worked with. Fine music. Thrilling. Two stars for the price of one. Two big nights. [Jan 21 & 22, both at 8 pm.] Both shows sold out last time Barry & John Played The Coffee Gallery Backstage and so will this double night smash.”
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BARRY McGUIRE stepped into the public eye in 1963 on the Andy Williams Show as the gravelly voiced lead singer of the NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS. He launched his musical career with the million-sellers "Green, Green" and "Green Back Dollar." In 1965, at the heart of the peace movement, McGuire went solo. His growing awareness of social hypocrisy was expressed in his third hit, "Eve of Destruction." which echoed around the world as an anthem of the times – and was banned in the US from radio airplay for “sedition.” (Yep, thery thought he would overthrow the government with a folk song.)
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Three years later, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of the musical "Hair." Once again, his voice was heard proclaiming the ideals of a radical generation. Dick Clark says, “When world events collide with Rock & Roll. you get Barry McGuire.” Listeners to radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” still talk about Barry’s amazingly revelatory and entertaining performance-interview on the radio show.
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JOHN YORK, currently working with Barry McGuire in "Trippin' The Sixties," is best known for his work as a member of the world-renowned folk rock / country rock group, THE BYRDS. York’s vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White, Nicky Hopkins, Mac Rebenack (Dr. John,) Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet), The Mamas and Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel (The Band), and many others. The TV show, “The Place Where I Am Dreaming,” featured John’s artistic collaboration with his wife, artist Sumi Foley. The duet, "Redneck Ninja," highlights John's creative partnership with acclaimed songwriter Patrick Brayer. In 2007, John played concerts in Japan for the third time. Recently, John has composed and recorded music for the lyrics of Kim Fowley on "West Coast Revelation." Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jan 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “CHOPIN AND THE PIANO” with pianist & composer LINCOLN MAYORGA, playing the Parlor Performances series at its new venue, the new Steinway Piano Gallery, 314 N Robertson Bl (just N of Beverly Bl), West Hollywood. Reservations and info, 310-476-6735 or Jeannine@FrankEntertainment.com. Jeannine Frank has long brought L.A. audiences “Entertaining ideas from the historical to the hysterical,” and it’s wonderful to have her series back, in a new venue. But don’t be hesitant, because the room has just 50 seats.
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It’s a celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday. Pianist Lincoln Mayorga will talk about the composer's life and play all of his 24 Preludes, the Grande Polonaise in A flat, the Scherzo in C sharp minor and selected mazurkas, etudes, and waltzes. This is a musical feast of Chopin's intensely romantic, dramatic, and highly original music for the piano, the first of a number of programs Mayorga will perform during the composer's bi-centennial year.
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LINCOLN MAYORGA is equally versatile and virtuosic regardless of musical genre. He has enjoyed one of the busiest studio careers in Hollywood. He was the staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and contributed to the soundtracks of such motion pictures as “Chinatown” and “Ragtime.” His television credits include “Little House on the Prairie,” “Dallas,” and original scores for “Fame.” As accompanist, arranger, and conductor, he has recorded with Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, Phil Ochs, Frank Zappa, and Quincy Jones. He is co-founder of the renowned audiophile record label Sheffield Lab, for which he has produced recordings by a range of artists, from Harry James and his band to the L.A. Philharmonic. His concert tours have taken his diverse 18th to 21st century repertoire to more than two hundred cities around the world. Tix, $25.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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Fri, Jan 22:
8 & 10 pm JOHN HAMMOND plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $22.50.
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Fri, Jan 22, fourth Fri, every month:
8-10 pm “OUT-OF-THE-BLUE” songwriter showcase at the venue named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue,” The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win. It’s a lineup of invited songwriters (often some prominent ones) whose individual sets each include a song written to the unique pre-assigned theme of tonight’s event. Though former performing host DANIEL McFEELEY has moved to Australia, the popularity of this event enables it to continue. Venue has good sandwiches, soups, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Jan 22:
8 pm BRETT PERKINS & AMALIE RIIS are making a rare return to L.A. from Europe, and tonight they’re playing the Prather Home Concert series in Burbank. BRETT PERKINS is a celebrated and multiple-international award-winning songwriter. More at www.myspace.com/brettperkins
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Fri, Jan 22:
8 pm TRACY BONHAM at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Fri, Jan 22, in the OC:
MINDY SMITH plays The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8930. Tix, $13.
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Fri, Jan 22, every Fri:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Fri, Jan 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9:15 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the first of four CD RELEASE SHOWS, joined in the lineup by GINA VILLALOBOS and HAYMAKER, at the Puka Bar, 710 W Willow St, Long Beach 90806; www.myspace.com/pukabar; 562-997-6896. (It’s called the Puka Bar. We kid you not.) It’s the South Bay party for the Hawks’ new album, “Shoulda Been Gold.” The band tells us, “This is a retrospective of our first 10 years plus 5 new tracks! The Hawks turned ten this year. One decade of I See Hawks in L.A. Rip Van Winkles we are. Where did he decade go? Luckily we've left a trail of crumbs we can follow to get us out of the forest. Collectively, those crumbs are known as our new album, ‘Shoulda Been Gold’ on American Beat Records - 17 songs created over the last ten years. Five of those tunes have never been released and a couple of them are brand new. So we've go three shows this weekend to celebrate the birth of our fifth compact disc. We begin in Long Beach, then head out to the high desert, and come all the way back across L.A. to Santa Monica. Hope you can join us for one or all shows!” I See Hawks play at 11:15 pm; Haymaker at 10:15; Gina Villalobos opens at 9:15 pm. Cover, $5.
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10 pm-1:30 am TOM ARMSTRONG, San Francisco Bay Area-based honky-tonk singer, performs at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar.
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(1a) Saturday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks: (rain or not, if you stay home tonight, you’re really missin’ somethin’…
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10 am-9 pm “FINGERSTYLE GUITAR FESTIVAL” presented by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists (AFG) brings guitarists BOB SAXTON (Patsy Cline), MICHAEL O'DORN, DAVID OAKES, 2008 “Utah Founders Festival” fingerstyle champion PETE STEINBERG, GARY LAMBERT, guitar duo JEFFREY BRIGGS & MAX MALTEZ, singer-songwriters TERRY BAILEY, PI JACOBS, DEL CASHER, and special guest JOHN SCOTT EVANS, plus EUGENE HOWELL, FREDDIE HOUSE & REYNALD CHAPUT, and JEFF FINDL, at the Brookhurst Plaza Inn in Anaheim.
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7 pm MERLIN SNIDER & THE PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES play a BENEFIT SHOW for Haitian earthquake relief at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7:30 pm JIMMY “SUPERFLY” HARRIS (from RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE) hosts a fundraiser for the friend of many local musicians, Francesca (aka Marilyn) with performing guests CODY BRYANT, LANDON McCOY & COWBOY MIKE (all from the RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE), plus RICH WEDLER, “plus a passel of others,” at Viva Cantina in Burbank.
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8 pm DOUG MacLEOD plus LAWRENCE LEBO play a fabulous double-bill at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8 pm ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS BAND at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor in Granada Hills.
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8 pm JIM MALCOLM plays the Caltech Folk Music Society series on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
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8 pm STEFAN GROSSMAN plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House in Covina.
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8 pm SPECIAL CONSENSUS brings its celebrated bluegrass music to Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm JOHNSMITH at Trinity Backstage in Santa Barbara.
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On broadcast & web radio, “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” today has INGA SWEARINGEN (of the L.A.-based SONG SIRENS). KPCC airs the show live from 3-5 pm and repeats it 6-8 pm today, and Sun noon-2 pm. There’s more: KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun, with MUCH better sound quality. (KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.)
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7 pm “ENLIGHTEN UP! PANEL DISCUSSION: TRANSCENDING FEAR” is a panel discussion with world experts at the Palmdale Playhouse Theater, in Palmdale
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RADIO: Sat; 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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RADIO: Sat; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
6-8 am “ALIVE & PICKING” hosted by MARY KATHERINE ALDIN on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, worldwide at www.kpfk.com. As you may know, we do not usually list radio shows UNLESS they feature live acoustic performances. This show does not. But L.A. remains the least diverse radio market in the US (even though it’s the largest US radio market), so any show that spins folk-Americana CDs in this town is cause for celebration. And, KPFK has vacillated on whether or not Mary Katherine’s show will be aired regularly, or at all. Please take note, and let KPFK hear your preferences.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on web radio:
11 am-1 pm (Pacific time) “COW TRAILS SHOW” from Mancos, Colorado, features live on-air performances by Western music artists hosted by Western Music Association 2009 DJ of the Year, “Western Belle Barb” (Barbara Richhart). Heartland Public Radio (HPR) rebroadcasts the show on Saturdays at www.hpr.org. The show originates Sundays at KSJD in Mancos, Colorado, and is simulcast on the station’s website (see the Guide’s radio listings for Sunday at 11 am for details). Write Barbara during the Saturday rebroadcast at westernbelle@hpr.org. More at www.myspace.com/mancosbelle and www.facebook.com/barbara.richhart
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on web radio:
Noon-1 pm “UNSIGNED MUSIC SHOW” on WPMD with TEE-M and MIKE STARK is “a genre-busting show, where the UNsigned Revolution is on.” On the web at http://wpmd.org. Mike and TEE-M spin CDs 11 am-noon “from cutting-edge indie artists and bands,” (acoustic and electric) then welcome guests at noon, usually for all-acoustic live performances. The show rebroadcasts through the week; check site for details.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on web radio:
1-3 pm “CONTINENTAL DRIFT” Celtic and British Isle folk show, on KUSP in Santa Cruz, includes live performance-interviews with host CINDY ODOM on her long-running show. From the highlands of Scotland to the midlands of England and beyond, it’s traditional and contemporary music from Ireland and the other British Isles, with Celtic lore and Celtic-influenced folk and ethnic music from Europe and North America. Info, playlists, and web simulcast at www.kusp.org.
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RADIO: Sat, alternate Saturdays, on web radio:
1:30 pm (Pacific) “ACOUSTIC HARMONY,” hosted by Mark Michaelis, from WGDR at 91.1 FM in the Green Mountains of Vermont, simulcast at www.wgdr.org. Mark sometimes hosts folk and acoustic renaissance artists in-studio for all-acoustic performance-interviews. He says, “The focus is on contemporary and traditional folk, singer-songwriters and local artists, but a little of anything and everything might creep-in. Whether it's Celtic, bluegrass, world music or even rock or blues, as long as it's got beautiful harmonies and melodies you might here it here on a Saturday afternoon.” More info, playlists, and archived performance-interviews at www.acoustic-harmony.com.
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LATE UPDATE ON TODAY’S SHOW:
Host Mark Michaelis wrote to tell us, “The great duo, COCO & LAFE will be my very special guests, coming on to share some music and stories from the road before their two shows at the Black Door in Montpelier later tonight …if you can’t make the late show, this will be a great substitute. Coco & Lafe have been true ‘road warriors’ for the last several years, following the seasons, specializing in appearing at Farmer’s Markets all across the country. Their harmonies are wonderful and each is a great singer songwriter in their own right. Both Coco & Lafe have ties to Vermont, but lately they’ve been splitting their time between the West Coast and the Boston area, so this is a great chance to catch them for a rare appearance in central Vermont.
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“Tune in to catch Coco & Lafe on Acoustic Harmony. Listen live in the central Vermont area at 91.1 FM, or stream it at www.wgdr.org.
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“I also wanted to mention that you can check the Acoustic Harmony website for some new content. My interview with the legendary singer-songwriter TOM PACHECO is now posted for your streaming pleasure, and coming very soon, I’ll be posting my list of favorite (mostly independent) releases from 2009 that you might have missed and are well worth checking out. You can find all this and more at www.acoutic-harmony.com.”
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Mark adds, “The snow has been great for snowshoeing around here, hope you’re enjoying a lovely snowy winter season wherever you are! All the best from central Vermont!”
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota.
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Today, the show’s scheduled performing guests include INGA SWEARINGEN (of the L.A.-based SONG SIRENS), plus AUDRA SUCHY, GUTHRIE TRAPP, and Minnesota polkateers RAY SANDS & THE POLKA DOTS. Last week’s show came from San Francisco, and had lots of marvelous little jewels, including CHANTICLEER singing the beautiful “Agnus Dei” from Orlando di Lasso's “Missa tous les Regretz” and a parody of “Shenandoah” with comic lyrics by Garrison Keilor, making it “Alameda.”
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KPCC airs the show today live from 3-5 pm and repeats it 6-8 pm today, and Sun noon-2 pm. There’s more: KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun, with MUCH better sound quality. (KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.)
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on web radio:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “MY KIND OF BLUES” web radio show crafted and hosted by renowned blues man BERNIE PEARL, every Sat on www.wpmd.org. The show often has Bernie reminiscing about the blues greats with whom he has performed, and features thematic sets with “behind the music” -style tales of the songs and the artists. More at www.berniepearl.com - www.myspace.com/berniepearl
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
3-4 pm “THIS AMERICAN LIFE” hosted by veteran NPR producer Ira Glass is a weekly public radio program broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show “pushes the envelope of radio performance with a show that's part journalism, part arts, and entirely compelling and unique.” The show has a chosen theme each week, for which Glass does a story or two, and he invites a variety of writers and performers to take a whack at the theme. The result is stories, monologues, short radio plays, miniature documentaries, "found recordings" and original works for radio.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4-6 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota.
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Today, the show’s scheduled performing guests include INGA SWEARINGEN (of the L.A.-based SONG SIRENS), plus AUDRA SUCHY, GUTHRIE TRAPP, and Minnesota polkateers RAY SANDS & THE POLKA DOTS. Last week’s show came from San Francisco, and had lots of marvelous little jewels, including CHANTICLEER singing the beautiful “Agnus Dei” from Orlando di Lasso's “Missa tous les Regretz” and a parody of “Shenandoah” with comic lyrics by Garrison Keilor, making it “Alameda.”
