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Friday, April 23, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, April 23 to 30 (and beyond) - UPDATE

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The Guide needs your support, and time grows short. Time is almost gone for a MAJOR decision to be made on the future of the Guide. The #7 & #8 News Features, just below, explain what you can do.
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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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APRIL 23 to 30 events (and beyond, through 2010)
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APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, and includes Cowboy Poetry Week, officially designated in both the U.S. and Canada.
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NEWS FEATURES
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1) THIS WEEKEND? AMAZING: FILLED BEYOND BELIEF WITH MUSIC
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One might think that a weekend that’s jammed with acoustic music-friendly festivals – too many to attend them all – wouldn’t be likely to have any tempting options for evening gigs. One might think so, but one would be as wrong as can be.
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In additon to stellar lineups at the STAGECOACH FESTIVAL and the SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL and the ADAMS AVENUE ROOTS FESTIVAL, there’s NANCI GRIFFITH at The Coach House and The Canyon Club, RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS: “Guitar & Cello” at the Fret House and at Boulevard Music, THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, KELLY’S LOT at the Arcadia Blues Club, PHIL CHRISTIE & friends’ annual “Earth Day” show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, THE SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES’ 29th annual Spring Concert, JUDY COLLINS in Rancho Cucamonga, PRISCILLA HERDMAN (playing what may be her final California tour) at the Caltech Folk Music Series, BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO BAND in Monrovia, INCENDIO at Russ and Julie's House Concert series, LEON REDBONE at the Poway Center, the LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS with PETER YARROW (of Peter, Paul & Mary), the ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE in Irwindale, the MT. CARMEL MUSIC FESTIVAL in the desert, THE WAYMORES - the band of Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris & Don Henry - at the Trinity Backstage Coffee House in Santa Barbara, THE KAHURANGI MAORI DANCE THEATRE presenting “Dance & Music of New Zealand” outdoors at the Music Center, Baltimore-based uke goddess VICTORIA VOX in Huntington Beach and at Room 5, GOIN' SOUTH BAND - of virtuosos Paul Lacques, Vic Koler, Fred Sokolow, Rick Shea, & John Zeretzke - at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, AMY CLARKE playing an “EARTH DAY SHOW” at the House of Blues Sunset Strip, and for artists, there’s the ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC EXPO.” And much, much more.
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Bottom line? It would be a lonely choice if you stayed home, and one for which your more intrepid friends will chide you for a loooong time. (Yes, many choices are free events.)
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2) 50th ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL: CELEBRATING A “GOLDEN DAY” ON MAY 16
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It’s a perennial “Show-of-the Week” pick in the Guide, and we’ve cited it (here and in other publications) over many years, as the best one-day acoustic festival anywhere. A look at the event’s colorful history is our feature story, written by WARREN GARFIELD:
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Fifty years ago the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival started in Topanga Canyon – thus the name – a canyon that’s home to writers, artists and lots of music people and a remote pocket of sylvan beauty, practically spittin’ distance from the Pacific Ocean. Today a few traditional music-loving diehards are still around who can remember the first "Banjo Pickers and Open Fiddling Contest" created by Margot Slocum and Peg Benepe as a fund raiser for the Santa Monica Friends’ Meeting House.
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It was 1961, and the music-only event attracted 26 five-string banjo pickers, five fiddlers, four judges and at least 500 eager fans to Ian Thiermann's place amid the native oaks known as "Friendly Acres." It was such foot-stompin' fun, everyone agreed it was high time it happened and it would have to be put on again.
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The following year the event moved to Topanga Canyon's Camp Wildwood, attracting the local folk singing, old-time and bluegrass community and in 1963 Mary Ellen Clark replaced Peg. The Santa Monica Friends pitched in and stayed active until 1981. Soon the Topanga festival was getting national attention and net proceeds were going to charitable causes, youth activities, various folk and dance music archives and non-profit radio stations that featured folk and/or bluegrass music. In 1965 Dorian Keyser started to help and after a few years he replaced Margot. In 1969, due to a new ordinance limiting the size of outdoor music events, Topanga Canyon could no longer be utilized, so the Festival was relocated to U.C. Santa Barbara for one year. Since then, it's been held at various locations around Southern California:
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1969: University of California, Santa Barbara
1970 to 1972: Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
1973 to 1977: Santa Monica Community College, Corsair Field
1977 to 1985: UCLA Soccer field
1986 to 1989: El Camino Community College
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After the '72 Festival, Dorian assumed responsibility for the entire event with the help of his wife, Dalia, and Mary Ellen Clark. In 1990 the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest moved to its present home at the Paramount Ranch near Agoura, California, not far from its Topanga Canyon roots in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. While the event was at UCLA, a few folk artisans were invited to bring their handmade wares to sell. Today there are around 45 folk arts booths and several merchant booths featuring weaving, ceramics, woodcarving, inlaying, leather craft, metal work, jewelry, needlework, painting, glass and more. Also included are National Parks booths providing information and displays of national, state, and local parks, hiking trails, volunteer organizations, environmental groups and native plants of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation area.
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By the 17th year, the event was attracting around 75 contestants, most of whom performed with backup musicians to win cash and gift awards. A further expansion occurred in 1979 when a second stage was added for clogging, contra dancing, square dancing and Scottish Country dance demonstrations and instruction. Colorfully-costumed teachers and advanced dancers showed their skill and invited onlookers, both timid and bold, to try some basic steps. Soon a clog dance contest and Israeli dancing were added and international folk dancing became a permanent and popular feature of Topanga.
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The folk arts booths were added in 1982; guitar, mandolin and band contests in 1983 and in 1995 came folk song/story telling "workshops" and participative crafts for children. In 1981 the Jewish Centers Association replaced the Santa Monica Friends and the "Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, Inc." was officially created as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. By 1988 this corporation had sole responsibility for the event, together with Paramount Ranch personnel. Starting in 1990 both the Superintendent and staff of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, a unit of the National Parks System, assumed a key role in making the Festival a continuing success.
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In 2001, the official Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest web site was created and has been serving the fans with good information ever since at www.topangabanjofiddle.org. A year later, a Topanga Prize Drawing was added and many prizes and beautiful instruments are now won by lucky fans. Also, the “Music Legend Award” was created, as an annual $1,000 prize and award honoring the individual or organization that has done the most to promote and support old-time, bluegrass and folk music in Southern California.
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In the past four years, children’s music and arts has grown from two hours to a full day’s activity in the Eucalyptus Grove. Top regular performers and fun novelty acts, young musicians, participatory workshops, community groups, jam sessions and some serious children’s arts & crafts may now be found every year.
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That’s the story of Topanga’s amazing growth. From the start when 500 attended, to this year, when thousands of pickin’ n’ grinnin’ fans are expected at the 50th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, it continues to be the most popular old-time, folk and bluegrass event in Southern California. More at www.topangabanjofiddle.org; Hotline, 818-382-4819.
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Note on the author:
WARREN GARFIELD is a retired board member of the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest. These days, he presents a Topanga-sponsored program of free concerts in Los Angeles libraries and schools that introduces folk singing to children and their parents. You can contact Warren regarding these programs, and bringing them to your library or school, at 323-656-5813.
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3) GETTING A SONG PLACEMENT ON A TV SHOW
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The FX show, “Damages,” just brought Holly Figueroa a song placement, and there’s a point here for others.
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Veteran singer-songwriter HOLLY FIGUEROA got her version of LEONARD COHEN's "Everybody Knows" on the FX show "Damages" on Monday, April 19. (Holly didn’t know in time for us to tell you to catch or record it.) The show had Glen Close, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, and Holly’s music performance.
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It raises the point that, oftentimes, a talented musician can have not an original but a cover placed, usually because the TV show or film can’t afford the royalties on the original artist’s recording. But can you second-guess what a Music Supervisor in Hollywood will want – your original, with or without the lyrics you’ve crafted so carefully, or a song that the director has already heard and really wants, and must seek as an affordable cover? As Shakespeare would say, Aye, there’s the rub. If you’re working with a song placement service, or song pitch agent, you might not think it’s worth your money to pitch covers. Maybe it is. Talk to the people you’re paying, and get the best inside track on what Hollywood is seeking at any given moment. (Yes there are trends at work, however brief.) If you’ve got the current “it” available as a studio-quality recording, you may go to the head of the line.
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More on the “Damages” show at www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/damages. More on veteran musician Holly and her music at www.hollyfigueroa.com
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4) PERFORM AT THE INAUGURAL “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” NEAR L.A.
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The “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” will take place October 3, sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Charitible Foundation at the beautiful Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. Info, www.americanamusicfestkw.org
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This is the inaugural year for what’s already being called “a wonderful event, with multiple stages of scheduled acts, prestigious contests, and all-day jams under the oak trees and on the wooden boardwalks of the buildings in the movie-set old west town.” Yep, if any of that sounds familiar, it is indded the same site as the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest.
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Organizers ask, “Would you like to have the opportunity to present your music to 1000 kids? We hope to have that many or more at the Americana MusicFest this year. You are invited to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to show kids that there are a lot more genres and styles of music than what they hear on mainstream radio or download based on Facebook or Twitter buzz.
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“There will be three stages going all day and free-style jamming throughout the park. There will also be an Instrument Petting Zoo to let kids get some hands-on feel, as well as workshops, many with the goal of getting kids interested in learning to play and letting them know where to get lessons.
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“Kids will be invited to attend through targeted advertising and at their schools through the youth groups sponsored by the Kiwanis Club (www.kiwanis.org). Those groups include K-Kids and Terrific Kids (Elementary), Builders Club and KEY Club (Teens), and KEYLeader and Circle K International (University) throughout the Southern California area.
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“To be considered as a performer, please submit a link to your Electronic Press Kit (EPK) and/or web site to judges@AmericanaMusicFestKW.org. Submissions must include samples of your music and preferably videos of recent performances. Selections will be made based upon varieties of genres and styles as well as ability and presentation. Young musicians are especially encouraged to submit and may be scheduled in special performances. Stages will be scheduled based upon the recommendations of a panel of judges who will review all submitted materials. Send your submission early as the number of slots on the three stages will be limited by the time available (the park closes at sundown), and earlier submissions will prevail in cases of equal ability within genre/style.
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“Artists that are scheduled for the stages will receive an honorarium (TBD) to help defray expenses. Musicians and groups not scheduled on the stages may still present their music jam-style around the park. As implied, NO ELECTRIFIED INSTRUMENTS will be permitted!
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“If you would like further information or if you would like to assist with the planning or presentation of this event, please send an inquiry to: info@AmericanaMusicFest.org.
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5) CAREFUL! YOUR “TMI” POSTS FROM THE ROAD CAN GET YOU ROBBED
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Folksinger JULIE KROLL tells us, “Just picked this up from AOL news. As a newcomer to Facebook, I didn't think of this. Following warning makes a lot of sense. We should all be concerned about broadcasting, to the cyber world, personal info that could be used to do us harm.”
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Never Say THIS on Facebook or Twitter:
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The most dangerous thing you can post to your Facebook page or Twitter account is information about where you're going when you are not at home. By telling the world you are on vacation in the Bahamas, or even just eating at your favorite local restaurant, you're letting potential thieves know that you're not at home.
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Financial writers Ken and Daria Dolan warn that how you use Facebook and Twitter can be hazardous to your wealth!
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"Burglars are fond of your constant updates," the Dolans told AOL. "Would you stand up in the middle of a crowd of strangers and announce that you're leaving on vacation for three days and then tell everyone your address? Of course not, but that's exactly what you are doing if you share such information online."
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They cite the case of an Arizona man who told his 2,000 Twitter followers that he was leaving town. When he returned, he found his home had been burglarized and video equipment, worth thousands of dollars, had been stolen. "Even saying you are running to the mall, going out to dinner...is too much information," the Dolans explained to AOL.
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One Web site recently found itself in the news for bringing attention to the problem. The site pleaserobme.com was designed to show how easy it is for anyone to sift through Twitter updates for a "feed" of people's current locations. The recent buzz caused confusion, because of course the site was not intended to give criminals the keys to your home. But it did achieve its goal of bringing much-needed attention to the potential danger.
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Some insurance companies are catching on. Legal & General Insurance in New England says Facebook and Twitter users could be hit with higher homeowner's insurance premiums. Why? All that blabbing about activities away from home means they face a higher risk of burglary.
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The company thinks burglars are actually "shopping" for victims on social media sites, looking not only for an indication you're not at home, but also photos of your home and valuables. That cute picture of your son hugging the dog? A burglar is looking in the background, eyeing your big-screen TV and new stereo system.
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And it's not just adults. Teenagers are even more likely to post personal information, so Legal & General has warned that parents who aren't even online themselves could face higher homeowner's insurance premiums if their children are online.
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The Guide’s editor, as a newspaper journalist, has written similar cautionary stories. Wedding notices, impending birth announcements, and any announced hospital stays are risky propositions, since that’s telling the world you are someplace other than home. And people who include home addresses in obituaries risk getting the deceased (or other family members) robbed during the memorial service or funeral.
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Indeed, we are rushing headlong into a “TMI” – too much information – culture, without considering the potential consequences. It can be more serious even than risking burglary. Artists, particularly female artists, often work hard to cultivate a fan base, and along the way, inadvertently encourage a stalker. Some venues, including the Coffee Gallery Backstage, routinely offer an escort to cars for single women artists and patrons alike, even in the venue’s presumably safe neighborhood. Not all venues do that, and they should. A stalker gets an engraved invitation from a social network post that announces where you’re going.
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Finally, the Guide NEVER includes the address of any house concert in our listings, specifically because not everyone who seeks information wants to come to hear your music – unless they plan to listen to your CD collection after they steal it. (Think of all the online photos and videos of house concert performances that reveal what’s inside the house.) We do our part to encourage house concert presenters to open their doors to artists and listeners, partly by allowing them to maintain control over who learns the address, to make it safe to host concerts.
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6) GROUP SWEEPS MULTIPLE NUMBER 1’S IN THE BLUEGRASS WORLD
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Earning a #1 anywhere is a dream for most artists. Over the past few months, LOU REID & CAROLINA have reached multiple #1 ratings and brought rave reviews all over the bluegrass map. The focus is their song, "Amanda Lynn," from their chart-topping album, "My Own Set Of Rules." LOU REID has been at the top before, when he was a member of DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, and as a continuing member of THE SELDOM SCENE.
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But LOU REID & CAROLINA are taking the bluegrass world by storm. Hold on to your hat. They are the cover AND feature article in “Bluegrass Music Profiles” March-April 2010 issue, AND:
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The single, “Amanda Lynn” is
#1 Bluegrass Music Profiles - Top 30 Songs (April 2010)
#1 Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine - Top 30 Songs (April 2010)
WINNER of the 2010 SPBGMA - Song of the Year Award
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The album, "My Own Set Of Rules," is
#1 Bluegrass Music Profiles - Top 10 Albums (Nov 2009)
Bluegrass Radio Network - Top Picks of 2009, Album
#19 on WNCW Radio’s “Top 50 Bluegrass CDs of 2009”
#21 on KSON-FM “Top 50 Bluegrass CDs of 2009”
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Here’s what the music press is saying:
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“The bluegrass genre is always one that is interesting for its combination of styles and musicianship and Lou Reid and Carolina have given fans a modern twist on the foundation of bluegrass while keeping the traditions well intact on ‘My Own Set Of Rules.’” - Today’s Country Magazine. (Editor’s note: WHAT? A positive and relevant quote from the leading COUNTRY music magazine – quite significant from a genre that otherwise seems totally in the control of a Nashville-dominated paradigm of formulaic and soundalike dysfunctional relationship songs “weth thet fahke ack-scent” that we seldom have any reason to recommend. Good on ya, “Today’s Country”!)
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“Lou Reid and Carolina, My Own Set of Rules – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver alum, Lou Reid, who also performs with The Seldom Scene, is a master at the craft of bluegrass, as this CD gives great witness. On 13 tracks, Reid and company show you how it’s done. Gonna stay in your CD player a looong time.” - The Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association.
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“’My Own Set of Rules’ deserves to be #1! This album is a gem top to bottom and it'll be in the playlist here in Indy for some time to come, no doubt about it." - Cary Allen Field, Host of “Fields of Bluegrass” Radio Show.
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''Amanda Lynn - A great song by a great group – again and again and again!" - Gracie Muldoon, www.worldwidebluegrass.com
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“Lou Reid and Carolina’s music focuses on singing and songs rather than strings and picks, and they retain tradition while creating their own contemporary voice.” – Hyperbolium.
