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Friday, March 19, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide & fresh News, March 19 to 31 (and beyond)

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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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MARCH 19 through 31 events (and beyond, through 2010)
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NEWS FEATURES:
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1) SPRING MUSIC FESTIVALS START ON FIRST DAY OF SPRING
The annual TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, with nationally-touring acts Bluegrass Etc, and Silverado, and plenty more first-class musicians, including Sligo Rags, is this weekend in Old Town Temecula. Most of it is FREE. There are two official stages with continuous free entertainment and lots of smaller indoor and outdoor venues. First shows both days are at 11 am, there’s a Saturday night concert ($15) and a Sunday afternoon matinee ($5) in the Temecula Theater, a fine venue for music. See the listings in the Guide, both days, for more, and info available at 951-678-1456 or www.tinyurl.com/TemeculaBluegrassFestival
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2) GUIDE’S RADIO & TV LISTINGS NOW IN SEPARATE PAGES
It’s a mark of success when you get too big to be included with something else – unless you’re dieting, that is. The Guide has continuously expanded our listings of acoustic music radio / web radio and TV shows that feature performance-interviews with musicians, and other select acoustic music shows on radio and TV. And that expansion was requiring waaay too much scrolling to get past, before you reached each day’s write-ups for the live music performances in concert venues and wherever else.
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So, starting with this edition, each day’s listings feature a link to get to all the radio and TV shows that are available that day – and it lets us use the main edition of the Guide to get right to that day’s live concerts, club gigs, festivals, and more. We aren’t bringing you less, just dividing each day to continue to offer more.
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3) REGISTER TO COMPETE IN THE 50th TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST
The annual event, at the Paramount Movie Ranch, Agoura Hills, California (this year on May 16) has been called the finest one-day traditional music festival anywhere, with great acts in addition to its top-notch competitions in a number of categories, including instruments, bands, and vocals. Registrar Joy Felt tells us, “Contestant Registration is half over and half of the competition slots have been filled. We're going to celebrate our 50th year! Imagine it - and be part of the celebration. The Contestant Registration form is available at selected music stores and on our website at www.topangabanjofiddle.org.”
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She adds, “Remember VOLUNTEERS get in free.”
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Plus, this year brings the option to purchase your tickets in advance at a significant discount, at www.topangabanjofiddle.org/purchase_tix.html. Contestants can purchase discount advance tickets with their mail-in registration by sending a separate check and self-addressed stamped-envelope indicating the number and category of tickets desired.
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If you are thinking of competing, don’t dawdle. Categories fill-up, plus, there have been some changes, so you’ll need time to read the “Contestant FAQ's” carefully.
Joy adds, “If you cannot find the answer to your specific question on our website, please use the email addresses under the category of your question (ie: info, registrar, volunteer) or call the Hotline at 818-382-4819 and leave a message. [The web site has]
information on our fine line-up of performers and activities, the Contestant Registration Form and Volunteer Questionnaire. [We’re] looking forward to having you enjoy the day with us!”
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4) ANOTHER HAITI RELIEF BENEFIT SHOW, MARCH 19
It’s a benefit and a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick on Fri, March 19, at 8 pm, when The CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND plus CHRIS & THOMAS opening, perform at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info www.coffeegallery.com; reservations, 626-398-7917.
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Steve Deming of the CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND tells us, “We have made arrangements with the owner, Bob Stane, to contribute half of our fee for the evening to the Haiti Relief Fund. If you don't have our new CD yet, now is the time to purchase one through CD Baby.com, as we, and they have agreed to send a dollar of each purchase to the Haiti relief as well.”
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CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND’s new CD, “Riding Catalina Again,” is somethin’ special, and in the Top 20 in the Western Music Chart. (Your editor heard the the final mixes when the band first heard them, and immediately predicted success.) The band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV on April 1.
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CHRIS & THOMAS are favorites at McCabe’s who have played the CGB before, and they impress audiences everywhere. Tix, $18.
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5) MICHELE VREELAND RADIO INTERVIEW
L.A.-based singer-songwriter Michele Vreeland is building a good fan base, and recently, she did an interview on “Women’s Radio.” Topics include working the maze of the music industry as an indie. Michele says, “I think it turned out pretty good..hehe.” Check it out at www.womensradio.com/articles/Michele-Vreeland's-Indie-Approach-to-Making-Big-Waves-in-LA-%2B-SXSW-2010/4619.html
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6) A THOUGHT FOR ALL THOSE TEA-BAGGERS…
“America has been called a melting pot, but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality, contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new nation.” - King Baudouin of Belgium (1930-1993)
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RECENT NEWS FEATURES:
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The March 13 News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/acoustic-americana-music-guide-march-13.html
The topics are:
1) ST. PATRICK’S DAY IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17…
2) AZTEC CALENDAR’S NEW YEAR: A TIME OF MUSIC, CONTEMPLATION, MORE
3) TIME, AND WHYS AND WHEREFORES OF IT…
4) MUSIC SHOWS ON PBS? MUST BE PLEDGE-DRIVE TIME…
5) ANOTHER HAITI RELIEF BENEFIT SHOW, MARCH 19
6) OTHER NEWS?
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RECENT GUEST EDITORIALS:
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L.A.-based musician and expert on the subject MICHAEL HERALDA always presents a compelling and informative performance, and his written piece on the Mexica New Year is fascinating, spiritual, and a must-read for cultural literacy. It’s our guest editorial, by Michael, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/aztec-calendars-new-year-time-of-music.html. Michael has done musical and spoken word excerpts from his compelling “Aztec Stories” presentation on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” including music on original and traditional Native American instruments.
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Did you see our GUEST EDITORIAL in February 2010 by award-winning musician FREEBO? He wrote an essay on climate change that’s worth a read, and we presented it in the Guide. It’s entertaining and thoughtful, and takes it to the “deniers” in right-wing media. It’s at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/02/climate-change-by-freebo-special-to.html
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Entire contents copyright (c) © 2010, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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Updated March 19, 2010; recurring events included through Wednesday, March 31, with updated listings of many upcoming events through the rest of 2010.
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Now, here’s what’s happening…
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FRIDAY, MARCH 19
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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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7:30 pm RONNY COX performs for the “Oceanside Music Series” at the Oceanside Public Library in Oceanside.
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7:30 pm ROY ZIMMERMAN plus BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH play the Acoustic Music San Diego series
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8 pm CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND plus CHRIS & THOMAS opening, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm NOEL PAUL STOOKEY (the Paul of Peter Paul & Mary) at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8 pm JAMES LEE STANLEY & CAREN ARMSTRONG play the monthly “CAMARILLO CAFÉ” acoustic music showcase at Camarillo Community Center in Camarillo.
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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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8 pm New Orleans Piano Player BRIAN KINLER and his band with special guests Kelly, Perry and Linda (KELLY’S LOT) at Vitello's in Studio City.
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8:15 pm BLUEGRASS AT TEMPLE ALIYAH is “A DOWN HOME SHABBAT,” with actress MARE WINNINGHAM and musicians FRED SOKOLOW (mandolin and dobro), PAT CLOUD (banjo), JUSTIN STEIN (bass), and Hazzan MIKE STEIN (guitar and fiddle), in “an original bluegrass/country music worship service” at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Friday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
~ that feature live performance-interviews with acoustic musicians, and selected other acoustic music shows (mostly on-line, simulcast from radio stations elsewhere) are listed, in all their abundance, at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/fridays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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(3) Friday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Fri, Mar 19, in Oceanside; 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 folksinger 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, and JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Fri, Mar 19, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm ROY ZIMMERMAN plus BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH play the Acoustic Music San Diego series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. More at www.royzimmerman.com and www.beml.com.
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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-Wed, Mar 10-24, in Canada:
“CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK,” centered in Toronto, Canada, is actually two weeks…
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(4) Friday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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Fri, Mar 19;,in Temecula:
Annual “TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” runs this Sat & Sun and has some kick-off events tonight in at least two venues in Temecula
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Fri, Mar 19:
8 pm LOS ANGELES FLAMENCO FESTIVAL with Briseyda Zárate in "FLAMENCA" and Omayra Amaya in "LA SOBREMESA" at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center,
1935 Manhattan Beach Bl, Redondo Beach; 310-937-6607; www.rbpac.com. More at www.laflamencofestival.com
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(5) Friday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Fri, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19, every Fri:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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Fri, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19, every Fri:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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Fri, Mar 19, 3rd (&1st) Fri, every month:
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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Fri, Mar 19, every 3rd (& 1st) Fri, in Lancaster:
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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Fri, Mar 19, every 3rd (& 1st) Fri, in San Clemente:
Blues legend BERNIE PEARL’s residency at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. Switching his four-year residency there to alternate Fridays; on second Saturdays, Bernie will continue to play electric with pianist Dwayne Smith. He was great performing live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Fri, Mar 19, every Fri
7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, Mar 19, in Oceanside; 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 folksinger 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, and JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Fri, Mar 19:
7:30 pm SMALL POTATOES plays the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont. Info, www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com. Reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com. More at www.smallpotatoesmusic.com.
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Fri, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19:
7:30 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY hosts a reception on the plaza of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, followed indoors by a free rehearsal for tomorrow night’s performance of “ETERNAL MOZART” with guests the Pasadena Master Chorale and guest soloists. Jorge Mester, Conductor. To attend the reception, you should rsvp at 626-793-7172, option 3 for “events.” Concert rehearsal is free.
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Fri, Mar 19, 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, 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.
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Steve Deming of the CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND tells us, “We have made arrangements with the owner, Bob Stane, to contribute half of our fee for the evening to the Haiti Relief Fund. If you don't have our new CD yet, now is the time to purchase one through CD Baby.com, as we, and they have agreed to send a dollar of each purchase to the Haiti relief as well.”
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They were one of three headliners for the annual Christmas Concert at the Autry National Center, in the Wells Fargo Theater, where the Guide editor was emcee. Nashville West Productions has been filming the band for the new national TV program, “The Heart of Western Music.” They have played the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Elko, and various trail rides including Rancheros and the Los Caballeros Catalina trek.
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CALIFORNIA COWBOY BAND’s new CD, “Riding Catalina Again,” is somethin’ special, and in the Top 20 in the Western Music Chart. (Your editor heard the the final mixes when the band first heard them, and immediately predicted success.) The band recently recorded a performance for “The Heart of Western Music” for airing on nationwide cable TV on April 1.
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CHRIS & THOMAS are favorites at McCabe’s who have played the CGB before, and they impress audiences everywhere. 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. Singer-songwriter Noel Paul Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the "Paul" of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and as an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Funny, irreverently reverent, thoughtful, compassionate—passionate—Stookey's vocal sound is known all across this land: from the "Wedding Song" to "In These Times."
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At the 1963 "March on Washington" when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, Peter, Paul and Mary delivered the compelling "If I Had a Hammer" and "Blowin' in the Wind". Noel Paul Stookey has recorded over 45 albums and oversees Neworld Multimedia, presenting new artists and creating children's TV shows and music. The royalties from his classic "Wedding Song" go to the Public Domain Foundation, where nearly $2 million has been put to work for charitable causes.
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"Stookey's special, infectious and charming brand of humor.., watching and hearing Stookey sing Puff The Magic Dragon as if he were a kid, a pirate, then a kid again brings out the magic." - Music Review.
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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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Fri, Mar 19:
8 pm JUDY COLLINS plays the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster; 661-723-5950; www.lpac.org. More at www.judycollins.com
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Fri, Mar 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm New Orleans Piano Player BRIAN KINLER and his band with special guests Kelly, Perry and Linda (KELLY’S LOT) at Vitello's (Upstairs at Vitello's), 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City 91604; reservations, 818-769-0905; www.vitellosrestaurant.com. More at www.myspace.com/briankinler. And get this: this coming Sunday, KELLY Z (KELLY’S LOT) RUNS THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON (www.LAMarathon.com) and then she performs with her band! (They play Texas in June and Europe in September.) More at www.KellysLot.com
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Fri & Sat, Mar 19-20; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat (5 pm Sun) “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, Mar 19:
8 pm STEEP CANYON RAMBLERS play the “L.A. Bluegrass Situation” at The Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Bl, West Hollywood; 310-855-0350; www.largo-la.com. More at www.steepcanyon.com
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Fri, Mar 19, 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 19, 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 19, every Fri:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Mar 19, 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 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:15 pm BLUEGRASS AT TEMPLE ALIYAH is “A DOWN HOME SHABBAT,” with actress MARE WINNINGHAM and musicians FRED SOKOLOW (mandolin and dobro), PAT CLOUD (banjo), JUSTIN STEIN (bass), and Hazzan MIKE STEIN (guitar and fiddle), in “an original bluegrass/country music worship service” at Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Bl, Woodland Hills 91367; 818-346-3545 ext 105. Free and open to the public, refreshments follow.