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KPCC airs the show today live from 3-5 pm and repeats it 6-8 pm today, and Sun noon-2 pm. There’s more: KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun, with MUCH better sound quality. (KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.)
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick::
6-8 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota.
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Today, the show’s scheduled performing guests include INGA SWEARINGEN (of the L.A.-based SONG SIRENS), plus AUDRA SUCHY, GUTHRIE TRAPP, and Minnesota polkateers RAY SANDS & THE POLKA DOTS. Last week’s show came from San Francisco, and had lots of marvelous little jewels, including CHANTICLEER singing the beautiful “Agnus Dei” from Orlando di Lasso's “Missa tous les Regretz” and a parody of “Shenandoah” with comic lyrics by Garrison Keilor, making it “Alameda.”
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KPCC airs the show today live from 3-5 pm and repeats it 6-8 pm today, and Sun noon-2 pm. There’s more: KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun, with MUCH better sound quality. (KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.)
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
7-9 pm “WEST COAST LIVE” hosted by Sedge Thompson is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in San Francisco, broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show is a nationally-distributed radio variety show performed live in front of a live audience, with author interviews, music, and comedy.
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WEB TV: Sat, every Sat; web video simulcast:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, live from Kulak's Woodshed in 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. Web page has a provision to accept a donation to help the venue pay for the uplink and band width use by those watching.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
10 pm-midnight “AMERICAN ROUTES” hosted by Nick Spitzer is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show presents a broad range of American and Americana music, from blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in its 9th year on the air, “American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music, and how they are distinguished.”
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11 pm-12 am “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS” on KLCS (check your cable co.; broadcast TV Ch. 58). Recent editions have happily featured classic Americana artists, rather than the dearth of alt rockers who dominated for several months.
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Sat, Jan 23, in the East desert:
7:15 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the second of four CD RELEASE SHOWS, this one at Pappy & Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown 92268, 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com. It’s the High Desert party for the Hawks’ new album, “Shoulda Been Gold.” Hawks play a full evening, until about 11 pm. You can get out of town, enjoy an evening at a famous venue, and as Hawks’ bassist Paul Marshall says, “Have dinner, look at the desert, build a fire, listen to the Hawks, buy a new CD!” The band adds, “This is a retrospective of our first 10 years plus 5 new tracks! The Hawks turned ten this year. One decade of I See Hawks in L.A. Rip Van Winkles we are. Where did he decade go? Luckily we've left a trail of crumbs we can follow to get us out of the forest. Collectively, those crumbs are known as our new album, ‘Shoulda Been Gold’ on American Beat Records - 17 songs created over the last ten years. Five of those tunes have never been released and a couple of them are brand new. So we've go three shows this weekend to celebrate the birth of our fifth compact disc. We begin in Long Beach, then head out to the high desert, and come all the way back across L.A. to Santa Monica. Hope you can join us for one or all shows!”
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-9 pm “FINGERSTYLE GUITAR FESTIVAL” presented by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists (AFG) brings performances by guitarists BOB SAXTON (Patsy Cline), MICHAEL O'DORN, DAVID OAKES, 2008 “Utah Founders Festival” fingerstyle champion PETE STEINBERG, GARY LAMBERT, guitar duo JEFFREY BRIGGS & MAX MALTEZ, singer-songwriters TERRY BAILEY, PI JACOBS, DEL CASHER, and special guest JOHN SCOTT EVANS, plus EUGENE HOWELL, FREDDIE HOUSE & REYNALD CHAPUT, and JEFF FINDL, at the Brookhurst Plaza Inn, 711 S Brookhurst, Anaheim 92804. Full info at www.afg.org. Free Parking. Full day pass is $25. After 5 pm is $15.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat:
8-10:30 am FREE ACOUSTIC CONCERT at Strings Music Store, 146 N Glendora Av, Ste 101, Glendora 91741; 626-914 4100. Sometimes featuring VIN FIZ FLYER. Another in a series of MORNING concerts. Free entertainment, tips only, in a great place, with nice people and good music. Vin Fiz Flyer tells us, “Old town Glendora is a kinda sleepy small Midwest town plopped into Southern California. These early morning concerts sound like a wacky idea, but they’re well-attended by musicians as well as music lovers! A car club meets at the Cafe next door every Saturday for breakfast, and they park their assorted ‘babies’ out front for you to peruse too. Come on by and start your weekend out right.” Check with venue to see if there is a concert scheduled for today.
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8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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Pete was among the winners in mandolin at last year’s Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He says, “There's no way I'm getting out and playing music 8:30 am every Saturday.” So check Pete’s myspace page to see if they’ll be there. Sharon plays flute. Free.
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10 am-9 pm “FINGERSTYLE GUITAR FESTIVAL” presented by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists (AFG) brings performances by guitarists BOB SAXTON (Patsy Cline), MICHAEL O'DORN, DAVID OAKES, 2008 “Utah Founders Festival” fingerstyle champion PETE STEINBERG, GARY LAMBERT, guitar duo JEFFREY BRIGGS & MAX MALTEZ, singer-songwriters TERRY BAILEY, PI JACOBS, DEL CASHER, and special guest JOHN SCOTT EVANS, plus EUGENE HOWELL, FREDDIE HOUSE & REYNALD CHAPUT, and JEFF FINDL, at the Brookhurst Plaza Inn, 711 S Brookhurst, Anaheim 92804. Full info at www.afg.org. Free Parking. Full day pass is $25. After 5 pm is $15.
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Sat, Jan 23, repeats every Sat:
11 am-12:30 pm “PACIFIC SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” with G. F. MLELY, at Theater & Cabaret, 1535 Termino Av, Long Beach 90804. Info, Billie Kalua, songwriters@jazcraft.net or 562-494-9627. Ongoing, began Mar 31, 2007. $15 per workshop, minimum 4 workshops payable in advance; pre-registration required.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, The Merc now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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5 pm Monthly JAM, POTLUCK, & CONTRA DANCE at The Living Tradition series at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; www.thelivingtradition.org; info, 949-646-1964. Dance caller TBD, band TBD. Monthly jam sessions allow musicians (instrumentalists and singers) to learn, practice, and enjoy traditional music in a relaxed atmosphere; held 4th Sat every month, before the contra dance. Jam participants play a wide array of instruments, from accordions to zithers, and a variety of traditional folk tunes, mostly from the Fiddlers’ Fake Book (by David Brody) and the Portland Collection (by Susan Songer). Open to all ages and levels of experience. Vocalists and song circles are welcome. Slow jam encourages novices. Fast jam challenges old-timers.
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Jam begins at 5 pm, bring your instruments & join in; free.
Slow jam, 5-5:45 pm
Fast jam, 5:45-7 pm
Potluck, 6:30 pm
Contra dance introduction lesson, 7:30 pm
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat:
6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm MERLIN SNIDER & THE PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES play a BENEFIT SHOW for Haitian earthquake relief 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.
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Larry Wines says, “Seeing this guy perform is a very satisfying experience, anytime.” Now, Merlin tells us, “Like you, I have been moved by the tragedy in Haiti. I know many of you have made financial gifts to aid victims of the recent earthquake. I have been thinking about my set list for the January 23 show. More so, I have thought about what contribution I can make. I can send money, yes, but what else? Bob Stane at the Coffee Gallery Backstage has been thinking too. Many artists performing there have been donating a portion or all of their proceeds. The folk community is a caring community. Americans generally have a generous streak running through our backbone. I have decided to contribute my proceeds from the January 23 show toward Haitian relief. I can afford this much, at least. Times are tough for many of us economically. Think of those who had so little to begin with and have lost all. So if you have the evening free, come help us celebrate with some music, laughter, and caring.”
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Merlin Snider was a Premiere Showcase Artist at the Folk Alliance Region West 2009 Conference in November. His latest album, “Right Here,” reached the Top Folk Album on folkradio.org charts, from May through July, 2009. Folkworks.org heralded that CD, “Right Here,” as “a ‘must have’ for connoisseurs of the singer-songwriter, folk genre.” Meanwhile, Wildy’s World, wrote, "Merlin Snider is a craftsman, about as fine a songwriter and story teller as you’re likely to find."
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With acoustic guitar, slide, and harmonica, Merlin cuts across all sorts of Americana genres with wit and ease. No stranger to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, he’s appeared at numerous sold-out shows over the past decade. Merlin returns with his band of Pretty Good Acquaintances, including mandolin virtuoso TOM CORBETT (John McEuen, Robin and Linda Williams); MARK INDICTOR on fiddle (Border Radio, Hot Lips and Fingertips), and DEBORAH SNIDER on percussion and backup vocals. Merlin and the band serve up a fresh stew of folk-blues, western swing, alternative country and folk-rock. In her review of the Ventura County debut of "Right Here," Ann Howitt wrote in the Bard Chord, “If you get a chance to see Merlin and his band perform around town, don’t miss it. It’s sure to be a good show, and you never know what he’ll pull out of the hat.” Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jan 23, in Palmdale; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK” for artists:
7 pm “ENLIGHTEN UP! PANEL DISCUSSION: TRANSCENDING FEAR” is a panel discussion with world experts at the Palmdale Playhouse Theater, in Palmdale; 661-267-5684; www.cityofpalmdale.org/playhouse. More info, contact Jude Bradley, 661-944-7567, judestur@yahoo.com or Elle Febbo, 661-600-5377, elle@barefootsisterhood.com.
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JUDE BRADLEY tells the Guide, “I believe that creative people suffer from fear issues that can stand in the way of achieving true success.”
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The panel of world experts discusses the concept of “fear” and how it can have crippling effects on society and individuals, and it’s an opportunity to approach new thoughts and ideals on the topic of “Transcending Fear.” Moderated by Athena Award Winner and noted radio personality VIVIAN KOMORI, panelists include DR. JUDITH ORLOFF - author of “Emotional Freedom” and UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; DR. CANDACE PERT, noted author and neuroscientist; JUDE BRADLEY, author, medium and spiritual consultant; ELLE FEBBO, author and founder of the “Barefoot Sisterhood Foundation;” JUAN ROBERTS, branding guru and lay minister and couples coach; RONALD ALEXANDER, Ph.D., author, psychotherapist and leadership consultant; MR. ANTHONY, noted astrologer; RICHARD BALLINGER, retired minister, biblical scholar and paranormal photographer; RONNI DiGIOVANNI, New Thought minister and “Laughter Yoga” trainer; and DR. SUSAN HOLLEY, author and clinical psychologist. Audience participation is encouraged with a Q&A forum after intermission; the event is being recorded, and ticket purchase and attendance means you could appear on a DVD.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat, in Palmdale:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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7-9 pm “JUST PLAIN FOLKS ORANGE COUNTY” Group Singing, sponsored by the local chapter of the international Just Plain Folks; for info & loc, go to www.JPFolks.org.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat, in Temecula:
7 & 9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. The 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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CANCELLED; VENUE HAS CLOSED: 7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; www.mamahillybeans.com; 661-822-BEAN. Venue has great ambience, and food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." Traveling acts have varying admission prices; check venue's web site.
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm JIMMY “SUPERFLY” HARRIS (from RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE) hosts a fundraiser for the friend of many local musicians, Francesca (aka Marilyn) with performing guests CODY BRYANT, LANDON McCOY & COWBOY MIKE (all from the RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE), RICH WEDLER, “plus a passel of others,” at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com. Jimmy says, “Come by and contribute to the fun and a good cause! (Is that how you spell passel?)”
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7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often, with very impressive performing guests.
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7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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Sat, Jan 23; French film event:
7:30 pm LES LUTINS DU COURT MÉTRAGE at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, 10361 W Pico Bl, L.A. 90064; 310-286-0553; www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com. A selection of the best French short movies of the year, with English subtitles. Presented in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Los Angeles. Wine and cheese served during intermission. No children under age 5. "Les Lutins" strive to make young talents known in France through a cinematic tour de France, so to speak, during which the best short films of the year are shown in cinemas. The same is accomplished abroad through French presentations of some of these films.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DOUG MacLEOD plus LAWRENCE LEBO play a fabulous double-bill at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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This will be a GREAT show. These two veterans of the L.A. music scene share the stage in an evening of traditional American music. American Roots singer-songwriter LAWRENCE LEBO brings her original hybrid of blues/jazz/folk to open the show. Lebo is followed by the inimitable blues guitarist-songwriter DOUG MacLEOD.
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DOUG MacLEOD, a Black & Tan recording artist, is one of the last remaining bluesmen who learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward that valuable tradition. Within the blues world, MacLEOD is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters - from the faceless to the legendary - to strikingly real life. MacLEOD will be accompanied by his longtime bassist DENNY CROY.
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LAWRENCE LEBO’s recordings have garnered rave international reviews, college airplay, and have been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition show, hosted by Liane Hansen.
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Dirty Linen Magazine says “She sounds like what a daughter spawned by Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Wills might have”, and L.A. Jazz Scene said “She's hard to catagorize, and that's good!"
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LEBO is accompanied by bassist DENNY CROY for part of the evening, then the duo is joined by special guest PHIL PARLAPIANO on accordion, and NICK KIRGO on guitar. Folk darling Parlapiano has toured and recorded with John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Lowen and Navarro and Dave Koz. Kirgo, who is a longtime member of the LEBO crew, has backed many notable artists, including Billy Childs, Diane Reeves, Debra Davies, and played side-by-side with Wilco’s Nels Cline, in the band Block. LEBO’s CD’s are available at all internet retail outlets including Apple’s iTunes, at select retail outlets, or at www.lawrencelebo.com along with more info. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS BAND at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. They won the 2009 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest’s “Band” award. If you like hot and lively bluegrass, or if you need more proof that Southern Cal-based bluegrass bands rate with the best of ‘em, see this show.
