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Friday, April 2, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, April 2 to 13 (and beyond)

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An URGENT APPEAL to YOU to support the Guide (so that it can continue), is in this edition. See our News Feature, just below.
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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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APRIL2 to 13 events (and beyond, through 2010)
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NEWS FEATURE:
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1) URGENT APPEAL FROM THE GUIDE
SUPPORT THE GUIDE, AND GET SOME GREAT DVDs / CDs IN RETURN!
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You can read the whole urgent appeal at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/support-guide-and-get-some-great-dvds.html
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Here, we’ll keep it simple: The Guide must ask NOW for your financial support. We’ve been doing this for more than seven years, through thick and thin, two eye surgeries (with two more to come), and we just can’t do it for free any more.
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RIGHT NOW, we are offering some GREAT thank-you gifts in return for your support – we have CDs and DVDs we can send you!
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We can and will continue to bring you the Guide, and even EXPAND to a full-feature website in the near future – IF we have your help.
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SEND US A CHECK FOR $25, and we’ll send your choice of a concert DVDs and a CD, or 3 CDs, plus another bonus; The complete list, where you can choose your “thank-you” gifts, is at
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/support-guide-and-get-some-great-dvds.html
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RECENT NEWS FEATURES:
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The March 27 edition’s News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/acoustic-americana-music-guide-fresh_27.html
The topics are:
2) FOLKWORKS PRINT EDITION - SPECIAL SUMMER ISSUE
3) CELEBRATE RECORD STORE DAY & GET SPECIAL STUFF, APRIL 17…
4) COFFEE GALLERY – WHAT’S WITH ALL THE NEW PHONE NUMBERS?
5) ALL-STAR LOWEN & NAVARRO TRIBUTE CD HELPS ALS FOUNDATION
6) THOUGHT FOR TODAY…
7) THOUGHT FOR THE AGES…
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The March 20 edition’s News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/acoustic-americana-music-guide-fresh_20.html
The topics are:
1) SPRING MUSIC FESTIVALS START ON FIRST DAY OF SPRING
2) GUIDE’S RADIO & TV LISTINGS NOW IN SEPARATE PAGES
3) REGISTER TO COMPETE IN THE 50th TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST
4) ANOTHER HAITI RELIEF BENEFIT SHOW, MARCH 19
5) MICHELE VREELAND RADIO INTERVIEW
6) A THOUGHT FOR ALL THOSE TEA-BAGGERS…
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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 April 2, 2010; recurring events included through Tuesday, April 13, 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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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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7:30 pm BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET and HOT 8 BRASS BAND at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos.
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8-11 pm TOM & PATRICK SAUBER plus THE BLACK CROWN STRING BAND (from San Francisco) play the first of what could become a bluegrass / oldtime series at Café 322 Italian Kitchen & Bar in Sierra Madre.
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8 pm AL STEWART with DAVE NACHMANOFF at Brixton South Bay in Redondo Beach.
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8 pm “A NIGHT WITH THE TIKI BAR ALLSTARS - SAN DIEGO STYLE 2010, with JOE RATHBURN, JERRY GONTANG, GARY SEILER & ROB MEHl” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Friday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
~ 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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(5) Friday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Fri, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, first Fri, every month:
5:30-9 pm “ART WALK” in Claremont, with live music, including RON ELY performing sea chanteys and classic and original folk music; event runs between Yale & Harvard on 2nd St, in Claremont, 91711. Art Displays, unique shops, numerous restaurants, and live music on the sidewalks. (NE of Los Angeles off the CA-210 freeway.) Ron Ely performs at Bert & Rocky’s at Yale Av & Bonita. Other musicians all along the way.
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Fri, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, first Fri, every month:
6:30-10 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” is a featured act / OPEN MIC monthly event at the The Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Includes music and raffles of merchandise from indie artists and sponsors, including massage, life coaching, and acting coaches. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. Javelyn holds a companion event every 3rd Sat at another venue, at 8 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com. $2 cover.
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Fri, Apr 2, first Fri, every month:
7 pm “FIRST FRIDAYS ON ABBOT KINNEY ART WALK” with art and music all the boulevard, including Altered Space Gallery, 1221 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice 90291; 310-452-8121; www.alteredspacegallery.com. Free.
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Fri, Apr 2, 1st & 3rd 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, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2; first Fridays; in Ventura County:
7 pm SONGMAKERS “PENNY LANE SING CIRCLE” in Port Hueneme; info at www.songmakers.org.
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Fri, Apr 2, every 1st & 3rd 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, Apr 2, every 1st & 3rd 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 “Tied to the Tracks” in March, ‘07. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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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. More at www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil
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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. More at www.hot8brassband.com
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Fri, Apr 2, first Fri, every month:
7:30-10 pm “SCOTT AND MELANIE BOMAR'S FIRST FRIDAY” show with different performing guests each month, at The Spot Cafe & Lounge, 4455 Overland Av, Culver City 90230; 310-559-8868. Scott & Melanie tell us, “There is no charge for the show but please support The Spot Cafe & Lounge with food and drink purchases. We like to help businesses that support independent music! Please carefully read the parking restriction signs in the neighborhood as some are hard to read and parking enforcement is aggressive in the area.” More at www.TheBomars.com and www.MelanieBomar.com and www.ScottBBomar.com. No cover.
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Fri, Apr 2, first Fri, every month:
7:30 pm “SONGSALIVE! FIRST FRIDAYS LOS ANGELES SHOWCASE” at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Featuring talented songwriters from around the globe, and held around the globe, Songsalive! Showcases are a cozy, intimate and acoustic environment where media and music industry representatives often drop-by to check-out the latest talent. Venue has coffeehouse fare, good sandwiches & salads. Info on sponsoring organization at www.songsalive.org/losangeles. $8 cover at the door.
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Fri, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, first Fri, every month; not necessarily music, but cool:
7:45 pm “TOPANGA PEACE ALLIANCE FILM NIGHTS” at Yoga Desa, 120 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. It’s in the Pinetree Center, across from the Post Office, Old Topanga, and Abuelita's, 4 miles N of PCH, 8 miles S of the 101 Fwy. This series presents films you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, always with a theme of peace, social justice, or environmental awareness. Snack potluck at 7:45; bring wine, cheese, dip, fruit or crackers. Film starts at 8 pm. Please do not disturb the yoga class in session before the movie. Tonight’s film, other info, at www.topangapeacealliance.org or 310-455-9389. No one turned away for lack of funds; requested donation, $10.
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Fri, Apr 2, 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, 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. One reviewer wrote, “On their new eponymous EP, Black Crown Stringband gets it right. Here are seven tracks of dark joy that carry the listener back to the lonesome hills of home. Like Portland’s Foghorn before them, these upstart Californians till the fertile bottom lands that lie between old-time and bluegrass, creating a vintage, primal wall of sound. This release is an important contribution to the ongoing old-time revival here on the West Coast.”
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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. More at www.myspace.com/blackcrownstringband. No cover.
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Fri, Apr 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm AL STEWART with DAVE NACHMANOFF at Brixton South Bay, 100J W Torrance Bl, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-406-1931; www.brixtonsouthbay.com. Stewart is the songwriter who wrote and performed the iconic ‘70s hit songs, “Time Passages” and “Year of the Cat.” More at www.alstewart.com.
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Fri, Apr 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “A NIGHT WITH THE TIKI BAR ALLSTARS - SAN DIEGO STYLE 2010, with JOE RATHBURN, JERRY GONTANG, GARY SEILER & ROB MEHl” 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 626-794-2424 ; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Ostensibly a “trop rock” collaboration, this is much more. Last time they were here, they made a bunch of fans and the members of the group sold a lot of solo CDs. Expect a good time, and a fine way to kick-off an early summer.
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It’s “a night of 6-string Trop-rock music on a Panamanian coffee wharf.” (That's the décor of The Coffee Gallery Backstage, in case you never noticed.) What happens when you invite four very popular San Diego area musicians, who are singer-songwriters, band leaders / performers / old friends / and devotees of Jimmy-Buffet-and-beyond trop-rock, to put together a super-group to play your wedding? That actually happened, and the results is The Tiki Bar Allstars. They had so much fun playing that wedding, and were so well received, they convinced the “San Diego Parrot Head Club” to book them for its mega-fundraiser anniversary event. The results were magical.
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Now, imagine you and them, with nothing but their acoustic guitars and their voices, are stranded on a coffee wharf in Panama because your cruise ship is in dry dock for repairs. You're sitting around on some crates and whatever chairs you can find with a tropical breeze coming off the Caribbean, and these guys just start singing whatever comes to mind to pass the time. That's what's already happened once before at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. It brought acclaim from music reviewers and a happy audience, so they return tonight to do it again.
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Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “The friendship, the camaraderie, the common love of the trop-rock sound, the laughter, the spontaneity, you'll not find that in a show anywhere else. Though they'd never been on stage all together before that wedding, they are all old friends and have a rapport with each other that matches that which they each bring to their audiences. Their common affinity for the music of Jimmy Buffett, Harry Belafonte, The Kingston Trio, Bob Marley, the Hawai’ian Islands, the Caribbean, and good old American country and rock & roll, infuses their own songs with that unique blend sounds and style that says kick back and enjoy life.”
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Bob continues, “The Coffee Gallery Backstage performance space being what it is, a stage set designed by a Disney artist to look like the above mentioned coffee wharf or dock at the jungle's edge, makes it the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind event. Put on your tropical camp shirt, your flip-flops, your shorts and straw hat and come on down for a tropical shindig to remember.”
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More at http://tikibarallstars.homestead.com. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Apr 2; Fri/Sat/Sun thru end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play has been extended at Edgemar Center For the Arts, on the Main Stage, 2437 Main St, 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 Apr 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, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, first Fri, every month:
8-10 pm monthly “FIRST FRIDAY” show, this month with this month’s guest artist, GREGORY PAGE (www.gregpage.com); hosted by SEVERIN BROWNE at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; live simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. The series features performing guests (one or more recording artists) and the “First Friday Band,” with SEVERIN BROWNE, MIKE BISCH, DAVID STONE, JEFF KOSSACK, AARON WOLFSON, ALEX DEL ZOPPO and GARY POPENOE. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Apr 2, 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, Apr 2, first Friday, EVEN-numbered months only:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “NORTH COUNTRY HOOT,” in Northridge; for location, contact Ann, NorthCountryHoot@songmakers.org or 818-993-8492; www.songmakers.org.
