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Friday, February 26, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, Feb 26 to March 5

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There are more ACOUSTIC AMERICANA / ACOUSTIC RENAISSANCE music performances EVERY week in the Los Angeles area than the COMBINED TOTAL of ALL OTHER KINDS OF MUSIC!
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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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FEBRUARY 26 to MARCH 5 events (and key events waaaay beyond), 2010
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NEWS FEATURES:
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ALL the events are here. As for the News, the editor is moving this weekend and will be incommunicado for a while. So, more fresh news coming soon.
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RECENT NEWS FEATURES:
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The Feb 23 edition’s News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/02/acoustic-americana-music-guide-feb-23.html
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Those features are:
1) ANOTHER “HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUNDRAISER” CONCERT, Feb 23…
2) 50th ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST SEEKS GRAPHIC DESIGN
3) ERNEST TROOST ON THE RADIO / IN WEB ARCHIVE
4) BANJO CHAMP TAKES A NEW DIRECTION
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The Feb 19 edition’s News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/02/acoustic-americana-music-guide-feb-19.html
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The Feb 10 edition’s News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/02/acoustic-americana-music-guide-feb-15.html
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The Feb 5 edition is available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/02/acoustic-americana-music-guide-news-feb.html
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The Feb 3 edition is available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/02/acoustic-americana-music-guide-haiti_03.html
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NEWS POSTSCRIPT…
The CONCERT FOR HAITI on Sunday, Jan 31, sponsored by the ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE, was a PHENOMENAL success…
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Entire contents copyright (c) © 2010, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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8 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm THE ALBERTA BALLET in JONI MITCHELL’S “The Fiddle and The Drum” at UCLA Live on the UCLA campus in Westwood.
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8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Friday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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~ that feature live performance-interviews with acoustic musicians (mostly on-line, simulcast from radio stations elsewhere).
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RADIO: Fri; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“FOLK ALLEY” is a non-profit venture produced by public radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. It often features interviews and performances as well as hosted programs with CD tracks from across the spectrum of folk / new folk / acoustic Americana. They say, “Our goal is to bring you the best in folk music, 24 hours a day, wherever you have access to the Internet.” It requires a free membership. All you need to know and to listen is at www.folkalley.com
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RADIO: Fri; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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Programs on the station include:
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“ISLAND TIME,” hosted by “DK the DJ” with webcast show times (Pacific time) Tue at 9 pm; Thu at noon; Fri at 5 pm; and Sun at 6 am, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“TIME AFTER ISLAND TIME,” produced by Paul Leslie & Jeff Pike, with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at noon; Wed at 6 am; Thu at 9 pm; Sat at 5 pm, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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RADIO: Fri, every Fri, on web radio:
5 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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WEB TV: Fri, every Fri; web video simulcast:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, live from Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Web page has a provision to accept a donation to help the venue pay for the uplink and band width use by those watching.
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RADIO: Fri night / Sat morning, every week, on broadcast & web radio:
7-11 am “THE ALL-NIGHT JUKE JOINT WITH TORCH” is harmonica player Mark Tortorici’s (aka. Torch) juke joint dance party mix of old and new jazz, blues, classic R&B, swing, western, rockabilly and “torch” songs. He says. “If it belongs in a nightclub, barroom, dance hall, smoky lounge, house party, rent party, or of course a Juke Joint, you’ll find it here.” He plays rare and hard to find vinyl 33s, 45s, and 78 rpms from his extensive collection, and debuts new music from the bands in these musical traditions. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
3 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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(3) Friday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Fri & Sat, Feb 26 & 27:
DAVE GLEASON and THE COUNTRY WAYS (members of Old Californio), both Friday and Saturday night, at Pappy & Harriet's, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown 92268; www.pappyandharriets.com. More at http://kgmusicpress.com/l/yofvr5/5258953
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(4) Friday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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(5) Friday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS with violin, cello, clarinet, and voices, at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART , 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6-10 pm THE CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705; www.club705.com. The California Cowboy Band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV. No cover.
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, Feb 26:
7:30 pm BERNIE PEARL joins pianist DWAYNE SMITH “to play the duo blues” in a return to Iva Lee's Restaurant, 555 El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672; 949-361-2855; www.IvaLees.com. Bernie says, “Great food and drink, no cover.”
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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Fri, Feb 26, last Fri, every month:
“SAN PEDRO SHANTY SING” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Audrey Coleman wrote in FolkWorks, “If you arrive at the official start time, you'll find a chair at the table and friendly people who will let you look at their shanty books so you can sing along. No singing background required. Many of the twenty or so shanty fans who gather around the long wooden dinner table in the restaurant's cozy upstairs meeting room are volunteers with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. They sail ‘tall ship’ sail boats for youth training programs run by the Institute. For them, learning the songs that powered the labor on the 19th century clipper ships has become an extension of learning to sail the ships themselves. Added attractions are Alan's pennywhistle and concertina, Jeff's banjo, Kim's collection of flutes, and Dustin and Lindsay's robust baritone voices. When the table fills up, more chairs are set up around the room. And the Guinness flows freely till about 10:30 pm.” Venue is celebrated in the Yahoo! Travel Guide as “the only Authentic British Restaurant in the South Bay of Los Angeles.”
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri, Feb 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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"First rate entertainment. A delightfully splendid show. . . full of good time music and laughs galore." - Diane Brinkman, Seattle Times.
"You won't find better authentic Country or Western music being played anywhere." - David Barnes, British Archive of Country Music.
"Much more invigorating than 9/10ths of the stuff you hear from the current cadre of Western revivalists." - Ronald Lankford, Jr., Sing Out! Magazine.
"Good stuff!" - Dallas Dobro, Master of Ceremonies, Strawberry Music Festival.
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Plus, word has reached the Guide that Fur Dixon (Fur Dixon & Steve Werner) is celebrating her birthday at this show. So all you Fur & Steve fans should be there…
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Tix, $20.
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Fri & Sat, Feb 26 & 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE ALBERTA BALLET in JONI MITCHELL’S “The Fiddle and The Drum” 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.
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Fri, Feb 26; Fri & Sat through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts, on the Main Stage, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405l Reservations req’d at 310-392-7327 or www.edgemarcenter.org (under events tab).
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Multiplatinum songwriter and cast member HARRIET SCHOCK tells us, “Audiences love it and we’ve enjoyed performing it 86 times. We’ve been extended through April but please don’t wait too long to see [this] wonderful, funny, moving, thoroughly enjoyable play.”
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Harriet Schock has worked with famous film director Henry Jaglom, writing the music for several of his feature film projects, and performing that music on-camera in his latest, “Irene in Time,” which stars Tanna Frederick, also the star if this play, making its world-premiere run.
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“JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY” stars TANNA FREDERICK, JULIE DAVIS, DAVID GARVER, JACK HELLER, DAVID PROVAL, DIANE SALINGER, & HARRIET SCHOCK. Directed by Gary Imhoff, produced by Alexandra Guarnieri.
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Here’s a bit of the critical rave:
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"A near-Chekhovian delight! Go !!! " - L.A. Weekly
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"Henry Jaglom's new play rocks! A brilliant comic cast!" - The Huffington Post
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"Tanna Frederick moves effortlessly through an array of emotions, she & David Garver exude a quiet magnetism. Jaglom's homage to theatre people will appeal to everyone." - Hollywood Reporter
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"Henry Jaglom is a master storyteller. 'Lust 45 Minutes from Broadway' should tickle New York theatergoers when it moves closer than 45 minutes away." - For ReviewPlays.com )in The Santa Monica Daily Press and The San Diego Jewish World)
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Runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, extended until the end of April. Parking is available (fee charged) in an onsite structure, and metered parking is available in nearby Lot 11, across the street from Peet's Coffee. Tix, $25.
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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Fri, Feb 26, fourth Fri, every month:
8-10 pm “OUT-OF-THE-BLUE” songwriter showcase at the venue named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue,” The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win. It’s a lineup of invited songwriters (often some prominent ones) whose individual sets each include a song written to the unique pre-assigned theme of tonight’s event. Though former performing host DANIEL McFEELEY has moved to Australia, the popularity of this event enables it to continue. Venue has good sandwiches, soups, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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8-10 pm monthly “AMERICANA MUSIC CIRCLE” with a full lineup, 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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L.A.-based recording artist LAUREN ADAMS hosts this showcase, and she tells us, Lauren says, “The Americana Music Circle at Kulak's Woodshed in Los Angeles has been a local showcase and hangout for 10 years. The circle is a place for songwriters to enjoy themselves, stretch out and meet new comrades each month. The format of our show is to have a featured artist open the show, either a special guest or a touring artist, then a three-artist song circle, followed by the Lauren Adams Band & Friends performance to close the show. The circle is designed to encourage the artists to play and sing, backing each other's songs, and that can lead to some magical musical moments. Not for the faint of heart or the novice, the musicians in the circle are well seasoned and comfortable with the living room atmosphere we try to encourage.”
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TOM WILSON is the featured artist this month. "Tom Wilson's music has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, just about every "Good Morning!" show in the country, and he was recently asked to sing his "Question Song" on a special Oscar edition of ABC's "Good Morning America." Singing as an opening act for Fleetwood Mac, Three Dog Night, The Tubes, and scores of other rock acts, he now boasts millions of YouTube views and appearances across North America, and has taken a place among the top comedy singer-songwriters working today. Tom is thrilled to be sponsored by McPherson Guitars and Dean Markley strings, because he always wanted to be one of those show biz guys who get free stuff." Want some quotes? "You funny. You very funny." - Richard Pryor. "Absolutely hysterical." - Robert Klein. "Pitch perfect. That's genius." - Good Morning America. "Tom Wilson's crooning is resplendent." – BackStageWest. More at www.tomwilsonusa.com
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“The Circle” this month is ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, KAYE RESNICK, & BILL DOBBINS.
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ROBERT MORGAN FISHER is a writer of fiction, music, comedy and screenplays. In 1996, Robert released the critically-acclaimed CD “Follow A Hunch” on his own Imperative Records label, co-produced by Chad Watson. Other artists have taken note of Robert's narrative songwriting skills. He's collaborated on songs with the late Dr. Timothy Leary and internationally-known neo-narrative singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose. "The songs I've written with Robert are all home runs," says Purpose, "I close my shows with them." Fisher/Purpose co-writes include: "Ring On My Hand," "Traveler's Code," "Dangerous Game," "Late For Dinner," "Granted," "Oughta Be A Highway," "You Must Go Home For Christmas" and more. Their most famous co-write is probably "Mr. Schwinn" -- winner of three major songwriting festivals and now a contemporary folk classic. In the summer of 2005, Robert released “Built Myself a Greenhouse” on his own Imperative Records label. The 14-song CD was co-produced by Chad Watson and features guest performances by: David Arkenstone, Ned Beatty, Delaney Bramlett, Rosemary Butler, Albert Lee, John McEuen, Augie Meyers, Chris Montez, Mickey Raphael, Sky Saxon, Daryl S and Chris Spedding. The title cut, "Greenhouse," showcases the neo-narrative style for which Robert is well-known, as does "A Life in Music," "Numbah One Boom-Boom," "That's Why They Call it a Shot" and a duet with Rosemary Butler, "Question of Family." "A Life In Music" from this album was a top-5 finalist for the 2005 VH-1 “Song of the Year” in the Folk Category, and a “Listener favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where Robert has performed live.
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In 2006, Robert's song "We'll Buy a Flag" went to #1 on the Neil Young “Living With War Songs of our Times” Chart -- out of over 4,000 songs. Another song, "Jester King," also went to #1 there. Robert's "Angel Within" was selected by Narrative Music Canada as the Self-Discovery - 1st Place Lyric of International Narrative Song Competition 2006. (The INSC is the biggest competition for narrative (storytelling) songs in the world.) More at www.robertmorganfisher.com
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KAYE RESNICK is a contemporary folksinger-songwriter, performing primarily in California, “Althoughm” she adds, “I ventured as far as the New Jersey Folk Festival in 2009. I recently had a song in the Top Ten in the Australia's Songwriter's Association contest, so my songs are venturing out as well.” She started her writing and performing career later in life, after she had lost much of the use of her hands to rheumatoid arthritis, then “luckily regained it again and then decided there would be no more wasted time!” Kaye is part of a very tight-knit music community in L.A.’s South Bay, which she calls, “a wonderful thing to be a part of and share. I perform solo, and as a part of an energetic classic-folk rock trio.” More at www.myspace.com/kayereznick
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BILL DOBBINS is a veteran singer-songwriter of the 1960s and ’70s. "Back in the day" he performed at such historical venues as The Gaslight, The Bitter End, Cafe Wha?, Folk City and Izzy Young's Folklore Center - as well as many other clubs, coffee houses and universities. Bill says he was privileged to perform with such legends as Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, John Hammond, Phil Ochs and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. After appearing for years in Europe and the US (mostly on the East Coast), Bill had the opportunity to pursue a career as a photographer, writer and video maker (www.billdobbinsphotography, www.billdobbins.com) and while he continued to write music he put his performance activities on hold..In the past few years, he has begun peforming again, primarily in Southern California, and he has created a website featuring dozens of his songs and musical compositions. Bill's songs and complete bio are available at www.billdobbinsmusic.com
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THE LAUREN ADAMS BAND closes the show. "Lauren Adams has A CD here that is infectious, the lyrics and sweet melodies along with some sweet slide work make you want to keep listening, a very well done recording. The opening track "Poor to Carry It" really is stoked with emotion, this slide just cuts to my heart, love the texture of her music." Jim Moulton - Country Stars Online.
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It has been said of Lauren, “Los Angeles has more than its share of stars, but every once in a while, one outside of the famed inner circle shines above the hoopla. On L.A.’s indie music scene, Lauren Adams has developed a reputation for giving her heart and soul to her music. Adamsʼ music is a fusion of rock, folk, country, and blues, which is better known as Roots or Americana. Her sound is undeniably unique, but others have dubbed Lauren as ‘Lucinda Williams meets The Eagles.’ She has combined her dedication to keeping things real with her spirit of giving back. By doing so, Adams became one of the most widely respected singer-songwriters in California.” Lauren says, “I am extremely honored to have some of the best musicians in the world work with me. Please take a moment to see them on the web.” More at www.laurenadams.com
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Joining Lauren in her band tonight are Debra Dobkin (www.debradobkin), Mark “Pocket” Goldberg (www.myspace.com/pocketgoldberg), Nick Kirgo (www.myspace.com/nicholaskirgo), and Dave Fraser (www.myspace.com/route66bluesmusic).
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All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Feb 26, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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8:30 pm “WHEN YOU AWAKE ANNIVERSARY PARTY” with ERIC D. JOHNSON, LESLIE & THE BADERS, SHAKEY GRAVES, BREATHE OWL BREATHE, at the Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Bl, Los Angeles 90057. Event info, http://kgmusicpress.com/l/t5tz91/5258953;http://www.bootlegtheater.com
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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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9:30 pm DUST BOWL REVIVAL at The Cinema Bar, 3967 N Sepulveda, Culver City.
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(1a) Saturday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks are BOUNTIFUL, and if you stay home tonight, your social life is just plain hopeless:
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7-10 pm WUMBLOOZO does an all-acoustic blues show at Arnie's Café in Tujunga.
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8 pm THE WAILIN’ JENNYS play the Caltech Concert Series on the campus in Pasadena.
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8 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG plays Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.and STEPHANIE BETTMAN with LUKE HALPIN play a stellar double-bill at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor in Granada Hills.
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8 pm CHRIS PROCTOR plays the “40th Anniversary Guitar Summit” series at The Fret House in Covina.
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8 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN at Trinity Backstage in Santa Barbara.
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8 pm THE ALBERTA BALLET in JONI MITCHELL’S “The Fiddle and The Drum” at UCLA Live on the campus in Westwood.
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8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica.
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(1b) Saturday’s “EVENT of THE WEEK” pick for artists:
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11 am-1 pm WORKSHOP: MIKE GORMLEY presents “ARTIST MANAGEMENT TODAY & WHY YOU NEED IT: THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO MUSIC MANAGEMENT” sponsored by Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.
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(2) Saturday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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RADIO: Sat; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“FOLK ALLEY” is a non-profit venture produced by public radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. It often features interviews and performances as well as hosted programs with CD tracks from across the spectrum of folk / new folk / acoustic Americana. They say, “Our goal is to bring you the best in folk music, 24 hours a day, wherever you have access to the Internet.” It requires a free membership. All you need to know and to listen is at www.folkalley.com
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RADIO: Sat; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“ISLAND TIME,” hosted by “DK the DJ” with webcast show times (Pacific time) Tue at 9 pm; Thu at noon; Fri at 5 pm; and Sun at 6 am, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“TIME AFTER ISLAND TIME,” produced by Paul Leslie & Jeff Pike, with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at noon; Wed at 6 am; Thu at 9 pm; Sat at 5 pm, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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RADIO: Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
6-8 am “ALIVE & PICKING” hosted by MARY KATHERINE ALDIN on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, worldwide at www.kpfk.com. 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. KPFK has vacillated on whether or not Mary Katherine’s show will be aired regularly, so please take note, and let KPFK hear your preferences.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
7-10 am “BACK ROADS” roots music radio show with live performance-interviews on KVMR, Nevada City (CA), hosted by Larry Hillberg. “Ease into your Saturday mornings with first class music, past to present, including folk, acoustic, singer-songwriter, Americana, Country, and more.” Broadcast in Nevada City at 89.5 FM, web simulcast and archive of past shows at www.kvmr.org
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
7-11 am “AMERICANA WEEKEND” with Mike Mahaney is an omnibus of newly-released Americana music and music from the Top 40 Americana charts. The show is partly acoustic, partly electric. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on web radio:
11 am-1 pm (Pacific time) “COW TRAILS SHOW” from Mancos, Colorado, features live on-air performances by Western music artists hosted by Western Music Association 2009 DJ of the Year, “Western Belle Barb” (Barbara Richhart). Heartland Public Radio (HPR) rebroadcasts the show on Saturdays at www.hpr.org. The show originates Sundays at KSJD in Mancos, Colorado, and is simulcast on the station’s website (see the Guide’s radio listings for Sunday at 11 am for details). Write Barbara during the Saturday rebroadcast at westernbelle@hpr.org. More at www.myspace.com/mancosbelle and www.facebook.com/barbara.richhart
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
11 am-2 pm “TWANG” with Rowena Muldavin is traditional country, and as she says, “Folks, New Traditional Country music is not an oxymoron.” The show is favorites from the past and new artists who are keeping real country music alive and well in the face of Nashville’s soundalike flood of, as your editor says, “red state trailer park rock.” The show is partly acoustic, partly electric. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on web radio:
Noon-1 pm “UNSIGNED MUSIC SHOW” on WPMD with TEE-M and MIKE STARK is “a genre-busting show, where the UNsigned Revolution is on.” On the web at http://wpmd.org. Mike and TEE-M spin CDs 11 am-noon “from cutting-edge indie artists and bands,” (acoustic and electric) then welcome guests at noon, usually for all-acoustic live performances. The show rebroadcasts through the week; check site for details.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on web radio:
1-3 pm “CONTINENTAL DRIFT” Celtic and British Isle folk show, on KUSP in Santa Cruz, includes live performance-interviews with host CINDY ODOM on her long-running show. From the highlands of Scotland to the midlands of England and beyond, it’s traditional and contemporary music from Ireland and the other British Isles, with Celtic lore and Celtic-influenced folk and ethnic music from Europe and North America. Info, playlists, and web simulcast at www.kusp.org.