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Fri, Mar 19, repeats 3rd Fri, every month:
8:30-11 pm THE SCREAMING EARWIGS, with TOM & PATRICK SAUBER, STEVE LEWIS and MIKE SAUBER, play the monthly CONTRA DANCE at the War Memorial Hall, 435 S Fair Oaks Av, South Pasadena. Info, www.caldancecoop.org. Dance instruction at 8 pm.
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Fri, Mar 19, 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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The vernal eqinox arrives today, making this the first day of Spring!
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(1) Saturday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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11 am-11 pm Annual “TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” with headliners BLUEGRASS ETC., SILVERADO, SLIGO RAGS, and many more bands on two stages from 11 am-7 pm, both free. Evening concert in the Temecula Theater, 8-11 pm, is $15.
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7 pm CLAUDIA RUSSELL & HER FOLK UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA, plus STEVE MECKFESSEL from the SF Bay Area and Portland’s CHRIS KOKESH opening, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7 pm CHRIS VALENTI plays Genghis Cohen in L.A.
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7:30 pm COSY SHERIDAN and T. R. RITCHIE play “The Living Tradition” concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center in Anaheim.
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7:30 pm SMALL POTATOES play the “San Diego Folk Heritage” series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas. (See Best Out-of-Town Events.)
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7:30 pm RONNY COX plays Musica Del Rio in Atascadero. (See Best Out-of-Town Events.)
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8 pm CHRIS STUART & BACKCOUNTRY play the Caltech Folk Music Series on on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
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8 pm JONATHAN McEUEN & PHIL SALAZAR at Zoey’s in Ventura.
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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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Sat, Mar 20, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm SMALL POTATOES play the “San Diego Folk Heritage” series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas; www.sdfolkheritage.org; 858-566-4040. Their song, “1000 Candles, 1000 Cranes,” earned a “Listener Favorite” honor on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” This is a fine musical duo with songs that range from powerfully moving to a whole lot of fun. More at www.smallpotatoesmusic.com
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Sat, Mar 20, in Atascadero; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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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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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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“CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK,” centered in Toronto, Canada, is actually two weeks…
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Sat-Sun, Mar 20-28, 2010 (we let you know months ago):
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 & Sun, Mar 20 & 21, in Temecula; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11 am-11 pm Annual “TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” with headliners BLUEGRASS ETC., SILVERADO, SLIGO RAGS, and many more bands on two stages from 11 am-7 pm, both free. Evening concert in the Temecula Theater, 8-11 pm, is $15. More at 951-678-1456 or www.tinyurl.com/TemeculaBluegrassFestival
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 3rd Sat, every month:
10 am RON ELY performs sea chanteys and original and classic folk music at Boutique Mystique, 532 W 1st St, Claremont 91711. Ron tells us, “This is a new event, 10 am-6 pm. The venue features vintage 40’s, 50’s, 60’s guitars and amps, glass and china, jewelry, comic books, records (LPs, 45s, 78s), fresh flowers and exotic plants, fresh fruit and veggies, RON ELY’s music and more. Call 213-361-9322 for vendor info or booth space rental info. Ron says you can “get in on the ground floor” here. No cover.
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ASSOCIATION OF FINGERSTYLE GUITARISTS sponsors a “GET2GETHER & HOUSE CONCERT” at the at the home of Dennis & Shoko Ramsey in Lawndale. Russ Lewark (One Foot In, Kahuna Cowboys) tell us, “We have room for many more people, so come on over to the Ramsey Compound.” Reservation gets directions at koaguitarman@ca.rr.com
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20:
2:30pm MOJÁCAR FLAMENCO play the Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91116; 626-683-6883; www.BostonCourt.org. More at www.mojacarflamenco.com
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Sat, Mar 20, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 3rd Sat every month; in Port Townsend, WA:
5:30-8 pm monthy “PORT TOWNSEND CHANTEY SING” at the Courtyard Café (formerly Bread n Roses), 230 Quincy St, Port Townsend; 360-379-3355. Info, Tugboat Bromberg, 360-990-4873 or 360-598-1497. The “call and response” form of these work songs of the sea makes them easy to learn and fun to sing.
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm CLAUDIA RUSSELL & HER FOLK UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA, plus STEVE MECKFESSEL from the SF Bay Area and Portland’s CHRIS KOKESH 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 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Why do we ask Berkeley-based Claudia Russell and her band back not just once, but twice each year? Well, here’s how Rich Warren, of the nationally syndicated radio show Midnight Special put it in Sing Out magazine: ‘Claudia Russell is a vocalist in the old-fashioned sense. She can really sing. And Russell is a great live performer. Her band -- let’s just say they’re hot. Connect them to the power grid and they’d light up a medium-sized town.’”
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Claudia has an expressive voice that is as home on a whispery ballad as a full-tilt Buddy Holly-styled romp. Her songs deal with the classic themes of songwriting: love, longing and loss, with an occasional foray into silliness. Russell and her band play a unique blend woven from blues, country, pop and traditional music to form an eclectic sound all their own. Band mates Bruce Kaplan, (mando and guitar), Mark Petrella, string bass, and Carl Byron (piano and accordion) follow Russell around the musical landscape like treasure hunters in search of thrills. And they find them.
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Bay Area based singer songwriter STEVE MECKFESSEL and Portland’s CHRIS KOKESH open the show at Claudia’s invitation—and Claudia knows how to pick a winning opener! Roots Music Report wrote of Steve’s recently released solo CD: “The folk world has just been handed some of the best music it will hear in 2009 and beyond”. Chris, an award-winning singer songwriter and longtime member of “Misty River” is a “super mix of talent…a stunning solo artist.” Chris just released her first solo CD “October Valentine” in January. Claudia is always an audience favorite. Tix, $18.
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Sat, Mar 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm CHRIS VALENTI plays Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90069. Chris has a busy solo music & comedy career, plus he’s an award-winning filmmaker, and he is the originator of the popular “Strings of Comedy” series (www.StringsOfComedy.com) Chris, who has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” tells us, “Great chance to catch a full length set in Hollywood on a Saturday night. Music, comedy, and egg rolls! Have dinner in the theater while you watch. It's great food. No drink minimum. Easy free parking.
And 50 minutes of Valenti! It's an early show, so you'll still have plenty of time to hit your busy Saturday night party schedule. Or, if you're like me and you don't have one of those.... join me across the street at Lola's for some sour apple martinis afterwards.” More at www.ChrisValentiMusic.com. $7 cover.
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 3rd Sat every month; in Lancaster:
7-9 pm monthly “DESERT SONG PRODUCTIONS FEATURED ARTIST / OPEN MIC” series at the Cedar Centre Theater, 44845 Cedar Av, Lancaster 93534. The series launched Jan 17, ’09 with a group that scored a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Featured artist(s) perform 7-8 pm, followed by the OPEN MIC, 8-9 pm, where you can show off your own talents. Each open mic participant pays $5, and a panel of judges awards the pot to the best open mic performance. This event at this venue looks permanent, after a series of things at several venues. If you’re in the High Desert, go support it. Event info and lineup at http://desertsongfest.org .
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm COSY SHERIDAN and T. R. RITCHIE play “The Living Tradition” concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org
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Sat, Mar 20:
7:30 pm DAVID PRITCHARD plays the “40th anniversary Guitar Summit series” at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 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, Mar 20, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30-9:45 pm “UP THE TRAIL FROM TEXAS” Music/Art Showcase created & hosted by singer-songwriter MARK MORAN, at Tex Mex Grill, 2256 Route 66 (at Amelia Av), Glendora 91740. It’s a monthly music/art showcase featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriters in country, folk, pop, jazz, blues, and film music genres, and Mark adds, “And artists that have a vision of love, nature, healing or inspiration.” More at www.mythicalbird.net and www.myspace.com/mythicalbird
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Sat, Mar 20, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm LOS ANGELES WOMEN IN MUSIC (LAWIM) presents “YOUNG TALENT NIGHT” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166.
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LAWIM presents this monthly series showcasing performers up to the age of 17. Sponsored by Daisy Rock and DayJams, it is part of LAWIM’s commitment to nurture younger artists and reach out to the community through music. This is NOT an “admission-by-donation” Kulak’s show. Tickets are sold by the participants, donations are made during the webcast, and sponsorships and contributions are received through the LAWIM website (www.lawim.com), all to fund the organization’s “Musical Gifts & Scholarship Program” for kids in need. Five talented young performers are invited to take the stage each month, and each leaves with a professional, 5-camera video of their performance.
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Sat, Mar 20, third Sat, every month:
7:30 pm “COFFEE HOUSE AT THE ONION” OPEN MIC at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Av, North Hills. A great place to showcase your new stuff. Coffee and cookies available by donation. (No longer on Fridays.) No cover.
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Sat, Mar 20, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:45 pm monthly “ARC JAM MUSIC NIGHT” at Activites for Retarded Children (ARC), 6456 Whitsett, North Hollywood; 818-762-4365; www.arcandadults.com
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Sat, Mar 20, 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, 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. More at www.chrisstuart.com. Tix $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students or children.
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Sat, Mar 20; in Ventura; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JONATHAN McEUEN & PHIL SALAZAR Zoey’s Café, 451 E Main St, Ventura 93001; advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com or 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091. This is one of the FINAL SHOWS at Zoey’s longtime location, as they prepare for their move to a new and larger location. Tonight is a good opportunity to see a fine show in the old place before the big change.
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Sat, Mar 20; in Temecula; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-11 pm Annual “TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” with headliners BLUEGRASS ETC., SILVERADO, SLIGO RAGS play the evening concert in the Temecula Theater; many more bands perform on two stages from 11 am-7 pm, both free. Evening concert in the Temecula Theater is $15.
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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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8 pm Fri & Sat (5 pm Sun) “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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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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8 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” at the Unurban Café, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica. This event is a pre-booked artist showcase, not an open mic. Javelyn holds a companion event every 1st Fri with an opne mic, at another venue, at 6:30 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com.
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Sat, Mar 20, 3rd Sat, every month, in Camarillo:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “CARS AND GUITARS SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo; for location, contact Pat Cronin, CarsAndGuitarsSongCircle@songmakers.org or 805-236-7954; www.songmakers.org.
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8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “SOUTH BAY HOOT” in Redondo Beach; for location, contact info@Songmakers.org or 310-376-0222. www.songmakers.org.
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8-11 pm DULCIMANIA with NORM JACOBSON & BARBARA GERSHMAN each on hammered dulcimer, & BRAD MOORE, at Alta Coffeehouse, 506 31st St, Newport Beach; info, Norm Jacobson, jacobson@ics.uci.edu and more at http://us.mc510.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=jacobson@ics.uci.edu. The band says, “the coffee and food are great.” No cover.
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Sat, Mar 20, every Sat:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, Mar 20, 3rd Sat, every month:
9 pm “CALIFORNIA POP & JAZZ COUNCIL FEATURED ARTIST NIGHT” with three featured artists, at Giovanni Risorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243. Reservations on Saturday are a must. Venue has award-winning Southern Italian cuisine, plenty of free parking. Food available entire night. CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA says, “Amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes, old friends and new ones…” No cover.
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Sat, Mar 20, every Sat, in Temecula:
9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. There’s an early show at 7 pm, and the 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs, student. military discounts available.
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11 am-6 pm Annual “TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” concludes today with headliners BLUEGRASS ETC., SILVERADO, SLIGO RAGS, and many more bands on two stages from 11 am-6 pm, both free. Matinee concert in the Temecula Theater at 3 pm is $5.