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Fri, Apr 2, every Fri:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Fri, Apr 2:
10 pm GARY ALLEGRETTO performs with his band at Harvelle's, 1432 4th St, Santa Monica; www.harvelles.com; 310-395-1676. "Superb... brilliant.... amazing empathy of musicians who have obviously played together many times." - Blues Matters Magazine, March/April 2010. Harmonica virtuoso Allegretto, with his band, Rich Cohen on electric guitars, Paul Eckman on upright bass, and David Kida on drums.
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8-10 am KELLY’S LOT performs fine blues for “DERBY DAY” at The Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia.
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7 pm THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS plus cowboy poet JOE HERRINGTON at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm MICHELLE SHOCKED at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8-10 pm “NIGHT OF SEVEN LISAS” brings seven songwriters and poets all named Lisa - LISA NEMZO, LISA CATHERINE, LISA JOHNSON, LISA HALEY, LISA O’KANE, LISA SANDERS, AND LISA TURNER - at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood.
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8 pm AL STEWART plus DAVE NACHMANOFF at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
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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, Apr 3; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8-10 am KELLY’S LOT performs fine blues for “DERBY 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 first-rate live music. And get this: on Sunday, March 21, KELLY Z of 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, 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, Apr 3, 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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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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1-3 pm “TELLING TALES THEATRE: THEATRE OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY” offers two performances of their new creative non-fiction literary work at 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 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. The theme, presented by eleven aspiring writers with artistic director Norma Fain Pratt, is “Kaleidoscope, ” a set of dynamic reflections on the joys and sorrows of our real lives. Two performances, one each on Sun, Mar 28 & Sat, Apr 3. Tix, $12.
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Sat, Apr 3, 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, Apr 3, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
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4 pm “CHARITY AUCTION” at Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Bl, Hollywood; 323-245-6400. Host Brently Heilbron presides over the event, bringing a good time and money for a variety of charitable causes.
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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6-10:30 pm monthly “PICKIN’ NIGHT” at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. Beginner’s Jam 6-7:30 pm (main store); Intermediate Jam 6-7:30 pm in their additional space at 17824 Chatsworth St, 2 doors E of the main store; Open Jam 7:30-10:30 pm in main store.
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Sat, Apr 3, 1st Sat, every month; in the OC:
6 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” in Mission Viejo; for location, contact David Borger & Ann Carroll, OrangeCountyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Apr 3, 1st Sat every month; in Oak Glen:
6 pm monthly “HOMETOWN JAMBOREE” show & jam at Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, in the beautiful hills of Oak Glen above Yucaipa and Beaumont; info & tix, 909-797-1005 or www.losriosrancho.com. They tell us, “Folks can tuck into a tasty meal and enjoy a hand-clappin', knee-slappin', toe-tappin' good time as RILEY'S MOUNTAINEERS and special guest performers pick, fiddle and sing their favorite old-time bluegrass, western, and gospel tunes, as well as a few surprises along the way. Guest musicians are always welcome to tote along an instrument or two and join in the free-wheeling jam after the show. You never know who'll turn up, or what you'll hear next!” No shows in Dec and July. Jamborees start at 6 pm. Advance tix $15 adults, $10 kids age 12 & under.
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Sat, Apr 3, 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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7 pm THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS, plus cowboy poet JOE HERRINGTON 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 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917. Venue impresario and Folk Alliance FAR West 2009 Ambassador Award recipient Bob Stane describes The Tumbling Tumbleweeds as “Singing, dancing and prancing. A nostalgic Western tour de force.”
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What a last couple of years it’s been for The Tumbling Tumbleweeds! Since their premiere at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in July 2007 (your editor was there) they went on to capture the 2008 Academy of Western Artists’ “Will Rogers Award” for “Western Music Group of the Year” and the Western Music Association’s “Crescendo Award” for “Most Promising Talent,” along with the “Marilyn Tuttle Best in Show Harmony Award.” Their debut album, “The Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” reached #1 on the “Top 10” Cowboy/Western Music Charts and received critical acclaim as well as radio airplay all around the World, after the world premiere of its pre-release tracks on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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The Tumbling Tumbleweeds began as a tribute to the Sons of the Pioneers and they continue in their quest to pay homage to that rich musical legacy with a show complete with singing, humor, storytelling and a bit of fancy western footwork. In addition, they write and perform their own original songs in the style of that and other groups that have inspired them. With a blend of western heritage and movie nostalgia they are “Family Entertainment” through and through. The Coffee Gallery Backstage remains a special place to The Tumbling Tumbleweeds for giving the group their first real “break” and they return every few months to their old Altadena stomping grounds with their special brand of Western musical entertainment, bringing some new songs, laughs and plenty more rip roarin’ Western cowboy fun and good times. More at www.thetumblingtumbleweeds.com
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JOE HERRINGTON, the “Campfire Storyteller,” is a novelist, cowboy poet and western storyteller. His stories and poems are homespun and told in the Western tradition of honor, courage and rugged characters. His stories and poems entertain and prod the soul with a truer understanding of the deep values and solid character of the American Cowboy. Joe was a 2005 nominee for the prestigious “Will Rogers Cowboy Poet of the Year” award from the Academy of Western Artists. In additiont, he has done a number of projects with Disney. Tix, $18.
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Sat, Apr 3, 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, Apr 3, 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, Apr 3, 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, Apr 3, first Sat every month:
7:30-11 pm “FIRST SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE” with THE SCREAMING EARWIGS the merry acoustic band of TOM SAUBER, PATRICK SAUBER, STEVE LEWIS, & MIKE SAUBER, playing the 1st-Sat-of-every-month contra dance at the Brentwood Youth House, 731 S Bundy Dr (just S of San Vincente). Instruction at 7:30, dance from 8-11 pm.
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Sat, Apr 3, first Sat every month:
7:30-11:30 pm “SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB” at Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St (corner of 18th & Broadway), Santa Monica. Info, coordinator April Halprin Wayland, 310-376-8760, Aprilstory@aol.com; www.santamonicafolkmusicclub.org.
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Sat, Apr 3, 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, Apr 3, 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, Apr 3, 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, 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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8 pm AL STEWART plus DAVE NACHMANOFF at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com. Stewart wrote and sang the late ‘70s acoustic hits “Time Passages” and “Year of the Cat.” More at www.alstewart.com
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8-10 pm “NIGHT OF SEVEN LISAS” brings seven songwriters and poets all named Lisa - LISA NEMZO, LISA CATHERINE, LISA JOHNSON, LISA HALEY, LISA O’KANE, LISA SANDERS, AND LISA TURNER, performing at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Yep, including GRAMMY nominee and fiddle wizard Lisa Haley. As the ladies tell us, “This will be a scream!” If you can’t be there, it streams live worldwide on the web at www.kulakswoodshed.com/webcast. Lisa Haley plays about 8:30 pm, doing songs from her next album with the Zydecats. Venue was 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, Apr 3, first Sat every month:
8-10 pm monthly “JUKE JOINT GANG” show at the venue named in FolkWorks as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue, The Talking Stick (new location), 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win in FolkWorks. It’s an evening of fine acoustic roots music, with four acts, each playing a 30-min set. Hosted by 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk Award” winner ERNEST TROOST, sometimes with LAUREN ADAMS, who have each performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Venue has coffeehouse fare, good sandwiches, salads, soup. No cover.
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Sat, Apr 3, 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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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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 listing.
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Sat, Apr 3, first Sat, every month:
8 pm monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar to get in. Sign-up starts at 7:30, show at 8 pm. They tell us, “If there aren't enough slots for everybody, we'll make a list for the next month, and call you at 7:30. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. We'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show.” $1 cover.
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Sat, Apr 3, first Sat every month; in the OC:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” meets in a private home in Mission Viejo. Info, www.songmakers.org/hoots/orange_county_hoot.htm.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. There’s an early show at 7 pm, and the 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs, student. military discounts available.
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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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8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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1 pm Monthly “CTMS OLD TIME JAM” hosted by the California Traditional Music Society at the Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl (in the park), Encino; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. Free.
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1-5 pm “1ST SUNDAYS BLUEGRASS JAM” at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance; first Sun, every month. Bill Elliott 909-678-1180; Ron Walters 310-534-1439.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2-6 pm “THE FOUR SEASONS OF MUSIC” monthly Sunday concert series continues today in the San Fernando Valley, hosted by CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA as a benefit for the nonprofit “More Art, Inc” (www.moreart.us) at the Valley Life Improvement Center, 10667 White Oak Av (at Chatsworth St), Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899. Event info & reservation, 818-428-1377. Refreshments & CDs available on site for purchase. Produced by CATHY SEGAL GARCIA, a major figure on the L.A. jazz scene. More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. Tix, $15.
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2 pm SONGMAKERS “ANTELOPE VALLEY SONG CIRCLE” in Lancaster; info and location, www.songmakers.org
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2 pm WILD RIVER RAMBLERS bring bluegrass to Santa Maria Brewing Co, 112 Cuyama Ln (1/2 blk W of the 101), Nipomo; 805-349-2090. Features JULIO BOYSENBERRY on banjo. “2 PM to whenever.”
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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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4; Fri/Sat/Sun thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 listing.
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Sun, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, first Sun every month; in Santa Margarita:
5:30-8:30 pm SANTA MARGARITA JAM (bluegrass & more) at "The Porch" (formerly Solomon's Café), 22322 El Camino Real (Rt 58), Santa Margarita. First 1/2 hour is a free music lesson for anyone getting started; remainder of evening is an open jam for all pickers. Bluegrass / trad / old time oriented. Info, siminoff@siminoff.net.
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6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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Sun, 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. The 6:30 show is sold out. Tix, $32.50.
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7 pm Dinner Show with WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS, plus CHLOE FEORANZO opening, at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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They're variously described as “The Marx Brothers meet the Sons of the Pioneers!” - "America’s Singing Cowboy!" - "The Band that won the West!"
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BENNY BRYDERN has returned from his own European tour to rejoin the band. You’ve been dazzled by his fiddle/violin virtuosity in his other bands, including THE HOT CLUB QUARTETTE and JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS.
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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, Apr 4, 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, Apr 4, 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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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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Sun, Apr 4; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm TOM RUSSELL & DAVE ALVIN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Earlier show at 6:30. Tix, $32.50.