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RADIO: Sat, alternate Saturdays, on web radio:
1:30 pm (Pacific) “ACOUSTIC HARMONY,” hosted by Mark Michaelis, from WGDR at 91.1 FM in the Green Mountains of Vermont, simulcast at www.wgdr.org. Mark sometimes hosts folk and acoustic renaissance artists in-studio for all-acoustic performance-interviews. He says, “The focus is on contemporary and traditional folk, singer-songwriters and local artists, but a little of anything and everything might creep-in. Whether it's Celtic, bluegrass, world music or even rock or blues, as long as it's got beautiful harmonies and melodies you might here it here on a Saturday afternoon.” More info, playlists, and archived performance-interviews at www.acoustic-harmony.com.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
2-5 pm “AMERICANA MATINEE” with Kat Griffin combines a diverse mix of the familiar, from Neil Young and Bob Dylan to Lead Belly, with a focus on the current music being released and charting on the National Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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RADIO: Sat, 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, 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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3-4 pm “THIS AMERICAN LIFE” hosted by veteran NPR producer Ira Glass is a weekly public radio program broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show “pushes the envelope of radio performance with a show that's part journalism, part arts, and entirely compelling and unique.” The show has a chosen theme each week, for which Glass does a story or two, and he invites a variety of writers and performers to take a whack at the theme. The result is stories, monologues, short radio plays, miniature documentaries, "found recordings" and original works for radio.
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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
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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5-9 pm “ANN THE RAVEN” is a blues show that bears the name of its host, a well-known L.A. deejay with a velvet and sultry voice. Make no mistake, this is the electric blues, as Ann does not venture into acoustic blues often, if at all. From Billie Holiday to John Lee Hooker, Santana, Shemekia Copeland, Etta James, Mavis Staples and Blues Boy King, she knows the genre and her show is quite popular. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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RADIO: Sat, 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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RADIO: Sat, every Sat, on broadcast & web radio:
7-9 pm “WEST COAST LIVE” hosted by Sedge Thompson is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in San Francisco, broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show is a nationally-distributed radio variety show performed live in front of a live audience, with author interviews, music, and comedy.
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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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3 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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Fri & Sat, Feb 26 & 27:
DAVE GLEASON and THE COUNTRY WAYS (members of Old Californio), both Friday and Saturday night, at Pappy & Harriet's, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown 92268; www.pappyandharriets.com. More at http://kgmusicpress.com/l/yofvr5/5258953
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7:30 pm TOMMY SANDS plays the San Diego Folk Heritage series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas; 858-566-4040; www.sdfolkheritage.org
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(5) Saturday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat:
8-10:30 am FREE ACOUSTIC CONCERT at Strings Music Store, 146 N Glendora Av, Ste 101, Glendora 91741; 626-914 4100. Sometimes featuring VIN FIZ FLYER. Another in a series of MORNING concerts. Free entertainment, tips only, in a great place, with nice people and good music. Vin Fiz Flyer tells us, “Old town Glendora is a kinda sleepy small Midwest town plopped into Southern California. These early morning concerts sound like a wacky idea, but they’re well-attended by musicians as well as music lovers! A car club meets at the Cafe next door every Saturday for breakfast, and they park their assorted ‘babies’ out front for you to peruse too. Come on by and start your weekend out right.” Check with venue to see if there is a concert scheduled for today.
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Sat, Feb 27, recurring:
8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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Pete was among the winners in mandolin at last year’s Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He says, “There's no way I'm getting out and playing music 8:30 am every Saturday.” So check Pete’s myspace page to see if they’ll be there. Sharon plays flute. Free.
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Sat, Feb 27; WORKSHOP; an “EVENT of THE WEEK” pick for artists:
11 am-1 pm MIKE GORMLEY presents “ARTIST MANAGEMENT TODAY & WHY YOU NEED IT: THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO MUSIC MANAGEMENT” sponsored by Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) at Musicians Institute, 1655 N McCadden Pl, Hollywood 90028; info & reservations, 213-243-6440; www.lawim.com.
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The challenges of the music industry today require people to be smart, diversified, well connected and in love with music. Music biz veteran Mike Gormley of “Yes, Dear Entertainment” (a full-service Artist Management / Marketing / Consultancy Company), has managed The Bangles, Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman, Concrete Blonde, Angelique Kidjo, Ronny Cox, Simon Lynge, Lowen & Navarro and many others. YDE has worked with Rhino Records, A&M Records, Clear Channel Communications, The Agency Group, Orsino Publicity, iFanz and Amoeba Music and others.
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Learn what your manager should do for you, why they are important, and how to avoid management pitfalls. The music business only looks glamorous. Recognize career pitfalls and how to get around them. Recognize your talents and know you are ready Just because it's easy to record these days doesn't mean you should. Topics include:
When to get a manager and how to do it; How to introduce yourself to the people you THINK really care; To get out and sell, you have to keep introducing your talents; Mistakes artists have made; Independent record deals versus major labels (both are bumpy roads. Learn how to handle the bumps); Guerrilla Marketing - using the internet to introduce your talents to the world; Ways to survive until "the big break" comes along; You don't have to go for the "big brass ring," and more. Advance payment required by 8 pm on Feb 26. $15 LAWIM Members, $25 gen’l.
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Sat, Feb 27, repeats every Sat:
11 am-12:30 pm “PACIFIC SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” with G. F. MLELY, at Theater & Cabaret, 1535 Termino Av, Long Beach 90804. Info, Billie Kalua, songwriters@jazcraft.net or 562-494-9627. Ongoing, began Mar 31, 2007. $15 per workshop, minimum 4 workshops payable in advance; pre-registration required.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat, in Camarillo:
1-3 pm “ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC” in the courtyard of Rare Blends Cafe, 4101 Las Posas Rd (next to Camarillo Library), Camarillo. Info, 805-682-4718. Geared for singer-songwriters and instrumentalists. New as of Jan 9, 2010. Sign-ups at 12:30 pm. Rain cancels, because it’s outdoors. Free.
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Sat, Feb 27:
2-5 pm EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE - with members of I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., CHAPIN SISTERS, & ZACHARIAH - play one of several CD release shows, this one at Center for Arts in Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Bl, Eagle Rock 90041; www.centerartseaglerock.org
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Kids get in for $10 and can bring their parents for free. Temporary tattoos, kite making, snacks, crafts, face-painting are all available. Event info at http://kgmusicpress.com/l/1ws5q4/5258953; and http://web.me.com/earthwormensemble/earthwormensemble/Earthwormers.html
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Earthworm Ensemble is a kid's music CD for the whole family, with witty eco lyrics and beautiful songs performed by members of I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah, and many more of L.A.'s best country/folk musicians. Today’s show includes special guests Rob and Paul M. from I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah, and Christina Ortega. More, including reviews, music, and bio at www.earthwormensemble.com
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“The musicians here are masters of their craft. Seasoned performers and songwriters all, they utilize a myriad of genres in this catchy collection. Country-rock a la the Byrds to jaunty hip-hop; folly styling to rock and roll. Like their parent group I See Hawks In LA, the Earthworm Ensemble project describes joyfulness. When the kids aren't singing along, you can be sure they'll be dancing.” - Ron Jacobs, Counterpoint.
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“This is the kind of music Mom and Dad can pop in on a road trip and not want to drive the Prius off a cliff.” - Leslie Bargar Suter, Los Angeles Magazine.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, The Merc now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Sat, Feb 27, recurring:
4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, Feb 27, 4th Sat every month; in the OC:
5 pm Monthly JAM, POTLUCK, & CONTRA DANCE at The Living Tradition series at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; www.thelivingtradition.org; info, 949-646-1964. Dance caller TBD, band TBD. Monthly jam sessions allow musicians (instrumentalists and singers) to learn, practice, and enjoy traditional music in a relaxed atmosphere; held 4th Sat every month, before the contra dance. Jam participants play a wide array of instruments, from accordions to zithers, and a variety of traditional folk tunes, mostly from the Fiddlers’ Fake Book (by David Brody) and the Portland Collection (by Susan Songer). Open to all ages and levels of experience. Vocalists and song circles are welcome. Slow jam encourages novices. Fast jam challenges old-timers.
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Jam begins at 5 pm, bring your instruments & join in; free.
Slow jam, 5-5:45 pm
Fast jam, 5:45-7 pm
Potluck, 6:30 pm
Contra dance introduction lesson, 7:30 pm
> CONTRA DANCE is 8-11 pm, $8 per person, $7 for Anaheim residents, $6 for Living Tradition mbrs; children under 18 are free with paid adult.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat:
6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Feb 27, last Sat, every month; in Lancaster:
6:30-10 pm CONTRA DANCE with live music by DANANCE BAND at its new location, Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster; info, 661-733-8106 or rm.trochim@verizon.net. Band includes FRANK JAVORSEK (longtime teacher at Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor), & DOUG MOON (banjo player, former Captain Beefheart guitarist). Please bring a snack or dessert to share in the potluck. $6 per adult, $2 for ages 14 and younger. Live caller.
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7-10 pm WUMBLOOZO does an all-acoustic blues show at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818- 951-9098. Promo for this show says, “This is music at it's best - raw, heartfelt, Americana....up close and personal with Michael, his guitar his songs. Enhancing the music is Doctor Fun on harmonica. Come hear the songs, the words, the voice, the stories. Tthere will be lots of new songs.” They rocked the house playing acoustic at the CONCERT FOR HAITI. More at www.wumbloozo.com
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Sat, Feb 27:
7 pm HIGH HILLS 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. The all-women bluegrass band announced their retirement a few months ago, since they were moving to different parts of America. But thonight, their music and comedy are back.
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Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “A big winner here: HIGH HILLS, a dynamic multi-talented all-female award-winning bluegrass band fills the house with their high-lonesome sound to beautiful soothing ballads and their magical blend of harmonies to superb instrumental leads.”
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High Hills debuted in 1996. They headlined with the Dixie Chicks in 1998 and opened for The Del McCourey Band and Ricky Skaggs in 1999. They continued to be on the rise until that recent retirement. VIRGINIA STARLING delivers award-winning vocals and combines her songwriting with her fiddle-playing; LESLIE REAGAN plays hot mandolin and flatpick guitar; LAURA SILVERSTEIN is an accomplished fingerstyle banjo and guitar player; CHERYL RICHARDS plays upright bass. More at www.highhills.com including soundclip sample hor d’oeurves. Tix, $18.
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Sat, Feb 27, in Redlands:
7-11 pm DAVID SOUSA & THE ZYDECO MUDBUGS play the “ZYDECO AT TAYLOR'S” series at Taylor's Tavern, 26787 Barton Rd (at San Timoteo), Redlands 92375; 909-793-4314. Info, call Karen at 562-708-8946.
Basic Zydeco Dance Lesson: $10 / person, 5:30-6:30 pm
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat:
7-9 pm “JUST PLAIN FOLKS ORANGE COUNTY” Group Singing, sponsored by the local chapter of the international Just Plain Folks; for info & loc, go to www.JPFolks.org.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat, in Palmdale:
7 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat, in Temecula:
7 & 9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. The 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat:
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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Sat, Feb 27:
7:30 pm MARK CRONIN & WAYNE SLATER-LUNSFORD playing cover songs at the Sweetwater Cafe in Agua Dulce. Wayne says. “I get to sit back and play lead acoustic guitar while Mark does most of the work. It's a lot of fun, and it comes out sounding decent, I would say. So come on out to a place where you can get a decent meal and listen to us. On your way in and out, you'll also notice you can see stars in the sky you may have been missing for a long time.” More at www.waynesl.com
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat:
7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE WAILIN’ JENNYS play the Caltech Concert Series, presented by Caltech Campus Programs, in Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; http://events.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). The Wailin' Jennys started in Winnipeg, Canada and have made their brand of vocal music a huge worldwide attraction. Soprano Ruth Moody (guitar, banjo, accordion, bodhran), mezzo Nicky Mehta (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, percussion), and alto Heather Masse (upright bass) comprise this trio of amazing singers. They draw from folk, bluegrass, old time and jazz, and their harmonies are exquisite. They could easily be an a cappella group, but they are talented instrumental musicians, as well. If you enjoy Moira Smiley and VOCO, or the Chapin Sisters, you'll love the Jennys. "Like Gilian Welch or Alison Krauss, they make new songs feel traditional and old songs sound brand new" — All Music Guide. Advance tix available on the website or by phone. Tix are $26, $21, $16, ($10 for youth) and there is a $5 discount if you mention the Caltech Folk Music Society when ordering or buying tickets at the door.
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.and STEPHANIE BETTMAN with LUKE HALPIN play a stellar double-bill at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. They’ve all performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and thrilled listeners.
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I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. have toured the U.S. from coast to coast and played in Ireland, England, Scotland and Norway. Their new album, ‘SHOULDA BEEN GOLD,’ is rising to the top of the Americana charts in the U.S. and Europe. They’ve been described as “...harmony with intensive arrangements - country roots with influences ranging from Merle Haggard to the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Grateful Dead.” They’ve also been called “Southern Cal’s 21st Century Americana-acoustic/electric-country-rock pioneers.” To rave reviews, they released their “greatest non-hits” collection, “Shoulda Been Gold,” on Jan 26, 2010. Here’s an example: "The group (has) only released four albums since forming in 2000, but this career/label-spanning disc packs enough terrific Americana into its playing time to convince any fan of the genre that this group’s music has flown under the radar for too long." Come listen to their first performance at the BRPP as they share an evening with Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin. More at www.iseehawks.com
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STEPHANIE BETTMAN, award-winning singer-songwriter-fiddler, is often compared to Joan Baez, Alison Krauss, and Emmylou Harris. Winners of the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and the SoCal Live Acoustic Music Competition, she and her partner, mulit-instrumentalist LUKE HALPIN, have been on the fast track to success. Recently, they were featured guests on Roz Larman's nationally syndicated radio program "Folk Scene." She was named among the Top Ten Female Singer-Songwriters in Folkwork's Best of 2008, and her debut CD, "Get Close To Me," charted at #8 on folk dj radio, beating Alison Krauss & Robert Plant. Stephanie's songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy, ranging from up-tempo bluegrass originals to honey-sweet ballads to rousingly passionate anthems. Together with Luke Halpin's multi-instrumental prowess and vocal harmonies, they always deliver a fine performance. More at www.stephaniebettman.com
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm CHRIS PROCTOR 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.chrisproctor.com. $15.
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Sat, Feb 27, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN at Trinity Backstage, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara; info & table reservations 805-962-2970. Renowned folk faves at festivals and when they make their every-other-year rounds back to California.
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“Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.” - Matt Watroba, Sing Out Magazine.
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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. Their audience can always depend on new songs, some old favorites, and a lot of fun and stories of what they've been up to in the intervening two years.
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Steve is a fine songwriter who has written many great songs over the years. From "Back on the Street Again" to "That Song About the River," he's written a truckload of memorable songs. He's a strong, confident, and innovative guitarist, and a he has a very fine voice. And speaking of fine voices, you won't find a more beautiful voice than Cindy Mangsen's warm, full bodied vocals. She more than holds her own in the elite company of Priscilla Herdman and Anne Hills on the trio albums they have done together. Cindy plays guitar, a bit of banjo, and her concertina adds greatly to their sound. She too is a talented songwriter, though not as prolific. Steve and Cindy are also great song finders, and they bring some exceptional songs written by others, as well as a few older traditional songs and ballads. More at www.compassrosemusic.com.
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Sat, Feb 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE ALBERTA BALLET in JONI MITCHELL’S “The Fiddle and The Drum” 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.
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Sat, Feb 27; Fri & Sat through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts, on the Main Stage, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405l Reservations req’d at 310-392-7327 or www.edgemarcenter.org (under events tab).
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Multiplatinum songwriter and cast member HARRIET SCHOCK tells us, “Audiences love it and we’ve enjoyed performing it 86 times. We’ve been extended through April but please don’t wait too long to see [this] wonderful, funny, moving, thoroughly enjoyable play.”
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Harriet Schock has worked with famous film director Henry Jaglom, writing the music for several of his feature film projects, and performing that music on-camera in his latest, “Irene in Time,” which stars Tanna Frederick, also the star if this play, making its world-premiere run.
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“JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY” stars TANNA FREDERICK, JULIE DAVIS, DAVID GARVER, JACK HELLER, DAVID PROVAL, DIANE SALINGER, & HARRIET SCHOCK. Directed by Gary Imhoff, produced by Alexandra Guarnieri.
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"A near-Chekhovian delight! Go !!! " - L.A. Weekly
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"Henry Jaglom's new play rocks! A brilliant comic cast!" - The Huffington Post
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"Tanna Frederick moves effortlessly through an array of emotions, she & David Garver exude a quiet magnetism. Jaglom's homage to theatre people will appeal to everyone." - Hollywood Reporter
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"Henry Jaglom is a master storyteller. 'Lust 45 Minutes from Broadway' should tickle New York theatergoers when it moves closer than 45 minutes away." - For ReviewPlays.com )in The Santa Monica Daily Press and The San Diego Jewish World)
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Runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, extended until the end of April. Parking is available (fee charged) in an onsite structure, and metered parking is available in nearby Lot 11, across the street from Peet's Coffee. Tix, $25.
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Sat, Feb 27:
SOLD OUT: 8 pm PHRANC at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. McCabe’s booker Lincoln Myerson says, “a sold out show with lesbian folksinger (and super deluxe Tupperware salesperson) Phranc.” Tix, $16.
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Sat, Feb 27:
CANCELLED: 8 pm TERESA TUDURY plus BILL BURNETT & THE BACKBONERS at the Thousand Oaks Library (Grant R. Brimhall Library), 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362. Presented by Bodie House Concerts; contact info, BodieHouse@aol.com; www.bodiehouse.com.
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Hold on to your seats as TERESA TUDURY takes you on a musical journey of wild and powerful songs and stories from the depths of her incredibly rich and inspiring repertoire. Teresa is an original, from her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and L.A., she has a loyal following and rave reviews wherever she performs. With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa is a consummate performer who pours-out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Teresa has recorded or performed with Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Bramlett, and many more.
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THE BACKBONERS are a wild quartet that pick up where the Mamas and the Papas left off - delivering originals and classics with soaring, complex vocal arrangements. Songwriter and guitarist BILL BURNETT is joined by vocalists SUZY WILLIAMS & GINGER SMITH and pianist-vibrophonist-percussionist-bassist and singer KAHLIL SABBAGH to bring an eclectic repertoire that, as Bill says, “soothes the soul while it knocks your socks off. Pop, rock, folk, comedy and old time styles come at you without warning. You'll laugh, cry, and rediscover why you ever fell in love with music in the first place.” Suggested donation is $20.
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RE: CANCELLATION ~ Bill Burnette, who was to have played this show, notified his list on Feb 24 that the show is cancelled; the Bodie House website had not yet been updated with that info.
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Sat, Feb 27; world music:
8 pm KOTO YUKI BAND featuring MUNYUNGO JACKSON & REV. TOM KURAI plus THE TAIKO CENTER OF LOS ANGELES ENSEMBLE perform at the REMO Recreational Music Center, 7308 Coldwater Canyon Av, North Hollywood 91605. It’s the CD release show for ”Crème Brulée,” the new CD from Yukiko Matsuyama and the Koto Yuki Band. TOM KURAI tells us, “It’s a joyful blend of Smooth Jazz, New Age & World Music that will excite & delight!” The band features Diana Dentino on keys, Vince VanTrigt on bass, Voyce McGinley III – drums & percussion with Special Guests: Munyungo Jackson – percussion, & Greg Vail – sax & flute. THE TAIKO CENTER OF LOS ANGELES ENSEMBLE directed by Rev. Tom Kurai opens the show. Tix info, 760-576-KOTO or 818 982-0461. Tix, $15 advance, $18 door.
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Sat, Feb 27, every Sat:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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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-midnight SONGMAKERS “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills; for location, contact Kay Conroy, 818-887-0446, WestValleyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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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 “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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10 pm TONY GILKYSON and CHARLIE FAY at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar.
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11 am EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE - with members of I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., CHAPIN SISTERS, & ZACHARIAH - play the first of two CD release shows, this one for the Matinee Kids Show series at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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4 pm CORRINE WEST & KELLY JOE PHELPS play the Duncan House Concert Series in Ventura.