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The band is Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, Craig Ferguson, and Andrew Paddock. After winning first place in the highly competitive Band competition at the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest, they went on to become one of the featured bands from “Topanga” at the Peter Strauss Ranch Concert Series, and then at the California Traditional Music Society’s Taste of Folk Music / Taste of Encino Festival.
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Though formed in early 2009, the band members bring lengthy resumes with experience and credits including Fox TV’s “Next Great American Band,” the Stagecoach Music Festival, Strawberry Bluegrass Festival, Huck Finn Jubilee, and events that append “Bluegrass Festival” behind the words Colorado River, Blythe, Parker, Logandale and Yuma. More at www.rockyneckbluegrass.com. Doors at 6:30 for the best seats. Tix, $15 advance, $20 door; kids age 6-11 are $10.
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JIM MALCOLM plays the Caltech Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). Scotsman Jim Malcolm, former lead singer for the acclaimed Old Blind Dogs, will travel to Caltech from his home in Perth, Scotland. Jim sings traditional songs and is also an extraordinary songwriter, who writes with passion and humor. He plays guitar and harmonica and is a delightful oberver of life on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He's a fine singer, and as those who heard his previous solo shows or his two visits with the Dogs already know, he is a very engaging performer. His most recent CD, released earlier this year, is entitled The First Cold Day. It begins with Andy Stewart's song, "Valley of Strathmore," and includes six new original compositions, as well as Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," which he put to music.Dirty Linen wrote called it, "Lively humor, a touch of magic, a nod to Robert Burns and connection with home and loved ones, set in memorable words to fine melodies - it's a thoughtful and generous collection, well worth repeated listening." Tix, $15 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children.
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEFAN GROSSMAN plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Stefan Grossman is arguably the world’s foremost authority on American southern blues music, having studied with Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others. Grossman travelled and performed extensively throughout the US and Europe in 60's, 70's and 80's and in 1987 began to concentrate on teaching and producing instructional material for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop and Vestapol Videos and DVD's, building them to the premier sources for instructional and archival books and films of early American Blues and Country performers and artists. A rare west coast appearance for Stefan. More at www.guitarvideos.com.
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Sat, Jan 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SPECIAL CONSENSUS brings its celebrated bluegrass music to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Since 1975, the Special Consensus have been delighting bluegrass festival audiences around the world. Led by International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) president GREG CAHILL on banjo, this musically diverse group bringss originals and traditional bluegrass standards. And they delightfully integrate Chicago blues, swing, newgrass, and country music, all done tight, clean, and smooth. Tons of great reviews. Venue’s website has a helpful local dining guide. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jan 23:
8 pm BRETT PERKINS & AMALIE RIIS make a rare return to L.A. from Europe to play the Hudson-Lazzarini Home Concert series in Glendale; info at www.myspace.com/brettperkins. BRETT PERKINS is a celebrated and multiple-international award-winning songwriter.
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Sat, Jan 23, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHNSMITH at Trinity Backstage, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara; info & table reservations 805-962-2970. We just learned that all the tables are already reserved, but there will be seats. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. More at www.johnsmithmusic.com. Cover is $10.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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Sat, Jan 23, 4th Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills; for location, contact Kay Conroy, 818-887-0446, WestValleyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Jan 23:
9 pm MISSINCINATTI with JESSICA CATRON (late of VOCO) celebrates. “The Smell turns 11 years old” with LUCKY DRAGONS, MI AMI, FOOT VILLAGE, & VNC, at The Smell, 247 S Main St, Los Angeles; www.thesmell.org. Cover, $7.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, Jan 23, every Sat, in Temecula:
9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. There’s an early show at 7 pm, and the 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs, student, military discounts available.
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7 pm MURPHY'S FLAW with guest TIM MAY at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7 pm “HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER” with live video webcast, at (and from) Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood; live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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7 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the third of four CD RELEASE SHOWS, this one with opening act with MATT THE ELECTRICIAN from Austin, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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THE STAIRWELL SISTERS concert at the Folk Music Center & Museum in Claremont; call for show time, 909-624-2928.
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8:30 pm KAT PARSONS at the Hotel Café in Hollywood.
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On broadcast & web radio, “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” replay of yesterday’s live broadcast has INGA SWEARINGEN (of the L.A.-based SONG SIRENS). KPCC airs repeat noon-2 pm. There’s more: KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 10 am today, with MUCH better sound quality. (KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.)
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7 pm “HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER” with live video webcast, at (and from) Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood; live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com.
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1-4 pm “COUNTRY BLUES GUITAR WORKSHOP” presented by STEFAN GROSSMAN for the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House in Covina.
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4-5:15 pm WORKSHOP: “SINGING HARMONY ‘CARTER FAMILY STYLE’ with THE STAIRWELL SISTERS” at the Folk Music Center & Museum in Claremont.
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RADIO: Sun; 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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RADIO: Sun; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers, to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
5-6 am “CITY ARTS & LECTURES” hosted by Linda Hunt is a weekly public radio program broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show BRINGS some of the most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers of our day as they address contemporary ideas and values, often discussing the creative process. These unique programs offer diverse perspective on literature, criticism, the performing arts, and the way we think about the world we live in today.
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
6-10 am “BLUEGRASS ETC.” with producer & host FRANK HOPPE, on KCSN 88.5 FM in L.A., worldwide at www.kcsn.org. Frank’s show has been broadcast for 17+ years, and lately, he’s had live performance-interviews with musical guests. A musician himself, Frank Hoppe knows traditional bluegrass and old time string music forward and backward and everywhere in between.
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ON TV: Sun, Jan 24:
8-10 am “PRIVATE SESSIONS: SONGS FOR HAITI” - A&E presents a special two-hour edition of “Private Sessions,” produced to raise funds for relief efforts. The show includes some of the cable network's favorite performances from the “Private Sessions” library, featuring Ringo Starr, Mary J. Blige, Hall & Oates, Daughtry, Boyz II Men, Brooks & Dunn, Lionel Richie and many others. In addition, host Lynn Hoffman is joined by “top guests from the music world” to make personal appeals to viewers, asking them to donate via www.aetv.com/haiti to charities involved in the relief work. A&E bills this as, “Great music for a great cause. We can help.”
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast radio & web simulcast:
8 am-noon “PEACE, LOVE & SUNDAY MORNINGS” with veteran deejay Mimi Chen, on 100.3 FM The Sound in L.A., and simulcast everywhere at http://www.thesoundla.com/?nid=41&sid=304. Mimi mixes together the best acoustic, live, reggae, bluegrass, "jam band", and folk performances by Sound artists both new and old. It's music that fits the mellow mood of Sunday mornings in Southern California. The station tells us, “This is a unique opportunity for our listeners to associate with the idealism that grew out of the peace movement in the 1970s. No longer controversial, the core ideals of friendship and togetherness live on - and relate powerfully to new generations of music fans. Tune in and turn on.”
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-noon (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota.
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Today, the show’s scheduled performing guests include INGA SWEARINGEN (of the L.A.-based SONG SIRENS), plus AUDRA SUCHY, GUTHRIE TRAPP, and Minnesota polkateers RAY SANDS & THE POLKA DOTS. Last week’s show came from San Francisco, and had lots of marvelous little jewels, including CHANTICLEER singing the beautiful “Agnus Dei” from Orlando di Lasso's “Missa tous les Regretz” and a parody of “Shenandoah” with comic lyrics by Garrison Keilor, making it “Alameda.”
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You may be familiar with KPCC’s re-airing of the show today from noon-2 pm. There’s more: KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun, with MUCH better sound quality. (KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.)
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on web radio:
11 am-1 pm (Pacific time) “COW TRAILS SHOW” from Mancos, Colorado, features live on-air performances by Western music artists hosted by Western Music Association 2009 DJ of the Year, “Western Belle Barb” (Barbara Richhart), on KSJD, simulcast at www.ksjd.org. Studio phone-in numbers for host and on-air guests during Sunday’s live broadcast, 970-564-9727 & 970-564-0808 or email onair@ksjd.org. (During the Heartland Public Radio - HPR - Saturday rebroadcast, write Barbara at westernbelle@hpr.org and hear the show Saturdays at 11 am Pacific, at www.hpr.org. More, www.myspace.com/mancosbelle and www.facebook.com/barbara.richhart
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Noon-2 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota.
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Today, the show’s scheduled performing guests include INGA SWEARINGEN (of the L.A.-based SONG SIRENS), plus AUDRA SUCHY, GUTHRIE TRAPP, and Minnesota polkateers RAY SANDS & THE POLKA DOTS. Last week’s show came from San Francisco, and had lots of marvelous little jewels, including CHANTICLEER singing the beautiful “Agnus Dei” from Orlando di Lasso's “Missa tous les Regretz” and a parody of “Shenandoah” with comic lyrics by Garrison Keilor, making it “Alameda.”
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KPCC re-airs the show today from noon-2 pm. There’s more: KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun, with MUCH better sound quality. (KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out.)
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
2-5 pm (Pacific) “BLUES SHACK” Hosted by Jim Rondeau on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. Show is KCLU's weekly showcase for “the best of the blues, a celebration of the musical innovators who created the genre.”
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5 pm (Pacific) “MOUNTAIN STAGE,” the long-time NPR roots music show with live performances, hosted by Larry Groce, from the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. No L.A. broadcast station carries this incredibly popular show (or any other NPR syndicated folk-Americana music or music-performance-interview show) but you can find a simulcast from any of many other stations at www.mountainstage.org or get info at 304-293-SHOW.
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6-8 pm “FOLKSCENE” is a long-running folk music show from Los Angeles, hosted by ROZ LARMAN on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, and simulcast at www.kpfk.org. The schedule recently changed, and the show now airs at 6 pm. Each edition features a long-form performance-interview, recorded live with a guest recording artist. The show celebrates its 39th year on the air in February 2010. Info on the show and guests, playlists, and tributes to the late co-host HOWARD LARMAN, at www.folkscene.com.
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6:05 pm (Pacific) “AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WITH ED AND TERRY” on WKUL Country 92.1 FM in North Alabama, simulcast at www.wkul.com is a western music show. Co-host Ed (Eddy) tells us, “a person can learn a lot from a good cow or an old horse.” Uh, okay, Eddy. You can contact him at kudzucowboy@hotmail.com
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WEB TV: Sun, Jan 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER” with live video webcast, at (and from) Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Check venue’s website for details of lineup and how you can contribute to a charity working the relief effort for victims.
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7 pm “FLAT CAT RADIO,” hosted by DAVE STRAUSS, features live on-air performance-interviews at www.myspace.com/flatcatradio. It’s a weekly live web-only show focused on Los Angeles-based songwriters of all genres, but the live segment is generally an acoustic performance.
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10-11 pm “ETOWN” hosted by Nick Forster on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. Heard from coast to coast on NPR, commercial, and community stations, etown's mission is “to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. Like old-time radio variety shows, every etown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversation and information about our communities and our environment.”
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MIDEM Music Tradeshow in Cannes, France.
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Sun, Jan 24, recurring:
8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, Jan 24, repeats every fourth Sun:
11 am-4 pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM, TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO, hosted by BRETT WALLER, at Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park “in the Arroyo,” 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy. Link to the Audubon center has a map: http://www.audubon-ca.org/debs_park.htm. Enter through the main portal of the Audubon center, out to the grounds, pass the pond and wind up the path to under the shade of the old pepper tree. Info, call Brett, 323-441-2113.
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Sun, Jan 24, repeats every fourth Sun, in Temecula:
OPEN JAM SESSION IN TEMECULA at The Nettworks Ranch, Menifee Valley, in the Temecula / Murrieta Valley, a few miles N of the I-215 / I-15 split, in that triangle. Take Scott Rd W 2 miles off I-215, or Bundy Canyon Rd E 4 miles off I-15. Turn S on Daily Rd; first ranch on right; info, Diana Nett, The Nettworks Ranch, 951-679-7951 or 909-239-5154.
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Sun, Jan 24, every Sun; not music, but cool:
11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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1-4 pm “COUNTRY BLUES GUITAR WORKSHOP” presented by STEFAN GROSSMAN for the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.guitarvideos.com. Stefan played a concert here last night, 8 pm. Contact venue to reserve a space in the workshop; $75.
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1-5 pm BLUEGRASS JAM at Torrance Elks Lodge, 1820 Abalone Av, Torrance. Info, Bill Elliott, 909-678-1180 or Bob & Lynn Cater, 310-678-1180.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2-5 pm monthly “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” features WOMEN ON THE MOVE in acoustic trio mode, playing a full set, as part of a full lineup of singer-songwriters at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica; www.churchop.org/Home.html. Hosted by Dana Charnofsky, with artist-in-residence Dale LaDuke. Dale says, “A great lineup of acoustic groups in an inspirational setting.”
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Today is an “Acoustic Bands” edition. Series host Dana Charnofsky tells us, “We'll have two wonderful, larger than usual, groups performing, including a trio and 6-piece band. Even our resident artist will have back-up musicians joining him on a couple numbers.”
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SIERRA HIGHWAY - an acoustic California band that serves-up contemporary original and traditional music with deep American roots planted in the bluegrass, folk, and country traditions. Members of this band (Larry Schallert, Frank Hoppe, C. & R. Espinoza, Eric Swanson) have all won awards, appeared on recordings and radio, and toured throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. More at www.sierrahwy.com
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WOMEN ON THE MOVE’s ensemble CD, “Beautiful,” was the Top Editors’ Pick on CD Baby longer than any other CD in the mega-music site’s history. They’ve got an upcoming performance-interview (already taped) on radio’s long-running “FolkScene,” and they’ve performed live, multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” after their world radio debut on TttT. More at www.sonicbids.com/womenonthemove.