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Sun, Apr 4, 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, Apr 5, 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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6 pm “GYPSY SWING JAM” at Zoey’s Café, new location, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001, with some shows at “The Lodge,” 11 S Ash St, Ventura (original location, thru early Apr 2010: 451 E Main St, Ventura 93001); advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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Mon, Apr 5, 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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7:30-9 pm “LAMN JAM” at The Scene, 806 E Colorado St (x-st Everett), Glendale 91205; 818-241-7029. L.A. Music Network Jam is billed as a place where “artists, musicians, singers and songwriters play for the pros.” Only LAMN Members perform by registering at 818-769-6095 or tara@lamn.com. Info: www.lamn.com. Performers receive constructive criticism in the areas of music, lyrics and performance. No cover.
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7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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7:30 pm “BLUEGRASS SONG SCHOOL” at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; 818-282-9001; www.pickinparlor.com
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8 pm “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits and favorites of the late great John Denver, in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays 6 and 12 string guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor. Jim voiced Denver’s songs in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and aboard cruise ships. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs (you probably already know more of t6hem than you think), and howl at the moon (literally) as you take part in Denver’s last song, about the return of wolves to Yellowstone.
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8 pm-1 am “RONNIE MACK'S BARN DANCE” with a full lineup of guest performers and THE BARNDANCE BAND has MOVED to Monday’s and is now at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill (at the old Crazy Jack’s), 4311 W Magnolia Bl (between Cahuenga Bl & Pass Av), Burbank; 818-729-0905; venue info, www.danceatjoes.com/barndance; series info, www.myspace.com/421889964. Since 1988, Ronnie Mack has marshaled forward the Los Angeles roots and alt country scene with his once-a-month Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance. It’s simply amazing who has played the series. In 2003, Jim Hollander filmed his documentary, "First Tuesdays at Ronnie Mack's Barndance," featuring performances and interviews with series alumni Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores, Big Sandy, James Intveld, Mike Stinson and more. It’s available at www.hollandermedia.com. In addition to each month’s lineup of guest performers, there’s always the BARN DANCE BAND. That brings Ronnie Mack on lead vocals & rhythm guitar (with a lead here & there), Skip Edwards on the keys, Marty Rifkin on Pedal Steel, Harry Orlove on lead guitar, Paul Marshall (I See Hawks in L.A.) on bass, Dave Raven on drums (or on occasion John Palmer). More on Ronnie Mack and his legendary Barn Dance at www.electricearl.com/BDance.html
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8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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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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9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com.. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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Tue, Apr 6, every Tue; 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, Apr 6, first Tue, every month:
12:30-2:30 pm monthly “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB RECITALS” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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Tue, Apr 6, 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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6-9 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, Apr 6, 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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6:30-10 pm HAMMERED DULCIMER PRACTICE GROUP at a private home in Downey; first Tue, every month. Round-robin format, all levels welcome. No dues or fees. Contact Bea Romano for loc: celticanamusic@yahoo.com.
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Tue, Apr 6, first Tues, every month; in Camarillo:
6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS “ROUND TABLE PIZZA SONG CIRCLE,” at Round Table Pizza, 889 Arneill Rd (near Ponderosa; in Longs, K-Mart, Vons shopping center), Camarillo; 805-484-8900. Get 20% off your order during the Songmakers event. You can call to order ahead at 805-484-8900. Info, TJ Zeiler, Songmaker93010@gmail.com or 805-482-0029; www.songmakers.org.
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Tue, Apr 6, first & third Tue, every month:
“BACK PORCH AT THE UNURBAN” hosted by swamp grass band KILLING CASSANOVA, on the back porch at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica. The back porch is “a night of acoustic singer-songwriters, folk and freak folkers” sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova. The Unurban is a free thinking, all ages, speakeasy-style coffee house, with food for vegeterians and deli lovers alike, and the usual coffeehouse fare. The hosts add, “Please contact us if you're interested in sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova,” through www.myspace.com/killingcassanova .
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7-10 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, Apr 6, 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, Apr 6, 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, Apr 6, every Tue:
7:30 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM SCHOOL 2” at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; 818-282-9001; www.pickinparlor.com
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Tue, Apr 6, 1st & 3rd Tue, every month:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814. Sign up list closes at 8 pm when the show starts. All genres of music and all styles of self-expression including spoken word, instrumental or lyrical (folk, hip hop, soul, reggae, rock, blues, etc) are welcome.
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Tue, Apr 6, 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, Apr 6, recurring:
Periodic “TANK TUESDAYS” series brings folk / acoustic / electric music to The Airliner, 2419 N Broadway, L.A. 90031; www.myspace.com/theairlinerclub. Venue is a club / restaurant / bar, has free parking (at Ave 24 & Daly), is 18+. Musician Pete Kalmus says, “This place is a total dive! But it's kind of a cool night - about 10 ‘folk’ acts (many cross the line into loud rock) on two floors.” More on the night’s lineup and the series may be available at www.myspace.com/tanktuesdays.
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8 pm WALKIN’ JIM STOLTZ brings his multimedia / live song show of the American wilderness to 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; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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He’s described as “A ‘Green’ walkin' man with audio visual electrics,” and venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Seeing a Walkin’ Jim Stoltz concert is like coming face-to-face with a modern day Johnny Appleseed. His ‘Forever Wild’ concert combines photos (from twin projectors), songs, and stories all stemming from over 28,000 miles of wilderness walking. It’s an evening of Woody Guthrie-meets-Ansel Adams - the stirring photography, Jim’s deep baritone voice, and his rich songwriting transport us to the last of America’s wild places.”
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“The road less traveled is not a road,” says Walkin’ Jim. And after an evening with America’s wilderness troubadour you’ll have a better appreciation of our country’s beautiful wildlands heritage. Jim has trekked from coast to coast, three routes from Mexico to Canada, Yellowstone to the Yukon, and annual backcountry treks from high in the Arctic to deep in the Utah’s canyonlands.
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Bob Stane adds, “This is a rare chance to meet a man who knows America like no one else. Come out and experience this unique event, from a spellbinding story about his guitar saving his life, to the glorious photos of wild America, to the tuneful melodies that spring from the land itself, it’s a one-of-a-kind evening.” Tix, $20.
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8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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Tue, Apr 6, 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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8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play Lestats Coffee, 3343 Adams Av, Normal Heights, San Diego; 619-282-0437; www.lestats.com. More at www.richardsmithmusic.com
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10:30 am “STORYTIME FUNLAND” for kids at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. It’s an interactive story and music hour with Daniel, Hayley & Mindy. Venue is in the July ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30 pm “STORY TIME FUN LAND” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. “StoryTimeFunLand” is an interactive music and story telling hour for the toddler set, and Café specials are featured for the hour.

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MOVED TO FRIDAYS: 5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm.
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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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Wed, Apr 7, 1st Wed, every month:
7 pm “LONG BEACH STORYTELLERS” in the library at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E Willow St, Long Beach; www.longbeachstorytellers.com. More info from Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions, 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852, www.stevenhenegar.net. The Long Beach Storytellers invite storytellers and story listeners to their monthly meetings.
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7-8 pm “BASIC ZYDECO DANCE LESSONS” sponsored by Lakewood Parks & Recreation, is a 4-week Wednesday night series beginning tonight Bolivar Park, 3300 Del Amo Bl, Lakewood. $40 for 4 sessions. Section # 22650; April 7, 14, 21, 28. Online Registration: www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation or phone 866-9771, x 2408. More at www.lakewoodcity.org/services/recreation/default.asp. Or, instructor Karen Redding says, “Just come to first class!” She notes, “There is a minimum number of students required at first class or it will be cancelled.”
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7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. All ages, no cover.
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7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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7-10 pm (started Jan 7) “KULAK'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Marc Platt wrote, for Music Connection, “Your Wednesday Nights will never be the same after participating in this Group Workshop. The weekly cost is $20, which goes to Kulak’s to help pay the rent. The Workshop… is open to the public for the first four weeks. We will then set our 12-person group writing roster until the end of March. The workshop will be limited to 12 writers. We will break up into groups and work on many styles, genres and topics. You will find it challenging and exhilarating. You can bring instruments and will need to have your own small recording device, as well as a pen and notepad. Marc Platt (from the Sunday Night Performance Workshop) will facilitate with help from Steve Schalchlin. Marc has written music for TV Shows like ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ and others for many years. Steve Schalchlin ran similar workshops for the NAS (National Academy of Songwriters) in the 1990s and is a very accomplished songwriter. His ‘New World Waking’ show is currently running in San Francisco. If you are interested, please email Marc Platt at rotn60@aol.com.”
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7:30-10 pm monthly “SONGWRITER'S NETWORK SEMINAR” with a music industry guest speaker, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Songnet’s monthly seminar brings an assortment of accomplished music industry insiders, from traditional record label execs to the gurus of new media. It provides musicians and songwriters the opportunity to get inside information on the business side of music, to help their creative endeavors and careers. Info on night’s program, the organization, articles, links to the music business, and CGB impresario BOB STANE’s "boilerplate," explaining why some artists do not get booked on a regular basis, are all at www.thesongnet.org. Coffeehouse fare available. Free entry, $5 suggested donation.
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7:30-9:30 pm twice-monthly “COWBOY WESTERN JAM” at El Trocadero, 24274 Main St (at Market), Newhall 91321; 661-284-6615; www.eltrocaderosteakhouse.com. (Many maps show the street name as San Fernando Rd; the part where the venue is located was renamed Main St in 2007.) Event moved to this venue in Sep, 2008. This is the event that was held at Rattlesnake Slim’s until that venue had a fire, and before that, it was held for years at Vincenzo’s Pizza. All pickers invited. No cover.
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7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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Wed, Apr 7, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm HAPA performs at SOHo Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-962 7776; www.sohosb.com. More at www.hapa.com
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8 pm THE BROMBIES bring bluegrass to Viva Fresh Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank (next to L.A. Equestrian Center); 818-845-2425. They have a residency there, the first, third (and occasional fifth) Wed of every month.
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8 pm monthly “ACOUSTICALLY SPEAKING” show with performing host POET RONI GIRL and a full evening’s lineup, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea, L.A. Venue has full bar and light meals (full dinners can be sent-up from Amalfi Ristorante, downstairs.) Cover is $6 if you say "Flyer" or bring their event flyer (otherwise, it’s more).