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7) THE GUIDE’S FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS (DVDs & CDs FOR YOUR SUPPORT)
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The online culture has created an expectation that whatever you can find on the web is free. That’s a shame, because a lot of what you want and expect to find simply can’t be here without a modest level of your financial support. It’s looking like the Acoustic Americana Music Guide is in its final month of comprehensive editions.
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Our detailed reporting – on the VAST amount of live acoustic music performances and artist workshops in the Los Angeles region, plus notable events on the arts scene and acoustic festivals everywhere – stuff that you can’t find anywhere else – may vanish.
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We need you. Really, really, need you. More to the point, we need a little of your money. We’ll give you cool stuff RIGHT NOW in return. And we’ll even give you chances to receive great tickets to shows ALL SUMMER – IF we’re still doing this. 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 you, NOW, URGENTLY, for your financial support. We’ve been doing this for more than seven years, through thick and thin, through two very serious eye surgeries (with two more to come), and it’s grown and grown – it’s had to, to keep track of, and tell you about, the HUNDREDS of amazing live acoustic music events that are out there EVERY WEEK. As a result, it’s come to require sooooo much time that 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, while they last.
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We can and will continue to bring you the Guide, and even EXPAND to a full-feature website (see News Feature #2) – IF we have your help. But without your help, we’re gone. Kaput. Finis. And you’re on your own to figure-out WHO PERFORMS WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN. (Others may tell you some of news of “who” and “when,” but nobody else tells you WHAT kind of music, for all those times you see names that otherwise have no meaning to you – yet.)
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SEND US A CHECK FOR $25, and we’ll send you a professionally-produced concert DVD and a CD, OR 3 CDs (either option, your choice) PLUS another bonus! The complete list of “thank-you” gifts you can choose is at
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/support-guide-and-get-some-great-dvds.html
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WRITE YOUR $25 CHECK TO “TIED TO THE TRACKS” AND MAIL IT TODAY TO:
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Then email us at tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com and put “Guide support” in the subject line – tell us what DVD / CD choices you want – confirm your selections before they’re gone. (Whatever happens, you’ll get GREAT STUFF in return for your support!)
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Seriously, unless we get sufficient support from you, our readers, we just can’t do this any more. It is our desire and intention to keep publishing the Guide, and to make it even better – but we simply cannot do it without your help. THANK YOU!
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8) THE ACOUSTIC MUSIC NEWS IS MOVING TO ACOUSTICMUSIC.NET - WHAT WE DO WHEN WE GET THERE DEPENDS ON YOU…
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We are committed to continue to write at least some News Features, as the Acoustic Americana Music News. (That’s the smaller part of what we do now.) THAT much will move to acousticmusic.net. Whether we continue to produce the comprehensive Guide to live acoustic performances, workshops, and events – the biggest part of what we do now – is an open question.
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The long-sought goal to move the Guide to a full-feature website can be realized, at last (okay, it would take a few weeks to get it all done). There are SO MANY acoustic music concerts, club gigs, festivals, workshops, acoustic music radio shows, and MORE, and describing all of that for you (as we work hard to do) just overwhelms many people with the Guide’s current format. Even though we’ve separated each day’s radio & TV listings and given each of them their own url, the live shows you can go see ARE ENOUGH TO FILL WELL OVER 100 PAGES EACH WEEK (!)
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In addition to the need to make everything MUCH more user-friendly – and rapidly accessible to find specific events and days – we have long wanted to do even more.
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We get offers from venues large and small, all the time, to GIVE-AWAY TICKETS to great shows - to you, our readers. We have done some of that (to see Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and others) but it isn’t easy to do that kind of thing without a real website. We can essentially take-over at AcousticMusic.net – not quite a coup, because what’s on that site will still be available there and accessible from a new full-function directory. We’ll be able to update the site with LOTS MORE, including exciting new graphics and news of more Folk-Americana / Acoustic Americana / Acoustic Renaissance and other acoustic music – more than you can find anywhere else! (Yes, we already DO more of that than anybody else, each week in our “plain Jane” presentation of the Guide… so maybe you should think of what we can do on the new site as all that on steroids, PLUS photos PLUS hours of archived performance-interviews as dowloadabe audio from the huge radio show library PLUS concert ticket give-aways.
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Plus, “more” includes HUNDREDS of hours of performance-interviews, recorded live, from the “TIED TO THE TRACKS” Radio Show Library and concerts recorded live. We get requests all the time to hear favorites again. So far, we haven’t had a way to do that. Moving to a full-function website can make FAR MORE available to you!
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Moving the Acoustic Americana Music News – with or without continuing the Guide – and what happens with the new presence on the established acousticmusic.net site – will be determined by your financial support. For one thing, we will need money to pay the octopus tentacles of the music industry so can we provide the radio show recordings there. And as we discuss in the preceding News Feature (above), we just can’t continue to spend the many, many, MANY hours required to write the Guide and do it anymore for free.
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9) “LIVE HAM JAM” MARKS 100th LIVE BROADCAST ON S.F.’S KPIG
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Yes, every Americana music fan in L.A. is enormously jealous of the Bay Area’s KPIG in San Francisco. The station marked a milestone when their ever-popular “Live Ham Jam” (“Ham” – KPIG – get it?) did its 100th broadcast. Guest performers were IBMA winners MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP, PETER ROWAN & JODY STECHER, and LEFTOVER SALMON's DREW EMMIT & VINCE HERMAN. Incidentally, MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP did their first radio show in L.A. on “Tied to the Tracks” when Missy first assembled the band.
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Missy says of the SF radio experience, “Thanks to Tim Lynch and all the gang at KPIG for a great day of tunes and Barbeque. Mighty fine.”
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RECENT NEWS FEATURES:
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The April 16 edition’s News Features (repeated in April 19 update) are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/04/acoustic-americana-music-guide-april-16.html
The topics are:
1) WE REALLY NEED YOU - SUPPORT THE GUIDE! (GET DVDs / CDs IN RETURN)
2) GUIDE IS MOVING TO ACOUSTICMUSIC.NET - WHAT WE DO WHEN WE GET THERE DEPENDS ON YOU…
3) VENUE DIRECTORY IS UPDATED
4) IPOD VIRTUAL SOUND APP VS. NEW SOUND VS. REALITY
5) RECORD STORE DAY IS APRIL 17
6) PAID SUMMER ARTS INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
7) INAUGURAL “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” NEAR L.A. SEEKS PERFORMERS
8) THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE THOUGHTS…
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The April 9 edition’s News Features are available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/04/acoustic-americana-music-guide-april-9.html
The topics are:
1) URGENT APPEAL: SUPPORT THE GUIDE! (AND GET SOME GREAT DVDs / CDs IN RETURN)
2) GUIDE REACHES AGREEMENT TO MOVE - TO ACOUSTICMUSIC.NET
3) ZOEY’S, VENTURA’S BEST ACOUSTIC VENUE, RELOCATES & GOES LARGE
4) CROSSROADS OF HISTORY APRIL 14, AND CONNECTIONS WITH MUSIC
5) BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN CHANGING PERSONNEL
6) QUOTABLE THOUGHT…
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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
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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
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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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Updated April 23, 2010; recurring events included through Friday, April 30, with updated listings of many upcoming events through the rest of 2010.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 23
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(1a) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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8 pm NANCI GRIFFITH at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
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8 pm THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS: “GUITAR AND CELLO” at the Fret House in Covina. (Two nights, Thu, Apr 22 & Fri, Apr 23.)
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8 pm-to-closing KELLY’S LOT performs fine blues at the Arcadia Blues Club in Arcadia; BOBBY BLUEHOUSE opens at 8 pm, Kelly's Lot at 10 pm.
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8 pm “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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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. Runs Thu-Sat, Apr 22-24.
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1-4 pm RICHARD SMITH does a musicians’ workshop at the Fret House in Covina; it’s is between concerts last night and tonight at the Fret House, “RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS: ‘GUITAR AND CELLO’.”
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VICTORIA VOX does a ukulele workshop at Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach. Call for times and to reserve a spot, at 714-843-9350; $15.
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Fri, Apr 22; Thu-Sat, Apr 22-24; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
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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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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Fri, Apr 23; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
1-4 pm RICHARD SMITH does a musicians’ workshop at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com.
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This event is between concerts last night and tonight at the Fret House, “RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS: ‘GUITAR AND CELLO’,” wherein Richard and Julie’s ever changing repertoire included a wide variety of music ranging from Scott Joplin Rags, Sousa marches, Mozart, fiddle tunes, standards, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed tunes, Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz, Bach, Beatles tunes, pop tunes, Chopin, originals, lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads.
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Your editor has seen them perform, and that repertoire is no exaggeration. They are very musical and bring a whole lot of enjoyment. This promises to be an outstanding blend of virtuoso musicianship and vocals.
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Another venue operator says, “Richard’s flawless technique and Julie’s lyrical style and luscious tone will have your toes tapping, melt your heartstrings and have your jaws hanging open.”
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5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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7 pm PRISCILLA HERDMAN plays St Matt's After Dark, 1111 Town and County, Orange; 714-792-3964; www.tinyurl.com/st-matts-after-dark. More at www.priscillaherdman.com
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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7 pm SONGMAKERS “BELL ARTS SONG CIRCLE” at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Av, Ventura; www.songmakers.org
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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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“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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8 pm NANCI GRIFFITH at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 949-496-8927; www.thecoachhouse.com. Though she moved to Nashville some time ago, she remains one of the quintessential queens of Texas music. More at www.nancigriffith.com
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Fri, Apr 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Hilarious with a great musical sound, they’re National Champions, nationally known. THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN provide the perfect blend of harmony and humor harkening back to the days of Vaudeville. Preserving America’s great vocal sounds from a time when music was music, this vocal quartet, named the 2002 National A Cappella Champions, recreates the close harmonies of such legendary groups as The Ink Spots and the Pied Pipers, while including the era’s great comic songs made famous by the likes of Louis Jordan and The Hoosier Hotshots. A typical performance by The Perfect Gentlemen includes marvelous melodious music mingled with masterful mirth, mischief, and merry-making. The group’s versatility allows for effortless shifts between vocal styles with an air of ease, whether singing a cappella or accompanied by guitar or ukulele. Their signature piece, “Salute to the 20th Century,” is a hilarious take on the de-evolution of music over the last century, illustrated by singing the same song in the style of Barbershop, Dixieland, Blues, Big Band, Doo-Wop, Bluegrass, Disco, Techno Punk, and Rap, complete with visuals that delight audiences of all ages time and time again. Tix, $20.
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Fri, Apr 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS: “GUITAR AND CELLO” at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com.
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Richard and Julie’s ever changing repertoire includes a wide variety of music ranging from Scott Joplin Rags, Sousa marches, Mozart, fiddle tunes, standards, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed tunes, Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz, Bach, Beatles tunes, pop tunes, Chopin, originals, lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads.
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Your editor has seen them perform, and that repertoire is no exaggeration. They are very musical and bring a whole lot of enjoyment. This promises to be an outstanding blend of virtuoso musicianship and vocals.
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Another venue operator says, “Richard’s flawless technique and Julie’s lyrical style and luscious tone will have your toes tapping, melt your heartstrings and have your jaws hanging open.”
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Richard does a musicians’ workshop here Fri, Apr 23, 1-4 pm, and Richard & Julie do concerts here Thu, Apr 22 & Fri, Apr 23. More at www.richardsmithmusic.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:
8 pm GLEN PHILLIPS plus special guests GUGGENHEIM GROTTO at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497.
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GLEN PHILLIPS, who as a teenager vaulted to fame with his band TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, whose breezy pop confections spilled out of car stereos from Malibu to Moscow in the first half of the 90's. Several solo releases and numerous side projects later - including a collaboration with Nickel Creek known as the Mutual Admiration Society - Phillips has now formed the Works Project Administration (W.P.A.) with such luminaries as Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher, and Nickel Creek's Sean and Sara Watkins. We can't wait to see and hear what he brings to McCabe's this time, as he wowed us here a couple of years ago. Opening the show is the Irish duo Guggenheim Grotto, who first came to our attention a few years back with a live appearance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Tix, $22.50.
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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 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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8-10 pm “OUT-OF-THE-BLUE” songwriter showcase at the venue named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue,” The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win. It’s a lineup of invited songwriters (often some prominent ones) whose individual sets each include a song written to the unique pre-assigned theme of tonight’s event. Though former performing host DANIEL McFEELEY has moved to Australia, the popularity of this event enables it to continue. Venue has good sandwiches, soups, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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8-10 pm 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 23, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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8 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 8 pm Fri, Apr 16 listing. (8 pm Fri & Sat; 5 pm Sun.)
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9 pm JENNI ALPERT with guests JUSTINE BENNETT & ERIC BOULANGER playing acoustic at Room 5, 143 La Brea (cross street Beverly), L.A. If you haven’t heard her or of her, here are some media comments:
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"Talented singer - songwriter, awesome Carol King feel " - Campus Circle, L.A.
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"One talented package wrapped with rich velvet vocals and a generous helping of musical versatility" - Hip Fish, Astoria OR.
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"Strong tight compositions, Jenni Alpert is persistent and confident, school of self empowerment, books her own tours, Alpert has the drive to do it all " - The Independent, UCSB.
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Jenni just returned from a European tour, and tells us, “Europe was amazing, and wow did I just barely miss the flight fiasco! I hope for all of you traveling in the next month or so that you get to where you plan to be going... we all arrive some how =). New album being mastered this week – whoo-hooo! Also very excited for the ASCAP Expo this weekend!” More at www.jennialpert.com.
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9 pm NEIL MORROW & MEMPHIS 54 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 AMILIA K. SPICER plays The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City. It’s a full band show. Amilia K. Spicer and band at 9:30, Jed's Dead at 11, and we’re told there’s a “Group trip to tattoo parlor” at 2 am. Uhh, we’ll stick with the music.
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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.
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Annual “SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL” 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 singers JUNI FISHER and BRENN HILL, plus cowboy poets ANDY NELSON and multi-award winner YVONNE HOLLENBECK and many others, at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in Newhall (Santa Clarita).
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“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL” of course has Nashville big names, BUT it features LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, including 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, at Empire Polo Club in Indio.
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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. (And note that Leon Redbone performs in nearby Poway tonight at 8 pm).
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7 pm PHIL CHRISTIE plus SEVERIN BROWNE & MICHAEL VALENTINE play Phil’s annual “Earth Day” celebration show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7:30 pm THE SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES present their 29th annual Spring Concert at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse.
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8 pm JUDY COLLINS plays the Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
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8 pm NANCI GRIFFITH plays the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.
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8 pm PRISCILLA HERDMAN plays what may be her final California tour at the Caltech Folk Music Series, in Beckman Institute Auditorium (“Little Beckman”) in Pasadena.
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8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm-midnight BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO BAND plays ”An Evening of Cajun and Zydeco Music” at the Monrovia Knights Of Columbus Hall in Monrovia.
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8 pm INCENDIO plays Russ and Julie's House Concert series in Oak Park. (Sold out.)
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8 pm THE WAYMORES - the band of Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris & Don Henry - at the Trinity Backstage Coffee House in Santa Barbara.
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8 pm “BEST OF THE WEST AWARD WINNER” GARY ALLEGRETTO, “The Harmonicowboy,” at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center in Newhall.
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8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica. (8 pm Fri & Sat; 5 pm Sun.)
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8 pm LEON REDBONE plays the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd, Poway (San Diego area; if you go, leave early, attend the free Adams Avenue Roots Festival in San Diego, and make a day of it.)
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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. Runs Thu-Sat, Apr 22-24.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, in Indio; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL” of course has Nashville big names, BUT it features LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, including 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, at Empire Polo Club in Indio.
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Plus “Mane Stage” Nashville acts:
Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys;
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Jamey Johnson, Ray Price, Joey + Rory, Nick 13, Easton Corbin, Heidi Newfield, and Mallary Hope.
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Annual “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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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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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. If you go to San Diego for the “Adams Avenue Festival,” this show is the perfect way to end the day.