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5 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica.
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7 pm KEN O’ MALLEY at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7 pm JEFF TURMES plus DEAD ROCK WEST playing acoustic at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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RADIO: Sun; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“FOLK ALLEY” is a non-profit venture produced by public radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. It often features interviews and performances as well as hosted programs with CD tracks from across the spectrum of folk / new folk / acoustic Americana. They say, “Our goal is to bring you the best in folk music, 24 hours a day, wherever you have access to the Internet.” It requires a free membership. All you need to know and to listen is at www.folkalley.com
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RADIO: Sun; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers, to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“ISLAND TIME,” hosted by “DK the DJ” with webcast show times (Pacific time) Tue at 9 pm; Thu at noon; Fri at 5 pm; and Sun at 6 am, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“TIME AFTER ISLAND TIME,” produced by Paul Leslie & Jeff Pike, with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at noon; Wed at 6 am; Thu at 9 pm; Sat at 5 pm, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
3 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
5-6 am “CITY ARTS & LECTURES” hosted by Linda Hunt is a weekly public radio program broadcast locally on KCLU from Thousand Oaks, 88.3 FM in West SFV & Ventura County, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM in Santa Barbara; web simulcast at www.kclu.org. The show BRINGS some of the most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers of our day as they address contemporary ideas and values, often discussing the creative process. These unique programs offer diverse perspective on literature, criticism, the performing arts, and the way we think about the world we live in today.
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
6-10 am “BLUEGRASS ETC.” with producer & host FRANK HOPPE, on KCSN 88.5 FM in L.A., worldwide at www.kcsn.org. Frank’s show has been broadcast for 17+ years, and lately, he’s had live performance-interviews with musical guests. A musician himself, Frank Hoppe knows traditional bluegrass and old time string music forward and backward and everywhere in between.
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast radio & web simulcast:
8 am-noon “PEACE, LOVE & SUNDAY MORNINGS” with veteran deejay Mimi Chen, on 100.3 FM The Sound in L.A., and simulcast everywhere at http://www.thesoundla.com/?nid=41&sid=304. Mimi mixes together the best acoustic, live, reggae, bluegrass, "jam band", and folk performances by Sound artists both new and old. It's music that fits the mellow mood of Sunday mornings in Southern California. The station tells us, “This is a unique opportunity for our listeners to associate with the idealism that grew out of the peace movement in the 1970s. No longer controversial, the core ideals of friendship and togetherness live on - and relate powerfully to new generations of music fans. Tune in and turn on.”
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
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, every Sun, on web radio:
11 am-1 pm (Pacific time) “COW TRAILS SHOW” from Mancos, Colorado, features live on-air performances by Western music artists hosted by Western Music Association 2009 DJ of the Year, “Western Belle Barb” (Barbara Richhart), on KSJD, simulcast at www.ksjd.org. Studio phone-in numbers for host and on-air guests during Sunday’s live broadcast, 970-564-9727 & 970-564-0808 or email onair@ksjd.org. (During the Heartland Public Radio - HPR - Saturday rebroadcast, write Barbara at westernbelle@hpr.org and hear the show Saturdays at 11 am Pacific, at www.hpr.org. More, www.myspace.com/mancosbelle and www.facebook.com/barbara.richhart
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RADIO: Sun, every Sun, on broadcast & web radio:
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, 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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3-5 pm “TANGLED ROOTS” is Pat Baker’s long-running Americana show on KCSN in Los Angeles. The show is alt country, folk, folk/rock, gospel, blues and music from the singer–songwriter tradition, resulting in an eclectic mix of roots-based Americana from classic to contemporary. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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RADIO: Sun, 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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5-7 pm “THE DYLAN HOURS” on KCSN in Los Angeles is hosted and programmed by Americana musician Lisa Finney. The show focuses on the music of American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet Bob Dylan, blending his greatest hits, classic album cuts, and rare and obscure tracks from his five decades of recording, together with covers and requests from listeners. It’s a theme-based show: each week, Lisa links the tracks to themes, news, social and political events, and more. She researches and includes background information about each track played, including musician and producer credits, recording dates and locations. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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6-8 pm “FOLKSCENE” is a long-running folk music show from Los Angeles, hosted by ROZ LARMAN on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, and simulcast at www.kpfk.org. The schedule recently changed, and the show now airs at 6 pm. Each edition features a long-form performance-interview, recorded live with a guest recording artist. The show celebrates its 39th year on the air in February 2010. Info on the show and guests, playlists, and tributes to the late co-host HOWARD LARMAN, at www.folkscene.com.
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6:05 pm (Pacific) “AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WITH ED AND TERRY” on WKUL Country 92.1 FM in North Alabama, simulcast at www.wkul.com is a western music show. Co-host Ed (Eddy) tells us, “a person can learn a lot from a good cow or an old horse.” Uh, okay, Eddy. You can contact him at kudzucowboy@hotmail.com
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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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Sun, Feb 28, last Sun, every month; near Seattle:
4-6:30 pm “RUNNING DOG SHANTY SING,” held the last Sunday of every month, at Running Dog Guitars / Sound Guitar Repair, 118 N 35th St, Suite 105, Fremont, WA. Hosted by Rick Davis & Cat Fox. Sea Chanties (shanties) are fun to sing and the choruses are always easy-to-learn sing-alongs. The hosts tell us, “The building is tall, grey cinderblock and green metal. Suite 105 is in the back, facing the alley between 36th and 35th. Parking available on the street. Over 21 years of age please. Potluck beverages and snacks.” Free.
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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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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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10 am-4 pm STEPHEN MEMEL’S VOCAL WORKSHOP happens today in Los Angeles; reservations get directions. Stephen says, “We've had a great response so far and there are only 20 slots available per workshop. This allows me to be able to work individually with every participant. That's important because methods too often supersede the student. And, by using my system, ‘The Science of Switching On,’ I will identify patterns that limit you and then create original and inventive exercised that will give way to immediate transformation. It's time to be who you've always wanted to be and I want to be there when you discover just how great you are.” Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2py36fxd8aa98d1. $250.
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11 am EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE - with members of I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., CHAPIN SISTERS, & ZACHARIAH - play the first of two CD release shows, this one for the Matinee Kids Show series at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com.
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Earthworm Ensemble is a kid's music CD for the whole family, with witty eco lyrics and beautiful songs performed by members of I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah, and many more of L.A.'s best country/folk musicians. Today’s show includes special guests Rob and Paul M. from I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah, and Christina Ortega. More, including reviews, music, and bio at www.earthwormensemble.com
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“The musicians here are masters of their craft. Seasoned performers and songwriters all, they utilize a myriad of genres in this catchy collection. Country-rock a la the Byrds to jaunty hip-hop; folly styling to rock and roll. Like their parent group I See Hawks In LA, the Earthworm Ensemble project describes joyfulness. When the kids aren't singing along, you can be sure they'll be dancing.” - Ron Jacobs, Counterpoint.
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“This is the kind of music Mom and Dad can pop in on a road trip and not want to drive the Prius off a cliff.” - Leslie Bargar Suter, Los Angeles Magazine.
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11 am-4 pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM, TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO, hosted by BRETT WALLER, at Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park “in the Arroyo,” 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy. Link to the Audubon center has a map: http://www.audubon-ca.org/debs_park.htm. Enter through the main portal of the Audubon center, out to the grounds, pass the pond and wind up the path to under the shade of the old pepper tree. Info, call Brett, 323-441-2113.
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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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Sun, Feb 28, repeats every fourth Sun, in Temecula:
OPEN JAM SESSION IN TEMECULA at The Nettworks Ranch, Menifee Valley, in the Temecula / Murrieta Valley, a few miles N of the I-215 / I-15 split, in that triangle. Take Scott Rd W 2 miles off I-215, or Bundy Canyon Rd E 4 miles off I-15. Turn S on Daily Rd; first ranch on right; info, Diana Nett, The Nettworks Ranch, 951-679-7951 or 909-239-5154.
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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 BLUEGRASS JAM at Torrance Elks Lodge, 1820 Abalone Av, Torrance. Info, Bill Elliott, 909-678-1180 or Bob & Lynn Cater, 310-678-1180.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2-5 pm “SONGS FOR EARTHLINGS CIRCLE” with this month’s guest performer CANDACE CARNICELLI is a monthly sing-a-long with LINNEA RICHARDS & FRIENDS at Yoga Desa, 120 S Topanga Canyon Bl (in PineTree Circle), Topanga 90290. Info, Linnea Richards 310-455-2615.
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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, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, in Ventura; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm CORRINE WEST & KELLY JOE PHELPS play the Duncan House Concert Series in Ventura; reservations get directions, at www.myspace.com/duncanhouseconcerts. Corrine has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and if you like Alison Krauss, you'll love Corrine.
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Kelly Joe Phelps is a guitar virtuoso and great bluesman.
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There's magic in Corinne West's voice. It aches and breaks. It soars. It's clear, penetrating and washed in emotion. When she wraps that voice around songs as sublime as those on her latest CD, “Second Sight,” she's spellbinding. That's because she's unlocked the secret that so many singers spend entire careers looking for and never find.
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"She writes great songs, plays with top flight musicians, sports a killer voice and oh yes, has sultry good looks- she could easily be cast as a princess in a ‘Lord of the Rings’-type movie (hopefully a singing part)" - Americana Roots.com.
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"West, who took to the road at the tender age of fifteen, is a masterful songwriter, winning awards at Kerrville Folk Festival. She has a distinct voice with echoes of another Californian, the late Kate Wolf. Educated on the streets West has a raw sincerity in her lyrics and her singing." - Montrose Daily Press, Colorado.
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"Coupling a voice to die for with beautifully crafted songs that are memorable both lyrically and melodically, West has fashioned a unique identity within American music's acoustic/roots scene." - Colin Hall, R2, RocknReel: The UK's best selling eclectic music magazine.
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Scott Duncan says, “For those that missed the special Rhythm Angels show, and for those that were lucky enough to attend that great concert, here is a show not to miss. Corrine's CDs have been playing over and over in our car for over a year. We arraigned our trip to England in September ‘09 to catch her in London on her latest UK tour. This will be one of the best concerts you've ever see!” More at www.myspace.com/corinnewest and www.myspace.com/kellyjoephelps357
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Sun, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28; Sundays through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts, on the Main Stage, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405l Reservations req’d at 310-392-7327 or www.edgemarcenter.org (under events tab).
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“JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY” stars TANNA FREDERICK, JULIE DAVIS, DAVID GARVER, JACK HELLER, DAVID PROVAL, DIANE SALINGER, & HARRIET SCHOCK. Directed by Gary Imhoff, produced by Alexandra Guarnieri.
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"A near-Chekhovian delight! Go !!! " - L.A. Weekly
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"Henry Jaglom's new play rocks! A brilliant comic cast!" - The Huffington Post
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"Tanna Frederick moves effortlessly through an array of emotions, she & David Garver exude a quiet magnetism. Jaglom's homage to theatre people will appeal to everyone." - Hollywood Reporter
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"Henry Jaglom is a master storyteller. 'Lust 45 Minutes from Broadway' should tickle New York theatergoers when it moves closer than 45 minutes away." - For ReviewPlays.com )in The Santa Monica Daily Press and The San Diego Jewish World)
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Runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, extended until the end of April. Parking is available (fee charged) in an onsite structure, and metered parking is available in nearby Lot 11, across the street from Peet's Coffee. Tix, $25.
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Sun, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 4th Sun, every month:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A.; for location, contact Mha Atma Khalsa, WestLAHoot@songmakers.org or 310-203-0162; www.songmakers.org.
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Sun, Feb 28, 4th Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm “BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM” for beginners, at SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande. Info, 805-473-0102.
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Sun, Feb 28, repeats last Sun, every month:
5:45 pm OPEN MIC at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabesguitar.com.
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Sun, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm KEN O’ MALLEY 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. In this captivating show, the Dublin born singer-songwriter will transport his audience to his beloved Ireland with his rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence accompanied by his remarkable talent on guitar and mandolin.
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The University of St. Thomas at Houston proclaims that Ken O'Malley is "widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today" and the Irish News calls this consummate entertainer "without question, . . .the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California . . ." And, last year, Folkworks Magazine named him second among the top 10 live acoustic male singer-songwriters in Los Angeles.
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The event promises to be a magical evening of music with songs in both English and Irish Gaelic, suitable for all ages. Not just a singer, about whom Dave Soyars of the Irish Herald writes "his powerful and emotive voice shines through on everything he does", O'Malley is also a cultural ambassador and educator who infuses every performance with a genuine passion and love for his native land and its people. As longtime fan Mark Dresser says "the songs Ken sings touch all of us, Irish or not, to the very core of the human heart." Tix, $18.
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Sun, Feb 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm JEFF TURMES plus DEAD ROCK WEST at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. McCabe’s booker Lincoln Myerson says, “We have a very cool show with our own JEFF TURMES plus a special acoustic set by openers DEAD ROCK WEST. One of L.A.'s best kept secrets, musician Jeff Turmes comes to McCabe's for the release of his brand new ‘Five Horses Four Riders’ CD. Whether playing bass, guitar or saxophone, Turmes has played and recorded with some of the greatest in the roots/blues idiom including Tom Waits, Richard Thompson, RL Burnside, Pinetop Perkins as well as Mavis Staples, who has been working with Jeff since 2007. Tonight, Turmes takes center stage showcasing his considerable songwriting skills that have made the mostly acoustic ‘Five Horses...’ a very buzzworthy album indeed. Opening tonight in a stripped-down acoustic format are roots rock darlings DEAD ROCK WEST, whose forthcoming Peter Case-produced CD features appearances by friends John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Peter Case and Marc Olson.” Tix, $10.
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Sun, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, repeats last Sun, every month; in the OC:
7-9 pm monthly “ORANGE COUNTY SONGSALIVE! SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Spires Restaurant (in the Meeting Room), 13030 Goldenwest Av (crnr of Garden Grove Bl), Westminster 92683; 714-636-0442; event info, 714-333-8222 (Rodney). Songwriting workshop, critique session and songwriting exercises. Event gathers songwriters to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the global Songsalive! songwriting communities. First half is an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each (on tape, CD or live) followed by a guest speaker or industry discussion in the second half, with time to talk and network. Moderated by Rod O'Riley. Directions, info, www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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Sun, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, repeats last Sun, every month:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont; 909-624-2928. Sign-ups at 7 pm. $1 cover.
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LAWRENCE LEBO'S SUNDAY NITE LIVE" is her new Sunday night residency and artist “pro showcase” (with invited artists sitting-in), at Milano's Café; 6075 Reseda Bl, Tarzana 91335; 818-609-0822.
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Rounding out the “Lebo House Band” this Sunday will be Nick Kirgo on guitar and Denny Croy on bass. In addition, many talented friends of the group will be dropping in to join the band. This just may be the West Valley's hottest new showcase.
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Milano's Cafe is a hip, new venue in the West Valley, featuring “fusion Middle Eastern cuisine,” and an espresso/juice bar. It is located adjacent to the Orange Line at Reseda Bl and Oxnard St. Lawrence says, “If you are one of our talented friends please feel free to come sit-in, if you so desire.” More at www.lawrencelebo.com
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Sun, Feb 28, 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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It’s MARCH!
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It’s MARCH(!) and that means SPRING arrives this month! (Not that you can especially tell the difference in Southern California, except that it means Spring Music Festival Season is almost here! : )
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March was the opening month of the Roman calendar, and it was named for Mars - not the planet, but the Roman god of war. Appropriate, really, given the Romans’ penchant for warfare. March remained the first month of the year until the Julian calendar was adopted in 46 BCE. Uhh, that is except in England and her possessions, where the practice of using March as the opening month of the year lasted until the mid-eighteenth century(!)
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8 pm-1 am “RONNIE MACK'S BARN DANCE” with a full lineup of guest performers and THE BARNDANCE BAND at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank.
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RADIO: Mon; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“FOLK ALLEY” is a non-profit venture produced by public radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. It often features interviews and performances as well as hosted programs with CD tracks from across the spectrum of folk / new folk / acoustic Americana. They say, “Our goal is to bring you the best in folk music, 24 hours a day, wherever you have access to the Internet.” It requires a free membership. All you need to know and to listen is at www.folkalley.com
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RADIO: Mon; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers, to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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Noon-12:30 pm “GUNSLINGER RADIO SHOW” with host Cowboy Hud and performing guests on web radio KSGV, Glendora, at http://ksgvradio.com.
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RADIO: Mon, every Mon; on radio & web simulcast:
2-4 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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3 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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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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7:30-9 pm “LAMN JAM” at The Scene, 806 E Colorado St (x-st Everett), Glendale 91205; 818-241-7029. L.A. Music Network Jam is billed as a place where “artists, musicians, singers and songwriters play for the pros.” Only LAMN Members perform by registering at 818-769-6095 or tara@lamn.com. Info: www.lamn.com. Performers receive constructive criticism in the areas of music, lyrics and performance. No cover.
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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 ANDREW & NOAH VanNORSTRAND (THE GREAT BEAR TRIO) 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand perform a high-energy blend of Celtic, Appalachian, swing, old-time country and bluegrass, with impressive instrumental chops - on fiddle (including twin fiddles), mandolin, guitar and banjo. It’s an exciting evening of original alternative folk music. The two have been bringing their brand of high-energy alternative folk music to concert halls, festival stages and dance floors across North America since they were in their teens. Both boys are prolific composers and multi-instrumentalists. Their music is a finely-crafted blend of genres with equal emphasis on daring improvisation and intricate arrangements. In addition to their well-known instrumental chops, they have recently added a whole new dimension to their repertoire with their skillful songwriting and tight harmony vocals. They often appear as a duo but they have also toured all over North America as THE GREAT BEAR TRIO with their mother Kim on piano, and they occasionally perform with JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON as well as the psychedelic contra-rock group GIANT ROBOT DANCE. Fans of modern folk artists like Nickel Creek, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens and Lunasa will be very happy with this show. Tix, $15.
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8 pm-1 am “RONNIE MACK'S BARN DANCE” with a full lineup of guest performers and THE BARNDANCE BAND has MOVED to Monday’s and is now at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill (at the old Crazy Jack’s), 4311 W Magnolia Bl (between Cahuenga Bl & Pass Av), Burbank; 818-729-0905; venue info, www.danceatjoes.com/barndance; series info, www.myspace.com/421889964. Since 1988, Ronnie Mack has marshaled forward the Los Angeles roots and alt country scene with his once-a-month Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance. It’s simply amazing who has played the series. In 2003, Jim Hollander filmed his documentary, "First Tuesdays at Ronnie Mack's Barndance," featuring performances and interviews with series alumni Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores, Big Sandy, James Intveld, Mike Stinson and more. It’s available at www.hollandermedia.com. In addition to each month’s lineup of guest performers, there’s always the BARN DANCE BAND. That brings Ronnie Mack on lead vocals & rhythm guitar (with a lead here & there), Skip Edwards on the keys, Marty Rifkin on Pedal Steel, Harry Orlove on lead guitar, Paul Marshall (I See Hawks in L.A.) on bass, Dave Raven on drums (or on occasion John Palmer). More on Ronnie Mack and his legendary Barn Dance at www.electricearl.com/BDance.html
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8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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Mon, Mar 1, every Mon:
8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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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, Mar 1, 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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Mon, Mar 1, every Mon:
9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com.. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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RADIO: Tue, 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, 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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“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“TIME AFTER ISLAND TIME,” produced by Paul Leslie & Jeff Pike, with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at noon; Wed at 6 am; Thu at 9 pm; Sat at 5 pm, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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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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3 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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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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12:30-2:30 pm monthly “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB RECITALS” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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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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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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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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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, Mar 2, 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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6:30-10 pm HAMMERED DULCIMER PRACTICE GROUP at a private home in Downey; first Tue, every month. Round-robin format, all levels welcome. No dues or fees. Contact Bea Romano for loc: celticanamusic@yahoo.com.
