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Friday, April 30, 2010

FINAL EDITION, Acoustic Americana Music Guide, April 30 to May 18 (and beyond)

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Acoustic Americana Music Guide, April 30 to May 18 (and beyond)
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FINAL EDITION, Acoustic Americana Music Guide
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Unless sufficient support arrives from you, our readers, the Guide will end eight years of publication at the end of May. Thanks to everyone who has sent-in $25 in return for 3 CDs of their choice, or the concert DVD & 1 CD of their choice. Your $25 goes to support the Guide, and you have CDs to enjoy – whether or not we receive enough support from your fellow readers to enable us to keep doing this.
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TO ALL OUR READERS: The Guide needs your support. We will determine and announce, on May 17, whether we can afford to continue to bring you the Guide, or whether publication will end on May 31. Yes, we DO have CDs and DVDs for you to choose, in return for your support! The #7 & #8 News Features, just below, explain what you can do to save the Guide.
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Meanwhile, as long as we continue to publish, we will continue to bring you ALL the news and acoustic music events!
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Are you new, or getting lost with all that’s presented in the Guide?
Each day’s listings of events follow this format:
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(1) xxxday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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(2) Xxxday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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(3) Xxxday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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(4) Xxxday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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(5) Xxxday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events: [which does NOT re-list the festivals.]
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Now, go enjoy! First, here’s this week’s News Features…
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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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APRIL 30 to MAY 18 events (and beyond, through 2010)
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NEWS FEATURES
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1) CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL, SOUTH PASADENA ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR, & PLENTY OF CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND
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Saturday & Sunday, May 1 and 2, head for the San Gabriel Valley, at least one day. The Guide’s extensive write-ups reveal all the “whys” and “what” that you need. While there are offerings all over the L.A. region that are just stellar, any combination of three festivals in the San Gabriel Valley will fill your day and leave time to get to another show or two in the evening. Don’t lament if you’re broke: plenty of things are free. And what isn’t free is especially worth spending some money, starting with the lineup of performances and workshops at the CLAREMONT FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL, which happily returns Saturday after a year of hiatus.
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Yes, we know, the May Day March on Saturday, May 1, is expected to draw over 100,000 people in the wake of the new “Show-Us-Your-Papers” law in Arizona. It serves to illustrate how the traditional day for celebrating the successes of the labor movement and workers’ rights has been largely supplanted by a theme of contentious protest of broken immigration policy, complete with people waving flags of many nations from south of the border. If you must actualize your ethics and take part in that, go.
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Otherwise, take a break from worrying about the impending arrival of the oil slick on the Gulf Coast shore, where “Drill, Baby, Drill” has become “Spill, Baby, Spill,” followed by attempts to burn the slick on the surface of the ocean, as “Burn, Baby, Burn,” (no doubt to be followed by more “Drill, Baby, Drill,” etc.)
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Gads. So really, why not escape to the weekend’s fabulous offerings of music festivals and concerts. Participating musicians will surely include political folk songs, some Earth Day songs, and much, much more that’s inspiring and memorable and motivating. It’s all in the Guide’s detailed event listings (where festivals have their own sections each day, before all the shows-in-venues listings, at www.acousticamericana.blogspot.com).
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2) HOW ABOUT A SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL DOUBLE-HEADER, MAY 8 & 9?
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Once in a while, our “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks extend beyond our area of regular coverage (Santa Barbara County to south Orange County), and on the weekend of May 8 & 9, we’ve made two picks in San Diego – a pair of festivals. First, the annual “GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL” expands this year to 3 days of Cajun & zydeco music and dancing and New Orleans/Southern Louisiana food and fun, Fri-Sun, May 7-9 (www.sandiegofestival.com).
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You’ll want to get your fill of all things Cajun by the end of the day’s activities on Saturday, because our second “pick” is the annual, one-day-only, “SEA CHANTEY FESTIVAL” on Sunday, May 9, aboard the historic sailing vessel “Star of India.” The venerable tall ship is moored on the San Diego waterfront, bobbing gently on the waves as the music fills the air, so it just doesn’t get any better. Maritime music is lots of fun and structured for echo choruses and other tricks to get you to sing along. (After all, the music began as shipboard work songs to hoist sails or anchors and get all the oomph coordinated to pull at the same time.) The talented full ship’s company includes old favorites KEN GRAYDON and BILL DEMPSEY. Info, 858-566-4040. Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage, www.sdfolkheritage.org.
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3) LAST WEEK’S BIG FESTIVALS DELIVERED ON PROMISES
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Our “Show-of-the-Week” picks for April 24 & 25 included the 4th annual “STAGECOACH FESTIVAL” on the enormous polo grounds in Indio, and the 17th annual “SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL” at Gene Autry’s old western movie-set town in Newhall. Believe it or not, we attended both again this year. Here are some key highlights.
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We can happily report that STAGECOACH has, at last, overcome the single most obnoxious fault of previous years: for the first time, the sound from the “Mane” Stage was not apocalyptically overamplified and did not drown-out the other two stages, a half-mile away. Combined with not-too-hot weather, it made for a fine day on the acres and acres of trampled grass at the polo fields complex. Saturday at Stagecoach included:
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> a fine show by MERLE HAGGARD, a genuine American music legend. He was in fine voice and his large backup band played exactly right, never overstepping, always adding, with fine instrumental solos when appropriate. Anyone who tours with a large band would do well to study them.
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> a joyful show by TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, a five-piece, lightning-fast string band that mixes old-time and bluegrass sensibilities with musicianship on steroids. If you’re a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show and the Avett Brothers, you’ll love these guys.
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> cowboy storyteller/poets BAXTER BLACK and WADDIE MITCHELL each did a full hour’s set, one following the other. Much of the audience clearly had no orientation of ranch life, probably causing Baxter to include his tale of deep-sea fishing and seasickness. Waddie stuck with more traditional fare, and the humor of both seemed to win their audiences.
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> esteemed names RAY PRICE, B.J. THOMAS, and BOBBY BARE all proved that they still “have it,” and it was good to see attentive younger audience members who had quite obviously never seen them before – and almost certainly never heard them on the radio, since the hegemony of Nashville’s “pop country” with its forced formulaic annoyances.
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Of course, STAGECOACH brings the feather-boa draped “taco-hat” full of usual Nashville clichés, de rigeure for anyone who wants a career in today’s version of “country” music. Especially disappointing was VICTORIA WILLIAMS, who came there with folk credentials. She wasted her set by sheep-dipping every word of her lyrics in the stock “Nashvul fah-ke ack-scent frum Mewwww-sick Row,” and she had almost nothing to say as she futzed for prolonged periods between each song. Her first-rate backup players couldn’t save her from being abysmally boring.
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Our record remains unbroken – never having watched an entire set by anybody on the “Mane” Stage, where Nashville’s pop-country acts hold sway. But, you can’t escape being exposed to it. Even in a site that’s a mile across, you must walk by the back reaches of the Mane Stage’s audience area, a sea of folding chairs where too many people crowd-in late, stand, and block the views of those who arrived early for good chair placements (that particular rudeness invades the tented stages when the bigger names perform, too). We didn’t last long enough to hear KEITH URBAN close the night on the Mane Stage, because we couldn’t take SUGARLAND long enough to stay. We’re told that band’s JENNIFER NETTLES has a good voice, but she was affecting so much of the Nashvul hokiness – both while “sangen” and while “talken” – that with those aspects, and the repertoire of soundalike dysfunctional relationship songs, we found the combination simply intolerable, and left.
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STAGECOACH gets high marks for being inclusive of roots Americana artists on its two stages, shaded beneath huge circus tent canopies, both with good sound systems. With the “Mane” Stage amplification now reined-in, it was a joy to be at those stages. And they do have free water now, even if it’s a half-mile walk to reach it. (The first year, there was no alternative to spending $4 for a small bottle of water; this year, you could buy a souvenir bottle for $10 and get unlimited cold refills all weekend, or hike to the free refill area.) Some may be critical because this year’s booking brought about half the number of artists who performed last year. But past year’s were somewhat overwhelming, and the only real problem is splitting an hour to see half of two acts playing at the same time on the two covered stages. Bottom line: Is it worth going next year? Absolutely.
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Next edition, we’ll bring you a review of Sunday’s experiences at the 17th annual SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL. One tidbit: cowboy music legend DON EDWARDS got a great audience response when he made the observation that “today’s Country & Western is neither of either.”
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4) PBS TO TAPE “THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND” FOLK SPECIAL
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MACK BAILEY, leader of THE LIMELITERS and past guest on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” checked-in to report that the group with the venerable heritage has been asked to taje part in an upcoming PBS special titled “This Land is Your Land.” It will feature folk music acts from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Mack says, “This terrific entertainment is in the final pieces of being put together, and we'll send out all the final details once we have them. Tickets are going to be sold, so you can be a part of the live audience. We know the taping will take place in Pittsburgh, PA over May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. We just don't know which day the Limeliters will be taping.” If you plan to be in the Pittsburgh area at that time, you can contact Mack for more info, through his site, www.mackbailey.com.
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Or, you can wait for a PBS pledge drive to see the special, since that seems to be the only time they offer any music shows.
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Meanwhile, Mack Bailey and his musical (and life) partner Rachel Levy have a busy upcoming performance schedule, in addition to Mack’s touring with the Limeliters. Learn more at www.limeliters.com and www.reverbnation.com/mackbaileyrachellevy.
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5) IBMA WOMEN FEATURED IN JAPAN, & A MISSY RAINES SAM BUSH TEAM-UP
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International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) winners MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP did their first radio show on “Tied to the Tracks” in L.A. when Missy first assembled the band, so we’ve always been especially attentive as they continue to compile accolades. Last edition, we told you about their part in the 100th “Live Ham Jam” on San Francisco’s KPIG radio station (a station that makes every folk Americana music fan in L.A. jealous).
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But we thought you’d enjoy knowing more. A feature on “IBMA Winning Women” recently appeared in Japan's Moonshiner Magazine. Missy tells us, “I was honored to be featured in the 2010 March issue of Moonshiner Magazine along with ALISON BROWN and KRISTEN SCOTT BENSON. Publisher and Editor Saburo 'Sab Watanabe' Inuoe interviewed me over the course of a few days in February. Sab is an original member of the group BLUEGRASS 45, the first bluegrass band from Japan to perform in the U.S. I was a big fan and saw them perform. I even have a signed album!”
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When the magazine arrived with her interview, Missy wasted no time going “to one of our favorite local restaurants, Watanabe's, for some sushi and a translation! And yes, coincidentally, they are related. Owner Hedi is Sab's nephew. What a wonderfully small world it is!”
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Closer to the Guide’s home turf, Missy reports that “While in California this winter, we had the pleasure, no, the sheer JOY of having DAVID GRISMAN come by and sit in with us! SAM GRISMAN, David's son and an awesome bass player, came by as well and it was great to see him! We got him up for a few tunes, too!”
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If you’re one if the lucky folks attending this year’s “MERLEFEST” in North Carolina, MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP are among the headliners, performing with the SAM BUSH BAND. The two groups are sharing stages for several tour appearances, and we hope they’ll keep it going long enough to get to the West Coast together. Meanwhile, search the web and you’ll find some videos of their show together at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. And there are more videos from January with Missy and her band at the Midland Theater in Newark, OH, performing with friends and fellow Compass Records label mates, the Alaskan bluegrass band, BEARFOOT.
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6) TEHACHAPI GETS NEW ACOUSTIC MUSIC VENUE
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JOE CRAVEN, MIKE & RUTHIE (from the MAMMALS), BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN, JAMES LEE STANLEY, & STEPHANIE BETTMAN are among the upcoming shows.
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FIDDLER'S CROSSING is a brand new 60-seat acoustic music venue and community gathering spot in downtown Tehachapi, established by DEBBY HAND, owner of Mountain Music and PETER CUTLER, radio program engineer for “Folkscene” (heard on KPFK, 90.7 FM and simulcast at www.kpfk.org on Sundays from 6-8 pm).
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Peter Cutler tells us, “Up until the end of last year, we had a great venue in Tehachapi known as MAMA HILLYBEAN'S CAFE and we all did everything we could to make it a success. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, they couldn't afford to continue into this year. We were all devastated by its loss and Debby and I vowed to bring back much of what they offered in terms of bringing live acoustic music to Tehachapi at reasonable ticket prices, including bringing back the much loved and well-attended open mic nights. We are operating on the proverbial shoestring, with volunteer help, donations etc. We are not a cafe...no food served. We have great, fresh coffee, teas, etc and some goodies that will vary from event to event. The emphasis is on what's happening in the venue rather than on what is served. We are open on an event basis, rather than all day, every day. In addition to presenting live music, we will also have workshops from time to time, host meetings of local interest groups, be a classroom for Mountain Music, have jams and more. We are inviting the public to come up with event ideas as well. If they are viable, we will seriously consider them. Fiddler's Crossing will be, very much, by and for the community. Check us out!”
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News of the new venue will surely be greeted with enthusiasm by the many touring and L.A.-based musicians who looked forward to their gigs at the delightful, but vanished, Mama Hillybeans. Tehachapi is a mountain town between the Mojave Desert and Bakersfield, just off the Hwy 58 Freeway, about two hours from L.A. A gig in Tehachapi is a perfect booking between Southern Cal and Bay Area tour stops.
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Already, Fiddler’s Crossing is offering a good schedule of events. In fact, they have acts booked into November, when RUTHIE & MIKE (from the MAMMALS) will perform. A “CHAMBER MUSIC JAM” is Friday April 30, and on Saturday May 1, they’re doing support for “AN EVENING OF LISAS” concert hosted by LISA NEMZO in Tehachapi’s BeeKay Theatre, with a meet-and-greet at Fiddler’s Crossing after the show. On Friday, May 7, the new venue will begin to add a musical dimension to the town’s “FIRST FRIDAYS” art galleries event, and on Saturday, May 8 they’ll host a concert by BANSHEE IN THE KITCHEN’s new lineup. May 14 is an open jam, and May 15 brings JOE CRAVEN DAY at Fiddlers Crossing, sponsored by the Arts Council of Kern County. JAMES LEE STANLEY plays in June, and STEPHANIE BETTMAN in August.
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Meanwhile, they host an open mic every Wednesday at 6:30 pm, and the $5 cover includes refreshments.
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Fiddler’s Crossing is located at 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561. A dedicated website for the venue is in the works. Meanwhile, contact Debby at Mountain Music at 661-823-9994 or cellored@gmail.com, or check out their events at www.grungehobbit.com
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6a) PAYING GIGS IN TEHACHAPI
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There’s MORE music news in Tehachapi: beginning Thursday, May 27, then every Thursday through the summer is the new “FARMERS MARKET MUSIC” from 4-7 pm on the little stage in Railroad Park, in the center of the market, along the railroad tracks. It’s intended for acoustic musicians. Organizers tell us, “Come out and enjoy the music and pick up your produce; [there are] crafters and some of the town's businesses set up, as well.” Begins May 27.
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MUSICIANS: this farmers market gig pays $100 each week for the 3 hours (to be divided among those in your group, or those booked to play). You can also put out tip jars and sell music-related merchandise. If interested in performing, contact folky@creativewireless.net or 661-821-1082 after 10 am. We’re told by the booker, “Keep in mind this is not a true ‘listening crowd,’ but people will sit and listen while having their bratwurst and brewskies. This is not practice-time, and the music should be ‘family friendly’ and general easy listening. (However, a of couple traditional murder ballads thrown in is okay by me!)”