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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 & Sun, Apr 24 & 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, festival:
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 many others, plus a Youth Poetry Round-Up, and individual poetry and trick roping workshops. The big weekend is centered at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in Newhall (Santa Clarita), and ancillary events take place throughout the area, during the week preceding the weekend. It’s all described 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 (The name is pronounced kway-bee) – 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, Apr 24, festival, east of Palmdale, festival:
10 am-4 pm annual “MT. CARMEL MUSIC FESTIVAL” with the CROSS TOWN COWBOYS and other musical acts, at Mt. Carmel in the Desert Retreat Center, 39501 180th St East, Palmdale 93591; 661-264-5959; www.mtcarmelinthedesert.com
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Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25; festival:
Annual “LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS” on the quad at UCLA, in front of Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. PETER YARROW (of Peter, Paul & Mary) plays the Target Stage at 1:25 pm Sat and noon on Sun; MURPHY’S FLAW plays at 3 pm both days. L.A. Opera plays at noon.
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Sat, Apr 24:
11 am=2 pm 2nd annual “SHREDFEST” at the House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100; www.hob.com. It’s a kids cander benefit conceived by a 10-year-old musician, at which kids bands perform. Sure, expect electric hard-driving rock ‘n roll, but don’t sell it –or these kids – short. Many celebrity judges take part. It’s all a benefit to fight cancer in children.
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Ongoing, weekends, Apr 10-Sun, May 23, festival:
10 am-7 pm “ORIGINAL RENAISSANCE PLEASURE FAIRE” runs Saturdays & Sundays at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. In addition to the antics, there’s always lots of music, some played on traditional instruments of the period. More at www.renfair.com/socal
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Sat, Apr 24; Thu-Sat, Apr 22-24; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:”
ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC EXPO” in Los Angeles promises “Access to three days of the biggest names in music, the best networking opportunities and in-depth study of today's music industry.” Once you register, you can submit your songs. Info, www.ascap.com/expo.
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Sat, Apr 24, 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 24, recurring:
8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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Pete was among the winners in mandolin at last year’s Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He says, “There's no way I'm getting out and playing music 8:30 am every Saturday.” So check Pete’s myspace page to see if they’ll be there. Sharon plays flute. Free.
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Sat, Apr 24:
9:30 am-2 pm “PREVIEW: FORD AMPHITHEATRE 2010 SUMMER SEASON - DANCE” at the Brewery Art Colony, Brockus Project Studios, 618 B Moulton Av, Los Angeles 90031. Info (at the Ford) 213-202-5935. It’s the “Dance Performance B-Roll” event wherein dancers from the broad range of 17-event dance series (including some folk dance) at the Ford Amphitheatre’s Summer Season Dance series will be videotaped in 15-minute performance segments for later Ford Amphitheatre website postings. The season runs on selected dates, June 18 to Oct 9.
Videotaping schedule (tentative):
9:30 am JUiCE – Hip Hop
9:50 am Antics Performances - Hip Hop
10:10 am Kultura Philippine Folk Arts- Contemporary & Traditional Filipino
10:30 am Born Dance Company - Contemporary & Traditional Korean
10:50 am LA Contemporary Dance Co.
11:10 am Grandeza Mexicana - Mexican folkloric
11:30 am Grandeza Mexicana (Artist profile)
11:50 am Keshet Chaim - L.A.-based Israeli dance troupe
12:10 pm CultureShockLA - Hip Hop
12:30 pm Catch Me Bird - modern movement (including aerial) and dialogue
12:50 pm Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles
1:10 pm - lunch break -
1:30 pm FRACTURE: IN/EX Dance Project
1:50 pm FRACTURE:Invertigo Dance Theatre
2:10 pm FRACTURE: Method Contemporary Dance
2:30 pm FRACTURE: Leonix Movement Theatre (tent - pre show activity)
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11 am=2 pm 2nd annual “SHREDFEST” at the House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100; www.hob.com. It’s a kids cander benefit conceived by a 10-year-old musician, at which kids bands perform. Sure, expect electric hard-driving rock ‘n roll, but don’t sell it –or these kids – short. Many celebrity judges take part. It’s all a benefit to fight cancer in children.
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Sat, Apr 24; world music & dance:
11 am & 12:30 pm THE KAHURANGI MAORI DANCE THEATRE presents “Dance & Music of New Zealand” outdoors at the Music Center Concert Hall, W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre, 135 N Grand Av, downtown L.A. 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org
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Sat, Apr 24, repeats every Sat:
11 am-12:30 pm “PACIFIC SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” with G. F. MLELY, at Theater & Cabaret, 1535 Termino Av, Long Beach 90804. Info, Billie Kalua, songwriters@jazcraft.net or 562-494-9627. Ongoing, began Mar 31, 2007. $15 per workshop, minimum 4 workshops payable in advance; pre-registration required.
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Sat, Apr 24, 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 24; festival:
1:25 pm PETER YARROW (of Peter, Paul & Mary) plays the Annual “LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS” on the Target Stage on the quad at UCLA, in front of Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. MURPHY’S FLAW plays at 3 pm both days. L.A. Opera plays at noon. Free admission, campus parking is expensive.
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Sat, Apr 24, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, The Merc now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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4 pm PACIFIC SERENADES presents the world premiere of founder MARK CARLSON’s new work, “Batik,” for violin and piano, in a performance billed as “’BATIK TO HEAR RATHER THAN WEAR.” Also on the program are works by Shostakovich and Beethoven. There are 3 performances in 3 different venues. Sat, Apr 24 at 4 pm is at a private home in Fremont Place; Sun, Apr 25 at 4 pm at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena; Tue, Apr 27 at 8 pm at the UCLA Faculty Center in Westwood.
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“I called the concert ‘Batik’ because our pianist for this performance, Ayke Agus, is a native of Indonesia,” explains Carlson, an award-winning flutist who founded Pacific Serenades 24 years ago. “Ayke specifically asked me to write a piece for violin and piano that would reflect her Indonesian roots. So, just like batik comes in an array of patterns from flowers and animals to people and folklore, I’ve incorporated aspects of Indonesian music into my own style, which is already pretty eclectic.”
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Violinist Roger Wilkie and cellist David Speltz will join Agus at “Batik.” In addition to Carlson’s new work for violin and piano, the musicians will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 and Sonata in C major, Op. 102, No.1 for cello and piano by Beethoven.
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Tickets for “Batik” are available online, at www.pacser.org, or by calling 213-534-3434. Tickets for Private Home concerts and the post concert reception are $55/person; for the Neighborhood Church and UCLA Faculty Center, $32/person. (Neighborhood Church and UCLA Faculty Center tickets are interchangeable.) Full time students with valid identification can purchase tickets – at the door only – at the Neighborhood Church or UCLA Faculty Center for $5.
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Sat, Apr 24, recurring:
4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, Apr 24, 4th Sat every month; in the OC:
5 pm Monthly JAM, POTLUCK, & CONTRA DANCE at The Living Tradition series at the Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; www.thelivingtradition.org; info, 949-646-1964. Dance caller TBD, band TBD. Monthly jam sessions allow musicians (instrumentalists and singers) to learn, practice, and enjoy traditional music in a relaxed atmosphere; held 4th Sat every month, before the contra dance. Jam participants play a wide array of instruments, from accordions to zithers, and a variety of traditional folk tunes, mostly from the Fiddlers’ Fake Book (by David Brody) and the Portland Collection (by Susan Songer). Open to all ages and levels of experience. Vocalists and song circles are welcome. Slow jam encourages novices. Fast jam challenges old-timers.
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Jam begins at 5 pm, bring your instruments & join in; free.
Slow jam, 5-5:45 pm
Fast jam, 5:45-7 pm
Potluck, 6:30 pm
Contra dance introduction lesson, 7:30 pm
> CONTRA DANCE is 8-11 pm, $8 per person, $7 for Anaheim residents, $6 for Living Tradition mbrs; children under 18 are free with paid adult.
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Sat, Apr 24, last Sat, every month; in Lancaster:
6:30-10 pm CONTRA DANCE with live music by DANANCE BAND at its new location, Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster; info, 661-733-8106 or rm.trochim@verizon.net. Band includes FRANK JAVORSEK (longtime teacher at Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor), & DOUG MOON (banjo player, former Captain Beefheart guitarist). Please bring a snack or dessert to share in the potluck. $6 per adult, $2 for ages 14 and younger. Live caller.
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Sat, Apr 24, every Sat:
6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Apr 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm PHIL CHRISTIE plus SEVERIN BROWNE & MICHAEL VALENTINE play Phil’s annual “Earth Day” celebration show at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Phil, who 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, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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7:30 pm VICTORIA VOX plays Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach. Call to reserve tix, at 714-843-9350; $20.
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Sat, Apr 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm NANCI GRIFFITH plays the Canyon Club, 28192 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills; 818-879-5016; www.canyonclub.net. Though she moved to Nashville some time ago, she remains one of the quintessential queens of Texas music. More at www.nancigriffith.com.
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Sat, Apr 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm PRISCILLA HERDMAN plays what may be her final California tour at the Caltech Folk Music Series in Beckman Institute Auditorium (“Little Beckman”), 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832); www.folkmusic.caltech.edu.
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You can hear a few of Priscilla's new songs at www.myspace.com/priscillaherdman; if you only have time to listen to one, go for "Comet." While Priscilla hasn't built a presence on YouTube, the beauty of her voice and the conviction with which she sings is there, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRCk-bh61w0 with the Henry Lawson poem that she put to music back in the ’70s, "Do You Think that I Do not Know?"
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PRISCILLA HERDMAN’s newest CD, "Into the Stars," has a celestial theme, wonderfully opened by Minnesota songwriter Peter Mayer's inspired song, "The Play." This song beautifully describes a fascination with the "strange, enchanting play of impossible dimensions" that we can glimpse in the night sky, and yet, we seldom stop to consider just how amazing our universe is. All of the songs are about the sky and stars, and what a collection it is! Along with the usual gems she brings us by songwriters who don't get out to California very often, she's included Eric Idle's "The Galaxy Song" and Don McLean's "Vincent." Along with the universe, the constant is her outstanding vocal, supported by some very talented musicians. We look forward to hearing Priscilla with guitarist, Max Cohen, as she sings songs from the CD, as well as some old favorites from her earlier work. Visit her web site at www.priscillaherdman.com; get a sample of guitarist Max’s prowess at www.myspace.com/guitaristmaxcohen.
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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.”
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Priscilla does occasional brief tours in the Northeast with folk icons CINDY MANGSEN and ANNE HILLS in an arrangement they call "The Trio." That ensemble has recorded 3 CDs, combining their three heavenly, but distinctly individual voices. It isn’t just the economies of scale in the folk music world that precludes getting all of them to California at the same time; Priscilla has indicated that her current tour may well be her last SOLO trip to the West Coast. So, don't miss this show.
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8 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com.
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Your editor has seen them perform, and that repertoire is no exaggeration. They are very musical and bring a whole lot of enjoyment. This promises to be an outstanding blend of virtuoso musicianship and vocals.
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Sat, Apr 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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. These guys had the audience dancing in the aisles at the “Concert for Haiti,” sponsored by the Guide. Tix, $13 per person.
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Sat, Apr 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
SOLD OUT 8 pm INCENDIO 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. JIM STUBBLEFIELD’S fiery acoustic guitar-based group is wonderful. They’re performing tonight, not the Buccaneers, as previously announced.
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8 pm “An Evening with JOEY RYAN & KENNETH PATTENGALE” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. It’s a special co-bill with two young stars-on-the-rise in their McCabe's debut. Booker Lincoln Myerson says, “Both possess a songwriting maturity that belies thier young ages, drawing comparisons to (gulp) Dylan and Tom Waits. Joey Ryan's latest, ‘Kenter Canyon,’ features performances by Dave Rawlings and Z Berg, while Pattengale's ‘Speak!’ finds him collaborating with his musical hero Joe Henry. Both of these guys are gettin' big! Catch them here in our small room while you still can.” Tix $15.
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Sat, Apr 24, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE WAYMORES the band of Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris & Don Henry, plays the Trinity Backstage Coffee House, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-962-2970; www.trinitybackstage.com. More at www.myspace.com/thewaymores
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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; a Santa Clarita Cowboy Fest related “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “BEST OF THE WEST AWARD WINNER” GARY ALLEGRETTO, “The Harmonicowboy,” performs at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, 24265 Main St (aka San Fernando Rd on older maps), Newhall 91321; www.scvoutwest.com; 877-340-9378 or 661-255-7087. GARY ALLEGRETTO, master of the harmonica, performs with his special guest musician IAN ESPINOZA. Reservations recommended. The venue tells us that the two “will fill our intimate space with sounds of old time roots music. The $15 per person suggested donation goes directly to the performers and light refreshments are provided by your hosts.”
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8 pm BLUEGRASS BRETHREN GOSPEL BAND plays The Node Café, 11723 E Firestone, Norwalk; 562- 868-1120.
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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8 pm “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 8 pm Fri, Apr 16 listing. (8 pm Fri & Sat; 5 pm Sun.)
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Sat, Apr 24, 4th Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills; for location, contact Kay Conroy, 818-887-0446, WestValleyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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“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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9 pm MANDA MOSHER returns to The Stronghold, 1625 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice 90291. Manda says, “When I opened for JACKSON BROWNE at The Stronghold, we filmed and recorded the show and came out with two beautiful pieces directed by Elad Offer, along with audio recordings by William McGuian and mixes by Ido Sasson. You can view the two pieces up on YouTube now: ‘You Can't Save Me’ live @ The Stronghold, and ‘Thank You’ live @ The Stronghold.” The full evening’s lineup is Alyssa Suede, Manda Mosher, Jillian Speer, and Josh Osswald.
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9 pm RED SIMPSON and CODY BRYANT play Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com. More at www.myspace.com/redsimpson
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9 pm NEIL MORROW & MEMPHIS 54 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 24, 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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Annual “SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL” 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 singers JUNI FISHER and BRENN HILL, plus cowboy poets ANDY NELSON and multi-award winner YVONNE HOLLENBECK and many others, at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in Newhall (Santa Clarita).
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“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL” of course has Nashville big names, BUT it features LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, including 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, at Empire Polo Club in Indio.
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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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4 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play Alva's Music and Dance in San Pedro.
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5 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play, at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica. (8 pm Fri & Sat; 5 pm Sun.)
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7 pm GOIN' SOUTH BAND all well-known and highly respected virtuosos – PAUL LACQUES, VIC KOLER, FRED SOKOLOW, RICK SHEA, & JOHN ZERETZKE – at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm AMY CLARKE plays an “EARTH DAY SHOW” in the House of Blues Sunset Strip Foundation Room in Hollywood.
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9 pm Ukulele innovator VICTORIA VOX plays Room 5 in L.A.
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1 pm “HARMONICA WORKSHOP” by “Best of the West Award Winner” GARY ALLEGRETTO, “The Harmonicowboy,” at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center in Newhall (a Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival-related event).
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Sun, Apr 25; Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25, in Indio; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL” of course has Nashville big names, BUT it features LOTS of wonderful roots-Americana artists, including 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, at Empire Polo Club in Indio.
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Plus “Mane Stage” Nashville acts:
Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys;
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Jamey Johnson, Ray Price, Joey + Rory, Nick 13, Easton Corbin, Heidi Newfield, and Mallary Hope.
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Annual “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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4-6:30 pm “RUNNING DOG SHANTY SING,” held the last Sunday of every month, at Running Dog Guitars / Sound Guitar Repair, 118 N 35th St, Suite 105, Fremont, WA. Hosted by Rick Davis & Cat Fox. Sea Chanties (shanties) are fun to sing and the choruses are always easy-to-learn sing-alongs. The hosts tell us, “The building is tall, grey cinderblock and green metal. Suite 105 is in the back, facing the alley between 36th and 35th. Parking available on the street. Over 21 years of age please. Potluck beverages and snacks.” Free.
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Sun, Apr 25; Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, festival:
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 many others, plus a Youth Poetry Round-Up, and individual poetry and trick roping workshops. The big weekend is centered at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in Newhall (Santa Clarita), and ancillary events take place throughout the area, during the week preceding the weekend. It’s all described 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 (The name is pronounced kway-bee) – 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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Sun, Apr 25; Sat & Sun, Apr 24 & 25; festival:
Annual “LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS” on the quad at UCLA, in front of Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. PETER YARROW (of Peter, Paul & Mary) plays the Target Stage at 1:25 pm Sat and noon on Sun; MURPHY’S FLAW plays at 3 pm both days. L.A. Opera plays at noon.
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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 JAMBO at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. More at www.jambojam.com.Tix, $8, and kids under age 2 are free.