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with Dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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8 pm “LAPTOP LYRIC SING ALONG” on the Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917; www.coffeegallery.com. Donna Barnes-Roberts says, “Now, what makes this SingALong special is that we are using everyone's laptops to show the lyrics we want to sing!” She’s started a blog, www.cgsingalong.blogspot.com with songs that may be chosen, including links to the lyrics on the web. Donna adds, “That way, everyone who brings a laptop with WiFi can see the lyrics we are singing.”
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Everybody knows the world-famous Coffee Gallery Backstage, with its parade of professional acts. Now, Duane Thorin hosts this new weekly series, wherein invited artists lead sing-alongs, assisted by other musicians who drop by and want to play. Donna says, “There will be a few musicians to keep us together, but this event is not about showing what a great soloist you are - it is about everyone enjoying themselves, and singing - whether or not everyone is in tune (and I expect there will be sour notes - joy is not always pretty).” Duane adds, “Public invited to sing and play along to songs we all know and love. Musicians and singers welcome! We’ll start with all the Beatles songs and go forward and back from there. No sign up, just show up, sing from the audience or move up front to play along as well. The Coffee Gallery now features soup and sandwiches in the evening, plus coffee drinks, white and dark hot chocolate, pies, smoothies, smiles and good company.” This does NOT take the place of scheduled shows in the Backstage – it’s in addition to scheduled shows there. No cover.
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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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, Apr 7, 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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Wed, Apr 7, every Wed:
9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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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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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 in Tujunga.
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7:30 pm YUVAL RON & JAMIE PAPISH at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS: “GUITAR AND CELLO” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Thu, Apr 8, every Thu:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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Thu, Apr 8, 2nd Thu, every month:
Noon-9 pm “2ND THURSDAYS' DOWNTOWN ARTWALK” Los Angeles Gallery Row, S Main St, between 4th St & 5th St and the surrounding area, onto Spring St, in downtown L.A. January’s event included an acoustic performance by 46 musicians at 9:15 and 10:15 pm in the Ball-Nogues Studio, 410 S Spring St.
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Thu, Apr 8, Wed & Thu, every week; near Santa Barbara:
4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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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, Apr 8, every Thu: in Santa Barbara:
5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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6-9 pm “BURGERS, BEER, & BLUES” series brings good acoustic blues performers to the tent adjacent to the weekly South Pasadena Farmer’s Market, sponsored by and directly outside the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com.
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6-9:30 pm “ZOEY'S JAM” at Zoey’s Café, new location, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001, with some shows at “The Lodge,” 11 S Ash St, Ventura (original location, thru early Apr 2010: 451 E Main St, Ventura 93001); advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091. Info, 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, Apr 8, 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 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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7 pm (runs Noon-9 pm) “2nd THURSDAYS' DOWNTOWN ARTWALK” Los Angeles Gallery Row, S Main St, between 4th St & 5th St and the surrounding area, onto Spring St, in downtown L.A. January’s event included an acoustic performance by 46 musicians at 9:15 and 10:15 pm in the Ball-Nogues Studio, 410 S Spring St.
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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 Garcìa Lorca's romantic ballad, "Romance Sonambulo." He a 2008/2009 winner of a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and US Universities for a new flamenco concert featuring GarciaLorca's mystical lullaby, "Nana del Caballo Grande."
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7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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7-10 pm “CEDAR OPEN MIC” at Cedar Center, 44345 Cedar Av (at Lancaster Bl), Lancaster 93534; www.myspace.com/cedarcenteropenmic. Hosted by Ms. Shell Marie and Cleen. It’s open to all ages, however there is no censorship rule. It welcomes poets, spoken word, “freestylers,” and acoustic musicians. Free.
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OPEN MIC / SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at Primo Pizza, 28200 Bouquet Cyn Rd, Saugus. Mike Dill hosts. He's a fine fingerstyle blues picker.
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7:30 pm YUVAL RON & JAMIE PAPISH perform at the Grand Annex, 434 West 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-6362; www.grandvision.org. More at www.yuvalronmusic.com. The Guide doesn’t generally cover world music events, but these two guys are the best, with a music Oscar.
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7:30 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm monthly “NSAI SONGWRITER’S NIGHT” at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. NSAI Is the Nashville Songwriters Association International. STEVEN BEOUGHER is the host. The first round of songwriters, at 7:30, is usually three artists. At 8:30 is a featured songwriter for an hour-long set. About 9:45, the 2nd round of songwriters is three more artists. Severin Browne says, “This is a great opportunity to hear some great songwriting in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.” Venue has coffeehouse fare and good salads and sandwiches.
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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, Apr 8, 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 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS: “GUITAR AND CELLO” 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; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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8 pm HAPA performs at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com. More at www.hapa.com
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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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8 pm “MUCK AFTER DARK” cabaret & “new vaudeville” for kids over 17, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2.5 mi N of 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; info & tix, 866-411-1212; www.TheMuck.org - info@TheMuck.org. Tix, $5 & $10.
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8 pm “SECOND STAGE CONCERT SERIES” at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2 1/2 mi N of the 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org. Each month, artists are chosen from the “Second Thoughts” series here on 2nd Tuesdays, and included in these nights for full sets. The Tue shows allow aspiring poets, writers, musicians, dancers and playwrights to show off their work to the audience in the main gallery, and the best artists are chosen to perform one of these “Second Stage Concert” shows later in the year (info at 714-738-3134). $15 adv, $20 door.
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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 KEN O' MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS at Ireland's 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys; 818-785-4031. Ken has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where his award-winning album, “Omaille” had its world premiere. He plays authentic and original Irish music and has a fabulous voice.
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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 COW BOP, that marvelous bebop western swing band, plays their monthly residency at The Foundry, 7465 Melrose Av, Hollywood 90046. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and played all over the US. Band leader and USC artist-in-residence BRUCE FORMAN asks, “Why not come on down and swing the night away? For those of you who don't know, The Foundry is a great jazz bar, with some other-worldly food, a great hang!” This residency commenced Jun 11. Cow Bop is Bruce Forman, guitar; Pinto Pammy, vocals; Phil Salazar, fiddle; Alex King, bass; Jake Reed, drums. Check with venue to be sure they are here tonight.
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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-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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Angel tells us, “This night is acoustic, old timey, ukuleles, barbershop quartets, dedicated to creating a community of artists and musicians who don't need the use of flashy lights, amps or mics. Our grandpappies didn't need it so why do we? Inquiry about playing can be sent to HyperionTavernAllAcoustic@gmail.com or even better, stop by and have a beer! Entry is always free and 21+! We'll get the barberpole up and running soon.”
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9-11 pm “ACOUSTIC MUSIC NIGHT” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; 323-464-MUSE; www.cafemusela.com. Select rotating guest artists perform original works on piano and guitars in the “urban zen” setting of Café Muse. Often, talented cast members from plays and musicals in-rehearsal or currently-running in the surrounding Hollywood theater district take part, mixing top-drawer deliveries of show tunes with originals by the scheduled performer. Venue has “tasty vegetarian & non-vegetarian menu, organic coffee, tea, & free wi fi.” No cover.
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9 pm 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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8 pm ARLO GUTHRIE & THE GUTHRIE FAMILY RIDES AGAIN at UCLA Live in Royce Hall.
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8 pm INCENDIO 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 at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/fridays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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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, 2nd Fri every month, in Seattle:
8-10:30 pm “NORTHWEST SEAPORT CHANTEY SING” aboard the historic steamship “Virginia V” at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Monthly installment of the 2009 Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing series, a sing-a-long with authentic chanteys and songs of the sea, hosted by Wayne Palsson. A recording artist is always on board as song leader to keep the music rolling, with opportunity for anyone to lead a song or just join in the chorus. Chanteys are work songs and foc’s’le ditties with great choruses that join present-day maritime traditions and lore with those of the past. Come and lead a song of the sea or just join in on the chorus. Chanteys and sea songs are easy to learn and fun to sing. The historic passenger ferry “Virginia V,” last of the Puget Sound mosquito fleet, will be docked at the Historic Ships Wharf during the sing. Refreshments & maritime CDs available. More at 206-447-9800 or www.nwseaport.org/programs.html. Free, donations welcome.
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Fri, Apr 9, 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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Fri, Apr 9, 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, Apr 9, 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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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, Apr 9, 2nd Fri, every month:
7 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS AT CALIFORNIA PLAZA” is a free concert series under the stars at CASA Cocina & Cantina, (located at California Plaza / Grand Performances), 350 S Grand Av, Los Angeles 90013; 213-621-2249. California Plaza and its famous water court fountains are nestled beneath L.A.’s tallest skyscrapers, a pedestrian mall walk from MOCA, and offer a majestic surrounding for sight and sound. Seating is available at Casa’s Outdoor Lounge and Concert Courtyard. Live musical performances maye be acoustic or electric from just about any genre, so check before you go. Presented by Casa Downtown and lafreebee.com. Enjoy a complimentary drink while supplies last if you call to RSVP in advance at Casa Downtown (number above). Valet parking is $8 (that’s cheaper than self-parking). Some street parking is available. Event is free.
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, Apr 9, 2nd Fri, every month; in Seaside:
7-9 pm “KIKI WOW & FRIENDS” at Borders Books & Music, 2080 California St, Seaside 93955. For all of you have clamored to know “Whatever happened to Kiki Wow?” – just take a drive up the coast, and you can see and hear for yourself.
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7:30 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY holds a free rehearsal for tomorrow night’s (8 pm) performance of “ETERNAL MOZART,” at Ambassador Auditorium in 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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7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri, Apr 9; 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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8 pm INCENDIO 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; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. This is an acclaimed world-guitar-fusion trio. Their name, in both Italian and Spanish, means “fire,” and it’s fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar, conjuring romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 150 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, Verizon Music Festival, Catalina Jazztrax, California World Festival, and many more. Their four previous CD’s have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim. Their new live DVD and CD, “Dia Y Noche”, captures a daytime show at the Strawberry Festival 2004 and a nighttime show at the Countrywide Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center and was released internationally on December 2, 2005. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). Tix, $18.
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TERRY REID at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com.