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DALE LADUKE plays in bands, has a solo career, teaches music, and hosts a weekly open-mic. As the artist-in-residence for Songwriter Sanctum, he performs at the monthly concerts. Known for his alluring vocals, Dale’s soul-touching tunes speak directly to people, and often compel them to sing along. He’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” en-route to earning a “Listener Favorite” for his original, “The Lone Ranger,” later nominated for an L.A. Music Award. More at www.myspace.com/daleladuke
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Dana says, “Bring your friends, bring your family, and spend the afternoon listening to music in a comfy setting. We always have snacks, but please feel free to bring finger foods or drinks to share! Come early and visit the famous Santa Monica Farmers Market beforehand.” Donations suggested, no cover.
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING in West L.A. Call for location, 310-557-1927.
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3-5:30 pm JAZZ COMPOSERS WORKSHOP at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sunday.
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Sun, Jan 24, every Sun, in Temecula:
3 pm “CLASSICS AT THE MERC” music series featuring violin & piano, at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info, info on artists, and tix, at www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Sun, Jan 24; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK” pick for artists:
4-5:15 pm WORKSHOP: “SINGING HARMONY ‘CARTER FAMILY STYLE’ with THE STAIRWELL SISTERS” at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. They are “Women who attack string instruments with a veracity that rivals some of rock's most venerated fret-burners ...played with a gospel spirit and an expressive playfulness ...rarely have songs taken from the public domain sounded so modern and vital.” They’re in concert here tonight, after the workshop. More at www.myspace.com/thestairwellsisters. Workshop fee, $15.
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Sun, Jan 24, every Sun:
4-8 pm “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY MONTHLY JAM” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES BAND at The Londoner Pub, 18511 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country (near Santa Clarita) 91351. They tell us, “You never know who will show up. There’s always lots of great music and fun. The Londoner serves up some free food for these Sunday Jams, so come hungry. Don’t forget to bring your instrument - we’d love to hear your music!” More,www.myspace.com/santaclaritavalleybluessociety and www.scvblues.org. All ages, free.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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Sun, Jan 24, every Sun:
4-6 pm “BEGINNERS IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Sun, Jan 24, in Solvang:
4 pm BRETT PERKINS & AMALIE RIIS play the Alisal Cellars in Solvang. Info, www.myspace.com/brettperkins
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5 pm “JAZZ VESPERS” series brings MADELINE EASTMAN to perform at All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Av, Pasadena 91101; www.allsaints-pas.org; 626-583-2725. No charge, but an offering is taken.
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5 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. (BBQ changed to 5-8 pm, effective July 4.) Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Bonnie, 4-6 pm. Every Sunday they “light up the 'ol barbie and throw on anything from marinated tri-tip beef to good 'ol hamburgers. Every BBQ is served with all the fixin's, like baked beans, vegetables, rice, cole slaw, potato salad and more.” They tell us, “If you're looking for something really fun and different to do on Sundays, then head on down to The Cowboy Palace Saloon for dance lessons at 4, mouthwatering BBQ at 5, and a hot country band starting at 6!” No cover.
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5-7 pm “THE MUSIC OF COSMIC STARFISH” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl (at Hudson), Hollywood 90038; 323-464-MUSE (6873); www.cafemusela.com. JEFFREY SNYDER (aka Cosmic Starfish) brings his electro-folk music to Cafe MUSE every Sunday. (Yep, this is electric.) The venue tells us, “Come to the MUSE to hear his truly unique and totally chill astral-pop music... the perfect complement to Sunday dinner, don't you think?” We haven’t been, but their menu of light cuisine is quite good. $5 minimum on food & drink in lieu of cover.
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5-8 pm “JAZZ NIGHT” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Different bands every week. No cover.
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5-9 pm SONGMAKERS “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A.; for location, contact Mha Atma Khalsa, WestLAHoot@songmakers.org or 310-203-0162; www.songmakers.org.
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5:30-8:30 pm “BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM” for beginners, at SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande. Info, 805-473-0102.
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6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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Sun, Jan 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm MURPHY'S FLAW with guest TIM MAY 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. Murphy's Flaw is a fast-moving bluegrass band with truly funny stage banter. They’re now in their second incarnation, and they’ll tell you they’ve “swollen like a carbuncle” to seven members. The Flaw likes to say the band started when the members were thrown together haphazardly as terms of their parole. Bluegrass as a community service? Hardly.They've won in the Top 3 at the local Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest each year they've entered except for last year, when they came in ninth, something that surprised them. Rather than spend time on lamentations, that finish resulted in a well-attended "Recriminations and Excuses" concert at a local country club. They'd love to sell you a CD, but they can't figure out how to work the recorder.
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“1. This is the Flaw we're talking about here. We had a rehearsal last night and we think we know a couple of songs all the way through. The rest will be, well, Flawed.
2. Luckily, the incredible Tim May will be there as our special guest, trying his best to save our bacon. That'll be worth $15 right there.
3. If all else fails, the Coffee Gallery has some great coffee and pies.
4. Water may be falling from the sky. Be not afraid.
5. There are no advance ticket sales. If the room's limit is reached, the reservations will go on a waiting list.
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Sun, Jan 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER” with live video webcast, at (and from) Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Check venue’s website for details of lineup and how you can contribute to a charity working the relief effort for victims.
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Sun, Jan 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the third of four CD RELEASE SHOWS, this one with opening act with MATT THE ELECTRICIAN from Austin, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. It’s the L.A. party for the Hawks’ new album, “Shoulda Been Gold.” The band tells us, “This is a retrospective of our first 10 years plus 5 new tracks! The Hawks turned ten this year. One decade of I See Hawks in L.A. Rip Van Winkles we are. Where did he decade go? Luckily we've left a trail of crumbs we can follow to get us out of the forest. Collectively, those crumbs are known as our new album, ‘Shoulda Been Gold’ on American Beat Records - 17 songs created over the last ten years. Five of those tunes have never been released and a couple of them are brand new. So we've go three shows this weekend to celebrate the birth of our fifth compact disc. We begin in Long Beach, then head out to the high desert, and come all the way back across L.A. to Santa Monica. Hope you can join us for one or all shows!”
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7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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CANCELLED TONIGHT, due the Haitian earthquake benefit show at the venue: 7 pm PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP WITH MARC PLATT at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; www.kulakswoodshed.com. Must be a member in advance to gain entry. Limit 10 performers per week. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/workshop.shtml. Each week's workshop is $20, with all proceeds to the venue.
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THE STAIRWELL SISTERS concert at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com. They are “Women who attack string instruments with a veracity that rivals some of rock's most venerated fret-burners ...played with a gospel spirit and an expressive playfulness ...rarely have songs taken from the public domain sounded so modern and vital.” More at www.myspace.com/thestairwellsisters. Call venue for show time. Concert tix, $12.
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7:30-10 pm “SUNDAY NIGHT SONG & VARIETY SHOWCASE” is the new OPEN MIC on The Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917. Everybody knows the world-famous Backstage, with its parade of world-class and renowned professional acts – this is the weekly FREE stage in the front of the coffeehouse, “out front,” where you can buy coffeehouse treats and beverages. This series, hosted by Duane Thorin, an experienced performer and soundman who runs the mic levels, the series welcomes “singers, songwriters, and other talents.” Signup starts at 7 pm, and does not close through the night. Duane says, “Plan on two songs at a time, however on busy nights, it may go into a one-song rotation. Stay and repeat if there is time and room on the bill. There is no entry or cover fee, and we hope you will join us for coffee or a snack while you’re there, peruse the artwork for sale on the walls, and invite friends to this comfortable and well known music venue.”Free.
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8:30 pm KAT PARSONS at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com. Kat has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and on stages all over the world.
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9 pm “RUSTY SUNDAYS” weekly showcase of “L.A.’s best up-and-coming rock, country, blues and folk music acts, on the Wild-West side” at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401. Musical hosts are MATT OWENS & THE GOLDEN WEST, plus another act or two. $3 cover.
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Today is the 251st birthday of iconic Scottish poet Robert Burns. The Whale and Ale in San Pedro has a traditional Robert Burns Night Supper, 6-10 pm…
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(1) Monday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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RADIO: Mon; 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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RADIO: Mon; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers, to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: Mon, 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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RADIO: Mon, every Mon, on web radio:
Noon-12:30 pm “GUNSLINGER RADIO SHOW” with host Cowboy Hud and performing guests on web radio KSGV, Glendora, at http://ksgvradio.com.
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RADIO: Mon, every Mon; on radio & web simulcast:
1-4 pm “BUFFALO BAYOU” radio show hosted by Jake Bacon on KUCI, simulcast at http://www.kuci.org. Sometimes with live performances. It’s “a swamp pop, Cajun, Zydeco, and all things bayou sonic gumbo laced with international flavorings and a wild attitude, cooked up, and served live to the world on the web and on itunes, and at 88.9 FM in Irvine since 2003. In addition to the KUCI webstream, the show is live on myspace at www.myspace.com/jakebacon889.
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3:59-5:15 pm (Pacific time) “WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR” live simulcast from Lexington, Kentucky. Those near Lexington are invited to attend the show live; the rest of us can watch and listen live on the web, or download the podcast later, at www.woodsongs.com. The host is folksinger MICHAEL JOHNATHON, and both he and many of his guests have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Michael’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” is a multi-media celebration of grassroots Americana music, heard worldwide in radio syndication (except in L.A.) and seen and heard on the web. Every Monday evening, Michael and his guests perform folk and bluegrass, and the show explores songwriting, new artists, literature, worldwide radio, television and concerts. WoodSongs is the world first multi-camera, weekly series broadcast on the Internet. Online viewers worldwide can watch the behind-the-scenes production heard by over 900,000 radio listeners on over 491 radio stations each week. Here’s the weekly schedule, adjusted to Pacific time: 4 pm - watch the 60 minute show live as it happens; 5:03 pm - join the audience as they record the promo for the just-completed show; 5:05 pm - enjoy the guest artist's encore performances, not heard on the radio broadcast.
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6 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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MIDEM Music Tradeshow in Cannes, France.
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Mon, Jan 25, every Mon:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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Mon; Jan 25, every Mon:
6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, Jan 25, every Mon:
“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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Mon; Jan 25, repeats every 4th (& 2nd) Mon; in Corona:
7-10 pm CORONA BLUEGRASS JAM at Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Av (at Ontario Av), Corona. Info, contact Todd Holtkamp, 951-347-2597 or onetoad@adelphia.net. Todd says, “Open Jam, all levels welcome. Having a good time is mandatory. If the weather is good we will be outside in front of the main building. If the weather is bad we will be inside.”
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Mon, Jan 25, every Mon:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Mon, Jan 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917.
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Husband and wife team deliver the multi-platinum hits of the late, great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor voice. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony. Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time.
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Tribute artist Jim Curry was the singing voice heard in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold-out shows throughout the country and with symphony orchestras using the original scores. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine," "Calypso," and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other." Reserve your spot early; this often sells-out here. Tix, $18.
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8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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Mon, Jan 25, every Mon:
8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Mon, Jan 25, every 4th (and 2nd) Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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Mon, Jan 25, every Mon:
ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, Jan 25, every Mon:
8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum on food & drink in lieu of cover.
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Mon, Jan 25, every Mon:
9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com.. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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(updated Jan 15, with many new concert listings AND upcoming festivals! - Check back frequently for more!)
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Tue, Jan 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm EVAN J. MARSHALL and BILLY & THE HILLBILLIES, featuring JOHN "SLAP-BASS BILLY" MARSHALL, at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917. This show is part send-up, part slapstick, and all very, very musical.
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BILLY & THE HILLBILLIES, featuring JOHN "SLAP-BASS BILLY" MARSHALL, founder of "Billy and the Hillbillies," has performed for about four million visitors to the Golden Horseshoe Theater at the world's most famous theme park during the course of 18,000 shows spanning 17 years. He also has brought his "Hillbillies at the Symphony" program to over a dozen of the country's premier orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony and the Houston Symphony. A consummate entertainer, he is widely regarded as the greatest slap-bass virtuoso in the world of bluegrass.
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EVAN J. MARSHALL performed over 10,000 shows at Disneyland and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos ever. He possesses an uncanny technique which the Raleigh-Durham Independent called "superhuman," the Los Angeles Times called "remarkable," the Washington Post labeled "truly dazzling," and the Fresno Bee called "mind-boggling." Besides his "obvious virtuosity" (Pasadena Star News), he also has "in color and texture . . . a stunning mastery of interpretation" (St. Paul Pioneer Press). Evan's accomplishments are legendary among other artists of the plucked string: The late Chet Atkins called him "one of the few great musicians of our time;" Don Stiernberg calls him "The Michael Jordan of the mandolin." Tix, $20.
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8-11 pm Beth Fitchet-Wood's “TUESDAY SONGWRITER'S SHOWCASE” tonight with with Karen Hammack, Beth, and others, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach 92651; 949-494-3027. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar.
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6:30 pm CREATIVE MUSIC SERIES’ “PUBLIC LIBRARY LISTENING TIME” presents MISSINCINATTI with JESSICA CATRON (VOCO) plus the world premiere of composer CAT LAMB’S “BRANCHES” for “just-intoned female choir,” and RATS at the Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena.
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MISSINCINATTI follows the debut of “Branches” with “folk songs of land and sea, forgotten tales about fantastical crocodiles, maritime ghosts and work in the mines, illuminated before your very eyes with the assistance of special musical guests Laura Steenberge, Benjamin Getting, and Ezra Buchla,” says Jessica.
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Jessica adds, “The compositions of RATS can confound and delight like a musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz by Captain Beefheart might.” More at www.catlamb.com - www.myspace.com/missincinatti - www.myspace.com/ratstheband. Doors at 6 pm. Early show, all ages, free.
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8 pm TIM REYNOLDS with MARCUS EATON & CLIFTON WILLIAMS and the BLUE JAMES BAND at Brixton South Bay, 100 W Torrance Bl Suite J, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-406-1931; www.brixtonsouthbay.com and www.myspace.com/brixtonsouthbay. Venue is 21+, holds 450. Profoundly talented guitarist Tim Reynolds is acclaimed as an impeccable, highly skilled acoustic musician and multi-instrumentalist in jazz guitar, bass, piano, sitar, mandolin, violin, and various instruments of ethnic percussion. The venue observes, “He is an underrated master.” Reynolds' biggest claim to fame came with his collaborations with Dave Matthews Band. More at www.timreynolds.com. Doors at 7, show at 8. Tix, $15 advance, $18 door.