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11 am-4 pm OLD TIME MUSIC JAM, TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE AND BANJO, hosted by BRETT WALLER, at Audubon Nature Center, Debs Park “in the Arroyo,” 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy. Link to the Audubon center has a map: http://www.audubon-ca.org/debs_park.htm. Enter through the main portal of the Audubon center, out to the grounds, pass the pond and wind up the path to under the shade of the old pepper tree. Info, call Brett, 323-441-2113.
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11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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OPEN JAM SESSION IN TEMECULA at The Nettworks Ranch, Menifee Valley, in the Temecula / Murrieta Valley, a few miles N of the I-215 / I-15 split, in that triangle. Take Scott Rd W 2 miles off I-215, or Bundy Canyon Rd E 4 miles off I-15. Turn S on Daily Rd; first ranch on right; info, Diana Nett, The Nettworks Ranch, 951-679-7951 or 909-239-5154.
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Noon PETER YARROW (of Peter, Paul & Mary) plays the Annual “LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS” on the Target Stage on the quad at UCLA, in front of Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr, on the campus at Royce Dr between Westwood Bl and Hilgard Av, West L.A. MURPHY’S FLAW plays at 3 pm both days. L.A. Opera plays at noon. Free admission, campus parking is expensive.
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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 “HARMONICA WORKSHOP” by “Best of the West Award Winner” GARY ALLEGRETTO, “The Harmonicowboy,” at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, 24265 Main St (aka San Fernando Rd on older maps), Newhall 91321; www.scvoutwest.com; 877-340-9378 or 661-255-7087. GARY ALLEGRETTO, master of the harmonica and winner of a top western music award, dedicates his time to passing on his love of music and this instrument, via workshops around the world and in schools. OutWest hosts this workshop, and they tell us,.” Bring the kids (age 5+) and make it a family event. Gary provides everything you need including a professional Hohner harmonica and sheet music for 4 songs. He guarantees y'all leave will playing tunes. And, the kids will join Gary's legion of Harmonikids around the world. Call and make a reservation at 661-255-7087 so Gary knows how many harmonicas to bring.” Fee per person is $20.
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1-5 pm BLUEGRASS JAM at Torrance Elks Lodge, 1820 Abalone Av, Torrance. Info, Bill Elliott, 909-678-1180 or Bob & Lynn Cater, 310-678-1180.
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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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Sun, Apr 25, 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 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS play Alva's Music and Dance, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro; 310 833 3281; www.alvas.com.
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Richard and Julie’s ever changing repertoire includes a wide variety of music ranging from Scott Joplin Rags, Sousa marches, Mozart, fiddle tunes, standards, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed tunes, Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz, Bach, Beatles tunes, pop tunes, Chopin, originals, lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads.
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Your editor has seen them perform, and that repertoire is no exaggeration. They are very musical and bring a whole lot of enjoyment. This promises to be an outstanding blend of virtuoso musicianship and vocals.
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4 pm PACIFIC SERENADES presents the world premiere of founder MARK CARLSON’s new work, “Batik,” for violin and piano, in a performance billed as “’BATIK TO HEAR RATHER THAN WEAR,” at The Neighborhood Church, 301 N Orange Grove Bl, Pasadena. Note that the Gamble House Museum, next door to the church, offers a discounted tour at $8/person to Pacific Serenades patrons on concert dates only. Tours begin promptly at 2 pm and at 2:40 pm and last approximately one hour. Reservations are required and must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the concert date by calling 626-793-3334, ext 16.
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Also on the program are works by Shostakovich and Beethoven. “I called the concert ‘Batik’ because our pianist for this performance, Ayke Agus, is a native of Indonesia,” explains Carlson, an award-winning flutist who founded Pacific Serenades 24 years ago. “Ayke specifically asked me to write a piece for violin and piano that would reflect her Indonesian roots. So, just like batik comes in an array of patterns from flowers and animals to people and folklore, I’ve incorporated aspects of Indonesian music into my own style, which is already pretty eclectic.”
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Violinist Roger Wilkie and cellist David Speltz will join Agus at “Batik.” In addition to Carlson’s new work for violin and piano, the musicians will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 and Sonata in C major, Op. 102, No.1 for cello and piano by Beethoven.
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Sun, Apr 25:
4-8 pm DEBBIE RYDER & THE BLUESRYDERS play “ABY'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY / SPRING FLING” at Abuelita's, 137 S Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga; www.abuelitastopanga.com; 310-455-8788.
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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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Sun, Apr 25, every Sun:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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Sun, Apr 25, 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 25, every Sun, through the spring & summer:
5-9 pm “THE GRAND OLE ECHO” country & roots series brings a full lineup each week to The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; www.myspace.com/thegrandoleecho. Several acts on the main stage indoors, plus more live music on the Back Porch Stage, where there’s a BBQ available. Venue has a full bar. All ages, no cover.
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Sun, Apr 25, every Sun:
5 pm NEIL MORROW & MEMPHIS 54 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 4th Sun, every month:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A.; for location, contact Mha Atma Khalsa, WestLAHoot@songmakers.org or 310-203-0162; www.songmakers.org.
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Sun, Apr 25; 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 8 pm Fri, Apr 16 listing. (8 pm Fri & Sat; 5 pm Sun.)
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Sun, Apr 25; Fri-Sun 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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Sun, Apr 25, 4th Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm “BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM” for beginners, at SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande. Info, 805-473-0102.
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Sun, Apr 25, last Sun, every month:
5:45 pm OPEN MIC at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabesguitar.com.
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Sun, Apr 25, every Sun:
6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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Sun, Apr 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm GOIN' SOUTH BAND at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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Bob Stane adds, “The ‘Boys of Goin’ South’ amaze and inspire listeners of all ages with show-stopping performances on the banjo, fiddle, guitars, dobro, mandolin, diddley-bow, jaw harp, stro violin and string bass. Touches of good-hearted humor and old time kindness lace this performance that takes you on a walk back in time to rediscover our early musical roots in America, led by director and fiddle player John Zeretzke. Many of the musicians are award-winning songwriters, recording artists and composers and often record and write music for television, feature films, music for theater, ballet and a various other artistic endeavors.”
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7 pm PETER HIMMELMAN plays McCabe's, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. More at www.peterhimmelman.com. A truly multi-faceted musician, Himmelman is an Emmy-nominated TV composer, an acclaimed creator of children's music and a critically lauded rock troubadour. He's also one of McCabe’s all-time favorite performers, and his past shows there are legendary - evenings filled with spontaneity, hilarity, poignancy, and great music. Booker Lincoln Myerson says, “No two performances are ever the same and we can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve this Sunday.” Tix $20.
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Sun, Apr 25, every Sun:
7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum on food & drink in lieu of cover.
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Sun, Apr 25, last Sun, every month; in the OC:
7-9 pm monthly “ORANGE COUNTY SONGSALIVE! SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Spires Restaurant (in the Meeting Room), 13030 Goldenwest Av (crnr of Garden Grove Bl), Westminster 92683; 714-636-0442; event info, 714-333-8222 (Rodney). Songwriting workshop, critique session and songwriting exercises. Event gathers songwriters to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the global Songsalive! songwriting communities. First half is an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each (on tape, CD or live) followed by a guest speaker or industry discussion in the second half, with time to talk and network. Moderated by Rod O'Riley. Directions, info, www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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Sun, Apr 25, recurring:
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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Sun, Apr 25, 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 25, every Sun:
7:30-10 pm “SUNDAY NIGHT SONG & VARIETY SHOWCASE” is the new OPEN MIC on The Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917. Everybody knows the world-famous Backstage, with its parade of world-class and renowned professional acts – this is the weekly FREE stage in the front of the coffeehouse, “out front,” where you can buy coffeehouse treats and beverages. This series, hosted by Duane Thorin, an experienced performer and soundman who runs the mic levels, the series welcomes “singers, songwriters, and other talents.” Signup starts at 7 pm, and does not close through the night. Duane says, “Plan on two songs at a time, however on busy nights, it may go into a one-song rotation. Stay and repeat if there is time and room on the bill. There is no entry or cover fee, and we hope you will join us for coffee or a snack while you’re there, peruse the artwork for sale on the walls, and invite friends to this comfortable and well known music venue.”Free.
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Sun, Apr 25, last Sun, every month:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont; 909-624-2928. Sign-ups at 7 pm. $1 cover.
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Sun, Apr 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm AMY CLARKE plays an “EARTH DAY SHOW” for those who like an innovative mix of piano-based vocal acoustic, electric and innovative pop, in the House of Blues Sunset Strip Foundation Room, 8430 Sunset Bl, Hollywood 90069; www.hob.com; 323-848-5100; www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/sunsetstrip/foundationroom.php. This Earth Day Show shares proceeds with the 4 Star-rated environmental nonprofit “Amazon Conservation Team” (www.amazonteam.org). Doors at 7 pm for meet & greet, drinks, eco-raffle tix (good prizes). House of Blues Restaurant open for dinner downstairs from 6-9 pm. Free street parking on Sunset Blvd on Sundays. Venue is 21+.
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Sun, Apr 25, every Sun:
“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 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 pm VICTORIA VOX brings her award-winning innovative ukulele, sweet vocals, guitar and “lipsophone” (mouth trumpet) to Room 5, 143 N La Brea Bl (2nd Floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A.; 323-938-2504; www.amalfiristorante.com. The sweetly charming Baltimore-based artist performs worldwide, and is a fixture at ukulele festivals everywhere. Tix available at door, $10.
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Sun, Apr 25, 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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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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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 “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Zoey’s Café, the first one at their new location, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001; dinner reservations, advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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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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“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm PHOEBE BRIDGERS and her friends, ROBERT HARMON and THE HE-MEN, 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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PHOEBE BRIDGERS has played her original acoustic folk all over Los Angeles, including the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, Folk Music Center in Claremont, and the Echo’s Back Porch. Phoebe is an engaging performer for such a young singer, and her own songs are mature and insightful.
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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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Mon, Apr 26, every 4th (& 2nd) Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, Apr 26, 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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Mon, Apr 26, every Mon:
8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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Mon, Apr 26, every Mon:
9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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Mon, Apr 26, every Mon:
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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Mon, Apr 26, every Mon:
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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6-8:15 pm bluesman STAN WEST at Frisella's Roastery in Glendora.
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Tue, Apr 27, 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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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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5:30-8:30 pm “HAPPY HOUR HANG” hosted by Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWiM) at The Fox and Hounds, 11100 Ventura Bl, Studio City 91604; www.thefoxandhounds.com. Open to everyone. Join men and women from all walks of the music industry. Meet new people, re-connect with old contacts, find that new job opportunity, introduce yourself and make the hour work for you. Bring a friend and your business cards. Happy hour pricing good ‘til 7 pm; $1 off beer, wine & well drinks, special 1/2 off on appetizers. Full bar and regular food menu available for purchase. Plus, entertainment at 9 pm. Drawing for LAWIM swag bag that includes one year free membership or extension of current membership. Plenty of area street parking and lots in the back. More at www.lawim.com. No cover.
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Tue, Apr 27, last Tue, every month; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6-8:15 pm STAN WEST at Frisella's Roastery, 179 N Glendora Av, Glendora; 626-852-1810. A bluesman from hat to boots, Stan West is, according to blues expert Bernie Pearl, one of this country's premiere slide guitarists. Vintage Guitar Magazine wrote, "Stan West knows the Blues," and Seven Days adds, "If there is any justice, Stan West would be a legend." He’s still working on that, with his new CD, “Live at Mr. Mike’s.”
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When he played the Fret House, they noted, “Stan West is something of an institution on the Southern Californian blues scene, delighting the patrons of the area's blues clubs with his potent slide guitar riffs for around thirty years, as well as opening for artists like Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter and Robben Ford. A rather astute observer of that four-letter word called ‘life,’ Stan West knows the blues.”
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Stan has quite a history, indeed, including performing on stage with all those luminaries, and even with Janis Joplin. In 1977, a stroke paralyzed one side of his body and robbed him of the ability to play. Overcoming that with a new and unique slide guitar style, he launched the Stan West Band in ’79. Beginning in ’83, he became proprietor of Stan’s Guitar Shop in Glendora. His previous CDs were released in ’94 and ’97. More recently, Stan was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, and has been forced to declare “no more smoke-filled clubs!” Catching Stan perform these days is a rare treat. More at www.stanwest.com. Venue offers great food, beer and wine. Stan says, “Try their tri-tip for a real sandwich treat!”
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Tue, Apr 27, 4th Tue, every month:
6-8:45 pm “COMMUNITY FOLK MUSIC JAM” led by Bea Romano & Jim, is a traditional folk music jam at the Barbara J. Riley Center, 7810 Quill St, Downey 90242; 562-904-7226. Event info, www.folkjam.org; 562-861-7049. All acoustic instruments and singers welcome, as are good listeners. Bea says, “It's a lovely facility. We hope you will join in the fun. There are plenty of armless chairs. Best of all, it's free!”
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6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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6 pm SONGMAKERS “THOUSAND OAKS SONG CIRCLE” at the Greenhouse Café, 652 Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks. Info, www.songmakers.org
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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 27, every Tue; in Menifee:
6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Apr 27, last Tue, every month:
7-8:45 pm GILLI MOON plays her monthly residency and “SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; 323-653-0640. It’s a mostly-acoustic event with guest artists. Gill says, “It features 'moi,' plus a couple of cool cats from Songsalive! - and we all perform in the round on stage. It's really a wonderful night, and starts early, 7 pm stage time.” Venue is known for its Chinese food; call for dinner reserv. Plenty of parking, $7 cover.
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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 27, every Tue; 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 27, every Tue; in Palmdale:
7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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Tue, Apr 27, every Tue:
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 27; world music:
7:30 pm YUVAL RON brings his Oscar-winning Middle Eastern / Mediterranean world music to 15739 Ventura Bl, Encino 91436; 818-788-6000.
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7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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8 pm EVAN J. MARSHALL and BILLY & THE HILLBILLIES, featuring JOHN "SLAP-BASS BILLY" MARSHALL, at the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue - The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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EVAN J. MARSHALL is widely regarded as one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos ever. He possesses an uncanny technique which the Raleigh-Durham Independent called "superhuman," the Los Angeles Times called "remarkable," the Washington Post labeled "truly dazzling," and the Fresno Bee called "mind-boggling." Besides his "obvious virtuosity" (Pasadena Star News), he also has "in color and texture . . . a stunning mastery of interpretation" (St. Paul Pioneer Press). Evan's accomplishments are legendary among other artists of the plucked string: The late Chet Atkins called him "one of the few great musicians of our time;" Don Stiernberg calls him "The Michael Jordan of the mandolin."
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Evan reprises his role with BILLY & THE HILLBILLIES, featuring JOHN "SLAP-BASS BILLY" MARSHALL... JOHN MARSHALL, founder of "Billy and the Hillbillies," has performed for about four million visitors to the Golden Horseshoe Theater at the world's most famous theme park during the course of 18,000 shows spanning 17 years. (Evan played over 10,000 of those shows.) Evan’s brother John brings his "Hillbillies at the Symphony" program to over a dozen of the country's premier orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony & the Houston Symphony. A consummate entertainer, he is widely regarded as the greatest slap-bass virtuoso in the world of Bluegrass. Tix, $20.
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8 pm PACIFIC SERENADES presents the world premiere of founder MARK CARLSON’s new work, “Batik,” for violin and piano, in a performance billed as “’BATIK TO HEAR RATHER THAN WEAR,” at The UCLA Faculty Center, 405 N Hilgard Av, on the UCLA campus in Westwood. Parking is available for $10 in Lot 2. In addition, prior to each concert, dinner at the UCLA Faculty Center is available for Pacific Serenades patrons. Reservations can be made by calling 310-825-0877.
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There are 3 performances in 3 different venues. Sat, Apr 24 at 4 pm is at a private home in Fremont Place; Sun, Apr 25 at 4 pm at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena; Tue, Apr 27 at 8 pm at the UCLA Faculty Center in Westwood.
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Tickets for “Batik” are available online, at www.pacser.org, or by calling 213-534-3434. Tickets for Private Home concerts and the post concert reception are $55/person; for the Neighborhood Church and UCLA Faculty Center, $32/person. (Neighborhood Church and UCLA Faculty Center tickets are interchangeable.) Full time students with valid identification can purchase tickets – at the door only – at the Neighborhood Church or UCLA Faculty Center for $5.
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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 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 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL McCARTHY the second and fourth Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. You can sign-up in advance online at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid .
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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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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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12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30 pm “STORY TIME FUN LAND” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. “StoryTimeFunLand” is an interactive music and story telling hour for the toddler set, and Café specials are featured for the hour.