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6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS “ROUND TABLE PIZZA SONG CIRCLE,” at Round Table Pizza, 889 Arneill Rd (near Ponderosa; in Longs, K-Mart, Vons shopping center), Camarillo; 805-484-8900. Get 20% off your order during the Songmakers event. You can call to order ahead at 805-484-8900. Info, TJ Zeiler, Songmaker93010@gmail.com or 805-482-0029; www.songmakers.org.
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“BACK PORCH AT THE UNURBAN” hosted by swamp grass band KILLING CASSANOVA, on the back porch at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica. The back porch is “a night of acoustic singer-songwriters, folk and freak folkers” sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova. The Unurban is a free thinking, all ages, speakeasy-style coffee house, with food for vegeterians and deli lovers alike, and the usual coffeehouse fare. The hosts add, “Please contact us if you're interested in sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova,” through www.myspace.com/killingcassanova .
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7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814. Sign up list closes at 8 pm when the show starts. All genres of music and all styles of self-expression including spoken word, instrumental or lyrical (folk, hip hop, soul, reggae, rock, blues, etc) are welcome.
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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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8 pm THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, with a solo set by mandolin phenom EVAN MARSHALL, at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Named in FolkWorks as the Best Acoustic Band of 2008, they are one of, if not "the" most historical Western bands in the world. The Riders Of The Purple Sage have starred in films and radio for the pre-war days to today... Today's Riders, under the leadership of Cody Bryant, put on a show rich with old and new music. Band members are skilled musicians, and their instruments include a five-string banjo, hot lead guitar, fiddles, steel guitar, bass, hammer dulcimer, concert harp, coronet, drums, and consummate vocals.
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While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that carries on and builds upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. Today’s Riders bring together hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, leave the audience wanting more. Their sound and show makes you feel that all is well in the West. After one performance Larry Wines called them “ethereal and orchestral,” adding, “They exceeded musicianship. They exceeded their genre.” Venue impresario Bob Stane adds, “You owe it to yourself to see this most amazing and amusing exhibit. Forget what you think you like and don’t like. See The Riders Of The Purple Sage.” Tix, $20.
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8 pm BACKYARD TIRE FIRE, OLD CALIFORNIO, & “WHEELHOUSE” (band is Brian Whelan and Ross Flournoy of the Broken West with Rob Douglas & Derreck Brown) play (a probably electric show) at The Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, L.A.; 323-954-9630; www.themintla.com.
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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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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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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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MOVED: 8 pm-1 am “RONNIE MACK'S BARN DANCE” is NO LONGER at El Cid, and NO LONGER on first Tuesdays. It’s MOVED to the first Monday of every month, and it’s now at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill (at the old Crazy Jack’s), 4311 W Magnolia Bl (between Cahuenga Bl & Pass Av), Burbank; 818-729-0905; venue info, www.danceatjoes.com/barndance; series info, www.myspace.com/421889964. Since 1988, Ronnie Mack has marshaled forward the Los Angeles roots and alt country scene with his once-a-month Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance. It’s simply amazing who has played the series. Alumni include Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores, Big Sandy, James Intveld, Mike Stinson and many more. No cover.
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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 swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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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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RADIO: Wed; 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; 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: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“ISLAND TIME,” hosted by “DK the DJ” with webcast show times (Pacific time) Tue at 9 pm; Thu at noon; Fri at 5 pm; and Sun at 6 am, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“TIME AFTER ISLAND TIME,” produced by Paul Leslie & Jeff Pike, with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at noon; Wed at 6 am; Thu at 9 pm; Sat at 5 pm, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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3 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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Wed, Mar 3, 1st & 3rd Wed, every month:
10:30 am “STORYTIME FUNLAND” for kids at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. It’s an interactive story and music hour with Daniel, Hayley & Mindy. Venue is in the July ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). 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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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, Mar 3, 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 pm “LONG BEACH STORYTELLERS” in the library at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E Willow St, Long Beach; www.longbeachstorytellers.com. More info from Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions, 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852, www.stevenhenegar.net. The Long Beach Storytellers invite storytellers and story listeners to their monthly meetings.
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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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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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7:30-10 pm monthly “SONGWRITER'S NETWORK SEMINAR” with a music industry guest speaker, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Songnet’s monthly seminar brings an assortment of accomplished music industry insiders, from traditional record label execs to the gurus of new media. It provides musicians and songwriters the opportunity to get inside information on the business side of music, to help their creative endeavors and careers. Info on night’s program, the organization, articles, links to the music business, and CGB impresario BOB STANE’s "boilerplate," explaining why some artists do not get booked on a regular basis, are all at www.thesongnet.org. Coffeehouse fare available. Free entry, $5 suggested donation.
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7:30-9:30 pm twice-monthly “COWBOY WESTERN JAM” at El Trocadero, 24274 Main St (at Market), Newhall 91321; 661-284-6615; www.eltrocaderosteakhouse.com. (Many maps show the street name as San Fernando Rd; the part where the venue is located was renamed Main St in 2007.) Event moved to this venue in Sep, 2008. This is the event that was held at Rattlesnake Slim’s until that venue had a fire, and before that, it was held for years at Vincenzo’s Pizza. All pickers invited. 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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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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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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8 pm JENNI ALPERT with JUSTINE BENNETT (harmonies), KEVIN HAALAND (guitar), URI (synths), ERIC BOULANGER (violin)at The Roxy, (main stage), 9009 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood 90069. Jenni is much more a pop performer than we usually list, but she is quite good. She says, “If you can make it out I would love to share new music with you and fun stories of the last few months in music to get you ready for some exciting news - SXSW Fest and upcoming Tour to Holland and France - and things to view (new music video directed by Leigh Underwood) for you to use and listen to (new album in the works produced by Brad Smith of Blind Melon; engineered by Eric Boulanger; musicians: Jimmy Paxson, Chris Chaney, Zac Rae, Kevin Haaland, Emerson Winford, Andrew Kubiszewski, and Ben Peeler)!”
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More at www.jennialpert.com and www.myspace.com/jennialpert and Jenni adds, “Please check myspace for added dates as I often play short performances in Los Angeles on evenings with other great songwriters (coming up in March and April: Genghis Cohen with Justine Bennett and B Willing James and Cranes with Jamie Drake and Justine Bennett.)
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8 pm THE BROMBIES bring bluegrass to Viva Fresh Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank (next to L.A. Equestrian Center); 818-845-2425. They have a residency there, the first, third (and occasional fifth) Wed of every month.
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8 pm monthly “ACOUSTICALLY SPEAKING” show with performing host POET RONI GIRL and a full evening’s lineup, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea, L.A. Venue has full bar and light meals (full dinners can be sent-up from Amalfi Ristorante, downstairs.) Cover is $6 if you say "Flyer" or bring their event flyer (otherwise, it’s more).
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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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Everybody knows the world-famous Coffee Gallery Backstage, with its parade of professional acts. Now, Duane Thorin hosts this new weekly series, wherein invited artists lead sing-alongs, assisted by other musicians who drop by and want to play. Donna says, “There will be a few musicians to keep us together, but this event is not about showing what a great soloist you are - it is about everyone enjoying themselves, and singing - whether or not everyone is in tune (and I expect there will be sour notes - joy is not always pretty).” Duane adds, “Public invited to sing and play along to songs we all know and love. Musicians and singers welcome! We’ll start with all the Beatles songs and go forward and back from there. No sign up, just show up, sing from the audience or move up front to play along as well. The Coffee Gallery now features soup and sandwiches in the evening, plus coffee drinks, white and dark hot chocolate, pies, smoothies, smiles and good company.” This does NOT take the place of scheduled shows in the Backstage – it’s in addition to scheduled shows there. No cover.
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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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Wed, Mar 3, every Wed:
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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Wed, Mar 3, every Wed:
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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CANCELLED: 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.
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Word arrived in mid-February from host CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA that, just short of the series’ nine-year anniversary, it has been cancelled at this rather new home. Organizers are looking to restart it somewhere closer to Hollywood. Check the progress of that, and more, at the California Pop & Jazz Council’s site, www.capopandjazzcouncil.com.
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Wed, Mar 3, every Wed:
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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Wed, Mar 3, every Wed:
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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Wed, Mar 3; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 pm AMBER RUBARTH at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com. NY-based Amber Rubarth makes infrequent tours to the West Coast. This one is sandwiched between her gig at the famous Club Passim in Massachusetts, her show at the Highline Ballroom in NYC, and a bunch of shows at SXSW, all before her acoustic tour of Japan and a big tour of Europe.
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Amber was part of an all-indie-artist benefit concert for Haiti at NY’s City Winery that raised over $25,000! If that’s not enough, her song opens the new film, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” just featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
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8 pm WALTER STRAUSS at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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RADIO: Thu; 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; 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: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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RADIO: every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“ISLAND TIME,” hosted by “DK the DJ” with webcast show times (Pacific time) Tue at 9 pm; Thu at noon; Fri at 5 pm; and Sun at 6 am, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“TIME AFTER ISLAND TIME,” produced by Paul Leslie & Jeff Pike, with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at noon; Wed at 6 am; Thu at 9 pm; Sat at 5 pm, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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WEB TV: Thu, 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, 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 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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Thu, Mar 4, 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, Mar 4, 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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Thu, Mar 4, 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, Mar 4, 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, Mar 4, 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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6-9 pm “SAN PEDRO’S FIRST THURSDAY ARTWALK” has open galleries and live entertainment on 4th through 8th Streets, between Pacific and Beacon, in downtown San Pedro 90731. Free.
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6-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM IN THE OC” at Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley 92708; 714-965-1125. It’s described as “Open Mics and Jams,” and as an “open bluegrass jam, all pickers welcome, all grinners welcome!” Event info, Shelah Spiegel, 714-962-5083 or ifiddler@yahoo.com. Free.
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Thu, Mar 4, recurring; in Idyllwild:
6-9 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & KEVIN HAMBY at Café Aroma, 54750 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild; 951-659-5212. Acoustic blues, bluegrass, swing, folk, more; Sandii Castleberry with guitar, vocals, harmonica; Kevin Hamby on bass, vocals.
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7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with guest artists each week, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes) tells us, it’s “becoming quite a scene. 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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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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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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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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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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7:30 pm CROSBY TYLER brings his CD release tour for “LECTRIC PRAYER” to Arnie’s Ristorante Italiano (formerly Arnie’s Café), 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. The tour hits sevarl western states and the UK.
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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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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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7:30 “JAZZ AT THE MERC” series hosted by SHERRY WILLIAMS at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Thursday, the audience is treated to a different jazz group in the intimate space known as "The Merc." One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Info, schedules, www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/presents/merc.aspx
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8 pm WALTER STRAUSS 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. "A many-layered, multi-textured, one-man folk festival." – Maverick Magazine (UK) "...dazzling...guitar-based music with an artistry that’s unparalleled." – The Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY. "...really musical and quite innovative" – Pierre Bensusan, renowned French-Algerian guitarist.
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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 WINDY RIDGE brings bluegrass to the Coffee Cartel, 1820 S Catalina Av, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-316-6554. Info, contact Frank Bayuk at 310-567-6321 or windyridgeband@aol.com. Band info, www.windyridgebluegrass.com. 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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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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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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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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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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9:30 pm Pianist DANNY HOLT “& friends” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). Called "exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times, pianist Danny Holt performs across the globe in concert halls, clubs, art galleries, churches, living rooms, and wherever else he can find a piano and someone to listen. Whether playing classical music, experimental music, minimalist grooves, or pop/rock, Danny is consistently praised by critics for his energy, wit, and vibrancy. Twice a month, Danny performs here with his invited guests. More at www.dannyholt.net and www.myspace.com/dannyholtmusic
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RADIO: Fri; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“FOLK ALLEY” is a non-profit venture produced by public radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. It often features interviews and performances as well as hosted programs with CD tracks from across the spectrum of folk / new folk / acoustic Americana. They say, “Our goal is to bring you the best in folk music, 24 hours a day, wherever you have access to the Internet.” It requires a free membership. All you need to know and to listen is at www.folkalley.com
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RADIO: Fri; every day, 24/7, on web radio:
“RADIO DISMUKE” is a broad and deep presentation of vintage original recordings from 1925-1935, one of the most vibrant decades in popular culture and entertainment. It’s the music of boom times of the "Roaring '20s" to the hard times of the Great Depression; from frantic Charlestons danced to by a generation of flappers to sentimental ballads performed by the early crooners; from the hot jazz bands of the top Harlem nightclubs to the popular dance bands of the formative years of the swing and big band eras. One listener commented, “How in the world do you have all of this music!? I am amazed when I tune in the magnitude of your collection! Thanks so much for sharing it!” And if you’re wondering, JANET KLEIN (Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys) brought it to the Guide’s attention. It’s accessible through several free options and offers a blog, all available at www.radiodismuke.com
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“AMERICANA HOUSE PARTY” web radio from Bridgewater, Virginia, plays “the best regional and national Americana, bluegrass, new grass, mountain jam, old time, folk, blues, and alt country.” The programmer tells us, “I've attented some really awesome house parties with great entertainment. Only problem is, they ended way too soon. So I created the on-line Americana House Party. Now you can have a house party anytime you dial in, at home or work. It never has to end! Grab your favorite beverage, turn it up, and kick back.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/americanaradio
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“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGTIME” is a 24/7 web radio station from Longmont, Colorado, playing “Americana / jazz / folk” It’s been around since 2003. The programmer says, “This station is provided to promote ragtime everywhere. We pleased to offer a wide variety ragtime music for listening on the web, from Scott Joplin, Brun Campbell, and James Scott to modern composers like David Thomas Roberts and Jack Rummel. We like to include music that 'borders' on ragtime like stride, novelty, blues, traditional jazz, tangos, choros, new ragtime, and terra verde.” More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/rmragtime
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“WATUSI RADIO” on Scion Radio 17 was once a staple on L.A. broadcast radio. Now a web radio show, it presents “the best in Americana, hardcore, no-nonsense alternative country, rockabilly, roots – old-time hillbilly, honky-tonk, outlaw country.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric, and usually, you’ll get a default broadcast of archived shows. More info at www.scionav.com/music and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/scion012
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“GYPSY RADIO” is 24/7 “Americana / free form / alt country” web radio from “Gypsyland” Pennsylvania, and bills itself as “The BEST Americana and FreeForm Radio ... The Suck Stops Here!” The programmer (musician Shawn Z) tells us, “Enjoy our 'freeform' playlist – [it’s] updated everyday, and includes classic hits and the newest releases from all your favorite artists including Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Shawn Z, Tommy Womack, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and more. We welcome requests and suggestions, so bring it on. Dig it?” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More info at www.myspace.com/radiogypsy and www.shawn-z.com and get the radio stream at www.live365.com/stations/shawnz
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“RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ” from Selden, New York, is the place “Where tequila is the fuel and tropical music rules.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. The programmer says, “If it has a tropical feel, if it tells stories about far off islands, tiki bars, boat drinks, beaches, or sunsets, you could call it Trop-Rock. That's where we come in. We play the best mix of Trop-Rock & Americana.” There’s a good online newsletter with features on numerous Americana music radio shows (broadcast and web) and feature stories and links to specials on musicians whose tracks are played on the web station’s shows – including giants of the past, like Fats Domino. That, and the radio stream, are at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“BIG BURRITO RADIO” hosted by Johnny Russler and Mad Marty, is a webcast of the Chicago-area broadcast radio show on WLRA 88.1. The show features TropRock music and interviews with TropRock artists. It’s available with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at 9 pm; Tue at 6 am; Thu at 5 pm; Sun at noon, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“ISLAND TIME,” hosted by “DK the DJ” with webcast show times (Pacific time) Tue at 9 pm; Thu at noon; Fri at 5 pm; and Sun at 6 am, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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“TIME AFTER ISLAND TIME,” produced by Paul Leslie & Jeff Pike, with webcast show times (Pacific time) Mon at noon; Wed at 6 am; Thu at 9 pm; Sat at 5 pm, at www.live365.com/stations/jimmydreamz
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4-7 pm (Pacific) “REAL OLD-TIME CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW” on WRDV from downtown Hatboro, Pennsylvania, with a web simulcast from the local non-commercial, all-volunteer radio station. Weekly show plays primarily 1930s-’60s recordings. Thanks to TttT listener John Hendricks for the info. John adds, “Right now the daytime format is still all big-band era.” Click on the “listen to us live” old radio icon at www.wrdv.org
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RADIO: Fri, every Fri, on web radio:
5 pm (Pacific) “RALPH’S BACK PORCH” broadcast from Texas, usually has live in-studio western music guests; call-in number to chat with Ralph and guests, 347 215 8849; catch the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/ralphsbackporch.
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WEB TV: Fri, every Fri; web video simulcast:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, live from Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Web page has a provision to accept a donation to help the venue pay for the uplink and band width use by those watching.
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7-11 am “THE ALL-NIGHT JUKE JOINT WITH TORCH” is harmonica player Mark Tortorici’s (aka. Torch) juke joint dance party mix of old and new jazz, blues, classic R&B, swing, western, rockabilly and “torch” songs. He says. “If it belongs in a nightclub, barroom, dance hall, smoky lounge, house party, rent party, or of course a Juke Joint, you’ll find it here.” He plays rare and hard to find vinyl 33s, 45s, and 78 rpms from his extensive collection, and debuts new music from the bands in these musical traditions. The broadcast signal at 88.5 FM leaves a lot to be desired, but the web simulcast is first-rate at www.kcsn.org.
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3 am “KDEN ZYDECO & AMERICANA” is an Americana, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano web radio show from Burbank, CA that airs nightly at 3 am. New shows air Mon, Fri, & Sat, and other nights are repeats. DJ Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield area. He’s played in a variety of rock, country, Celtic and zydeco bands since the mid-’60s, and he’s been in L.A. since late in that decade. These days, Dennis plays accordion in the L.A.-based BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO. This is his first foray into the world of internet broadcasting, and he says, “Hope you all enjoy the music on my show. It's made up of a large dose of zydeco, along with some blues, country, Americana, Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and Celtic. If I've left anything out, please let me know. I will try to update my playlists as often as I can. Recent additions are cuts by guitar greats Pete Anderson and Gregg Wright, as well as new music from Danny Trashville. Artists, if you have any music that you would like to have played, please send me a copy. If I feel that it fits in with the general direction, I will be happy to play it.” It’s partly acoustic, partly electric. More, and radio stream, at www.live365.com/stations/dennisgu2584
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Fri & Sat, Mar 5 & 6, in Temecula:
Annual “LOS CABALLEROS SAINT PATRICK’S RIDE” with music by THE CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND, in Temecula. The California Cowboy Band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV.
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7:30 pm ELLIS PAUL performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $45 with dinner and a premium seat, $15-20 concert only.
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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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5:30-9 pm “ART WALK” in Claremont, with live music, including RON ELY performing sea chanteys and classic and original folk music; event runs between Yale & Harvard on 2nd St, in Claremont, 91711. Art Displays, unique shops, numerous restaurants, and live music on the sidewalks. (NE of Los Angeles off the CA-210 freeway.) Ron Ely performs at Bert & Rocky’s at Yale Av & Bonita. Other musicians all along the way.
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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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6:30-10 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” is a featured act / OPEN MIC monthly event at the The Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Includes music and raffles of merchandise from indie artists and sponsors, including massage, life coaching, and acting coaches. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. Javelyn holds a companion event every 3rd Sat at another venue, at 8 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com. $2 cover.
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7 pm “FIRST FRIDAYS ON ABBOT KINNEY ART WALK” with art and music all the boulevard, including Altered Space Gallery, 1221 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice 90291; 310-452-8121; www.alteredspacegallery.com. Free.