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11 am-6 pm KELLY'S LOT, SCOTT DETWEILER, PHIL GATES & THE RESTLESS BLUES BAND play Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. First, KELLY Z (KELLY’S LOT) runs the Los Angeles Marathon, then performs with her band.
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12 Noon EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE plays a children’s matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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5-7 pm MEXIKA performs "Sounds of Ancient Mexico" with traditional indigenous instruments at Alva's Showroom, for the ancient Mexica New Year.
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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 “LARRY BROWN / JOHN SCHLOCKER MEMORIAL CONCERT” at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8-11 pm “LAWRENCE LEBO'S SUNDAY NITE LIVE" with tonight’s guest PHIL PARLAPIANO at Milano's Café in Tarzana.
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Sun, Mar 21; 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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11 am-6 pm Annual “TEMECULA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” concludes today with headliners BLUEGRASS ETC., SILVERADO, SLIGO RAGS, and many more bands on two stages from 11 am-6 pm, both free. Matinee concert in the Temecula Theater at 3 pm is $5. More at 951-678-1456 or www.tinyurl.com/TemeculaBluegrassFestival
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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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Sun, Mar 21, 3rd Sun, every month:
9 am-1 pm “CLAREMONT FARMER'S MARKET” has live acoustic music in downtown Claremont. RON ELY plays original and traditional songs of the sea, folk, Americana, and more on 2nd St between Yale Av and Indian Hill, in old downtown Claremont. Ron says the market offers “the best of fresh fruits and veggies, jewelry, crafts in a picturesque setting by the San Gabriel Mountain foothills. Great restaurants and unique shops are adjacent to the market.” Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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Sun, Mar 21, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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11 am-6 pm KELLY'S LOT, SCOTT DETWEILER, PHIL GATES & THE RESTLESS BLUES BAND plays Rusty's Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica; www.rustyssurfranch.com; 310-393-7386 / 310-393-7437.
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This lineup is deserving of a “pick of the week” under regular circumstances, but get this: KELLY Z (KELLY’S LOT) RUNS THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON (www.LAMarathon.com) and then she performs with her band! (Kelly’s Lot plays Texas in June and Europe in September.) The Los Angeles Blues Society will be there to support the event. More at www.KellysLot.com
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Sun, Mar 21, every Sun; not music, but cool:
11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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Sun, Mar 21; children’s matinee; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
12 Noon EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Earthworm Ensemble has been called the new standout in children’s music. Featuring members of acclaimed Los Angeles alt-Americana band I See Hawks in L.A.
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"Dig Some Fresh Music for the Family with Earthworm Ensemble!" Featuring a diverse range of musical styles, including country, folk, Americana, ROCK, and New Orleans Funk. These songs offer an imaginative, child's eye view of nature and the universe, with light and humorous touches throughout. "Bang A Drum" is a deceptively simple percussive piece that will get kids up off the couch and dancing along to the beat. A healthy, DIY message is humorously delivered in the father-to-son song "Pizza Moon", and we can come along for the ride on old-timey songs like "The Traveling Train" and "Walking Boy."
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The authentic and fresh sound of Earthworm Ensemble comes from a who's who of California folk/country artists. I See Hawks In L.A. artists Paul Lacques, Shawn Nourse and Paul Marshall are joined by a host of talented friends and family. The artists have variously played in bands with Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Sly Stone, the Strawberry Alarm Clock and John Denver. The wistful voices of the Chapin Sisters (including two of Tom Chapin's daughters) add a sweet and soulful element to three of the tracks, including the resonant lullaby "Good Night Little Spaceship." The CD also features Discovery Science Channel host and country rapper Zachariah and TexMex/bluegrass vocalist Christina Ortega.
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Shawn and Sherri Nourse orignally recorded a few songs they'd created for their young son Nolan, who perfoms on the album. These tunes formed the root and inspiration for more songs and ideas. Paul Lacques teamed up with his wife, Victoria Jacobs, to pen and record a couple of earth-friendly tunes. Mike Stinson, Brantley Kearns, Rob Waller, David Jackson and Jimi Hawes contributed their vocals and instrumental talents. Tix, $7.
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Noon-3 pm Monthly “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN CAL JAM SESSION” is really a song circle, and named in FolkWorks as co-winner of L.A.’s “Best Monthly Listening Room Series” - on the Heritage Court Stage in the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; 818-971-5002; www.museumoftheamericanwest.org. WMA California Chapter meeting follows. All performing musicians (whether or not they are Autry members or WMA members) get in free, and each may bring one guest. In addition, on WMA jam days at the Autry, all WMA members (whether or not they are perfoming) are admitted free (w/ WMA membership ID) and get access to the jam and to all the museum galleries for the whole day. Award-winning performing songwriter JOYCE WOODSON says, “You can have lunch there at the Golden Spur [café] first, then stop by for some music.” Info on event and participating at www.westernmusic.org. This is a very well-attended, very popular song circle, wherein each performer or group does a song in turn, possibly backed instrumentally by others in the circle. Its expansion from two hours (1-3 pm) to three hours (noon-3 pm) came at the invitation of the Autry, beginning in May, 2009. Museum gen’l adm $9 adults, $3 kids age 12 and under.
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Sun, Mar 21, 3rd Sun, every month:
Noon-3 pm SONGSALIVE! monthly “LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP,” with music industry guest speaker, at The Finnish Center, 10701 Magnolia Bl (E of Vineland), North Hollywood 91601; 818-506-3850 for directions only. Each monthly workshop features a music industry guest speaker, in a setting for songwriters to gather, share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting community. The first half of each session is an in-the-round workshop, where each writer presents one song, on tape or CD or live. The second half includes the guest speaker and an industry discussion, with time to talk, enjoy coffee and network. Hosted by Paul Lawrence Moyer. Info on guest speaker, or pre-registration, at 310-238-0359 or www.songsalive.org/losangeles for rules, speakers & what to bring. (Event now held on 3rd Sundays, changed from 1st Sundays.) These events start promptly. $5, or free for Songsalive! members.
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12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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Sun, Mar 21, every Sun:
12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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1-5 pm SONGMAKERS “EAST VALLEY HOOT” in Van Nuys; for location, contact Barbara Greenspan, EastValleyHoot@songmakers.org or 818-780-5979; www.songmakers.org.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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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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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, Mar 21, 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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4-8 pm “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY MONTHLY JAM” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES BAND at The Londoner Pub, 18511 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country (near Santa Clarita) 91351. They tell us, “You never know who will show up. There’s always lots of great music and fun. The Londoner serves up some free food for these Sunday Jams, so come hungry. Don’t forget to bring your instrument - we’d love to hear your music!” More,www.myspace.com/santaclaritavalleybluessociety and www.scvblues.org. All ages, free.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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4-6 pm “BEGINNERS IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Sun, Mar 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5-7 pm MEXIKA performs "Sounds of Ancient Mexico" with traditional indigenous instruments at Alva's Showroom, for the ancient Mexica New Year. The event is 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 invite the audience to join in with us on a vast array of native percussion that we 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. $20 Admission.
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Sun, Mar 21; Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5 pm (8 pm Fri & Sat) “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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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, Mar 21, 3rd Sunday, every month; in the OC:
5-7 pm ONE FOOT IN at Java Joe's, 4973 Yorba Ranch Rd (in strip mall at Yorba Linda Bl & Yorba Ranch Rd), Yorba Linda 92887; 714-970-7988. They are RUSS LEWARK, MICHAEL R. GARDNER & JEFF NEWELL, joined by KEVIN GORE to form the quartet, then by drummer T.J. TARRANCE DeFRIEZ for the big band. They’re a fun rootsy string band, they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they tell us, “We're excited about now doing regular monthly performances at Java Joe's in Yorba Linda… playing in the early evening for those that have to work the next day. Come out and gather with us against the cold, cruel world. We want to sing away your troubles. Bring 'em on down.” As for the venue, the guys say, “Mmmmm, wine & beer & coffee & tea & atmosphere & company at Java Joe's alone is worth the trip. Chuck, the owner, only serves what he likes to drink and his good taste really shows. Come, sit on a comfy couch, have a slosh and groove to the sounds of One Foot In!” More at www.onefootin.com
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Sun, Mar 21, 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, Mar 21, 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, Mar 21, 3rd Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm "BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION" at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande; 805-481-4015. Hosted by Roger Siminoff; info, siminoff@siminoff.net. All welcome.
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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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6-10 pm “GRIMM / BIG FISH / PRO BLUES JAM” at The Big Fish, 5230 San Fernando Rd, Glendale; 818-244-6442. With KATHRYN GRIMM on guitar & vocals, BILL ORR on bass & vocals, FRANKIE SALEMMO on drums. Other musicians take part by invitation from Kathryn, in advance, at grimmmusic@yahoo.com. "Grimm hosts the Pro Blues Jam the third Sunday of each month, to give professionals and amateurs a chance to shine. Her guitar licks are explosive and her singing divine." - Joyce Rudolph, Los Angeles Times. Billy Hulting (Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, Dwezill Zappa) says Kathryn Grimm "...sings like an angel, plays guitar like the devil." Kathryn tells us, “Bill [Orr] has just started a myspace page for the Big Fish Jam. Pleeeaaasseee go visit, add it to you friends list and keep visiting to view the up-and-comers photos, [and learn about the] music and info about the Best Jam in Town.” It’s at www.myspace.com/bigfishjam.
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Sun, Mar 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “LARRY BROWN / JOHN SCHLOCKER MEMORIAL CONCERT,” plus BANJO CAFE reunion, with many notable musicians expected to take part, 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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Sun, Mar 21:
7 pm THE LATE BLOOMERS at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. The Late Bloomers are Dan Ames, Gayle Bluemel, Ross (Debe) Johnsen, and Scott Shepherd are The Late Bloomers, an acoustic folk-rock band with some intriguing originals in its repertoire.
Now two married couples, they cut their teeth on the music of Dylan and Neil Young while still in high school in the sixties and have since found their own sound by putting their individual stamp on favorites from that era. All four are accomplished vocalists and pleasing harmonies dominate the sets. Dan is a singer-songwriter, with a gentle guitar style that he has carried over to the dobro and pedal steel, and Gayle, his wife, plays the keyboard for the group. Debe, the other passionate singer- songwriter, plays guitar and bass and Scott rounds out the instrumentals with his mandolin and driving blues harmonica. They have individually been part of the Pasadena and LA music scene for many years and have played with other bands such as Smokewood. Tix, $15.
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7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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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, Mar 21, 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, Mar 21:
7:30 pm BORDER RADIO at Heritage Wine Company, 155 N Raymond, Pasadena; reservations, 626-844-9333; www.heritagewinecompany.com. Border Radio brings their original Americana sound to Pasadena's beautiful wine bar. Sip a smooth varietal while listening to the tight arrangements and powerful vocals of one of L.A.'s best-loved bands.
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Sun, Mar 21, 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, Mar 21, every Sun; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-11 pm “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. World-class blueswoman Ms. Lebo is joined by notable recording artist guests and the “Lebo House Band” of NICK KIRGO (Otis) on guitar and DENNY CROY on upright bass. In addition, many talented friends of the group drop-in to join the band. This just may be the West Valley's hottest new showcase. 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. More at www.lawrencelebo.com
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Tonight’s guest is PHIL PARLAPIANO. Phil first toured in 1983 with folk icon Joan Baez to support her “Live in concert: Europe” release, playing piano, synthesizer and singing background vocals. As the tour progressed, his talent led him to being named musical director. PARLAPIANO followed his musical path as a founding member of The Brothers Figaro. Signed to Geffen Records after a bidding war, the seminal folk rock duo began to record their full length album, Gypsy Beat, with veteran producer, Pat Moran. After opening for John Haitt, Billy Bragg and Jill Souble, the Brothers called it quits but continued playing together backing folk legend, John Prine. This led PHIL to a nine year stint with Prine, touring and recording CD's including the Grammy award winning release The Missing Years and co-writing "Leave the Lights On" for the CD Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings. In 1993, PHIL was asked to play on the Rod Stewart's pivotal Unplugged and Seated album, which led to a one and a half year touring stint with the rock icon. PARLAPIANO continued to work in the studio as a first call accordionist and keyboardist with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lowen and Navarro, Alanah Myles, Iris Dement, Carlene Carter, and Jude Cole.