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MOVED TO FRIDAYS: 5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm.
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6 pm UKULELE CLUB at Nicks Pizza, 43755 15th St West, Lancaster. Uke players begin arriving about 5 pm, meeting starts at 6 pm. Newcomers welcome.
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6:30 pm “TWICE-A-MONTH BLUEGRASS JAM” new for ’09, at Robano's Italian Pizza Kitchen, 10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602. (It’s S of Magnolia, W of Buena Vista, E of Cahuenga.) Jam is in the room behind the bar area. Hosted by Paddy Hill, who wants us to tell you, “All players welcome. Please plan to buy a beer or appetizer (from $5) to get the owner enthusiastic, or better still, a full meal from $9.” Info, contact Paddy Hill at paddyh036@gmail.com. Series began Feb 11. No cover.
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6:45 pm “GILLI MOON & J.WALKER'S SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. Gilli is co-founder of the global Songsalive! songwriters organization. She books different guests, and herself performs each month. More at www.songsalive.org
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7-9 pm “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue as “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” Each week’s guest artists are revealed on the venue’s website. DAVE MORRISON, SEVERIN BROWNE, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & LUKE HALPIN, and numerous other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and his originals have been recorded by Suzy Boggus and the late Johnny Cash. Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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7-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Southside Coffee Co, 105 S "H" St, Lompoc. Info, call Bill, 805-736-8241.
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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 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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7-10 pm (started Jan 7) “KULAK'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Marc Platt wrote, for Music Connection, “Your Wednesday Nights will never be the same after participating in this Group Workshop. The weekly cost is $20, which goes to Kulak’s to help pay the rent. The Workshop… is open to the public for the first four weeks. We will then set our 12-person group writing roster until the end of March. The workshop will be limited to 12 writers. We will break up into groups and work on many styles, genres and topics. You will find it challenging and exhilarating. You can bring instruments and will need to have your own small recording device, as well as a pen and notepad. Marc Platt (from the Sunday Night Performance Workshop) will facilitate with help from Steve Schalchlin. Marc has written music for TV Shows like ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ and others for many years. Steve Schalchlin ran similar workshops for the NAS (National Academy of Songwriters) in the 1990s and is a very accomplished songwriter. His ‘New World Waking’ show is currently running in San Francisco. If you are interested, please email Marc Platt at rotn60@aol.com.”
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7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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Wed, Apr 28, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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Wed, Apr 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ALEX DePUE and MIGUEL DE HOYOS play 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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Venue impresario Bob Stane calls Alex, “One of the Top Five acts ever to appear at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.” Bob says about a show Alex did here, “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see a full fledged fiddle extravaganza. There is no other way to describe it. ....way too big to be in a 49 seat bistro. However, he had a great time and asked to come back (just like every other big time act who gets hooked up with The Coffee Gallery Backstage). Alex is, obviously, classically trained. He does not ‘just’ play but puts on a thorough show. He has a sweet puckish sense of humor and is good looking. This is a ‘class’ act. Not a person in the room stayed in his, or her, seat at the end of the last song. A 100% standing ovation. The audience would not let him off the stage and he played for about an hour. He was mobbed at the CD table after he finally got off stage. Also the nicest person you can imagine, with even a good sense of humor off stage. I am convinced I will never have a finer solo violinist/fiddler on my stage.”
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Russ & Julie of the famed house concert series say of their sold-out event, it’s “the truly AMAZING duo of Alex DePue & Miguel De Hoyos. When Bob Stane of the Coffee Gallery Backstage called us and said ‘You have to book these guys, it'll be the best show you have all year!’ We responded, ‘Who?’ and ‘When can we see them?’ Bob has been booking venues (including the Ice House in Pasadena) for over 50 years and has booked some of the best musicians of all time... so we ran out to see ALEX DePUE and MIGUEL DE HOYOS. He was right, they are INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND EXCITING. Alex is a 2-time national fiddle champion and Miguel is one of the leading guitarists in Mexico. We saw them twice during 2009 and were completely BLOWN AWAY both times! We can't wait to share their magic with you.”
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Your editor has seen them too, and concurs with the enthusiastic superlatives. This duo's music is a jaw-dropping tour de force of Latin, classic rock and show tunes designed to bring audience members to their feet. Standing ovations are the norm not the exception. A chance meeting south of the border, in the Baja coastal town of La Mision, melded the talents of these two stellar musicians known for their fiery performances. Alex Depue and Miguel De Hoyos have recorded two CDs together that are sure to turn some heads. There’s rock ‘n roll on the fiddle and guitar featuring "Dust In The Wind" by Kansas, Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway To Heaven," "All I Ask" from “The Phantom Of The Opera,” and much more.
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ALEX DePUE – a National Fiddle Champion - began taking classical violin lessons at age five. He won his first major competition at age 10, and later - at age 16 - won a competition that entitled him to perform at Carnegie Hall. He has been ranked among the top 10 fiddlers in the nation at the Grand Masters Fiddling Championship.
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MIGUEL De HOYOS is one of the foremost guitarists in all of Mexico. Russ and Julie add, “To say that they are amazing together is quite an understatement. We guarantee one of the best shows you'll see all year! Certainly a GREAT way to start our 2010 series.”
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Check out these short video clips of Alex DePue & Miguel De Hoyos -
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br8bpAmQQ4M
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqH-noIhGgM
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More at www.houseconcerts.us and www.myspace.com/russjuliehouseconcerts. And there are MANY performance videos from Russ & Julie’s series on YouTube, at www.youtube.com/russjuliehousecncrts. Tix for tonight’s show, $20.
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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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Wed, Apr 28, every Wed:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with Dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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8 pm “LAPTOP LYRIC SING ALONG” on the Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917; www.coffeegallery.com. Donna Barnes-Roberts says, “Now, what makes this SingALong special is that we are using everyone's laptops to show the lyrics we want to sing!” She’s started a blog, www.cgsingalong.blogspot.com with songs that may be chosen, including links to the lyrics on the web. Donna adds, “That way, everyone who brings a laptop with WiFi can see the lyrics we are singing.”
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Everybody knows the world-famous Coffee Gallery Backstage, with its parade of professional acts. Now, Duane Thorin hosts this new weekly series, wherein invited artists lead sing-alongs, assisted by other musicians who drop by and want to play. Donna says, “There will be a few musicians to keep us together, but this event is not about showing what a great soloist you are - it is about everyone enjoying themselves, and singing - whether or not everyone is in tune (and I expect there will be sour notes - joy is not always pretty).” Duane adds, “Public invited to sing and play along to songs we all know and love. Musicians and singers welcome! We’ll start with all the Beatles songs and go forward and back from there. No sign up, just show up, sing from the audience or move up front to play along as well. The Coffee Gallery now features soup and sandwiches in the evening, plus coffee drinks, white and dark hot chocolate, pies, smoothies, smiles and good company.” This does NOT take the place of scheduled shows in the Backstage – it’s in addition to scheduled shows there. No cover.
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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Wed, Apr 28, every Wed:
8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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Wed, Apr 28, 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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Wed, Apr 28, 4th Wed every month:
8:30 pm “FESTIVAL OF THE EGG” the monthly all-female musicians’ event, at the Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-2114. $7.
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CANCELLED: 8:30-11:30 pm “WEDNESDAY NITES JAM JUICERS with Trio Accompaniment” series at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243.
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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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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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9 pm BLAME SALLY plays Lestats Coffee, 3343 Adams Av, Normal Heights district of San Diego; 619-282-0437; www.lestats.com. Bob Stane calls them, “an exciting national act.” BLAME SALLY is PAM DELGADO, RENEE HARCOURT, JERI JONES & MONICA PASQUAL - four women - exceptional players from very different musical backgrounds who sing and write with distinctive voices. Sitting between Pasqual's classically influenced keyboards and Delgado's world-influenced percussion, Harcourt and Jones effortlessly trade back and forth the bass and guitar bringing their own Americana and pop flavorings to the mix. It's like Tori Amos meets Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young or... The Beatles meets Rickie Lee Jones. Whatever you call it, it seems to be working. Blame Sally songs are getting played on radio stations all over the country and the band's been touring in California, the Southwest and even in Europe. In 2004 Blame Sally was invited to play three concerts in Italy; they played the main stage to thousands of people at Santa Barbara's Live Oak Music Festival (along with Richard Thompson and Robert Earl Keene among others); headlined Albuquerque's Botanical Garden's Twilight Concerts Series; were featured on United Airline's in-flight programming for two months and were named "One to Watch" on the nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Cafe.” More at www.blamesally.com
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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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“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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11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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4 pm “STORYTELLING WORKSHOP” with ANGELA LLOYD at Hathaway School, 405 E Dollie St, Port Hueneme 93033; 805-488-2217. Info, email Hathaway@huensd.k12.ca.us. More at www.angelalloyd.com
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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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4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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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 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 VERTIGO ROAD (KIM KOPP & DAWNIA DRESSER) and JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe. DALE LaDUKE (Kaedmon, BeaTunes) tells us, it’s “becoming quite a scene. This bass player-songwriter MARK GOLDBERG hosts a fantastic Americana Songwriter Showcase, many times with name songwriters. I try to go as often as possible, because it's always good.” Venue serves Italian food, good coffeehouse treats and beverages. You can bring your own wine with no corking charge. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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7-10 pm “FLAMENCO GUITAR NIGHT” with award-winning flamenco guitarist STEPHEN DICK at Manchego Food From Spain Restaurant, 2510 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-450-3900; www.manchegoonmain.com. Venue serves great tapas and Spanish dinner plates in an elegant and intimate space. STEPHEN DICK - "Esteban de Los Angeles" - has won numerous prizes for his compositions and performances, including an award from the Sur Jerez Flamenco Competition in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for his original 1st album, "Naranjas Amargas." A versatile artist, he is the winner of the Peter Frampton award for excellence in contemporary music, and his compositions for the guitar have been published in Italy, and in the US by Columbia Music Company. He won the Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for his "Sonatina for Solo Guitar," and a Meet the Composer's grant for his realization of Federico 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 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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Thu, Apr 29, every Thu, in Temecula:
7:30 “JAZZ AT THE MERC” series hosted by SHERRY WILLIAMS at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Thursday, the audience is treated to a different jazz group in the intimate space known as "The Merc." One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Info, schedules, www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/presents/merc.aspx
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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-10 pm SONGSALIVE! SHOWCASE at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. A full evening of entertainment from local songwriters, hosted by MAUREEN DOHERTY. Songsalive is now booking for various dates in 2007, and seeking singer-songwriters to perform; info: hotline at 310-238-0359 or email usa@songsalive.org; www.songsalive.org. No cover, $5 donation requested.
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8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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CALJAS ARTISTS WEEKLY JAZZ PERFORMANCE NIGHT at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. It’s a new venue, said to be beautiful, serving food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy. The venue is part of the newly-renovated Claremont Packing House. Proprietress Nancy Tessier’s father, Refugio "Coco" Lopez, plays alto, and she wanted her club to feature an array of jazz singers. This led to a fortuitous connection with Dale Boatman, founder and president of the California Jazz Arts Society. CalJAS is a powerful force in bringing some of the best jazz artists in Southern California, especially singers, to restaurants, clubs and other performance spaces in eastern Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, an area that previously had relatively few opportunities for jazz musicians to perform.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-8:30 pm. Happy hour 4-7 pm, M-F. No cover.
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9 pm-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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11th Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” in Ojai, with many, many presentations, runs Thu, Apr 29-Sun, May 2.
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7:30 pm MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO play the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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8 pm BLAME SALLY plays The Mint in L.A.
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8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play reaches its closing weekend (after a long expension) at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica.
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10 pm-2 am “DO SOMETHING BLUE BLUES DANCE” with WUMBLOOZO at the Pasadena City Dance Center.
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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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11th Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” in Ojai, with many, many presentations, including Willy Claflin, storyteller and goat whisperer, and Ed Stivender, Nancy Donoval, Angela Lloyd, David Gonzales, Samite of Uganda, Hobey Ford, Motoko of Japan. You can listen to a very short story from Willy Claflin 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. More at www.ojaistoryfest.org
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS with violin, cello, clarinet, and voices, at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
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5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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“SAN PEDRO SHANTY SING” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Audrey Coleman wrote in FolkWorks, “If you arrive at the official start time, you'll find a chair at the table and friendly people who will let you look at their shanty books so you can sing along. No singing background required. Many of the twenty or so shanty fans who gather around the long wooden dinner table in the restaurant's cozy upstairs meeting room are volunteers with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. They sail ‘tall ship’ sail boats for youth training programs run by the Institute. For them, learning the songs that powered the labor on the 19th century clipper ships has become an extension of learning to sail the ships themselves. Added attractions are Alan's pennywhistle and concertina, Jeff's banjo, Kim's collection of flutes, and Dustin and Lindsay's robust baritone voices. When the table fills up, more chairs are set up around the room. And the Guinness flows freely till about 10:30 pm.” Venue is celebrated in the Yahoo! Travel Guide as “the only Authentic British Restaurant in the South Bay of Los Angeles.”
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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7:30 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 and www.myspace.com/vocoinfo.
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MOIRA SMILEY is a tremendously versatile singer who won the prestigious Vocal Championship at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. Moira is a musician and composer, a veteran of the world music VIDA ensemble, and she often performs with the Irish music group MOLLY'S REVENGE as guest vocalist and accordion player. With her own group, VOCO, Moira and her group are a showcase of wonderful vocal harmonies and body percussion that is unlike anything you can experience in other folk music shows. In this lineup, Moira sings, plays banjo and accordion, and is joined by her vocal ensemble and – for some songs – their cello and guitar. All four women sing and play body percussion, a combination of claps, slaps, and stomps. Their four amazing voices harmonize and intertwine in music ranging from Appalachia to Eastern Europe. Their inclusion of old hymns, traditional folk songs, a bit of classical music, contemporary songs, and more, displays their mastery of vocal music. Whether singing a cappella or with instruments, their music delights. They throw-in a bit of Vaudeville and it’s a whole lot of fun, as they present a wonderful evening of joyous and affecting music. A reviewer for Seven Days wrote, "World folk fans, take note: Moira Smiley & VOCO harness high-voltage harmonies with Smiley's signature vocal arrangements. Not afraid to mix Bartok with street-singing ... a genre-bending world tour of rootsy tunes. EXPECT GOOSEBUMPS."
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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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“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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8 pm BLAME SALLY plays The Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, L.A.; 323-954-9630; www.themintla.com. Bob Stane calls them, “an exciting national act.” BLAME SALLY is PAM DELGADO, RENEE HARCOURT, JERI JONES & MONICA PASQUAL - four women - exceptional players from very different musical backgrounds who sing and write with distinctive voices. Sitting between Pasqual's classically influenced keyboards and Delgado's world-influenced percussion, Harcourt and Jones effortlessly trade back and forth the bass and guitar bringing their own Americana and pop flavorings to the mix. It's like Tori Amos meets Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young or... The Beatles meets Rickie Lee Jones. Whatever you call it, it seems to be working. Blame Sally songs are getting played on radio stations all over the country and the band's been touring in California, the Southwest and even in Europe. In 2004 Blame Sally was invited to play three concerts in Italy; they played the main stage to thousands of people at Santa Barbara's Live Oak Music Festival (along with Richard Thompson and Robert Earl Keene among others); headlined Albuquerque's Botanical Garden's Twilight Concerts Series; were featured on United Airline's in-flight programming for two months and were named "One to Watch" on the nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Cafe.” More at www.blamesally.com
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8 pm PIRATES OF THE BLACK SWAN, plus CAPTAIN RON ELY 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; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com.
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They routinely pack the house when they play here, and venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Batten down the hatches. Secure the main lines, for this ship be a rockin' tonight!” Captain Ron Ely performs his maritime music (including an original that had its world premiere on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks”) with his trusted guitar and mouth harp, singing songs from many ports of call. Then, me hearties, as Bob says, “Belay yourselves, for the Pirates of the Black Swan board the main deck to perform bone rattlin’ pirate rock in full pirate regalia, with nautical wit and mayhem. Guaranteed to get your peg leg a tappin' with nautical wit and seafaring music.” The band explains, “We are a five piece crew with strong vocals, two guitars, woodwinds, harmonica and fiddle. Some dancing and singing by the wenches. A costumed extravaganza. Come in pirate gear if it suits you. No parrots, please. Come aboard and sail with us.” Your editor enjoys this act, the only one he likes that uses backing and loop tracks, because they are still very musical and quite entertaining. More at www.myspace.com/piratesoftheblackswanmusic. Tix, $15.