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7) WILL THE GUIDE HAVE A FUTURE? IT’S IN YOUR HANDS (DVDs & CDs FOR YOUR SUPPORT)
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We don’t enjoy making the news about us. But 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 may publish its final comprehensive edition, with its final detailed listings covering events through the end of May. After that, we would continue to bring you a modest amount of news, but no more daily listings of live music performances, workshops, radio & TV with live acoustic music, etc.
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We’ve been telling everyone that 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 eight 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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Tied to the Tracks
PO Box 5427
Pasadena CA 91117-5427
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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 – WITH OR WITHOUT THE GUIDE – IT ALL 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 of live acoustic performances, workshops, and events – the biggest part of what we do now – is an open question. (And things at the moment are not looking that good. We need more folks to step up and send us a check, if we’re going to continue to invest all this time to produce the Guide.)
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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) OOPS – WHEN LINKS DON’T LINK TO WHAT’S INTENDED…
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Seems our recent link from www.acousticmusic.net – where we’ll soon move whatever we’re still doing – got itself stuck on an old edition of the Guide, from waaay back in March. Oops. By the time you read this, it should be fixed, so that it will always take you to the most current edition. Meanwhile, you can always go directly to the latest edition at www.acousticamericana.blogspot.com
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If you’re reading the “News-only” edition, the current FULL edition of the Guide is 230 pages long – really – but it’s very accessible, chronological, and user-friendly, so you’ll know all that’s happening out there.
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RECENT NEWS FEATURES:
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The April 23 edition’s News Features (repeated in April 19 update) are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/04/acoustic-americana-music-guide-april-23.html
The topics are:
1) THIS WEEKEND? AMAZING: FILLED BEYOND BELIEF WITH MUSIC
2) 50th ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL: CELEBRATING A “GOLDEN DAY” ON MAY 16
3) GETTING A SONG PLACEMENT ON A TV SHOW
4) PERFORM AT THE INAUGURAL “AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” NEAR L.A.
5) CAREFUL! YOUR “TMI” POSTS FROM THE ROAD CAN GET YOU ROBBED
6) GROUP SWEEPS MULTIPLE NUMBER 1’S IN THE BLUEGRASS WORLD
7) THE GUIDE’S FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS (DVDs & CDs FOR YOUR SUPPORT)
8) THE ACOUSTIC MUSIC NEWS IS MOVING TO ACOUSTICMUSIC.NET - WHAT WE DO WHEN WE GET THERE DEPENDS ON YOU…
9) “LIVE HAM JAM” MARKS 100th LIVE BROADCAST ON S.F.’S KPIG
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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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Entire contents copyright (c) © 2010, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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Updated April 30, 2010; recurring events included through May 17, with updated listings of many upcoming events through the rest of 2010.
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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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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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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Friday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/fridays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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(3) Friday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, in Nevada (Tahoe area):
Annual “GENOA COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Genoa, NV; www.genoacowboyfestival.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.

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Fri & Sat, Apr 30-May 1, in Washington state:
4th annual “MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL” at the Mineral Lake Event Center in Mineral, WA. Info, www.oxfordentertainment.com and www.minerallakeeventcenter.
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Historic Mineral, Washington is the site for this festival, featuring some of the best in blues, jazz and folk music in a beautiful setting with magnificent Mount Rainier overlooking the deep cold waters of Mineral Lake. This year’s lineup includes the KIM ARCHER BAND, LITTLE BILL & THE BLUENOTES, maritime music by JOHN SPARROW, GARRETT & WESTCOTT, the fabulous RANDY OXFORD BAND and many others. A special this year is the “Bonefest,” featuring the trombone talents of ED EARLEY of ELVIN BISHOP fame and RANDY OXFORD for “a wild trombone blast out.” Camping on the grounds of the festival is available; make reservations as spaces are limited. It’s “Two great days of entertainment excellence for all the family to enjoy in wonderful Mineral Washington.”
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(4) Friday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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Fri, Apr 30; Thu, Apr 29-Sun, May 2, in Ojai; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11th Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” in Ojai, with many, many presentations, including Willy Claflin, storyteller and goat whisperer, 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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(5) Friday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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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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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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Fri, Apr 30, last Fri, every month:
“SAN PEDRO SHANTY SING” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Audrey Coleman wrote in FolkWorks, “If you arrive at the official start time, you'll find a chair at the table and friendly people who will let you look at their shanty books so you can sing along. No singing background required. Many of the twenty or so shanty fans who gather around the long wooden dinner table in the restaurant's cozy upstairs meeting room are volunteers with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. They sail ‘tall ship’ sail boats for youth training programs run by the Institute. For them, learning the songs that powered the labor on the 19th century clipper ships has become an extension of learning to sail the ships themselves. Added attractions are Alan's pennywhistle and concertina, Jeff's banjo, Kim's collection of flutes, and Dustin and Lindsay's robust baritone voices. When the table fills up, more chairs are set up around the room. And the Guinness flows freely till about 10:30 pm.” Venue is celebrated in the Yahoo! Travel Guide as “the only Authentic British Restaurant in the South Bay of Los Angeles.”
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri
7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, Apr 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro; 310-833-6362; www.grandvision.org. More at www.moirasmiley.com and www.myspace.com/vocoinfo.
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They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” where an advance track from their first CD had a world premiere and became a “Listener Favorite.” Since then, they’ve done radio’s “FolkScene” and they’ve begun to perform all over the world, exciting listeners (and watchers) wherever they go.
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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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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, ongoing; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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Fri, Apr 30; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Fri, Apr 30:
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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Fri, Apr 30:
8 pm NEIL INNES at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. More at www.neilinnes.org. Tix, $24.50.
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Fri, Apr 30; Fri/Sat/Sun thru end of April; live theatre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY,” the critically-acclaimed world-premiere HENRY JAGLOM play 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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Fri, Apr 30, every Fri:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Fri, Apr 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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The name of the month, MAY, and the number of days it contains have a curiously mixed history. The name goes back to “Maia,” the goddess of “growth and increase.” But some contend it was named for the older branch of the Roman Senate, the Majores or Maoires. (Sounds suspiciously sexist to us: a bunch of old guys vs. a goddess of increase?) The number of days in May has varied from 22 to 30 before settling on our month of 31 days. Regardless of the thing about their Senate, ancient Romans weren’t all about burning and fiddling and arena bloodlust. They associated the month with flowers, fertility, and the rich bounty of nature.
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(1) Saturday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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10 am-6 pm 29th annual “CLAREMONT FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL” presented by the Folk Music Center & Museum, held at Sycamore Elementary School in Claremont.
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Annual “SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR“ in and around Memorial Park in Sierra Madre, with two stages of music, today and tomorrow.
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Annual “ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL” in downtown South Pasadena includes DAVID LINDLEY among 20 acts on multiple stages.
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9 am-11:15 pm 11th Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” presented by Performances To Grow On, through Sunday in Ojai.
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8 pm BLAME SALLY plays the Bodie House Concerts at the Thousand Oaks Library.
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8 pm THE CAPITOL STEPS perform for the Caltech Public Events series on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/saturdays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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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 & Sun, May 1 & 2 (began Fri, Apr 30), festival, in Nevada (Tahoe area):
Annual “GENOA COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Genoa, NV; www.genoacowboyfestival.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Fri & Sat, Apr 30-May 1, in Washington state:
4th annual “MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL” at the Mineral Lake Event Center in Mineral, WA. Info, www.oxfordentertainment.com and www.minerallakeeventcenter.
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Historic Mineral, Washington is the site for this festival, featuring some of the best in blues, jazz and folk music in a beautiful setting with magnificent Mount Rainier overlooking the deep cold waters of Mineral Lake. This year’s lineup includes the KIM ARCHER BAND, LITTLE BILL & THE BLUENOTES, maritime music by JOHN SPARROW, GARRETT & WESTCOTT, the fabulous RANDY OXFORD BAND and many others. A special this year is the “Bonefest,” featuring the trombone talents of ED EARLEY of ELVIN BISHOP fame and RANDY OXFORD for “a wild trombone blast out.” Camping on the grounds of the festival is available; make reservations as spaces are limited. It’s “Two great days of entertainment excellence for all the family to enjoy in wonderful Mineral Washington.”
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Sat, May 1, in Tacoma, Washington:
Annual “PUGET SOUND REVELS MAY DAY CELEBRATION” at Tollefson Plaza in Tacoma; info, www.pugetsoundrevels.org
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Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2, festival, 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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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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Workshops:
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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Complete info, tix, etc, at www.claremontfolkfestival.org or call 909-624-2928 for tickets. Gen’l adm $15; ages 5 to 17, $5; kids under age 5 are free.
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Sat, May 1; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2-10 pm Annual “ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL” in downtown South Pasadena includes DAVID LINDLEY, THE NERVIS BROTHERS, MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO, DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY CAR, WAHID, BRAD COLERICK, SALLY DWORSKY, ELLIOTT CAINE QUINTET, & WONK, among 20 acts on multiple stages. It’s centered at Mission & Meridian, adjacent to the Gold Line light rail station. Info at www.southpasadena.org. Admission is $20 for the day.
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Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2, festival, in Sierra Madre; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, May 1, 8, 15 & 29;Jun 5; festival:
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; (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; ongoing, weekends through 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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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, May 1, 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, May 1, 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, May 1, 1st Sat every month:
Noon-4:30 pm monthly “ACOUSTIC JAM” usually draws good musicians, hosted by TOM FAIR, often joined by BILL BURNETTE (Backboners), and DUANE THORIN (Bohemian Sole Rustler) at Oh Happy Days Natural Food Grocery & Café, 2283 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 626-797-0383; www.geocities.com/ohdonline. Expect (and bring) folk, acoustic rock, acoustic soul music, and upbeat original tunes. Venue offers tasty and wonderful vegetarian soups and plates (get the daily combo plate, endorsed by your editor), as well as organic shelf goods. Bill Burnette adds, “Fun sing-along folk stuff, no mics and all. It is just such a great bunch there, and John the owner is one of the true saints of Altadena. Just fun. And music is mainly for that, even if you are someone who is serious about your music.” Tom says, “There’s no charge for the music, but we may pass the hat.”
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Sat, May 1, 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, May 1, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
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Sat, May 1, 1st Sat every month:
4 pm “CHARITY AUCTION” at Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Bl, Hollywood; 323-245-6400. Host Brently Heilbron presides over the event, bringing a good time and money for a variety of charitable causes.
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, May 1, 1st Sat every month:
6-10:30 pm monthly “PICKIN’ NIGHT” at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. Beginner’s Jam 6-7:30 pm (main store); Intermediate Jam 6-7:30 pm in their additional space at 17824 Chatsworth St, 2 doors E of the main store; Open Jam 7:30-10:30 pm in main store.
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Sat, May 1, 1st Sat, every month; in the OC:
6 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” in Mission Viejo; for location, contact David Borger & Ann Carroll, OrangeCountyHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, May 1, 1st Sat every month; in Oak Glen:
6 pm monthly “HOMETOWN JAMBOREE” show & jam at Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, in the beautiful hills of Oak Glen above Yucaipa and Beaumont; info & tix, 909-797-1005 or www.losriosrancho.com. They tell us, “Folks can tuck into a tasty meal and enjoy a hand-clappin', knee-slappin', toe-tappin' good time as RILEY'S MOUNTAINEERS and special guest performers pick, fiddle and sing their favorite old-time bluegrass, western, and gospel tunes, as well as a few surprises along the way. Guest musicians are always welcome to tote along an instrument or two and join in the free-wheeling jam after the show. You never know who'll turn up, or what you'll hear next!” No shows in Dec and July. Jamborees start at 6 pm. Advance tix $15 adults, $10 kids age 12 & under.
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6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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7 pm THE 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, 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, May 1, 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, May 1, 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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Ongoing, weekends through 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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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, May 1, 1st Sat every month:
7:30-11 pm “FIRST SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE” with THE SCREAMING EARWIGS the merry acoustic band of TOM SAUBER, PATRICK SAUBER, STEVE LEWIS, & MIKE SAUBER, playing the 1st-Sat-of-every-month contra dance at the Brentwood Youth House, 731 S Bundy Dr (just S of San Vincente). Instruction at 7:30, dance from 8-11 pm.
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Sat, May 1, 1st Sat every month:
7:30-11:30 pm “SANTA MONICA TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC CLUB” at Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St (corner of 18th & Broadway), Santa Monica. Info, coordinator April Halprin Wayland, 310-376-8760, Aprilstory@aol.com; www.santamonicafolkmusicclub.org.
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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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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, May 1, in Thousand Oaks; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BLAME SALLY plays the Bodie House Concerts at the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks; 818-621-8309. 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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Sat, May 1; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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. A renowned musical comedy troupe of former congressional staffers, they’ve here tonight and Sunday afternoon. More at www.capsteps.com
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8 pm ROBERT DAVID HALL plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Venue’s website has a hel;pful local dining guide and info on tonight’s show.
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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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8-10 pm monthly “JUKE JOINT GANG” show at the venue named in FolkWorks as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue, The Talking Stick (new location), 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win in FolkWorks. It’s an evening of fine acoustic roots music, with four acts, each playing a 30-min set. Hosted by 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk Award” winner ERNEST TROOST, sometimes with LAUREN ADAMS, who have each performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Venue has coffeehouse fare, good sandwiches, salads, soup. No cover.
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Sat, May 1, in Los Olivos (Santa Ynez Valley):
8 pm PETER FELDMANN & THE VERY LONESOME BOYS peform at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall, 2374 Alamo Pintado Av, Los Olivos. Peter Feldmann is a California bluegrass legend, and was honored by the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest organzation with its highest award. More at www.bluegrasswest.com.
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8 pm monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar to get in. Sign-up starts at 7:30, show at 8 pm. They tell us, “If there aren't enough slots for everybody, we'll make a list for the next month, and call you at 7:30. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. We'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show.” $1 cover.
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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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Sat, May 1, 1st Sat every month; in the OC:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “ORANGE COUNTY HOOT” meets in a private home in Mission Viejo. Info, www.songmakers.org/hoots/orange_county_hoot.htm.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. There’s an early show at 7 pm, and the 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs, student. military discounts available.
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Annual “SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR“ in and around Memorial Park in Sierra Madre, with two stages of music, Saturday & today.
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9 am-all day 11th Annual “OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL” concludes today; presented by Performances To Grow On, in Ojai.
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3 pm ELLEN & STEVE - THE STAPENHORST SIBLINGS - at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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3:30 pm THE CAPITOL STEPS perform for the Caltech Public Events series on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena.
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5-9 pm JEFFREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS bring zydeco to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood.
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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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Sat, May 2, in Paso Robles:
8-11 pm PRESTON SMITH plays Vinoteca, 835 12th St, Paso Robles. Preston performed at Barbra Streisand’s wedding. What more do you need to know to want to see him? Check out the new online article about Preston’s “Life of Musical Journeys” at http://travelingboy.com/archive-travel-tim-prestonsmith.html. As for the venue, he tells us, “full selection of local fine wines and beer & great food!”