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In 1996, PHIL was drafted into the smooth jazz world by saxophonist, Dave Koz, which culminated in co-writing a Chanukah song, "Eight Candles," featured on the Grammy nominated December Makes Me Feel This Way. Movie goers saw PARLAPIANO in the blockbuster film The Titanic as an accordion player during the memorable scene in the lower decks when Kate and Leo are dancing. In 1999, PARLAPIANO and Bill Bonk from the Brothers Figaro were called on board to join alternative faves, Grant Lee Buffalo, for their Jubilee tour. GLB toured America, part of Europe and Australia promoting their alternative radio hit, "Truly, Truly." When their bags were barely unpacked, PARLAPIANO and Bonk began touring with Shawn Mullins, also crossing America and Australia. Arriving home, the pair then started to write and produce the Bill Bonk CD, Eveningshade which included songs that were featured on the TV shows: "Alias," "Felicity," Dawson's Creek" and "Joan of Arcadia."
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As the new millennium began, Phil started to tour with Americana sweetheart, Lucinda Williams. This led to a featured spot on the famed Martin Scorsese documentary, The Blues as well as a VH1 Crossroads program backing up Elvis Costello ..s and accordion. As 2003 rolled around, PARLAPIANO was asked to join the Let It Rain tour with Tracy Chapman, touring around Europe and the states concluding with the well-known Austin City Limits program. PHIL then toured and recorded with seminal punkers, Social Distortion, and is featured on the soundtrack of the movie, Lords of DogTown. Most recently that year, PARLAPIANO was featured on John Prine's Fair and Square which earned the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Phil continues to tour and with folk rockers, Lowen and Navarro presently working on the CD, "Learning to Fall".
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American Roots artist LAWRENCE LEBO was celebrated in Dirty Linen magazine when they wrote, "She sounds like what a daughter spawned by Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Wills might have." In addition, LEBO has been featured on National Public Radio's ”Weekend Edition” show hosted by Lianne Hanson, and her music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Rounding out the LEBO house band this Sunday is Nick Kirgo on guitar, Phil Parlapiano on accordion, and Denny Croy on bass. In addition, many talented friends of the group will be dropping in to join the band.
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Sun, Mar 21, third Sun, every month:
8 pm “VARIETY NIGHT,” with a guest recording artist, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Performance by the guest artist, plus the pre-registered open mic-ers. Signups each month begin two Sundays ahead, at 1 pm, and continue until showtime unless all 8 slots are filled in advance. The night always includes a drawing for 2 hrs free studio time at Sunburst Recording for a lucky open mic-er. Performers may purchase a live recording of their stage performance for $8. Website has directions to venue and nearby recommended eateries. $4.
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Sun, Mar 21, 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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Mon, Mar 22, every Mon:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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Mon, Mar 22, every Mon:
6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, Mar 22, repeats every 4th (& 2nd) Mon; in Corona:
7-10 pm CORONA BLUEGRASS JAM at Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Av (at Ontario Av), Corona. Info, contact Todd Holtkamp, 951-347-2597 or onetoad@adelphia.net. Todd says, “Open Jam, all levels welcome. Having a good time is mandatory. If the weather is good we will be outside in front of the main building. If the weather is bad we will be inside.”
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Mon, Mar 22, every Mon:
“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Mon, Mar 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE LONG RUN - Eagles tribute band - at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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We don’t usually make a “show of the week” pick for a tribute band. But they just played one of the biggest performing arts centers in Southern California, so we expect this will sell-out. Since their debut in late 1999 THE LONG RUN – Experience The Eagles, has earned its place among the top-drawing tribute acts in North America and is regarded as one of the finest Eagles tributes in the world. Marked by lush vocal harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, every TLR performance delivers a reverence for the beloved, Eagles studio recordings with The Long Run’s own live concert energy.
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Though known primarily for their fully-rigged stage show The Long Run also performs a limited number of acoustic concerts in select venues. “We love working acoustically. It allows us to distill the music back to its rich essence; the melodies, the vocal harmonies and the stories within the songs. It’s funny. . . when we’re on the large stages, with all the instruments, lights and the big PA systems we probably feel closer to the Eagles. But when we’re in an intimate room with just our voices and a few acoustic guitars, we feel closer to the music.” Tix, $20.
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Mon, Mar 22, every Mon:
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 22, every Mon:
8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Mon, Mar 22, every 4th (and 2nd) Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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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 22, every Mon:
8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum on food & drink in lieu of cover.
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Mon, Mar 22, 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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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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7 pm “ARTIE'S STORY BIRTHDAY BENEFIT CONCERT” hosted by LISA NEMZO, with performing guests LAUREN WOOD, FRANK STALLONE, FREEBO, DAVID WOODFORD, BARRY DIAMOND, LEE CURRERI, ELSIE MAY LARSEN-KUNKEL, LISA NEMZO, BILLE BURNOR, THE HOLLANDS , MARK ISLAM, COLLEEN STEWART, poet & songwriter ARTIE COLATRELLA, and others at The Talking Stick in Venice.
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Annual “WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE” in Miami Beach, FL.
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Tue, Mar 23, every week; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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Tue, Mar 23, every week:
4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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6-8:45 pm “COMMUNITY FOLK MUSIC JAM” led by Bea Romano & Jim, is a traditional folk music jam at the Barbara J. Riley Center, 7810 Quill St, Downey 90242; 562-904-7226. Event info, www.folkjam.org; 562-861-7049. All acoustic instruments and singers welcome, as are good listeners. Bea says, “It's a lovely facility. We hope you will join in the fun. There are plenty of armless chairs. Best of all, it's free!”
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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 23, 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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6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Mar 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “ARTIE'S STORY BIRTHDAY BENEFIT CONCERT” hosted by LISA NEMZO, with performing guests LAUREN WOOD, FRANK STALLONE, FREEBO, DAVID WOODFORD, BARRY DIAMOND, LEE CURRERI, ELSIE MAY LARSEN-KUNKEL, LISA NEMZO, BILLE BURNOR, THE HOLLANDS , MARK ISLAM, COLLEEN STEWART, “our friend and poet, ARTIE COLATRELLA,” and others at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 90291; 310-450-6052; www.thetalkingstick.net.
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Artie Colatrella, a longtime Venice Beach resident, songwriter and poet, has been battling cancer. Artie has worked with many artists over the years. Frank Stallone (Stayin' Alive, Waking Up), Nicolette Larson (Real Love, Open All Night), Lisa Nemzo (Baby Don't Hurt Me, Out of Desire) Lee Curreri (Blue to Black) and Billie Burnor (Cowboy Angel) Shaundra Beri (I Remember Love) to name a few. His songs were featured in TV shows "Party of Five" and "Felicity" and Dangerous Minds. He booked talent at the Blue Lagoon Saloon. A music documentary, “Artie’s Story told by Lisa Nemzo,” was released January 12th, 2010.
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Lisa tells us, “Due to our country’s poor health care system, he did not get any treatment and his cancer is now terminal. Medi-cal finally came through after 8 months but it doesn’t cover oncology. I don't want Artie's picture and name to be included in this onslaught of health care victims. His meds are two weeks late again. They're waiting for County Hospital to send his blood work, test results from months ago. It should have taken 48 hours. It's been 3 weeks already. On and on it goes...”
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Lisa Nemzo is a longtime co-writer and friend of Artie’s. She adds, “He’s been out of work this entire time, and the government programs are very slow in releasing assistance. Artie needs all of us to join together as community and as friends to help him through this time. He has been a professional lyricist/poet, and is the author of 2 books of poems; ‘Ghosts of Closure,’ and his latest 2009 collection of 99 poems ‘The Empty Aisle.’ Autographed copies will be on sale at the benefit.”
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You can help by ordering Artie's books of poetry and making online donations at www.artiecolatrellafund.com or send donation checks payable to “Artie Colatrella Donation Fund” to Dream Wild Records, 578 Washington Bl #133, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.
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Lisa says, “Bring family and friends and give generously. Your presence is what is going to mean the most to Artie. The Venice ‘Beachhead’ published one of Artie's poems, ‘Fingerprints,’ in September 2009.
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Watch “ARTIE'S STORY TOLD BY LISA NEMZO” at www.youtube.com/lisanemzo and Lisa Nemzo Webisode #6 “Blue Around the Edges” is an interview with Artie Colatrella at www.youtube.com/lisanemzo.
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Lisa says, “Please join us in celebrating Artie’s birthday.” Contact Lisa Nemzo at lnemzo@dreamwildrecords.com. More at www.myspace.com/lisanemzomusic. Bring a $10 donation for admission (though no one will be turned away).
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Tue, Mar 23, every week:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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Tue, Mar 23, every week; in the Inland Empire:
7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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Tue, Mar 23, every week, in Palmdale:
7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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“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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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 EVAN J. MARSHALL and BILLY & THE HILLBILLIES, featuring JOHN "SLAP-BASS BILLY" MARSHALL at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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EVAN J. MARSHALL is widely regarded as one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos ever. He possesses an uncanny technique which the Raleigh-Durham Independent called "superhuman," the Los Angeles Times called "remarkable," the Washington Post labeled "truly dazzling," and the Fresno Bee called "mind-boggling." Besides his "obvious virtuosity" (Pasadena Star News), he also has "in color and texture . . . a stunning mastery of interpretation" (St. Paul Pioneer Press). Evan's accomplishments are legendary among other artists of the plucked string: The late Chet Atkins called him "one of the few great musicians of our time;" Don Stiernberg calls him, "The Michael Jordan of the mandolin."
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BILLY & THE HILLBILLIES, featuring JOHN "SLAP-BASS BILLY" MARSHALL, founder of the band, has performed for about four million visitors to the Golden Horseshoe Theater in Disneyland’s Frontierland during the course of 18,000 shows spanning 17 years. He also has brought his "Hillbillies at the Symphony" program to over a dozen of the country's premier orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony & the Houston Symphony. A consummate entertainer, he is widely regarded as the greatest slap-bass virtuoso in the world of Bluegrass. Evan Marshall performed over 10,000 shows with the group at Disneyland. Tix, $20.
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Tue, Mar 23, every week:
8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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8 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL McCARTHY the second and fourth Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. You can sign-up in advance online at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid .
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Tue, Mar 23, every week:
8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, Mar 23, every week; in Laguna Beach:
8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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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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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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Wed, Mar 24; Tue-Sat, Mar 23-27, in Florida:
Annual “WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE” in Miami Beach, FL.
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Wed, Mar 24, every Wed, in Yucaipa:
12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30 pm “STORY TIME FUN LAND” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. “StoryTimeFunLand” is an interactive music and story telling hour for the toddler set, and Café specials are featured for the hour.

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MOVED TO FRIDAYS: 5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm.
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6 pm UKULELE CLUB at Nicks Pizza, 43755 15th St West, Lancaster. Uke players begin arriving about 5 pm, meeting starts at 6 pm. Newcomers welcome.
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6:30 pm “TWICE-A-MONTH BLUEGRASS JAM” new for ’09, at Robano's Italian Pizza Kitchen, 10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602. (It’s S of Magnolia, W of Buena Vista, E of Cahuenga.) Jam is in the room behind the bar area. Hosted by Paddy Hill, who wants us to tell you, “All players welcome. Please plan to buy a beer or appetizer (from $5) to get the owner enthusiastic, or better still, a full meal from $9.” Info, contact Paddy Hill at paddyh036@gmail.com. Series began Feb 11. No cover.
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6:45 pm “GILLI MOON & J.WALKER'S SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. Gilli is co-founder of the global Songsalive! songwriters organization. She books different guests, and herself performs each month. More at www.songsalive.org
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7-9 pm “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue as “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” Each week’s guest artists are revealed on the venue’s website. DAVE MORRISON, SEVERIN BROWNE, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & LUKE HALPIN, and numerous other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and his originals have been recorded by Suzy Boggus and the late Johnny Cash. Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. All ages, no cover.
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7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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Wed, Mar 24; workshop; an “Event-of-the-Week for Artists:”
7-9 pm “JAMMING 101” class by TOM CORBETT at The Center for Folk Music, in Encino Community Park, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. $25 per person, RSVP recommended. Reservations, call 818-817-7756 or email info@ctmsfolkmusic.org. (Phone messages: make sure to let them know which class you want to attend and leave your call back number.)