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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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 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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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Apr 9, 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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9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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9:30 pm KEN O' MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS at Ireland's 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys; 818-785-4031. Ken has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where his award-winning album, “Omaille” had its world premiere. He plays authentic and original Irish music and has a fabulous voice. More at www.kenomalley.com.
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Annual “KERN SCOTTISH SOCIETY HIGHLAND GAMES & GATHERING” at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield.
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11:30 am-6:30 pm annual “MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL” at the University of Redlands.
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WEB TV: Sat, Apr 10, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” The monthly event is simulcast on the web at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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Annual “KERN SCOTTISH SOCIETY HIGHLAND GAMES & GATHERING” newly relocated this year to the Kern County Fairgrounds. Info, www.kernscot.com. Music includes one of the final performances by BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN in their original configuration; Mary Tulin is leaving the group soon.
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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. More at www.jimmywebb.com. Tix are $55 with dinner and a premium seat, $30 concert only.
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7:30 pm PETER SPRAGUE & FRED BENEDETTI play 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.petersprague.com and www.fredbenedetti.net
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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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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. If you go, stay in Redlands for a zydeco show at 7 pm (see listing).
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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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8-10:30 am FREE ACOUSTIC CONCERT at Strings Music Store, 146 N Glendora Av, Ste 101, Glendora 91741; 626-914 4100. Sometimes featuring VIN FIZ FLYER. Another in a series of MORNING concerts. Free entertainment, tips only, in a great place, with nice people and good music. Vin Fiz Flyer tells us, “Old town Glendora is a kinda sleepy small Midwest town plopped into Southern California. These early morning concerts sound like a wacky idea, but they’re well-attended by musicians as well as music lovers! A car club meets at the Cafe next door every Saturday for breakfast, and they park their assorted ‘babies’ out front for you to peruse too. Come on by and start your weekend out right.” Check with venue to see if there is a concert scheduled for today.
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8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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10 am-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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11 am EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER plays the “Klezmer Brunch” series at The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice; www.thetalkingstick.net. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they’re high energy and lots of fun. They are distinguished by their material that integrates the American Jewish experience into traditional melodies brought from Eastern Europe. More at www.extremeklezmer.com
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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, 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. If you go, stay in Redlands for a zydeco show at 7 pm (see listing).
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1 pm “CELTIC & TRADITIONAL MUSIC JAM” at Green Valley Lake; info, www.green-valley-lake.com and www.green-valley-lake.com/Calendar.htm
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Sat, Apr 10, 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, Apr 10, 2nd Sat, every month; in Tehachapi:
2-5 pm Monthly “FIDDLE JAM” at Veterans Hall, 125 East F Street, Tehachapi. Second Sat, every month. Info: Leslie Schoenberg, California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 3, 661-821-0800. Every second Saturday, fiddlers and pickers are all welcome to join in the fun and learn some new fiddle tunes. All ages welcome as well as those who want to listen and tap their toes; www.tehachapi.com.
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Sat, Apr 10, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” The monthly event is simulcast on the web at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2nd Sat, every month; in the OC:
6:30 pm Blues legend BERNIE PEARL plays a monthly duet show with pianist DWAYNE SMITH at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. This is Bernie & Dwayne’s every-second Saturday show, and Bernie usually plays this one electric. He was great performing live acoustic on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” in March 2007. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Apr 10; a “Show-of-the-Week” pick:
7 pm KEN O'MALLEY at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Ken is just back from leading a tour of his native Ireland, so expect some new stories integrated with his songs. Tonight is a solo acoustic show, where his storytelling can shine. His music has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where his award-winning album, “Omaille” had its world premiere. He plays authentic and original Irish music and has a fabulous voice.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2nd Sat every month:
7 pm “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” monthly charity-benefit showcase with a full lineup of performers, at The Talking Stick’s new location 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Performing host MARK ISLAM says, “All of the performers, [make] good on their promise to busk their hearts out… new songs & everything… a Who's Hoot.” Past lineups have included Grammy winners / nominees and a Village Voice OBIE Award winner. Mark continues, “There's no shortage of acoustic eclecticism in Los Angeles.” More on Grassroots Acoustica, and lineup for tonight’s show, at www.grassrootsacoustica.org. No cover charge, but every show is a benefit for a nonprofit or charity.
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Sat, Apr 10, in Redlands:
7-11 pm “ZYDECO NIGHT AT TAYLOR'S TAVERN” with MARK ST MARY band, preceded by a “Basic Zydeco Dance Lesson” at Taylor's Tavern, 26787 Barton Rd (at San Timoteo), Redlands 92375; 909-793-4314. Zydeco Dance Lesson is 5:30-6:30 pm, $10 per person. Info, call dance instructor Karen Redding at 562-708-8946. Dance is $10 cover at door.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2nd Sat, every month:
7-9:30 pm Monthly “SATURDAY [MUSIC] WORKSHOPS” series at the Valley Life Improvement Center, 10667 White Oak Av (at Chatsworth St), Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899. Info & reservations, www.moreart.us; 818-428-1377. Produced by CATHY SEGAL GARCIA, a major figure on the L.A. jazz scene. Cathy says, “Nibbles and such available on site for purchase.”
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Sat, Apr 10, 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, Apr 10, 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, Apr 10, 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, Apr 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm BOB MALONE, plus KAREN NASH opening, at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-6362; www.grandvision.org. Bob Malone is a splendid pianist-vocalist-piano composer and master of the New Orleans style of honky-tonk music.He won the “Just Plain Folks” award for Best Album a few years ago, and that, and tracks from his other CDs, have been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where he earned a “Listener Favorite.” More at www.bobmalone.com and www.karennash.com
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7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often, with very impressive performing guests.
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Sat, Apr 10, 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, 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, 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, Apr 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SAUSAGE GRINDER plays their CD release show with Triple Chicken Foot, Madame Pamita, Senor Stretchy Skin, at CIA, 11334 Burbank Bl, Burbank 91601. Expect raucous Old Time music and a lot of stringband fun. Cover, $10.
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8 pm SOUTHWEST BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION WINNING BAND plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.s-w-b-a.com
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Sat, Apr 10, 2nd Sat, every month:
8 pm monthly “SABRINA & CRAIG'S ACOUSTIC L.A.” with different recording artist guests, playing acoustic, at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916.
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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 Ambassador Auditorium in 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 thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 listing.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2nd Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in the north SFV; for location, contact Bobbi Gore, 818-365-6418; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Apr 10, 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, Apr 10, 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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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, Apr 10, 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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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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8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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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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11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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Noon-3:30 pm monthly BLUEGRASS JAM at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com. These jams are the second Sunday of every month. Info: David Naiditch, 626-797-1827; french10@pacbell.net. Host David Naiditch's wonderful instrumental CD has been heard on radio's "Tied to the Tracks." David says, “Pickers, grinners, and fans of bluegrass are invited.” The jam is always free.
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Noon “TUCKER'S GROVE OLD TIME & BLUEGRASS JAM” at Tucker's Grove County Park, near the intersection of Cathedral Oaks and Turnpike Rd, in "Noleta" (between Santa Barbara and Goleta). After entering the park, go to the right about 1/3 mile to the Kiwannis Meadows section. Hosted by Alan Aleksander (constatty@aol.com.) this jam from the early ’70s was recently reinstated. Goes from noon, "until."
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12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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1-4 pm “FOLK SONG JAM” sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) at the Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. Singalongs, new in Sep ’09, feature “all kinds of folk and folk music,” free and open to the public (street parking on Sunday is free, as well). Song circle is led by Janet Cornwell, a seasoned folk singer and song leader with a genuine love for sharing traditional songs. Free.
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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.
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2-5 pm monthly “AV FOLK MUSIC CLUB CIRCLE” is returning to homes for its potluck and jamfest (no longer at the Health Tree Coffee Lounge & Café.) They tell us, “Bring your instruments and voices and join in.” Held every month on the second Sunday. Info and location, 661-339-2655.
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2:30-3:30 pm “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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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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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE/SACRED HARP meets in West L.A.; call Pat Keating for info & loc, 310-557-1927.
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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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“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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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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5-9 pm 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. This may or may not be at the Echo in Echo Park; more when we know it, and more will be posted at www.myspace.com/thegrandoleecho.
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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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5 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. (BBQ changed to 5-8 pm, effective July 4.) Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Bonnie, 4-6 pm. Every Sunday they “light up the 'ol barbie and throw on anything from marinated tri-tip beef to good 'ol hamburgers. Every BBQ is served with all the fixin's, like baked beans, vegetables, rice, cole slaw, potato salad and more.” They tell us, “If you're looking for something really fun and different to do on Sundays, then head on down to The Cowboy Palace Saloon for dance lessons at 4, mouthwatering BBQ at 5, and a hot country band starting at 6!” No cover.
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5 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 listing.
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5-7 pm “THE MUSIC OF COSMIC STARFISH” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl (at Hudson), Hollywood 90038; 323-464-MUSE (6873); www.cafemusela.com. JEFFREY SNYDER (aka Cosmic Starfish) brings his electro-folk music to Cafe MUSE every Sunday. (Yep, this is electric.) The venue tells us, “Come to the MUSE to hear his truly unique and totally chill astral-pop music... the perfect complement to Sunday dinner, don't you think?” We haven’t been, but their menu of light cuisine is quite good. $5 minimum on food & drink in lieu of cover.
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Sun, Apr 11, 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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6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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Sun, Apr 11; a “Show-of-the-Week” pick:
7 pm KATE WALLACE with DOUGLAS CLEGG 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; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. She is a big star and is often called a “master of her craft.” Award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Wallace brings her “Amereclectic” style, which encompasses everything from the Blues to Bluegrass and made her a crowd favorite at major Folk Festivals and acoustic venues throughout the country. Kate is in the business of writing songs that are, paradoxically, deeply personal and universally accessible, and that say something. She’s witty and slightly irreverent, which always makes for an unpredictable and intimate show. Joining Kate, as her occasional side man, is the talented DOUGLAS CLEGG, multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire. More at www.katewallace.com. Tix, $20.
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Sun, Apr 11, 2nd Sun, every month:
7-10 pm monthly “WORLD MUSIC SERIES” at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052. Series has presented highly regarded local and touring artists. Venue offers sandwiches, salads, coffeehouse beverages. $10 cover.
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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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7-9 pm BLUEGRASS JAM at The Ugly Mug Café, 261 N Glassell, Orange; 714-997-5610 or 714-524-0597.