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Sun, May 2; Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2 (began Fri, Apr 30), festival, in Nevada (Tahoe area):
Annual “GENOA COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Genoa, NV; www.genoacowboyfestival.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sun, May 2; Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2, festival, 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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Sun & Mon, May 2 & 3, in Missouri:
Annual “SPRING PLANTING FESTIVAL” in Bakersville, MO; www.rareseeds.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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The irrepressible SOURDOUGH SLIM is a true “A” List entertainer, and he has a just-released new CD - Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, “Live from The Strawberry Music Festival.” And he has lots of fun shows in the works. He’ll be returning to perform at Lincoln Center in NYC, plus “Cowboy Gatherings & Festivals galore, state and county fairs, accordion and acoustic music festivals and concert and club performances,” adding, “It's shaping up to be a real rootin' tootin' high falutin' 2010.” Sourdough will be performing solo as well as with Robert Armstrong and The Saddle Pals. The latest on the new CD and upcoming performances is at www.sourdoughslim.com. Check out SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG from their Dec 19, 2009 performance, in videos by Ross Mehan, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kbdZUDWBM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9NTG6cUj0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6aRDawFme4.
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Sun, May 2; 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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Sun, May 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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Sun, May 2; 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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Sun, May 2; ongoing, weekends, through 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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8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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Sun, May 2, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, May 2, every Sun; not music, but cool:
11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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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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12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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Sun, May 2, every Sun:
12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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Sun, May 2, 1st Sun, every month:
1 pm Monthly “CTMS OLD TIME JAM” hosted by the California Traditional Music Society at the Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl (in the park), Encino; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. Free.
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1-5 pm “1ST SUNDAYS BLUEGRASS JAM” at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance; first Sun, every month. Bill Elliott 909-678-1180; Ron Walters 310-534-1439.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2-5 pm “SONGWRITER SANCTUM” monthly acoustic music series at The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; www.churchop.org; 310-399-1631.
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2-6 pm “THE FOUR SEASONS OF MUSIC” monthly Sunday concert series continues today in the San Fernando Valley, hosted by CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA as a benefit for the nonprofit “More Art, Inc” (www.moreart.us) at the Valley Life Improvement Center, 10667 White Oak Av (at Chatsworth St), Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899. Event info & reservation, 818-428-1377. Refreshments & CDs available on site for purchase. Produced by CATHY SEGAL GARCIA, a major figure on the L.A. jazz scene. More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. Tix, $15.
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Sun, May 2, 1st Sun every month; in Nipomo:
2 pm WILD RIVER RAMBLERS bring bluegrass to Santa Maria Brewing Co, 112 Cuyama Ln (1/2 blk W of the 101), Nipomo; 805-349-2090. Features JULIO BOYSENBERRY on banjo. “2 PM to whenever.”
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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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3 pm THE CHAMBER PLAYERS OF L.A. perform a program of “Borodin & Weill” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; www.grandvision.org; 310-833-4813. It’s Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet #2, used in the musical “Kismet,” plus “Songs from the Threepenny Opera” by Kurt Weill, presented by Golden State Pops Orchestra Chamber Music. The audience experiences “an inside out exploration of the afternoon’s music by taking apart selected pieces, playing examples of the predominate themes and performing the piece in its entirety. This is a family friendly way for music lovers of all ages to enjoy Chamber Music in an intimate setting.”
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GSPO is excited to partner with the ConocoPhillips Refinery to provide free tickets for local students. This ticket underwriting grant was developed in collaboration with the ConocoPhillips Refinery and demonstrates their commitment to give students access to classical music and the arts. “The schools in our communities are working hard to educate our children, and this new program will help expose those students to a variety of musical selections. We're certain that the students and their teachers will thoroughly enjoy these performances!” says Tony Cordero, Public Affairs Manager at the ConocoPhillips Los Angeles Refinery. If you are a student and would like tickets, please call 310 433 8774 or email lgrimes@gspo.com, otherwise, tix can be purchased by contacting the venue.
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING in West L.A. Call for location, 310-557-1927.
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3-5:30 pm JAZZ COMPOSERS WORKSHOP at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sunday.
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE/SACRED HARP meets in West L.A.; call Pat Keating for info & loc, 310-557-1927.
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Sun, May 2, 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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3:30 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. A renowned musical comedy troupe of former congressional staffers, they’ve here Sat evening and Sunday afternoon. More at www.capsteps.com
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4-8 pm “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY MONTHLY JAM” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES BAND at The Londoner Pub, 18511 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country (near Santa Clarita) 91351. They tell us, “You never know who will show up. There’s always lots of great music and fun. The Londoner serves up some free food for these Sunday Jams, so come hungry. Don’t forget to bring your instrument - we’d love to hear your music!” More,www.myspace.com/santaclaritavalleybluessociety and www.scvblues.org. All ages, free.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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4-6 pm “BEGINNERS IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Sun, May 2; ongoing, weekends through 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, 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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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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5 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. (BBQ changed to 5-8 pm, effective July 4.) Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Bonnie, 4-6 pm. Every Sunday they “light up the 'ol barbie and throw on anything from marinated tri-tip beef to good 'ol hamburgers. Every BBQ is served with all the fixin's, like baked beans, vegetables, rice, cole slaw, potato salad and more.” They tell us, “If you're looking for something really fun and different to do on Sundays, then head on down to The Cowboy Palace Saloon for dance lessons at 4, mouthwatering BBQ at 5, and a hot country band starting at 6!” No cover.
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5-7 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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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, May 2, 1st Sun every month; in Santa Margarita:
5:30-8:30 pm SANTA MARGARITA JAM (bluegrass & more) at "The Porch" (formerly Solomon's Café), 22322 El Camino Real (Rt 58), Santa Margarita. First 1/2 hour is a free music lesson for anyone getting started; remainder of evening is an open jam for all pickers. Bluegrass / trad / old time oriented. Info, siminoff@siminoff.net.
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6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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7-9 pm BLUEGRASS JAM at The Ugly Mug Café, 261 N Glassell, Orange; 714-997-5610 or 714-524-0597.
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7 pm PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP WITH MARC PLATT at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; www.kulakswoodshed.com. Must be a member in advance to gain entry. Limit 10 performers per week. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/workshop.shtml. Each week's workshop is $20, with all proceeds to the venue.
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7:30-10 pm “SUNDAY NIGHT SONG & VARIETY SHOWCASE” is the new OPEN MIC on The Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917. Everybody knows the world-famous Backstage, with its parade of world-class and renowned professional acts – this is the weekly FREE stage in the front of the coffeehouse, “out front,” where you can buy coffeehouse treats and beverages. This series, hosted by Duane Thorin, an experienced performer and soundman who runs the mic levels, the series welcomes “singers, songwriters, and other talents.” Signup starts at 7 pm, and does not close through the night. Duane says, “Plan on two songs at a time, however on busy nights, it may go into a one-song rotation. Stay and repeat if there is time and room on the bill. There is no entry or cover fee, and we hope you will join us for coffee or a snack while you’re there, peruse the artwork for sale on the walls, and invite friends to this comfortable and well known music venue.”Free.
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“LAWRENCE LEBO'S SUNDAY NITE LIVE" is her new Sunday night residency and artist “pro showcase” (with invited artists sitting-in), at Milano's Café; 6075 Reseda Bl, Tarzana 91335; 818-609-0822. World-class blueswoman Ms. Lebo is joined by notable recording artist guests and the “Lebo House Band” of NICK KIRGO (Otis) on guitar and DENNY CROY on upright bass. In addition, many talented friends of the group drop-in to join the band. This just may be the West Valley's hottest new showcase. Milano's Cafe is a hip new venue in the West Valley, featuring “fusion Middle Eastern cuisine,” and an espresso/juice bar. It is located adjacent to the Orange Line at Reseda Bl and Oxnard St. More at www.lawrencelebo.com
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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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9 pm “RUSTY SUNDAYS” weekly showcase of “L.A.’s best up-and-coming rock, country, blues and folk music acts, on the Wild-West side” at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401. Musical hosts are MATT OWENS & THE GOLDEN WEST, plus another act or two. $3 cover.
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Mon, May 3, every Mon:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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Mon, May 3, 1st & 3rd Mondays, every month, in Ventura:
6 pm “GYPSY SWING JAM” at Zoey’s Café, 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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6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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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, 1st Mon, every Month:
7:30-9 pm “LAMN JAM” at The Scene, 806 E Colorado St (x-st Everett), Glendale 91205; 818-241-7029. L.A. Music Network Jam is billed as a place where “artists, musicians, singers and songwriters play for the pros.” Only LAMN Members perform by registering at 818-769-6095 or tara@lamn.com. Info: www.lamn.com. Performers receive constructive criticism in the areas of music, lyrics and performance. No cover.
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Mon, May 3, every Mon:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm THE 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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8 pm-1 am “RONNIE MACK'S BARN DANCE” with a full lineup of guest performers and THE BARNDANCE BAND has MOVED to Monday’s and is now at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill (at the old Crazy Jack’s), 4311 W Magnolia Bl (between Cahuenga Bl & Pass Av), Burbank; 818-729-0905; venue info, www.danceatjoes.com/barndance; series info, www.myspace.com/421889964. Since 1988, Ronnie Mack has marshaled forward the Los Angeles roots and alt country scene with his once-a-month Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance. It’s simply amazing who has played the series. In 2003, Jim Hollander filmed his documentary, "First Tuesdays at Ronnie Mack's Barndance," featuring performances and interviews with series alumni Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores, Big Sandy, James Intveld, Mike Stinson and more. It’s available at www.hollandermedia.com. In addition to each month’s lineup of guest performers, there’s always the BARN DANCE BAND. That brings Ronnie Mack on lead vocals & rhythm guitar (with a lead here & there), Skip Edwards on the keys, Marty Rifkin on Pedal Steel, Harry Orlove on lead guitar, Paul Marshall (I See Hawks in L.A.) on bass, Dave Raven on drums (or on occasion John Palmer). More on Ronnie Mack and his legendary Barn Dance at www.electricearl.com/BDance.html
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8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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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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9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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Preston sang for Barbra Streisand's wedding, and he’s performed for Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, Aaron Spelling, Brad Grey, the cast of The Soprano's, and the late Sonny Bono. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with the late Jimmy Stewart. Roseanne Cash recorded his song "Black and White," then she included it in her greatest hits CD that went to gold. More at www.myspace.com/prestonsmithmusic and www.prestonsmith.com
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10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com. L.A.’s legendary blues woman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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12:30-2:30 pm monthly “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB RECITALS” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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6:30-10 pm HAMMERED DULCIMER PRACTICE GROUP at a private home in Downey; first Tue, every month. Round-robin format, all levels welcome. No dues or fees. Contact Bea Romano for loc: celticanamusic@yahoo.com.
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6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS “ROUND TABLE PIZZA SONG CIRCLE,” at Round Table Pizza, 889 Arneill Rd (near Ponderosa; in Longs, K-Mart, Vons shopping center), Camarillo; 805-484-8900. Get 20% off your order during the Songmakers event. You can call to order ahead at 805-484-8900. Info, TJ Zeiler, Songmaker93010@gmail.com or 805-482-0029; www.songmakers.org.
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6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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“BACK PORCH AT THE UNURBAN” hosted by swamp grass band KILLING CASSANOVA, on the back porch at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica. The back porch is “a night of acoustic singer-songwriters, folk and freak folkers” sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova. The Unurban is a free thinking, all ages, speakeasy-style coffee house, with food for vegeterians and deli lovers alike, and the usual coffeehouse fare. The hosts add, “Please contact us if you're interested in sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova,” through www.myspace.com/killingcassanova .
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7 pm THE SWINGING ARMANI BROTHERS play a “dinner-and-a-show” night 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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7-10 pm OPEN MIC - Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, at Synergy Café Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Bl (just S of Culver Bl), Culver City; www.synergycafelounge.com; 310-482-3490. An eclectic open mic night. Bring your instruments, poetry, comedy, and anything else you'd like to share during your 8-10 minute set. Great atmosphere, excellent opportunity to see and meet other performers. No cover, food / drink purchase expected. Info, contact MC Jackie, jackielievense@yahoo.com.
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7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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7-11 pm SONGMAKERS “PBYC VENTURA HARBOR SONG CIRCLE” at Pierpont Bay Yacht Club, 1363 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura Harbor; loc & directions, www.pbyc.org. Event info, http://songmakers.org.
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“ACOUSTIC TUESDAY NIGHTS” at Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N El Centro Av (betw Selma & Hollywood Bl), Hollywood; www.myspace.com/cranestavern. More at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=9856844&blogId=470963380
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7:30 pm VIVER BRASIL DANCE COMPANY with KATIA MORAES performs at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, L.A.; 310-440-4578; www.skirball.org. More at www.viverbrasil.com and www.katiamoraes.com
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7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814. Sign up list closes at 8 pm when the show starts. All genres of music and all styles of self-expression including spoken word, instrumental or lyrical (folk, hip hop, soul, reggae, rock, blues, etc) are welcome.
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7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
Sunday - “Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, World Music” night, 8 pm-11:30 am
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Today is CINCO DE MAYO, celebrated hugely in the US as a Mexican holiday, though oddly enough, it’s not much of a holiday in Mexico. It’s the anniversary of a Mexican revolutionary army’s victory – fighters for independence who defeated the mighty French army – in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico. The French were there in a vain attempt to preserve the rule of Mexican Emperor Maximilian, an Austrian of interconnected European royal blood who had come to love Mexico after he was installed by European powers, while the US was distracted with its own Civil War. The outcome of the battle effectively ended European colonial influence in Mexico. Alas, Maximilian later died at the hands of the victor’s firing squad, after shouting “Viva Mexico!” – the same thing shouthed by today’s revelers as they raise their Coronas and Carta Blancas.
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Wed, May 5, 1st & 3rd Wed, every month:
10:30 am “STORYTIME FUNLAND” for kids at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. It’s an interactive story and music hour with Daniel, Hayley & Mindy. Venue is in the July ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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Wed, May 5, every Wed, in Yucaipa:
12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30 pm “STORY TIME FUN LAND” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. “StoryTimeFunLand” is an interactive music and story telling hour for the toddler set, and Café specials are featured for the hour.
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MOVED TO FRIDAYS: 5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm.
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Wed, May 5, every Wed, in Tehachapi:
6:30-10 pm “OPEN MIC NIGHT” at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994. The new acoustic music venue is becoming the "gathering place" for musicians in Tehachapi, since the demise of Mama Hillybeans. Doors open at 6 pm for sign-ups. $5 cover includes complimentary refreshments.
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Wed, May 5, every Wed (extended indefinitely):
7-9 pm “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue as “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” Each week’s guest artists are revealed on the venue’s website. DAVE MORRISON, SEVERIN BROWNE, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & LUKE HALPIN, and numerous other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and his originals have been recorded by Suzy Boggus and the late Johnny Cash. Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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Wed, May 5, 1st Wed, every month:
7 pm “LONG BEACH STORYTELLERS” in the library at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E Willow St, Long Beach; www.longbeachstorytellers.com. More info from Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions, 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852, www.stevenhenegar.net. The Long Beach Storytellers invite storytellers and story listeners to their monthly meetings.
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7-10 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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“CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION” at Abuelitas, 137 S Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290; 310-455-8788; www.abuelitastopanga.com. It’s an annual tradition there, always with music. Check with them for details.