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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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7-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Southside Coffee Co, 105 S "H" St, Lompoc. Info, call Bill, 805-736-8241.
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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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Wed, Mar 24, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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8 pm IAN BOSTRIDGE brings a program of classical music to 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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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 24, 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 24, 4th Wed every month:
8:30 pm “FESTIVAL OF THE EGG” the monthly all-female musicians’ event, at the Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-2114. $7.
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Wed, Mar 24, 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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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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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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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, Mar 25, 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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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Wed’s include BBQ; Thu’s are a “Mountain Fiddle Hootenanny.” Both hosted by MARK LEWIS. More at www.paradisestoresb.com/entertainment.asp?cmth=2&cyer=2009
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Thu, Mar 25, 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 25, 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 25, every Thu:
6-9 pm “BURGERS, BEER, & BLUES” series brings good acoustic blues performers to the tent adjacent to the weekly South Pasadena Farmer’s Market, sponsored by and directly outside the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com.
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Thu, Mar 25, 4th (and 2nd) Thu, every month; in Ventura:
6-9:30 pm “ZOEY'S JAM” at Zoey’s, 451 E Main St, Ventura. 805-658-8311. Hosted by Gene Rubin, who says, “Check-out Ventura's Bluegrass Jam website, at http://home.earthlink.net/~generubinaudio/index.html. All skills welcome, friendly folks, great food and drink, and even better jammin'. Generally we number 25 to 35 musicians. We now have additional space for even more jam circles. Spectators are appreciated and welcome.” Contact Gene with your email address to receive regular reminders and details: 805-658-8311 or generubinaudio@earthlink.net.
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Thu, Mar 25, 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 this week’s guest artists CATHY-ANNE McCLINTOCK, and JEFF PARIS (Bill Withers, Keb Mo, Billy Preston), 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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Coming-up in the series: Debra Davis (Christopher Cross), and Wild Bill Winkler, Apr 1; Shaun Cromwell, and Rick Holmstrom (Johny Dyer, the Mighty Flyers), Apr 8; Nicole Gordon (Song Sirens), and Bruce Garnitz, Apr 15.
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7-10 pm “FLAMENCO GUITAR NIGHT” with award-winning flamenco guitarist STEPHEN DICK at Manchego Food From Spain Restaurant, 2510 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-450-3900; www.manchegoonmain.com. Venue serves great tapas and Spanish dinner plates in an elegant and intimate space. STEPHEN DICK - "Esteban de Los Angeles" - has won numerous prizes for his compositions and performances, including an award from the Sur Jerez Flamenco Competition in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for his original 1st album, "Naranjas Amargas." A versatile artist, he is the winner of the Peter Frampton award for excellence in contemporary music, and his compositions for the guitar have been published in Italy, and in the US by Columbia Music Company. He won the Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for his "Sonatina for Solo Guitar," and a Meet the Composer's grant for his realization of Federico GarcÃa Lorca's romantic ballad, "Romance Sonambulo." He a 2008/2009 winner of a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and US Universities for a new flamenco concert featuring GarciaLorca's mystical lullaby, "Nana del Caballo Grande."
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Thu, Mar 25, every Thu:
7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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Thu, Mar 25, every Thu:
7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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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 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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Thu, Mar 25, every Thu:
7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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Thu, Mar 25, every Thu, in Temecula:
7:30 “JAZZ AT THE MERC” series hosted by SHERRY WILLIAMS at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Thursday, the audience is treated to a different jazz group in the intimate space known as "The Merc." One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Info, schedules, www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/presents/merc.aspx
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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Thu, Mar 25, in Tehachapi; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY (THE MAMMALS) opening, at the BeeKay Theatre in Tehachapi; 661-823-9994.
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With exceptional musicianship and a vast knowledge of a number of music styles, JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON are one of the most celebrated duos in American acoustic music. They achieved international acclaim in 1990 when their performance of Jay's composition “Ashokan Farewell” became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' “The Civil War” on PBS.
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You may know Ruth and Mike Merenda from their band, THE MAMMALS. Ruth Merenda cut her teeth on traditional music, and grew up to be a top-flight performer. She brings fiddle, ukulele, guitar and deeply moving vocal performances to the Family Band. Mike Merenda favored rock and ska before being drawn into the world of acoustic music. He adds old-time banjo, guitar and percussion to the mix. Four terrific musicians. Put them together and the sum really is greater than its parts. Double fiddles, sweet vocal harmonies and rhythmic energy abound as two generations collaborate to entertain you with music from the heart and soul of America.
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What is it they say about the family that plays together? Well, even if they don't all live under the same roof, this family makes terrific music and has a rip-roarin' good time while they're at it. The JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND features Jay, Molly, Jay's daughter Ruth Ungar Merenda, and her husband Michael Merenda. The band travels with Ruthy and Mike's son Will, born January 28, 2008. They tell us, “He's not playing an instrument yet, but is sometimes heard, none the less.” More at www.mikeandruthy.com
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Thu, Mar 25, recurring:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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8-10 pm SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. A full evening of entertainment from local songwriters, hosted by MAUREEN DOHERTY. Songsalive is now booking for various dates in 2007, and seeking singer-songwriters to perform; info: hotline at 310-238-0359 or email usa@songsalive.org; www.songsalive.org. No cover, $5 donation requested.
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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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7 pm NOEL PAUL STOOKEY (the Paul of Peter Paul & Mary) plays the Ojai Concert Series at the Matilija Auditorium in Ojai.
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8 pm JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY (THE MAMMALS) opening, at the Encino Community Center in Encino.
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8 pm “DEAR COMPANION TOUR” featuring BEN SOLLEE & DANIEL MARTIN MOORE, plus special guest FRANK FAIRFIELD, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8 pm SLIGO RAGS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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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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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Annual “RIP ROARIN' ROUND UP,” at Old Tucson Studios, Tucson, AZ; www.oldtucson.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri, Mar 26, 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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11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART , 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
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5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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Fri, Mar 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, Mar 26, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm NOEL PAUL STOOKEY (the Paul of Peter Paul & Mary) plays the Ojai Concert Series at the Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd, Ojai. Info, 805-665-8852, www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
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Series hosts Shane & Kelli Butler tell us, “the return of one the originators of the 1960's folk movement and an inspiration to many a modern troubadour. The last time we had Noel in town we had to add a second show to accommodate the ticket demand. He had such a great time in Ojai that he asked to come back, so this time we are moving the show to Matilija Auditorium which can hold almost 3 times as many folks.”
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Singer-songwriter Noel Paul Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the "Paul" of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and as an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Funny, irreverently reverent, thoughtful, compassionate—passionate—Stookey's vocal sound is known all across this land: from the "Wedding Song" to "In These Times."
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At the 1963 "March on Washington" when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, Peter, Paul and Mary delivered the compelling "If I Had a Hammer" and "Blowin' in the Wind". Noel Paul Stookey has recorded over 45 albums and oversees Neworld Multimedia, presenting new artists and creating children's TV shows and music. The royalties from his classic "Wedding Song" go to the Public Domain Foundation, where nearly $2 million has been put to work for charitable causes.
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"Stookey's special, infectious and charming brand of humor.., watching and hearing Stookey sing Puff The Magic Dragon as if he were a kid, a pirate, then a kid again brings out the magic." - Music Review.
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Shane adds, “Please note: This show will be held at the Matilija Auditorium in Ojai. If you have never been please give yourselves a little more time to get there and find parking.”
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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, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY (THE MAMMALS) opening, presented by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) in conjunction with Paniolo Productions at the Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Bl, Encino; 818-817-7756.
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With exceptional musicianship and a vast knowledge of a number of music styles, JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON are one of the most celebrated duos in American acoustic music. They achieved international acclaim in 1990 when their performance of Jay's composition “Ashokan Farewell” became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' “The Civil War” on PBS.
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You may know Jay's daughter, Ruth Ungar Merenda, and her husband Mike Merenda from their band, THE MAMMALS. Ruth Merenda cut her teeth on traditional music, and grew up to be a top-flight performer. She brings fiddle, ukulele, guitar and deeply moving vocal performances to the Family Band. Mike Merenda favored rock and ska before being drawn into the world of acoustic music. He adds old-time banjo, guitar and percussion to the mix. Four terrific musicians. Put them together and the sum really is greater than its parts. Double fiddles, sweet vocal harmonies and rhythmic energy abound as two generations collaborate to entertain you with music from the heart and soul of America.
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What is it they say about the family that plays together? Well, even if they don't all live under the same roof, this family makes terrific music and has a rip-roarin' good time while they're at it. The JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND features Jay, Molly, Jay's daughter Ruth Ungar Merenda, and her husband Michael Merenda. The band travels with Ruthy and Mike's son Will, born January 28, 2008. They tell us, “He's not playing an instrument yet, but is sometimes heard, none the less.” More at www.mikeandruthy.com
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Tix at www.panioloproductions.com/events. Gen’l $22 adv / $25 door; Reserved (seats up-front) $30. (CTMS mbr discount tix are $18 gen’l / $25 reserved).
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SLIGO RAGS at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Named among the top acoustic bands in L.A. (by your editor, in his annual “Best of 2008 / Top Ten” for Folkworks Magazine), and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for “Best Folk Band,” this virtuosic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences.
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Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After," was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2007 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz and swing music manage to sneak their way into the act, as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Gordon Rustvold, and percussion whiz-kid Andy Reilly (8 years on the road with the original Riverdance company) are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
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"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."--Music Connection.
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"…A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles." - Bob Stane, proprietor, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Tix, $18.
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Fri, Mar 26; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Mar 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, Mar 26, every Fri:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-10 pm “OUT-OF-THE-BLUE” songwriter showcase at the venue named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue,” The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win. It’s a lineup of invited songwriters (often some prominent ones) whose individual sets each include a song written to the unique pre-assigned theme of tonight’s event. Though former performing host DANIEL McFEELEY has moved to Australia, the popularity of this event enables it to continue. Venue has good sandwiches, soups, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Fri, Mar 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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Fri, Mar 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 pm-1 am KELLY’S LOT plays a show for blueswoman Kelly’s birthday at Cozy's, 14058 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks 91423; www.cozysblues.com. And get this: last Sunday, KELLY Z (KELLY’S LOT) RAN THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON (www.LAMarathon.com) and then she performed with her band! (They play Texas in June and Europe in September.) More at www.KellysLot.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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7 pm NATHAN McEUEN & SCOTT GATES perform at Out West in Old Town Newhall (Santa Clarita).
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7:30 pm JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND with MIKE & RUTHY opening, at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas (San Diego).
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8 pm The BATTLEFIELD BAND plays the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State Long Beach.
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8 pm PAULA McMATH at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8 pm MUSICA ANGELICA, renowned Baroque Orchestra, presents Bach’s “ST. JOHN PASSION,” as Bach presented it 400 years ago, at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.
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Sat, Mar 27, in Encinitas (San Diego); a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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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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8-10:30 am FREE ACOUSTIC CONCERT at Strings Music Store, 146 N Glendora Av, Ste 101, Glendora 91741; 626-914 4100. Sometimes featuring VIN FIZ FLYER. Another in a series of MORNING concerts. Free entertainment, tips only, in a great place, with nice people and good music. Vin Fiz Flyer tells us, “Old town Glendora is a kinda sleepy small Midwest town plopped into Southern California. These early morning concerts sound like a wacky idea, but they’re well-attended by musicians as well as music lovers! A car club meets at the Cafe next door every Saturday for breakfast, and they park their assorted ‘babies’ out front for you to peruse too. Come on by and start your weekend out right.” Check with venue to see if there is a concert scheduled for today.
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8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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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, Mar 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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2 pm Inland Pacific Ballet’s “THE LITTLE MERMAID” presented by the Golden State Pops Orchestra and the Grand Vision Foundation at the Warner Grand Performance Space, historic Warner Grand Theater, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org. Hans Christian Anderson’s brilliant tale comes to life in Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Little Mermaid (www.ipballet.org). A surprise ending adds special joy to this enchanted love story. This family-friendly ballet features a sweeping recorded sound collage of great composers from Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, to Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Even recorded, it should be interesting to see how the music furthers the drama and emotion as the Little Mermaid embarks on her adventures.