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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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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play reaches its closing weekend (after a long expension) at Edgemar Center For the Arts, on the Main Stage, 2437 Main St, Santa Monica. See complete description in the 8 pm Fri, Apr 16 listing. (8 pm Fri & Sat; 5 pm Sun.)
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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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Fri, Apr 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 pm-2 am “DO SOMETHING BLUE BLUES DANCE” with WUMBLOOZO at the Pasadena City Dance Center, 1368 N Lake Av, Pasadena 91104; www.dosomethingblue.com. Lots of street parking available. Wumbloozo is a fine band that had ‘em on their feet at the Concert for Haiti. The band says, “Get your blues on in an atmosphere that's just for listening to the music and dancing!” Admission, $12, and that includes a free blues dance lesson from 9-10 pm.
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(updated April 5 - Check back frequently for more.)
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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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Sat, May 1, festival, in Claremont, a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10 am-6 pm 29th annual “CLAREMONT FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL” presented by the Folk Music Center & Museum, and held at Sycamore Elementary School, 225 West 8th St, Claremont 91711; info, 909- 624-2928, for the Folk Music Festival. Over 20 workshops, 3 live stages featuring fine performers, kids activities, artisans faire, and much more. After taking a year’s hiatus, this favorite event is back.
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Main Stage: SQUEAKIN WHEELS, VOCO, CLIFF WAGNER & OLD NUMBER 7, YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE, DA LION.
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Courtyard Stage: RAY MCNAMARA, ROSS ALTMAN, SUSIE GLAZE, LIL REV, FRED SOKOLOW.
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Kids Stage: SUGAR MOUNTAIN MAMAS, HAPPY CROWD, TOM FREUND.
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Vocal Music: SUSIE GLAZE, ROSS ALTMAN, VOCO.
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Dance:
Mid Eastern Drumming & Dance: VILLAGE MANDALA.
African Drum & Dance: LEON MOLEY.
Plus - Contra Dance, Latin Drumming & Dance.
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Instrumental Music: Taiko Drumming, Slide Guitar (Bob Brozman), Didg (Joel Harper), Harp (Cynthia Artish), Guitar-Fretboard Roadmap (Fred Sokolow), Ukulele Beginners (Jeff Odien), Ukulele Soloing (Lil Rev), Native Flute (Elk Whistle), Harmonica (Bill Barrett), Hammer Dulcimer (Patti Ameolette), Community Drum Circle.
Kids Workshops: Ray McNamara, Vernon Lewis, Happy Crowd, Rufie. Plus, Children's Song Quilt, Face Painting.
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Sat, May 1:
Annual “ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL” in downtown South Pasadena includes DAVID LINDLEY among 20 acts on multiple stages. Info at www.southpasadena.org
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Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2, festival, in Sierra Madre:
Annual “SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR“ in and around Memorial Park, 222 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; www.sierramadrelibraryfriends.org. Music on two stages includes good folky-roots-acoustic bands, with THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS (www.thetumblingtumbleweeds.com) on Sat at 2 pm. Event is a benefit for the Sierra Madre Public Library, and includes dozens of painters, watercolor artists, fine art photographers, and lots of music. Free admission.
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Sat-Sun, May 1-2; (began Thu, Apr 29), in Ojai; festival, a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 am-11:15 pm 11th Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” presented by Performances To Grow On, in Ojai, with many, many performances, including storytellers Ed Stivender, Nancy Donoval, Angela Lloyd, Willy Claflin, David Gonzales, Samite of Uganda, Hobey Ford, Motoko of Japan, and Willy Claflin, storyteller and goat whisperer. You can listen to a very short story from Willy 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 www.ojaistoryfest.org and www.ptgo.org or call 805-646-8907.
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Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2; festival, in Brea:
9 am-5 pm “RAILROAD DAYS” in Downtown Brea / Birch St, W of Brea Bl & Railroad tracks, at Berry, N of Imperial Hwy; www.scrpa.net.
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Formerly known as the annual “FULLERTON RAILROAD DAYS,” the event moves this year to downtown Brea. Railroad Days is a free outdoor weekend event with plenty of music, filled with displayed railroad equipment, model trains, gifts, children's activities, community exhibits, vendors, food, entertainment and fun. (Stop by the Women in Railroading Booth.) Free.
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Sat, May 1, 8, 15 & 29;Jun 5:
Noon “WEST COAST ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” competition at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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“The revival and growing popularity of American roots music has sparked the naissance of the ‘West Coast Rockabilly Showdown,’ a competition to find the best unsigned rockabilly band in the region,” says the event’s press release. The Showdown is in conjunction with the 2nd Annual “Spring Concert Series” that kicks-off Sat, May 1 at the Orange County Market Place, the fairgrounds’ weekend swap meet.
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Cash awards totaling $2,500 go to the four top bands; 1st place winner gets the opportunity to open for a nationally-recognized Rockabilly band in June. (Date and headlining act for the finale event tba).
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Showdown competition concerts are Saturdays in May, on May 1, 8, 15 & 29, with three bands performing in competition on each date (12 bands in all). One winner will be selected each day to compete in the 4-band semifinal on Sat, Jun 5.
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Each band performs a 30-minute set on an outdoor stage; different bands perform at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. A metered audience voice vote determines the day’s winner, with an official serving as tie breaker, if needed.
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The top bands from each competition date will vie for cash awards on Sat, Jun 5. First place band receives $1,000 and opens for the featured band at the finale concert. Second place wins $750, third place wins $500 and fourth place wins $250. For Showdown info, contact Mark Liddell at fivestartalent@cox.net or 949-366-1854.
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Classic car exhibitions accompany all Saturday competition dates, plus the date the winning band opens for a top-name Rockabilly band. Vendor opportunities are available by contacting Erik Lackey at elackey@ocmarketplace.com or 949-723-6660.
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In addition to the Rockabilly Showdown events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series includes ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS on Sun, May 2, and LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS on Sun, May 30. (Other Sundays have rock tribute bands.) All bands perform at noon and 2 pm.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” is the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs Sat, Jul 10 and WOODSTOCK MUD plays Sun, Jul 11; shows at noon and 2 pm.
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Admission to the swap meet and these music events (“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERTS” and “WOODSTOCK WEEKEND”) is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2, in North Carolina:
Annual “MERLEFEST” in Wilkesboro, NC. One of the classic folk/roots music festivals in America. Someday we’ll go…
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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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Sat, May 1:
7 pm THE DUO TONES at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Veteran rock-instrumental masters PAUL JOHNSON & GIL ORR have hit upon a unique and winning idea: by leaving out the drums and bass, they put the focus on their delightful dual-guitar interplay (both acoustic and electric), which lends fresh appeal to the surf-instro genre.
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PAUL JOHNSON co-founded the pioneer '60s surf band, the Belairs, best known for their hit, "Mr. Moto." He currently plays with the Surfaris, best-known for their hit, "Wipeout."
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GIL ORR has been with the Chantays since the '60s, including participating in their hit, "Pipeline." With two popular CDs and a growing visibility (they were a big hit last year on "A Prairie Home Companion"), the Duo-tones are creating a stir among many music fans who are discovering for the first time just how rich this stuff can be when played with the skill and authority that Paul and Gil bring to it. Venue impresario Bob Stane adds, “Always a fave act here. Many encores for a reason.” Tix $18.
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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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Sat, May 1:
8 pm BABY DEE plus special guest JONATHAN WILSON, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $24.50.
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Sun, May 2:
Noon & 2 pm ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS play the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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Coming Sun, May 30: LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS. (Other Sundays have rock tribute bands.) All bands perform at noon and 2 pm.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” is the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs Sat, Jul 10 and WOODSTOCK MUD plays Sun, Jul 11; shows at noon and 2 pm.
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“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” band competition events are here most Saturdays in May, through Sat, Jun 5.
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Admission to the swap meet and these music events (“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERTS” and “WOODSTOCK WEEKEND”) is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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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:
3 pm ELLEN & STEVE - THE STAPENHORST SIBLINGS - at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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“Where have those two been?” The question echos through the Backstage... Well, they’re back, and all will be answered when Ellen and Steve Stapenhorst return for their first Coffee Gallery appearance in over two years. Though Ellen has never left the road and the performing circuit, the two have a long history as brother and sister music-makers. Their sibling magic shows in the twists and turns of their unpredictable humor and musical synchronicity, and they figure they’ll keep getting-along as long as they don’t know which one Mom liked best.
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Ellen, winding up a west coast tour, brings new songs (as well as old favorites) and a brand-new CD, “Shifting Sand,” her 4th album of original music. Ellen’s warmth and humor, along with her accessible, well-crafted songs, turn a roomful of strangers into a group of friends. Her “damn fine set of pipes!” (as folksinger Tim Curry observes) send her lyrics and melodies right to the heart, helped by her fine guitar and occasional fiddle playing. Steve’s compelling 6 and 12 string guitars, harmonies, and original songs fill-out the show. Born with an entertainer’s soul, Steve was on stage with his music long before he became an actor (seen recently in episodes of “Mad Men,” “Cold Case,” “ER,” “Mental,” and “The Young and The Restless”). And, yes, once upon a time, JOHN DENVER did open for Steve Stapenhorst.
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Ellen and Steve, who have performed on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” tell us, “Come for an afternoon that promises to be touching, funny, and thought-provoking. Oh, and please don’t tell Bob about the monkeys.” Uhh, if we understood that reference, we’d tell you. Perhaps they’ll explain it if you ask. Tix, $15.
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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, May 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MURPHY’S FLAW plus opening act THE ABSENTEES at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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Murphy's Flaw is a fast-moving, very comedic bluegrass band now in its second incarnation - during which it's “swollen like a carbuncle” to seven members. “The Flaw,” as their fans call them, likes to say that the band “started when the members were thrown together haphazardly as terms of their parole.”
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Bluegrass as a community service? Hardly.They've won at the local Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest each year they've entered except for last year, when they came in NINETH. That resulted in a well-attended "Recriminations and Excuses" concert. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Their well-intentioned bluegrass music will keep you riveted to your seat. This is mostly because the Flaw uses real rivets, so be sure to bring Band-Aids and some kind of disinfectant.” (The Flaw’s humor is contagious.)
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The band, never accused of having business sense, may have t-shirts for sale, or you can bring a blank one and they'll draw on it. They'd love to sell you a CD, but they can't figure-out how to work the recorder. As Roseanne Rosadanna said, it's always something.
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Plus special guests THE ABSENTEES, an eclectic roots music trio. MATT WITLER is a high-school senior who has been playing the mandolin for the past five years – he’s a member of The Flaw and The Absentees. PATRICK GUNNING is currently attending law school at UCLA but plays music on the side. He is proficient on several different instruments. JOHN ROSEN, banjo master, has been part of the L.A. bluegrass banjo scene for decades. His smooth style adds a lot to the group. Tix, $15.
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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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Mon, May 3; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with mandolin phenom EVAN MARSHALL playing an opening set, then joining the band on fiddle, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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They’re one of, if not "the" most historical Western bands in the world. They were named by your editor, writing FolkWorks’ “Top Ten / Best of 2008” as the Best Acoustic Band in L.A. In earlier incarnations and as today’s Riders, they’ve done music for, and “back-when,” starred in, films and radio – from post-WWII to today. Today's Riders, under the leadership of Cody Bryant, put on a show rich with old and new music. Band members are virtuoso musicians. Their instruments include five-string banjo, hot lead guitar, multiple fiddles, steel guitar, upright bass, drums, and consummate vocals. While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that carries-on and builds-upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. The Riders bring hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, always leave their audience wanting more.
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Music journalist Larry Wines wrote of one performance that they were “ethereal and orchestral. They exceeded musicianship. They exceeded their genre.”
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Venue impresario Bob Stane adds, “Their sound and show makes you feel that all is well in the West. You owe it to yourself to see this most amazing and amusing exhibit. Forget what you think you like and don’t like. See The Riders Of The Purple Sage.” Tix, $19.99.
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Mon, May 3:
8 pm THE HOLD STEADY perform acoustic for “The Drop” series of album releases at the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org. Be among the first, in an intimate audience of 200, to hear Brooklyn-based rock band THE HOLD STEADY discuss and perform selections from their new album, “Heaven is Whenever” (on Vagrant), the day before its release. This is the group NPR christened “America’s Bar Band.” They’ll field questions about the songwriting, production, and creative influences behind the album. Following the interview, the band will take questions from the audience and perform several songs acoustically. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tix on sale Mon, Apr 12, in-person at the Museum Box Office, or through Ticketmaster.com, or at 800-745-3000. Tix $15.
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Tue, May 4:
7 pm THE SWINGING ARMANI BROTHERS is a “dinner-and-a-show” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue.”)
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Yep, a DINNER SHOW, with dinner at 7, show at 8 pm. An Italian delight, probably with opera singers (they’ve taken part, the last two times). Dinner is a catered Italian buffet. And it’s “Italian Party Night” with the Swingin’ Armani Brothers, with a drawing for an Armani mandolin signed by the band, as well as other Italiana flavored items. Tap your toe and sway to classic Neopolitan Italian folk music with a little Frank & Dino thrown in. It’s violin, mandolin, guitar, bass and percussion by the Brothers, who, very often, suspiciously in certain light, look remarkably like members of the Riders of the Purple Sage, but in pinstripes. Legend has it the Brothers stowed away on a freighter carrying olive oil from the old country to pursue their musical dreams in the Small Apple; see them before their green cards expire. The Coffee Gallery has cleverly stolen them away from a nearly endless tour of Italian restaurant lounges to perform for you once again at the Coffee Gallery. Venue impresario Bob Stane consumed gallons of lattes in his caffeinated and fevered pursuit of this singing but unsung and largely cult act, so that his loyal music lovers could enjoy them in the safe and relaxing confines of the Coffee Gallery. Jackson Armani (aka EVAN MARSHALL) dazzles with his mandolin virtuosity and his oh so romantic violin. Codio (aka CODY BRYANT) croons the night away. Bob adds, “Relax, dance the tarantella with a ‘Stranger In The Night’ and sing along with your new found Italian friends to ‘That’s Amore.’ Come hungry! All this for only $24.99, including dinner.”
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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:
6:30 pm KOFFEEHOUSE MUSIC NIGHT at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. More at www.koffeehouse.com and www.myspace.com/thekoffeehouse.
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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:
7 pm “MUSICARES MAP FUND BENEFIT CONCERT: CELEBRATING WOMEN IN RECOVERY” at Club Nokia, 777 Chick Hearn Ct, downtown L.A. 90015; www.nokiatheatrelalive.com. More at www.goldenvoice.com and www.myspace.com/goldenvoice. Tix went on sale Apr 2: $35, $150 VIP Balcony.
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Fri, May 7; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm The TOM CORBETT BAND with special opening guest JILL FREEMAN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”).
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THE TOM CORBETT BAND, just beginning to tour their already-acclaimed new CD, "Tonight I Ride," returns to one of there favorite venues and brings along a very special artist Jill Freeman for a wonderful double bill. (Their recent CD release show at the Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor, was sold-out, standing room only.)
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Tom, a former member of the ACOUISTICATS and JOHN MCEUEN'S STRING WIZARDS, toured with ROBIN AND LINDA WILLIAMS on their last three west coast tours. He heads a band of all-stars. BILL KNOPF on banjo and some guitar, and DAVID FERGUSON on guitar make a stellar trio.
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Tom's new CD, "Tonight I Ride," features some wonderful guest musicians, but the 3-piece band does just fine performing the album’s batch of new songs, and Tom says they have been “feverishly working on their ‘Vegas Style’ dance moves. The choreography is coming along but the flaming torch juggling is still a work in progress.” Venue impresario Bob Stane adds, “We suggest flame-retardant clothing or an extinguisher for this fine groups' ‘flying flaming feet and finger folly.’ Say that 10 times really fast and come on out for a fun night.” More at www.tomcorbett.net
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JILL FREEMAN has been a professional singer-songwriter for over 20 years. Her solo album, "Songs about Sex and Depression," on Magic Records, received rave reviews and resulted in placement of her songs in several motion pictures. One of these is a featured recording by EMI artists ONCE BLUE of her song "Kisses Good" in Touchstone Pictures’ "Mister Wrong," starring Ellen Degeneres. Jill's songs have been heard on TV shows including “Roswell,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Providence,” “Who Wants to Marry my Dad?,” “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest,” and “Meet My Folks.” Recently, she enjoyed collaborating with blues guitar legend ROBBEN FORD on his album, "Keep on Running." Jill continues to write and perform solo and with her husband, songwriter-producer Joel Wachbrit. Tix, $15.
