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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, Jan 12 through 18 edition

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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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JANUARY 12 through 18, 2010
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Check out who is performing live, and where, right here in the Guide. You’ll find our festival and “Best Out-of-Town” listings, plus all the Los Angeles-region acoustic club gigs and coffeehouse shows and big venue concerts and musical forays and escapades and outbursts and demonstrations and idyllic sojourns, all in their almost unbelievable abundance, with generous descriptions. And don’t be a hoarder ~ send your friends to check it out, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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Fresh NEWS FEATURES
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1) WATCH A DREAM SHOW, WITH AN ORCHESTRA BACKING SIMON LYNGE
Simon Lynge is phenomenal, as you know if you’ve seen him perform. He’s folk Americana, and he belongs to the world. Born in Iceland, raised there and in Denmark, he speaks English better than most Americans, and his songwriting is first-rate. And his singing voice is one for the ages, in a league with Sinatra, Mel Torme, and whoever else you think belongs there.
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Simon says, “On December 22nd I had the honor of performing with a full orchestra on DR1 Live TV in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was in DR's beautiful new concert hall for a live audience of 1800 people and it was broadcast simultaneously in Denmark and Greenland, prime time 8 pm. In Denmark the show had 646,000 viewers!” Learn more at www.myspace.com/simonlynge and watch two eye-popping videos of the concert:
“The Future” - www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPAslxYT6TI
“Love Comes Back to You” - www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7woPCRj8G4
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2) TACO TRUCKS, NEW L.A. PHENOM, COOPERATING WITH MUSIC VENUE
Where else but Los Angeles would a “Korean Taco” become the trendy, obsessively sought-after cuisine, and something that’s available only from catering trucks that are avidly pursued all over town by aficionados of the food truck nouveau phenomenon? Seems like only yesterday that the trucks were denigrated as “roach coaches.” But those days are gone. The trucks are so popular that most venues that serve food try to chase them away for cutting into brick-and-mortar establishments’ business.
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But the latest blast from the Coffee Gallery Backstage (the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue) says “The taco trucks are coming. By appointment with us. We do this for you even though we get none of the money. We even supply entertainment in the lobby. Come and hang out around a food truck. Everyone is doing it. Eat your tacos in the Coffee Gallery while we entertain you with music and our inane chatter. Learn to be a slacker, enjoy life more and live like a Bohemian. Wow, man, fish tacos. Or sushi.”
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The FishLips Sushi truck will be outside the venue on Tuesday, Jan 14, 6-10:30 pm. Kogi BBQ will be there Friday, Jan 15, from 10:30 pm-1 am. The Fishlips truck's website is www.fishlips-sushi.com and Kogi is at www.kogibbq.com. The Coffee Gallery Backstage is located at 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena. Splendid shows are in the Backstage both nights; and in addition the new weekly “Laptop Lyrics Singalong” on the “Front Stage” is free on Wednesday. All are described in the Guide’s listings. There’s more info at www.coffeegallery.com.
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While we’re discussing all the activity related to the Coffee Gallery / Coffee Gallery Backstage, we can’t neglect The Fork. If you missed the Guide’s feature on the eighteen-foot-high “Fork in the Road,” it’s the guerilla art installation dedicated as a birthday present to Coffee Gallery Backstage impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob Stane. It’s a few miles away, at, well, a fork in the road. Literally and figuratively.
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You can learn about The Fork, and keep up with the charitable pursuits (and other antics) of the “Forkians” at a new site, www.theforkintheroadgang.com, established by artist/art teacher Donna Barnes Roberts. In addition, Donna has a blog about "What You Missed at The Coffee Gallery Backstage," at www.coffeegallerybackstage.blogspot.com.
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3) MUSICIAN SAM WEISER, YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST, DONATES DEBUT CD PROCEEDS TO DANIEL PEARL FOUNDATION…
Sam Weiser, fifteen-year-old violin prodigy from Connecticut, is donating the profits from his debut album “Sam I Am,“ to be released Feb 16 on Disappear Records, to honor the memory of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.
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A talented musician in his own right, Pearl played several instruments, including the violin, and was well known in Southern Cal music circles. The annual “Daniel Pearl World Music Day” in October always includes the “Taste of Folk Music / Taste of Encino,” an event covered every year in the Guide. Pearl was brutally and hideously slain by terrorists in Iraq, after being lured into an interview by one of the factions there who perverts the religion they espouse. While his death outraged the world, it is his life that the world celebrates through his foundation, including young musician Sam Weiser.
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4) FREE FOLK MUSIC FOR YOUR LIBRARY OR SCHOOL
It’s 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 invited to attend library concerts, but school concerts are for students only. (Hence, their library concerts are in the Guide, but their school concert schedule is not.)
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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.
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Library concerts currently scheduled, and listed in the Guide, are “GIGI & MIKE'S SING-A-LONG” at Granada Hills Library, Sat, Jan 30, at 4 pm; Folksingers TOM & DAWN at the Studio City Library, Wed, Mar 17, at 6:45 pm; and, FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, “traveling Western folksingers,” at the Santa Monica Main Library’s Outdoor Stage, Sat, May 15, at 2 pm. More at www.topangabanjofiddle.org/FolkSinging/Free_Folk.htm. All shows in the series are free.
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5) YOU CAN GET ANYTHING YOU WANT AT THE GUTHRIE CENTER (EXCEPTING ALICE)…
The forwarded commentary we received observes, “Arlo founded the Guthrie Center in the old church where Alice and Ray lived, where the Thanksgiving-dinner-that-couldn't-be-beat was held, which generated the half ton of garbage and the subsequent trial, with the twenty-seven 8 x 10 glossy photographs with the circles and arrows, and the judge with the seeing eye dog, and a typical case of American blind justice. The Guthrie [Center] does church stuff like the marrying and the burying. And a wide range of community services. It's a bring-your-own-religion church. Please vote early and often.”
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While the story itself is quite anticlimactic to what it’s all about – that being an email from the Guthrie Foundation – the commentary is just too precious. So, what brought it about? An email from the Guthrie titled, “JOIN THE EXCITEMENT,” that encourages supporters to vote online to determine the recipient of a Berkshire Bank Foundation $5000 grant to a non-profit in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The grant will be awarded based on the highest number of votes received during the voting period of November 13, 2009-January 31, 2010. You can get all the info from the The Guthrie Center, 4 Van Deusenville Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230;
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6) L.A. OUTDOOR ICE SKATING / MUSIC VENUE ENDS SEASON ON JAN 18
The “DOWNTOWN ON ICE” lunchtime concert series at Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90013, presents a variety of acts on its stage, together with evening concerts. We cover the acoustic shows; you can learn about the other offerings at www.laparks.org. But every day during the outdoor ice rink season, you can skate, very affordably. And if you ride the Red Line subway you can avoid expensive downtown parking. Weekdays, you can grab a take-out lunch or early dinner at any of numerous nearby eateries. Ice skating is available daily (including holidays), Nov 19-Jan 18 for $6 (+$2 skate rental, if you need them). It’s “the coolest way to add a little winter chill to the holidays without spending a lot of money.” Concerts are free. But it all ends soon.
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7) DESIGNS SOUGHT FOR TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest is soliciting graphic artists to submit graphic designs for their 2010 event. Accepted entries may be used on T-shirts, posters, souvenir items or for advertising.
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Creators of winning designs receive free contest / folk festival event admissions, T-shirts, receive honors in the program and on the main stage, and be eligible for a nominal cash award. Designs should contain a banjo or fiddle or both, the year 2010 or date (May 16, 2010), “50th Annual,” “Topanga Banjo(bullet)Fiddle Contest” and “Paramount Ranch.”
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Optionally, other instruments, other original musical graphics, “Agoura Hills, CA,“ “www.TopangaBanjoFiddle.org” or other items or text of your choosing may be used.
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Entries must be received by Feb 28, 2010. All entries become the property of The Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest. They ask that you “Remember, the simpler the design the better it will screen print.” Be sure to include your contact information, and submit any questions, and your entries - as graphics files, preferably Adobe PSD - to graphics@topangabanjofiddle.org
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8) CHE ZURO’s INDIE RADIO NEWS
You can now download or stream CHE ZURO’s indie music-interview Saturday radio show. Che says the last edition “was an interesting cover tune show, featuring artists like Cindy Alexander, Chris Burgan, Buzz Clic Adventure, and the Sahnas Brothers.” It’s now available whenever you want it at http://secondhour.blogspot.com or http://feeds2.feedburner.com/TheSecondHour.
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You can catch a performance by Utah-based musician CHE ZURO on Wed, Jan 13, with COWSPACE, at Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey; see the Guide’s listing.
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9) A THOUGHT TO REMEMBER AS WE BEGIN THE NEW YEAR
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou.
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Maya Angelou is a Poet Laureate of the United States, and she recited a poem at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton.
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Your editor, and many others in the music community, find fresh significance in her words as we remember some of the wonderfully talented musicians we lost in 2009, including CURLY MUSGRAVE, FRED STARNER, and AMY FARRIS. Each of them left us with a legacy of how they made us feel when we heard their music. Their music brings some tears now, but it will always have the power to remind us of how it made us feel from the first time we heard them.
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May we all be mindful of Angelou’s observation as artists, and humans, as we conduct our daily lives.
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Recent NEWS FEATURES…
From the Jan 3 to 11 edition at are available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/01/acoustic-americana-music-guide-jan-3-to.html
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Recent NEWS FEATURES…
From the Guide’s Dec 24 through 31 edition, are available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/12/acoustic-americana-music-guide-dec-24.html
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"Art is about PASSION. And passion is beyond reason." -- Donna Barnes-Roberts
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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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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12
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(1) Tuesday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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Is on live web TV, 7-9 pm ~ “FURIOUS WORLD” with PETER HIMMELMAN and performing guest PHIL CODY is available at www.peterhimmelman.com.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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RADIO: Tue, Jan 12, 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: Tue, Jan 12, 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: Tue, Jan 12, Mon-Fri, on web radio:
9-11 am “THE THOMAS MILLER SHOW” is internet radio from L.A. that features unsigned indie musicians, some acoustic, some electric. In Jan 2010, Mother Hen joins as co-host and the show will expand hours and move to a different studio. Info and listen on-line at www.thomasmillershow.com
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WEB TV: Tue, Jan 12, every Tue, on web video; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7-9 pm “FURIOUS WORLD” with PETER HIMMELMAN is a live weekly performance webcast with musical guests and an archive, available at www.peterhimmelman.com.