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7:30-10 pm “MUSIC INDUSTRY GUEST SPEAKER” at the monthly “SONGWRITER'S NETWORK SEMINAR” at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Songnet’s monthly seminar brings an assortment of accomplished music industry insiders, from traditional record label execs to the gurus of new media. It provides musicians and songwriters the opportunity to get “inside information” on the business side of music, to help their creative endeavors and careers. Info on the night’s program, the organization, plus articles and links to the music business, and CGB impresario BOB STANE’s "boilerplate," explaining why some artists do not get booked on a regular basis, are all at www.thesongnet.org. Coffeehouse fare available. Free entry, $5 suggested donation.
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7:30-9:30 pm twice-monthly “COWBOY WESTERN JAM” at El Trocadero, 24274 Main St (at Market), Newhall 91321; 661-284-6615; www.eltrocaderosteakhouse.com. (Many maps show the street name as San Fernando Rd; the part where the venue is located was renamed Main St in 2007.) Event moved to this venue in Sep, 2008. This is the event that was held at Rattlesnake Slim’s until that venue had a fire, and before that, it was held for years at Vincenzo’s Pizza. All pickers invited. No cover.
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7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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Wed, May 5, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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8 pm 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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8 pm THE BROMBIES bring bluegrass to Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank (next to L.A. Equestrian Center); 818-845-2425. They have a residency there, the first, third (and occasional fifth) Wed of every month.
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8 pm monthly “ACOUSTICALLY SPEAKING” show with performing host POET RONI GIRL and a full evening’s lineup, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea, L.A. Venue has full bar and light meals (full dinners can be sent-up from Amalfi Ristorante, downstairs.) Cover is $6 if you say "Flyer" or bring their event flyer (otherwise, it’s more).
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with Dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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8 pm “LAPTOP LYRIC SING ALONG” on the Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917; www.coffeegallery.com. Donna Barnes-Roberts says, “Now, what makes this SingALong special is that we are using everyone's laptops to show the lyrics we want to sing!” She’s started a blog, www.cgsingalong.blogspot.com with songs that may be chosen, including links to the lyrics on the web. Donna adds, “That way, everyone who brings a laptop with WiFi can see the lyrics we are singing.”
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Everybody knows the world-famous Coffee Gallery Backstage, with its parade of professional acts. Now, Duane Thorin hosts this new weekly series, wherein invited artists lead sing-alongs, assisted by other musicians who drop by and want to play. Donna says, “There will be a few musicians to keep us together, but this event is not about showing what a great soloist you are - it is about everyone enjoying themselves, and singing - whether or not everyone is in tune (and I expect there will be sour notes - joy is not always pretty).” Duane adds, “Public invited to sing and play along to songs we all know and love. Musicians and singers welcome! We’ll start with all the Beatles songs and go forward and back from there. No sign up, just show up, sing from the audience or move up front to play along as well. The Coffee Gallery now features soup and sandwiches in the evening, plus coffee drinks, white and dark hot chocolate, pies, smoothies, smiles and good company.” This does NOT take the place of scheduled shows in the Backstage – it’s in addition to scheduled shows there. No cover.
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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CANCELLED: 8:30-11:30 pm “WEDNESDAY NITES JAM JUICERS with Trio Accompaniment” series at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243.
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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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Annual “PARKFIELD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Parkfield, CA, with lots of Southern Cal favorites and national acts, Thu-Sun, May 6-9, in Parkfield, CA.
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2-9:30 pm annual “PARKFIELD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Parkfield, CA, with THE BROMBIES, WHISKEY CHIMP, DON RIGSBY & MIDNIGHT CALL, THE RARELY HERD, DALTON MOUNTAIN GANG, BEAN CREEK, KITCHEN HELP, LEROY MACK & BLUEGRASS GOSPEL BAND, BELLE MONROE AND HER BREWGLASS BOYS, BLACK CROWN STRINGBAND, VIRTUAL STRANGERS, and more. Tix & info, 805-937-5895 or Pkfieldbluegrass@aol.com. More at www.parkfieldbluegrass.com. Thu & Fri are short days; longer schedules Sat & Sun.
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6 pm “NATIONAL FISHERMAN'S ‘TENTH ANNUAL STORIES OF THE SEA’ FISHER POETRY COMPETITION” at Connor Byrne Pub in Ballard (Seattle); www.conorbyrnepub.com. Event info, www.seattlepropellerclub.org/maritimefestival.html
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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-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 “SAN PEDRO’S FIRST THURSDAY ARTWALK” has open galleries and live entertainment on 4th through 8th Streets, between Pacific and Beacon, in downtown San Pedro 90731. Free.
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6-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM IN THE OC” at Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley 92708; 714-965-1125. It’s described as “Open Mics and Jams,” and as an “open bluegrass jam, all pickers welcome, all grinners welcome!” Event info, Shelah Spiegel, 714-962-5083 or ifiddler@yahoo.com. Free.
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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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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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7-10 pm Special 2nd anniversary “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists LAUREN ADAMS, JANE BOLDUC, & BEN CARR, 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 pm THE NEIL DEAL (NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE) plus opening act THE BROTHERS LANDAU, 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”). It’s billed as a “thrilling evening of great music,” as The Neil Deal carefully and vigorously recreates and pays tribute to the music of Neil Young. Venue impresario Bob Stane asks, “How could we have known when this young Canadian burst on the scene with Buffalo Springfield and Stephen Stills in the ’60s that his influence and legacy would only grow and grow until he is now one of our most enduring and respected artists and songmakers? He is a man who keeps moving on artistically, so your best chance to hear all of the great classic tunes in their original arrangements is not at the latest Young concert, but right here at the Coffee Gallery with the Neil Deal. When was the last time you heard ‘Cinnamon Girl,’ ‘Heart of Gold,’ ‘Cowgirl in the Sand,’ ‘Helpless,’ ‘Mr Soul,’ ‘Old Man Take A Look at My Life,’ ‘When You Dance,’ ‘Southern Man,’ ‘Ohio,’ or all those great Neil songs from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Buffalo Springfield, in one concert? All lovingly recreated for you. You will enjoy Altadena's own scintillating Cello/guitar brotherhood, THE BROTHERS LANDAU, who open the concert with their unique blend of talents.” Note early start time, at 7:30 pm. Tix, $18.
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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, May 6, 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 pm WINDY RIDGE brings bluegrass to the Coffee Cartel, 1820 S Catalina Av, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-316-6554. Info, contact Frank Bayuk at 310-567-6321 or windyridgeband@aol.com. Band info, www.windyridgebluegrass.com. No cover.
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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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8:15 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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CALJAS ARTISTS WEEKLY JAZZ PERFORMANCE NIGHT at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. It’s a new venue, said to be beautiful, serving food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy. The venue is part of the newly-renovated Claremont Packing House. Proprietress Nancy Tessier’s father, Refugio "Coco" Lopez, plays alto, and she wanted her club to feature an array of jazz singers. This led to a fortuitous connection with Dale Boatman, founder and president of the California Jazz Arts Society. CalJAS is a powerful force in bringing some of the best jazz artists in Southern California, especially singers, to restaurants, clubs and other performance spaces in eastern Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, an area that previously had relatively few opportunities for jazz musicians to perform.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-8:30 pm. Happy hour 4-7 pm, M-F. No cover.
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9 pm-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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9:30 pm Pianist DANNY HOLT “& friends” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). Called "exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times, pianist Danny Holt performs across the globe in concert halls, clubs, art galleries, churches, living rooms, and wherever else he can find a piano and someone to listen. Whether playing classical music, experimental music, minimalist grooves, or pop/rock, Danny is consistently praised by critics for his energy, wit, and vibrancy. Twice a month, Danny performs here with his invited guests. More at www.dannyholt.net and www.myspace.com/dannyholtmusic
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Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY - ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH FESTIVAL” is now 3 days of Cajun & zydeco music and dancing, Cajun & Zydeco Film Festival, New Orleans/Southern Louisiana food (including the Bourbon Street Supper Club) and lots of fun. Music performances include THE SWINGIN' KINGS with THE ALMIGHTY HORNS, KEITH FRANK & THE SOILEAU ZYDECO BAND, LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS, BLUE LARGO, ZZYMZZY QUARTET, PALOMINOS, BERNIE PEARL, BRIAN JACK & THE ZYDECO GAMBLERS, ROY ROGERS WITH JOHNNY VERNAZZA, BRUCE DAIGREPONT CAJUN BAND, SUE PALMER & HER MOTEL SWING ORCHESTRA, KID RAMOS WITH LYNWOOD SLIM, CAFE R & B, THE STILETTOS, THE BAYOU BROTHERS, BILL MAGEE BLUES BAND, THEO AND ZYDECO PATROL, NATHAN JAMES TRIO, PINK ARMY GROUP, TINKU, ROBIN HENKEL, BILLY LEE & THE SWAMPCRITTERS, and more. Venue is Spanish Landing Park, West Basin, at N Harbor Dr, San Diego; 619-234-8612. More at www.sandiegofestival.com. Friday hours are 4-10:30 pm; longer schedules Sat & Sun.
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4-10:30 pm annual “PARKFIELD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Parkfield, CA, with THE BROMBIES, WHISKEY CHIMP, DON RIGSBY & MIDNIGHT CALL, THE RARELY HERD, DALTON MOUNTAIN GANG, BEAN CREEK, KITCHEN HELP, LEROY MACK & BLUEGRASS GOSPEL BAND, BELLE MONROE AND HER BREWGLASS BOYS, BLACK CROWN STRINGBAND, VIRTUAL STRANGERS, and more. Tix & info, 805-937-5895 or Pkfieldbluegrass@aol.com. More at www.parkfieldbluegrass.com. Thu & Fri are short days; longer schedules Sat & Sun.
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Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS with violin, cello, clarinet, and voices, at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
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5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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5:30-9 pm “ART WALK” in Claremont, with live music, including RON ELY performing sea chanteys and classic and original folk music; event runs between Yale & Harvard on 2nd St, in Claremont, 91711. Art Displays, unique shops, numerous restaurants, and live music on the sidewalks. (NE of Los Angeles off the CA-210 freeway.) Ron Ely performs at Bert & Rocky’s at Yale Av & Bonita. Other musicians all along the way.
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5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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6:30-10 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” is a featured act / OPEN MIC monthly event at the The Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Includes music and raffles of merchandise from indie artists and sponsors, including massage, life coaching, and acting coaches. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. Javelyn holds a companion event every 3rd Sat at another venue, at 8 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com. $2 cover.
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7 pm “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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7 pm “FIRST FRIDAYS ON ABBOT KINNEY ART WALK” with art and music all the boulevard, including Altered Space Gallery, 1221 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice 90291; 310-452-8121; www.alteredspacegallery.com. Free.
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7-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays piano at Vitello’s Restaurant 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City 91604; 818-769-0905. Marc says, “Great place for Italian grub.” He delivers fine piano (and elsewhere, vocals). Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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Fri, May 7, every 1st & 3rd Fri, in Lancaster:
7 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS in Lancaster, meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster. Call Walter or Paula at 942-6893 for info. Organizers say, “If you can walk, you can do this social dance. It's great fun, and beginners are welcome.”
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Fri, May 7, first Fri, every month, in Ventura area:
7 pm SONGMAKERS “PENNY LANE SONG CIRCLE” in Port Hueneme; location and info at www.songmakers.org.
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Blues legend BERNIE PEARL’s residency at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. Switching his four-year residency there to alternate Fridays; on second Saturdays, Bernie will continue to play electric with pianist Dwayne Smith. He was great performing live on “Tied to the Tracks” in March, ‘07. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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7:30-10 pm “SCOTT AND MELANIE BOMAR'S FIRST FRIDAY” show with different performing guests each month, at The Spot Cafe & Lounge, 4455 Overland Av, Culver City 90230; 310-559-8868. Scott & Melanie tell us, “There is no charge for the show but please support The Spot Cafe & Lounge with food and drink purchases. We like to help businesses that support independent music! Please carefully read the parking restriction signs in the neighborhood as some are hard to read and parking enforcement is aggressive in the area.” More at www.TheBomars.com and www.MelanieBomar.com and www.ScottBBomar.com. No cover.
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7:30 pm “SONGSALIVE! FIRST FRIDAYS LOS ANGELES SHOWCASE” at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Featuring talented songwriters from around the globe, and held around the globe, Songsalive! Showcases are a cozy, intimate and acoustic environment where media and music industry representatives often drop-by to check-out the latest talent. Venue has coffeehouse fare, good sandwiches & salads. Info on sponsoring organization at www.songsalive.org/losangeles. $8 cover at the door.
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7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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Fri, May 7, first Fri, every month, in Tehachapi:
7:30 pm “FIRST FRIDAY” at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994. The new acoustic music venue is becoming the "gathering place" for everyone after visiting Tehachapi’s art galleries – “First Friday” was founded as a gallery event. Doors open at 7 pm, with instrumental music starting at 7:30. Come by for coffee and conversation. $5 cover.
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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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Fri, May 7, first Fri, every month; not necessarily music, but cool:
7:45 pm “TOPANGA PEACE ALLIANCE FILM NIGHTS” at Yoga Desa, 120 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. It’s in the Pinetree Center, across from the Post Office, Old Topanga, and Abuelita's, 4 miles N of PCH, 8 miles S of the 101 Fwy. This series presents films you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, always with a theme of peace, social justice, or environmental awareness. Snack potluck at 7:45; bring wine, cheese, dip, fruit or crackers. Film starts at 8 pm. Please do not disturb the yoga class in session before the movie. Tonight’s film, other info, at www.topangapeacealliance.org or 310-455-9389. No one turned away for lack of funds; requested donation, $10.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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8 pm 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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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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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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8-10 pm monthly “FIRST FRIDAY” show with JACKIE MORRIS as this month’s special guest each month, hosted by SEVERIN BROWNE at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; live simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166.
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The series features performing guests - one or more recording artists, including this time the very musical JACKIE MORRIS (www.jackiemorris.com) and the “First Friday Band,” with SEVERIN BROWNE, MIKE BISCH, DAVID STONE, JEFF KOSSACK, AARON WOLFSON, ALEX DEL ZOPPO and GARY POPENOE. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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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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Fri, May 7, every Fri:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, May 7, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Fri & 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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Fri, May 7, every Fri:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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12:30-8 pm 20th annual “DYLANFEST” at St. Anthony School in El Segundo.
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Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY - ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH FESTIVAL” is now 3 days of Cajun & zydeco music and dancing, a film festival, and New Orleans / Southern Louisiana food and fun, May 7-9, in San Diego.
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Annual “PARKFIELD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Parkfield, CA, with lots of Southern Cal favorites and national acts, Thu-Sun, May 6-9, in Parkfield, CA.
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7 pm IAN WHITCOMB & FRED SOKOLOW at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7:30 pm DAVE ALVIN performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series in San Diego.
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7:30 pm PERLA BATALLA performs as part of the ”RITMOS LATINOS en VIVO/LIVE!” series at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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8 pm RONNY COX plays the “Noble House Concert” series in Sherman Oaks.