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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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7-10 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 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 “Tied to the Tracks” in March, ‘07. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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7:30-10 pm “SCOTT AND MELANIE BOMAR'S FIRST FRIDAY” show with different performing guests each month, at The Spot Cafe & Lounge, 4455 Overland Av, Culver City 90230; 310-559-8868. Scott & Melanie tell us, “There is no charge for the show but please support The Spot Cafe & Lounge with food and drink purchases. We like to help businesses that support independent music! Please carefully read the parking restriction signs in the neighborhood as some are hard to read and parking enforcement is aggressive in the area.” More at www.TheBomars.com and www.MelanieBomar.com and www.ScottBBomar.com. No cover.
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7:30 pm “SONGSALIVE! FIRST FRIDAYS LOS ANGELES SHOWCASE” at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Featuring talented songwriters from around the globe, and held around the globe, Songsalive! Showcases are a cozy, intimate and acoustic environment where media and music industry representatives often drop-by to check-out the latest talent. Venue has coffeehouse fare, good sandwiches & salads. Info on sponsoring organization at www.songsalive.org/losangeles. $8 cover at the door.
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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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7:45 pm “TOPANGA PEACE ALLIANCE FILM NIGHTS” at Yoga Desa, 120 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. It’s in the Pinetree Center, across from the Post Office, Old Topanga, and Abuelita's, 4 miles N of PCH, 8 miles S of the 101 Fwy. This series presents films you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, always with a theme of peace, social justice, or environmental awareness. Snack potluck at 7:45; bring wine, cheese, dip, fruit or crackers. Film starts at 8 pm. Please do not disturb the yoga class in session before the movie. Tonight’s film, other info, at www.topangapeacealliance.org or 310-455-9389. No one turned away for lack of funds; requested donation, $10.
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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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Fri, Mar 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm TOMMY SANDS with MOYA & FIONAN play the Caltech Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). It’s Tommy Sands with his own "Irish Band," daughter Moya and son, Fionan. Tommy has been a huge presence in both Irish music and in the peace movement in Northern Ireland.
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Pete Seeger said, "Tommy Sands has achieved that difficult but wonderful balance between knowing and loving the traditions of his home and being concerned with the future of the whole world..." He has composed some of the most moving and affecting songs about the strife in Northern Ireland, such as the often sung, "There Were Roses," recorded by Dick Gaughan, Joan Baez, Robbie O'Connell, the Dubliners, and many others. He extends the philosophy of hope and brotherhood into the rest of the world with songs like "Sons and Daughter" and "The Music of Healing," which includes a verse co-written and sung with Pete Seeger. Tommy plays guitar and is joined by daughter Moya on vocals, fiddle, and bodhran, and his son, Fionan on mandolin and banjo.
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Along with his commitment to bringing people together through music and the ability to show that progress is possible, Tommy is a great spirit with an engaging personality. Series presenters Rex & Nick say, “He's a great talker and teller of stories, with a twinkle in his eyes, and he loves to have fun.” Tommy's web site is http://tommysands.com
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Along with Tommy's songs, there are plenty of traditional songs, too. Check-out Tommy, Moya and Fionan singing the "Down By the Lagan Side" on Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=96YJFVA4Jv0&feature=PlayList&p=D3FD0C159780B04F&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=82 and hear his great song, "There Were Roses" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVlIV9dqVXA&feature=related
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Tix available in advance (highly recommended) or at the door if any remain. Call the Caltech Ticket Office at 626-395-4652. Tix, $20 for adults, $5 for Caltech students or children.
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Fri, Mar 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm VICKI GENFAN, plus CHLOE FEORANZO 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; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. Vicki is New Jersey based, making a West Coast tour.
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Vicki won the 2008 Guitar Player Magazine “Guitar Superstar” Competition, and she says. “I'm a singer-songwriter from way back.” What an understatement.
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Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal wrote. “Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls 'slap-tap', Vicki creates waves of sound with two hands and her voice. Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, whether covering the tunes of others or presenting her own compositions, Vicki has a distinctive style that is pushing the boundaries of the singer/songwriter genre.”
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“I understand completely why the audience applauds and whistles so wildly...this is fiery, living music.” - IndieMusic.com
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She has been featured at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival and Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival. Luna Guitars has unveiled the Vicki Genfan model (created by master luthier Gray Burchette) with all the bells and whistles that Vicki’s playing requires, including a Jumbo body which lends itself to the full tones she needs for her percussive style.
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"I forgive myself for forgetting what a great singer she is; it's no wonder...her voice moves inside me as only something that comes from inside can." - Frank Goodman, Pure Music
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Sometimes the revolution begins quietly and only later does the full impact sink in. That’s how it was when Vicki Genfan won the title of Guitar Superstar in the 2008 competition sponsored by Guitar Player Magazine. Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal said,
“It's a stunning victory, a barrier shattered. Guitar Player is a male-dominated domain -- the only photo of a woman musician at work in the current issue is a microscopic shot of bassist Rachel Haden with her back to the camera. The magazine is often a tribute to speed, power, volume and gear. Ms. Genfan plays an acoustic guitar without effects."
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Vicki has joined the world’s greatest guitarists and musicians at festivals such as The International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival and Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival. In 2005, she was a featured artist on “La Guitara”, the first compilation CD featuring female guitarists from around the globe, released by Vanguard Records. In the US, sample venues include Swannanoa Gathering, Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Don Quixote’s and other listening rooms, including house concerts. She is in demand for guitar workshops, master classes, clinics and dealer demos.
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Vicki had a quite a year in 2009. Luna Guitars unveiled the “Vicki Genfan model,” created by master luthier Gray Burchette with all the bells and whistles that Vicki’s particular type of playing requires, including a jumbo body that lends itself to the full tones she needs for her percussive style. Vicki will tel you that her connection with Luna led to her “12 seconds of fame” on “The Price Is Right,” demonstrating a guitar.
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Vickie won the “IndieGrrl Award” a certificate of recognization for valuable contributions to Music & Arts.
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She spent July in the Truefire Studios creating her first instructional video, "3-D Acoustic Guitar" which will be available later this year.
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“After witnessing her mind-blowing performance of an original composition entitled ‘Atomic Reshuffle,’ a panel of guitardom’s elite dubbed Vicki Genfan 2008 Guitar Superstar. Contained within the 3:57 acoustic tour-de-force was a combination of playing techniques that produced not just chords and melodies, but also bell-like harmonics and percussive rhythms. Genfan’s approaches to composition and playing stem from her desire to capture dense harmonic ingredients, her affinity for open tunings, and her dream to groove like Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White.” ~ Chris Buono, Guitar Player Magazine.
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Here are a couple of Vicki’s youtube clips -
Norweigian Wood - www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0VkgSB2vtY
and the competition win, www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZU5SA3hmSc
More at www.vickigenfan.com
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Plus...CHLOE FEORANZO, the 17-year old old sax and clarinet wunderkind who’s now tripling on mandolin. This brilliant musician completely wowed the crowd at their CGB appearance on two occasions. She has become one of the busiest young saxophonists in San Diego and Los Angeles. She plays lead tenor sax with Jazz Xpress. She travels to San Antonio a few times each year to develop her skills in traditional jazz with her mentor Ron Hockett of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. She fell in love with the traditional style of jazz and became hooked on improvisation. In the 2006 festival, she not only played with the Jammers but also wowed the crowds when she sat in with Mighty Aphrodite, Hal's Angels, Paris Washboard, Uptown Lowdown, Blue Street, Nice and Easy, and others. In 2007, the Festival invited her to be their first-ever youth guest artist. They assigned her to sets with great bands such as the Pieter Meijers Quartet, Cornet Chop Suey, Wally’s Wayside Waifs, vibraphonist John Cocuzzi, reed whiz Anita Thomas, guitarist Katie Cavera, the Climax Jazz Band and the Night Blooming Jazzmen. She was a huge hit, and booked for a repeat performance.
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In addition to her saxophone prowess, Chloe is an accomplished clarinetist. She is assistant principle clarinet in the San Diego Youth Symphony and Philharmonia. This year the Philharmonia performed Mozart’s Requiem, with the San Diego Master Choral and San Diego Opera at Copley Symphony Hall. She just completed her first solo CD. Tix, $18.
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Fri, Mar 5, every Fri:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Mar 5, every Fri:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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Fri, Mar 5, first Fri, every month:
8-10 pm monthly “FIRST FRIDAY” show, with guest recording artist(s), hosted by SEVERIN BROWNE at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; live 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. The series features performing guests (one or more recording artists) and the “First Friday Band,” with SEVERIN BROWNE, MIKE BISCH, DAVID STONE, JEFF KOSSACK, AARON WOLFSON, ALEX DEL ZOPPO and GARY POPENOE. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Mar 5, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Fri, Mar 5, every Fri:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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(updated Feb 26, with many new concert listings AND upcoming festivals! - Check back frequently for more!)
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Fri & Sat, Mar 5 & 6, in Temecula:
Annual “LOS CABALLEROS SAINT PATRICK’S RIDE” with music by THE CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND, in Temecula. The California Cowboy Band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV.
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Sat & Sun, Mar 6 & 7; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “L.A. COUNTY IRISH FAIR” with Ken O'Malley and The Twilight Lords and many, many others performing both days on multiple stages, at the L.A. County Fairgrounds in Pomona.
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Sat, Mar 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm JOYCE WOODSON 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. Joyce performs her multiple-award-winning western-tinged original music nationwide, and her West Coast shows are rare. Her warm voice makes a perfect setting for songs written about the West, an dshe is a gifted guitar player and stunning singer - a “must see” since she rarely plays Southern California. Joyce is touring to promote her two albums and was recently deemed, “One of the best singer songwriters of the year, By SING OUT! Magazine, after being named among the Top Ten / Best of 2008 by Larry Wines in FolkWorks. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Mar 6, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm EMMA’S REVOLUTION plays a benefit concert for the Orange County AIDS Walk, at the Universalist-Unitarian Church, 1600 N Acacia Av, Fullerton; www.uufullerton.org. They’re a female duo from DC, and they were a big hit at the “50th Anniversary of the Ash Grove” at UCLA last year (they weren’t even born when the legendary Ash Grove was operating). Doors at 7 pm. Reserve tix, call Bill at 714-871–7150. Advance tix $18, $22 at door, $15 for seniors & students, no one turned away for lack of ability to pay.
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Sat, Mar 6, in San Diego:
7:30 pm INCENDIO performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $45 with dinner and a premium seat, $15-20 concert only.
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Sat, Mar 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ELLIS PAUL at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $17.50.
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Sat, Mar 6:
8 pm COYOTE GRACE brings their “Folkroots & Sweet Harmonies” to the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org.
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Grand Vision is a non-profit whose mission includes the development of cultural and educational arts entertainment in the Los Angeles Harbor Area. The Grand Annex, launched by Grand Vision Foundation in 2008, is a 100-seat music listening room located in the heart of historic downtown San Pedro. In its first two years, the LIVE! at the Grand Annex calendar has featured a wide range of musical genres from Japanese fusion to traditional Irish reels plus vaudeville, doo-wop, jazz and American roots and bluegrass.
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Special package available: “Wine Tasting & Ticket” package is $25, with tastings before the show at Off the Vine Wines, 491 S Pacific (entrance on 6th St), San Pedro; www.offthevinewines.com. Doors open for the show at 7:30 for the best seats. Show tix, $10 advance, $12 door.
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Sun, Mar 7:
2 pm “MUSICAL CIRCUS” features RICHARD PERLMUTTER (of BEETHOVEN'S WIG) presented by the PASADENA SYMPHONY at The Americana at Brand, in Glendale. Richard Perlmutter is the creator, lyricist and featured performer of Beethoven's Wig, one of the most honored children's music series ever.Theme is “Mozart's Effect.” Schedule:
2-2:30 pm: Instrument Petting Zoo
2:30-3 pm: Performance by Richard Perlmutter
3-3:30 pm: Interactive activities
Info & tix at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org/eternal-mozart or call 626.793.7172.
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Fun fact! The “Mozart's Effect” refers to a theory that early childhood exposure to classical music has a beneficial effect on mental development. More at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org
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Sun, Mar 7; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2:30 pm EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE - with members of I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., CHAPIN SISTERS, & ZACHARIAH - play the second of two CD release shows, this one at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; www.attheecho.com. This one is a “Rockin’ electric show with special guests Rob and Paul M. from I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah, and Christina Ortega, plus a special drum-along with Drumtime’s John Lacques.
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Earthworm Ensemble is a kid's music CD for the whole family, with witty eco lyrics and beautiful songs performed by members of I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah, and many more of L.A.'s best country/folk musicians. Today’s show includes special guests Rob and Paul M. from I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah, and Christina Ortega. More, including reviews, music, and bio at www.earthwormensemble.com
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“The musicians here are masters of their craft. Seasoned performers and songwriters all, they utilize a myriad of genres in this catchy collection. Country-rock a la the Byrds to jaunty hip-hop; folly styling to rock and roll. Like their parent group I See Hawks In LA, the Earthworm Ensemble project describes joyfulness. When the kids aren't singing along, you can be sure they'll be dancing.” - Ron Jacobs, Counterpoint.
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“This is the kind of music Mom and Dad can pop in on a road trip and not want to drive the Prius off a cliff.” - Leslie Bargar Suter, Los Angeles Magazine.
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Sun, Mar 7; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm THE PRATIES 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. The Praties (Irish slang term for potatoes) are a traditional Irish band, playing jigs, reels, polkas and rousing songs. They rock-up the traditional Irish tunes and blast away at the old ballads. The five members play a variety of instruments including fiddle, guitar, uilleann pipes (Irish bag pipes), whistles, flute, mandolin, harmonica, bodhran (Irish drum), autoharp, accordion and banjo. This lively band also performs other rock and folk songs like “Locomotive breath” and the Battle of New Orleans. Their original songs like “Dawning of a new day” elaborates on the current upturn in Ireland’s economy and “I’ll take California,” which celebrates their great affection for the Golden state. Tix, $15.
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Mon, Mar 8:
7 pm LIVE POETRY as “RED HEN RETURNS TO BOSTON COURT” at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; www.bostoncourt.org; 626-683-6883. Red Hen Press and Boston Court present “some of the best contemporary poets in the country,” featuring LUCIA PERILLO, CARL PHILLIPS, & ROBERT WRIGLEY. Reservations recommended.
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Mon, Mar 8:
8 pm THE HORSE SOLDIERS 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. They've been called the nation’s premiere Americana band, and tonight they bring their harmony-driven Western folk-rock to L.A. In business for over 20 years, the five-man / one-woman group’s roots run deep, including band member time with Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and more. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "Join us for a distinctive musical journey from the shores of Ireland to the old Southwest through the streets of Liverpool and Hollywood to the front door of The Coffee Gallery." The Horse Soldiers have appeared in venues from ghost towns to the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood. Tix, $18.
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Tue, Mar 9:
“HEART OF WESTERN MUSIC TALENT SEARCH” with THE CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND and others at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705; www.club705.com. The California Cowboy Band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV. $10 cover.
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Tue, Mar 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DUO BALTICA 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. They are a spirited blend of song and harmony on a mission to immerse their audience in the grand world of intrigue, passion, and betrayal that is classical vocal music. Comprised of soprano Roksana Zeinapur and pianist Guinevere Saenger, these two up-and-coming musical artists bring dramatic expression, character portrayal, and personal charm. Joined by fiddler/violinist Cosima Luther, they express the relations between classical and folk music at the cross-section of style and art.
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Duo Baltica is a name alluding to both artists’ roots near the Baltic Sea, and began as a collaboration several years ago at the California Institute of the Arts. Both Roksana and Guinevere were involved with CalArts Opera Ensemble under the direction of Mark Robson and Marc Lowenstein, as well as performing frequently with the CalArts Baroque Ensemble under oboist Allen Vogel and harpsichordist Patricia Mabee. In 2009, Roksana was a resident at the Intimate Opera Workshop and Songfest. She is an accomplished pianist and works as an accompanist in the community. Guinevere premiered several new California compositions with the New Century Players, and has collaborated with other musicians in concerts in North America, Germany, and Austria. Both Guinevere and Roksana are artists with MusicOnArgyle, a group dedicated to promoting new California composers and their work.
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“CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK,” centered in Toronto, Canada.
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Thu-Sat, Mar 11-13, in Palm Springs:
Annual “PALM SPRINGS RODEO WESTFEST” with THE CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND and others in Palm Springs. The California Cowboy Band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV.
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Thu, Mar 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. They've performed live on radio's "Tied to the Tracks," where their album tracks premiered, en-route to beating Alison Krauss and Robert Plant on the Folk DJ charts.
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“That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly it’s a bit uncanny.” –Country Jukebox, Germany.
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“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.” – Maverick Magazine, UK.
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Stephanie Bettman is a singer/songwriter/fiddler extraordinaire and has been generating a buzz in bluegrass/country circles with inevitable comparisons to Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Her partner, multi-instrumentalist, Luke Halpin, is an awesome talent in his own right. Named by Folkworks Magazine as one of LA’s top ten Female Singer Songwriters, Stephanie’s songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy but always stunning. Together she and Luke have been winners in many local and national competitions including:
* Grand Prize Winners in the 2008 So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition.
* Winners in the 2007 Topanga Banjo / Fiddle contest.
* Folk Works Top Ten Los Angeles based female singer-songwriters of 2008.
* Music Connection’s Top Twenty-Five New Music Critiques of 2008.
Inspired by the likes of Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Mark O’Conner, Luke’s perfectly blended harmonies and his instrumental expertise together with Stephanie’s artistry and performance make for a dynamic entertaining experience. One thing’s for sure, if Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin are on the bill, you are in for an unforgettable performance that will have you hooked from the first fiddle line to the last sweet harmony. Tix, $15.
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Fri, Mar 12, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm LUCY KAPLANSKY performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $45 with dinner and a premium seat, $15-20 concert only.
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Fri, Mar 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm CARRIE NEWCOMER at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $17.50.
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Fri, Mar 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND, with special guest singer-songwriter SHAUN CROMWELL 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; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com. This is an outstanding double-bill. Susie Glaze is a multiple award-winning bluegrass artist who has performed multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Shaun Cromwell is a rising star in blues and other circles. His music has been heard on “TttT.”
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"Susie Glaze has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today. She performs a song straight from her heart and soul." - Roz Larman, KPFK's FolkScene.
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"Susie is justifiably endorsed by Appalachian music legend Jean Ritchie, and the band has a fine repertoire of beyond-bluegrass originals from its chief songwriter, Rob Carlson. They can take you up in the hollars, or sound like a female-fronted Asleep at the Weel." - Larry Wines, "Top Ten of 2008," in Folkworks. More at www.susieglaze.com
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With special guest, fabulous singer-songwriter SHAUN CROMWELL opening. A Los Angeles-based singer/writer of eclectic roots-inspired songs, Shaun uses his guitar, banjo, and voice to weave tales of intrigue and epics of sorrow. While Shaun draws heavily from the pantheon of American roots traditions, he infuses the music with more contemporary influences such as Bill Frisell, Lowell George, and Tom Waits. "Shaun Cromwell has the unmistakable sound of someone who has put in the time and the heart, someone who has truly got inside the music". - Peter Mulvey: Singer-Songwriter. More at www.shauncromwell.com. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Mar 12:
8 pm LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO plays the Caltech Concert series in Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832).
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo first came to many American's attention when Paul Simon incorporated their music into his Graceland album, over 20 years ago. This South African ensemble acts as outstanding ambassadors for their country, and they were there on stage singing at Nelson Mandella's historic inauguration in 1994. Caltech Public Events has presented them on numerous occasions, and their vocals and movements on stage are truly inspirational and awe inspiring. Their CD, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music CD. Experiencing Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a joyous experience.