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PHIL CODY (www.myspace.com/philcody) is Peter’s guest on Jan 12. Performing Songwriter magazine writes, "It's Cody's workmanlike guitar playing, soaring harmonies and twang-tinged voice that carry the day. When he sings on City of Destruction that he's gonna build himself a future, it seems a sure bet he's right."
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(3) Tuesday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
~ beyond the region covered by the Guide’s usual listings:
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None reported. Everything wonderful seems to be happening in and around L.A.!
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(4) Tuesday’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) Tuesday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Tue, Jan 12, every week; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week:
4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week:
6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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Tue, Jan 12, every week:
6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week:
6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week; in Menifee:
6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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Tue, Jan 12, every Tue:
6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week; in the Inland Empire:
7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week, in Palmdale:
7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week; in Tehachapi:
CANCELLED; VENUE HAS CLOSED: 7-10 pm “ACOUSTIC JAM” at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "All unplugged acoustic players." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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Tue, Jan 12, every Tue:
“ACOUSTIC TUESDAY NIGHTS” at Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N El Centro Av (betw Selma & Hollywood Bl), Hollywood; www.myspace.com/cranestavern. More at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=9856844&blogId=470963380
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Tue, Jan 12, second Tue, every month:
7:30-8:30 pm “SONGSALIVE L.A. / SHOUT IT OUT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Hosted by Bob Leggett. Four performers in a song circle, each plays three songs in a round. Songsalive members get preference. Artists may have other musicians play with or for them (i.e. if primarily a singer not a musician). Artists may apply online at the Songsalive Showcase application page, www.songsalive.org/showcases. Cover is $8, or $5 with flyer from website www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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Tue, Jan 12, recurring:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Tue, Jan 12:
8 pm. ODD'S BODKIN at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917.
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Your editor wants you to know that when ODD’S BODKIN palyed here last time, new band member BIANCA FERGUSON stole the show. She’s a musician that bears watching, in and out of this band.
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ODD’S BODKIN plays original and traditional music in a Celtic-Gypsy-Folk-Appalachian style on fiddle, whistle, mandolin, guitar, flute, bass and drums. Lead vocalists Bianca Ferguson and Kenny Klein bring their vocal blend to songs of myth, longing, love and the evils of dating goth girls. Joined by bassist Anna Klein and drummer Jesse Anatole, a traditional Celtic and roots rhythm underlies melodic blends both traditional and odd. Odd's Bodkin has played across the U.S. and Canada, at such venues as the Southern California Reniaissance Faire, Bristol Renaissance Faire, the Starwood Festival, the Turtle Hill Events Center, GenCon (the world's largest gaming convention...how do you think Kenny learned the evils of dating goth girls?), Cornstalk Music Festival, and the Northern California Renaissance festival.
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Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob Stane says, “Second time back. This is an evening of Faerie Lore, strange love, and Celtic myth. ODD'S BODKIN has that ‘something different’ that gets under your skin. Bianca will do The Klingon Drinking Song and maybe more. At the end of the drinking song you will want to control the universe. We will help you. We can do it together. Fun.” Tix, $15.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week:
8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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Tue, Jan 12, second and fourth Tue, every month:
8 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL MCCARTHY the second and fourth Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm; you can sign-up in advance at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid .
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Tue, Jan 12, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, Jan 12, every week; in Laguna Beach:
8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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Tue, Jan 12, every Tue:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Tue, Jan 12, every Tue:
9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Each night brings different styles and genres:
Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
Sunday - “Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, World Music” night, 8 pm-11:30 am
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All shows are $10 cover.
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(1) Wednesday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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7:30 pm THE JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House in Covina.
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8 pm GONZALO BERAGA QUARTET at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8-11 pm THE BELIEVERS from Tennessee join the SONG SIRENS at Café 322 in Sierra Madre.
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9 pm THOMAS LEEB, in town for the NAMM Show, performs on the main stage in the Marriott Hotel Lobby in Anaheim.
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RADIO: Wed, Jan 13, 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: Wed; Jan 13, 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: Wed, Jan 13, 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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Wed, Jan 13, every Wed, in Yucaipa:
12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30 pm “STORY TIME FUN LAND” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. “StoryTimeFunLand” is an interactive music and story telling hour for the toddler set, and Café specials are featured for the hour.

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MOVED TO FRIDAYS: 5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm.
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Wed, Jan 13, 2nd & 4th Wed every month; in Lancaster:
6 pm UKULELE CLUB at Nick’s Pizza, 43755 15th St West, Lancaster. Uke players begin arriving about 5 pm, meeting starts at 6 pm. Newcomers welcome.
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6:30 pm “TWICE-A-MONTH BLUEGRASS JAM” new for ’09, at Robano's Italian Pizza Kitchen, 10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602. (It’s S of Magnolia, W of Buena Vista, E of Cahuenga.) Jam is in the room behind the bar area. Hosted by Paddy Hill, who wants us to tell you, “All players welcome. Please plan to buy a beer or appetizer (from $5) to get the owner enthusiastic, or better still, a full meal from $9.” Info, contact Paddy Hill at paddyh036@gmail.com. First date for event is Feb 11. No cover.
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Wed, Jan 13, every Wed (extended indefinitely):
7-9 pm “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue as “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” Each week’s guest artists are revealed on the venue’s website. DAVE MORRISON, SEVERIN BROWNE, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & LUKE HALPIN, and numerous other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and his originals have been recorded by Suzy Boggus and the late Johnny Cash. Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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7-10:30 pm monthly “LAWIM SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” (formerly the Soiree) is Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) evening of music at the M Bar, 1253 Vine St (at Fountain), Hollywood 90038; 323-856-0036. Info, info@lawim.com. A respectful “listening room” environment is provided for the performances, and there are plenty of industry networking opportunities before and after. Its predecessor, the Soiree, was co-winner in FolkWorks’ “Best of 2008 / Top Ten” for best monthly listening room, and called "An invigorating evening that proves there is art in Los Angeles after all" by Tom Kidd in Music Connection Magazine. Hosted by multi-platinum songwriter-recording artist HARRIET SCHOCK. Valet parking is $4.50 when it operates (sporadically), or there’s free street parking, if you can find it. Full bar available, and there is a $10 minimum on food (the buffet dinner no longer operates). The showcase is held in a respectful “listening room” atmosphere, from 8-10 pm. Reservations are no longer taken; just get there promptly for a seat. $10 cover, plus restaurant minimum.
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7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. All ages, no cover.
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7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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Wed, Jan 13, 2nd & 4th Wed, every month; in Lompoc:
7-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Southside Coffee Co, 105 S "H" St, Lompoc. Info, call Bill, 805-736-8241.
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Wed, Jan 13, 2nd Wed, every month, in the OC:
7 pm “MUCKENTELLERS” at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2 1/2 mi N of the 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org. Hear the best of Nationally known spoken word artists with adult stories. This year featuring strong Women of Words. Opens at 7 pm with a story swap open mic for amateurs. Tix, $5 & $10.
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7-10 pm (started Jan 7) “KULAK'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Marc Platt wrote, for Music Connection, “Your Wednesday Nights will never be the same after participating in this Group Workshop. The weekly cost is $20, which goes to Kulak’s to help pay the rent. The Workshop… is open to the public for the first four weeks. We will then set our 12-person group writing roster until the end of March. The workshop will be limited to 12 writers. We will break up into groups and work on many styles, genres and topics. You will find it challenging and exhilarating. You can bring instruments and will need to have your own small recording device, as well as a pen and notepad. Marc Platt (from the Sunday Night Performance Workshop) will facilitate with help from Steve Schalchlin. Marc has written music for TV Shows like ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ and others for many years. Steve Schalchlin ran similar workshops for the NAS (National Academy of Songwriters) in the 1990s and is a very accomplished songwriter. His ‘New World Waking’ show is currently running in San Francisco. If you are interested, please email Marc Platt at rotn60@aol.com.”
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CANCELLED; VENUE HAS CLOSED: 7-10 pm OPEN MIC at Mama HillyBeans Coffee & Community, 426 E Tehachapi Bl, Tehachapi; 661-822-BEAN; www.mamahillybeans.com. They welcome "musicians, poets, writers, thinkers, and audiences." Venue has great ambience, food "made from scratch and about 95% organic." No cover.
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7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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Wed, Jan 13, every Wed:
7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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Wed, Jan 13, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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Wed, Jan 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm THE JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. JOHN JORGENSON is celebrated as one of the world’s finest Django-style gypsy jazz guitarists and the group’s recordings have been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at http://johnjorgenson.com. Tix, $20.
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Wed, Jan 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm GONZALO BERAGA QUARTET at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, with traditional jazz elements and a hint of Gonzato’s native land Buenos Aires.
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Together, the quartet brings passionate, virtuoso guitar, incredible clarinet player Rob Hardt, and a fine rhtyhm section. After touring the world extensively next to the John Jorgenson Quintet, native argentinian Gonzalo Bergara is presenting his new CD “Porteña Soledad” with glowing international reviews. Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17, he was already fronting his own blues trio on national television. Gonzalo has performed all over the world inlcuding Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and all of the US. Festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz fest, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suev guitar fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, all fo the Django Fests in the US and lots lots more.
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Gonzalo’s new CD “Porteña Soledad” was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, while Vintage Guitar Magazine called it “a masterpiece.” Joining lead guitarist Gonzalo in the quartet are Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Rob Hardt on clarinet and tenor saxophone, and David Tranchina on upright bass. Tix, $15.