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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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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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“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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Sun, Apr 11, 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, Apr 12, 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, Apr 12, 2nd & 4th Mon every month, 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, Apr 12, 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, Apr 12, 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 “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, Apr 12, 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, Apr 12, 2nd & 4th Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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Mon, Apr 12, every Mon:
ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, Apr 12, every Mon:
8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com. L.A.’s legendary blues woman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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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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7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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7-11 pm SONGMAKERS “PBYC VENTURA HARBOR SONG CIRCLE” at Pierpont Bay Yacht Club, 1363 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura Harbor; loc & directions, www.pbyc.org. Event info, http://songmakers.org.
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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, Apr 13, 2nd Tue, every month:
7:30-8:30 pm “SONGSALIVE L.A. / SHOUT IT OUT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Hosted by Bob Leggett. Four performers in a song circle, each plays three songs in a round. Songsalive members get preference. Artists may have other musicians play with or for them (i.e. if primarily a singer not a musician). Artists may apply online at the Songsalive Showcase application page, www.songsalive.org/showcases. Cover is $8, or $5 with flyer from website www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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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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8-9:30 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; you can sign-up in advance at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid
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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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Tue, Apr 13, every Tue:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Tue, Apr 13, every Tue:
9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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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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Ongoing, weekends, 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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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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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 Ristorante Italiano (formerly 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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Thu, Apr 15:
8 pm BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE plays the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Bl, Los Angeles, 90057; 213-389-3856; www.bootlegtheater.com. More at www.creative-native.com
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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, 2301 North Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. 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. More at www.punchbrothers.com
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Fri, Apr 16:
7:30 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play the “Lord of the Strings” series at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. More at www.richardsmithmusic.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. More at www.arlo.net. 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 TRACY GRAMMER plays 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; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. More at www.tracygrammer.com
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Fri, Apr 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, in the OC:
8 pm BRUCE COCKBURN at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com. More on this Canadian folk and rock legend at www.myspace.com/officialbrucecockburn
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Fri, Apr 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm KEN WALDMAN & TOM SAUBER perform at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org. Waldman is “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet” and singer-songwriter; Sauber is one of the most renowned musicians on the Southern Cal roots music scene. More at www.kenwaldman.com
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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 thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 listing.
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“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 17 & 18; festival:
11th annual “TOPANGA EARTH DAY FESTIVAL” with 20 music performances and much more, at the Topanga Community Club House Fairgrounds, 1440 NTopanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. Presented by the Topanga Earth Day Organizing Committee and the nonprofit (501c3) Rock and Stone International Humanities Center it’s “1 Festival, 1 ton of Biodegradable Compost, 1.3 tons of Recyclables, 2 Days, 3 Music Stages, 4 Causes, 5 visual artists, 10 bags of garbage, 15 guest speakers, 20 Bands, and infinite inspiration,” says Stephanie Lallouz, the event’s producer. If that doesn’t quite deliver the picture, the 2010 event’s beneficiaries are Common Peace, Topanga Community Food Garden & Fruit Trees project at the Topanga Community Club, Trees For The Future, and Woman's Earth Alliance, and all are 501c3 Not-For-Profit Organizations.
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Scheduled music performances, guest speakers, workshops, and details at www.TopangaEarthDay.org and www.myspace.com/topangaearthday. Contact for more info, topangaearthday06@earthlink.net
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Sat, Apr 17, in the OC; festival:
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:
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:
7 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play the “Lord of the Strings” series at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo; 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. More at www.richardsmithmusic.com
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Sat, Apr 17:
7:30 pm BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN plus BILL DEMPSEY at “The Living Tradition” concert series at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org. The “Banshees” are ostensibly Celtic, but expect a tour de force of hammer dulcimer from the current National Champ, and a vast array of string instruments, skillfully played by members of this Bakersfield-based all-female trio. Bill Dempsey will delight with sea chanteys and much more. Both acts are really quite fine, and the music of each has been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.bansheeinthekitchen.com and www.billdempseymusic.com
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Sat, Apr 17:
7:30 pm JAMES HURLEY plays the “Gelencser House Concert” series in Claremont; reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com. Show and series info, www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com. Info on the artist, who was named in FolkWorks as of the “Top ten / Best of 2008,” at www.jameshurleymusic.com
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm KEN WALDMAN with TOM and PATRICK SAUBER performing the “FolkWorks House Concert” series in the San Fernando Valleyl reservations get directions at 818-785-3839; more info at www.FolkWorks.org. Waldman is “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet” and singer-songwriter; Sauber is one of the most renowned musicians on the Southern Cal roots music scene. More at www.kenwaldman.com
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Sat, Apr 17; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm BRUCE COCKBURN performs at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara; 805-963-0761; www.lobero.com. More on this Canadian folk and rock legend at www.myspace.com/officialbrucecockburn
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Sat, Apr 17, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “THE GUTHRIE FAMILY RIDES AGAIN” with Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Cathy Guthrie, Johnny Irion & Sarah Lee Guthrie, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine; 949-854-4646; www.thebarclay.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. More at www.arlo.net
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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. More at www.steveforbert.com. Tix, $20.
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8 pm NATHAN JAMES TRIO performs at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.nathandjames.com
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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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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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 listing.
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3:30-9:30 pm PORTERHOUSE BOB plays Cooks Corners, 19152 Santiago Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon 92679; 949-858-0266; www.cookscorners.com
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Sun, Apr 18; Fri/Sat/Sun thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 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, and FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. More at www.marymccaslin.com and www.rickshea.com and www.furandsteve.com. This is quite abargain for three headline acts whose collective careers span decades, and it’s certain to be a most enjoyable show. Tix, $15.
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Sun, Apr 18:
6 pm TRACY GRAMMER plays the “House On The Hill” concert series in Highland Park; reservations get directions at 323-221-7380 or paddi@sbcglobal.net. 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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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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Wed, Apr 21, in Ventura; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE QUEBE SISTERS at Zoey’s Café, new location, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001, with some shows at “The Lodge,” 11 S Ash St, Ventura (original location, thru early Apr 2010: 451 E Main St, Ventura 93001); advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091. Each of these Texas-based sisters is a National Fiddle Champ, and their guitar accompanist was, too. On top of that, their vocal harmonies will blow you away. More at www.quebesistersband.com
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE QUEBE SISTERS 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; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. Each of these Texas-based sisters is a National Fiddle Champ, and their guitar accompanist was, too. On top of that, their vocal harmonies will blow you away. More at www.quebesistersband.com
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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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Thu, Apr 22, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm NANCI GRIFFITH plays the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solano Beach; 858-481-9022; www.bellyup.com. More at www.nancigriffith.com
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RICHARD SMITH plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.richardsmithmusic.com
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Fri, Apr 23, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm NANCI GRIFFITH at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com. More at www.nancigriffith.com
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Fri, Apr 23; Fri/Sat/Sun thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 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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It’s a chance to “step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons.” This year’s festival will include a mix of new attractions and returning favorites, including dutch oven peach cobbler, trick ropers, authentic gear and a first-rate musical lineup.
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Festival guests can see some of the Cowboy Festival’s most beloved returning performers.
In addition to returning favorites, others – both cowboy musicians and poets – will make their debut on the Melody Ranch stage. Rusty Richards- a previous 20-year member of the Sons of the Pioneer- will take the stage Saturday morning
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Past performing guests on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” who are playing this year’s festival include COW BOP, one of the West’s most popular swinging jazz and western bands; Grammy nominee DON EDWARDS; JUNI FISHER - one of the nation’s top Western Music performers; and awards champs DAVE STAMEY, and SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN.
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How good is the music at the festival? Take just one example: JUNI FISHER’s “Gone For Colorado”, a self penned family history in song, topped Western Music charts, was awarded the Western Music Association’s 2009 “Traditional Album of the Year,” and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum awarded it their top honor in Western Music, the “Wrangler Award for Most Outstanding Western Album” of 2008.
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Festival guests will enjoy a real treat when Canada’s COWBOY CELTIC hits the stage - widely hailed for their beautiful evocation of the Celtic music rooted in the campfires in the Wild West THE QUEBE SISTERS – a whole band of FIVE National Fiddle Champs – return to showcase their blend of western swing and traditional Texas fiddle tunes.
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Also featured are THE SONS AND BROTHERS, one of Colorado’s hottest cowboy bands, and JON CHANDLER & THE WICHITONES. The list of performers continues with Utah-based BRENN HILL, who’s been writing his great original Western music since the age of 16.
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Cowboy Poetry, for which the festival was originally founded, is ably represented by a full stable of cowboy poets, including poet and humorist ANDY NELSON who serves as performer and emcee on Sun, Apr 25, and YVONNE HOLLENBECK, one of the most published cowgirl poets in the West, who showcases her multi-award winning poetry.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, in San Diego:
Annual “ADAMS AVENUE ROOTS FESTIVAL” in San Diego is a large-scale street scene music festival with folk, acoustic Americana, and other genres of music on several stages, and it’s all free.
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Sat, Apr 24:
7:30 pm THE SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES present their 29th annual Spring Concert at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach. With guest artists Robert Hackney (pipes), Colyn Fischer (fiddle) and Shauna Pickett-Gordon (piano), The Tappan (Sisters). Tix at door, $20 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $12 children to age 12.
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm PHIL CHRISTIE plus SEVERIN BROWNE & MICHAEL VALENTINE 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 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Phil, ho has done a live performance-interview on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” tells us, “Well it's time for our annual return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage and I'm thrilled to be sharing the bill this time with my good friends Severin Browne & Michael Valentine. I'm planning a set of songs - not surprisingly - that focus upon family and parenthood. We've got some great surprises planned so we hope to see you there.” Since he plays here only once a year, here’s some extensive info on Phil Christie:
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“Phil Christie's Rearview Mirror is a collection of some of the most well crafted songs this writer has heard since the heydey of the Brill building.” - B. Noel Barr, Random Lengths, Sep 8, 2008.
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It's not often you hear a voice as strong as Phil Christie's. Though he keeps it well leashed, the potency and muscularity reverberate in every verse he sings. Another of those highly talented Canadians, he took very broad inspiration from fellow countryman Gordon Lightfoot. Christie's compositions keep more to the distinctiveness of a Lightfoot or Bruce Cockburn. There's just something of the forest and brisk winter in the way a good deal of the Canadian folkies compose.