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9-10 pm MARINA V performs for the “SESAC SHOWCASE” at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St, Santa Monica 90401; 310-395-1676. She is one of FolkWorks’ Top Ten/Best of 2008 female singer-songwriters. Venue is 21+. Safe/very cheap parking is “just a few feet away.” More at www.MarinaV.com. Cover, $5.
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7-11 pm “HAITI ORPHANAGE CHARITY EVENT” with musician AMANDA ABIZAID performing at The Annex of Hollywood and Highland (where the Oscars are awarded), in Hollywood. Amanda tells us, “100% of the money will be wired to the orphanage.” What’s the orphanage? She explains, “My good friend Marc Porterfield and his colleague, Corey Taylor, at Wolfgang Puck Catering, are putting together a fundraiser to help out their dear friend Herve, who's father's orphanage, located outside Port-Au-Prince, was leveled by the earthquake. We are all volunteering to host an evening of fun and cheer for a good cause. Wolfgang Puck is donating food, Ultimat Vodka is donating, well, vodka, and Her Energy is donating their energy drink, and we have other sponsors pouring in. The DJ, band, (tbd) and myself are also donating our time for the cause. Please email Marc Porterfield at porterfield.marc@gmail.com if you can assist in any capacity with the event.”
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Thu, Jan 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC) at the CTMS Center for Folk Music in Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino. “Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass.” - Mark S. Turner, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange.
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“Yes, Special Consensus may be Chicago's very own veteran bluegrass band, but talent like this is the property of the world.” - David Royko, Chicago Tribune.
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They’re a favorite of the festival circuit back East. They have 26 CDs to their credit. “Signs,” the title cut of their latest CD, was the #1 played bluegrass recording on Sirius Satellite Radio early in 2009, and remains #10 on the Bluegrass Unlimited top album chart after six months. There are only 75 seats available in the venue, so reserve your tickets now by calling 310-390-4391. Tix on sale at all BASC events and at the Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills. Advance tix, $15. At the door (if any remain) $20.
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Thu, Jan 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN 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. “That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly it’s a bit uncanny.” –Country Jukebox, Germany.
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“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.” – Maverick Magazine, UK.
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Stephanie Bettman is a singer/songwriter/fiddler extraordinaire and has been generating a buzz in bluegrass/country circles with inevitable comparisons to Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Her partner, multi-instrumentalist, Luke Halpin, is an awesome talent in his own right. Named by Folkworks Magazine as one of LA’s top ten Female Singer Songwriters, Stephanie’s songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy but always stunning. Together she and Luke have been winners in many local and national competitions including:
* Grand Prize Winners in the 2008 So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition.
* Winners in the 2007 Topanga Banjo / Fiddle contest.
* Folk Works Top Ten Los Angeles based female singer-songwriters of 2008.
* Music Connection’s Top Twenty-Five New Music Critiques of 2008.
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Inspired by the likes of Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Mark O’Conner, Luke’s perfectly blended harmonies and his instrumental expertise together with Stephanie’s artistry and performance make for a dynamic entertaining experience. One thing’s for sure, if Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin are on the bill, you are in for an unforgettable performance that will have you hooked from the first fiddle line to the last sweet harmony. Tix, $15.
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Thu, Jan 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9:45 pm FISHTANK ENSEMBLE plus JESSICA FICHOT, and DIEGO’S UMBRELLA, at Spaceland, 1717 Silverlake Bl, Silver Lake (L.A.) 90027. FISHTANK ENSEMBLE has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and delighted audiences at local concerts and festivals. JESSICA FICHOT mightily impressed the audience a the “L.A. Accordion Festival,” and she tells us, “I am excited to perform in this wonderful venue for the very first time, and to share the bill with my friends from the high-energy Eastern European band Fishtank Ensemble (http://fishtankensemble.com). 2009 ended really well for the band as we got a chance to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico along with other L.A. artists (including Wayne Shorter, Los Lobos and Ozomatli) to perform at the ‘Guadalajara Book Fair,’ one of the city’s most popular cultural events of the year. We had a great time visiting the city, and an amazing show for a huge (and very friendly) audience. I am also proud to announce that my band has now joined the roster of the agency Charisma Artist, who books many wonderful world music and folk acts (www.charismaartist.com).” More at www.jessicasongs.com and www.myspace.com/jessicafichot. Cover, $7.
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Fri, Jan 29:
7-10 pm BRYAN CHAN & FRIENDS perform at More Art, Inc., 10667 White Oak Av, Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899; www.moreart.us. Bryan says, “More Art, Inc is a great supporter of the arts [and] has a small intimate performance room with a piano and stage.” Lineup:
7-7:45 pm John Rhys - www.bluepower.com
7:45-8:30 pm Bryan Chan, slide/blues - www.scvblues.org
8:30-9:15 pm Gene Oster, ragtime piano
9:15-10 pm Randy Chance - www.randychance.com
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Fri, Jan 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ROBBY LONGLEY, aka Robert Earl Longley, the virtuosic guitar showman, with BIANCA FERGUSON opening, 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. Robby is one of the best on stage, combining style and showmanship with true virtuosity.
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ROBBY LONGLEY, aka Robert Earl Longley, is not only an absolute virtuoso of the guitar, but one of the finest showmen you’ll ever see. Early in his performing career, he won first place in eight guitar competitions in less than two years. His self-developed fingerstyle technique, performed on a nylon string guitar, won out over some of the top seeded rock guitarists in the world. Robby, who is from New Orleans, began playing the guitar there at age eleven. Self-taught, he has appeared across the United States in hundreds of high-profile venues.
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He has played the TV circuit, including the Jay Leno Show, the Emmy Awards, and syndicated cable TV music programs. He has played for the Spanish Film Society Films Awards Show, and at Christopher Parkening's Master's Class twice, as the selected guest performer. He has opened for notable performers, including the California Guitar Trio, Boney James, Michael Franks, Shiela E, Dave Koz, the English Beat, the Motels, Berlin, Acoustic Alchemy, Steve Lukather, and the Eagles Tribute Band. In addition, Robert most recently played to a sold-out crowd of 7,500 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
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His original and superbly-developed compositions conjure-up vivid images, everything from Spaghetti Westerns and flamenco dancers to a fiery, provocative brand of classical guitar music rife with tension and release. He can produce exotic polyrhythms at lightning speeds with runs of melodic sweetness, all of which add up to a high level of consciousness for the audience. His live performance is full of fire and fury with that old-time nastiness of New Orleans. At the same time, Robert's accent on sweet, unforgettable melodies give him the edge that makes his music so recognizable anywhere.
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A prolific music producer, as well, he has nine CDs of original music. He will say that his most dynamic is his tenth and latest CD, which will soon be available for download on the web. Find more about Robert Earl Longley and descriptions of his CDs at www.myspace.com/robertearllongley or go to http://www.CDBaby.com.
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BIANCA FERGUSON opens. You’ve seen her as the new and very big standout member of ODD’S BODKIN. Bob Stane says, “Tonight, you can enjoy the not quite folk, not quite rock, but always heartfelt sounds of Bianca Ferguson. Unique lyrics and earthy melodies combine with acoustic guitar and the occasional mandolin to entice your ears and tug your heart. She sees herself as a Klingon. Well, perhaps the soft femine side of being a Klingon. Much cuter. She knows how a warm and fuzzy Klingon would feel. She will sing ‘The Klingon Drinking Song’ and maybe the National Anthem of that planet as well. She will add a ton to this show. Fun stuff.” Larry Wines has seen her perform, and heartily concurs. In addition, Larry named Robby Longley as one of the “Top Ten Instrumentalists” in his annual “Top Ten / Best of the Year” in FolkWorks. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Jan 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 pm-1:30 am THE BERNIE PEARL BLUES BAND plays a live blues dance at the Pasadena Dance Center, 1368 N Lake Av, Pasadena 91104; event info, www.dosomethingblue.com. Bernie says this is “under the auspices of the monthly blues dance association, ‘Do Something Blue.’ Admission covers dance lessons at 9 pm, refreshments, and the dance. Looks like lots of fun and plenty of dancing. A great opportunity to strut your stuff and meet new dance partners. $12.
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Sat, Jan 30:
4 pm “GIGI & MIKE'S SING-A-LONG” at Granada Hills Library, 10640 Petit Av, Granada Hills 91344. Part of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest organization’s “free folk singing” program, a continuing series to promote and advance bluegrass, old-time and folk music in Southern California at Los Angeles City and County Libraries and schools. There is no charge to the library or school and there is no charge for admission to the concerts. The public is welcome to attend all library concerts; school concerts are open to students only. (Hence, school concerts are not listed in the Guide.) To request a program for your library or school, or for information, contact Warren Garfield, Program Coordinator 323-656-5813, or email: warrengar@sbcglobal.net. More at www.topangabanjofiddle.org/FolkSinging/Free_Folk.htm. Free.
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Sat, Jan 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm PAUL MARSHALL (I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.) does a rare solo performance in Dana Point at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Av, Dana Point. Paul says, “I'm very excited about this: Here's an opportunity for my friends down in the deep south of Orange County to hear me play my own songs, tell some tall tales, and create an acoustic ruckus! You don't have to drive to North Hollywood. Tim Johnson puts on great shows, usually featuring amazing instrumentalists, but he's started a Singer-Songwriter Showcase, and I'm second in the series. Come on out, say hi, have fun, and support this new musical venture.” Reservations & info, www.LordOfTheStringsConcerts.com or 949-842-2227.
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Sat, Jan 30, in Palmdale:
7-10 pm POLARIS JAZZ TRIO at PARS Restaurant, "in front of" the new Super Walmart on 10th St. West in Palmdale. Wayne of Desert Song tells us, “The food is excellent and there is no admission charge.”

Feb 13, in Lake Elizabeth (West of Palmdale):
6-11 pm “VALENTINE'S DINNER AND DANCE” at Lake Elizabeth Golf Course, Sapphire Room, on Elizabeth Lakes Rd, Lake Elizabeth. The Lakes Community Center is holding a festive dinner and dance for all Lakes and Valleys residents. Dinner is a choice of three entrees (meat, fish or pasta), plus salads, desserts, coffee and tea. Alcohol may be purchased. After dinner (7:30-11 pm) there’s live music “for dancing or singing along with the awesome classic rock band The Working Stiffs from Leona Valley.” Tix must be purchased by the end of January by calling Dahlia 724-1293 or Lynda 724-0737, at Greenside Grill. $25 per person.
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Sat, Jan 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEPHEN BISHOP at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Oscar and two time Grammy nominee Bishop, is known for his hit songs (from his gold records), “On and On,” “Save it for a Rainy Day,” “It Might Be You” from the movie “Tootsie,” and “Separate Lives,” a hit for Phil Collins. His songs have been recorded by Clapton, Streisand, Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, The Four Tops, and Pavarotti. Not only a great writer but one funny guy. Venue’s website has a helpful local dining guide. Doors at 7:30 for the best seats. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Jan 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ROSEMARY BUTLER performs at The Thousand Oaks Library, sponsored by Bodie House Music. More at www.bodiehouse.com or bodiehouse@aol.com or 818-621-8309.
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Rosemary Butler’s amazing career is a who’s-who of music that includes singing backup on tours and / or recordings with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Bob Seeger, Sarah Brightman, Julio Iglesias, Aaron Neville, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, BeBe & CeCe Winan, Vanessa Williams, Neil Diamond, Roseanne Cash, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli, Dan Fogelberg, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimmy Buffet, Emmylou Harris, Ray Charles, Hilary Duff, Jacob Young, and Rod Stewart.
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Rosemary has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South America, Middle East, the Orient, and Russia, including performing for Prince Charles and Lady Diana, the Prince's Trust, President Clinton's Inaugural Ball, the Superbowl Pre-Game Show, and The Grammys. Visit the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and you’ll find a clip of Rosemary with Jackson Browne continuously singing "Running on Empty." Rosemary was the "choir contractor" for the "Living With War" album by Neil Young. Her two solo albums went gold in Japan. More at www.rosemarybutler.com. Allproceeds from tonight’s performance go to the musicians. $20 at the door.
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Sat, Jan 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHN YORK (The Byrds) plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.myspace.com/johnyorkwestcoastrevelation. . Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jan 30:
8 pm COWBOY ENVY 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. Cowboy Envy, in the tradition of the original singing cowboy, performs Western music, drawing upon the repertoires of such artists as Sons of the Pioneers and Gene Autry. Their voices blend as beautifully as the Andrews Sisters, bolstered by a strong strumming guitar and bass, punctuated by a healthy dose of rollicking abandon and humor.
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The members are Berné Poliakoff on lead vocals, whip cracks, and stampedes; DeDe Vogt on vocals, bass, harmonica, and Kathleen Hatfield on vocals and guitar. To Cowboy Envy fans, however, these three are known as “Frenchie”, “Too Short”, and “Buffalo K”, with their faithful broomstick ponies Suzette, Brownie, and Old Yeller. And on most occasions, their favorite cowboy accordionist/juggler, Ropin’ Rodger French, plays with this trio, adding many not-to-be-missed flourishes and amazing solos. Recent and upcoming performances include the Kennedy Center and opening for Asleep at the Wheel and Riders in the Sky. Tix, $18.