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8 pm JOHN BATDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY play Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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BEN GUZMAN of TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT guest hosts with Mary Katherine Aldin on radio’s “Alive & Picking,” 6-8 am, to talk about the upcoming “OLD TIME SOCIAL” music festival (May 13-15). Show airs on KPFK, 90.7 FM in L.A., worldwide at www.kpfk.org
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WEB TV: Sat, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” The monthly event is simulcast on the web at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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Sat, May 8; Fri-Sun, May 7-9, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10:30 am-8 pm Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY - ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH FESTIVAL” is now 3 days of Cajun & zydeco music and dancing, Cajun & Zydeco Film Festival, New Orleans/Southern Louisiana food (including the Bourbon Street Supper Club) and lots of fun. Music performances include THE SWINGIN' KINGS with THE ALMIGHTY HORNS, KEITH FRANK & THE SOILEAU ZYDECO BAND, LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS, BLUE LARGO, ZZYMZZY QUARTET, PALOMINOS, BERNIE PEARL, BRIAN JACK & THE ZYDECO GAMBLERS, ROY ROGERS WITH JOHNNY VERNAZZA, BRUCE DAIGREPONT CAJUN BAND, SUE PALMER & HER MOTEL SWING ORCHESTRA, KID RAMOS WITH LYNWOOD SLIM, CAFE R & B, THE STILETTOS, THE BAYOU BROTHERS, BILL MAGEE BLUES BAND, THEO AND ZYDECO PATROL, NATHAN JAMES TRIO, PINK ARMY GROUP, TINKU, ROBIN HENKEL, BILLY LEE & THE SWAMPCRITTERS, and more. Venue is Spanish Landing Park, West Basin, at N Harbor Dr, San Diego; 619-234-8612. More at www.sandiegofestival.com.
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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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8 pm BERNIE PEARL performs at Old Time Music, 2852 University Av, San Diego; 619-280-9035; www.sdoldtimemusic.com. Bernie is more than a fine blues man, both “Acoustic & Electric” – the title of one of his albums (double CD) – he is a modern blues legend, as he has demonstrated with multiple performances on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” More at www.berniepearl.com
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9:30 am-10 pm annual “PARKFIELD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Parkfield, CA, with THE BROMBIES, WHISKEY CHIMP, DON RIGSBY & MIDNIGHT CALL, THE RARELY HERD, DALTON MOUNTAIN GANG, BEAN CREEK, KITCHEN HELP, LEROY MACK & BLUEGRASS GOSPEL BAND, BELLE MONROE AND HER BREWGLASS BOYS, BLACK CROWN STRINGBAND, VIRTUAL STRANGERS, and more. Tix & info, 805-937-5895 or Pkfieldbluegrass@aol.com. More at www.parkfieldbluegrass.com
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Annual “SEATTLE MARITIME FESTIVAL” includes maritime music, Tugboat Races on Elliot Bay, more, www.seattlepropellerclub.org/maritimefestival.html
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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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11 am-6 pm annual “SANTA MONICA FESTIVAL” with GAELIC GATHERING, LIVING SISTERS, CLARITA AND THE ARTE FLAMENCO DANCE THEATRE, RISING PHOENIX MORRIS, more; in Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Bl, Santa Monica. Info, www.arts.smgov.net/events/SantaMonicaFestival.html
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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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8-10:30 am FREE ACOUSTIC CONCERT at Strings Music Store, 146 N Glendora Av, Ste 101, Glendora 91741; 626-914 4100. Sometimes featuring VIN FIZ FLYER. Another in a series of MORNING concerts. Free entertainment, tips only, in a great place, with nice people and good music. Vin Fiz Flyer tells us, “Old town Glendora is a kinda sleepy small Midwest town plopped into Southern California. These early morning concerts sound like a wacky idea, but they’re well-attended by musicians as well as music lovers! A car club meets at the Cafe next door every Saturday for breakfast, and they park their assorted ‘babies’ out front for you to peruse too. Come on by and start your weekend out right.” Check with venue to see if there is a concert scheduled for today.
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8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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10 am-Noon “INTRO TO 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.
Sat, May 8, 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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11 am EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER plays their monthly “Klezmer Brunch” at The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice; www.thetalkingstick.net. This raucous and very musical band has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they combine Eastern European klezmer music with plenty of influences from the Jewish experience in America, making for a very unique brand of Americana and traditional klezmer music. More at www.extremeklezmer.com.
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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. (Began May 1.)
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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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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, 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, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month; in Green Valley Lake:
1 pm monthly “CELTIC & TRADITIONAL MUSIC JAM” in Green Valley Lake, CA; info and location, www.green-valley-lake.com and www.green-valley-lake.com/Calendar.htm.
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Sat, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month; in Tehachapi:
2-5 pm Monthly “FIDDLE JAM” at Veterans Hall, 125 East F Street, Tehachapi. Second Sat, every month. Info: Leslie Schoenberg, California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 3, 661-821-0800. Every second Saturday, fiddlers and pickers are all welcome to join in the fun and learn some new fiddle tunes. All ages welcome as well as those who want to listen and tap their toes; www.tehachapi.com.
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Sat, May 8, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, The Merc now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Sat, May 8, 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, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” The monthly event is simulcast on the web at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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Sat, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month; in the OC:
6:30 pm Blues legend BERNIE PEARL plays a monthly duet show with pianist DWAYNE SMITH at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. This is Bernie & Dwayne’s every-second Saturday show, and Bernie usually plays this one electric. He was great performing live acoustic on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” in March 2007. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Sat, May 8, 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, 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, 2nd Sat every month:
7 pm “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” monthly charity-benefit showcase with a full lineup of performers, at The Talking Stick’s new location 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Performing host MARK ISLAM says, “All of the performers, [make] good on their promise to busk their hearts out… new songs & everything… a Who's Hoot.” Past lineups have included Grammy winners / nominees and a Village Voice OBIE Award winner. Mark continues, “There's no shortage of acoustic eclecticism in Los Angeles.” More on Grassroots Acoustica, and lineup for tonight’s show, at www.grassrootsacoustica.org. No cover charge, but every show is a benefit for a nonprofit or charity.
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Sat, May 8, 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, May 8, 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, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month:
7-9:30 pm Monthly “SATURDAY [MUSIC] WORKSHOPS” series at the Valley Life Improvement Center, 10667 White Oak Av (at Chatsworth St), Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899. Info & reservations, www.moreart.us; 818-428-1377. Produced by CATHY SEGAL GARCIA, a major figure on the L.A. jazz scene. Cathy says, “Nibbles and such available on site for purchase.”
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Sat, May 8, 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, May 8; 2nd Sat, every month:
7 pm SONGMAKERS “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in Mission Hills (north SFV); info and location, www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, May 8, 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, May 8, 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, 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; weekends, ongoing; Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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Sat, May 8, 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, May 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 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:
7:30 pm DAVID ROTH, singer-songwriter, performs at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach; 562-420-2292; www.gracefirst.org. More at www.davidrothmusic.com
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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:
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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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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Sat, May 8, every Sat:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, May 8, every Sat:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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Sat, May 8, 2nd Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in the north SFV; for location, contact Bobbi Gore, 818-365-6418; www.songmakers.org.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, May 8, every Sat, in Temecula:
9 pm “COUNTRY AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday night, “country band THE RANCH ROCKERS plays current country music to back-up multiple performers in an Opry-style.” Series info & tix, www.temeculatheater.org. The Merc is one of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings that now serves as a performance venue, hosting live music four days each week. There’s an early show at 7 pm, and the 9 pm performances feature mature subject matter, so parental discretion is advised at the late show. Gen’l admission, $15; srs, student. military discounts available.
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11 am-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 in downtown San Diego.
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Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY - ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH FESTIVAL” is now 3 days of Cajun & zydeco music and dancing, a film festival, and New Orleans / Southern Louisiana food and fun, May 7-9, in San Diego.
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Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL” is now 3 days of Cajun & zydeco music and dancing and New Orleans/Southern Louisiana food and fun, May 7-9, in San Diego.
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7 pm “HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY” with JIM "KIMO" WEST AND FRIENDS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/sundays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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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.
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The venerable tall ship bobs gently on the waves as the music fills the air, so it just doesn’t get any better. Maritime music is lots of fun and structured for echo choruses and other tricks to get you to sing along. (After all, the music began as shipboard work songs to hoist sails or anchors and get all the oomph coordinated to pull at the same time.) The talented full ship’s company includes old favorites KEN GRAYDON and BILL DEMPSEY. Info, 858-566-4040. Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage, www.sdfolkheritage.org. Info, 858-566-4040.
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10:30 am-8 pm Annual “GATOR BY THE BAY - ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH FESTIVAL” is now 3 days of Cajun & zydeco music and dancing, Cajun & Zydeco Film Festival, New Orleans/Southern Louisiana food (including the Bourbon Street Supper Club) and lots of fun. Music performances include THE SWINGIN' KINGS with THE ALMIGHTY HORNS, KEITH FRANK & THE SOILEAU ZYDECO BAND, LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS, BLUE LARGO, ZZYMZZY QUARTET, PALOMINOS, BERNIE PEARL, BRIAN JACK & THE ZYDECO GAMBLERS, ROY ROGERS WITH JOHNNY VERNAZZA, BRUCE DAIGREPONT CAJUN BAND, SUE PALMER & HER MOTEL SWING ORCHESTRA, KID RAMOS WITH LYNWOOD SLIM, CAFE R & B, THE STILETTOS, THE BAYOU BROTHERS, BILL MAGEE BLUES BAND, THEO AND ZYDECO PATROL, NATHAN JAMES TRIO, PINK ARMY GROUP, TINKU, ROBIN HENKEL, BILLY LEE & THE SWAMPCRITTERS, and more. Venue is Spanish Landing Park, West Basin, at N Harbor Dr, San Diego; 619-234-8612. More at www.sandiegofestival.com.
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9:30 am-10 pm annual “PARKFIELD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Parkfield, CA, with THE BROMBIES, WHISKEY CHIMP, DON RIGSBY & MIDNIGHT CALL, THE RARELY HERD, DALTON MOUNTAIN GANG, BEAN CREEK, KITCHEN HELP, LEROY MACK & BLUEGRASS GOSPEL BAND, BELLE MONROE AND HER BREWGLASS BOYS, BLACK CROWN STRINGBAND, VIRTUAL STRANGERS, and more. Tix & info, 805-937-5895 or Pkfieldbluegrass@aol.com. More at www.parkfieldbluegrass.com
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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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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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Sun, May 9, every Sun; not music, but cool:
11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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Sun, May 9, 2nd Sun, every month:
Noon-3:30 pm monthly BLUEGRASS JAM at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com. These jams are the second Sunday of every month. Info: David Naiditch, 626-797-1827; french10@pacbell.net. Host David Naiditch's wonderful instrumental CD has been heard on radio's "Tied to the Tracks." David says, “Pickers, grinners, and fans of bluegrass are invited.” The jam is always free.
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Noon “TUCKER'S GROVE OLD TIME & BLUEGRASS JAM” at Tucker's Grove County Park, near the intersection of Cathedral Oaks and Turnpike Rd, in "Noleta" (between Santa Barbara and Goleta). After entering the park, go to the right about 1/3 mile to the Kiwannis Meadows section. Hosted by Alan Aleksander (constatty@aol.com.) this jam from the early ’70s was recently reinstated. Goes from noon, "until."
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12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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Sun, May 9, every Sun:
12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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Sun, May 9, 2nd Sun, every month:
1-4 pm “FOLK SONG JAM” sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) at the Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. Singalongs, new in Sep ’09, feature “all kinds of folk and folk music,” free and open to the public (street parking on Sunday is free, as well). Song circle is led by Janet Cornwell, a seasoned folk singer and song leader with a genuine love for sharing traditional songs. Free.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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2-5 pm monthly “AV FOLK MUSIC CLUB CIRCLE” is returning to homes for its potluck and jamfest (no longer at the Health Tree Coffee Lounge & Café.) They tell us, “Bring your instruments and voices and join in.” Held every month on the second Sunday. Info and location, 661-339-2655.
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Sun, May 9, 2nd Sun, every month:
2:30-3:30 pm “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING in West L.A. Call for location, 310-557-1927.
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3-5:30 pm JAZZ COMPOSERS WORKSHOP at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sunday.
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE/SACRED HARP meets in West L.A.; call Pat Keating for info & loc, 310-557-1927.
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Sun, May 9, 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, May 9, every Sun:
4-8 pm “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY MONTHLY JAM” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES BAND at The Londoner Pub, 18511 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country (near Santa Clarita) 91351. They tell us, “You never know who will show up. There’s always lots of great music and fun. The Londoner serves up some free food for these Sunday Jams, so come hungry. Don’t forget to bring your instrument - we’d love to hear your music!” More,www.myspace.com/santaclaritavalleybluessociety and www.scvblues.org. All ages, free.
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Sun, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, every Sun:
5 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. (BBQ changed to 5-8 pm, effective July 4.) Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Bonnie, 4-6 pm. Every Sunday they “light up the 'ol barbie and throw on anything from marinated tri-tip beef to good 'ol hamburgers. Every BBQ is served with all the fixin's, like baked beans, vegetables, rice, cole slaw, potato salad and more.” They tell us, “If you're looking for something really fun and different to do on Sundays, then head on down to The Cowboy Palace Saloon for dance lessons at 4, mouthwatering BBQ at 5, and a hot country band starting at 6!” No cover.
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Sun, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, 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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Sun, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 2nd Sun, every month:
7-10 pm monthly “WORLD MUSIC SERIES” at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052. Series has presented highly regarded local and touring artists. Venue offers sandwiches, salads, coffeehouse beverages. $10 cover.
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Sun, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, every Sun:
9 pm “RUSTY SUNDAYS” weekly showcase of “L.A.’s best up-and-coming rock, country, blues and folk music acts, on the Wild-West side” at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 90401. Musical hosts are MATT OWENS & THE GOLDEN WEST, plus another act or two. $3 cover.
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Mon, May 10, every Mon:
2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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Mon, May 10, every Mon:
6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Mon, May 10, 2nd & 4th Mon every month, in Ventura:
6 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Zoey’s Café, 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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“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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7-10 pm CORONA BLUEGRASS JAM at Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Av (at Ontario Av), Corona. Info, contact Todd Holtkamp, 951-347-2597 or onetoad@adelphia.net. Todd says, “Open Jam, all levels welcome. Having a good time is mandatory. If the weather is good we will be outside in front of the main building. If the weather is bad we will be inside.”
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Mon, May 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm MURPHY’S FLAW at Viva Fresh Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425. 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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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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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 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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8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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Mon, May 10, every Mon:
8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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Mon, May 10, 2nd & 4th Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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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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Tue, May 11, 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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6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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Tue, May 11, 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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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, May 11, 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, May 11, 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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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, 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, 2nd Tue, every month:
7:30-8:30 pm “SONGSALIVE L.A. / SHOUT IT OUT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Hosted by Bob Leggett. Four performers in a song circle, each plays three songs in a round. Songsalive members get preference. Artists may have other musicians play with or for them (i.e. if primarily a singer not a musician). Artists may apply online at the Songsalive Showcase application page, www.songsalive.org/showcases. Cover is $8, or $5 with flyer from website www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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7:30 pm YUVAL RON plays his Oscar-winning music of “The Desert, Bedouin Music, and Israeli Folk Dance” at 15739 Ventura Bl, Encino 91436; 818-788-6000. More at www.yuvalronmusic.com
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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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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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8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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8 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL MCCARTHY the second and fourth Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm; you can sign-up in advance at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid
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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
Sunday - “Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, World Music” night, 8 pm-11:30 am
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8 pm LOAFER’S GLORY – the band of HERB PEDERSON, TOM & PATRICK SAUBER, & BILL BRYSON –at Viva Cantina in Burbank.