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2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
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3-11:30 pm “HEPATITIS C AWARENESS” SHOW with music by KELLY’S LOT, SCOTT DETWEILER, ACOUSTIC CONVERSATION, & DEBRA DAVIS, at Main Street Café, 4902 Main St, Yorba Linda 92886. Kelly Zirbes (Kelly’s Lot) is a stalwart supporter of the national “Hep C Awareness” campaign and she’s a fine blues artist. Today’s event includes free Hep C testing and prize drawings for donors to Hep C research.
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DEBRA DAVIS, 4-6 pm
ACOUSTIC CONVERSATION, 6-8 pm
SCOTT DETWEILER (Los Angeles Blues Society) 8-9 pm
KELLY’S LOT (Los Angeles Blues Society) 9-11 pm
More at www.myspace.com/hepcaware
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 27; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm NATHAN McEUEN & SCOTT GATES perform at Out West, 24265 Main St, Old Town Newhall (Santa Clarita) 91321. Info, call John at 661-714-2019. $15.
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Sat, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 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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THE SCREAMING EARWIGS (Tom, Patrick, Mike Sauber, and Steve Lewis) play the 4th Saturday Contra Dance in Brentwood. Info, www.caldancecoop.org
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Sat, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 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, 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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MUSICA ANGELICA, renowned Baroque Orchestra, presents Bach’s “ST. JOHN PASSION” at First United Methodist Church, 500 E Colorado Bl.; Pasadena.
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This is the “St. John Passion” as Bach presented it 400 years ago. 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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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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Sat, Mar 27; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Sat, Mar 27:
8 pm “LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC SERIES” new at West Valley Music Center, 24428 Vanowen St (1/2 blk W of Valley Circle Bl), West Hills 91307; 818-992-4142.
Tonight’s show features:
■ BRAD SWANSON with ANGELA DAVIDA – “a great songsmith and eclectic musician; you’ve heard his songs on hit TV shows such as ‘CSI’ and ‘Smallville.’
■ JEFF GOLD with TYLER NOREN & GREG KRUEGER – “captivating melodies and in-depth lyrics set in modern acoustic settings.”
■ JARED STEIN – “Having shared the stage with Tom Paxton, Theodore Bikel, and Dave Koz, his songs reflect a commitment to hope, life, and love.”
Call for reservations, space is limited. $15, includes refreshments.
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Sat, Mar 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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Sat, Mar 27, every Sat:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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Sat, Mar 27, 4th Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills; for location, contact Kay Conroy, 818-887-0446, WestValleyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Mar 27, every Sat:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, Mar 27, every Sat, in Temecula:
9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. There’s an early show at 7 pm, and the 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs, student. military discounts available.
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4 pm MUSICA ANGELICA, renowned Baroque Orchestra, presents Bach’s “ST. JOHN PASSION,” as Bach presented it 400 years ago, at First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica.
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5-9 pm HORACE TRAHAN brings zydeco to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood.
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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 THE REFUGEES featuring Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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7 pm JANET KLEIN & THE PARLOR BOYS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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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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Sun, Mar 28; 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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Sun, Mar 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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Sun, Mar 28, recurring:
8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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Sun, Mar 28, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, Mar 28, repeats every fourth Sun:
11 am-4 pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM, TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO, hosted by BRETT WALLER, at Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park “in the Arroyo,” 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy. Link to the Audubon center has a map: http://www.audubon-ca.org/debs_park.htm. Enter through the main portal of the Audubon center, out to the grounds, pass the pond and wind up the path to under the shade of the old pepper tree. Info, call Brett, 323-441-2113.
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Sun, Mar 28, every Sun; not music, but cool:
11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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Sun, Mar 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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Sun, Mar 28, every Sun:
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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Sun, Mar 28, repeats every fourth Sun:
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 pm Inland Pacific Ballet’s “THE LITTLE MERMAID” presented by the Golden State Pops Orchestra and the Grand Vision Foundation at the Warner Grand Performance Space, historic Warner Grand Theater, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org. Hans Christian Anderson’s brilliant tale comes to life in Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Little Mermaid (www.ipballet.org). A surprise ending adds special joy to this enchanted love story. This family-friendly ballet features a sweeping recorded sound collage of great composers from Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, to Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Even recorded, it should be interesting to see how the music furthers the drama and emotion as the Little Mermaid embarks on her adventures. Runs Sat & Sun, Mar 27 & 28, at 2 pm both days.
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2-5 pm monthly “SONGS FOR EARTHLINGS SONG CIRCLE” with LINNEA RICHARDS & FRIENDS at Yoga Desa, 120 S Topanga Canyon Bl (in PineTree Circle), Topanga 90290. Info, Linnea Richards 310-455-2615. Please bring your own seating (folding chair), percussion or other instruments, a snack to share (optional), and a candle (optional). No one turned away for lack of funds; $5 donation (or volunteer to help, instead). More at www.topangapeacealliance.org
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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, Mar 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, Mar 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm MUSICA ANGELICA, renowned Baroque Orchestra, presents Bach’s “ST. JOHN PASSION” at First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St, Santa Monica.
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This is the “St. John Passion” as Bach presented it 400 years ago. 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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“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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Sun, Mar 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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Sun, Mar 28, every Sun:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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Sun, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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; Fri/Sat/Sun 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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Sun, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 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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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, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 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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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & THE PARLOR BOYS at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Come out and frolic with “Ukulele Chanteuse” Janet Klein, and her all-star Parlor Boys. Janet and her distinctive musician pals bring to life "Obscure, Naughty and Lovely tunes of the 1910s, ’20s & ’30s, delivering a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems. These merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads.
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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, 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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Sun, Mar 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, Mar 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, 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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Sun, Mar 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, Mar 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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8-11 pm “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. World-class blueswoman Ms. Lebo is joined by notable recording artist guests and the “Lebo House Band” of NICK KIRGO (Otis) on guitar and DENNY CROY on upright bass. In addition, many talented friends of the group drop-in to join the band. This just may be the West Valley's hottest new showcase. 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. More at www.lawrencelebo.com
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CHRIS VALENTI plays The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Bl, Hollywood. Chris has a busy solo music & comedy career, plus he’s an award-winning filmmaker, and he is the originator of the popular “Strings of Comedy” series (www.StringsOfComedy.com) Chris, has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He’s about to embark on a national tour. More at www.ChrisValentiMusic.com.
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Sun, Mar 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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Mon, Mar 29, every Mon:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, Mar 29, every Mon:
“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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Mon, Mar 29, every Mon:
“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm 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, every Mon:
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 29, 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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8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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9 pm MARINA V plays the Los Angeles album release show for new CD, “My Star,” as she returns from a gig in Vegas and her latest world tour, at the Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood; 323-461-2040; www.hotelcafe.com.
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Marina was named by Larry Wines in FolkWorks among the Top Ten female singer songwriters in L.A. Other media has been equally favorable: "…hauntingly beautiful" - L.A.Times. "…melodic and passionate music" - The Washington Post. "…the voice of an angel" - The Prague Post. She has "memorable melodies" says Billy Steinberg, hit songwriter ("Like a Virgin", "True Colors", and more). Marina has several CDs out that have done well. You can hear a track, "Blue for You," from the new CD, at www.myspace.com/marinav and see the musical “commercial” for Marina’s new DVD at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=845Tum0ihsE. Much more at www.MarinaV.com
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Mon, Mar 29, 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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10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com.. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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Tue, Mar 30, every week; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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Tue, Mar 30, every week:
4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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Tue, Mar 30; last Tue, every month; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6-8:15 pm STAN WEST at Frisella's Roastery, 179 N Glendora Av, Glendora; 626-852-1810. A bluesman from hat to boots, Stan West is, according to blues expert Bernie Pearl, one of this country's premiere slide guitarists. Vintage Guitar Magazine wrote, "Stan West knows the Blues," and Seven Days adds, "If there is any justice, Stan West would be a legend." He’s still working on that, with his new CD, “Live at Mr. Mike’s.”
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When he played the Fret House, they noted, “Stan West is something of an institution on the Southern Californian blues scene, delighting the patrons of the area's blues clubs with his potent slide guitar riffs for around thirty years, as well as opening for artists like Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter and Robben Ford. A rather astute observer of that four-letter word called ‘life,’ Stan West knows the blues.”
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Stan has quite a history, indeed, including performing on stage with all those luminaries, and even with Janis Joplin. In 1977, a stroke paralyzed one side of his body and robbed him of the ability to play. Overcoming that with a new and unique slide guitar style, he launched the Stan West Band in ’79. Beginning in ’83, he became proprietor of Stan’s Guitar Shop in Glendora. His previous CDs were released in ’94 and ’97. More recently, Stan was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, and has been forced to declare “no more smoke-filled clubs!” Catching Stan perform these days is a rare treat. More at www.stanwest.com. Venue offers great food, beer and wine. Stan says, “Try their tri-tip for a real sandwich treat!”
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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 30, 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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6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Mar 30, last Tue, every month:
7-8:45 pm GILLI MOON plays her monthly residency and “SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; 323-653-0640. It’s a mostly-acoustic event with guest artists. Gill says, “It features 'moi,' plus a couple of cool cats from Songsalive! - and we all perform in the round on stage. It's really a wonderful night, and starts early, 7 pm stage time.” Venue is known for its Chinese food; call for dinner reserv. Plenty of parking, $7 cover.
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Tue, Mar 30, every week:
7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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Tue, Mar 30, every week; in the Inland Empire:
7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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Tue, Mar 30, every week, in Palmdale:
7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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“ACOUSTIC TUESDAY NIGHTS” at Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N El Centro Av (betw Selma & Hollywood Bl), Hollywood; www.myspace.com/cranestavern. More at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=9856844&blogId=470963380
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Tue, Mar 30, recurring:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Tue, 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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Tue, Mar 30, every week:
8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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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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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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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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Wed, Mar 31, every Wed, in Yucaipa:
12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30 pm “STORY TIME FUN LAND” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. “StoryTimeFunLand” is an interactive music and story telling hour for the toddler set, and Café specials are featured for the hour.

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MOVED TO FRIDAYS: 5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm.
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Wed, Mar 31, every Wed (extended indefinitely):
7-9 pm “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue as “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” Each week’s guest artists are revealed on the venue’s website. DAVE MORRISON, SEVERIN BROWNE, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & LUKE HALPIN, and numerous other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and his originals have been recorded by Suzy Boggus and the late Johnny Cash. Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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7-10 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 “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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Wed, Mar 31, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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8 pm THE HICKTOWN HOMEBOYS featuring ERIC CORNFORTH at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Your presence is requested to help welcome a great new band.”
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Bob Stane calls him, “a real crowd pleaser with a tremendous voice. He's almost too country for the country jams in Bakersfield and L.A. ...like a breath of fresh mountain air, Eric gives new life to great old songs, along with seasoned veteran players Chad Watson on bass, Jim Eaton on Dobro and Tom Etheridge on mandolin. The Hicktown Homeboys serve up two hours of authentic all-acoustic good old country songs. No gimmicks, just honest acoustic renditions of time-tested favorites from the American Country Songbook. Don't miss the Coffee Gallery debut of this enigmatic young phenomenon while he's still unknown by the masses... the songs on the video demo are slow tempo... they can also rock the house.”
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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 “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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8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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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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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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Thu, Apr 1, every Thu:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists DEBRA DAVIS (Christopher Cross), and WILD BILL WINKLER, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. 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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Coming-up in the series: Shaun Cromwell, and Rick Holmstrom (Johny Dyer, the Mighty Flyers), Apr 8; Nicole Gordon (Song Sirens), and Bruce Garnitz, Apr 15.
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Fri, Apr 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 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.
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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,” says 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 (from San Francisco) 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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Fri, Apr 2; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Sat, Apr 3; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-10 am KELLY’S LOT performs fine blues for “DERBY’S DAY” at The Santa Anita Race Track, 285 West Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91007; www.kinaneevents.com/EVENTS/SA/index.htm. See the ponies run and hear some live music. And get this: on Sunday, March 21, KELLY Z (KELLY’S LOT) RAN THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON (www.LAMarathon.com) and then she performed with her band! More at www.KellysLot.com
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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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Sat, Apr 3; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Sun, Apr 4; Fri/Sat/Sun 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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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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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Thu, Apr 8, every Thu:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists SHAUN CROMWELL, and RICK HOLMSTROM (Johny Dyer, the Mighty Flyers), at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. 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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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:
7:30 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY holds a free rehearsal for tomorrow night’s (8 pm) performance of “ETERNAL MOZART,” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E Green St, Pasadena. With guest artist Celino Romero, and Jorge Mester, Conductor. Info and tix for tomorrow night, 626-793-7172 (9 am-5 pm). Concert rehearsal is free.