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Wed, Jan 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-11 pm THE BELIEVERS from Tennessee join the SONG SIRENS monthly residency tonight only at Café 322, 322 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-836-5414; www.cafe322.com. SONG SIRENS are the delightful ensemble of singer-songwriters Gia Ciambotti, Nicole Gordon, Claire Holley, Kristin Mooney, Carl Byron and Bliss Bowen. They tell us that they “scattered in myriad directions for the holiday season, but are gathering once again for our monthly gig at Café 322. Our special guests will be THE BELIEVERS (Craig Aspen & Cyd Frazzini), who'll be escaping the Tennessee cold for a few days so they can soak up some Cali sun. Please join us as we kick off 2010 with a joyful noise!” More at www.myspace.com/songsirens, www.reverbnation.com/songsirens and www.myspace.com/thebelieversmusic. Venue has a restaurant menu and full bar, free parking in back or on the street in front. No cover.
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Wed, Jan 13, 2nd Wed every month:
8 pm HOLLYWOOD HOT-SHOTS bring charming music of the ‘20s & ‘30s, to the Steve Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Bl (x-from Barnsdale Park), Hollywood; 323-666-4268; www.steveallentheater.com. Get tix at 800-595-4-TIX, and there’s more about this monthly show at www.steveallentheater.com/hotshots. It’s JOHN REYNOLDS and his washboard playing brother, RALF REYNOLDS, plus an always surprising assortment of guests for an evening of "upstairs" hot jazz, with plenty of Django-style jazz. Guests include performers who have previously worked with THELONIOUS MONK and BENNY GOODMAN. $10.
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8 pm CHE ZURO plus COWSPACE at Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Bl, Marina Del Rey 90292; www.brennanspub-la.com.
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Che has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and she tells us, “I open the night with a 45-60 minute set, then COWSPACE arrives with their awesome music. It’s 2-for-1 burger night.” Full bar, 21+ only (no kids). No cover.
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Wed, Jan 13, every Wed:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with Dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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8 pm “LAPTOP LYRIC SING ALONG” on the Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917; www.coffeegallery.com. Donna Barnes-Roberts says, “Now, what makes this SingALong special is that we are using everyone's laptops to show the lyrics we want to sing!” She’s started a blog, www.cgsingalong.blogspot.com with songs that may be chosen, including links to the lyrics on the web. Donna adds, “That way, everyone who brings a laptop with WiFi can see the lyrics we are singing.”
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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8:30-11:30 pm “WEDNESDAY NITES JAM JUICERS with Trio Accompaniment” series at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243. Venue has award-winning Southern Italian cuisine, plenty of free parking; newest home for the long-running weekly series formerly at the Sportsman’s Lodge (then elsewhere); hosted by CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA of the California Pop & Jazz Council (www.capopandjazzcouncil.com). Cathy says, “Amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes, old friends and new ones, and frequented by the many members of the California Pop & Jazz Council.” Food available entire night. No cover.
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Wed, Jan 13, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 pm THOMAS LEEB, in town for the NAMM Show, performs on the main stage in the Marriott Hotel Lobby in Anaheim. Find him at the show performing in the Lowden Guitars Booth, #1620, Hall E. More at www.thomasleeb.com
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9 pm JINX at Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood 91602. Not part of Citywalk, and you can park free on the street at the venue. JINX is an acoustic indie singer-songwriter, and he tells us, “I am starting pre-production on my next CD ‘The Recession Songs,’ a group of songs about life and love in this big world during this era. Some rock, some blues, some country, it's all in there. My first CD is still available on Itunes at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jinxtunes and is also there for download. I have been getting really fun responses from people about the Fall Tour video that I posted last month, so if you haven't seen it please check it out. It has 2 new singles of mine and 3 great songs by my friends Jezzebelle from Dublin.”
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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, at various venues in and around Morro Bay, Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17; see “Best Out of Town” Events.
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7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists JOHN RHYS and LILY WILSON, at Arnie's Café in Tujunga.
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8 pm NATHAN ROGERS son of Canadian folk icon Stan Rogers, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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RADIO: Thu, Jan 14, 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: Thu, Jan 14, 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: Thu, Jan 14, Mon-Fri, on web radio:
9-11 am “THE THOMAS MILLER SHOW” is internet radio from L.A. that features unsigned indie musicians, some acoustic, some electric. In Jan 2010, Mothern Hen joins ass co-host and the show will expand its hours and move to a different studio. Info and listen on-line at www.thomasmillershow.com
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WEB TV: Thu, Jan 14, every Thu; 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: Thu, Jan 14, every Thu; on web radio:
9 pm “FREIGHT TRAIN BOOGIE” radio show from Northern Cal, on KRCB 90.9 and 91.1 FM on Sonoma County’s only public radio station; features live performance-interviews; simulcast on the web at www.krcb.org/listen/listen.html. You can ask the host or the guests questions or make comments at frater@freighttrainboogie.com.
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(3) Thursday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17, on California’s Central Coast; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, presented by the Boutique Hotel Collection, and venues include The Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, SeaVenture Resort, Inn at Morro Bay, and Apple Farm Inn. Each of the 5 properties offers special packages for the festival.
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Honoring the American heritage of music, food and art, the festival celebrates California’s music tradition with four days of Americana-themed events featuring live music, “heritage-inspired food and drink created by premier local chefs,” and original artwork and artists.
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Stuart Mason of MOLLY’S REVENGE (they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”) tells us, “Come get a taste of American music and Central Coast cuisine with a variety of culinary, cultural and musical events at five different venues around the beautiful Central Coast. A portion of the proceeds from The Americana Festival 2010 (including all CD sales) go to The Hospice of San Luis Obispo County Supportive Music Program.” For a full schedule of events, go to http://sloamericanafestival.com.
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Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17, on California’s Central Coast; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, is described in the “Best Out-of-Town” Events section, above…
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Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17, in the OC:
Annual “NAMM SHOW” (National Association of Music Manufacturers) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim. The ENORMOUS industry-only event takes-over the entire convention center and features hundreds of musicians performing in some of the thousands of exhibitor booths, in addition to publicly-accessible performances in nearby hotels and other venues.
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(5) Thursday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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Thu, Jan 14, Wed & Thu, every week; near Santa Barbara:
4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Wed’s include BBQ; Thu’s are a “Mountain Fiddle Hootenanny.” Both hosted by MARK LEWIS. More at www.paradisestoresb.com/entertainment.asp?cmth=2&cyer=2009
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu: in Santa Barbara:
5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
6-9 pm “BURGERS, BEER, & BLUES” series brings good acoustic blues performers to the tent adjacent to the weekly South Pasadena Farmer’s Market, sponsored by and directly outside the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com.
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Thu, Jan 14, 2nd and 4th Thu, every month; in Ventura:
6-9:30 pm “ZOEY'S JAM” at Zoey’s, 451 E Main St, Ventura. 805-658-8311. Hosted by Gene Rubin, who says, “Check-out Ventura's Bluegrass Jam website, at http://home.earthlink.net/~generubinaudio/index.html. All skills welcome, friendly folks, great food and drink, and even better jammin'. Generally we number 25 to 35 musicians. We now have additional space for even more jam circles. Spectators are appreciated and welcome.” Contact Gene with your email address to receive regular reminders and details: 805-658-8311 or generubinaudio@earthlink.net.
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Thu, Jan 14, recurring; in Idyllwild:
6-9 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & KEVIN HAMBY at Café Aroma, 54750 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild; 951-659-5212. Acoustic blues, bluegrass, swing, folk, more; Sandii Castleberry with guitar, vocals, harmonica; Kevin Hamby on bass, vocals.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu; tonight it’s a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists JOHN RHYS and LILY WILSON, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe.
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LILY WILSON is a delightful acoustic singer-songwriter with fine originals and a marvelous voice. She often performs and records with MELISSA ETHERIDGE, and she’s played live, twice, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where she earned “Listener Favorite” honors.
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DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes) describes the scene as, “This bass player-songwriter MARK GOLDBERG hosts a fantastic Americana Songwriter Showcase, many times with name songwriters. I try to go as often as possible, because it's always good.” Venue serves Italian food, good coffeehouse treats and beverages. You can bring your own wine with no corking charge. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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7-10 pm “FLAMENCO GUITAR NIGHT” with award-winning flamenco guitarist STEPHEN DICK at Manchego Food From Spain Restaurant, 2510 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-450-3900; www.manchegoonmain.com. Venue serves great tapas and Spanish dinner plates in an elegant and intimate space. STEPHEN DICK - "Esteban de Los Angeles" - has won numerous prizes for his compositions and performances, including an award from the Sur Jerez Flamenco Competition in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for his original 1st album, "Naranjas Amargas." A versatile artist, he is the winner of the Peter Frampton award for excellence in contemporary music, and his compositions for the guitar have been published in Italy, and in the US by Columbia Music Company. He won the Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for his "Sonatina for Solo Guitar," and a Meet the Composer's grant for his realization of Federico GarcÃa Lorca's romantic ballad, "Romance Sonambulo." He a 2008/2009 winner of a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and US Universities for a new flamenco concert featuring GarciaLorca's mystical lullaby, "Nana del Caballo Grande."
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu; in Lancaster:
7-10 pm “CEDAR OPEN MIC” at Cedar Center, 44345 Cedar Av (at Lancaster Bl), Lancaster 93534; www.myspace.com/cedarcenteropenmic. Hosted by Ms. Shell Marie and Cleen. It’s open to all ages, however there is no censorship rule. It welcomes poets, spoken word, “freestylers,” and acoustic musicians. Free.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
OPEN MIC / SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at Primo Pizza, 28200 Bouquet Cyn Rd, Saugus. Mike Dill hosts. He's a fine fingerstyle blues picker.