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Sat, Jan 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm "ALL THEIR WARS ARE MERRY AND ALL THEIR SONGS ARE SAD: A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH TIMES OF TROUBLES AND TIMES OF PEACE" is a special KEN O'MALLEY solo concert at Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd, Eagle Rock / Los Angeles 90041. The public is welcome; the event is a fundraiser for students' educational travel to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Named (by your editor) in FolkWorks among the Top Ten / Best of 2008 male singer songwriters in L.A., KEN O'MALLEY has plenty of additional media accolades: "O'Malley, from Dublin, is a rare talent." - Sean Canniffe, The Irish Herald, San Francisco. "The star is O'Malley's voice... which effortlessly spans the range from sentimental ballads to aggressive Irish folk, rock and everywhere in between." - Dave Soyars, The Irish Herald. "Dust-free and polished to perfection, each song is performed with authenticity, and the care one might use when handling a valuable family heirloom" - Lisa Elaine Scott, Music Connection Magazine. More info, call 323-259-2621 or www.kenomalley.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jan 30:
9 pm LELIA BROUSSARD at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com. It’s her .
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Sat, Jan 30:
9 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the last of four CD RELEASE SHOWS, this one with OLD CALIFORNIO at the Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown Los Angeles 90012; www.theredwoodbar.com. It’s the “other” L.A. party for the Hawks’ new album, “Shoulda Been Gold.” The band tells us, “This is a retrospective of our first 10 years plus 5 new tracks! The Hawks turned ten this year. One decade of I See Hawks in L.A. Rip Van Winkles we are. Where did he decade go? Luckily we've left a trail of crumbs we can follow to get us out of the forest. Collectively, those crumbs are known as our new album, ‘Shoulda Been Gold’ on American Beat Records - 17 songs created over the last ten years. Five of those tunes have never been released and a couple of them are brand new. So we've go three shows this weekend to celebrate the birth of our fifth compact disc. We begin in Long Beach, then head out to the high desert, and come all the way back across L.A. to Santa Monica, then downtown. Hope you can join us for one or all shows!”
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Sat, Jan 30:
8 pm-1:30 am “LUMINOUS MOVEMENT AT THE DAKOTA LOUNGE” (formerly the Temple Bar) at The Dakota Lounge, 1026 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90401. This is not an acoustic Americana music event, but it is a notable benefit for charity. Presented by Elevate Films in collaboration with Luminous Family Productions, it’s “a monthly conscious music series benefiting homeless youth.”
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Producers tell us, “This night will be filled with an incredible line-up of musicians including Luminaries, The B.O.L.T, Amae, and Elijah and the Band of Light. Hosted by Mikki Willis, and featuring live painting by Amanda Sage. Elevate yourself with high vibrational music aimed at opening your heart, and igniting your soul.” Sponsored by Livity Outernational. A portion of the proceeds supports My Friends Place, a drop-in center in Hollywood, CA that offers services for homeless and at-risk youth. In addition, you can support the center by bringing a donation of clothes.
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8 pm doors - Elevate Films - http://www.ElevateFilms.com
8:30 pm Elijah and the Band of Light - http://bandoflight.ning.com
9 pm Amae - http://www.amaezing.com/
9:45 pm The B.O.L.T - http://www.theboltmusic.com/
11 pm Luminaries - http://www.Facebook.com/LuminariesMusic
12 am DJ Set & Dancing Grooves
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Sun, Jan 31; a “SHOW-OF-THE-YEAR” pick:
2 pm “CONCERT FOR HAITI,” a multi-artist benefit sponsored by the Acoustic Americana Music Guide, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230. Rev. Rich Bolin has generously donated the use of his beautiful church.
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This will be among the best acoustic concerts of 2010, anywhere. CONFIRMED TO PERFORM are:
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LAURENCE JUBER (Grammy winning guitarist form Paul McCartney’s Wings), AMILIA K. SPICER, BRAD COLERICK, ROBBY LONGLEY, FREEBO (Bonnie Raitt Band), LISA TURNER, ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, DAVE MORRISON BAND, Blues legend BERNIE PEARL with MIKE BARRY, SUSIE GLAZE & HILONESOME (award-winning bluegrass band), SEVERIN BROWNE, DUANE THORIN, MICHAEL RICHARDS & DOCTOR FUN from blues band WUMBLOOZO, JAMES LEE STANLEY, DALE LaDUKE, KARA GRAINGER, TRACY NEWMAN, DAFNI, BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO (Cajun festival favorites), SAGE (duo of Dan Brown & Kathy Jarel-Girgis), TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND, MATT CARTSONIS (famous film composer), RENAISSANCE (top doo-wop vocal group), STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN (a top fiddle-playing vocalist on folk music charts).
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The “house band” includes Grammy-winning guitarist LAURENCE JUBER (Paul McCartney) and bassist PAUL MARSHALL (I See Hawks in L.A.) The schedule of who-performs-when is not yet established. Check the Guide frequently for complete info, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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In lieu of tickets, donation checks (we’ll soon specify a minimum amount) will be accepted, to any one (or more) of a number of disaster relief organizations working on the ground in Haiti.
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Sun, Jan 31:
7 pm SWING SHIFT 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. They combine rich harmonies, lush arrangements, and finger-popping rhythms. Swing Shift is an artful exemplar of the a cappella vocal jazz scene. This sextet, comprised of three women and three men, focuses on jazz and reharmonized pop and Broadway standards from the 30's to the present. Swing Shift chooses its repertoire mostly from the works of its own members. The group is lucky to have its own talented arrangers, among them, Phil Azelton, whose published works are widely sung by vocal jazz and school ensembles everywhere. The group founder, Richard Gilinsky, has been writing for a cappella groups since his college days. Many of his works are found in the group's repertoire. Both Phil and Richard continue to provide the bulk of Swing Shift's song book.
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Swing Shift performs at private parties, weddings, churches, malls, and clubs. They also appeared as one of the featured a cappella groups on KLCS’s television series “Mosaic.” (See: Swing Shift on KLCS) Swing Shift was honored at the 2004 Los Angeles regional Harmony Sweepstakes, where they won the best arrangement award for their 6-part version of “Where is Love?” from the musical Oliver!
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Thu, Feb 4, in Santa Barbara:
I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. and SUSAN JAMES play the Muddy Waters Café in Santa Barbara, kicking-off the Hawks’ and James’ “California Mini-Tourette.”
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Fri, Feb 5, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm “ERIC BIBB, BLUES AND FOLK MUSIC” presented by “Performances to Grow On” at Matilija Auditorium, in Ojai. A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience, both musically and spiritually. His music, like his personality, is intimate, assured and passionate, drawing listeners into the moment more as participants than as spectators. His rich and sensitive vocals and lyrics provide a perfect balance to his fine fingerpicking technique. Purveying a beautifully realized and deftly accomplished soulful and gospel-infused folk-blues, Bibb has no problem blending various genres effortlessly, melding a traditional rootsy American style. As one critic wrote, “Eric’s singing and versatile guitar playing fuses a variety of genes to become a New World Blues.” His unique talent continues to draw critical acclaim around the world. Twice nominated for the W.C. Handy Awards and winner of the “Best Newcomer” title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as “discreetly awesome” and “a total original.” As his popularity escalates, earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to Bibb’s ability to “use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own.” More at www.ericbibb.com. Tix, $23 adults, $18 srs.
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Sat, Feb 6:
7 pm WOMEN ON THE MOVE plus BRETT PERKINS play a house concert in Glendora. Reservations get directions, by contacting WOMEN ON THE MOVE band leader JOAN ENGUITA at joanenguita@hotmail.com. Joan tells us, “Our trio is polishing up some Joni Mitchell tunes, so you'll hear some new renditions. Also on the bill is our good friend, BRETT PERKINS, in town from his home in Copenhagen, Denmark. His sweet tenor and lovely songs will bring a smile to your ears!” BRETT PERKINS is a celebrated and multiple-international award-winning songwriter.
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Women on the Move’s CD, “Beautiful,” was the Top Editors’ Pick on CD Baby longer than any album, ever, in the history of the site. The CD had it’s world radio debut on “Tied to the Tracks,” where many of the artists on the ensemble album performed live. Brett Perkins’ latest CD, “Red Light Green Light” contains his top European and International songwriter award-winning songs, all in English. It’s available in the US on Trough Records and through the usual outlets.
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Sat, Feb 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RONNY COX at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing at # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com
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Sat, Feb 6:
7 pm JOHN BATDORF at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood. John Batdorf has performed live, multiple times, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” including the live-on-air reunion performance (after 30 years apart) with ‘70s duo partner Mark Rodney, as BATDORF & RODNEY.
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Sun, Feb 7, in Lucerne Valley:
2 pm RONNY COX plays a matinee at the Russell House Concert series in Lucerne Valley 92356; reservations get directions. Info at www.ronnycox.com. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Tue, Feb 9 & Wed, Feb 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Guitarist TOMMY EMMANUEL at the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. He’s a legendary Australian guitarist. "...He is unquestionably one of the most gifted artists of our time." - Acoustic Guitar.
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Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel brings his extraordinary guitar wizardry and exuberant stage presence. Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist's career spans almost five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native country, Emmanuel has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His unique style--he calls it simply "finger style"--is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, employing all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, he plays all that--and more--on one guitar.
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His unusual talent and life are common lore in Australia. Born into a musical family, he and his older brother, Phil, were considered child prodigies. Tommy got his first guitar at age 4 and was taught by his mother. He learned by ear, with no formal instruction, and has never read music. By the age of 6, he was already working as a professional musician in the family band, variously named the Emmanuel Quartet, the Midget Surfaries, and the Trailblazers. Tommy played rhythm guitar and Phil played lead, along with siblings Chris on drums and Virginia on slide guitar.
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The Emmanuel children earned the family's sole income for several years. By age 10, Tommy had played his way across Australia. However, he doesn't remember such responsibility as a hardship. "I've spent all my life from the age of 4 playing music and entertaining people," he said. "I never wanted to do anything else. Music brings people together."
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In 1962, Emmanuel heard guitar legend Chet Atkins' music for the first time and was riveted by its complex sound. He spent hours trying to figure out Atkins' "fingerpicking" style and gobbled up each of the American star's albums as they came out. Shortly after his father's death of a heart attack in 1966, Emmanuel wrote Atkins a letter and, to his surprise, the famous artist and producer wrote him back. Atkins would grow to become Emmanuel's mentor and primary influence, but it would be another 15 years before the two would finally meet in person. Eventually Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.
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Most recently, in 2009, he was honored with Guitar Player's prestigious Guitar Legend award, as well as being named Thumbpicker of the Year for the second time. In all, Emmanuel's catalog includes 16 musical recordings running the gamut of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, and originals, on both electric and acoustic guitar. He has made several instructional DVDs and regularly teaches master classes on the road. At 54, performing live is more important to him than ever and he tours constantly, having played over 300 concerts a year for the last four years.
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Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to watch the magic hands of the "guitar Wizard of Oz," but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. His live shows are known for their humor, passion, and infectious joy. The power of his charismatic showmanship will be Emmanuel's legacy. His message is pure love for the music and his delight in sharing it with the world, one audience at a time. More info at http://arts.pepperdine.edu or www.tommyemmanuel.com
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The Feb 10 concert is sold out, but a limited number of tickets for the Feb 9 performance (which was added to satisfy popular demand) are available at $40 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, by calling 310-506-4522.
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Thu, Feb 11:
9 pm JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE and JOE PUG play a show co-presented by “The Grand Ole Echo” series and The Echo venue, at the Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park; 213-413-8200. www.attheecho.com. 8:30 doors, 9 pm show time.
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Fri, Feb 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
SEAN COLVIN plays The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills; www.canyonclub.net; 818-879-5016. Tix, $13.
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Fri, Feb 12; at the venue and with a web simulcast:
7-10 pm “LOVE FOR HAITI” with THE CONLONS, MELISSA TRINCHERE, AUBREY BOUSKILL, KATHLEEN BLACKWELL, and THE PATCHWORK QUILT FALLACY, is a benefit for the American Red Cross Relief Efforts in Haiti sponsored by NetteRadio, at (and webcast live from) The Talking Stick, 1411 C Lincoln Bl, Venice 90291; 310-450-6052; www.thetalkingstick.net. Event includes an auction, drawing, and more, all to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti. Annette Conlon’s “NetteRadio” is webcast globally, and you can not only hear, but watch, this event live online at www.netteradio.com or www.ustream.tv/channel/netteradio.
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If you are not present at the venue, you can donate from anywhere. Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Relief Efforts in Haiti – anytime, including now. More on the American Red Cross at 800-HELP-NOW or info@usa.redcross.org. Annette tells us, “The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual, or political position.” Venue is all ages. $5 cover plus one beverage minimum.
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Feb 12-14, in Arizona:
Annual “COCHISE GATHERING” in Sierra Vista, AZ is “an excellent festival,” says cowboy (ah, cowgirl) poet DORIS DALEY, who returns to perform again this year. More at www.dorisdaley.com
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Sat, Feb 13:
4-8 pm BERNIE PEARL joins pianist DWAYNE SMITH to play the “Valentine Eve Fundraiser” for 7th District Long Beach City Council candidate, Jill Hill, at Veteran's Park Social Hall, 101 E 28th St, Long Beach 90806. Refreshments included. More at www.JillHillforQualityNeighborhoods.com. The donation is $20 for single, $30 for two, or $15 for those over age 65.
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Sat, Feb 13, in Santa Barbara:
7-10 pm JOHN BATDORF & ANDREW JACKSON at the Santa Barbara Arts Factory, 208 Palm Av, Santa Barbara 93101. The two are making a return to the venue after a very successful first show here. John Batdorf has performed live, multiple times, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” including the live-on-air reunion performance (after 30 years apart) with ‘70s duo partner Mark Rodney, as BATDORF & RODNEY. Andrew Jackson is renowned as the “Guitar Chameleon.” All ages show. Tix are $8 advance, $10 door.