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Fri, Apr 9 (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 9:
TERRY REID at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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Fri, Apr 9; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Sat, Apr 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11:30 am-6:30 pm annual “MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL” at the University of Redlands, in the huge grassy Quad Area, 1200 E Colton Av, Redlands 92373; info 909-748-8285. Lots of acoustic music, world music, dance, food and fun. Lineup includes Michael Heralda presenting his “Aztec Stories” with traditional indigenous instruments and Native North American stories and legends.
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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:
10 am-Noon “INTRO TO MANDOLIN” class by TOM CORBETT at The Center for Folk Music, in Encino Community Park, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. $25 per person, RSVP recommended. Reservations, call 818-817-7756 or email info@ctmsfolkmusic.org. (Phone messages: make sure to let them know which class you want to attend and leave your call back number.) Following is the ”Intermediate Bluegrass Jam,” (1-3 pm) which is free and open to the public. TOM CORBETT is now offering this series of classes and hosting jams here.
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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; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, opens at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “HITCHCOCK!” is the subject of tonight’s offering in the acclaimed “FILM AND ORGAN” series, with organists STEPHAN THARP & CHRISTOPH BULL and the giant theatre organ, 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, 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. A free pre-concert lecture is held at 7 pm. Tix, 626-793-7172 (9 am-5 pm)
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Sat, Apr 10; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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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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Sun, Apr 11; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Thu, Apr 15, every Thu:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists NICOLE GORDON (Song Sirens), and BRUCE GARNITZ, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. 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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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:
7:30 pm CHRIS THILE & THE FOLK BROTHERS play the Broad Stage Theatre at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica; 310-434-3200; www.thebroadstage.com
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Fri, Apr 16 (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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Fri, Apr 16; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 16-18, ongoing; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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Sat, Apr 17:
8 am-Noon KELLY’S LOT performs fine blues for the “MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WALK” at Quakes Stadium, 8408 Rochester Av, Rancho Cucamonga 91730; http://walkcal.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=13790&pg=entry. We won’t be surprised to see Kelly take some laps on the track, too. On Sunday, March 21, KELLY Z (KELLY’S LOT) RAN THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON (www.LAMarathon.com) and then she performed with her band! More at www.KellysLot.com
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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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“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:
7:30 pm “CURTAINS UP: THIS IS BROADWAY!” presented by GOLDEN STATE POPS ORCHESTRA and the Grand Vision Foundation at the Warner Grand Performance Space, historic Warner Grand Theater, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org. Enjoy Tony Award-wining selections sung in a concert setting from great shows including “West Side Story,” “Hairspray,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserable,” “Sweeny Todd,” “South Pacific” and more.
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Sat, Apr 17, in Ojai:
7:30 pm CLAUDIA VILLELA, “Brazilian singer extrordinaire,” accompanied by guitarist RICARDO PEIXOTO, at the “Performances to Grow On” series at Matilija Auditorium, Matilija Jr High School, 703 El Paseo Rd, Ojai. Info, www.ptgo.org; advance tix, 805-646-8907. Claudia Villela's haunting improvisations and her surprising five-octave range have earned her a consistent following at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, UC Davis, Yoshi's and many clubs, and bookings at numerous concerts and festivals across the US, Japan, and Brazil. Audiences are drawn to the magical dimensions of her singing. Creative and soulfully expressive Villela's music is heavily rooted in the traditional and contemporary sounds of Brazil's rich creative cultural heritage. "This phenomenal Rio-born singer leads her group through performances that range from sensuous to sizzling." - Bud Spangler. More at www.claudiavillela.com. Series subscriptions available at a discount. Tix at the door, $23 adults, $18 seniors.
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Sat, Apr 17, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm TRACY GRAMMER plays the “San Diego Folk Heritage” series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas (San Diego); 858-566-4040; www.sdfolkheritage.org. More at www.tracygrammer.com
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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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Sat, Apr 17; world music:
8 pm BAABA MAAL plays the “UCLA Live” series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org.
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Sat, Apr 17; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Sun, Apr 18:
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, Apr 18; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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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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Sun, Apr 18:
TRACY GRAMMER plays a house concert in the L.A. area; venue and time tba. More at www.tracygrammer.com
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Tue, Apr 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Wed, Apr 21:
7-9 pm “JAMMING 101” class by TOM CORBETT at The Center for Folk Music, in Encino Community Park, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. $25 per person, RSVP recommended. Reservations, call 818-817-7756 or email info@ctmsfolkmusic.org. (Phone messages: make sure to let them know which class you want to attend and leave your call back number.)
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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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Thu, Apr 22:
8 pm “MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR: SINGER KURT ELLING, VIOLINIST REGINA CARTER, GUITARIST RUSSELL MALONE, THE KENNY BARRON TRIO” at the “UCLA Live” series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org.
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Fri, Apr 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm-to-closing KELLY’S LOT performs fine blues at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006. BOBBY BLUEHOUSE opens at 8 pm and Kelly's Lot plays at 10 pm. Kelly says that tonight, “1/2 the door goes to The Los Angeles Blues Society.” More at www.KellysLot.com. Tix $10 at the door, $5 presale at www.ArcadiaBluesClub.com
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Fri, Apr 23; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Fri, Apr 23:
8 pm “TITANS OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: HARVEY PEKAR AND ALISON BECHDEL” is a spoken word presentation by the “UCLA Live” series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 23-25, ongoing; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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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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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, Apr 24; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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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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Sun, Apr 25; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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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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Thu, Apr 29-Sun, May 2, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11th Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” in Ojai, with many, many presentations, including Willy Claflin, storyteller and goat whisperer. You can listen to a very short story from him at the “Performances to Grow On” website.
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What to expect if you go? “The Topa Topa peaks tower in the distance. Fragrant orange blossoms fill the air. A canopy of majestic oaks reaches overhead. Downtown Ojai welcomes visitors to its charming shops, galleries and cafes. The setting for the 11th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival offers captivating performances for all ages and is truly magical. This year's tellers include emcee Ed Stivender, Nancy Donoval, Angela Lloyd, Willy Claflin, David Gonzales, Samite of Uganda, Hobey Ford, Motoko of Japan.
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“The Ojai Storytelling Festival was an eye-opening experience. I had no idea that there were so many talented people who could thoroughly captivate an audience. The festival had to be experienced to be believed. A friend could rave to you about how entertaining the event was, but the actually experience can't be conveyed. It's like trying to describe the smell of a flower.” - Mike Millan.
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Melanie Michaels will join her father, Robert for an exciting show of music and dance. Check out Melanie, and hear Robert's version of "Classical Gas" on the event website. Weekend passes and individual tickets for performances are available now. Get tix, info, and performance clips at 805-646-8907 or www.ptgo.org
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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, Apr 30; Fri/Sat/Sun through end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Fri & Sat, 5 pm Sun “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. See complete description in the Sat, Mar 20 listing.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, ongoing; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Wed, May 5:
8 pm DAVID SEDARIS does a spoken word presentation for the “UCLA Live” series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org.
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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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Fri & Sat, May 7 & 8; dance:
8 pm CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET performs for the “UCLA Live” series in Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. UCLA ticket office: 310-825-2101 or www.uclalive.org.
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Fri-Sun, May 7-9, ongoing; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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Sat, May 8:
10 am-Noon “INTRO TO FLATPICK GUITAR” class by TOM CORBETT at The Center for Folk Music, in Encino Community Park, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. $25 per person, RSVP recommended. Reservations, call 818-817-7756 or email info@ctmsfolkmusic.org. (Phone messages: make sure to let them know which class you want to attend and leave your call back number.) Followed by the “Intermediate Bluegrass Jam” (1-3 pm) which is free and open to the public. TOM CORBETT is now offering this series of classes and hosting jams here.
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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:
7:30 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY holds a free rehearsal for tomorrow night’s (8 pm) performance of “BRAVO BEETHOVEN,” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E Green St, Pasadena. With guest artist Jennifer Frautschi, and Jorge Mester, Conductor. Info and tix for tomorrow night, 626-793-7172 (9 am-5 pm). Concert rehearsal is free.
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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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Fri-Sun, May 14-16, ongoing; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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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. A free pre-concert lecture is held at 7 pm. Tix, 626-793-7172 (9 am-5 pm)
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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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Fri-Sun, May 21-23, closing weekend; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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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:
4-6 pm “SAN BERNARDINO'S 2010 BICENTENNIAL PARADE” through downtown San Bernardino includes lots of music and historical re-enactors to celebrate the city’s 200th birthday. Last we knew, they were seeking “up to 15 Vaquero and Californio volunteer reenactors depicting California history during the 1810-1850's period.” Those interested in participating should contact Rebecca at daugherty_re@sbcity.org and type "parade" in the subject line. Otherwise, everyone is invited to “come out for a fun afternoon and watch the history of San Bernardino, from prior to 1810 to the present day, come to life right before your eyes!” Participants in the “historical timeline parade” include historical and modern depictions of “the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and their invited guests, Spanish and Mexican settlers, Jedediah Strong Smith, the Mormons, Blacks, Jewish, Chinese Lion Dancers, Earps, the Railroad, Pioneer Society, Fire Dept, original McDonald’s, National Orange Show, and much more.” Info, 760-221-2629.
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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, May 22, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm ROBERT MICHAELS TRIO plays the “Performances to Grow On” series at Oak Grove Pavilion (outdoors), 220 W Lomita, Ojai. Info, www.ptgo.org; advance tix, 805-646-8907. Canada’s most accomplished Latin Jazz guitarist has won two Junos, achieved platinum and gold status with record sales, has legions of fans who are drawn back time and time again to every show and yet you likely don’t know his name. It’s time you should. His name is Robert Michaels. He is incomparable. And you simply must see him. Robert's live performances provide something for everyone: incredible guitar playing, audience participation, energy, culture, passion, fun and tremendous musicianship! Robert uses Latin flamenco beats to create a fiery beautiful sound. The people in the crowd are spellbound. "...they watch him, they listen, they are caught as Michaels music travels past the neck of the guitar and creates his signature sound. A sound so intense the listeners must hold their breath." - Toronto Star. Robert Michaels will be joined by his daughter, an award winning flamenco dancer. More at www.robertmichaels.com. Series subscriptions available at a discount. Tix at the door, $23 adults, $18 seniors.
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Sat, May 22:
7:30 pm “DISNEY IN CONCERT: TALE AS OLD AS TIME” presented by GOLDEN STATE POPS ORCHESTRA and the Grand Vision Foundation at the Warner Grand Performance Space, historic Warner Grand Theater, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-833-4813; www.grandvision.org. Enjoy ”An evening full of film memories and live orchestral music awaits audiences who are willing to follow (with a little pixie dust) the hearts of Disney animated friends from the silver screen. Presentation licensed by Walt Disney Music Company, © Disney.”
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Sat, May 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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CUCHATA blends aspects of traditional and experimental music into their Latin Alternative sound. Bandleader Marcelo Quinonez and his band produce jazz-rock infused with rhythms that point to the Caribbean, Central America, and the Pampas regions of Paraguay and Argentina. "This is sassy, classy, electrifying rock en Espanol like you've never heard..." - CDBaby.com. More at www.myspace.com/Cuchata
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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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Jun 12 & 13, in Carson City, Nevada:
Annual “CARSON CITY RENDEZVOUS” in Mills Park, Carson City, NV; www.carsoncityrendezvous.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sun, Jun 13:
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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Jun 15-24 (reserve now):
IRELAND TOUR – tour the Emerald Isle, led by folk musician and renowned actor RONNY COX. Ronny has joined forces with guide and musician Tom Pigott, a true Irishman and alum of many Irish bands (he lives in County Clare), and Enchanted Way Tours, to host this 9-day tour of the west of Ireland. By day, Ronny and his fellow travelers will visit ancient ruins, castles, small fishing villages, the Aran Islands, the horse races, and more. By night they will share music in the local pubs with Irish players. SPACE IS LIMITED - the full itinerary is available at www.ronnycox.com (click on “Tour Ireland with Ronny” on the home page).