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“Every cut of this CD is solid radio material. Either Christie or Steve Sheehan is playing a perpetually chord-picked axe, I'm not sure which, but it's like a rainbow running through most of the cuts. I'm certain, though, that Rearview Mirror doesn't represent the singer at his zenith; that's yet to come. You have to hear his voice to understand. Christie has the presence and sturdiness of an opera singer, but that's not his gig. I don't know what would be, but when he hits the mode that will take the full measure of his prowess, a cyclone will cut through the charts.” - Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, Aug 14, 2008.
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Canadian Singer-Songwriter Phil Christie shines with his song ‘Rearview Mirror,’ with beautiful lyrical imagery and Contemporary Folk production and songwriting. Fans of David Wilcox and Gordon Lightfoot will appreciate his music. This artist is one to watch RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) - International Acoustic Music Awards, July 30, 2008.
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”Back in the heydays of James Taylor and Jackson Browne, there were second tier singer/songwriters that a lot of people liked more that were highly influential and very talented but just didn't have that something that put them over the top. Christie is in the mold of those musical soldiers that felt more like a pal than an unreachable star, who didn't drop the hits but left you with something more lasting. Think comparing Fred Neil to James Taylor. With some highly talented pals that know the ropes bringing home the sound, Christie's tales of every day life are sure to ring a bell when you are looking for some meaty songwriting you can get into. It may not be vintage Dylan, but there's nothing wrong with vintage John Batdorf.” - Chris Spector, Midwest Record, July 13, 2008.
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”Folk guitars travel over the highways. ‘Midnight moon on a night, muddy, black as coal, trail of dust and a heavy load. Everything I once held dear in my rearview mirror.’ A familiar lonely tale, but told with new poetry. Desert wind blows a tumbleweed up on the rise? evokes one feeling and a moment later ‘sunlight around her like a prayer’ digs deeper into another feeling, a memory of my life lived, perhaps a bit callously. I'm sure some of my past would yell at me - you weren't looking, you were very callous. Ah. Takes good music to pull out confessions from a hard-hearted man. And Phil obliges with much good music. Shoutout tunes are the beautiful ‘Random Acts Of Kindness,’ a tale of the small flowers I let slide through my fingers, and ‘Me & My Guitar,’ a song that many people write but few succeed at. Phil succeeded. Three chords and a simply melody opened up my heart and set me free. Thanks for stirring my soul! - eartaste.com, June 3, 2008.
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”If you like your music richly mellow, flavored just right with equal doses of Americana and Folk, then Phil Christie, a Neil Diamond similar-sounder, is worth a listen. Blessed with a smooth, easy and clear tone, this Canadian is out with his latest, Rearview Mirror. On an album filled with anchored emotion, Christie is the guy you play at night, late at night, when the candle flickers and the wine is working, when thoughts run and race -- when music does its best work. The multi-talented Christie - he draws major duty by producing, playing and writing here - has pulled together an album that's not going to appeal to the hats and buckle crowd; rather, if you lean towards middle-of-the-road country that's easy and melodic to the ear, this is for you.” - George Peden, countrystarsonline.com, June 17, 2008.
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More at www.philchristie.com and www.severinbrowne.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Apr 24, in N. San Diego County:
7:30 pm THE BURNETT FAMILY plays the “Fallbrook Americana Music Series” at Fallbrook Mission Theater, 231 N Main, Fallbrook; 760-731-2278 or 760-723-7255; www.fams.ws. More at www.burnettfamilybuegrass.com
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE BUCCANEERS play Russ and Julie's House Concert series in Oak Park, in the Agoura Hills / Westlake Village area; reservations get directions at 818-707-2179; show and series info at www.houseconcerts.us. This fine young Canadian band has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they are a lively blend of Celtic Canadiana, complete with bagpipes. More at www.buccaneers.ca
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Sat, Apr 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JUDY COLLINS plays the Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga 91739; 877-858-8422; www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com. More at www.judycollins.com
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Sat, Apr 24:
8 pm TOM HYNES at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.tomhynes.com
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Sat, Apr 24:
8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. More at www.richardsmithmusic.com
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Sat, Apr 24:
8 pm-midnight BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO BAND plays ”An Evening of Cajun and Zydeco Music” at the Monrovia Knights Of Columbus Hall, 130 West Pomona Av (at Myrtle), Monrovia 91016; (1 blk S of 210 Fwy). Info, call 626-484-1823 or 626-358-1718. CDs and "Great gumbo" available, so Laisses Les Bon Temp Rouler. Tix, $13 per person.
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Sat, Apr 24, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LEON REDBONE plays the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd, Poway; 858-668-4797; www.powayarts.org. He’s an absolute legend of modern blues. More at www.leonredbone.com
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Sat, Apr 24; Fri/Sat/Sun thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 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 thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 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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Wed, Apr 28, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm The AVETT BROTHERS play the Arlington Theater, on the campus of UCSB, 1317 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-963-4408; www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. One of the top young Appalachian-flavored Americana bands today, they delight audiences everywhere, and often get ‘em dancing in the aisles. More at www.theavettbrothers.com
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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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Thu, Apr 29, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm AVETT BROTHERS play the House of Blues, 1055 5th Av, San Diego 92101; 619-299-BLUE; www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/sandiego. One of the top young Appalachian-flavored Americana bands today, they delight audiences everywhere, and often get ‘em dancing in the aisles. More at www.theavettbrothers.com
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Fri, Apr 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-6362; www.grandvision.org. More at www.moirasmiley.com
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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. More at www.neilinnes.org. Tix, $24.50.
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Fri, Apr 30; Fri/Sat/Sun thru 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 St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the Fri, Apr 2 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. Complete info will eventually be available at www.folkmusiccenter.com
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Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2, in Ojai:
9 am-11:15 pm annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” with Ed Stivender, Nancy Donoval, Angela Lloyd, Willy Claflin, David Gonzales, Samite of Uganda, Hobey Ford, Motoko of Japan, and more, presented by Performances To Grow On, in Ojai. More at www.ojaistoryfeStorg and www.ptgo.org.
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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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Sat, May 1:
8 pm THE CAPITOL STEPS, the great comedy-music political satire troupe of former Congressional staffers, performs for the Caltech Public Events series in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech Campus, 332 S Michigan Av (S of Del Mar Bl), Pasadena; 626-395-4652; www.events.caltech.edu. More at www.capsteps.com
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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 & THE CREOLE COWBOYS bring zydeco to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark Av, Lakewood 90712. Spacious dance floor, and catered food available for purchase. Info: Sidney, 323-401-8859. $20 at the door.
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Sun, May 2, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm BLUEGRASS ETC plays the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com. More at www.tricopolisrecords.com/bluegrassetc.htm
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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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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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Thu, May 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:15 pm CELTIC WOMAN, that multi-talented troupe of musicians and dancers from Ireland, perform at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City; 818-622-4440; www.hob.com/venues/concerts/gibson. They’re darlings of PBS pledge drive programming (alas, the only time that music can be heard on PBS in the L.A. area – during pledge drives.) More at www.celticwoman.com
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Fri-Sun, May 7-9, in San Diego:
Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL” is now 3 days with acts curerently being booked. Keith Frank, Brian Jack and Bruce Daigrepont are confirmed. More at www.sandiegofestival.com
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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. More at www.davealvin.com. Tix are $47 with dinner and a premium seat, $22 concert only.
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Sat, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm “LOS ANGELES MENSA FOLKSONG SING” in L.A.; contact Alan Stillson for info, at 818-884-4284.
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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; reservations get directions at 818-780-5979 or noblehouseconcerts@acn.net. More info on the show and the series at www.jrp-graphics.com/noblehouse. He’s a famous screen and TV actor who played Woody Guthrie’s sidekick in “Bound for Glory” and known to millions by playing the “Dueling Banjos” guitar part in “Deliverance.” More recently, Ronny Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.”
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Sat, May 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHN BATDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Batdorf was half of the ‘70s Top 30 acoustic duo, Batdorf & Rodney. Stanley’s many albums include one named among the Top 200 CDs of All Time. Together and individually, they have performed live (multiple times) on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they are two of the foremost singer-songwriters on the circuit. Their collaboration on an album of acoustic reinventions of Rolling Stones classics, “All Wood and Stones,” will doubtless receive some attention at this show, though each has learned many of the other’s songs, as well. More at www.johnbatdorfmusic.com and www.jamesleestanley.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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Sun, May 9, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11 am-5 pm annual “SEA CHANTEY FESTIVAL” with THE JACKSTRAWS, ONE SHOT BOB & SHIPMATES, GILMAN CARVER, WESTLIN WEAVERS, KEN GRAYDON, and BILL DEMPSEY, aboard the historic sailing vessel “Star of India,” moored on the waterfront at 1306 N Harbor Dr, San Diego. Info, 858-566-4040. Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage, www.sdfolkheritage.org
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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-Sat, May 13-15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
The “5th Ever” annual “LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL” is a celebration of old time acoustic music, with plenty of old time music performances and workshops, parties, jams and a big square dance. It begins with a Thursday night concert, followed by Friday night events and a full day of Saturday workshops and music that conclude with a big evening square dance. In just a few years, its intelligent scheduling and fun content have made it a worthy event leading to the all-day Sunday “Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival.” More on the Social, including a full day-by-day calendar, a downloadable poster, and details at www.oldtimeisagoodtime.com. For more info, email info@oldtimeisagoodtime.com.
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Thu-Sat, May 13-15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR together again for three nights at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. These two musical icons of the folk-rock era 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. More at www.jamestaylor.com and www.caroleking.com
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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 Ambassador Auditorium in 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 & TOM ROZUM at McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. Stars on the bluegrass festival circuit, she was once a country Top-40 star, before so-called “country music” crowded-out all other forms in favor of red-state-trailer-park-rock. More at www.laurielewis.com and www.tomrozum.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, in Goleta (Santa Barbara area):
3 pm & 7:30 pm GILLES APAP and THE TRANSYLVANIAN MOUNTAIN BOYS play the “Song Tree Concert Series” at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta. Info on the show and the series, 805-403-2639; www.songtree.org. More at www.gillesapap.com.
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Sat, May 15, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm RONNY COX, plus CHUCK E. COSTA opening, plays “The Living Tradition” concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., Anaheim; 949-646-1964; www.thelivingtradition.org. Ronny is 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.