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Sat, Feb 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN play the Caltech Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). Before 1989, Steve Gillette was a fixture in the local California folk music scene, widely known as an exceptional guitarist and a hugely talented songwriter, co-writer of the classic ballad, Darcy Farrow, among many other fine songs, some recorded by major performers like Ian and Sylvia, John Denver, and Garth Brooks. Then, he dropped out of sight, later returning to California from his new home in Vermont, with his new wife, Cindy, when he first brought this eastern singer and songwriter to California on tour. Even at this early stage of their career together, it was obvious that there was a towering amount of talent and chemistry here, and the Caltech Folk Music Society was lucky to be able to present them the next year. It has been a great relationship ever since, and their audience can always depend on new songs, some old favorites, and a lot of fun and stories of what they've been up to in the intervening two years.
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Steve is a fine songwriter who has written many great songs over the years. From "Back on the Street Again" to "That Song About the River," he's written a truckload of memorable songs. He's a strong, confident, and innovative guitarist, and a he has a very fine voice. And speaking of fine voices, you won't find a more beautiful voice than Cindy Mangsen's warm, full bodied vocals. She more than holds her own in the elite company of Priscilla Herdman and Anne Hills on the trio albums they have done together. Cindy plays guitar, a bit of banjo, and her concertina adds greatly to their sound. She too is a talented songwriter, though not as prolific. Steve and Cindy are also great song finders, and they bring some exceptional songs written by others, as well as a few older traditional songs and ballads. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children.
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Sat, Feb 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm AL STEWART plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. He’s famous for “Time Passages” and “Year of the Cat.” Tix, $24.50.
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Sat, Feb 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DOUG MacLEOD plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. He’s a fabulous acoustic bluesman, endorsed by National steel guiatars. His original, “Talkin’ Politician Blues,” became a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.doug-macleod.com. Tix, $15.
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3 pm-midnight Semi-annual “Robert Morgan Fisher's FOLKTACULAR” at Bergamont Station Arts Complex in Santa Monica. This is the event that lasts entirely too long and books waaay too many performers, but it includes food and it’s always fun. More details when we have them.
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Sun, Feb 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
BRETT PERKINS plus TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND play a “LISTENING ROOM SPECIAL EVENT” at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.org/_wsn/page3.html. BRETT PERKINS is a celebrated and multiple-international award-winning songwriter. His “Listening Room” series began in Southern California, and now holds monthly events throughout Europe. Tonight is a rare and celebratory return. More at www.myspace.com/brettperkins
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Tue, Feb 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm FUR DIXON AND STEVE WERNER play the monthly “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” series, presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California, at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana; 818-705-8870.
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Feb 17-21, in Tennessee:
22nd INTERNATIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE in Memphis, TN.
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Fri, Feb 19, 2010 (Get tix now) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Fri & Sat, Feb 19 & 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 & 10 pm JORMA KAUKONEN plays two shows on each of two nights at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $26.50.
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Sat, Feb 20, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN play the Living Tradition Concert Series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org. Renowned folk faves…
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Sat Feb 20:
8 pm MICHAEL O'DORN plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.michaelodorn.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Feb 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS play Russ & Julie’s House Concert series in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area); reservations get directions at 818-707-2179. Info, www.houseconcerts.us
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Sun, Feb 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm RAY WYLIE HUBBARD plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Feb 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm BORDER RADIO returns from a multi-year hiatus with a show at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Band founder and lead vocalist KELLY McCUNE tell us, “BORDER RADIO is back in business! We have our first gig at the Coffee Gallery on and we couldn't be more excited. We're sounding better than ever, have new tunes, and are energized.” Many will remember the award-winning band that was a festival favorite. No word yet on whether Kelly will revive her old tradition of awarding one or more home-baked pies to some lucky soul in the audience. More when we know it.
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Thu, Feb 25, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG play the “Ojai Concert Series,” at the Woman's Club, Ojai; www.ojaiconcertseries.com. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri, Feb 26:
7:30 pm BERNIE PEARL joins pianist DWAYNE SMITH “to play the duo blues” in a return to Iva Lee's Restaurant, 555 El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672; 949-361-2855; www.IvaLees.com. Bernie says, “Great food and drink, no cover.”
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Fri, Feb 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE WAILIN’ JENNYS play the Caltech Concert Series, presented by Caltech Campus Programs, in Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; http://events.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). Caltech Folk Music Series or Caltech Presents series, in Beckman Institute Auditorium, or other venues Pasadena. The Wailin' Jennys started in Winnipeg, Canada and have made their brand of vocal music a huge worldwide attraction. Soprano Ruth Moody (guitar, banjo, accordion, bodhran), mezzo Nicky Mehta (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, percussion), and alto Heather Masse (upright bass) comprise this trio of amazing singers. They draw from folk, bluegrass, old time and jazz, and their harmonies are exquisite. They could easily be an a cappella group, but they are talented instrumental musicians, as well. If you enjoy Moira Smiley and VOCO, or the Chapin Sisters, you'll love the Jennys. "Like Gilian Welch or Alison Krauss, they make new songs feel traditional and old songs sound brand new" — All Music Guide. Advance tix available on the website or by phone. Tix are $26, $21, $16, ($10 for youth) and there is a $5 discount if you mention the Caltech Folk Music Society when ordering or buying tickets at the door.
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sat, Feb 27, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN at Trinity Backstage, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara; info & table reservations 805-962-2970. “Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.” - Matt Watroba, Sing Out Magazine. More at www.compassrosemusic.com.
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Sun, Feb 28, in Ventura; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm CORRINE WEST & KELLY JOE PHELPS play the Duncan House Concert Series in Ventura; reservations get directions, at www.myspace.com/duncanhouseconcerts. Corrine has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and if you like Alison Krauss, you'll love Corrine.
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Kelly Joe Phelps is a guitar virtuoso and great bluesman.
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There's magic in Corinne West's voice. It aches and breaks. It soars. It's clear, penetrating and washed in emotion. When she wraps that voice around songs as sublime as those on her latest CD, “Second Sight,” she's spellbinding. That's because she's unlocked the secret that so many singers spend entire careers looking for and never find.
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"She writes great songs, plays with top flight musicians, sports a killer voice and oh yes, has sultry good looks- she could easily be cast as a princess in a ‘Lord of the Rings’-type movie (hopefully a singing part)" - Americana Roots.com.
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"West, who took to the road at the tender age of fifteen, is a masterful songwriter, winning awards at Kerrville Folk Festival. She has a distinct voice with echoes of another Californian, the late Kate Wolf. Educated on the streets West has a raw sincerity in her lyrics and her singing." - Montrose Daily Press, Colorado.
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"Coupling a voice to die for with beautifully crafted songs that are memorable both lyrically and melodically, West has fashioned a unique identity within American music's acoustic/roots scene." - Colin Hall, R2, RocknReel: The UK's best selling eclectic music magazine.
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Scott Duncan says, “For those that missed the special Rhythm Angels show, and for those that were lucky enough to attend that great concert, here is a show not to miss. Corrine's CDs have been playing over and over in our car for over a year. We arraigned our trip to England in September ‘09 to catch her in London on her latest UK tour. This will be one of the best concerts you've ever see!” More at www.myspace.com/corinnewest and www.myspace.com/kellyjoephelps357
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“CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK,” centered in Toronto, Canada.
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Sat, Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BERNIE PEARL plays an acoustic blues concert with MIKE BARRY at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; www.BoulevardMusic.com. Bernie tells us, “I intend to debut a several new pieces that night.” Venue’s website has a helpful local dining guide. All ages, doors at 7:30 for the best seats. $15.
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Sat, Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JUDE JOHNSTONE and LORI LIEBERMAN play Russ & Julie’s House Concert series in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area); reservations get directions at 818-707-2179. Info, www.houseconcerts.us
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Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHN BATDORF plus STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN in a superb double-bill at the Fret House in Covina.
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STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where they debuted songs live and tracks from their CD that went on to beat Alison Kraus & Robert Plant on the DJ charts. Tix, $20.
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Tue, Mar 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH play the monthly “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” series, presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California, at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana; 818-705-8870.
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Wed, Mar 17:
6:45 pm Folksingers TOM & DAWN at the Studio City Library, 12511 Moorpark Av, Studio City 91604. Part of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest organization’s “free folk singing” program, a continuing series to promote and advance bluegrass, old-time and folk music in Southern California at Los Angeles City and County Libraries and schools. There is no charge to the library or school and there is no charge for admission to the concerts. The public is welcome to attend all library concerts; school concerts are open to students only. (Hence, school concerts are not listed in the Guide.) To request a program for your library or school, or for information, contact Warren Garfield, Program Coordinator 323-656-5813, or email: warrengar@sbcglobal.net. More at www.topangabanjofiddle.org/FolkSinging/Free_Folk.htm. Free.
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Thu-Mon, Mar 17-21, in Texas:
Annual SXSW (SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST) MUSIC FESTIVAL in Austin, TX.
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Fri, Mar 19:
8 pm CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND plus CHRIS & THOMAS opening, 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.
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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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Mar 20, in Atascadero:
7:30 pm RONNY COX plays Musica Del Rio in Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-466-6941; www.musicadelrio.org. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Annual “WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE” in Miami Beach, FL.
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Annual “MUSIKMESSE FRANKFURT,” in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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Mar 25-28, in Arizona:
Annual “RIP ROARIN' ROUND UP,” at Old Tucson Studios, Tucson, AZ; www.oldtucson.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri, Mar 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON presented by Paniolo Productions with the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) at Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Bl, Encino.
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Sat, Mar 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm The BATTLEFIELD BAND plays the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; www.CarpenterArts.org; 562-985-7000.
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Apr 9 & 10 in Washington state:
Annual “COLUMBIA RIVER COWBOY GATHERING,” at the Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA; www.cowboygettogether.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri, Apr 16; Sat, Apr 17; Tue, Apr 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
THE EAGLES at the Hollywood Bowl – tix on sale now.
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 (Get tix now) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, in the OC:
11 am-3 pm “IMAGINATION CELEBRATION” begins at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach 92651; 949-494-3030.
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Sat, Apr 17 (Get tix now) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Tue, Apr 20:
7 pm THE BRAINSTORMERS play the monthly “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” series, presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California, at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana; 818-705-8870.
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Apr 22-24:
ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC EXPO” in Los Angeles promises “Access to three days of the biggest names in music, the best networking opportunities and in-depth study of today's music industry.” Once you register, you can submit your songs. Info, www.ascap.com/expo
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Sat, Apr 24:
8 pm PRISCILLA HERDMAN plays the Caltech Folk Music Society series on the Caltech campus in Pasadena; http://folkmusic.caltech.edu
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, 2010 (Get discount tix now) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“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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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL” this year with a theme of, “It’s Not Country- It’s Cowboy!” brings great authentic and original Western music from Grammy nominated singer-guitarist DON EDWARDS, Western Music Awards king DAVE STAMEY, SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN, RUSTY RICHARDS (a previous 20-year member of the Sons of the Pioneers), COW BOP, COWBOY CELTIC, THE QUEBE SISTERS, THE SONS AND BROTHERS, JON CHANDLER & THE WICHITONES, top western artist JUNI FISHER, and BRENN HILL, plus cowboy poetry (the event use to be the Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry Festival), with cowboy poet and humorist ANDY NELSON as performer and emcee, and multi-award winning poet YVONNE HOLLENBECK, and meany others, plus a Youth Poetry Round-Up, and individual poetry and trick roping workshops. Ancillary events are taking shape for the 2010 Cowboy Festival, through the week preceding the weekend. More is added as things develop, at www.cowboyfestival.org.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, in Northern Cal:
Annual “GOLD NUGGET DAYS” at the Skyway Rec Center, Paradise, CA. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM performing at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, in Nevada (Tahoe area):
Annual “GENOA COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Genoa, NV; www.genoacowboyfestival.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sat, May 1:
29th annual “CLAREMONT FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL” presented by the Folk Music Center & Museum, and held at Sycamore Elementary School in Claremont, for the 29th Annual Folk Music Festival. Over 20 workshops, 2 live stages featuring fine performers, kids activities and artisans faire and much more. After taking a year’s hiatus, this favorite event is back. Mark your calendars. More details when we get them.
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May 2 & 3, in Missouri:
Annual “SPRING PLANTING FESTIVAL” in Bakersville, MO; www.rareseeds.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sat, May 8:
8 pm RONNY COX plays the Noble House Concert series in Sherman Oaks 91411; 818-780-5979; www.jrp-graphics.com/noblehouse. Reservations get directions, at noblehouseconcerts@acn.net. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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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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May 13-16:
5th Ever L.A. OLD TIME SOCIAL with plenty of old time music performances and workshops and a dance or two. Info at www.triplechickenfoot.com
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Fri, May 14, 2010:
7:30 pm CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR together again at the Hollywood Bowl. They performed together at the Troubadour in the ‘70s and bring that rich history and music to this historic L.A. reunion. Tix at www.ticketmaster.com/Carole-King-James-Taylor-Troubadour-Reunion-tickets/artist/1384600?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
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Sat, May 15:
2 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, “traveling Western folksingers,” at the Santa Monica Main Library’s Outdoor Stage, 601 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica 90401. Part of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest organization’s “free folk singing” program, a continuing series to promote and advance bluegrass, old-time and folk music in Southern California at Los Angeles City and County Libraries and schools. There is no charge to the library or school and there is no charge for admission to the concerts. The public is welcome to attend all library concerts; school concerts are open to students only. (Hence, school concerts are not listed in the Guide.) To request a program for your library or school, or for information, contact Warren Garfield, Program Coordinator 323-656-5813, or email: warrengar@sbcglobal.net. More at www.topangabanjofiddle.org/FolkSinging/Free_Folk.htm. Free.
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Sat, May 15, in the OC:
7:30 pm RONNY COX plays “The Living Tradition” concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., Anaheim; 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com. Tix, $14.
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Sun, May 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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 half-a-century, we expect an event that will be VERY impressive, indeed.
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Tue, May 18:
7 pm THE MILL CREEK play the monthly “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” series, presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California, at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana; 818-705-8870.