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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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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 Nick’s Pizza, 43755 15th St West, Lancaster. Uke players begin arriving about 5 pm, meeting starts at 6 pm. Newcomers welcome.
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6:30 pm “TWICE-A-MONTH BLUEGRASS JAM” new for ’09, at Robano's Italian Pizza Kitchen, 10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602. (It’s S of Magnolia, W of Buena Vista, E of Cahuenga.) Jam is in the room behind the bar area. Hosted by Paddy Hill, who wants us to tell you, “All players welcome. Please plan to buy a beer or appetizer (from $5) to get the owner enthusiastic, or better still, a full meal from $9.” Info, contact Paddy Hill at paddyh036@gmail.com. First date for event is Feb 11. No cover.
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Wed, May 12, every Wed, in Tehachapi:
6:30-10 pm “OPEN MIC NIGHT” at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994. The new acoustic music venue is becoming the "gathering place" for musicians in Tehachapi, since the demise of Mama Hillybeans. Doors open at 6 pm for sign-ups. $5 cover includes complimentary refreshments.
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7-10:30 pm monthly “LAWIM SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” (formerly the Soiree) is Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) evening of music at the M Bar, 1253 Vine St (at Fountain), Hollywood 90038; 323-856-0036. Info, info@lawim.com. A respectful “listening room” environment is provided for the performances, and there are plenty of industry networking opportunities before and after. Its predecessor, the Soiree, was co-winner in FolkWorks’ “Best of 2008 / Top Ten” for best monthly listening room, and called "An invigorating evening that proves there is art in Los Angeles after all" by Tom Kidd in Music Connection Magazine. Hosted by multi-platinum songwriter-recording artist HARRIET SCHOCK. Valet parking is $4.50 when it operates (sporadically), or there’s free street parking, if you can find it. Full bar available, and there is a $10 minimum on food (the buffet dinner no longer operates). The showcase is held in a respectful “listening room” atmosphere, from 8-10 pm. Reservations are no longer taken; just get there promptly for a seat. $10 cover, plus restaurant minimum.
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7-9 pm “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue as “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” Each week’s guest artists are revealed on the venue’s website. DAVE MORRISON, SEVERIN BROWNE, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & LUKE HALPIN, and numerous other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and his originals have been recorded by Suzy Boggus and the late Johnny Cash. Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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Wed, May 12, 2nd & 4th Wed, every month; in Lompoc:
7-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Southside Coffee Co, 105 S "H" St, Lompoc. Info, call Bill, 805-736-8241.
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Wed, May 12, 2nd Wed, every month, in the OC:
7 pm “MUCKENTELLERS” at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2 1/2 mi N of the 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org. Hear the best of Nationally known spoken word artists with adult stories. Opens at 7 pm with a story swap open mic for amateurs. Tix, $5 & $10.
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7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, (new location), 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. All ages, no cover.
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7-9 pm “JILL SHARPE PRO-BLUES JAM” local blues favorite Jill Sharpe jams with her band at Sacred Grounds, 468 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731. More at www.myspace.com/jillsharpe. No cover.
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7-10 pm (started Jan 7) “KULAK'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info and live webcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. Marc Platt wrote, for Music Connection, “Your Wednesday Nights will never be the same after participating in this Group Workshop. The weekly cost is $20, which goes to Kulak’s to help pay the rent. The Workshop… is open to the public for the first four weeks. We will then set our 12-person group writing roster until the end of March. The workshop will be limited to 12 writers. We will break up into groups and work on many styles, genres and topics. You will find it challenging and exhilarating. You can bring instruments and will need to have your own small recording device, as well as a pen and notepad. Marc Platt (from the Sunday Night Performance Workshop) will facilitate with help from Steve Schalchlin. Marc has written music for TV Shows like ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ and others for many years. Steve Schalchlin ran similar workshops for the NAS (National Academy of Songwriters) in the 1990s and is a very accomplished songwriter. His ‘New World Waking’ show is currently running in San Francisco. If you are interested, please email Marc Platt at rotn60@aol.com.”
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7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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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, May 12, 2nd Wed every month; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LOAFER’S GLORY – the band of HERB PEDERSON, TOM & PATRICK SAUBER, & BILL BRYSON – play their new bluegrass residency at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank (next to L.A. Equestrian Center); 818-845-2425. This all-star ensemble usually performs here the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, if one or more of them isn’t on the road. Call the venue to be sure they’re playing.
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Wed, May 12, 2nd Wed every month:
8 pm HOLLYWOOD HOT-SHOTS bring charming music of the ‘20s & ‘30s, to the Steve Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Bl (x-from Barnsdale Park), Hollywood; 323-666-4268; www.steveallentheater.com. Get tix at 800-595-4-TIX, and there’s more about this monthly show at www.steveallentheater.com/hotshots. It’s JOHN REYNOLDS and his washboard playing brother, RALF REYNOLDS, plus an always surprising assortment of guests for an evening of "upstairs" hot jazz, with plenty of Django-style jazz. Guests include performers who have previously worked with THELONIOUS MONK and BENNY GOODMAN. $10.
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8 pm WE FIVE at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. They’ve been around for years and have a loyal and long-standing folk fan base. More at www.officialwefive.com.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks; 818-789-1985. One recent lineup included Heather Waters & Duane Jarvis and Micheal Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda has played the series, as well. Hosted by singer-songwriter DONOVAN LYMAN (Blue Meridian) performing a song or two between each act. Dinner served all evening; plenty of private tables. All ages, free parking, no cover.
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8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with Dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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Wed, May 12, Wed & Thu; 2nd Wed & 2nd Thu, every month, Mar-Oct; in Fullerton:
8 pm “SECOND STAGE CONCERT SERIES” at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2 1/2 mi N of the 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org. Each month, artists are chosen from the “Second Thoughts” series here on 2nd Tuesdays, and included in these nights for full sets. The Tue shows allow aspiring poets, writers, musicians, dancers and playwrights to show off their work to the audience in the main gallery, and the best artists are chosen to perform one of these “Second Stage Concert” shows later in the year (info at 714-738-3134). $15 adv, $20 door.
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Wed, May 12, every Wed:
8 pm “LAPTOP LYRIC SING ALONG” on the Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917; www.coffeegallery.com. Donna Barnes-Roberts says, “Now, what makes this SingALong special is that we are using everyone's laptops to show the lyrics we want to sing!” She’s started a blog, www.cgsingalong.blogspot.com with songs that may be chosen, including links to the lyrics on the web. Donna adds, “That way, everyone who brings a laptop with WiFi can see the lyrics we are singing.”
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Everybody knows the world-famous Coffee Gallery Backstage, with its parade of professional acts. Now, Duane Thorin hosts this new weekly series, wherein invited artists lead sing-alongs, assisted by other musicians who drop by and want to play. Donna says, “There will be a few musicians to keep us together, but this event is not about showing what a great soloist you are - it is about everyone enjoying themselves, and singing - whether or not everyone is in tune (and I expect there will be sour notes - joy is not always pretty).” Duane adds, “Public invited to sing and play along to songs we all know and love. Musicians and singers welcome! We’ll start with all the Beatles songs and go forward and back from there. No sign up, just show up, sing from the audience or move up front to play along as well. The Coffee Gallery now features soup and sandwiches in the evening, plus coffee drinks, white and dark hot chocolate, pies, smoothies, smiles and good company.” This does NOT take the place of scheduled shows in the Backstage – it’s in addition to scheduled shows there. No cover.
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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Wed, May 12, every Wed:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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CANCELLED: 8:30-11:30 pm “WEDNESDAY NITES JAM JUICERS with Trio Accompaniment” series at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243.
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Wed, May 12, every Wed:
9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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9 The “5th Ever” annual “LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL” celebrates its “Kick Off Event” tonighjt with performances by OLENTANGY JOHN, CAT TRACKS, & THE MOSBY RAIDERS at The Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Ave, 90027. It’s two evenings and a very full Saturday, a celebration of old-time acoustic music, with plenty of 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.”
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www.myspace.com/olentangyjohnsongs
www.myspace.com/cattraks
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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. To volunteer during the festival, contact kelly@triplechickenfoot.com. If you are interesting in baking a cake for Saturday night's Cake Walk, email kttheflowerlady@sbcglobal.net. Tonight’s event is free.
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Thu, May 13, every Thu:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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Noon-9 pm “2ND THURSDAYS' DOWNTOWN ARTWALK” Los Angeles Gallery Row, S Main St, between 4th St & 5th St and the surrounding area, onto Spring St, in downtown L.A. January’s event included an acoustic performance by 46 musicians at 9:15 and 10:15 pm in the Ball-Nogues Studio, 410 S Spring St.
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Thu, May 13, Wed & Thu, every week; near Santa Barbara:
4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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Thu, May 13, every Thu: in Santa Barbara:
5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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6-9 pm “BURGERS, BEER, & BLUES” series brings good acoustic blues performers to the tent adjacent to the weekly South Pasadena Farmer’s Market, sponsored by and directly outside the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com.
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Thu, May 13, recurring; in Idyllwild:
6-9 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & KEVIN HAMBY at Café Aroma, 54750 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild; 951-659-5212. Acoustic blues, bluegrass, swing, folk, more; Sandii Castleberry with guitar, vocals, harmonica; Kevin Hamby on bass, vocals.
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7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists SEVERIN BROWNE, & JULIE CHRISTENSEN (Leonard Cohen, Todd Rundgren, Lou Reed) 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 pm (runs Noon-9 pm) “2nd THURSDAYS' DOWNTOWN ARTWALK” Los Angeles Gallery Row, S Main St, between 4th St & 5th St and the surrounding area, onto Spring St, in downtown L.A. January’s event included an acoustic performance by 46 musicians at 9:15 and 10:15 pm in the Ball-Nogues Studio, 410 S Spring St.
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7-10 pm “FLAMENCO GUITAR NIGHT” with award-winning flamenco guitarist STEPHEN DICK at Manchego Food From Spain Restaurant, 2510 Main St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-450-3900; www.manchegoonmain.com. Venue serves great tapas and Spanish dinner plates in an elegant and intimate space. STEPHEN DICK - "Esteban de Los Angeles" - has won numerous prizes for his compositions and performances, including an award from the Sur Jerez Flamenco Competition in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for his original 1st album, "Naranjas Amargas." A versatile artist, he is the winner of the Peter Frampton award for excellence in contemporary music, and his compositions for the guitar have been published in Italy, and in the US by Columbia Music Company. He won the Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for his "Sonatina for Solo Guitar," and a Meet the Composer's grant for his realization of Federico Garcìa Lorca's romantic ballad, "Romance Sonambulo." He a 2008/2009 winner of a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and US Universities for a new flamenco concert featuring GarciaLorca's mystical lullaby, "Nana del Caballo Grande."
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7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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7-10 pm “CEDAR OPEN MIC” at Cedar Center, 44345 Cedar Av (at Lancaster Bl), Lancaster 93534; www.myspace.com/cedarcenteropenmic. Hosted by Ms. Shell Marie and Cleen. It’s open to all ages, however there is no censorship rule. It welcomes poets, spoken word, “freestylers,” and acoustic musicians. Free.
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OPEN MIC / SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at Primo Pizza, 28200 Bouquet Cyn Rd, Saugus. Mike Dill hosts. He's a fine fingerstyle blues picker.
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7:30 pm 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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7:30 “MUSIC NIGHT” at Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Bl (1 blk E of Fulton), Studio City; 818-986-2233. After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Three featured acts, “plus special guests and surprises each week.” After a long absence, the singer-songwriter series is back at the fun little venue. Or as they say, “the buzz has returned to the Beehive.” Light fare, sandwiches, coffeehouse beverages available. No cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm monthly “NSAI SONGWRITER’S NIGHT” at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. NSAI Is the Nashville Songwriters Association International. STEVEN BEOUGHER is the host. The first round of songwriters, at 7:30, is usually three artists. At 8:30 is a featured songwriter for an hour-long set. About 9:45, the 2nd round of songwriters is three more artists. Severin Browne says, “This is a great opportunity to hear some great songwriting in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.” Venue has coffeehouse fare and good salads and sandwiches.
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7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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7:30 “JAZZ AT THE MERC” series hosted by SHERRY WILLIAMS at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Thursday, the audience is treated to a different jazz group in the intimate space known as "The Merc." One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Info, schedules, www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/presents/merc.aspx
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8 pm 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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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play their residency at the Tam O' Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8-11 pm “BLUES JAM” hosted by the DENNIS HERRERA BAND, and guest musicians often include BERNIE PEARL, at El Dorado Restaurant, Spring & Studebaker, Long Beach. 562-421-2122. Bernie tells us, “It stays pretty close to the blues, doesn't get too loud, offers a small dance floor, a nice bar, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.” No cover.
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8 pm “MUCK AFTER DARK” cabaret & “new vaudeville” for kids over 17, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2.5 mi N of 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; info & tix, 866-411-1212; www.TheMuck.org - info@TheMuck.org. Tix, $5 & $10.
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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 COW BOP, that marvelous bebop western swing band, plays their monthly residency at The Foundry, 7465 Melrose Av, Hollywood 90046. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and played all over the US. Band leader and USC artist-in-residence BRUCE FORMAN asks, “Why not come on down and swing the night away? For those of you who don't know, The Foundry is a great jazz bar, with some other-worldly food, a great hang!” This residency commenced Jun 11. Cow Bop is Bruce Forman, guitar; Pinto Pammy, vocals; Phil Salazar, fiddle; Alex King, bass; Jake Reed, drums. Check with venue to be sure they are here tonight.
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9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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9-11 pm “ACOUSTIC MUSIC NIGHT” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; 323-464-MUSE; www.cafemusela.com. Select rotating guest artists perform original works on piano and guitars in the “urban zen” setting of Café Muse. Often, talented cast members from plays and musicals in-rehearsal or currently-running in the surrounding Hollywood theater district take part, mixing top-drawer deliveries of show tunes with originals by the scheduled performer. Venue has “tasty vegetarian & non-vegetarian menu, organic coffee, tea, & free wi fi.” No cover.
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9 pm-2 am “ALL ACOUSTIC WITH ANGEL” hosted by ANGEL, with different artists each week (except 3rd Thursdays, when it’s the Old Time Jam, hosted by Triple Chicken Foot) always fun, at the Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Av (look for barber pole just S of Lyric), L.A. 90027. The Thursday series has its own web page, complete with weekly lineups, at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic.
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9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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7:30 pm CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR together again for three nights at the Hollywood Bowl
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8 pm The “5th Ever” annual “LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL” is a festival and a celebration of old time acoustic music, with plenty of old time music performances and workshops, parties, jams and a big square dance, Thu-Sat, May 13-15, at various venues in L.A. Tonight it’s at The Velaslavasay Panorama in L.A.
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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, 2nd Fri, every month; in Seaside:
7-9 pm “KIKI WOW & FRIENDS” at Borders Books & Music, 2080 California St, Seaside 93955. For all of you have clamored to know “Whatever happened to Kiki Wow?” – just take a drive up the coast, and you can see and hear for yourself.