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Regular prices are $35, $30, $25, ($10 for youth) and there is a $5 discount if you mention the Caltech Folk Music Society when ordering or buying tickets at the door.
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Sat, Mar 13:
Annual “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROSE OF TRALEE GRAND BALL” is a big-deal Celtic event, and this year’s emcee is musician KEN O’MALLEY. Info, www.socalroseoftralee.com/grand_ball
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Sat, Mar 13, in San Diego:
7:30 pm BERKLEY HART perform at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $45 with dinner and a premium seat, $20 concert only.
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Sat, Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BERNIE PEARL plays an acoustic blues concert with MIKE BARRY at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; www.BoulevardMusic.com. Bernie tells us, “I intend to debut a several new pieces that night.” Venue’s website has a helpful local dining guide. All ages, doors at 7:30 for the best seats. $15.
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Sat, Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LUCY KAPLANSKY at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JUDE JOHNSTONE and LORI LIEBERMAN play Russ & Julie’s House Concert series in Oak Park (in the Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area); reservations get directions at 818-707-2179. Info, www.houseconcerts.us
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Sat, Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHN BATDORF plus STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN in a superb double-bill at the Fret House in Covina.
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JOHN BATDORF has performed live, multiple times, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” including the live-on-air reunion performance (after 30 years apart) with ‘70s duo partner Mark Rodney, as BATDORF & RODNEY.
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STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN have performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where they debuted songs live and tracks from their CD that went on to beat Alison Kraus & Robert Plant on the DJ charts. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Mar 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE FOLK COLLECTION 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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They've performed live on radio's "Tied to the Tracks," and THE FOLK COLLECTION is a high energy three-part-harmony folk trio based in Southern California. Our music is a tribute to the songs made famous by The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver and other great artists of the folk era. From "Blowin' in the Wind" and "This Land is Your Land" to "Four Strong Winds" and "Greenback Dollar." our shows are nostalgic and entertaining. We are family friendly, blending our music with jokes and humor. It's okay to sing along... Most People Do!
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The Folk Collection could just as well be named the “Singing the Classic Songs of the 60s Folk Era” group. Tony Unger, Ed Labowitz and Mike Sirota, along with bass man Bob Packham, grew up in the 1960's, when they fell in love with the story songs and 3-part harmonies of that acoustic era. Ed and Tony have been a duo on and off since their days at Hollywood High School. Mike joined the group in 2003 and Bob in early 2005.
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Much of their repertoire is familiar to audiences of all ages. You’ll especially get a kick out of their arranged medley of the great TV Western theme songs of the 50s (like “Rawhide” and “Bonanza”). They are reminiscent of the great groups of the era, but they have their own unique blend, sound – and humor.
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These guys grew up loving folk music, and the turnouts at their shows – including sellouts here at Coffee Gallery Backstage -- confirms they have struck a “chord” with audiences of all ages, who really like listening to words and harmonies – and joining in when the mood and song fit. Their show is centered around folk music and good clean jokes. They are family friendly and their audiences are multi-generational -- from children, to parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. Their show is a fun evening that should not be missed. You will leave singing, toe-tapping, and smiling. For those who have seen them before, the guys promise they have a substantially different show from last year – as they have every time they have been here. More at www.thefolkcollection.com. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Mar 13:
8 pm LOS PINGUOS perform as part of an eight-concert contemporary Latin American Roots Music Series called ”RITMOS LATINOS en VIVO/LIVE!” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org.
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Los Pinguos are originally from Argentina and have been in L.A. since 2001. They bring their vivacious fusion of vocals and South American rhythms played on Spanish guitars, bass, the Cuban tres, and the Peruvian cajón (box-drum). Rising stars on the L.A. club circuit, Los Pinguos have been Grand Prize winners on Ed McMahon's “The Next Big Star,” and their music is featured on several TV and film soundtracks including “The Shield”, the Katherine Heigl movie “The Ugly Truth,” and the award-winning documentary on street musicians entitled “Playing For Change.” More at www.lospinguos.com
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This series is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. Grand Vision is a non-profit whose mission includes the development of cultural and educational arts entertainment in the Los Angeles Harbor Area. The Grand Annex, launched by Grand Vision Foundation in 2008, is a 100-seat music listening room located in the heart of historic downtown San Pedro. In its first two years, the LIVE! at the Grand Annex calendar has featured a wide range of musical genres from Japanese fusion to traditional Irish reels plus vaudeville, doo-wop, jazz and American roots and bluegrass.
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Special package available: “Wine Tasting & Ticket” package is $25, with tastings before the show at Off the Vine Wines, 491 S Pacific (entrance on 6th St), San Pedro; www.offthevinewines.com. Doors open for the show at 7:30 for the best seats. Show tix, $15 advance, $20 door.
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Sat, Mar 13:
9 pm RENEE HERMAN at The UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-315-0056. Renee tells us, “Yes, it's been awhile. I have taken a performance hiatus as I have gone back to school and am in the process of applying to universities to get a second Bachelors then Masters degree in Music Therapy. All very fun and exciting but highly time consuming. However, I have been creating lots of lovely new songs in the mean time and have decided it's time to share them with all of yous.” More on vocalist-songwriter and one of the winners of the Topanga Banjo Fiddel vocal contest, at at www.myspace.com/reneehermanmusic
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Sat, Mar 13:
9 pm LIZ FOSTER plays her CD release show for her new album, “Again,” at Room 5, 143 N La Brea Bl (2nd Floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A.; 323-938-2504; www.amalfiristorante.com. More when we know it.
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Sun, Mar 14:
11 am Matinee Kids' Show with GWENDOLYN & The GOOD TIME GANG at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $10, and kids under age 2 are free.
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Sun Mar 14:
3:30-9:30 pm PORTERHOUSE BOB plays Cooks Corners, 19152 Santiago Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon 92679; 949-858-0266; www.cookscorners.com
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Porterhouse Bob tells us, “The band is now 8 pieces. The 4 horns cover tuba, trombone, coronet, flugelhorn, trumpet, bari sax, tenor sax, clarinet and fiddle. We have been woodshedding with rehearsals in L.A. writing, arranging and practicing around 13 new and outrageous tunes. These new songs put the band in new territory and we are very excited to start performing them for you. We are looking forward to seeing our brief performance on the Gene Simmons Family Jewels TV show in spring and are preparing for 13 episodes on a new show that will feature the band in the ‘Bone Yard’ late night TV show setting with Porterhouse throwing out comments and such.”
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Sun, Mar 14:
5-9 pm LIL' POOKIE brings zydeco to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Av, Lakewood 90712. Catered food available for purchase. Info: Sidney, 323-401-8859. $20 at the door.
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Sun, Mar 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS, plus CHLOE FEORANZO 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; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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They're variously described as “The Marx Brothers meet the Sons of the Pioneers!” - "America’s Singing Cowboy!" - "The Band that won the West!"
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Since their critically-lauded year-long run at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, Will Ryan & the Cactus County Cowboys will tell you that they've "broken records all over the country - Shellac and vinyl mostly, but they’ve promised to sweep up on their next tour." At the band’s very first performance, they played for Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry and Clayton (The Lone Ranger) Moore.
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Lead singer and guitarist WILL RYAN has written songs for acts like the Okay Corral Chorale, the Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle and Clark Burroughs. Also for characters like Tigger, Garfield, The Grinch and the Muppets. Will used to open for such folks as Rick Nelson, Pure Prairie League and Lionel Hampton. Then he became a Cineloquist, which is what he calls an Actor who does a lot of Voices. He can be heard in such films as “The Little Mermaid”, “Looney Tunes: Back in Action!”, “The Land before Time” and the holiday favorite “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”. Currently, he’s regular on “Mickey Mouse Club House” and the radio serial “Adventures in Odyssey”.
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Instrumental Wizards WESTY WESTENHOFER (on bass, tuba and euphonium) and JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS (on guitar, banjo and jazzbo) are Will’s sidekicks. You may recall them as the front men of the Palm Springs Yacht Club, when they worked with the Smothers Brothers, Julie Andrews and Steve Allen. Westy and Presto are the Originators and Principal Perpetrators of the musical art form known as BI-LABIAL FRICITATION. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "Their demonstration of this arcane practice is a work of show-stopping flabbergastosity."
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The trio is often joined by some of the most brilliant musicians in the West. The newest band member is CHLOE FEORANZO, the 17-year-old old sax and clarinet wunderkind who’s now tripling on mandolin. This brilliant musician completely wowed the crowd at her first CGB appearance with the band in November.
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Adding to Will’s pair of certified RIAA Gold Records for earlier work, he says the band’s first Audible Records CD, “Rhythm Rides the Range!” has "just gone uncertified Tin." They’ll be performing tunes from their new Audible Records CD at this show. Tix, $15.
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Tue, Mar 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH play the monthly “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” series, presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California, at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana; 818-705-8870.
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Tue, Mar 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm It’s “DINNER and a SHOW” with THE SWINGIN’ ARMANI BROTHERS 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Last month’s “Italian Party Night with the Swingin’ Armani Brothers” was an Italian delight of Italian folk music and opera, mixed with the great more contemporary songs, and the band was joined by two very genuine opera singers. We expect the opera singers to take part tonight, as well.
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There’s catered italian food, a drawing for an Armani mandolin signed by the band, as well as other Italiana flavored items. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Tap your toe and sway to classic neopolitan Italian folk music with a little Frank & Dino thrown in… violin, mandolin, guitar, bass and percussion by the Brothers, who, very often, suspiciously in certain light, look remarkably like some members of the Riders of the Purple Sage - but in pinstripes. Legend has it the Brothers stowed away on a freighter carrying olive oil from the old country to pursue their musical dreams in the Small Apple. See them before their green cards expire! The Coffee Gallery has cleverly stolen them away from a nearly endless tour of Italian restaurant lounges to perform for you. Bob Stane consumed gallons of latte’s in his caffeinated and fevered pursuit of this unsung and largely cult act, so that you, his loyal music lovers, could enjoy them in the safe and relaxing confines of the Coffee Gallery. Jackson Armani will dazzle you with his mandolin virtuosity and his oh-so-romantic violin, and Codio will croon the night away. Relax, dance the tarantella with a ‘Stranger In The Night’ and sing along with with your new found Italian friends to ‘That’s Amore.’ Come hungry! All this for only $19.99, dinner included.”
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Tue, Mar 16:
“HEART OF WESTERN MUSIC TALENT SEARCH” with THE CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND and others at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705; www.club705.com. The California Cowboy Band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV. $10 cover.
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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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Wed-Sun, Mar 17-21, in Texas; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual SXSW (SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST) MUSIC FESTIVAL in Austin, TX.
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Wed, Mar 17:
7:30 pm RICHARD THOMPSON at the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org. The promo says, “Join as The GRAMMY Museum welcomes guitar virtuoso and British folk rock icon Richard Thompson to its state-of-the-art Sound Stage. Before an intimate audience of 200, hear Thompson in conversation about his astounding guitar playing, prolific career, numerous honors, and continually expanding catalogue of music. After the interview, Thompson will take questions from the audience and perform a few songs, showing us why Rolling Stone recently called him ‘a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.’ GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, a great guitarist himself, will conduct the interview.” Advance tix (by phone, above) are the only way to know you’ll get in. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tix went on sale Tue, Feb 23 at 11:30 am. Tix are $20 for the general public, $15 for Grammy Museum members.
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Thu, Mar 18:
7:30 pm ASHLEY MAHER performs for her CD release show at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052. Fusing elements and a wide array of instruments from traditional African roots with lyrics in English and fine melody lines, Ashley is an exciting performer and fine vocalist and songwriter. She sometimes performs with African dancers, and joins them during the instrumental breaks in her songs – really high-energy, blindingly fast and perfectly choreographed. Ashley had hits on the BBC when she was based in London. She has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and earned a “Listener Favorite” track there. More at www.ashleymaher.com. $20 at the door for the concert only, or $25 with the new CD.
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Fri, Mar 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm RONNY COX performs for the “Oceanside Music Series” at the Oceanside Public Library. 330 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside 92054; www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org. 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.”
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Fri, Mar 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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. The California Cowboy Band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV. Tix, $18.
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Fri, Mar 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm NOEL PAUL STOOKEY (the Paul of Peter Paul & Mary) at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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Fri, Mar 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JAMES LEE STANLEY & CAREN ARMSTRONG play the monthly “CAMARILLO CAFÉ” acoustic music showcase, at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St (at Carmen), Camarillo; info, 805-523-2682, or WhatsHappening@CamarilloCafe.com; www.CamarilloCafe.com.
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JAMES LEE STANLEY has performed live on radio’s “Tied tot the Tracks” and Fi Magazine listed his album, “Freelance Human Being,” as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time. James is enjoying a long career as both solo artist and in partnership with the likes of Peter Tork and Michael Smith. He is a Beachwood recording artist and singer-songwriter extraordinaire who “unite[s] unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world.” His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create memorable songs, each recorded with finely crafted guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outragously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of laughter and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit. He has been hailed as one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. More at www.JamesLeeStanley.com
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CAREN ARMSTRONG is an award winning Wildplum recording artist and singer-songwriter. Caren has been making “big buoyant music” since the tender age of ten. Hailing from Northern California, she has been awarded top honors at the Napa Valley Music Festival and the 15th Annual Tucson Folk Festival, and has been a finalist at the Rocky Mt. Folk Fest and the Wildflower Music and Arts Festival. The petite redhead's soaring vocals, sophisticated guitar chops and dynamic performances have endeared her to fans nationwide. Caren’s style references folk, country, blues, jazz, traditional and popular music yet is distinctively her own. At home in virtually any musical milieu, she has opened for The Beach Boys, Nanci Griffith, Lee Ann Womack and toured with Dan Hicks as one of the Hot Licks. More at www.CarenArmstrong.com
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Doors at 7:30 pm, and that’s when open mic signups begin. The open mic is at 8 pm. Caren Armstrong performs at 8:40 pm, there’s a refreshment break at 9:15 pm, then James Lee Stanley plays at 9:40 pm. The January show was a near sell-out, so don’t expect to go late just to see the featured acts. Sponsored by Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks District, Jane Raab, Recreation Coordinator, and produced by Gary and Kathy Lynch. Donation, $10.
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Sat-Sun, 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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Sat, Mar 20, in Atascadero:
7:30 pm RONNY COX plays Musica Del Rio in Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-466-6941; www.musicadelrio.org. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Sat, Mar 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY play the Caltech Folk Music Series in Beckman Institute Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). Series presenters Nick & Rex tell us, “After trying for quite some time, we've just signed this fine bluegrass band for a show at Caltech. They are loaded with talent. Chris Stuart is lead singer and rhythm guitarist with the group and he is also an accomplished songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Doyle Lawson, and other great performers from the bluegrass world. Janet Beazley plays banjo and is a wonderful singer as well. Eric Uglum, veteran of numerous bluegrass bands, plays lead guitar and mandolin and he also sings. His sons, Austin Ward (bass) and Christian Ward (fiddle) recently released ‘The Old Road to Jerusalem,’ recorded with their dad. Chris, Janet, and Eric all have solo albums, too, so these guys keep busy.” You’ve heard their music on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where they earned a “Listener Favorite” track. Tix $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students or children.
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Sun, Mar 20:
8 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY performs “Eternal Mozart” with guests the PASADENA MASTER CHORALE, and guest soloists, with Jorge Mester, Conductor, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E Green St, Pasadena.
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Berlioz’s Les nuits d‘Été (The Nights of Summer) complements Mozart’s Requiem as the symphony explores the emotional shades of darkness and light, with Jorge Mester, Music Director. Then, it’s Mozart’s Requiem with Shana Blake Hill, Soprano, Tracy Van Fleet, Alto, Scott Ramsay,Tenor, Alain Coulombe, Bass, and the Pasadena Master Chorale. A free pre-concert lecture is held at 7 pm. Tix, 626-793-7172 (9 am-5 pm) or at www.eventbrite.com/event/528541883
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Sun, Mar 21:
2-5 pm “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” monthly acoustic music series at The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; www.churchop.org; 310-399-1631. Series presenter Dana Charnofsky says, “We'll be ‘Spring-ing’ back to our regular format, including a song-circle, featuring John Stowers, Ben Carr, Dale LaDuke, and others.”
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Sun, Mar 21:
5-7 pm MEXIKA "Sounds of Ancient Mexico" at Alva's Showroom, organized by Martin Espino, who says, “MEXIKA will perform a set of healing, energizing music with ancestral instruments like Clay Multiple Flutes, Conch Shells, Drums, Water Drums, Log Drums, Indigenous Songs and Actual Shamanic Chants (We will teach you these so you can sing along with us). We even invite the audience to join in with us on a vast array of native percussion that we'll bring! Alva’s is a state of the art venue, with excellent sound and lighting as well as a very professional looking yet relaxed environment. Come celebrate the coming of Spring with MEXIKA. Refreshments Provided.” Details at www.discoversound.com/events/event/show?id=2819290%3AEvent%3A8345&xgi=0hXpSOOsREGOUL&xg_source=msg_invite_event
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Sun, Mar 21:
7 pm “LARRY BROWN / JOHN SCHLOCKER MEMORIAL CONCERT” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Concert Office inquiries: mccabesconcerts@gmail.com. Tix, $10.
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Tue-Sat, Mar 23-27, in Florida:
Annual “WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE” in Miami Beach, FL.
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Annual “MUSIKMESSE FRANKFURT,” in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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Thu-Sun, Mar 25-28, in Arizona:
Annual “RIP ROARIN' ROUND UP,” at Old Tucson Studios, Tucson, AZ; www.oldtucson.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Thu, Mar 25, in Tehachapi:
8 pm JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY opening, at the BeeKay Theatre in Tehachapi; 661-823-9994. More at www.mikeandruthy.com
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Fri, Mar 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY opening, presented by Paniolo Productions with the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) at Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Bl, Encino. More at www.mikeandruthy.com
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Fri, Mar 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “DEAR COMPANION TOUR” featuring BEN SOLLEE & DANIEL MARTIN MOORE, plus special guest FRANK FAIRFIELD, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Ben Solee has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and Frank Fairfield is a marvelous purveyor of old time music and his own originals that sound like they were written 90 years ago. Tix, $15.
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Fri, Mar 26, in Seattle:
9 pm ALI MARCUS with TRINA WILLARD and MICHAEL CONNOLLY,at Conor Byrne Pub in Seattle, WA. Ali’s music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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ALI MARCUS and DONNA STOLZ sang an impromptu rendition of “Frank Mills” from “Hair” and it’s on YouTube. The two met in Seattle and discovered a mutual love of this ballad from the groundbreaking musical. It’s a silhouette, but the harmonies are quite nice, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyYRNAmjsQg
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Sat, Mar 27, in Encinitas (San Diego):
7:30 pm JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY opening, at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, Encinitas. More at www.mikeandruthy.com
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Sat, Mar 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm The BATTLEFIELD BAND plays the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; www.CarpenterArts.org; 562-985-7000.
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Sat, Mar 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm PAULA McMATH at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. We haven’t seen her perform for awhile, but when we did, we had the sense she could really go places. So we’re happy to see her playing the Big Time at McCabe’s.
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Sat, Mar 27:
8 pm MUSICA ANGELICA, renowned Baroque Orchestra, presents Bach’sS “ST. JOHN PASSION” at First United Methodist Church, 500 E Colorado Bl.; Pasadena.
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Although the son of J.S. Bach claimed that his father composed five Passions during his lifetime, evidence for only two – the St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion – is documented. Music lovers will have a chance to hear the earlier work, described as “Bach’s most vivid and thrilling work” by the Gwent Bach Society, when the renowned baroque orchestra Musica Angelica presents the St. John Passion on Sat, Mar 27 at 8 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena and Sun, Mar 28 at 4 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica.