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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 and www.chuckecosta.com. Tix, $14.
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Sat, May 15:
7:30 pm SARA PETITE plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-6362; www.grandvision.org. More at www.sarapetite.com
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Sat, May 15, in Goleta (Santa Barbara area):
7:30 pm GILLES APAP and THE TRANSYLVANIAN MOUNTAIN BOYS play the “Song Tree Concert Series” at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N Fairview Av, Goleta. Info on the show and the series, 805-403-2639; www.songtree.org. More at www.gillesapap.com. (Two shows, one at 3 pm, one at 7:30 pm.)
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Sat, May 15:
7:30 pm TRAILS AND RAILS plays the “Fallbrook Americana Music Series” at Fallbrook Woman's Club, 238 W Mission, Fallbrook; 760-723-7255; www.fams.ws. They’re Western Music Association award-winners, and they musically explore songs and lore of the trails of the West and the not-always successional relationship with the trains. More at www.trailsandrails.net
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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.” More at www.laurielewis.com and www.tomrozum.com. Tix $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students or children.
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Sat, May 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MOLLY'S REVENGE play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Based on the Central California Coast, they take their first-rate Celtic tunes and songs to the world. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. More at www.mollysrevenge.com
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Sat, May 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm CLAUDIA NYGAARD and MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE play Russ and Julie's House Concert series in Oak Park (Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area); reservations get directions, at 818-707-2179. Russ & Julie continue their recent trend of presenting two headline acts on one evening’s bill. More info on the show and the series at www.houseconcerts.us. More at www.claudianygaard.com and www.michaelchapdelaine.com
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Sat, May 15, in El Cajon (San Diego):
8 pm BERKLEY HART play the “Canyon Folk House” concert series in El Cajon; reservations get directions at 619-659-5753. Info on the show and the series at www.canyonfolkhouseconcerts.com. The San Diego-based duo is among the best working the New Folk-Acoustic Americana scene, with fine originals and marvelous vocal harmonies. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and earned a “Listener Favorite” there. More at www.berkleyhart.com
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Sat, May 15:
8 pm PASADENA SYMPHONY performs “BRAVO BEETHOVEN” with guest artist Jennifer Frautschi, and Jorge Mester, Conductor at Ambassador Auditorium in 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:
9 am-6 pm 50th annual “TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL” at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills; www.topangabanjofiddle.org; Hotline: 818-382-4819. See our News Features archive (feature #3) for info on registration for all the competitions, and how to volunteer and get free admission; it’s available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/acoustic-americana-music-guide-fresh_20.html.
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The list of featured acts playing the several stages is quite impressive, and it’s below. This is a must-attend event, not just because it’s always the best one-day acoustic music festival in Southern Cal, but because it’s celebrating the major milestone of half-a-century, it will be VERY impressive, indeed.
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Contests, plus featured performances by:
RICHARD GREENE & PETER FELDMANN; MOLLY'S REVENGE WITH MOIRA SMILEY; WHISKEY CHIMP; MICK MAHANEY; SAUSAGE GRINDER; FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER; STUART MASON & JOHN WOOD (from Molly’s Revenge); THE DUST BOWL CAVALIERS; SUSIE GLAZE & HILONESOME; FRANK FAIRFIELD; THE MCCLELLAN BROTHERS; ROSS ALTMAN; SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES; SOUTHWEST FIDDLERS; THE HOLLOW TREES, and more.
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Plus live music for Contra and Square Dancing, a plethora of continuous jams to join or observe, food that’s waaay better than most festivals, and more. The Guide editor will again be an emcee, so drop by and say howdy (when he’s not at the mic, of course).
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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. Info on the monthy series at www.socalbluegrass.org. More at www.themillcreekboys.com
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Tue, May 18, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR together at the Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St, Santa Barbara; 805-962-7411; www.sbbowl.com. These two musical icons of the folk-rock era performed together in the ‘70s and bring their rich history and music to this fine outdoor venue. They just did three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. More at www.jamestaylor.com and www.caroleking.com
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Wed & Thu, May 19 & 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO brings Djangostyle Gypsy jazz to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, on the campus at Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St, Long Beach; 562-985-7000 www.carpenterarts.org. More at www.hcsf.com
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Fri, May 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BILL STAINES plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Red House Records recording artist Bill Staines is a genuine New Folk star, both with his writing and performance. He earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Venue’s website has a useful local dining guide. More at www.acousticmusic.com/staines
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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; info & tix, 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 WINDY RIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND and THE MILL CREEK BOYS play a double-bill at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.windyridgebluegrass.com and www.themillcreekboys.com
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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, May 22, in Santa Barbara:
BILL STAINES performs a show, tba; info from Doug Clegg, 805-403-1881. Red House Records recording artist Bill Staines is a genuine New Folk star, both with his writing and performance. He earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.acousticmusic.com/staines
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Sun, May 23, in San Diego:
7:30 pm BILL STAINES plays the “San Diego Folk Heritage” series at Templars Hall, in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway; 858-566-4040; www.sdfolkheritage.org. Red House Records recording artist Bill Staines is a genuine New Folk star, both with his writing and performance. He earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.acousticmusic.com/staines
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Fri, May 28, in San Diego:
7:30 pm THE PINE LEAF BOYS from Louisiana bring Cajun-zydeco and swamp blues to a dance at the La Mesa Women's Club, 5220 Wilson St, La Mesa; 858-496-6655; www.dances.com/casd/bontemps. They’re en route to the “Simi Cajun / Creole Festival.” More at www.pineleafboys.com
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Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10:30 am-8 pm annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN/CREOLE FESTIVAL” at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Av, Simi Valley; 805-517-9000; www.simicajun.org. This annual event is first-rate, with all “a-list” musicians on two stages, the main stage for Cajun-zydeco, with a dance floor, the other stage for blues. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, it raises lots of money for numerous local charities.
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The lineup includes GRAMMY Nominee LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS (www.lisahaley.com) and many others, including
BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO (www.bonnemusiquezydeco.com)
T-LOU & THE SUPET HOT ZYDECO BAND
CEDRIC WATSON & BIJOU CREOLE (www.cedricwatson.com)
THE PINE LEAF BOYS (www.pineleafboys.com)
ACADIANA (www.acadiana-music.com)
THEO & THE ZYDECO PATROL (www.zydecopatrol.com)
ROSIE LEDET (www.myspace.com/rosieledet)
ARTHUR ADAMS BAND (www.arthuradamsband.com)
CANDYE KANE (www.candyekane.com)
ELVIN BISHOP (www.elvinbishopmusic.com)
THE MANNISH BOYS (www.themannishboys.com)
JACKIE PAYNE-STEVE EDMONSON BAND (www.payne-edmonson.com)
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Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30, in the OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 am-5 pm annual “SCOTFEST” at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa. LOTS of Celtic music on several stages, pipe and drum band competitions, food, amny vendors, and more, at this big-deal festival. More at www.scotsfest.com
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Sat, May 29:
3 pm & 8 pm THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO play two shows at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier; 562-907-4203; www.shannoncenter.org. More at www.mountainapplecompany.com/caz
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Sat, May 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS bring their Western Music award-winning song-and-dance show and Sons of the Pioneers-style harmonies to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. More at www.thetumblingtumbleweeds.com
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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.
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They’re an acclaimed string band, and here are a few examples of that:
"A highly skilled outfit with an ingenious flair for steering traditional music in unexpected directions...rarely have musings about death, misadventure and murder sounded so lovely." - The Boston Globe.
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"O'Donovan. Aoife O'Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a blusier Alison Krauss, she's about to become the newest darling of the Americana set..." - USA Today.
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"Still Crooked is an elegant package of superbly crafted musical styles taking country/folk as the deep foundation and veering off into exciting and exhilarating directions." - All Music Guide.
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More at www.crookedstill.com. 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 16, in Redlands:
8:15 pm KEN O'MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS play a full two-hour show at the “Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival” in Redlands. Ken tells us, “This will be a very special concert under the stars in the historic Redlands Bowl -- and is free to the general public. Seating is open and picnicking on the grounds before the 8:15 pm show is a tradition.” More information at www.redlandsbowl.org
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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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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 & Sun, Aug 7 & 8:
Annual “LONG BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVAL” with RODDIE ROMERO & THE HUB CITY ALL STARS, ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC, BLUES BOX BAYOU BAND, BENNIE & THE SWAMP GATORS, AJ GIBBS THE MYDECO KING, THE NEW ORLEANS HIGHSTEPPERS BAND, LALA 2nd Line Dancers, GENO DELAFOSE & HIS CAJUN ROCKIN’ BOOGIE, LE ROY THOMAS, BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO, ROYAL GARDEN DIXIELAND BAND, and more, at Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, 400 E Shoreline Dr (between Shoreline Village Dr & Linden Av), Long Beach 90802. Check out videos of past years performances at www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbW5HF-bxpM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL6PzKE3z8k - www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit - www.youtube.com/watch?v=8goajeVxYIs - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar2cHiGAlEs&feature=channel
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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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Nov 13-20, departing from New Orleans:
“PIRATES OF ZYDECO CRUISE 2010” is a chance to “Get your pirate on and get on a Pirate Cruise,” New Orleans to Key West / Bahamas, on the Carnival “Triumph.” Music featuring GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKING BOOGIE BAND with special guest STEVE RILEY. Sponsors say, “We are sailing thehHigh seas with zydeco and Cajun music for our 13th year. [This time] following Captain Jean Lafitte ,famous Pirate of New Orleans (and the subject of the movie, “The Buccaneer”) from New Orleans across the Caribbean dancing under the stars all the way. There will be awesome music, dance lessons, classes for making your Pirate fun things, super shore excursions and the Pirate Costume Ball. Join us for this most unique Zydeco event. Call the Travel Machine to reserve your cabin. Book Early for the best prices me hearties! And a special Zydeco Cruise Boarding Party at the Rocking Bowl Friday before we sail!”
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$250 deposit holds your spot. Call 800-683-9882 or email Kermit@TravelMachine.net, exclusive agent for Zydeco Cruises.
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(7) MORE STUFF >>>>>>> Other News, Resources, etc…
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Our VENUE DIRECTORY is available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/04/venue-directory-from-tied-to-tracks.html
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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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