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May 22, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “OJAI COWBOY SHOW” features SOURDOUGH SLIM and others in Ojai; info, www.ojaicowboyshow.com. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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May 29 & 30, in Washington state:
Annual “HISTORIC RITZVILLE DAYS WESTERN ART & MUSIC SHOW” in downtown Ritzville, WA; www.ritzvilledowntown.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Jun 12 & 13, in Carson City, Nevada:
Annual “CARSON CITY RENDEZVOUS” in Mills Park, Carson City, NV; www.carsoncityrendezvous.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Jun 15-24 (reserve now):
IRELAND TOUR – tour the Emerald Isle, led by folk musician and renowned actor RONNY COX. Ronny has joined forces with guide and musician Tom Pigott, a true Irishman and alum of many Irish bands (he lives in County Clare), and Enchanted Way Tours, to host this 9-day tour of the west of Ireland. By day, Ronny and his fellow travelers will visit ancient ruins, castles, small fishing villages, the Aran Islands, the horse races, and more. By night they will share music in the local pubs with Irish players. SPACE IS LIMITED - the full itinerary is available at www.ronnycox.com (click on “Tour Ireland with Ronny” on the home page).
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Jun 17-20, in Colorado:
37th Annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Telluride, Colorado, is quite simply one of the best acoustic music festivals in the world. This year’s lineup includes SAM BUSH BAND, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, BÉLA FLECK with ZAKIR HUSSAIN & EDGAR MEYER, THE DEL McCOURY BAND, HOT RIZE, PUNCH BROTHERS featuring CHRIS THILE, LEFTOVER SALMON, TIM O'BRIEN BAND, JERRY DOUGLAS, PETER ROWAN, CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, JOHN COWAN BAND, IMELDA MAY, CADILLAC SKY, MUMFORD & SONS, THE DREPUNG MONKS, SARAH JAROSZ, THE HILLBENDERS, JOSH RITTER BAND, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, the always anticipated TELLURIDE HOUSE BAND featuring SAM BUSH, BÉLA FLECK, JERRY DOUGLAS, EDGAR MEYER, BRYAN SUTTON & STUART DUNCAN, plus plenty more sets day and night by many other acoustic artists who bring music within and well beyond the bluegrass genre. Much more info and links at www.bluegrass.com/telluride. Camping, especially for the closest campgrounds, and the full four-day passes always go quickly; campground spaces and festival tix are now on sale, at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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The festival coincides with the Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. It's a magical time of sun and light, when the high country of Colorado puts away its skis and grabs hiking boots, kayaks, and a low-back festival chair to take in bluegrass and other acoustic music that’s arguably related, but always wonderful.
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This year’s lineup provides another magical four days of only-in-Telluride performances by beloved festival veterans and inspiring new talent. Telluride royalty includes virtuosic bluegrass superpickers, soulful songwriters, and some of the biggest stars in the rootsy Americana landscape.
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The festival is built around the many artists that have defined the Telluride Bluegrass sound. The weekend is sprinkled with inspired sets from Peter Rowan, John Cowan, Sam Bush Band, Béla Fleck (performing in a trio with Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer), and many others, culminating in the epic festival closing set from the Telluride House Band (Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan).
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Del McCoury returns to Telluride to celebrate his 50th year in the music industry. Yonder Mountain String Band celebrates their 11th year; Leftover Salmon celebrates their 20th year as a band - a band that formed in the Town Park campground jams of Telluride Bluegrass. Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile follow-up last year's "Punch Brothers Play & Sing Bluegrass" with a new set of original music.
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Since its very beginning, the festival has embraced a wide swath of roots music to create the unique genre of "Telluride Bluegrass." This year's lineup welcomes Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Dublin's rockabilly superstar Imelda May, London arena-folk quartet Mumford & Sons, and much more.
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The festival is just above the town of Telluride, nestled in the rugged San Juan Mountains at nearly 9,000 feet above the sea, and surrounded on three sides by the natural architecture of the Telluride Box Canyon, Telluride is arguably the most spectacular town in the American West.
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For regulars, who call themselves “festivarians,” Telluride is The Bluegrass Festival. Regulars here include a loyal following of artists, as well. Some cite the “unique thrill” that comes from “performing in front of the smartest, most attentive audience in the country,” as the festival site says. Promoters assert, “Artists are encouraged to take risks in Telluride, and the Festivarian audience [which has its own website] is regularly rewarded with unique blends of voices sharing the stage for the first time - as a new musical friendship cultivated backstage makes its debut on the Telluride stage.”
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Your editor has been there, and all that is true. Telluride lives up to its hype. In fact, it exceeds it.
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With music on the main stage all day, intimate workshops on the Elks Park stage in the middle of town, prestigious band and songwriting contests, late-night Nightgrass concerts at every indoor venue in town, and jam sessions throughout the night in the town’s condos and in the campgrounds near and far (connected by festival bus service), it’s a week of uncommon musical riches.
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Jun 18-20, in Victorville:
Annual “HUCK FINN JUBILEE” at Mojave Narrows Regional Park, 1800 Yates Rd, Victorville 92392; www.huckfinn.com. Advance tix $80 gen’l, $20 if under age 13., and include camping and admission Thursday night through Sunday. Tix available online or by calling 951-780-8810. It’s been named in FolkWorks among the best acoustic music festivals in Southern California. And it’s always a tough choice whether to go to the Huck Finn Jubilee or the Live Oak Music Festival, or split the weekend and go to both.
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The Jubilee includes the “Deering Banjo National Championships.” It’s been featured on TV’s "A World of Festivals" (www.festivals.com/wof). Newsweek named it "One of Eight Great American Festivals,"and it won the IBMA's 2001 "Bluegrass Event of the Year."
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This year’s acts include RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE, MICHAEL CLEVELAND & FLAMEKEEPER, RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT, MARK TWAIN LIVE, and plenty more.
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Sirius XM Radio’s “BLUEGRASS JUNCTION” with Chris Jones will feature the Huck Finn Jubilee during its national broadcast on Jun 19. Chris will conduct interviews and record his popular bluegrass program from the Southwest Bluegrass Association campground on Thursday afternoon, Jun 17, during the Jubilee, for the global satellite broadcast. The SWBA campground is open to any bluegrass association member who purchases weekend camping to the Jubilee.
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Jun 18-20, north of Santa Barbara:
Annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Live Oak Camp, on Hwy 154, in the Santa Ynez Valley, near Lake Cachuma and Goleta; 805-781-3030; www.liveoakfest.org. It’s been named in FolkWorks among the best acoustic music festivals in Southern California. And it’s always a tough choice whether to go to Live Oak or the Huck Finn Jubilee, or split the weekend and go to both.
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This year’s lineup includes THE CHICAGO BLUES REUNION, TERRI HENDRIX WITH LLOYD MAINES, THE DYNAMITES FEATURING CHARLES WALKER, BAKA BEYOND, DR. LONNIE SMITH, VIGNOLA COLLECTIVE, THE SWEETBACK SISTERS, THE SACRED SHAKERS, LOS FABULOCOS, and others tba.
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The Live Oak Music Festival is a three-day concert and camping event held every year on Father’s Day weekend in the hills above Santa Barbara, California. 100% of Live Oak proceeds go to support KCBX Public Radio (www.kcbx.org) an enviably good station (especially for everyone in L.A., where its signal doesn’t reach). KCBX serves a broadcast area of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
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The event’s self-promo is quite accurate: “Live Oak, as it has become affectionately known, is more than just a music festival — it is an experience rooted in music and community. These two elements together create a three-day journey into a timeless place that is far removed from ties and clocks, suits and schedules. The festival features an aural collage of live music ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley, Live Oak comes alive as an outdoor music festival showcasing some of the finest musicians from around the world. The camping experience at Live Oak creates a community of several thousand friendly people that are all doing the same thing — relaxing and having fun in the warm sunshine of June.”
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Jul 18-22, in Colorado:
Annual “ROCKYGRASS ACADEMY” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/rga. Check for open classes at http://shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
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For a week each year before the ROCKYGRASS festival begins, Planet Bluegrass offers their academy, with everything from small classes taught by world-class professional musicians, to sessions on group jamming, vocal coaching, songwriting, one-on-one instruction, and more. The curriculum features a broad variety of electives including learning fiddle tunes, practice techniques, writing instrumentals, accompaniment, improvisation, and musical history. Evenings feature band scrambles, barbecues, and plenty of jamming for novice through advanced ability levels. Many Academy students return year after year, creating long-term relationships with budding musicians from all over the world.
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Instrument Classes are taught by RockyGrass Festival performers - world-class bluegrass musicians representing several generations of the music's history and future. These talented musicians spend the week teaching instrument classes, leading jams, and sharing their wealth of musical experience. Typically, these include three levels of instrument instruction for guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, as well as classes in banjo (Scruggs-style and clawhammer) and dobro.
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Vocal, Songwriting & Traditional Dance Classes are separate course tracks. And there’s a Kids Camp for children (ages 7-14) of registered Academy students, taught by the award-winning Bearfoot, the bluegrass band from Alaska, now in their seventh year of teaching.
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The academy offers a popular “Instrument Building Experience” where a few lucky participants have the chance to walk away with a hand-built instrument in just four days. All the instrument kits allow students to sample a variety of building techniques and materials during the process. Along with the mandolin family of instruments, this year offers two mandolin building graduates the chance to build a travel guitar. For the mandos, no building experience is required, just a good attitude and focus. The “Experience” has produced over 160 instruments built to date.
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Of course, if you go, you’ll surely want to stay for the ROCKYGRASS Festival, on the following three days. (See the Guide’s Jul 23-25 listing.)
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Jul 23-25, in Colorado:
38 th annual “ROCKYGRASS” traditional bluegrass festival with DOC WATSON & DAVID HOLT, SAM BUSH BLUEGRASS BAND, TONY RICE UNIT, JESSE MCREYNOLDS & BOBBY OSBORNE, THE TRAVELIN' McCOURYS WITH TONY RICE, INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, THE SELDOM SCENE, SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111, BEARFOOT, MARK JOHNSON & EMORY LESTER, THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS, 49 SPECIAL, and more still to be announced, on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/rockygrass
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RockyGrass is held at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, Colorado - located along the wooded banks of the beautiful St. Vrain River, with sandy beaches accessible from the festival site. The historic quarry town of Lyons is 15 miles north of Boulder in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The town is known for its antique stores, restaurants, artists, and musicians. Numerous camping options nearby include on-site at the festival grounds, under the cliffs at Meadow Park (a quick five-minute walk from the festival), or at the Olson Campground (a 10-minute walk or via the free shuttle buses).
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Three-day passes and camping are on sale now, at http://shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
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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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Includes the annual “FRINGE FESTIVAL” with numerous 55 minute sets of “compelling, risky, experimental, and work-in-progress storytelling, with folktales, autobiography, performance art, stand-up, puppetry, dance and favorite long form stories.”
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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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Aug 1-5:
2010 “AMERICAN RIVER ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP” in Northern California – info at www.americanriveracoustic.org and info@americanriverfolk.org
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Aug 8-12, in Colorado:
13th Annual “SONG SCHOOL” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/songschool. Immediately precedes the 20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” on the same site.
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It’s “a place where you can explore and grow every aspect of your song-writing and creativity: melody, lyrics, performance, voice, story, guitar techniques… a place where you receive professional feedback, music business and recording tips.”
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It draws songwriters from around the country from beginners to professionals with busy tour schedules. Producers say, “We do it in community… bringing songwriting and creativity together …based on our shared love of music and support for each other.”
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The faculty includes internationally known songwriters, actors, music professionals, and songwriting peers who share their expertise on the art, craft and business of songwriting. Past instructors have included Josh Ritter, Melissa Ferrick, Peter Himmelman, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Zoe Lewis, Catie Curtis, Pat Pattison, Vance Gilbert, Steve Seskin, and many others. The program is elective-based and designed to be flexible, allowing students to focus on a variety of topics. A typical day offers early morning stretching followed by electives in performance, vocals, guitar, music business, and specialized topics. After a lunch break, choose a three-hour workshop on creative songwriting with one of seven instructors followed by another elective period. After dinner, students perform songs for each other in the ranch’s new Wildflower Pavilion and retire to the campground for song-sharing late into the night.
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Tuition includes four days and nights of workshops, open stages and campfire jams as well as on-site camping, BBQs, and a resource manual. Registration and info at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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Aug 13-15, in Colorado:
20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” with ANI DiFRANCO, THE SWELL SEASON, RICHARD THOMPSON, GREG BROWN, THE WAIFS, MARC COHN, DAVID WILCOX, DARRELL SCOTT, LIZ LONGLEY, and more still to be announced, on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/folks.
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It's been twenty years since the first, modest, "summit on the song" in Estes Park. During that time the festival has moved to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, where it’s grown and developed, while remaining true to the producers’ initial vision for spending a glorious Colorado summer weekend celebrating stories and songs - from around the musical and geographic world.
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The festival opens with the prestigious “Folks Songwriter Showcase,” where a juried group of the most gifted new songwriters from around the world compete for a spot in the 2010 lineup. Songwriting workshops continue throughout the festival in the intimacy of the new Wildflower Pavilion. Music runs on the main stage from morning 'til after 10 pm each night, reinforced through a sound system the festival claims is “the best at any festival in the country.”
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Pack a picnic - you're welcome to bring in food and drinks, just no alcohol or glass. Or enjoy a wide variety of food options, from fish tacos to ice cream, dumplings to BBQ, from festival food vendors, as well as beer and wine, and free filtered local water. Numerous camping options nearby include on-site at the festival grounds or under the cliffs at Meadow Park, a quick five-minute walk to the festival. Parking is available at the Olson Property, a 10-minute walk or free shuttle bus ride to the festival grounds. Camping and festival tix are available at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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Oct 28-Nov 1, in Denmark:
Annual “WOMEX - the World Music Expo,” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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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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