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“When we took the St. Matthew Passion on tour in 2007, El Universal in Mexico City described the performance as ‘a Passion as God and Bach commanded,’” recalls Laura Spino, Executive Director. “I have no doubt that audiences will feel the same way when our conductor Martin Haselböck tackles the St. John Passion.”
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“We’re presenting the St. John Passion as Bach presented it almost 400 years ago at Good Friday services in his Leipzig Church,” says Haselböck, described by music critic Alan Rich as a “man who knows his Bach.” “As in Bach’s time, we are using eight solo singers to perform all the roles. This gives the ensemble parts more intensity than any choir could do.”
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Bach never did write an opera, Haselböck adds, because Leipzig did not have an Opera House. “This is as close as he got to that genre,” the conductor explains. “His St. John’s Passion is the dramatic one, with powerful ensemble scenes and very emotional arias in contrast to the more reflective St. Matthew Passion.”
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Soloists taking part in the production include tenors Tilman Lichdi and Pablo Corá; sopranos Mary Wilson and Catherine Webster; countertenor Ian Howell; baritone Michael Dean; and bass-baritone Scott Graff.
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Sun, Mar 28:
4 pm MUSICA ANGELICA, renowned Baroque Orchestra, presents Bach’sS “ST. JOHN PASSION” at First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St, Santa Monica.
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Although the son of J.S. Bach claimed that his father composed five Passions during his lifetime, evidence for only two – the St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion – is documented. Music lovers will have a chance to hear the earlier work, described as “Bach’s most vivid and thrilling work” by the Gwent Bach Society, when the renowned baroque orchestra Musica Angelica presents the St. John Passion on Sat, Mar 27 at 8 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena and Sun, Mar 28 at 4 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica.
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“When we took the St. Matthew Passion on tour in 2007, El Universal in Mexico City described the performance as ‘a Passion as God and Bach commanded,’” recalls Laura Spino, Executive Director. “I have no doubt that audiences will feel the same way when our conductor Martin Haselböck tackles the St. John Passion.”
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“We’re presenting the St. John Passion as Bach presented it almost 400 years ago at Good Friday services in his Leipzig Church,” says Haselböck, described by music critic Alan Rich as a “man who knows his Bach.” “As in Bach’s time, we are using eight solo singers to perform all the roles. This gives the ensemble parts more intensity than any choir could do.”
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Bach never did write an opera, Haselböck adds, because Leipzig did not have an Opera House. “This is as close as he got to that genre,” the conductor explains. “His St. John’s Passion is the dramatic one, with powerful ensemble scenes and very emotional arias in contrast to the more reflective St. Matthew Passion.”
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Sun, Mar 28:
5-9 pm HORACE TRAHAN brings zydeco to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Av, Lakewood 90712. Catered food available for purchase. Info: Sidney, 323-401-8859. $20 at the door.
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Sun, Mar 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm THE REFUGEES featuring Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $15.
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Sun, Mar 28, in Redlands:
JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY opening, venue and show time TBA, in Redlands. More at www.mikeandruthy.com
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Sun, Mar 28, in Seattle:
7 pm HOLLY FIGUEROA O’REILLY with AIDEN JAMES and CHRISTOPHER DALLMAN at the Skylark Café, 3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106; 206-935-2111. Holly says, “It is a free show and is all ages. And it’s with these two dudes that will seriously knock your panties off. (I mean...your socks. Your socks off.)”
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Holly recently auctioned a pair of Luna guitars with the money going directly to helping the devastated people of Haiti. She says, “Thank you to everyone who bid, and to the winners: I hope you are enjoying your new guitars! I really loved being able to write that check, knowing that it was going to do some bit of good.”
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Holly has more news. She says, “Since my last update, I found out we were moving (yay! Good news! But time consuming and stressful, and doesn't leave a lot of room for anything else...), am starting a new part time job doing something I love (yay! very happy about this!), was FINALLY approved for financial aid, so am in school full time again (yay! I can't wait to finish my degree!!), and am being audited by the IRS for a year that I was still married and filed with my now ex husband (boo! Bad news! Major suckage! We mostly get along and everything, but...1) audits bite and 2) audits with your ex husband? Double bite.)...all this month. So, Evan and I decided to move recording to April, and keep working on pre production in February and March.
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“There was a lot of good news in that last paragraph...way more good than bad. The good news in this paragraph is that all of the insane business that has swallowed February whole gives us lots and lots more time to take preorders for the new record!”
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More on Holly at www.hollyoreilly.com - Aiden James at www.aidenjamesmusic.com - and Christopher Dallman at www.cjdmusic.com
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Sun, Mar 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm MICK MOLONEY & FRIENDS with opening act CHRISTA BURCH at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org. It’s a Traditional Irish Music Celebration with master folklorist and traditional Irish songman Mick Moloney. Along with much acclaim, Moloney holds a Ph.D in ethnomusicology and is instructor most recently at New York University. He has recorded 40 albums and has been host, consultant and performer on several PBS television programs. In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mick will perform with special guests plus opening act, Celtic fiddler CHRISTA BURCH.
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Grand Vision is a non-profit whose mission includes the development of cultural and educational arts entertainment in the Los Angeles Harbor Area. The Grand Annex, launched by Grand Vision Foundation in 2008, is a 100-seat music listening room located in the heart of historic downtown San Pedro. In its first two years, the LIVE! at the Grand Annex calendar has featured a wide range of musical genres from Japanese fusion to traditional Irish reels plus vaudeville, doo-wop, jazz and American roots and bluegrass.
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Special package available: “Wine Tasting & Ticket” package is $25, with tastings before the show at Off the Vine Wines, 491 S Pacific (entrance on 6th St), San Pedro; www.offthevinewines.com.
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Mon, Mar 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, with a solo set by mandolin phenom EVAN MARSHALL, at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Named in FolkWorks as the Best Acoustic Band of 2008, they are one of, if not "the" most historical Western bands in the world. The Riders Of The Purple Sage have starred in films and radio for the pre-war days to today... Today's Riders, under the leadership of Cody Bryant, put on a show rich with old and new music. Band members are skilled musicians, and their instruments include a five-string banjo, hot lead guitar, fiddles, steel guitar, bass, hammer dulcimer, concert harp, coronet, drums, and consummate vocals.
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While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that carries on and builds upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. Today’s Riders bring together hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, leave the audience wanting more. Their sound and show makes you feel that all is well in the West. After one performance, critic Larry Wines called them “ethereal and orchestral,” adding, “They exceeded musicianship. They exceeded their genre.” Venue impresario Bob Stane adds, “You owe it to yourself to see this most amazing and amusing exhibit. Forget what you think you like and don’t like. See The Riders Of The Purple Sage.” Tix, $20.
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Mon, Mar 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 pm MARINA V returns from a gig in Vegas and a recent world tour to perform at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com. Advance tix available at marina@marinav.com. She has been recognized in FolkWorks among the Top Ten female singer songwriters in L.A.
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Tue, Mar 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MICHAEL SMITH 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 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Michael Smith is a songwriter’s songwriter, with songs like his iconic “The Dutchman” that are poignant and others that are mysterious or hilarious, and sometimes all three at once. Michael’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists in the folk, country and pop music genres, from Steve Goodman to Anne Hills to Tony Trischka; from Gordon Bok to Trout Fishing in America to tenor John McDermott. His song “The Dutchman” has been recorded by more than thirty artists. His songs have been sung in nearly every folk music room in the United States and Canada, popping-up in modern British cinema, on Broadway, in cabaret and theatrical reviews, in Russian coffeehouses, camp singalongs, house concerts, weddings and funerals, radio and television.
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“Hearing the songs of Michael Smith in this day and age is like reading an anthology of short stories by Hemingway after decades of only comic books,” says Song Talk Magazine. Sing Out! Magazine calls Michael “one of the few undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters today.”
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He has been writing for over three decades, and his songs include “Spoon River,” “Dead Egyptian Blues,” “Last Days of Pompeii,” and “I Brought My Father With Me.”
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Michael was catapulted into international acclaim when he was commissioned to compose the music for Steppenwolf Theater Company’s production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” The production won 1990 Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Director, and Michael performed with the play for over three years in North America and England. He has been active in theater for many seasons, with numerous other original production credits as well.
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Many people have been introduced to the music of Michael Smith from the recordings of his songs by artists such as Anne Hills, Bernice Lewis, Tom Rush, the late Steve Goodman, Claudia Schmidt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Liam Clancy, Gordon Bok, and even Jimmy Buffett. He has been featured on “All Things Considered,” “Good Evening,” and other National Public Radio programs, and on CBC Radio in Canada.
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He has performed live at dozens of major folk and other music festivals in the US and Canada, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Owen Sound, London Ontario and Winnipeg Folk Festivals in Canada.
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The Folk Era label has recently released “Michael Margaret Pat & Kate,” a collection of songs used in an autobiographical theatrical production, and “There,” a 2001 collection of new original songs. Michael’s latest is a pair of live performance CDs, both recorded during the same week in 2003, “Such Things Are Finely Done, Live from Tales From the Tavern,” and “Michael Peter Smith Live at Dark Thirty.” Both these CDs are available only from his web site or in concert. More at www.michaelsmithmusic.com. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Apr 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET and HOT 8 BRASS BAND at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr, Cerritos; 562-916-8501; 800-300-4345; tix, 562-467-8818; www.cerritoscenter.com. Show info, www.cerritoscenter.com/tickets/production.aspx?productionSeasonId=3053
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The Grammy-winning BeauSoleil avec (with) Michael Doucet takes the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blends elements of New Orleans Jazz, Tex-Mex, Zydeco, Country, and the Blues into a tantalizing musical recipe. Hot 8 Brass Band, whose “defiant swing” has been hailed by The New Yorker, has epitomized New Orleans street music with its energetic fusion. The music is “very danceable,” raved All About Jazz.
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Fri, Apr 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-11 pm TOM & PATRICK SAUBER plus THE BLACK CROWN STRING BAND play what could become a bluegrass / oldtime series, at Café 322 Italian Kitchen & Bar, 322 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; www.cafe322.com; 626-836-5414. Charlie Kissinger, who booked the music at Bean Town for many years, tells us, “I am trying to get a once-a-month bluegrass, oldtime show at this location, like I had at Beantown in Sierra Madre. I would appreciate any help to get people to come to the first show so the owner will want to do another.” Word to the wise: support what you want to see. Many already know this venue as the home to the SONG SIRENS monthly residency. No cover.
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Sat, Apr 3; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MICHELLE SHOCKED at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $22.50.
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Sun, Apr 4; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30 & 8:30 pm TOM RUSSELL & DAVE ALVIN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $32.50.
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Wed, Apr 7; Wed nights in Apri:l
7-8 pm “ZYDECO DANCE LESSONS” sponsored by Lakewood Parks & Recreation, Bolivar Park, 3300 Del Amo Bl, Lakewood. $40 for 4 sessions. Section # 22650 April 7, 14, 21, 28. Online Registration: www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation
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Fri & Sat, Apr 9 & 10 in Washington state:
Annual “COLUMBIA RIVER COWBOY GATHERING,” at the Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA; www.cowboygettogether.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri, Apr 9:
TERRY REID at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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Sat, Apr 10-Sun, May 23:
10 am-7 pm “ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” runs Saturdays & Sundays at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. In addition to the antics, there’s always lots of music, some played on traditional instruments of the period. More at www.renfair.com/socal
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Sat, Apr 10, in San Diego:
7:30 pm JIMMY WEBB performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $55 with dinner and a premium seat, $30 concert only.
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Sat, Apr 10:
JACKSH*T at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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Sat, Apr 10:
8 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY performs “Musical Flight” with guest artist Celino Romero and Jorge Mester, Conductor, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E Green St, Pasadena.
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Sun, Apr 11:
11 am Matinee Kids' Show with The HOLLOW TREES at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $8, and kids under age 2 are free.
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Sun, Apr 11
2-5 pm “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” monthly acoustic music series at The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; www.churchop.org; 310-399-1631.
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Sun, Apr 11:
5th Season of “THE GRAND OLE ECHO” roots/Americana series kicks-off today with I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., and from the Bay area, MARS ARIZONA. More when we know it.
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Sun, Apr 11:
5-9 pm MARK ST. MARY brings zydeco to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Av, Lakewood 90712. Catered food available for purchase. Info: Sidney, 323-401-8859. $20 at the door.
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Fri, Apr 16; Sat, Apr 17; Tue, Apr 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
THE EAGLES at the Hollywood Bowl – tix on sale now.
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 (Get tix now) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ARLO GUTHRIE & THE GUTHRIE FAMILY RIDES AGAIN at UCLA Live in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org. Four generations of what Vanity Fair rightly called “the first family of American folk” gather to revive the musical spirit of late patriarch Woody Guthrie. Led by Woody’s son Arlo, a star in his own right, “The Guthrie Family Rides Again” continues the clan’s tradition of sharing its music far and wide. Joining-in are Arlo’s son Abe, who has accompanied his father on keyboards and vocals since the 1980s, daughters Cathy and Annie, and Sarah Lee Guthrie with her husband Johnny Irion - one of the most acclaimed folk-rock duos of the last decade - and various grandkids. The elder generation is represented by Woody’s songs, both the classics and “new” compositions using lyrics uncovered in the Guthrie archives. Tix, $58, $42, $28; UCLA students $15.
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Fri, Apr 16, 2010 (Get tix now); a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MARK KNOPFLER at the Pantages Theatre; 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028. Nederlander is offering a free copy of his CD, “Get Lucky,” with every pair of tix bought online at www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004329CBC65F34?artistid=769953&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned
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Fri, Apr 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm HOUSTON JONES at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Apr 17, in the OC:
11 am-3 pm “IMAGINATION CELEBRATION” begins at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach 92651; 949-494-3030.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 17 & 18; in San Diego:
“WILD WEST EXPO” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, in San Diego. Music includes the CROSS TOWN COWBOYS on the Main Stage.
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Sat, Apr 17, in San Diego:
7:30 pm HOUSTON JONES performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $45 with dinner and a premium seat, $15-20 concert only.
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Sat, Apr 17 (Get tix now); a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MARK KNOPFLER has added a second show (he’s here Apr 16 & 17) at the Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028. Nederlander is offering a free copy of his CD, “Get Lucky,” with every pair of tix bought online at www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004329CBC65F34?artistid=769953&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned. Tix for everyone else, www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B00432E988955AC?artistid=769953&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1.
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Sat, Apr 17:
8 pm STEVE FORBERT at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $20.
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3:30-9:30 pm PORTERHOUSE BOB plays Cooks Corners, 19152 Santiago Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon 92679; 949-858-0266; www.cookscorners.com
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Sun, Apr 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “CALIFORNIA FOLK” - An evening with MARY McCASLIN, RICK SHEA, & FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $15.
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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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Thu-Sat, Apr 22-24:
ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC EXPO” in Los Angeles promises “Access to three days of the biggest names in music, the best networking opportunities and in-depth study of today's music industry.” Once you register, you can submit your songs. Info, www.ascap.com/expo
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Sat, Apr 24:
8 pm PRISCILLA HERDMAN plays the Caltech Folk Music Series in Beckman Institute Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832).
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Series presenters Nick & Rex tell us, “Priscilla Herdman burst onto the national music scene way back in 1977 with her album, ‘The Water Lilly.’ Because it included seven songs with words by Australian poet Henry Lawson, many of us thought initially that she herself, was Austrailian, though she is an American who grew up in New York state. She is only an occasional songwriter, but in the intervening years, she has released an album on an average of every third year, and she has proven herself to be an extraordinary selector of songs. These songs range from well-known songwriters, such as John McCutcheon, Stan Rogers, and Utah Phillips, but more often are from lesser-known writers, such as Bill Staines and Connie Kaldor. She has made us aware of many fine performers by including obscure, but priceless songs on her CDs and in her repertoire. Priscilla is an exceptional singer. She has a pure, beautiful voice and sings with conviction to her material that is striking. Opportunities to hear her on the West Coast are rare, and we are extremely proud that she chooses to perform at Caltech on her rare tours here.” Tix $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students or children.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, 2010 (Get discount tix now) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL“ with Nashville big names and LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, returns to Empire Polo Club in Indio.
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Announced so far: MERLE HAGGARD, THE AVETT BROTHERS, DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, BAXTER BLACK, STEEL DRIVERS, BJ THOMAS, BOBBY BARE, CHUCK MEAD, MARY GAUTHIER, LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS, BILL ANDERSON, WADDIE MITCHELL & TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, PHIL VASSAR, CARLENE CARTER;
Plus “Mane Stage” Nashville acts:
Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys;
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Jamey Johnson, Ray Price, Joey + Rory, Nick 13, Easton Corbin, Heidi Newfield, and Mallary Hope.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL” this year with a theme of, “It’s Not Country- It’s Cowboy!” brings great authentic and original Western music from Grammy nominated singer-guitarist DON EDWARDS, Western Music Awards king DAVE STAMEY, SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN, RUSTY RICHARDS (a previous 20-year member of the Sons of the Pioneers), COW BOP, COWBOY CELTIC, THE QUEBE SISTERS, THE SONS AND BROTHERS, JON CHANDLER & THE WICHITONES, top western artist JUNI FISHER, and BRENN HILL, plus cowboy poetry (the event use to be the Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry Festival), with cowboy poet and humorist ANDY NELSON as performer and emcee, and multi-award winning poet YVONNE HOLLENBECK, and meany others, plus a Youth Poetry Round-Up, and individual poetry and trick roping workshops. Ancillary events are taking shape for the 2010 Cowboy Festival, through the week preceding the weekend. More is added as things develop, at www.cowboyfestival.org.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, in Northern Cal:
Annual “GOLD NUGGET DAYS” at the Skyway Rec Center, Paradise, CA. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM performing at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sun, Apr 25:
11 am Matinee Kids' Show with JAMBO at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $8, and kids under age 2 are free.
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Mon, Apr 26, in San Diego:
7:30 pm RORY BLOCK performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $45 with dinner and a premium seat, $15-20 concert only.
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Fri, Apr 30:
8 pm NEIL INNES at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $24.50.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, in Nevada (Tahoe area):
Annual “GENOA COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Genoa, NV; www.genoacowboyfestival.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sat, May 1; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
29th annual “CLAREMONT FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL” presented by the Folk Music Center & Museum, and held at Sycamore Elementary School in Claremont, for the 29th Annual Folk Music Festival. Over 20 workshops, 2 live stages featuring fine performers, kids activities and artisans faire and much more. After taking a year’s hiatus, this favorite event is back. Mark your calendars. More details when we get them.
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Sat, May 1, in San Diego:
7:30 pm NEIL INNES performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $50 with dinner and a premium seat, $25 concert only.
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Sun, May 2
2-5 pm “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” monthly acoustic music series at The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; www.churchop.org; 310-399-1631.
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Sun, May 2:
5-9 pm JEFFREY BROUSSARD brings zydeco to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Av, Lakewood 90712. Catered food available for purchase. Info: Sidney, 323-401-8859. $20 at the door.
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Sun & Mon, May 2 & 3, in Missouri:
Annual “SPRING PLANTING FESTIVAL” in Bakersville, MO; www.rareseeds.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri, May 7:
8 pm The BOBS at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $24.50.
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Sat, May 8, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm DAVE ALVIN performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $47 with dinner and a premium seat, $22 concert only.
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Sat, May 8 & Sun, May 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Sat, 7 pm Sun - JENNIFER WARNES at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $42.50.
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Sat, May 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RONNY COX plays the Noble House Concert series in Sherman Oaks 91411; 818-780-5979; www.jrp-graphics.com/noblehouse. Reservations get directions, at noblehouseconcerts@acn.net. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Sat, May 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm PERLA BATALLA performs as part of an eight-concert contemporary Latin American Roots Music Series called ”RITMOS LATINOS en VIVO/LIVE!” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org.