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8-10:30 pm “NORTHWEST SEAPORT CHANTEY SING” aboard the historic steamship “Virginia V” at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Monthly installment of the 2009 Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing series, a sing-a-long with authentic chanteys and songs of the sea, hosted by Wayne Palsson. A recording artist is always on board as song leader to keep the music rolling, with opportunity for anyone to lead a song or just join in the chorus. Chanteys are work songs and foc’s’le ditties with great choruses that join present-day maritime traditions and lore with those of the past. Come and lead a song of the sea or just join in on the chorus. Chanteys and sea songs are easy to learn and fun to sing. The historic passenger ferry “Virginia V,” last of the Puget Sound mosquito fleet, will be docked at the Historic Ships Wharf during the sing. Refreshments & maritime CDs available. More at 206-447-9800 or www.nwseaport.org/programs.html. Free, donations welcome.
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8 pm The “5th Ever” annual “LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL” holds tonight’s concert with FRANK FAIRFIELD, JOE WACK & FRIENDS, & TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT at the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St, 90007; www.panoramaonview.org.. It’s two evenings and a very full Saturday, a celebration of old-time acoustic music, with plenty of 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.”
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Info on tonight’s performers:
www.myspace.com/frankfairfield
www.triplechickenfoot.com
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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. To volunteer during the festival, contact kelly@triplechickenfoot.com. If you are interesting in baking a cake for Saturday night's Cake Walk, email kttheflowerlady@sbcglobal.net.
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Fri, May 14, 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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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 “FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS AT CALIFORNIA PLAZA” is a free concert series under the stars at CASA Cocina & Cantina, (located at California Plaza / Grand Performances), 350 S Grand Av, Los Angeles 90013; 213-621-2249. California Plaza and its famous water court fountains are nestled beneath L.A.’s tallest skyscrapers, a pedestrian mall walk from MOCA, and offer a majestic surrounding for sight and sound. Seating is available at Casa’s Outdoor Lounge and Concert Courtyard. Live musical performances maye be acoustic or electric from just about any genre, so check before you go. Presented by Casa Downtown and lafreebee.com. Enjoy a complimentary drink while supplies last if you call to RSVP in advance at Casa Downtown (number above). Valet parking is $8 (that’s cheaper than self-parking). Some street parking is available. Event is free.
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Fri, May 14; 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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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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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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“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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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri, 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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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now only holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, May 14, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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2 pm FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER, “traveling Western folksingers,” at the Santa Monica Main Library’s Outdoor Stage in Santa Monica.
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3 pm & 7:30 pm GILLES APAP and THE TRANSYLVANIAN MOUNTAIN BOYS play the “Song Tree Concert Series” at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Goleta (Santa Barbara area).
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7:30 pm RONNY COX, plus CHUCK E. COSTA opening, plays “The Living Tradition” concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center in Anaheim.
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7:30 pm SARA PETITE plays the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
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7:30 pm GILLES APAP and THE TRANSYLVANIAN MOUNTAIN BOYS play the “Song Tree Concert Series” at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Goleta (Santa Barbara area).
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7:30 pm BARRY McGUIRE & JOHN YORK bring their "TRIPPIN THE SIXTIES" cavalcade of song and first-person stories to the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont.
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8 pm LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM play the Caltech Folk Music Series in Beckman Institute Auditorium, Pasadena.
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Sat, May 15, in Fallbrook (N San Diego County):
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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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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5:30-8 pm monthy “PORT TOWNSEND CHANTEY SING” at the Courtyard Café (formerly Bread n Roses), 230 Quincy St, Port Townsend; 360-379-3355. Info, Tugboat Bromberg, 360-990-4873 or 360-598-1497. The “call and response” form of these work songs of the sea makes them easy to learn and fun to sing.
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The “5th Ever” annual “LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL” reaches its culminating full day and evening with MANY workshops and a dance with music by the bands SAUSAGE GRINDER, & BLACK CROWN STRINGBAND at Farmlab, 1745 N Spring St, Unit 4, 90012; www.farmlab.org It’s two evenings and a very full Saturday, a celebration of old-time acoustic music, with plenty of 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.”
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WORKSHOPS: (details, times and registration at the site, www.oldtimeisagoodtime.com)
Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle with Tom Sauber
Beginning Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis
Advanced Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis
West Virginia Fiddle with Joe Wack
Clogging with Ruth Alpert
Advanced Old-Time Fiddle with Dave Braegger
Square Dance Calling with Susan Michaels
Shape Note Singing with Jessica Caltron & Jeremy Drake
Guitar with Chris Berry
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Square Dance & Kid’s Dance & Cakewalk; Kids Dance at 6:30 pm, Cake Walk at 7:30 pm, Square Dance at 8 pm.
Callers: Susan Michaels (L.A.) & Maggie Lind (Portland)
Square Dance bands are SAUSAGE GRINDER (www.sausagegrindermusic.com & BLACK CROWN STRINGBAND (www.blackcrownstringband.com)
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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. To volunteer during the festival, contact kelly@triplechickenfoot.com. If you are interesting in baking a cake for Saturday night's Cake Walk, email kttheflowerlady@sbcglobal.net.
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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. (Began May 1.)
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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, 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, May 15, 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, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month:
10 am RON ELY performs sea chanteys and original and classic folk music at Boutique Mystique, 532 W 1st St, Claremont 91711. Ron tells us, “This is a new event, 10 am-6 pm. The venue features vintage 40’s, 50’s, 60’s guitars and amps, glass and china, jewelry, comic books, records (LPs, 45s, 78s), fresh flowers and exotic plants, fresh fruit and veggies, RON ELY’s music and more. Call 213-361-9322 for vendor info or booth space rental info. Ron says you can “get in on the ground floor” here. No cover.
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Sat, May 15, 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, May 15, 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, 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, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
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Sat, May 15, in Goleta (Santa Barbara area) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, 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, May 15, 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, May 15, 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, May 15, 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, May 15, 3rd Sat every month; in Lancaster:
7-9 pm monthly “DESERT SONG PRODUCTIONS FEATURED ARTIST / OPEN MIC” series at the Cedar Centre Theater, 44845 Cedar Av, Lancaster 93534. The series launched Jan 17, ’09 with a group that scored a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Featured artist(s) perform 7-8 pm, followed by the OPEN MIC, 8-9 pm, where you can show off your own talents. Each open mic participant pays $5, and a panel of judges awards the pot to the best open mic performance. This event at this venue looks permanent, after a series of things at several venues. If you’re in the High Desert, go support it. Event info and lineup at http://desertsongfest.org .
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Sat, May 15, 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, May 15; 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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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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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, 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, May 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm BARRY McGUIRE & JOHN YORK bring their "TRIPPIN THE SIXTIES" cavalcade of song and first-person stories to the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont. Recervations get directions at 909-596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com. Info on the show and thew series at www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com.
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BARRY McGUIRE, after working as the lead singer of the THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS, was banned from US radio airplay for his song, “Eve of Destruction,” by a Vietnam War-era government that felt the song constituted “sedition.” Of course, that made the song the biggest underground hit of the ’60s. Barry later had the lead in the original Broadway cast of the musical, “HAIR.” On top of that, his backup band became the MAMAS & PAPAS. And you remember JOHN YORK as a member of THE BYRDS. Both share tales of a most influential musical era, and perform many hit songs in which one or both had a role. Barry was a huge hit with his previous "Trippin The Sixties" partner when they performed on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” This show is happy nostalgia for some, delightful and sometimes revealing education for all.
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Sat, May 15, 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, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30-9:45 pm “UP THE TRAIL FROM TEXAS” Music/Art Showcase created & hosted by singer-songwriter MARK MORAN, at Tex Mex Grill, 2256 Route 66 (at Amelia Av), Glendora 91740. It’s a monthly music/art showcase featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriters in country, folk, pop, jazz, blues, and film music genres, and Mark adds, “And artists that have a vision of love, nature, healing or inspiration.” More at www.mythicalbird.net and www.myspace.com/mythicalbird
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm LOS ANGELES WOMEN IN MUSIC (LAWIM) presents “YOUNG TALENT NIGHT” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166.
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LAWIM presents this monthly series showcasing performers up to the age of 17. Sponsored by Daisy Rock and DayJams, it is part of LAWIM’s commitment to nurture younger artists and reach out to the community through music. This is NOT an “admission-by-donation” Kulak’s show. Tickets are sold by the participants, donations are made during the webcast, and sponsorships and contributions are received through the LAWIM website (www.lawim.com), all to fund the organization’s “Musical Gifts & Scholarship Program” for kids in need. Five talented young performers are invited to take the stage each month, and each leaves with a professional, 5-camera video of their performance.
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm “COFFEE HOUSE AT THE ONION” OPEN MIC at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Av, North Hills. A great place to showcase your new stuff. Coffee and cookies available by donation. (No longer on Fridays.) No cover.
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:45 pm monthly “ARC JAM MUSIC NIGHT” at Activites for Retarded Children (ARC), 6456 Whitsett, North Hollywood; 818-762-4365; www.arcandadults.com
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Sat, May 15, weekends, ongoing, Apr 10-May 22; stage play:
“THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” by John M. Synge, directed by Geoff Elliott, at A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale 91205; box office 818-240-0910 ex 1; or order online at www.anoisewithin.org. Group rates available. “Synge skillfully weaves a romantic comedy, set in the remote bogs of Ireland's wild Mayo coast.” - TOM McCONVILLE, host of radio’s “Irish Hour.”
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Sat, May 15, 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, May 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM play the Caltech Folk Music Series in Beckman Institute Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; www.folkmusic.caltech.edu; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832).
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Series presenters Rex & Nick tell us, “We are very excited that Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum are coming to Caltech! Laurie is one of the finest singers and songwriters around, and Tom is equally talented and essentially shares the top billing in this dream show for us. Laurie is one of those few people who not only embodies the highest talents of bluegrass and folk greats like Bill Monroe, but she forges ahead and continues to shape the bluegrass world and achieve new heights. Along with her singing and songwriting talents, Laurie is a fine fiddle player and guitarist. She's won a Grammy and has twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). IBMA executive director Dan Hays said, ‘Laurie is one of the pre-eminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. She spreads her talent over several genres – bluegrass, folk, country – and with the recognition she has within all those fields, I would certainly say she's one of the top five female artists of the last 30 years. And she continues to make great music.’"
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They continue, “TOM ROZUM has been performing with Laurie Lewis for 23 years or so. He is an exceptional mandolin and guitar player, and his vocals, both lead and harmony with Laurie, are outstanding. He has a strong interest in old time and swing music, and whether he's singing harmony on "Texas Bluebonnets" or lead on "Without My Walking Stick," the result is magnificent. Tom and Laurie are a delight to watch and listen to. Don't miss this chance to hear them up-close and personal.” More at www.laurielewis.com and www.tomrozum.com. Tix $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students or children.
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Sat, May 15; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm MOLLY'S REVENGE joined by MOIRA SMILEY play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. MOLLY'S REVENGE, based on the Central California Coast, take their first-rate Celtic tunes and songs to the world, as does MOIRA SMILEY, best-known locally as the leader of VOCO. When Moira joins the guys, it’s an especially fine show. 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:
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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Sat, May 15, every Sat:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, May 15, every Sat:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am.
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, ODD-numbered months only; in the OC:
8-11 pm DULCIMANIA with NORM JACOBSON & BARBARA GERSHMAN each on hammered dulcimer, & BRAD MOORE, at Alta Coffeehouse, 506 31st St, Newport Beach; info, Norm Jacobson, jacobson@ics.uci.edu and more at http://us.mc510.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=jacobson@ics.uci.edu. The band says, “the coffee and food are great.” No cover.
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month:
8 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” at the Unurban Café, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica. This event is a pre-booked artist showcase, not an open mic. Javelyn holds a companion event every 1st Fri with an opne mic, at another venue, at 6:30 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com.
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month, in Camarillo:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “CARS AND GUITARS SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo; for location, contact Pat Cronin, CarsAndGuitarsSongCircle@songmakers.org or 805-236-7954; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, ODD-numbered months only:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “SOUTH BAY HOOT” in Redondo Beach; for location, contact info@Songmakers.org or 310-376-0222. www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, May 15, 3rd Sat, every month:
9 pm “CALIFORNIA POP & JAZZ COUNCIL FEATURED ARTIST NIGHT” with three featured artists, at Giovanni Risorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243. Reservations on Saturday are a must. Venue has award-winning Southern Italian cuisine, plenty of free parking. Food available entire night. CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA says, “Amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes, old friends and new ones…” No cover.
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Sat, May 15, every Sat:
9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, May 15, 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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(1) Sunday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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9 am-6 pm 50th annual “TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL” with performances by RICHARD GREENE & PETER FELDMANN; MOLLY'S REVENGE WITH MOIRA SMILEY; WHISKEY CHIMP; MICK MAHANEY; SAUSAGE GRINDER; FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER; STUART MASON & JOHN WOOD (from Molly’s Revenge); THE DUST BOWL CAVALIERS; SUSIE GLAZE & HILONESOME; FRANK FAIRFIELD; THE McCLELLAN BROTHERS; ROSS ALTMAN; SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES; SOUTHWEST FIDDLERS; THE HOLLOW TREES, plus contests, dancing, jams, and more, at Paramount Ranch in Agoura;
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7 pm multi-platinum songwriter HARRIET SCHOCK plays her CD release concert for “Breakdown on Memory Lane” at Edgemar Center For the Arts in Santa Monica.
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7 pm THE PARSON RED HEADS do a “SPECIAL ACOUSTIC TRIO PERFORMANCE” plus special guests FREDDY & FRANCINE and WILL COURTNEY, at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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7 pm MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7:30 pm CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR together at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Sunday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
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http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/sundays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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(3) Sunday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Sun, May 16, in Del Mar (San Diego):
7 pm LAURIE LEWIS and TOM ROZUM play the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Bl, Del Mar; www.delmarfoundation.org. More at www.laurielewis.com and www.tomrozum.com.
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(4) Sunday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS:
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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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(5) Sunday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Sun, May 16, recurring:
8 am-1 pm THE FAIR MARKET BAND performs bluegrass at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, on Ivar St between Hollywood Bl & Sunset Bl (1 block W of Vine), Hollywood. They’re a 5-piece, with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, playing the standards with conviction, and Cajun, country, and “the spectrum” of Americana roots. The core of the group are brothers Bill & Mike McClellan on fiddle & mandolin, and banjoist Gary Dostalek. They perform within sight of Amoeba Music. Expect to find them playing the entire 5 hours. Free.
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Sun, May 16, 3rd Sun, every month:
9 am-1 pm “CLAREMONT FARMER'S MARKET” has live acoustic music in downtown Claremont. RON ELY plays original and traditional songs of the sea, folk, Americana, and more on 2nd St between Yale Av and Indian Hill, in old downtown Claremont. Ron says the market offers “the best of fresh fruits and veggies, jewelry, crafts in a picturesque setting by the San Gabriel Mountain foothills. Great restaurants and unique shops are adjacent to the market.” Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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Sun, May 16, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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11 am BLUEGRASS BRETHREN GOSPEL BAND perform at Springdale Baptist Church, 14071 Springdale Av, Westminster; 714-891-2925.