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Thu, Jan 14, 2nd Thu, every month:
7:30-10:30 pm monthly “NSAI SONGWRITER’S NIGHT” at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. NSAI Is the Nashville Songwriters Association International. STEVEN BEOUGHER is the host. The first round of songwriters, at 7:30, is usually three artists. At 8:30 is a featured songwriter for an hour-long set. About 9:45, the 2nd round of songwriters is three more artists. Severin Browne says, “This is a great opportunity to hear some great songwriting in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.” Venue has coffeehouse fare and good salads and sandwiches.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
7:30 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu, in Temecula:
7:30 “JAZZ AT THE MERC” series hosted by SHERRY WILLIAMS at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Thursday, the audience is treated to a different jazz group in the intimate space known as "The Merc." One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Info, schedules, www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/presents/merc.aspx
Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Thu, Jan 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm NATHAN ROGERS son of the iconic Stan Rogers, 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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NATHAN ROGERS has, as venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob Stane observes, “A huge career of his own.” Son of the late Canadian folk legend Stan Rogers, Nathan’s performance style leaves his audiences wondering where the rest of the band is hiding. Singing, chanting, playing the guitar and stomping, he fills any stage with “magnificent powerfully clear lyrics and arrangements.”
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Described as “intelligent and witty,” Nathan will “move men and women to tears with his sound and conviction.” Some say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future, Nathan Rogers isn’t entirely sure what “it” is - singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat-chanter, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator. Whatever it may be, “Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.”
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Like many, it all started at home - but what a unique home it was. Nathan’s first experience picking up the guitar was an attempt to copy the challenging riffs his brother David created after studying with celebrated virtuosos Don Ross and Preston Reed. His sister Beth demanded perfection in all vocals as any self-exacting classical voice teacher would, while his mother initiated him into the business side of the music industry. His father and uncle informed both his writing style and an ethos of Canadian people that shines in his lyrics. Nathan has already created a significant niche for himself in the world of acoustic music. Tix, $15.
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Thu, Jan 14, Thu & Fri, every week:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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8 pm “MUCK AFTER DARK” cabaret & “new vaudeville” for kids over 17, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2.5 mi N of 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; info & tix, 866-411-1212; www.TheMuck.org - info@TheMuck.org. Tix, $5 & $10.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
CALJAS ARTISTS WEEKLY JAZZ PERFORMANCE NIGHT at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. It’s a new venue, said to be beautiful, serving food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy. The venue is part of the newly-renovated Claremont Packing House. Proprietress Nancy Tessier’s father, Refugio "Coco" Lopez, plays alto, and she wanted her club to feature an array of jazz singers. This led to a fortuitous connection with Dale Boatman, founder and president of the California Jazz Arts Society. CalJAS is a powerful force in bringing some of the best jazz artists in Southern California, especially singers, to restaurants, clubs and other performance spaces in eastern Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, an area that previously had relatively few opportunities for jazz musicians to perform.
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Thu, Jan 14, every Thu:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-8:30 pm. Happy hour 4-7 pm, M-F. No cover.
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Thu, Jan 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 pm TED RUSSEL KAMP at The Cinema Bar, 3967 N Sepulveda Bl, Culver City. We recently received news that Ted Russell Kamp's "Poor Man's Paradise" was listed on the American Music Association's “Top 100 Album Chart” for 2009. Tonight’s gig is his L.A. show before leaving on his European tour. He’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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”The Workingman's musician,” Ted Russell Kamp has three US dates in Texas and just one in his hometown of L.A. For the uninitiated, Ted is a singer-songwriter, bass player and producer. He's been playing bass and touring with Shooter Jennings off and on since 2003 and has been making records on his own under the self-initiated PoMo label. Kamp's 2009 CD, "Poor Man's Paradise," received rave reviews, hit the Americana Music charts, and was nominated in two categories in the 2009 Americana Music Awards, for “Best New / Emerging Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for "Let Love Do The Rest." Kamp received “featured artist” attention on the Country Standard Time webzine, where they wrote, "On his new ‘Poor Man's Paradise,’ Kamp brings everything together - the experiences, the travels, the influences, the record collection - for an album that takes pride in blending and blurring styles ... Top-notch singer-songwriter skills catch up with roots music as it wanders from the West Coast to Memphis and New Orleans and Nashville."
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His previous CD, "Divisadero," debuted on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” en-route to reaching No. 34 on the Americana Music Association’s list of “Top 100 Albums of 2007,” and was called by No Depression Magazine, "Terrific ....an impressive record."
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Thu, Jan 14, 2nd Thu, every month:
9 pm COW BOP, that marvelous bebop western swing band, plays their monthly residency at The Foundry, 7465 Melrose Av, Hollywood 90046. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and played all over the US. Band leader and USC artist-in-residence BRUCE FORMAN asks, “Why not come on down and swing the night away? For those of you who don't know, The Foundry is a great jazz bar, with some other-worldly food, a great hang!” This residency commenced Jun 11. Cow Bop is Bruce Forman, guitar; Pinto Pammy, vocals; Phil Salazar, fiddle; Alex King, bass; Jake Reed, drums.
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9 pm JINX at Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood 91602. Not part of Citywalk, and you can park free on the street at the venue. JINX is an acoustic indie singer-songwriter, and he tells us, “I am starting pre-production on my next CD ‘The Recession Songs,’ a group of songs about life and love in this big world during this era. Some rock, some blues, some country, it's all in there. My first CD is still available on Itunes at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jinxtunes and is also there for download. I have been getting really fun responses from people about the Fall Tour video that I posted last month, so if you haven't seen it please check it out. It has 2 new singles of mine and 3 great songs by my friends Jezzebelle from Dublin.”
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9-11 pm “ACOUSTIC MUSIC NIGHT” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; 323-464-MUSE; www.cafemusela.com. Select rotating guest artists perform original works on piano and guitars in the “urban zen” setting of Café Muse. Often, talented cast members from plays and musicals in-rehearsal or currently-running in the surrounding Hollywood theater district take part, mixing top-drawer deliveries of show tunes with originals by the scheduled performer. Venue has “tasty vegetarian & non-vegetarian menu, organic coffee, tea, & free wi fi.” No cover.
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9 pm-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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Angel tells us, “This night is acoustic, old timey, ukuleles, barbershop quartets, dedicated to creating a community of artists and musicians who don't need the use of flashy lights, amps or mics. Our grandpappies didn't need it so why do we? Inquiry about playing can be sent to HyperionTavernAllAcoustic@gmail.com or even better, stop by and have a beer! Entry is always free and 21+! We'll get the barberpole up and running soon.”
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9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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9 pm ALBERTA CROSS plus openers HACIENDA at the Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood; www.troubadour.com; 310-276-6168. If you’re unfamiliar, Alberta Cross’ debut album has been getting incredible reviews. Rolling Stone featured them as a ‘breaking artist,’ NY Times ran a great review, and more from the likes of NME, Esquire, MOJO, NPR and other music media. They’ve toured the US and UK, performing with Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band, Oasis, Bat for Lashes, and on the summer festival circuit (Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, etc...)
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Alberta Cross just kicked-off a nationwide tour. Supported by San Antonio-based folk-rockers Hacienda, Alberta Cross will be headlining venues including the Bowery Ballroom in New York, Schubas in Chicago, and the Troubadour in L.A. They are touring in support of their much-anticipated ATO Records debut, “Broken Side of Time,” which is receiving widespread acclaim. The New York Times applauds their “British take on Southern rock,” and NPR declares them “…familiar and refreshing …Alberta Cross has taken incredible strides to earn global recognition.” Likewise, they were recently featured as a Breaking Artist in Rolling Stone, which praises them for “combining wind tunnels of bent guitar riffs and distorted power chords with the haunting melodies of rural American music. It’s all topped by Ericson Stakee’s sweet, high-lonesome voice, which recalls both Jim James and Neil Young.”
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8 pm SLIGO RAGS at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm JAMES HURLEY plus STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN play the “Camarillo Café” series in Camarillo.
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1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, at various venues in and around Morro Bay, Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17; see “Best Out of Town” Events.
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RADIO: Fri, Jan 15, 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 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, Jan 15, 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, Jan 15, 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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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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Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17, on California’s Central Coast; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, presented by the Boutique Hotel Collection, and venues include The Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, SeaVenture Resort, Inn at Morro Bay, and Apple Farm Inn. Each of the 5 properties offers special packages for the festival.
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Honoring the American heritage of music, food and art, the festival celebrates California’s music tradition with four days of Americana-themed events featuring live music, “heritage-inspired food and drink created by premier local chefs,” and original artwork and artists.
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Stuart Mason of MOLLY’S REVENGE (they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”) tells us, “Come get a taste of American music and Central Coast cuisine with a variety of culinary, cultural and musical events at five different venues around the beautiful Central Coast. A portion of the proceeds from The Americana Festival 2010 (including all CD sales) go to The Hospice of San Luis Obispo County Supportive Music Program.” For a full schedule of events, go to http://sloamericanafestival.com.
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Fri-Sun, Jan 15-17, in Blythe, California:
Annual “BLYTHE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” with THE LARRY STEPHENSON BAND, JUNIOR SISK AND RAMBLERS CHOICE, HIGH PLAINS TRADITION, SPRING CREEK, AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE, WILLIAMS AND CLARK EXPEDITION, LONESOME OTIS, MIDNIGHT FLIGHT, WHISTLE STOP, & the HEADLINE BLUEGRASS BAND at the Colorado River Fairgrounds, 591 N Olive Lake Bl, Blythe, CA 92225. More at www.blythebluegrass.com. Info, contact Jim Shipley, 760-922-8166 or blythebluegrass@yahoo.com
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Annual “OLD SHEEPHERDERS PARTY” at The Border Inn, Baker, NV, includes SOURDOUGH SLIM and other performers. More at www.greatbasinheritage.com.
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Annual “FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO” with lots of music, has headquarters at the Amon G. Carter Building, 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Event runs 1 pm to closing on weekdays, and all-day Saturdays & Sundays. Info, 817-877-2400 or www.fwstockshowrodeo.com
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Annual “WINTERSONGS SONGWRITING CAMP” with an all-star teaching faculty, run by Penny Nicholes, who, as Dale LaDuke observes, “has a doctorate in music education... from Harvard no less, [and] who has played / wrote and sang with, well...everybody.” Info, www.summersongs.com
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1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, is described in the “Best Out-of-Town” Events section, above…
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Annual “NAMM SHOW” (National Association of Music Manufacturers) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim. The ENORMOUS industry-only event takes-over the entire convention center and features hundreds of musicians performing in some of the thousands of exhibitor booths, in addition to publicly-accessible performances in nearby hotels and other venues.