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Perla Batalla, born and raised in Los Angeles, is a Grammy nominated vocalist who discovered music early in life, from time spent in her father’s popular Spanish language record store. She first gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen who later encouraged her to embark on a solo career. Critics have called her voice “sublime” and her talent “stunning.” She has received Amazon.com awards for “Best Independent Release of the Year” and “Emerging Artist of the Year.” Perla Batalla sings original compositions and traditional Spanish language classics offering a resplendent musical show of her bicultural heritage. More at www.perla.com
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This series is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. Grand Vision is a non-profit whose mission includes the development of cultural and educational arts entertainment in the Los Angeles Harbor Area. The Grand Annex, launched by Grand Vision Foundation in 2008, is a 100-seat music listening room located in the heart of historic downtown San Pedro. In its first two years, the LIVE! at the Grand Annex calendar has featured a wide range of musical genres from Japanese fusion to traditional Irish reels plus vaudeville, doo-wop, jazz and American roots and bluegrass.
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Special package available: “Wine Tasting & Ticket” package is $25, with tastings before the show at Off the Vine Wines, 491 S Pacific (entrance on 6th St), San Pedro; www.offthevinewines.com. Doors open for the show at 7:30 for the best seats. Show tix, $15 advance, $20 door.
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Wed-Sun, 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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Thu-Sun, May 13-16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Fri, May 14, in San Diego:
7:30 pm MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $(tba) with dinner and a premium seat, $(tba) concert only.
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Fri, May 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURIE LEWIS at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $17.50.
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Sat, May 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, “traveling Western folksingers,” at the Santa Monica Main Library’s Outdoor Stage, 601 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica 90401. Part of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest organization’s “free folk singing” program, a continuing series to promote and advance bluegrass, old-time and folk music in Southern California at Los Angeles City and County Libraries and schools. There is no charge to the library or school and there is no charge for admission to the concerts. The public is welcome to attend all library concerts; school concerts are open to students only. (Hence, school concerts are not listed in the Guide.) To request a program for your library or school, or for information, contact Warren Garfield, Program Coordinator 323-656-5813, or email: warrengar@sbcglobal.net. More at www.topangabanjofiddle.org/FolkSinging/Free_Folk.htm. Free.
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Sat, May 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM play the Caltech Folk Music Series in Beckman Institute Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832).
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Series presenters Rex & Nick tell us, “We are very excited that Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum are coming to Caltech! Laurie is one of the finest singers and songwriters around, and Tom is equally talented and essentially shares the top billing in this dream show for us. Laurie is one of those few people who not only embodies the highest talents of bluegrass and folk greats like Bill Monroe, but she forges ahead and continues to shape the bluegrass world and achieve new heights. Along with her singing and songwriting talents, Laurie is a fine fiddle player and guitarist. She's won a Grammy and has twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). IBMA executive director Dan Hays said, ‘Laurie is one of the pre-eminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. She spreads her talent over several genres – bluegrass, folk, country – and with the recognition she has within all those fields, I would certainly say she's one of the top five female artists of the last 30 years. And she continues to make great music.’"
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They continue, “TOM ROZUM has been performing with Laurie Lewis for 23 years or so. He is an exceptional mandolin and guitar player, and his vocals, both lead and harmony with Laurie, are outstanding. He has a strong interest in old time and swing music, and whether he's singing harmony on "Texas Bluebonnets" or lead on "Without My Walking Stick," the result is magnificent. Tom and Laurie are a delight to watch and listen to. Don't miss this chance to hear them up-close and personal.” Tix $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students or children.
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Sat, May 15, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm RONNY COX plays “The Living Tradition” concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., Anaheim; 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com. Tix, $14.
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Sat, May 15:
8 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY performs “Bravo Beethoven” with guest artist Jennifer Frautschi and Jorge Mester, Conductor, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E Green St, Pasadena.
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Sun, May 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
50th annual “TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST” at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills; www.topangabanjofiddle.org; Hotline: 818-382-4819. We’ll bring you info on registration for all the competitions when we have it, along with the list of featured acts playing the several stages. This is a must-attend event, that’s always the best one-day acoustic music festival in Southern Cal. And, since it’s celebrating the major milestone of half-a-century, we expect an event that will be VERY impressive, indeed.
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Sun, May 16:
11 am Matinee Kids' Show with DAVID TOBOCMAN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $8, and kids under age 2 are free.
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Sun, May 16:
7 pm SUSAN COWSILL at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $15.
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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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Sat, May 22, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “OJAI COWBOY SHOW” features SOURDOUGH SLIM and others in Ojai; info, www.ojaicowboyshow.com. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sat & Sun, May 22 & 23:
10 am-6 pm (both days) “ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT SHOW” at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys; http://acishow.com. Loni Specter is the event producer.
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Sat, May 22:
8 pm KRISTIN KORB & MARY FETTIG play a house concert in Los Angeles. Reservations get directions at kkorb@kristinkorb.com. Kristin has twice been a guest on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” She is a virtuoso of upright bass and a wonderful vocalist. She tells us, “We're going to be playing at the same house that we used for ‘Girls Day Out a couple years ago. It is an amazing space. Because this is such a special event, I've got a little wine tasting arranged through Casa Torelli Wines and we'll have some light munchies. This is all included. You will need to get your reservations through me. There are a limited number of seats and I don't want you to miss out on the fun.”
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MARY FETTIG resides in the San Francisco bay area, and maintains a busy teaching, recording and performing schedule. She is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mary joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra as the first woman to play in the band. From there, she has made her way in the music business as a performer, teacher, and clinician. In addition to Stan Kenton, she has toured with Flora Purim and Airto, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Toninho Horta, Joe Henderson and numerous short tours with celebrity acts. She has performed at many jazz festivals, including Concord, San Francisco, Monterey, Playboy, Hollywood Bowl, Mt. Hood, Chicago, Detroit, Mobile, world's first Women's Jazz Festival in Kansas City, Buffalo, Montreux, and North Sea. Her HS jazz band was the first group to win the Monterey Jazz Festival high school competition in 1971. Her band teacher, a big fan of Stan Kenton, secured a scholarship for Mary to the Stan Kenton camp in Redlands, and the rest is history. $25 / person.
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Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN/CREOLE FESTIVAL” with GRAMMY Nominee LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS and many others.
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Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30, in Washington state:
Annual “HISTORIC RITZVILLE DAYS WESTERN ART & MUSIC SHOW” in downtown Ritzville, WA; www.ritzvilledowntown.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Tue, Jun 1, in San Diego:
7:30 pm CROOKED STILL performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $(tba) with dinner and a premium seat, $(tba) concert only.
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Fri, June 4, in Santa Paula:
7:30 pm WHISKEY CHIMP at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S Seventh St, Santa Paula 93060; 805-525-4645; www.santapaulatheatercenter.org/whiskey-chimp.html. Map:to get there, www.santapaulatheatercenter.org/map.html
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Sat, Jun 5:
8 pm CUCHATA plus LA SANTA CECILIA perform tonight’s “Spring Finale” as part of an eight-concert contemporary Latin American Roots Music Series called ”RITMOS LATINOS en VIVO/LIVE!” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org.
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LA SANTA CECILIA is an L.A.-based band that combines up-tempo cumbia rhythms and nostalgic bolero and tango with Afro-Cuban percussion and jazzy trumpet tunes. The result is a mix that defies musical genre. The band’s sound is accentuated by lead singer Marisoul’s funky and fun stage persona. On the rise in Southern California, La Santa Cecilia delivers a colorful fiesta-like show! More at www.lasantacecilia.com
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This series is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. Grand Vision is a non-profit whose mission includes the development of cultural and educational arts entertainment in the Los Angeles Harbor Area. The Grand Annex, launched by Grand Vision Foundation in 2008, is a 100-seat music listening room located in the heart of historic downtown San Pedro. In its first two years, the LIVE! at the Grand Annex calendar has featured a wide range of musical genres from Japanese fusion to traditional Irish reels plus vaudeville, doo-wop, jazz and American roots and bluegrass.
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Special package available: “Wine Tasting & Ticket” package is $25, with tastings before the show at Off the Vine Wines, 491 S Pacific (entrance on 6th St), San Pedro; www.offthevinewines.com.
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RITMOS LATINOS en VIVO/LIVE! at the Grand Annex will resume in Fall 2010 with the final four shows of the series, including Brazilian samba, Mexican norteño, a night of tango and gaucho song and dance, and more.
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Annual “CARSON CITY RENDEZVOUS” in Mills Park, Carson City, NV; www.carsoncityrendezvous.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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11 am Matinee Kids' Show with BEETHOVEN'S WIG at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Tix, $8, and kids under age 2 are free.
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IRELAND TOUR – tour the Emerald Isle, led by folk musician and renowned actor RONNY COX. Ronny has joined forces with guide and musician Tom Pigott, a true Irishman and alum of many Irish bands (he lives in County Clare), and Enchanted Way Tours, to host this 9-day tour of the west of Ireland. By day, Ronny and his fellow travelers will visit ancient ruins, castles, small fishing villages, the Aran Islands, the horse races, and more. By night they will share music in the local pubs with Irish players. SPACE IS LIMITED - the full itinerary is available at www.ronnycox.com (click on “Tour Ireland with Ronny” on the home page).
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Jun 17-20, in Colorado; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
37th Annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Telluride, Colorado, is quite simply one of the best acoustic music festivals in the world. This year’s lineup includes SAM BUSH BAND, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, BÉLA FLECK with ZAKIR HUSSAIN & EDGAR MEYER, THE DEL McCOURY BAND, HOT RIZE, PUNCH BROTHERS featuring CHRIS THILE, LEFTOVER SALMON, TIM O'BRIEN BAND, JERRY DOUGLAS, PETER ROWAN, CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, JOHN COWAN BAND, IMELDA MAY, CADILLAC SKY, MUMFORD & SONS, THE DREPUNG MONKS, SARAH JAROSZ, THE HILLBENDERS, JOSH RITTER BAND, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, the always anticipated TELLURIDE HOUSE BAND featuring SAM BUSH, BÉLA FLECK, JERRY DOUGLAS, EDGAR MEYER, BRYAN SUTTON & STUART DUNCAN, plus plenty more sets day and night by many other acoustic artists who bring music within and well beyond the bluegrass genre. Much more info and links at www.bluegrass.com/telluride. Camping, especially for the closest campgrounds, and the full four-day passes always go quickly; campground spaces and festival tix are now on sale, at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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This year’s lineup provides another magical four days of only-in-Telluride performances by beloved festival veterans and inspiring new talent. Telluride royalty includes virtuosic bluegrass superpickers, soulful songwriters, and some of the biggest stars in the rootsy Americana landscape.
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The festival is built around the many artists that have defined the Telluride Bluegrass sound. The weekend is sprinkled with inspired sets from Peter Rowan, John Cowan, Sam Bush Band, Béla Fleck (performing in a trio with Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer), and many others, culminating in the epic festival closing set from the Telluride House Band (Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan).
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The festival is just above the town of Telluride, nestled in the rugged San Juan Mountains at nearly 9,000 feet above the sea, and surrounded on three sides by the natural architecture of the Telluride Box Canyon, Telluride is arguably the most spectacular town in the American West.
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For regulars, who call themselves “festivarians,” Telluride is The Bluegrass Festival. Regulars here include a loyal following of artists, as well. Some cite the “unique thrill” that comes from “performing in front of the smartest, most attentive audience in the country,” as the festival site says. Promoters assert, “Artists are encouraged to take risks in Telluride, and the Festivarian audience [which has its own website] is regularly rewarded with unique blends of voices sharing the stage for the first time - as a new musical friendship cultivated backstage makes its debut on the Telluride stage.”
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Your editor has been there, and all that is true. Telluride lives up to its hype. In fact, it exceeds it.
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With music on the main stage all day, intimate workshops on the Elks Park stage in the middle of town, prestigious band and songwriting contests, late-night Nightgrass concerts at every indoor venue in town, and jam sessions throughout the night in the town’s condos and in the campgrounds near and far (connected by festival bus service), it’s a week of uncommon musical riches.
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Thu, Jun 17, in San Diego:
7:30 pm JOHN KEAWE performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $(tba) with dinner and a premium seat, $(tba) concert only.
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Jun 18-20, in Victorville; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “HUCK FINN JUBILEE” at Mojave Narrows Regional Park, 1800 Yates Rd, Victorville 92392; www.huckfinn.com. Advance tix $80 gen’l, $20 if under age 13., and include camping and admission Thursday night through Sunday. Tix available online or by calling 951-780-8810. It’s been named in FolkWorks among the best acoustic music festivals in Southern California. And it’s always a tough choice whether to go to the Huck Finn Jubilee or the Live Oak Music Festival, or split the weekend and go to both.
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The Jubilee includes the “Deering Banjo National Championships.” It’s been featured on TV’s "A World of Festivals" (www.festivals.com/wof). Newsweek named it "One of Eight Great American Festivals,"and it won the IBMA's 2001 "Bluegrass Event of the Year."
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Sirius XM Radio’s “BLUEGRASS JUNCTION” with Chris Jones will feature the Huck Finn Jubilee during its national broadcast on Jun 19. Chris will conduct interviews and record his popular bluegrass program from the Southwest Bluegrass Association campground on Thursday afternoon, Jun 17, during the Jubilee, for the global satellite broadcast. The SWBA campground is open to any bluegrass association member who purchases weekend camping to the Jubilee.
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Jun 18-20, north of Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Live Oak Camp, on Hwy 154, in the Santa Ynez Valley, near Lake Cachuma and Goleta; 805-781-3030; www.liveoakfest.org. It’s been named in FolkWorks among the best acoustic music festivals in Southern California. And it’s always a tough choice whether to go to Live Oak or the Huck Finn Jubilee, or split the weekend and go to both.
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The Live Oak Music Festival is a three-day concert and camping event held every year on Father’s Day weekend in the hills above Santa Barbara, California. 100% of Live Oak proceeds go to support KCBX Public Radio (www.kcbx.org) an enviably good station (especially for everyone in L.A., where its signal doesn’t reach). KCBX serves a broadcast area of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
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The event’s self-promo is quite accurate: “Live Oak, as it has become affectionately known, is more than just a music festival — it is an experience rooted in music and community. These two elements together create a three-day journey into a timeless place that is far removed from ties and clocks, suits and schedules. The festival features an aural collage of live music ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley, Live Oak comes alive as an outdoor music festival showcasing some of the finest musicians from around the world. The camping experience at Live Oak creates a community of several thousand friendly people that are all doing the same thing — relaxing and having fun in the warm sunshine of June.”
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Sun, Jun 20:
LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, GRAMMY Nominee, play the “Descanso Gardens Concert” series at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge; 818-949-4200; www.DescansoGardens.org. Catch a video of them live at the San Diego Gator Festival at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKI9LHinDPM and www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 and more at www.myspace.com/lisahaley
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Annual ”ARROWHEAD ARTS MUSIC FESTIVAL” brings GRAMMY Nominee LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS to Lake Arrowhead. Catch a video of them live at the San Diego Gator Festival at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKI9LHinDPM and www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 and more at www.myspace.com/lisahaley
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Jul 18-22, in Colorado:
Annual “ROCKYGRASS ACADEMY” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/rga. Check for open classes at http://shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
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Jul 23-25, in Colorado; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
38 th annual “ROCKYGRASS” traditional bluegrass festival with DOC WATSON & DAVID HOLT, SAM BUSH BLUEGRASS BAND, TONY RICE UNIT, JESSE MCREYNOLDS & BOBBY OSBORNE, THE TRAVELIN' McCOURYS WITH TONY RICE, INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, THE SELDOM SCENE, SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111, BEARFOOT, MARK JOHNSON & EMORY LESTER, THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS, 49 SPECIAL, and more still to be announced, on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/rockygrass
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RockyGrass is held at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, Colorado - located along the wooded banks of the beautiful St. Vrain River, with sandy beaches accessible from the festival site. The historic quarry town of Lyons is 15 miles north of Boulder in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The town is known for its antique stores, restaurants, artists, and musicians. Numerous camping options nearby include on-site at the festival grounds, under the cliffs at Meadow Park (a quick five-minute walk from the festival), or at the Olson Campground (a 10-minute walk or via the free shuttle buses).
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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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2010 “AMERICAN RIVER ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP” in Northern California – info at www.americanriveracoustic.org and info@americanriverfolk.org
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Annual “NORTHERN ROCKIES FOLK FESTIVAL” in Hailey, Idaho brings GRAMMY Nominee LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS at 8:30 pm. Info, www.nrff.net
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Sat, Aug 7, in Santa Paula:
7:30 pm THE RESTLESS HILLFILLIES at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S Seventh St, Santa Paula 93060; www.santapaulatheatercenter.org/restless-hill-fillies.html; 805-525-4645. Map:to get there, www.santapaulatheatercenter.org/map.html
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13th Annual “SONG SCHOOL” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/songschool. Immediately precedes the 20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” on the same site.
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It’s “a place where you can explore and grow every aspect of your song-writing and creativity: melody, lyrics, performance, voice, story, guitar techniques… a place where you receive professional feedback, music business and recording tips.”
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7 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, GRAMMY Nominee, play the Community Center in Idyllwild. Catch a video of them live at the San Diego Gator Festival at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKI9LHinDPM and www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 and more at www.myspace.com/lisahaley
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Fri-Sun, Aug 13-15, in Colorado; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” with ANI DiFRANCO, THE SWELL SEASON, RICHARD THOMPSON, GREG BROWN, THE WAIFS, MARC COHN, DAVID WILCOX, DARRELL SCOTT, LIZ LONGLEY, and more still to be announced, on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/folks.
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The festival opens with the prestigious “Folks Songwriter Showcase,” where a juried group of the most gifted new songwriters from around the world compete for a spot in the 2010 lineup. Songwriting workshops continue throughout the festival in the intimacy of the new Wildflower Pavilion. Music runs on the main stage from morning 'til after 10 pm each night, reinforced through a sound system the festival claims is “the best at any festival in the country.”
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Pack a picnic - you're welcome to bring in food and drinks, just no alcohol or glass. Or enjoy a wide variety of food options, from fish tacos to ice cream, dumplings to BBQ, from festival food vendors, as well as beer and wine, and free filtered local water. Numerous camping options nearby include on-site at the festival grounds or under the cliffs at Meadow Park, a quick five-minute walk to the festival. Parking is available at the Olson Property, a 10-minute walk or free shuttle bus ride to the festival grounds. Camping and festival tix are available at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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Sat, Aug 14, in San Diego:
7:30 pm CHRIS SMITHER performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $50 with dinner and a premium seat, $25 concert only.
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11:45 am LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, GRAMMY Nominee, play the “Wild Wednesdays” summer series in Torrance. Catch a video of them live at the San Diego Gator Festival at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKI9LHinDPM and www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 and more at www.myspace.com/lisahaley
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7:30 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, GRAMMY Nominee, play the “Music Under the Stars” series at Adobe Olivas, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura 93003; show info, www.cityofventura.net/community_services/cultural_affairs/cultural_services_events/music_stars or 805-658-4726.
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(time tbd) PORTERHOUSE BOB plays the “Music Under the Stars” series at Adobe Olivas, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura 93003; info, 805-658-4726.
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Sun, Sep 19, in San Diego:
7:30 pm ELIZA GILKYSON performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Tix are $(tba) with dinner and a premium seat, $(tba) concert only.
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Annual “FOLK ALLIANCE REGION WEST (FAR-West) MUSIC CONFERENCE” this year in San Jose, CA; www.far-west.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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(2) BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY that virtuosic ensemble from the Centennial State, is reviewed by JOEL OKIDA at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-boulder-acoustic-society-getting.html)
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RADIO NEWS: the return from hiatus of the syndicated TIED TO THE TRACKS radio show is delayed, due to the producer / host’s ongoing recovery from eye surgery. (At least he has time to listen to all those submitted CDs that arrive daily!) We’ll keep you posted.
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1 comment:

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