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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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“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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Sat & Sun, May 8 & 9:
9 am-6 pm 2nd annual “NATIONAL TRAIN DAY - RAILROAD DAYS” plus “SAN BERNARDINO BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION” at the historic San Bernardino Railroad Depot. It’s “a weekend full of model train layouts, historical exhibits, old cars & trucks, vendors, food, entertainment and fun,” and this year, it’s in conjunction with the city’s 200th birthday. More at the City of San Bernardino website. If you go, be sure to tour the “San Bernadino History & RR Museum” inside the landmark Santa Fe Depot (the unmistakable huge structure of Moorish architecture and oval-topped domed towers). And look for the “Women in Railroading” booth - they have produced film and music.
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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, 15 & 29;Jun 5:
Noon “WEST COAST ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” competition at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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“The revival and growing popularity of American roots music has sparked the naissance of the ‘West Coast Rockabilly Showdown,’ a competition to find the best unsigned rockabilly band in the region,” says the event’s press release. The Showdown is in conjunction with the 2nd Annual “Spring Concert Series” that kicks-off Sat, May 1 at the Orange County Market Place, the fairgrounds’ weekend swap meet.
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Cash awards totaling $2,500 go to the four top bands; 1st place winner gets the opportunity to open for a nationally-recognized Rockabilly band in June. (Date and headlining act for the finale event tba).
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Showdown competition concerts are Saturdays in May, on May 1, 8, 15 & 29, with three bands performing in competition on each date (12 bands in all). One winner will be selected each day to compete in the 4-band semifinal on Sat, Jun 5.
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Each band performs a 30-minute set on an outdoor stage; different bands perform at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. A metered audience voice vote determines the day’s winner, with an official serving as tie breaker, if needed.
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The top bands from each competition date will vie for cash awards on Sat, Jun 5. First place band receives $1,000 and opens for the featured band at the finale concert. Second place wins $750, third place wins $500 and fourth place wins $250. For Showdown info, contact Mark Liddell at fivestartalent@cox.net or 949-366-1854.
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Classic car exhibitions accompany all Saturday competition dates, plus the date the winning band opens for a top-name Rockabilly band. Vendor opportunities are available by contacting Erik Lackey at elackey@ocmarketplace.com or 949-723-6660.
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In addition to the Rockabilly Showdown events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series includes ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS on Sun, May 2, and LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS on Sun, May 30. (Other Sundays have rock tribute bands.) All bands perform at noon and 2 pm.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” is the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs Sat, Jul 10 and WOODSTOCK MUD plays Sun, Jul 11; shows at noon and 2 pm.
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Admission to the swap meet and these music events (“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERTS” and “WOODSTOCK WEEKEND”) is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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Sat, May 8, festival; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
12:30-8 pm 20th annual “DYLANFEST” at St. Anthony School, 233 Lomita, El Segundo. Dylanfest is over 7 hours of the music of Bob Dylan performed by over 50 musicians and hosted by ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER and their band, HARD RAIN. The fest is held outside, adjacent to the gym, rain or shine. A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Anthony Elementary School.
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Check out samples of last year's Dylanfest at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyhpJ6yUhc4 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsZhj35CVpc.
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Food and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for purchase at the show. No outside food or drink. Bring a beach chair for seating. Advance tickets are available now through PayPal at www.andyandrenee.com. More info, contact Andy at 310-324-3663 or andyhillmusic@hotmail.com. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for adults. Children under age 12 are $10.
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Sat, May 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm IAN WHITCOMB & FRED SOKOLOW at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue.”)
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Here they are, “Mr. Good Time Vaudeville” and “Mr. Jazz Man,” gentlemen of great fun and world renown: IAN WHITCOMB has two hit records and a Grammy Award, and remains an ever-amusing expatriate British singer-songwriter, immersed in Old Time Americana. Ian is an original eclectic entertainer, and he will perform and reminise on his 36-year career and how, as a Trinity College Dublin student, he became a coffee house performer of British Music Hall songs and 50s rock & roll and then, swiftly, a British Invasion rock star in 1965. After that he headed back into the past, researching and writing books and making records and documentaries about the glorious era of Tin Pan Alley and Vaudeville. Along the way he produced Mae West albums, a film about how R&B started in Los Angeles, and one about singing cowboys in Lone Pine. He won a Grammy and a nomination for his Rhino CD, "Titanic, Music As Played On The Fateful Voyage." He and his lovely wife and dog live just around the corner from the Altadena venue, in what Ian calls, “The Greenwich Village of Los Angeles.”
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FRED SOKOLOW is a renowned musician who specializes in guitar and banjo and spans every field including pop, folk and jazz. He does seminars in both banjo and guitar and has several CDs to his credit. His gigs are diverse and include Harrah's - in Las Vegas, Tahoe and Reno - to Donte's Jazz Club, McCabe's, and many other venues. He has toured with Bobbie Gentry, Jim Stafford, Tom Paxton and The Limeliters. Tix, $15.
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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:
8 pm BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY & THE CAIRO GANG at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $20.
(Note: this takes the place of the previously-announced show with JENNIFER WARNES.)
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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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And Ronny Cox is a fine songwriter and folk singer who earned “Listener Favorite” honors on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve Romances, and real-life anthems.
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Ronny’s newest CD, "Songs... with Repercussions" was reviewed by the Guide’s editor in FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org/content/view/36151/167), en-route to reaching # 1 on the Folk DJ playlist, and finishing as # 48 for the entire year. Ronny’s all-star band of award-winning musicians joins him for this performance. They are KAREN MAL on mandolin, RADOSLAV LORKOVIC on accordion and keyboards, DAVID FERGUSON on guitar, JOHN COX (Ronny’s son) on bass. More at www.ronnycox.com.
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Sat, May 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm 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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Sat, May 8:
8 pm monthly “SABRINA & CRAIG'S ACOUSTIC L.A.” brings TOM FREUND and STEVE KEY, plus performing hosts SABRINA & CRAIG, at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. Series runs 2nd Sat, every month, with different guest recording artists, playing acoustic.
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Sabrina says, the series “came about through fond yearnings of a time before iTunes and iPods. For places like the Historic Ash Grove Coffeehouse in Hollywood and the bohemian places in Greenwich Village where music came directly from the instrument being held in the artist's hands and the voice that came directly from their hearts. For audiences that yearn for more than the Top 40 same-old-same-old, we are taking music back to its roots.” More on tonight’s show & the series at www.myspace.com/acousticla, and info on Sabrina & Craig at www.SabrinaandCraig.com and www.MySpace.com/SabrinaandCraig. Venue offers soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. $10 cover.
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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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Sun, May 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY” with JIM "KIMO" WEST AND FRIENDS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue.”)
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Ki ho'alu, or slack key guitar, is one of the world's most unique acoustic guitar traditions and traces its roots to the Big Island of Hawaii in the 1830's, even pre-dating the blues. It is from the finger-picked slack key guitar style that steel guitar evolved and forever changed the sound of American western swing and country music.
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Celebrate the serene and spiritual sound of "ki ho'alu" in this special Mother's Day show with Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jim "Kimo" West. As an added treat, Kimo will perform with traditional HULA DANCERS and will feature some very special guests, including MITCH CHANG, who will share his talents on ukulele and slack key. Leis will be complimentary for moms.
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Hawaiian slack key evokes the beauty, serenity and aloha spirit of Hawaii, bringing the listener to the islands by way of its "nahenahe" or sweet and gentle sound. When visiting the tiny hamlet of Hana, Maui, in 1985, Kimo discovered records by the legendary Gabby Pahinui, Sonny Chillingworth and Ray Kane, and was immediately drawn to the gentle rhythm of slack key.
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Jim "Kimo" West is well-known in the world of ki ho'alu having performed at many of the Hawaii slack key festivals and has shared the stage with many of the living masters of slack key. He recently was a featured performer at the sold-out “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLACK KEY FESTIVAL” in January and often plays at many of the area's "ho'olaule'a" celebrations. He is a two-time winner of the “L.A. Treasures” award from the L.A. Dept. of Cultural Affairs, a winner of the “Hawaii Music Award” and a “Na Hoku Hanohano” (the Hawaiian "Grammy") nominee. He has created many of his own proprietary tunings for slack key which have been added to George Winston's comprehensive directory of ki ho'alu tunings on the Dancing Cat records website. As a composer, Kimo's slack key music has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered;" TV spots for Honda, a Disney Channel film, and many documentaries and compilation CD's. Check him out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgT8e1uj95g and more at www.jimkimowest.com and www.myspace.com/jimkimowest. Tix, $15.
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Sun, May 9:
7 pm BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY & THE CAIRO GANG at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $20.
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Mon, May 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm DIXIE CHICKS members EMILY ROBISON & MARTIE MAGUIRE perform as the COURT YARD HOUNDS at the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; www.grammymuseum.org; 213-765-6803. Be among the first, as part of an intimate audience of 200, to hear these critically-acclaimed musicians discuss and perform selections from their new album and side-project, “Court Yard Hounds” (Columbia Records), just days after its release. Robison and Maguire will field questions about the inspiration, creative influences, and new sounds contained on the album. Following the interview, the sisters will take questions from the audience and perform several songs from the CD. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Presented as an “American Express Presents The Drop” event; presale tickets (exclusive payment method is American Express) can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com for $30. Ticket purchase includes a copy of the new album. All proceeds benefit The GRAMMY Museum.
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Tue, May 11; world music:
7:30 pm ROGER STEFFENS’ “LIFE OF BOB MARLEY” at the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; www.grammymuseum.org; 213-765-6803. Commemorating the 29th anniversary of the late Bob Marley’s passing, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Roger Steffens' critically-acclaimed "Life of Bob Marley" show. The live multi-media presentation has been hailed as "the definitive history of the reggae king" and “the next best thing to seeing Bob Marley live.” Steffens, recently designated by the Jamaica Observer as one of “The Top Ten Most Influential People in Reggae,” owns the internationally-acclaimed Reggae Archives, containing the world’s largest repository of Marley memorabilia. During the evening, Steffens will screen rare and unreleased video footage and photos while recounting Marley’s legendary life story. Doors open at 7 pm. Tix on sale Mon, Apr 19, in-person at the Museum Box Office, or through Ticketmaster.com, or at 800-745-3000. Tix $10.
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Tue, May 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue.”)
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Okay, so they seem pretentious when they bill themselves as “The Band that won the West!” and we’re unsure of the source of the quote calling them, “The Marx Brothers meet the Sons of the Pioneers!”
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That said, this a WONDERFUL show. It’s the best show you haven’t yet seen this year in L.A. They are funny, musically solid, with great originals that sound like 1930s classics, and their multi-instrument young virtuoso CHLOE FEORANZANO must be seen and heard before she runs-off to one of the big-name music colleges later this year.
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At the band’s very first performance, they played for Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry and Keely Smith. Now YOU can see ‘em too, as they perform tunes from their upcoming new radio show.
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Lead singer and guitarist WILL RYAN has opened for such folks as Rick Nelson, Pure Prairie League and Lionel Hampton. His songs have been recorded by the likes of the Okay Corral Chorale, the Pointer Sisters and Patti LaBelle. (Not to mention characters like Tigger, the Grinch and the Muppets). Will’s won Emmy and WGA nominations and Golden Cactus and Annie Awards. And he’s still humble.
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Legendary Instrumental Wizards WESTY WESTENHOFER (on bass, tuba and radiator) and JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS (on guitar, flavelette and banjo) are Will’s sidekicks. You may recall them as the front men of the PALM SPRINGS YACHT CLUB, when they worked with the Smothers Brothers, Steve Allen and Julie Andrews. Their “Bilabial Fricitation” demonstration has been identified by the CDC as the source of the world-wide breakout of “Flabbergastosity.”
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Will’s new band member “CACTUS CHLOE” FEORANZO is back again to wow the crowd. The 17-year old sax and clarinet wunderkind, who’s now tripling on mandolin, is a musical joy to behold. “The Annie Oakley of the horn section” never misses a note. Plus, as venue impresario Bob Stane Chloe quips, “Chloe adds an impressive touch of maturity to the gang’s general hi-jinks.”
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Back with the band from his own European tour is violinist “BUCK” BENNY BRYDERN, the International Buckaroo who iperforms with JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS and the HOT CLUB QUARTETTE. Will says Benny “adds an effortless air of Gothic mystery to the goings-on.”
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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, 131 S St John St, Pasadena 91105. 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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Thu, May 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm RIP MASTERS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue.”)
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Rip plays his music all over the world, and is well-known as a singer, writer and instrumentalist. Arriving on the scene as house pianist and recording artist for the seminal Rollin Rock label, Rip lent his skills to recordings by Gene Vincent, Jack Cochran, Ray Campi, and many others. An enthusiastic exponent of Boogie Woogie, Rip led his own bands in his own blend of Rockabilly and roots Americana styles. Rip started as a singer, and it shows. He can rock with the best of them, but he is also equally at home on a ballad or mid-tempo shuffle. Rip performs mostly original material, but loves to interpret favorites on occasion. His songs have been recorded by many other arists, as well as being featured in films and on Television. Appearing with bassist JIMMY HARRIS and drummer JON SCHWARTZ, Rip puts on an entertaining, high-energy show that distills the best of the forms he loves, Rockabilly, Boogie Woogie, Rock 'n' Roll, swing, and American roots music. Tix, $18.
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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, May 15 & 29;Jun 5:
Noon “WEST COAST ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” competition at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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“The revival and growing popularity of American roots music has sparked the naissance of the ‘West Coast Rockabilly Showdown,’ a competition to find the best unsigned rockabilly band in the region,” says the event’s press release. The Showdown is in conjunction with the 2nd Annual “Spring Concert Series” that kicks-off Sat, May 1 at the Orange County Market Place, the fairgrounds’ weekend swap meet.
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Cash awards totaling $2,500 go to the four top bands; 1st place winner gets the opportunity to open for a nationally-recognized Rockabilly band in June. (Date and headlining act for the finale event tba).
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Showdown competition concerts are Saturdays in May, on May 1, 8, 15 & 29, with three bands performing in competition on each date (12 bands in all). One winner will be selected each day to compete in the 4-band semifinal on Sat, Jun 5.
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Each band performs a 30-minute set on an outdoor stage; different bands perform at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. A metered audience voice vote determines the day’s winner, with an official serving as tie breaker, if needed.
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The top bands from each competition date will vie for cash awards on Sat, Jun 5. First place band receives $1,000 and opens for the featured band at the finale concert. Second place wins $750, third place wins $500 and fourth place wins $250. For Showdown info, contact Mark Liddell at fivestartalent@cox.net or 949-366-1854.
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Classic car exhibitions accompany all Saturday competition dates, plus the date the winning band opens for a top-name Rockabilly band. Vendor opportunities are available by contacting Erik Lackey at elackey@ocmarketplace.com or 949-723-6660.
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In addition to the Rockabilly Showdown events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series includes ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS on Sun, May 2, and LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS on Sun, May 30. (Other Sundays have rock tribute bands.) All bands perform at noon and 2 pm.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” is the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs Sat, Jul 10 and WOODSTOCK MUD plays Sun, Jul 11; shows at noon and 2 pm.
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Admission to the swap meet and these music events (“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERTS” and “WOODSTOCK WEEKEND”) is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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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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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.
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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, 131 S St John St, Pasadena 91105. 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, Cornell Rd (Hwy 52) & Paramount Ranch Rd, Agoura; near Agoura Hills in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. Info, schedule, directions, maps, at www.topangabanjofiddle.org; hotline: 818-382-4819.
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It’s a multi-stage bluegrass, old-time, and traditional folk music festival; not just contests, but lots of concerts, live music for contra-, square-, and step-dancing, sing-alongs, a plethora of continuous, spontaneous and organized jams to join or observe, good vendors, surprisingly good food that’s waaay better than most festivals, and more. Competitions in fiddling, banjo, guitar, misc. instruments and singing, plus top folk artists performing on four stages, dance workshops and a plethora of day-long jam sessions from novice to maestro. The annual “Music Legend Award” will be presented, and there’s a drawing for great instruments. It’s the oldest event of its kind in the West, and perennially rates as the best one-day music festival in Southern Cal. 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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The list of featured acts playing the several stages is quite impressive. Along with the contests, there are featured performances by:
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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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The Guide editor will again be an emcee this year, officiating for the fiddle competitions, so drop by and say howdy (when he’s not at the mic, of course).