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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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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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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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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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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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6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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7-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays piano at Vitello’s Restaurant 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City 91604; 818-769-0905. Marc says, “Great place for Italian grub.” He delivers fine piano (and elsewhere, vocals). Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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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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7 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS in Lancaster, meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster. Call Walter or Paula at 942-6893 for info. Organizers say, “If you can walk, you can do this social dance. It's great fun, and beginners are welcome.”
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Blues legend BERNIE PEARL’s residency at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. Switching his four-year residency there to alternate Fridays; on second Saturdays, Bernie will continue to play electric with pianist Dwayne Smith. He was great performing live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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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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7:30 pm PONCHO SANCHEZ 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. The Grammy Award winner and 2006 Percussionist of the Year (Downbeat readers' poll) will be appearing with his internationally renowned 8-piece Latin jazz band. More at www.ponchosanchez.com. Doors at 7, show at 7:30 pm. Tix, $20.
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7:30 pm ”KEVIN JOHNSON TONGUE-IN-CHEEK, SO TO SPEAK” at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, 10361 W Pico Bl, L.A. 90064; 310-286-0553; www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com. Kevin Johnson's skill as a ventriloquist is unmatched. After you give up trying to catch his lips moving the magic really begins. Yes, even Kevin thinks the birds are real! Kevin was on the Late Night Show with David Letterman.
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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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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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8 pm SLIGO RAGS at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917.
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Named among the top acoustic bands in L.A. in Folkworks Magazine, and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all -- great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.”
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Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” was called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News, and was named one of the top 10 CDs of 2007 by Folkworks.
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When they performed on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” on St. Patrick’s Day 2007, EIGHT of the Top Ten songs on one Celtic Music Chart were theirs, and no other band or artist repeated anywhere in the chart’s Top 100.
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8 pm RICHARD SHINDELL plus special guest ANTJE DUVEKOT play 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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8 pm JAMES HURLEY plus STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN play the “Camarillo Café” series at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St (at Carmen), Camarillo; series info, 805-482-0978 or www.CamarilloCafe.com; email WhatsHappening@CamarilloCafe.com.
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8-10 pm UNDERCOVER GIRLS play the Pershing Square Concert Series, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90013; www.laparks.org. More at www.ucgband.com. Ride the Red Line subway and avoid expensive downtown parking. You can grab a take-out lunch at any of numerous nearby eateries. Ice skating available daily (including holidays), Nov 19-Jan 18 for $6 (+$2 skate rental, if you need them). It’s “the coolest way to add a little winter chill to the holidays without spending a lot of money.” Concert is free.
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8 pm WIGGINS & HARRIS play the “TEMECULA PRESENTS FRIDAY NIGHT GROOVE SERIES” at The Merc, aka The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590.
This show is part of the 2009-2010 Friday night series which offers a package price for six performances for $100. Included in the series:
Wiggins and Harris: Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 8 pm
Eden Brent / Blues Piano Trio: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 8 pm
Moonalice: Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 8 pm
Dennis Jones: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 8 pm
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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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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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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-11 pm JULIE CHRISTENSEN sings “blues, jazz and originals” at the Ojai Valley Inn, in the Neff Lounge, 905 Country Club Rd, Ojai 93023; 805-646-1111. Julie sings with Dennis Hamm on piano. More at www.stonecupid.com. No cover.
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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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8:30-11 pm THE SCREAMING EARWIGS, with TOM & PATRICK SAUBER, STEVE LEWIS and MIKE SAUBER, play the monthly CONTRA DANCE at the War Memorial Hall, 435 S Fair Oaks Av, South Pasadena. Dance instruction at 8 pm.
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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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6 pm 13th annual “COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at The Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates.
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7 pm Two Grammy winners, DOUG SMITH & MARK HANSON, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7:30 pm KEB’ MO’ plays the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos.
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7:30 pm WILLIAM PINT & FELICIA DALE play the Living Tradition Concert Series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center in Anaheim.
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7:30 pm SCOTT TENNANT plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House in Covina.
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7:30 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND play the “Song Tree Concert Series” at the Live Oak Universalist Unitarian Church in Goleta.
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1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, at various venues in and around Morro Bay, Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17; see “Best Out of Town” Events.
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RADIO: Sat, Jan 16, 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 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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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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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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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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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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RADIO: Sat, Jan 16, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
3-5 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota. This initial “live” broadcast tiume each weekend is standard everywhere, though repeat times vary by station. In L.A., the show is broadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM, and repeats Saturday night, 6-8 pm and Sunday Noon-2 pm. But if you’re in L.A., it’s much better to find a web simulcast from somewhere; that’s because KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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RADIO: Sat, Jan 16, 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, Jan 16, 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, Jan 16, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
4-6 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories, including the signature monologue “News from Lake Wobegon” by host GARRISON KEILLOR, along with a regular cast of recording artists and guests; it’s broadcast from its home base in Minnesota or various live venues across America. The initial “live” broadcast time every Saturday (3 pm Pacific) is standard most places, though repeat times Sat & Sun vary by station. KCLU (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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RADIO: Sat, Jan 16, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
6-8 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota. The initial “live” broadcast time each weekend is standard everywhere, though repeat times vary by station. In L.A., the show is broadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM from 3-5 pm, and repeats Saturday night, 6-8 pm and Sunday Noon-2 pm. But if you’re in L.A., it’s much better to find a web simulcast from somewhere else; that’s because KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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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, Jan 16, 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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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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Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17, on California’s Central Coast; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, presented by the Boutique Hotel Collection, and venues include The Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, SeaVenture Resort, Inn at Morro Bay, and Apple Farm Inn. Each of the 5 properties offers special packages for the festival.
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Honoring the American heritage of music, food and art, the festival celebrates California’s music tradition with four days of Americana-themed events featuring live music, “heritage-inspired food and drink created by premier local chefs,” and original artwork and artists.
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Stuart Mason of MOLLY’S REVENGE (they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”) tells us, “Come get a taste of American music and Central Coast cuisine with a variety of culinary, cultural and musical events at five different venues around the beautiful Central Coast. A portion of the proceeds from The Americana Festival 2010 (including all CD sales) go to The Hospice of San Luis Obispo County Supportive Music Program.” For a full schedule of events, go to http://sloamericanafestival.com.
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Annual “BLYTHE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” with THE LARRY STEPHENSON BAND, JUNIOR SISK AND RAMBLERS CHOICE, HIGH PLAINS TRADITION, SPRING CREEK, AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE, WILLIAMS AND CLARK EXPEDITION, LONESOME OTIS, MIDNIGHT FLIGHT, WHISTLE STOP, & the HEADLINE BLUEGRASS BAND at the Colorado River Fairgrounds, 591 N Olive Lake Bl, Blythe, CA 92225. More at www.blythebluegrass.com. Info, contact Jim Shipley, 760-922-8166 or blythebluegrass@yahoo.com
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Annual “OLD SHEEPHERDERS PARTY” at The Border Inn, Baker, NV, includes SOURDOUGH SLIM and other performers. More at www.greatbasinheritage.com.
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“GREAT AMERICAN WILD WEST SHOW” returns For 30th year to the National Western Events Center Arena, Denver, CO. This event continues to be a crowd favorite from its very first year at the National Western and the shows keep getting bigger and more exciting year after year. Sponsors say, “The award winning Great American Wild West Show is Action! Music! History! & Thrills!… Featured World wide on StarzEncore network’s Westerns Channel and three-time winner of True West magazine’s ‘Best of the West’ award, the Great American Wild West Show is a star-spangled celebration of the American West…Cowboys and Indians, daredevil riders and heroes and legends from the American West come alive as the wild west stagecoach thunders into the arena. From Buffalo Bill’s’ grand arrival to the grand finale the show is action-packed family fun for everyone. Return to those thrilling days of six-guns, Texas Longhorns and Silver Screen Cowboys, trick riders and fancy ropers, sharpshooters, singing cowboys and the splendid color and pageantry of World Champion Native American hoop-dancers. You have to see it to believe it. Featured at this year’s shows are special guests, in character and period costumes, from Denver’s Buffalo Bill Museum.”
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This western spectacular is “a real piece of Americana for young and old.” 2010 marks the show’s thirteenth year at Denver’s National Western. It runs two performances, Sat, Jan 16 at 5 pm & Sun, Jan 17 at 4 pm. More at www.wildwestshow.net. Tix on sale now at the National Western Stock Show web site, www.nationalwestern.com/nwss/specialevents/wws.php
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Sat, Jan 16, 3rd Sat every month; in Port Townsend, WA:
5:30-8 pm monthy “PORT TOWNSEND CHANTEY SING” at the Courtyard Café (formerly Bread n Roses), 230 Quincy St, Port Townsend; 360-379-3355. Info, Tugboat Bromberg, 360-990-4873 or 360-598-1497. The “call and response” form of these work songs of the sea makes them easy to learn and fun to sing.
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Annual “FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO” with lots of music, has headquarters at the Amon G. Carter Building, 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Event runs 1 pm to closing on weekdays, and all-day Saturdays & Sundays. Info, 817-877-2400 or www.fwstockshowrodeo.com
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Sat, Jan 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6 pm 13th annual “COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at The Empty Saddle Club, 39 Empty Saddle Rd, Rolling Hills Estates 90275. Includes the CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND, THE CROSS TOWN COWBOYS, THE NEW WESTERNAIRES, and others. Free chili and cornbread at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. Sponsored by the The Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association; more at www.pvpha.org and www.californiacowboycowboyband.com. Contact pvdispatchmailbox@yahoo.com or Pam Turner, Festival Director, at 310-715-9376. This is a nice little venue, adjacent to horses, a real contrast to the wide-open-space large places that usually host cowboy festivals. Plus, it’s a free event.