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Jun 17-20, in Colorado; 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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The festival coincides with the Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. It's a magical time of sun and light, when the high country of Colorado puts away its skis and grabs hiking boots, kayaks, and a low-back festival chair to take in bluegrass and other acoustic music that’s arguably related, but always wonderful.
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This year’s lineup provides another magical four days of only-in-Telluride performances by beloved festival veterans and inspiring new talent. Telluride royalty includes virtuosic bluegrass superpickers, soulful songwriters, and some of the biggest stars in the rootsy Americana landscape.
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The festival is built around the many artists that have defined the Telluride Bluegrass sound. The weekend is sprinkled with inspired sets from Peter Rowan, John Cowan, Sam Bush Band, Béla Fleck (performing in a trio with Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer), and many others, culminating in the epic festival closing set from the Telluride House Band (Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan).
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Del McCoury returns to Telluride to celebrate his 50th year in the music industry. Yonder Mountain String Band celebrates their 11th year; Leftover Salmon celebrates their 20th year as a band - a band that formed in the Town Park campground jams of Telluride Bluegrass. Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile follow-up last year's "Punch Brothers Play & Sing Bluegrass" with a new set of original music.
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Since its very beginning, the festival has embraced a wide swath of roots music to create the unique genre of "Telluride Bluegrass." This year's lineup welcomes Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Dublin's rockabilly superstar Imelda May, London arena-folk quartet Mumford & Sons, and much more.
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The festival is just above the town of Telluride, nestled in the rugged San Juan Mountains at nearly 9,000 feet above the sea, and surrounded on three sides by the natural architecture of the Telluride Box Canyon, Telluride is arguably the most spectacular town in the American West.
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For regulars, who call themselves “festivarians,” Telluride is The Bluegrass Festival. Regulars here include a loyal following of artists, as well. Some cite the “unique thrill” that comes from “performing in front of the smartest, most attentive audience in the country,” as the festival site says. Promoters assert, “Artists are encouraged to take risks in Telluride, and the Festivarian audience [which has its own website] is regularly rewarded with unique blends of voices sharing the stage for the first time - as a new musical friendship cultivated backstage makes its debut on the Telluride stage.”
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Your editor has been there, and all that is true. Telluride lives up to its hype. In fact, it exceeds it.
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With music on the main stage all day, intimate workshops on the Elks Park stage in the middle of town, prestigious band and songwriting contests, late-night Nightgrass concerts at every indoor venue in town, and jam sessions throughout the night in the town’s condos and in the campgrounds near and far (connected by festival bus service), it’s a week of uncommon musical riches.
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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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This year’s acts include RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE, MICHAEL CLEVELAND & FLAMEKEEPER, RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT, MARK TWAIN LIVE, and plenty more.
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Sirius XM Radio’s “BLUEGRASS JUNCTION” with Chris Jones will feature the Huck Finn Jubilee during its national broadcast on Jun 19. Chris will conduct interviews and record his popular bluegrass program from the Southwest Bluegrass Association campground on Thursday afternoon, Jun 17, during the Jubilee, for the global satellite broadcast. The SWBA campground is open to any bluegrass association member who purchases weekend camping to the Jubilee.
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Jun 18-20, north of Santa Barbara; 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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This year’s lineup includes THE CHICAGO BLUES REUNION, TERRI HENDRIX WITH LLOYD MAINES, THE DYNAMITES FEATURING CHARLES WALKER, BAKA BEYOND, DR. LONNIE SMITH, VIGNOLA COLLECTIVE, THE SWEETBACK SISTERS, THE SACRED SHAKERS, LOS FABULOCOS, and others tba.
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The Live Oak Music Festival is a three-day concert and camping event held every year on Father’s Day weekend in the hills above Santa Barbara, California. 100% of Live Oak proceeds go to support KCBX Public Radio (www.kcbx.org) an enviably good station (especially for everyone in L.A., where its signal doesn’t reach). KCBX serves a broadcast area of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
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The event’s self-promo is quite accurate: “Live Oak, as it has become affectionately known, is more than just a music festival — it is an experience rooted in music and community. These two elements together create a three-day journey into a timeless place that is far removed from ties and clocks, suits and schedules. The festival features an aural collage of live music ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley, Live Oak comes alive as an outdoor music festival showcasing some of the finest musicians from around the world. The camping experience at Live Oak creates a community of several thousand friendly people that are all doing the same thing — relaxing and having fun in the warm sunshine of June.”
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Sun, Jun 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Thu, Jul 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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For a week each year before the ROCKYGRASS festival begins, Planet Bluegrass offers their academy, with everything from small classes taught by world-class professional musicians, to sessions on group jamming, vocal coaching, songwriting, one-on-one instruction, and more. The curriculum features a broad variety of electives including learning fiddle tunes, practice techniques, writing instrumentals, accompaniment, improvisation, and musical history. Evenings feature band scrambles, barbecues, and plenty of jamming for novice through advanced ability levels. Many Academy students return year after year, creating long-term relationships with budding musicians from all over the world.
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Instrument Classes are taught by RockyGrass Festival performers - world-class bluegrass musicians representing several generations of the music's history and future. These talented musicians spend the week teaching instrument classes, leading jams, and sharing their wealth of musical experience. Typically, these include three levels of instrument instruction for guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, as well as classes in banjo (Scruggs-style and clawhammer) and dobro.
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Vocal, Songwriting & Traditional Dance Classes are separate course tracks. And there’s a Kids Camp for children (ages 7-14) of registered Academy students, taught by the award-winning Bearfoot, the bluegrass band from Alaska, now in their seventh year of teaching.
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The academy offers a popular “Instrument Building Experience” where a few lucky participants have the chance to walk away with a hand-built instrument in just four days. All the instrument kits allow students to sample a variety of building techniques and materials during the process. Along with the mandolin family of instruments, this year offers two mandolin building graduates the chance to build a travel guitar. For the mandos, no building experience is required, just a good attitude and focus. The “Experience” has produced over 160 instruments built to date.
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Of course, if you go, you’ll surely want to stay for the ROCKYGRASS Festival, on the following three days. (See the Guide’s Jul 23-25 listing.)
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Jul 23-25, in Colorado; 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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Three-day passes and camping are on sale now, at http://shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
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Jul 30-Aug 1, 2010; an EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK for ARTISTS:
“2010 NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK CONFERENCE” in Los Angeles is the 5th annual conference. If the website information doesn't answer any questions you might have, contact Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions (www.stevenhenegar.net), at shenegar@sbcglobal.net - 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852.
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Includes the annual “FRINGE FESTIVAL” with numerous 55 minute sets of “compelling, risky, experimental, and work-in-progress storytelling, with folktales, autobiography, performance art, stand-up, puppetry, dance and favorite long form stories.”
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Steven Henegar tells us, “Growing networks of performance venues all over the world have adopted this model and many storytellers are taking advantage of these venues to reach new audiences. The Conference Fringe encourages more storytellers to participate in American and Canadian Fringe Festivals by providing the opportunity for you to experience many aspects of a typical Fringe Festival including the selection process and performance framework.” More at www.storynet.org/conference/fringe.html
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Aug 1-5:
2010 “AMERICAN RIVER ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP” in Northern California – info at www.americanriveracoustic.org and info@americanriverfolk.org
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Fri, Aug 6, in Idaho:
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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Aug 8-12, in Colorado:
13th Annual “SONG SCHOOL” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/songschool. Immediately precedes the 20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” on the same site.
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It’s “a place where you can explore and grow every aspect of your song-writing and creativity: melody, lyrics, performance, voice, story, guitar techniques… a place where you receive professional feedback, music business and recording tips.”
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It draws songwriters from around the country from beginners to professionals with busy tour schedules. Producers say, “We do it in community… bringing songwriting and creativity together …based on our shared love of music and support for each other.”
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The faculty includes internationally known songwriters, actors, music professionals, and songwriting peers who share their expertise on the art, craft and business of songwriting. Past instructors have included Josh Ritter, Melissa Ferrick, Peter Himmelman, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Zoe Lewis, Catie Curtis, Pat Pattison, Vance Gilbert, Steve Seskin, and many others. The program is elective-based and designed to be flexible, allowing students to focus on a variety of topics. A typical day offers early morning stretching followed by electives in performance, vocals, guitar, music business, and specialized topics. After a lunch break, choose a three-hour workshop on creative songwriting with one of seven instructors followed by another elective period. After dinner, students perform songs for each other in the ranch’s new Wildflower Pavilion and retire to the campground for song-sharing late into the night.
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Tuition includes four days and nights of workshops, open stages and campfire jams as well as on-site camping, BBQs, and a resource manual. Registration and info at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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Thu, Aug 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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It's been twenty years since the first, modest, "summit on the song" in Estes Park. During that time the festival has moved to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, where it’s grown and developed, while remaining true to the producers’ initial vision for spending a glorious Colorado summer weekend celebrating stories and songs - from around the musical and geographic world.
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The festival opens with the prestigious “Folks Songwriter Showcase,” where a juried group of the most gifted new songwriters from around the world compete for a spot in the 2010 lineup. Songwriting workshops continue throughout the festival in the intimacy of the new Wildflower Pavilion. Music runs on the main stage from morning 'til after 10 pm each night, reinforced through a sound system the festival claims is “the best at any festival in the country.”
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Pack a picnic - you're welcome to bring in food and drinks, just no alcohol or glass. Or enjoy a wide variety of food options, from fish tacos to ice cream, dumplings to BBQ, from festival food vendors, as well as beer and wine, and free filtered local water. Numerous camping options nearby include on-site at the festival grounds or under the cliffs at Meadow Park, a quick five-minute walk to the festival. Parking is available at the Olson Property, a 10-minute walk or free shuttle bus ride to the festival grounds. Camping and festival tix are available at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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Sat, Aug 14, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Wed, Aug 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Sat, Aug 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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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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Sat, Sep 4:
(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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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, Sep 19, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Oct 21-24:
Annual “FOLK ALLIANCE REGION WEST (FAR-West) MUSIC CONFERENCE” this year in San Jose, CA; www.far-west.org
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Oct 28-Nov 1, in Denmark:
Annual “WOMEX - the World Music Expo,” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Updated editions with more (always more -- as we have time to organize all of it), and all the many, many, acoustic music events still in the coming weeks and beyond - in and around Los Angeles, plus RADIO SHOWS with live performances of acoustic music (available mostly on the web, of course, since we are in acoustic-music-radio-deprived Los Angeles) plus the many acoustic music FESTIVALS, near and far, hither and yon, here, there and everywhere! It’ll all be here, soon.
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Our GUEST EDITORIAL in February 2010 by award-winning musician FREEBO – he wrote an essay on climate change that’s worth a read, and we presented it as a guest editorial in the Guide. It’s entertaining and thoughtful, and takes it to the “deniers” in right-wing media. It’s at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/02/climate-change-by-freebo-special-to.html
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Our FEATURE STORY: ‘Grammy Awards Add American Roots Category,’ our news feature, is at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/grammy-awards-add-american-roots.html
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In FOLKWORKS: you can check out Larry Wines’ most recent column, available free online at www.folkworks.org/content/viewcategorycur/89. It’s a time of remembrances for the late musicians MIKE SEEGER and DAVID CARRADINE, and for WOODY GUTHRIE’S guitar.
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Our REVIEWS:
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(1) WPA (Works Progress Administration) superstar band – you can read JOEL OKIDA’s review for the Guide of their Oct 6 show at Largo in L.A.; it’s at www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/review-of-wpa-works-progress or at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/review-of-wpa-works-progress.html
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(2) BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY that virtuosic ensemble from the Centennial State, is reviewed by JOEL OKIDA at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-boulder-acoustic-society-getting.html)
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RADIO NEWS: the return from hiatus of the syndicated TIED TO THE TRACKS radio show is delayed, due to the producer / host’s ongoing recovery from eye surgeries. (At least he has time to listen to all those submitted CDs that arrive daily!) We’ll keep you posted.
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