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See the TBFC website for info on registration for all the competitions (or our News Feature, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/acoustic-americana-music-guide-fresh_20.html). The event’s own site has info on how to volunteer (to get free admission), along with new-this-year provisions for advance tix, info on prices of tix at the gate, latest schedules for featured acts playing the several stages, and more.
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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 THE PARSON RED HEADS do a “SPECIAL ACOUSTIC TRIO PERFORMANCE” plus special guests FREDDY & FRANCINE and WILL COURTNEY, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $15.
(Note: SUSAN COWSILL, previously announced for tonight, has been postponed.)
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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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Tue, May 18; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS” pick:
7:30 pm “TOWN HALL MEETING: RECORD STORES - FROM VINYL PAST TO DIGITAL FUTURE” at the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; www.grammymuseum.org; 213-765-6803. Just weeks after the third annual “Record Store Day,” noted music journalist PHIL GALLO moderates an impressive panel of music industry insiders for a lively discussion about the future of record stores and the evolution of music consumption. How will today’s teenagers remember their favorite band of 2010? Will music resonate as much in the digital future as it did in the record store past? Afterwards, Gallo and co-author KCRW DJ Gary Calamar will sign copies of their new book, “Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again.” Presented by American Airlines. Doors open at 7 pm. Admission is free; reservations required. To reserve your seats, call 213-765-6830 or e-mail programs@grammymuseum.org.
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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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Thu, May 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH CHRIS HILLMAN” at the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; www.grammymuseum.org; 213-765-6803. Country-rock-Americana pioneer Chris Hillman plays acoustic on the museum’s state-of-the-art Sound Stage for an intimate audience of 200. Hear Hillman in conversation about his influential musical catalog, cowboy life, seminal collaborations, and remarkable career. After the interview, conducted by GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President SCOTT GOLDMAN, Hillman will take questions from the audience and perform a few of his beloved songs acoustically. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tix on sale Mon, Apr 19, in-person at the Museum Box Office, or through Ticketmaster.com, or at 800-745-3000. Tix $20.
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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, May 21:
8 pm VIENNA TENG & ALEX WONG plus special guest SARA WATKINS (NICKEL CREEK) at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $17.50.
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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 THE CHAPIN SISTERS plus I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $15.
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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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Sat, May 22, in Toledo, Ohio:
JIM CURRY and his band perform his “JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW” with the Toledo Ohio Symphony. Yes, we do wonder if he’ll sing “Saturday Night in Toledo Ohio (is like being nowhere at all).” More at www.jimcurrymusic.com
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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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Wed, May 25, in NY State:
JIM CURRY and his band perform his “JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW” at the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford, New York. More at www.jimcurrymusic.com
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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;Jun 5:
Noon “WEST COAST ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” competition at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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“The revival and growing popularity of American roots music has sparked the naissance of the ‘West Coast Rockabilly Showdown,’ a competition to find the best unsigned rockabilly band in the region,” says the event’s press release. The Showdown is in conjunction with the 2nd Annual “Spring Concert Series” that kicks-off Sat, May 1 at the Orange County Market Place, the fairgrounds’ weekend swap meet.
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Cash awards totaling $2,500 go to the four top bands; 1st place winner gets the opportunity to open for a nationally-recognized Rockabilly band in June. (Date and headlining act for the finale event tba).
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Showdown competition concerts are Saturdays in May, on May 1, 8, 15 & 29, with three bands performing in competition on each date (12 bands in all). One winner will be selected each day to compete in the 4-band semifinal on Sat, Jun 5.
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Each band performs a 30-minute set on an outdoor stage; different bands perform at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. A metered audience voice vote determines the day’s winner, with an official serving as tie breaker, if needed.
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The top bands from each competition date will vie for cash awards on Sat, Jun 5. First place band receives $1,000 and opens for the featured band at the finale concert. Second place wins $750, third place wins $500 and fourth place wins $250. For Showdown info, contact Mark Liddell at fivestartalent@cox.net or 949-366-1854.
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Classic car exhibitions accompany all Saturday competition dates, plus the date the winning band opens for a top-name Rockabilly band. Vendor opportunities are available by contacting Erik Lackey at elackey@ocmarketplace.com or 949-723-6660.
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In addition to the Rockabilly Showdown events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series includes ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS on Sun, May 2, and LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS on Sun, May 30. (Other Sundays have rock tribute bands.) All bands perform at noon and 2 pm.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” is the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs Sat, Jul 10 and WOODSTOCK MUD plays Sun, Jul 11; shows at noon and 2 pm.
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Admission to the swap meet and these music events (“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERTS” and “WOODSTOCK WEEKEND”) is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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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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Sun, May 30:
Noon & 2 pm LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS play the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” is the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs Sat, Jul 10 and WOODSTOCK MUD plays Sun, Jul 11; shows at noon and 2 pm.
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“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” band competition events are here most Saturdays in May, through Sat, Jun 5.
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Admission to the swap meet and these music events (“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERTS” and “WOODSTOCK WEEKEND”) is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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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 & Sat, Jun 4 & 5, in Phoenix, AZ:
JIM CURRY and his band perform his “JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW” with the Phoenix AZ Symphony.
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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:
Noon “WEST COAST ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” competition at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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“The revival and growing popularity of American roots music has sparked the naissance of the ‘West Coast Rockabilly Showdown,’ a competition to find the best unsigned rockabilly band in the region,” says the event’s press release. The Showdown is in conjunction with the 2nd Annual “Spring Concert Series” that kicks-off Sat, May 1 at the Orange County Market Place, the fairgrounds’ weekend swap meet.
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Cash awards totaling $2,500 go to the four top bands; 1st place winner gets the opportunity to open for a nationally-recognized Rockabilly band in June. (Date and headlining act for the finale event tba).
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Showdown competition concerts are Saturdays in May, on May 1, 8, 15 & 29, with three bands performing in competition on each date (12 bands in all). One winner will be selected each day to compete in the 4-band semifinal on Sat, Jun 5.
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Each band performs a 30-minute set on an outdoor stage; different bands perform at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. A metered audience voice vote determines the day’s winner, with an official serving as tie breaker, if needed.
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The top bands from each competition date will vie for cash awards on Sat, Jun 5. First place band receives $1,000 and opens for the featured band at the finale concert. Second place wins $750, third place wins $500 and fourth place wins $250. For Showdown info, contact Mark Liddell at fivestartalent@cox.net or 949-366-1854.
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Classic car exhibitions accompany all Saturday competition dates, plus the date the winning band opens for a top-name Rockabilly band. Vendor opportunities are available by contacting Erik Lackey at elackey@ocmarketplace.com or 949-723-6660.
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In addition to the Rockabilly Showdown events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series includes ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS on Sun, May 2, and LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS on Sun, May 30. (Other Sundays have rock tribute bands.) All bands perform at noon and 2 pm.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” is the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs Sat, Jul 10 and WOODSTOCK MUD plays Sun, Jul 11; shows at noon and 2 pm.
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Admission to the swap meet and these music events (“ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” events, the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERTS” and “WOODSTOCK WEEKEND”) is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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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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Doors open for the show at 7:30 for the best seats. Show tix, $15 advance, $20 door.
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Sat & Sun, 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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Sat, Jun 12:
8 pm monthly “SABRINA & CRAIG'S ACOUSTIC L.A.” brings “ALL NEW SONGWRITER'S IN-THE-ROUND NIGHT” with LISA TURNER, PAUL ZOLLO, RANDALL KIRBY, LINDY DICKERSON, JEANNIE WILLETS, JOHN M, ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, and performing hosts SABRINA & CRAIG, at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. Series runs 2nd Sat, every month, with different guest recording artists, playing acoustic.
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Sabrina says, the series “came about through fond yearnings of a time before iTunes and iPods. For places like the Historic Ash Grove Coffeehouse in Hollywood and the bohemian places in Greenwich Village where music came directly from the instrument being held in the artist's hands and the voice that came directly from their hearts. For audiences that yearn for more than the Top 40 same-old-same-old, we are taking music back to its roots.” More on tonight’s show & the series at www.myspace.com/acousticla, and info on Sabrina & Craig at www.SabrinaandCraig.com and www.MySpace.com/SabrinaandCraig. Venue offers soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. $10 cover.
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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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Fri, Jun 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JIM LAUDERDALE at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $15.
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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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Jun 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOSH RITTER with CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS at the Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Bl (betw Argyle & Gower), Hollywood; 323-464-0808. More at www.goldenvoice.com and www.myspace.com/goldenvoice. Tix went on sale Apr 3, $21 advance, $25 door.
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Fri, Jun 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ROY BOOK BINDER at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $15.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 26 & 27, festival; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick :
24th annual “LONG BEACH BAYOU & MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL” at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, featuring Cajun, zydeco & blues music with TITO JACKSON, ZAC HARMON, LAURIE MORVAN, GENO DELAFOSE, LISA HALEY, MARK ST. MARY, T-BROUSSARD & many more, with food, dancing, Mardi Gras parade, and more, presented by Rainbow Promotions, LLC with a portion of the profits benefitting Comprehensive Child Development.
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Sat, Jun 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm GREG BROWN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $34.50.
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Jul 3-10, cruise, departing from Boston:
“STEVE GILLETTE, CINDY MANGSEN & JACK WILLIAMS CRUISE,” sailing on the Holland America ship Maasdam, leaving Boston on July 3 and arriving in Montreal on July 10. Stops along the way are St. John (New Brunswick), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), and Quebec City.
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Cindy & Steve SAY, “The three of us will give two concerts on board ship, solely for our own tour group. We'll also hold a couple of receptions, and save plenty of time for relaxed song sessions, maybe even a workshop if there's interest. In order to attend the concerts and other events, you must register for the cruise through Traveling Troubadour, rather than directly with Holland America. For the details, please look at the web page at www.travelingtroubadour.com/Gillette,_Mangsen,_Williams_2010.htm
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“You can reach Lynette Miller by phone at 800-584-6724 or 540-887-8491. We know this will be a memorable and beautiful journey up and around the Gaspe Peninsula. Please consider joining us.”
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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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Sat, Jul 10, workshop for artists:
1 pm “HOW TO WORK THE MEDIA: A WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS” by LARRY WINES, presented by the Western Music Association at the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027; 323-667-2000; www.museumoftheamericanwest.org.
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Larry Wines is a master of effective press/media materials for artists, including one-sheets, bios, and tools that work. He serves on expert panels at music conferences, providing knowledge and skills artists can use. Larry teaches how to work the media, get radio airplay, paid bookings, coverage (print and electronic), television guest spots, and getting signed to a label.
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A consultant to musicians, songwriters, festivals, venues, and the industry, he’s produced and booked music festivals and benefits for charity. A longtime journalist, he’s written features, investigative pieces, interviews, reviews, and weekly columns for newspapers. Producer and host of the multiple award-winning “Tied to the Tracks” Acoustic-Americana radio program, included among "The Best of L.A. 2006" by Los Angeles Magazine, he’s interviewed and coaxed memorable live performances from hundreds of guests, from established icons – with Grammy, Juno, Emmy, Oscar and Peabody Awards and nominations – to talented up-and-comers. He edits the Guide and writes a column and the annual “Best of / Top Ten” for FolkWorks magazine. His focus is talented musicians in folk-Americana, cowboy, Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass, blues and other traditions, and today’s innovative “acoustic renaissance.” Larry emcees the Autry’s Christmas show, at the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest, and more.
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Sat, Jul 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MARY GAUTHIER at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $22.50.
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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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GARY ALLEGRETTO, the top-award-winning “Harmonicowboy,” performs for the Big Hat Promotions House Concert series in Altadena. Reservations get directions at www.bighatonline.com.
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"This harmonica wrangler is sure to impress the cowboy hat off your head!" ~True West Magazine.
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"Amazing! You've never seen - or heard anything like it." ~ American Cowboy Magazine.
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Gary Allegretto's recent Western music awards and nominations include:
2009 “Best of the West Award” presented by True West Magazine.
2009 nominee finalist for the WMA Best Instrumentalist Award.
2009 nominee for the WMA Crescendo Award.
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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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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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Sun, Jul 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm PIERRE BENSUSAN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $22.50.
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JAMES TAYLOR & CAROLE KING together at Honda Center, 2695 East Katella Av, Anaheim 92806. (Parking is $15-$40.) Tix on sale Apr 4.
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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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Sun, Jul 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm LAWRENCE LEBO plus PETE ANDERSON at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $15.
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Jul 30-Aug 1, 2010; an EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK for ARTISTS:
“2010 NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK CONFERENCE” in Los Angeles is the 5th annual conference. If the website information doesn't answer any questions you might have, contact Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions (www.stevenhenegar.net), at shenegar@sbcglobal.net - 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852.
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Steven Henegar tells us, “Growing networks of performance venues all over the world have adopted this model and many storytellers are taking advantage of these venues to reach new audiences. The Conference Fringe encourages more storytellers to participate in American and Canadian Fringe Festivals by providing the opportunity for you to experience many aspects of a typical Fringe Festival including the selection process and performance framework.” More at www.storynet.org/conference/fringe.html
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Sat, Jul 31; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 & 10 pm KINKY FRIEDMAN at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix $30.
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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:
6 pm 4th annual “EVENING OF INDEPENDENTS” showcase of indiemusicians at Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-GO1-FORD; www.FordTheatres.org; box dinner orders 310-652-3797. [aka John Anson Ford Amph.] More at www.koffeehouse.com and www.myspace.com/thekoffeehouse.
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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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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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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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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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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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Thu-Sun, Aug 19-22, festival, in Big Bear:
Annual “BIG BEAR COWBOY GATHERING” at Big Bear Lake, with many award-winning cowboy / western performers and cowboy poets. More at www.bigbearcowboygathering.net
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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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(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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Sat & Sun, Sep 18 & 19:
Annual “JULIAN BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST AND MUSIC FESTIVAL” celebrates its 40th year at Frank Lane Field, in the mountain community of Julian, east of San Diego. A variety of traditional music is featured both days. The Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, and Mandolin Contests are on Saturday only. There will be an Open Mic stage and lots of Jamming Opportunities all weekend. Organizers say, “if you are a player, start getting ready! Teachers - let your students know - encourage them to enter.” The Julian event is the one of the oldest festivals in California. Many of the finest stringed instrument artists of today participated in the Julian contest when they were just getting started - NICKEL CREEK, STUART DUNCAN, ALLISON BROWN, and JOHN MOORE among the many. Come to Julian in September to participate in a continuation of music history. More info, and the 2010 Entry Form are online at www.julianbanjofiddle.com
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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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Sep 24:
TONY BENNETT at the Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City 91608; 818-622-4440 (formerly Universal Amph.) Tix on sale Apr 4.
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Sep 25, festival, in Bear Valley (near Tehachapi):
Annual “BEAR VALLEY BUCKAROO GATHERING” in Bear Valley, near Tehachapi, with many cowboy / western performers and cowboy poets, some award-winning. More when we know it.
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“AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Charitible Foundation at the beautiful Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. Info. www.americanamusicfestkw.org
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Annual “FOLK ALLIANCE REGION WEST (FAR-West) MUSIC CONFERENCE” this year in San Jose, CA; www.far-west.org
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Annual “WOMEX - the World Music Expo,” in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Annual “HEBER CITY COWBOY POETRY GATHERING” in Heber City, Utah. Info at www.hebercitycowboypoetry.com.
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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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Our newly updated VENUE DIRECTORY is available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/04/venue-directory-from-tied-to-tracks_16.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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In FOLKWORKS: you can check out Larry Wines’ most recent column, available free online at www.folkworks.org/content/viewcategorycur/89. It’s a time of remembrances for the late musicians MIKE SEEGER and DAVID CARRADINE, and for WOODY GUTHRIE’S guitar.
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(1) WPA (Works Progress Administration) superstar band – you can read JOEL OKIDA’s review for the Guide of their Oct 6 show at Largo in L.A.; it’s at www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/review-of-wpa-works-progress or at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/review-of-wpa-works-progress.html
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(2) BOULDER ACOUSTIC SOCIETY that virtuosic ensemble from the Centennial State, is reviewed by JOEL OKIDA at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-boulder-acoustic-society-getting.html)
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RADIO NEWS: the return from hiatus of the syndicated TIED TO THE TRACKS radio show is delayed, due to the producer / host’s ongoing recovery from eye 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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