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Annual “WINTERSONGS SONGWRITING CAMP” with an all-star teaching faculty, run by Penny Nicholes, who, as Dale LaDuke observes, “has a doctorate in music education... from Harvard no less, [and] who has played / wrote and sang with, well...everybody.” Info, www.summersongs.com
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1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, is described in the “Best Out-of-Town” Events section, above…
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Annual “NAMM SHOW” (National Association of Music Manufacturers) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim. The ENORMOUS industry-only event takes-over the entire convention center and features hundreds of musicians performing in some of the thousands of exhibitor booths, in addition to publicly-accessible performances in nearby hotels and other venues.
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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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10 am RON ELY performs sea chanteys and original and classic folk music at Boutique Mystique, 532 W 1st St, Claremont 91711. Ron tells us, “This is a new event, 10 am-6 pm. The venue features vintage 40’s, 50’s, 60’s guitars and amps, glass and china, jewelry, comic books, records (LPs, 45s, 78s), fresh flowers and exotic plants, fresh fruit and veggies, RON ELY’s music and more. Call 213-361-9322 for vendor info or booth space rental info. Ron says you can “get in on the ground floor” here. No cover.
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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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TWINKLE TIME plays the “Saturday Youth Program” show (for young children) at Pershing Square Concert Series, 532 S Olive St, downtown L.A. 90013; www.laparks.org. Ride the Red Line subway and avoid expensive downtown parking. Ice skating available daily (including holidays), Nov 19-Jan 18 for $6 (+$2 skate rental, if you need them). It’s “the coolest way to add a little winter chill to the holidays without spending a lot of money.” Local food is sparse on weekends, unless you walk to the Grand Central Market. Concert is free.
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Sat, Jan 16, 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
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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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6 pm 13th annual “COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” at The Empty Saddle Club, 39 Empty Saddle Rd, Rolling Hills Estates 90275. Includes the CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND, THE CROSS TOWN COWBOYS, THE NEW WESTERNAIRES, and others. Free chili and cornbread at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. Sponsored by the The Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association; more at www.pvpha.org and www.californiacowboycowboyband.com. Contact pvdispatchmailbox@yahoo.com or Pam Turner, Festival Director, at 310-715-9376. This is a nice little venue, adjacent to horses, a real contrast to the wide-open-space large places that usually host cowboy festivals. Plus, it’s a free event.
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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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7 pm Two Grammy winners, DOUG SMITH & MARK HANSON, 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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Their engaging stage show covers a wealth of material - much of it self-composed - ranging from the tapping powerhouse "Dyerville Giant" to the beautiful Hawai’ian slack key "Waimea Canyon." A drop-dead duet version of Jorma Kaukonen's "Embryonic Journey" may lead to a swinging improv of the Les Paul-Mary Ford classic, "Bye Bye Blues."
Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West Ambassador Award honoree Bob Stane says, “Two Grammy winners, .What more do I have to do to tempt you in? Sparkling vocals and good humor accentuate an evening you won't want to miss!” Tix, $20.
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7-9 pm monthly “DESERT SONG PRODUCTIONS FEATURED ARTIST / OPEN MIC” series at the Cedar Centre Theater, 44845 Cedar Av, Lancaster 93534. The series launched Jan 17, ’09 with a group that scored a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Featured artist(s) perform 7-8 pm, followed by the OPEN MIC, 8-9 pm, where you can show off your own talents. Each open mic participant pays $5, and a panel of judges awards the pot to the best open mic performance. This event at this venue looks permanent, after a series of things at several venues. If you’re in the High Desert, go support it. Event info and lineup at http://desertsongfest.org .
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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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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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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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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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THE FOLK COLLECTION plays the “Noble House Concert” series in Van Nuys. Reservations get directions by calling Barbara Greenspan at 818-780-5979. They’ve performed live, twice, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and bring a delightful look back at the era of the Great Folk Revival.
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7:30 pm KEB’ MO’ plays the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos; www.cerritoscenter.com; 562-916-8501.
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7:30 pm WILLIAM PINT & FELICIA DALE play the Living Tradition Concert Series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org. The Seattle-based duo specializes in authentic and original maritime music, though their repertoire includes much more. If you’ve never seen or heard a hurdy-gurdy, you will, and you’ll get a chance to see how this ancient mechanical violin works. Their music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where they earned a “Listener Favorite” track.
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7:30 pm SCOTT TENNANT plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. SCOTT TENNANT is a Grammy Award-winning American classical guitarist - member of the LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET - author of the “Pumping Nylon” series of instructional books and DVDs. Tix, $15.
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7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often, with very impressive performing guests.
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7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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7:30 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND play the “Song Tree Concert Series” at the Live Oak Universalist Unitarian Church, 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta; series info, www.songtree.org; 805-403-2639.. More at www.songtree.org. She’s won many awards with and without her top-notch band, and performed multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” If you’re too far north to get to her L.A. gigs, this is your chance. Tix, $15.
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7:30 pm “COFFEE HOUSE AT THE ONION” OPEN MIC at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Av, North Hills. A great place to showcase your new stuff. Coffee and cookies available by donation. (No longer on Fridays.) No cover.
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7:30-9:45 pm “UP THE TRAIL FROM TEXAS” Music/Art Showcase created & hosted by singer-songwriter MARK MORAN, at Tex Mex Grill, 2256 Route 66 (at Amelia Av), Glendora 91740. It’s a monthly music/art showcase featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriters in country, folk, pop, jazz, blues, and film music genres, and Mark adds, “And artists that have a vision of love, nature, healing or inspiration.” More at www.mythicalbird.net and www.myspace.com/mythicalbird
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7:30 pm LOS ANGELES WOMEN IN MUSIC (LAWIM) presents “YOUNG TALENT NIGHT” 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.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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7:45 pm monthly “ARC JAM MUSIC NIGHT” at Activites for Retarded Children (ARC), 6456 Whitsett, North Hollywood; 818-762-4365; www.arcandadults.com
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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8 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” at the Unurban Café, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica. This event is a pre-booked artist showcase, not an open mic. Javelyn holds a companion event every 1st Fri with an opne mic, at another venue, at 6:30 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com.
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8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “CARS AND GUITARS SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo; for location, contact Pat Cronin, CarsAndGuitarsSongCircle@songmakers.org or 805-236-7954; www.songmakers.org.
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8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “SOUTH BAY HOOT” in Redondo Beach; for location, contact info@Songmakers.org or 310-376-0222. www.songmakers.org.
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8-11 pm DULCIMANIA with NORM JACOBSON & BARBARA GERSHMAN each on hammered dulcimer, & BRAD MOORE, at Alta Coffeehouse, 506 31st St, Newport Beach; info, Norm Jacobson, jacobson@ics.uci.edu and more at http://us.mc510.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=jacobson@ics.uci.edu. The band says, “the coffee and food are great.” No cover.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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9 pm “CALIFORNIA POP & JAZZ COUNCIL FEATURED ARTIST NIGHT” with three featured artists, at Giovanni Risorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243. Reservations on Saturday are a must. Venue has award-winning Southern Italian cuisine, plenty of free parking. Food available entire night. CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA says, “Amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes, old friends and new ones…” No cover.
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Sat, Jan 16, 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 THE LATE BLOOMERS, plus 14-year-old fiddle phenom MATT JAFFE, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, at various venues in and around Morro Bay, Thu-Sun, Jan 14-17; see “Best Out of Town” Events.
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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, 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, Jan 17, 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, Jan 17, 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, Jan 17, 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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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, 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, Jan 17, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
10 am-noon (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. Show always features live performances and skits and stories, including the signature monologue “News from Lake Wobegon” by host GARRISON KEILLOR, along with a regular cast of recording artists and guests; it’s broadcast from its home base in Minnesota or various live venues across America. The initial “live” broadcast time every Saturday (3 pm Pacific) is standard most places, though repeat times Sat & Sun vary by station. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, every Sun, on web radio:
11 am-1 pm (Pacific time) “COW TRAILS SHOW” from Mancos, Colorado, features live on-air performances by Western music artists hosted by “Western Belle Barb” (Barbara Richhart) on KSJD, simulcast at www.ksjd.org. Studio phone-in numbers for host and on-air guests, 970-564-9727 & 970-564-0808. More, www.myspace.com/mancosbelle
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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
Noon-2 pm (Pacific) “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” rebroadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles, simulcast at www.scpr.org. The long-running NPR variety show always features live performances and skits and stories with host GARRISON KEILLOR, a regular cast of recording artists, and guests, whether broadcasting from various live venues across America, or from its home base in Minnesota. The initial “live” broadcast time each weekend is standard everywhere, though repeat times vary by station. In L.A., the show is broadcast on KPCC 89.3 FM from 3-5 pm, and repeats Saturday night, 6-8 pm and Sunday Noon-2 pm. But if you’re in L.A., it’s much better to find a web simulcast from somewhere else; that’s because KPCC has no other music shows and they do not know how to control the levels for music performances, causing frequent peaking and signal cut-out. (KPCC erroneously claims to be the “exclusive Southern California home” of APHC,” but you can catch it on KCLU at 4 pm Sat & 10 am Sun.)
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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, 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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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, every Sun; on web radio:
5 pm (Pacific) “MOUNTAIN STAGE,” the long-time NPR roots music show with live performances, hosted by Larry Groce, from the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. No L.A. broadcast station carries this incredibly popular show (or any other NPR syndicated folk-Americana music or music-performance-interview show) but you can find a simulcast from any of many other stations at www.mountainstage.org or get info at 304-293-SHOW.
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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, every Sun, on radio and web radio:
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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RADIO: Sun, Jan 17, every Sun, on web radio:
7 pm “FLAT CAT RADIO,” hosted by DAVE STRAUSS, features live on-air performance-interviews at www.myspace.com/flatcatradio. It’s a weekly live web-only show focused on Los Angeles-based songwriters of all genres, but the live segment is generally an acoustic performance.
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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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1st annual “CENTRAL COAST AMERICANA FESTIVAL” with many folk / Americana bands, including THE JODY MULGREW TRIO, WHISKEY CHIMP, LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, KENNY BLACKWELL & DORIAN MICHAEL, BOB & WENDY, TIM JACKSON, RED HOLLOWAY, THE DENTURES, THE BLUESOULS, THE JILL KNIGHT TRIO, THE RED SKUNK JIPSEES, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, WALLY BARNICK & THE DEMOS, GOOD MEDICINE, REBECCA TROON DUO, INNER FACES, CHRISTINE ROGERS TRIO, and LITTLE BLACK TRAIN, presented by the Boutique Hotel Collection, and venues include The Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, SeaVenture Resort, Inn at Morro Bay, and Apple Farm Inn. Each of the 5 properties offers special packages for the festival.
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Stuart Mason of MOLLY’S REVENGE (they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”) tells us, “Come get a taste of American music and Central Coast cuisine with a variety of culinary, cultural and musical events at five different venues around the beautiful Central Coast. A portion of the proceeds from The Americana Festival 2010 (including all CD sales) go to The Hospice of San Luis Obispo County Supportive Music Program.” For a full schedule of events, go to http://sloamericanafestival.com.
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Fri-Sun, Jan 15-17, in Blythe, California:
Annual “BLYTHE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” with THE LARRY STEPHENSON BAND, JUNIOR SISK AND RAMBLERS CHOICE, HIGH PLAINS TRADITION, SPRING CREEK, AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE, WILLIAMS AND CLARK EXPEDITION, LONESOME OTIS, MIDNIGHT FLIGHT, WHISTLE STOP, & the HEADLINE BLUEGRASS BAND at the Colorado River Fairgrounds, 591 N Olive Lake Bl, Blythe, CA 92225. More at www.blythebluegrass.com. Info, contact Jim Shipley, 760-922-8166 or blythebluegrass@yahoo.com
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Sat & Sun, Jan 16 & 17, in Denver, Colorado:
“GREAT AMERICAN WILD WEST SHOW” returns For 30th year to the National Western Events Center Arena, Denver, CO. This event continues to be a crowd favorite from its very first year at the National Western and the shows keep getting bigger and more exciting year after year. Sponsors say, “The award winning Great American Wild West Show is Action! Music! History! & Thrills!… Featured World wide on StarzEncore network’s Westerns Channel and three-time winner of True West magazine’s ‘Best of the West’ award, the Great American Wild West Show is a star-spangled celebration of the American West…Cowboys and Indians, daredevil riders and heroes and legends from the American West come alive as the wild west stagecoach thunders into the arena. From Buffalo Bill’s’ grand arrival to the grand finale the show is action-packed family fun for everyone. Return to those thrilling days of six-guns, Texas Longhorns and Silver Screen Cowboys, trick riders and fancy ropers, sharpshooters, singing cowboys and the splendid color and pageantry of World Champion Native American hoop-dancers. You have to see it to believe it. Featured at this year’s shows are special guests, in character and period costumes, from Denver’s Buffalo Bill Museum.”
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This western spectacular is “a real piece of Americana for young and old.” 2010 marks the show’s thirteenth year at Denver’s National Western. It runs two performances, Sat, Jan 16 at 5 pm & Sun, Jan 17 at 4 pm. More at www.wildwestshow.net. Tix on sale now at the National Western Stock Show web site, www.nationalwestern.com/nwss/specialevents/wws.php
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Annual “FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO” with lots of music, has headquarters at the Amon G. Carter Building, 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Event runs 1 pm to closing on weekdays, and all-day Saturdays & Sundays. Info, 817-877-2400 or www.fwstockshowrodeo.com
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Annual “WINTERSONGS SONGWRITING CAMP” with an all-star teaching faculty, run by Penny Nicholes, who, as Dale LaDuke observes, “has a doctorate in music education... from Harvard no less, [and] who has played / wrote and sang with, well...everybody.” Info, www.summersongs.com
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Annual “NAMM SHOW” (National Association of Music Manufacturers) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim. The ENORMOUS industry-only event takes-over the entire convention center and features hundreds of musicians performing in some of the thousands of exhibitor booths, in addition to publicly-accessible performances in nearby hotels and other venues.
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8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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9 am-1 pm “CLAREMONT FARMER'S MARKET” has live acoustic music in downtown Claremont. RON ELY plays original and traditional songs of the sea, folk, Americana, and more on 2nd St between Yale Av and Indian Hill, in old downtown Claremont. Ron says the market offers “the best of fresh fruits and veggies, jewelry, crafts in a picturesque setting by the San Gabriel Mountain foothills. Great restaurants and unique shops are adjacent to the market.” Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives 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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Noon-3 pm Monthly “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN CAL JAM SESSION” is really a song circle, and named in FolkWorks as co-winner of L.A.’s “Best Monthly Listening Room Series” - on the Heritage Court Stage in the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; 818-971-5002; www.museumoftheamericanwest.org. WMA California Chapter meeting follows. All performing musicians (whether or not they are Autry members or WMA members) get in free, and each may bring one guest. In addition, on WMA jam days at the Autry, all WMA members (whether or not they are perfoming) are admitted free (w/ WMA membership ID) and get access to the jam and to all the museum galleries for the whole day. Award-winning performing songwriter JOYCE WOODSON says, “You can have lunch there at the Golden Spur [café] first, then stop by for some music.” Info on event and participating at www.westernmusic.org. This is a very well-attended, very popular song circle, wherein each performer or group does a song in turn, possibly backed instrumentally by others in the circle. Its expansion from two hours (1-3 pm) to three hours (noon-3 pm) came at the invitation of the Autry, beginning in May, 2009. Museum gen’l adm $9 adults, $3 kids age 12 and under.
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Noon-3 pm SONGSALIVE! monthly “LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP,” with music industry guest speaker, at The Finnish Center, 10701 Magnolia Bl (E of Vineland), North Hollywood 91601; 818-506-3850 for directions only. Each monthly workshop features a music industry guest speaker, in a setting for songwriters to gather, share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting community. The first half of each session is an in-the-round workshop, where each writer presents one song, on tape or CD or live. The second half includes the guest speaker and an industry discussion, with time to talk, enjoy coffee and network. Hosted by Paul Lawrence Moyer. Info on guest speaker, or pre-registration, at 310-238-0359 or www.songsalive.org/losangeles for rules, speakers & what to bring. (Event now held on 3rd Sundays, changed from 1st Sundays.) These events start promptly. $5, or free for Songsalive! members.
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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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1-5 pm SONGMAKERS “EAST VALLEY HOOT” in Van Nuys; for location, contact Barbara Greenspan, EastValleyHoot@songmakers.org or 818-780-5979; www.songmakers.org.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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Sun, Jan 17; world music:
2 pm THE STEFANI VALADEZ ENSEMBLE plays The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in L.A. This group is really outstanding. More from Marie Kaufman at 310-836-0779.
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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 17, 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 17, in Ventura; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm JILL KNIGHT plays the Duncan House Concert Series in Ventura; reservations get directions at scottd13@roadrunner.com; www.myspace.com/duncanhouseconcerts. She was a Premier Showcase Artist at the 2009 FAR West Folk Alliance Conference. Her soulful sound is unmistakable. India Arie once quoted, "I love great voices and when I heard Jill sing it stopped me in my tracks." She later asked Knight to be her opening act. Nominated for the L.A. music awards “Best Female Vocalist,” Jill was a finalist in the Telluride Troubadour competition, a finalist at the National Academy of Songwriters "Songwriter of the Year" competition, a finalist in Billboard magazine’s, "Best Unsigned Band" contest, a regional best seller in Album Network magazine for her CD “Future Perfect.” Jill won Best DIY Album in Performing Songwriter Magazine, and an honorable mention in the NSAI songwriting competition. She was a finalist in the Acoustic Live songwriter competition.
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Scott Duncan tells us, “We will have pizza and other goodies before the show, and of course the concert will knock your socks off! Please RSVP as soon as possible.” $15.
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Sun, Jan 17, 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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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
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 17, 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 17, 3rd Sunday, every month; in the OC:
5-7 pm ONE FOOT IN at Java Joe's, 4973 Yorba Ranch Rd (in strip mall at Yorba Linda Bl & Yorba Ranch Rd), Yorba Linda 92887; 714-970-7988. They are RUSS LEWARK, MICHAEL R. GARDNER & JEFF NEWELL, joined by KEVIN GORE to form the quartet, then by drummer T.J. TARRANCE DeFRIEZ for the big band. They’re a fun rootsy string band, they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they tell us, “We're excited about now doing regular monthly performances at Java Joe's in Yorba Linda… playing in the early evening for those that have to work the next day. Come out and gather with us against the cold, cruel world. We want to sing away your troubles. Bring 'em on down.” As for the venue, the guys say, “Mmmmm, wine & beer & coffee & tea & atmosphere & company at Java Joe's alone is worth the trip. Chuck, the owner, only serves what he likes to drink and his good taste really shows. Come, sit on a comfy couch, have a slosh and groove to the sounds of One Foot In!” More at www.onefootin.com
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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
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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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
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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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
5-8 pm “JAZZ NIGHT” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Different bands every week. No cover.
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Sun, Jan 17, 3rd Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm "BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION" at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande; 805-481-4015. Hosted by Roger Siminoff; info, siminoff@siminoff.net. All welcome.
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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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Sun, Jan 17, 3rd Sun, every month:
6-10 pm “GRIMM / BIG FISH / PRO BLUES JAM” at The Big Fish, 5230 San Fernando Rd, Glendale; 818-244-6442. With KATHRYN GRIMM on guitar & vocals, BILL ORR on bass & vocals, FRANKIE SALEMMO on drums. Other musicians take part by invitation from Kathryn, in advance, at grimmmusic@yahoo.com. "Grimm hosts the Pro Blues Jam the third Sunday of each month, to give professionals and amateurs a chance to shine. Her guitar licks are explosive and her singing divine." - Joyce Rudolph, Los Angeles Times. Billy Hulting (Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, Dwezill Zappa) says Kathryn Grimm "...sings like an angel, plays guitar like the devil." Kathryn tells us, “Bill [Orr] has just started a myspace page for the Big Fish Jam. Pleeeaaasseee go visit, add it to you friends list and keep visiting to view the up-and-comers photos, [and learn about the] music and info about the Best Jam in Town.” It’s at www.myspace.com/bigfishjam.
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Sun, Jan 17; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm THE LATE BLOOMERS, plus MATT JAFFE, 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 says, “A delightful double bill. See Matt Jaffe become a star. So young.”
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MATT JAFFE, a 14-year-old Northern Cal native, has been inspiring audiences, young and old, on both coasts since age 11. With deep roots in classical violin, Matt's unique blend of original lyrics and guitar melodies has led to featured performances in spots like Country Joe McDonald's Music Hall (Berkeley), Sweetwater Station (Larkspur), and the Bowery Poetry Club (East Village, NYC). Grammy award winning producer Narada Michael Walden has likened Matt to a young Sting, and Robin Williams has compared him to the young Bob Dylan. Matt recently completed work on his first CD of original songs, and is looking forward to his first performances in Southern Cal.
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THE LATE BLOOMERS are DAN AMES, GAYLE BLUEMEL, ROSS (DEBE) JOHNSEN, & SCOTT SHEPHERD. Bob Stane says of them, “an acoustic folk-rock band with some intriguing originals in their repertoire. Now two married couples, they cut their teeth on the music of Dylan and Neil Young while still in high school in the sixties and have since found their own sound by putting their individual stamp on favorites from that era. All four are accomplished vocalists and pleasing harmonies dominate the sets. Dan is a singer-songwriter, with a gentle guitar style that he has carried over to the dobro and pedal steel, and Gayle, his wife, plays the keyboard for the group. Debe, the other passionate singer-songwriter, plays guitar and bass and Scott rounds out the instrumentals with his mandolin and driving blues harmonica.”
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THE LATE BLOOMERS have individually been part of the Pasadena and L.A. music scene for many years and have played with other bands, including Smokewood, Touch Candy, The Shakin’ Snakes, Blind Ross, RetroActive, and Accelerator, and are now enjoying their collaboration as The Late Bloomers. Tix, $18.
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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum on food & drink in lieu of cover.
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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
7 pm PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP WITH MARC PLATT at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; www.kulakswoodshed.com. Must be a member in advance to gain entry. Limit 10 performers per week. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/workshop.shtml. Each week's workshop is $20, with all proceeds to the venue.
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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
7:30-10 pm “SUNDAY NIGHT SONG & VARIETY SHOWCASE” is the new OPEN MIC on The Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917. Everybody knows the world-famous Backstage, with its parade of world-class and renowned professional acts – this is the 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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Sun, Jan 17, third Sun, every month:
8 pm “VARIETY NIGHT,” with a guest recording artist, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Performance by the guest artist, plus the pre-registered open mic-ers. Signups each month begin two Sundays ahead, at 1 pm, and continue until showtime unless all 8 slots are filled in advance. The night always includes a drawing for 2 hrs free studio time at Sunburst Recording for a lucky open mic-er. Performers may purchase a live recording of their stage performance for $8. Website has directions to venue and nearby recommended eateries. $4.
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Sun, Jan 17, every Sun:
9 pm “RUSTY SUNDAYS” weekly showcase of “L.A.’s best up-and-coming rock, country, blues and folk music acts, on the Wild-West side” at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401. Musical hosts are MATT OWENS & THE GOLDEN WEST, plus another act or two. $3 cover.
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RADIO: Mon, Jan 18, 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, Jan 18, 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, Jan 18, 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, Jan 18, 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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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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7:30 pm OPEN MIC web simulcast from Kulak's Woodshed in 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 a donation to watch the webcast, or $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Annual “FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO” with lots of music, has headquarters at the Amon G. Carter Building, 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Event runs 1 pm to closing on weekdays, and all-day Saturdays & Sundays. Info, 817-877-2400 or www.fwstockshowrodeo.com
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Noon-3 pm Annual “MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATION” at Libbey Bowl, 205 E Ojai Av, Ojai 93023; 805-583-8700. Ojai Valley Youth Foundation's Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration. JULIE CHRISTENSEN headlines and performs songs with local youth. More at www.stonecupid.com. Free.
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2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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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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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 18, 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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9-11:30 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s 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. It’s high time the Guide spotlighted it as a “Show of the Week,” because it’s always a fine time. 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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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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Tue, Jan 19:
7 pm SIMON PURE plays 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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8 pm CONCERT BY “CALIFORNIA LISTENING ROOM INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS RETREAT” artists, performing at Kulaks Woodshed in North Hollywood. Attend in person, or enjoy the web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com
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Wed, Jan 20:
9 pm JINX at Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood 91602. Not part of Citywalk, and you can park free on the street at the venue. JINX is an acoustic indie singer-songwriter, and he tells us, “I am starting pre-production on my next CD ‘The Recession Songs,’ a group of songs about life and love in this big world during this era. Some rock, some blues, some country, it's all in there. My first CD is still available on Itunes at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jinxtunes and is also there for download. I have been getting really fun responses from people about the Fall Tour video that I posted last month, so if you haven't seen it please check it out. It has 2 new singles of mine and 3 great songs by my friends Jezzebelle from Dublin.”
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See those Jinx music videos at www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQnvtJ3ANfw (part 1) and www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwhNDHGR4rs (part 2). More at www.jinxtunes.com.
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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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8 pm BRETT PERKINS makes a rare return to L.A. from Europe to play the Prather Home Concert series in Burbank; info at www.myspace.com/brettperkins
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I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the Puka Bar in Long Beach. (We kid you not.) Details forthcoming.
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MINDY SMITH plays The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8930. Tix, $13.
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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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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. This will be a GREAT show. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jan 23:
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:
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. More at www.guitarvideos.com. Stefan does a guitar workshop here tomorrow, 1-4 pm. Tix for tonight’s show, $20.
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Sat, Jan 23, in the desert:
8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the first of two CD Release Shows for their new Greatest Hits CD, “Should Have Been Gold,” this one at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown 92268; 760-365-5956.
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Sat, Jan 23:
8 pm BRETT PERKINS makes a rare return to L.A. from Europe to play the Hudson-Lazzarini Home Concert series in Glendale; ; info at www.myspace.com/brettperkins
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Sun, Jan 24:
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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Sun, Jan 24:
3 pm “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” features WOMEN ON THE MOVE in acoustic trio mode, playing a full set at The Church in Ocean Park (Santa Monica). More at www.sonicbids.com/womenonthemove
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MIDEM Music Tradeshow in Cannes, France.
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Sun, Jan 24:
8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the second of two CD Release Shows for their new Greatest Hits CD, “Should Have Been Gold,” this one at McCabe's 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com
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Sun, Jan 24:
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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Wed, Jan 27:
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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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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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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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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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:
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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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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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 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!” More at www.sonicbids.com/womenonthemove
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8 pm RONNY COX at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and played the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.
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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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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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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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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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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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SEAN COLVIN plays The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills; www.canyonclub.net; 818-879-5016. Tix, $13.
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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:
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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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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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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Mon, Feb 14:
BRETT PERKINS plays the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.org/_wsn/page3.html.
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Tue, Feb 16:
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):
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:
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:
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:
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:
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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Fri, Feb 26:
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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Sat, Feb 27:
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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8 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG at Blvd. Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com
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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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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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"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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“CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK,” centered in Toronto, Canada.
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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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Tue, Mar 16:
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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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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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 26, 2010:
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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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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THE EAGLES at the Hollywood Bowl – tix on sale now.
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 (Get tix now):
8 pm ARLO GUTHRIE & THE GUTHRIE FAMILY RIDES AGAIN at UCLA Live in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. Four generations of what Vanity Fair rightly called “the first family of American folk” gather to revive the musical spirit of late patriarch Woody Guthrie. Led by Woody’s son Arlo, a star in his own right, “The Guthrie Family Rides Again” continues the clan’s tradition of sharing its music far and wide. Joining-in are Arlo’s son Abe, who has accompanied his father on keyboards and vocals since the 1980s, daughters Cathy and Annie, and Sarah Lee Guthrie with her husband Johnny Irion - one of the most acclaimed folk-rock duos of the last decade - and various grandkids. The elder generation is represented by Woody’s songs, both the classics and “new” compositions using lyrics uncovered in the Guthrie archives. Tix, $58, $42, $28; UCLA students $15.
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 (Get tix now):
8 pm MARK KNOPFLER at the Pantages Theatre; 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028. Nederlander is offering a free copy of his CD, “Get Lucky,” with every pair of tix bought online at www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004329CBC65F34?artistid=769953&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned
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Sat, Apr 17, 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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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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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 tix now, at a BIG discount):
“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL“ with Nashville big names and LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, returns to Empire Polo Club in Indio.
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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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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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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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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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Sun, May 16, 2010 (advance notice, so you can plan):
50th annual “TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST” at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills; www.topangabanjofiddle.org; Hotline: 818-382-4819. We’ll bring you info on registration for all the competitions when we have it, along with the list of featured acts playing the several stages. This is a must-attend event, that’s always the best one-day acoustic music festival in Southern Cal. And, since it’s celebrating the major milestone of haqlf-a-century, we expect an event that will be VERY impressive, indeed.
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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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Jul 30-Aug 1, 2010; an EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK for ARTISTS:
“2010 NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK CONFERENCE” in Los Angeles is the 5th annual conference. If the website information doesn't answer any questions you might have, contact Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions (www.stevenhenegar.net), at shenegar@sbcglobal.net - 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852.
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Steven Henegar tells us, “Growing networks of performance venues all over the world have adopted this model and many storytellers are taking advantage of these venues to reach new audiences. The Conference Fringe encourages more storytellers to participate in American and Canadian Fringe Festivals by providing the opportunity for you to experience many aspects of a typical Fringe Festival including the selection process and performance framework.” More at www.storynet.org/conference/fringe.html
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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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Annual “WOMEX - the World Music Expo,” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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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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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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