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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, every Sun; not music, but cool:
11 am-3 pm “FREE TRAIN RIDES” behind miniature steam locomotives at Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) Railroad Museum, 5202 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Closed on rainy days. This is not the park’s carnival-style train, though it is indeed big enough to ride, and the trains are pulled by real (if lilliputian) steam locomotives. It’s just east of Travel Town and its real but immobile steam trains. Revisit all those songwriting dreams of riding the rails and hearing lonesome whistles, even if each of the engines’ “big” drive wheels are something like four inches in diameter instead of 70 or 80 inches, and the whistles are more akin to piccolos than the haunting reverberations of the denizens of the high iron. LALS is a non-profit that’s been around since 1956, founded by train enthusiasts to educate people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. They operate 7 1/2 inch-gauge (distance between the rails) model trains for the general public to ride every Sunday (weather permitting). The gate is open from 10:45 am to 3 pm. In addition, they have extensive layouts for 4 3/4” and 3 1/2” gauge model trains. Passengers must be at least 34″ in height, and weigh under 350 lbs. LALS survives solely from donations by fans who visit and ride the trains. Admission is free but be kind and give the suggested donation of $3. More at www.lals.org
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Sun, May 16, 3rd Sun, every month:
Noon-3 pm Monthly “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN CAL JAM SESSION” is really a song circle, and named in FolkWorks as co-winner of L.A.’s “Best Monthly Listening Room Series” - on the Heritage Court Stage in the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; 818-971-5002; www.museumoftheamericanwest.org. WMA California Chapter meeting follows. All performing musicians (whether or not they are Autry members or WMA members) get in free, and each may bring one guest. In addition, on WMA jam days at the Autry, all WMA members (whether or not they are perfoming) are admitted free (w/ WMA membership ID) and get access to the jam and to all the museum galleries for the whole day. Award-winning performing songwriter JOYCE WOODSON says, “You can have lunch there at the Golden Spur [café] first, then stop by for some music.” Info on event and participating at www.westernmusic.org. This is a very well-attended, very popular song circle, wherein each performer or group does a song in turn, possibly backed instrumentally by others in the circle. Its expansion from two hours (1-3 pm) to three hours (noon-3 pm) came at the invitation of the Autry, beginning in May, 2009. Museum gen’l adm $9 adults, $3 kids age 12 and under.
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Sun, May 16, 3rd Sun, every month:
Noon-3 pm SONGSALIVE! monthly “LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP,” with music industry guest speaker, at The Finnish Center, 10701 Magnolia Bl (E of Vineland), North Hollywood 91601; 818-506-3850 for directions only. Each monthly workshop features a music industry guest speaker, in a setting for songwriters to gather, share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting community. The first half of each session is an in-the-round workshop, where each writer presents one song, on tape or CD or live. The second half includes the guest speaker and an industry discussion, with time to talk, enjoy coffee and network. Hosted by Paul Lawrence Moyer. Info on guest speaker, or pre-registration, at 310-238-0359 or www.songsalive.org/losangeles for rules, speakers & what to bring. (Event now held on 3rd Sundays, changed from 1st Sundays.) These events start promptly. $5, or free for Songsalive! members.
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12:30-5 pm “BRUNCH AMERICANA” show, hosted by Hillbilly DJ Jeff at The Redwood Bar, 316 W 2nd St, downtown L.A. 90012. It’s a four-act musical afternoon. David Serby has played it, and he tells us, “Get there early for great food and drinks. [It’s] live, independent Western Country Music in Los Angeles!”
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12:30 pm families; 1:30 pm adults only COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sun, 12:30 pm families, 1:30 pm adults only. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument to the drum circle or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
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1-5 pm SONGMAKERS “EAST VALLEY HOOT” in Van Nuys; for location, contact Barbara Greenspan, EastValleyHoot@songmakers.org or 818-780-5979; www.songmakers.org.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING in West L.A. Call for location, 310-557-1927.
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Sun, May 16, recurring:
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, May 16, 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, May 16, every Sun:
4-8 pm “SANTA CLARITA VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY MONTHLY JAM” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES BAND at The Londoner Pub, 18511 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country (near Santa Clarita) 91351. They tell us, “You never know who will show up. There’s always lots of great music and fun. The Londoner serves up some free food for these Sunday Jams, so come hungry. Don’t forget to bring your instrument - we’d love to hear your music!” More,www.myspace.com/santaclaritavalleybluessociety and www.scvblues.org. All ages, free.
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Sun, May 16, every Sun:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Finn McCool, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica; 310-452-1734.
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Sun, May 16, every Sun:
4-7 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach; 562-437-8300; www.aulddubliner.com.
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Sun, May 16, 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, May 16, weekends, 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, May 16, 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, May 16, 3rd Sun, every month; in the OC:
5-7 pm ONE FOOT IN at Java Joe's, 4973 Yorba Ranch Rd (in strip mall at Yorba Linda Bl & Yorba Ranch Rd), Yorba Linda 92887; 714-970-7988. They are RUSS LEWARK, MICHAEL R. GARDNER & JEFF NEWELL, joined by KEVIN GORE to form the quartet, then by drummer T.J. TARRANCE DeFRIEZ for the big band. They’re a fun rootsy string band, they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they tell us, “We're excited about now doing regular monthly performances at Java Joe's in Yorba Linda… playing in the early evening for those that have to work the next day. Come out and gather with us against the cold, cruel world. We want to sing away your troubles. Bring 'em on down.” As for the venue, the guys say, “Mmmmm, wine & beer & coffee & tea & atmosphere & company at Java Joe's alone is worth the trip. Chuck, the owner, only serves what he likes to drink and his good taste really shows. Come, sit on a comfy couch, have a slosh and groove to the sounds of One Foot In!” More at www.onefootin.com
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Sun, May 16, every Sun:
5 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. (BBQ changed to 5-8 pm, effective July 4.) Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Bonnie, 4-6 pm. Every Sunday they “light up the 'ol barbie and throw on anything from marinated tri-tip beef to good 'ol hamburgers. Every BBQ is served with all the fixin's, like baked beans, vegetables, rice, cole slaw, potato salad and more.” They tell us, “If you're looking for something really fun and different to do on Sundays, then head on down to The Cowboy Palace Saloon for dance lessons at 4, mouthwatering BBQ at 5, and a hot country band starting at 6!” No cover.
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Sun, May 16, 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, May 16, 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, May 16, 3rd Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm "BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION" at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande; 805-481-4015. Hosted by Roger Siminoff; info, siminoff@siminoff.net. All welcome.
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Sun, May 16, 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, May 16, 3rd Sun, every month:
6-10 pm “GRIMM / BIG FISH / PRO BLUES JAM” at The Big Fish, 5230 San Fernando Rd, Glendale; 818-244-6442. With KATHRYN GRIMM on guitar & vocals, BILL ORR on bass & vocals, FRANKIE SALEMMO on drums. Other musicians take part by invitation from Kathryn, in advance, at grimmmusic@yahoo.com. "Grimm hosts the Pro Blues Jam the third Sunday of each month, to give professionals and amateurs a chance to shine. Her guitar licks are explosive and her singing divine." - Joyce Rudolph, Los Angeles Times. Billy Hulting (Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, Dwezill Zappa) says Kathryn Grimm "...sings like an angel, plays guitar like the devil." Kathryn tells us, “Bill [Orr] has just started a myspace page for the Big Fish Jam. Pleeeaaasseee go visit, add it to you friends list and keep visiting to view the up-and-comers photos, [and learn about the] music and info about the Best Jam in Town.” It’s at www.myspace.com/bigfishjam.
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Sun, May 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm HARRIET SCHOCK plays her CD release concert for “Breakdown on Memory Lane” at Edgemar Center For the Arts, 2437 Main St (near Ocean Park), Santa Monica; 310-392-7327. Harriet is a multi-platinum songwriter (“Ain’t No Way to Treat A Lady”) and she performs all the music (much of it on-screen) for the latest Henry Jaglom feature film, “Irene in Time.” (The Guide gave the film a rave review in June ’09, at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/06/acoustic-americana-music-guide-june-19.html.)
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Reservations for the CD released show can be made at harriet@harrietschock.com. More info, and purchase the new CD, at www.harrietschock.com. Concert tix, only $5.
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Sun, May 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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.
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Sun, May 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE returns to 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”). One of the best guitarists you’ve ever heard… More at www.michaelchapdelaine.com
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Sun, May 16, every Sun:
7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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Sun, May 16, 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, May 16, 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, May 16, 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, May 16, 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, May 16, 3rd Sun, every month:
8 pm “VARIETY NIGHT,” with a guest recording artist, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Performance by the guest artist, plus the pre-registered open mic-ers. Signups each month begin two Sundays ahead, at 1 pm, and continue until showtime unless all 8 slots are filled in advance. The night always includes a drawing for 2 hrs free studio time at Sunburst Recording for a lucky open mic-er. Performers may purchase a live recording of their stage performance for $8. Website has directions to venue and nearby recommended eateries. $4.
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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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LAURIE LEWIS and TOM ROZUM play Painted Sky Studio in Del Mar; 805- 927-0500. Time tba. More at www.laurielewis.com and www.tomrozum.com
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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 pm “GYPSY SWING JAM” at Zoey’s Café, 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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6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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8 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Celtic Arts Center at Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com.
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ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by Gordon Gilges at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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9-11:30 pm "IRISH MUSIC SESSION" weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s new shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Mon is Irish language workshop at 7 pm, followed by the Irish céilí dance workshop at 8 pm, then comes Southern California's longest running traditional Celtic music seisiún, from 9-11:30 pm. Free.
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9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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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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Tue, May 18, 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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6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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Tue, May 18, 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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“BACK PORCH AT THE UNURBAN” hosted by swamp grass band KILLING CASSANOVA, on the back porch at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica. The back porch is “a night of acoustic singer-songwriters, folk and freak folkers” sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova. The Unurban is a free thinking, all ages, speakeasy-style coffee house, with food for vegeterians and deli lovers alike, and the usual coffeehouse fare. The hosts add, “Please contact us if you're interested in sharing the stage with Killing Cassanova,” through www.myspace.com/killingcassanova or www.myspace.com/backporchattheunurban.
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7 pm monthly “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” brings THE MILL CREEK as this month’s performing guests – always a different band of recording artists – to the monthly BASC (Bluegrass Association of Southern California) show at Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana 91356. (Take 101 Fwy to Reseda Bl, exit S, go 2 1/2 miles up the hill to the entrance on the right.) More at www.themillcreekboys.com
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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, May 18, 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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7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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7-11 pm SONGMAKERS “PBYC VENTURA HARBOR SONG CIRCLE” at Pierpont Bay Yacht Club, 1363 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura Harbor; loc & directions, www.pbyc.org. Event info, http://songmakers.org.
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“ACOUSTIC TUESDAY NIGHTS” at Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N El Centro Av (betw Selma & Hollywood Bl), Hollywood; www.myspace.com/cranestavern. More at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=9856844&blogId=470963380
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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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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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7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814.
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7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-515-4444.
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8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
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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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“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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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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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, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. plus THE CHAPIN SISTERS play the Acoustic Music San Diego series (now AMSD Concerts), 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; 619-303-8176; www.acousticmusicsandiego.com ; More at www.iseehawks.com and www.thechapinsisters.com
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Fri, May 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BILL STAINES plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. Red House Records recording artist Bill Staines is a genuine New Folk star, both with his writing and performance. He earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Venue’s website has a useful local dining guide. More at www.acousticmusic.com/staines
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Fri, May 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, May 22, on broadcast & web radio:
6-8 am KELLY MARIE MARTIN of TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT guest hosts with Mary Katherine Aldin on radio’s “Alive & Picking,” to talk about last weekend’s “OLD TIME SOCIAL” music festival (May 13-15). Show airs on KPFK, 90.7 FM in L.A., worldwide at www.kpfk.org
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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, in San Diego:
7:30 pm FOLDING MR. LINCOLN plus PARTNERS IN RHYME play at Old Time Music, 2852 University Av, San Diego; 619-280-9035; www.sdoldtimemusic.com. More at www.foldingmisterlincoln.com
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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:
8 pm WINDY RIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND plus THE MILL CREEK BOYS in a bluegrass double-header at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; www.frethouse.com; 626-339-7020. More at www.windyridgebluegrass.com and www.themillcreekboys.com
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Sat, May 22:
8 pm MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. More at www.michaelchapdelaine.com
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Sat, May 22:
8 pm KAKI KING plays the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A.; 323-936-6400; www.theelrey.com. More at www.kakiking.com
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Sat, May 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm KRISTIN KORB & MARY FETTIG play a house concert in Los Angeles. Reservations get directions at kkorb@kristinkorb.com. Kristin has twice been a guest on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” She is a virtuoso of upright bass and a wonderful vocalist. She tells us, “We're going to be playing at the same house that we used for ‘Girls Day Out’ a couple years ago. It is an amazing space. Because this is such a special event, I've got a little wine tasting arranged through Casa Torelli Wines and we'll have some light munchies. This is all included. You will need to get your reservations through me. There are a limited number of seats and I don't want you to miss out on the fun.”
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MARY FETTIG resides in the San Francisco bay area, and maintains a busy teaching, recording and performing schedule. She is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mary joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra as the first woman to play in the band. From there, she has made her way in the music business as a performer, teacher, and clinician. In addition to Stan Kenton, she has toured with Flora Purim and Airto, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Toninho Horta, Joe Henderson and numerous short tours with celebrity acts. She has performed at many jazz festivals, including Concord, San Francisco, Monterey, Playboy, Hollywood Bowl, Mt. Hood, Chicago, Detroit, Mobile, world's first Women's Jazz Festival in Kansas City, Buffalo, Montreux, and North Sea. Her HS jazz band was the first group to win the Monterey Jazz Festival high school competition in 1971. Her band teacher, a big fan of Stan Kenton, secured a scholarship for Mary to the Stan Kenton camp in Redlands, and the rest is history. $25 / person.
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Sat, May 22, in Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BILL STAINES performs at Trinity Backstage Coffee House, 1500 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-962-2970; www.trinitybackstage.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.” More at www.acousticmusic.com/staines
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Sat, May 22, in Washington State:
Annual “PENN COVE WATER FESTIVAL” the in Coupeville, WA. Includes maritime music from the SHIFTY SAILORS at 11 am. Info, www.shiftysailors.net
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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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Sun, May 23:
7 pm “TROUGH RECORDS NIGHT” with most of the artists on the Trough label performing, at the Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Av, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-5977. More info when we have it.
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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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Wed, May 26:
7:30 pm FRETS LOWER BLUEGRASS BAND plays Cafe 322, 322 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-836-5414; www.cafe322.com. No cover, but venue is a restaurant with full bar.
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Thu, May 27, every Thu, in Tehachapi:
4-7 pm “FARMERS MARKET MUSIC” on the little stage in Railroad Park, center of the market, along the railroad tracks in Tehachapi. Mostly acoustic musicians. Organizers tell us, “Come out and enjoy the music and pick up your produce; [there are] crafters and some of the town's businesses set up, as well.” Begins May 27. (Musicians: this pays $100 each week for the 3 hours. If interested in performing, contact folky@creativewireless.net or 661-821-1082 after 10 am.)
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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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Fri-Mon, May 28-31, festival, in Seattle, WA; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL” at Seattle Center (the former World’s Fair site) in Seattle, WA. It’s the largest free music event in North America, and routinely offers morte than 20 simultaneous stages, plus workshops. It’s a beautiful setting and a delightful and astonishing immersion in folk-Americana music. The vast expanses of venues come alive for an extended Memorial Day Weekend with singing, playing, dancing and so much more. As NWFL Director Robert Townsend asks, “What is life without the arts - and without a little play?” More at www.nwfolklife.org
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If you go, be sure to catch the maritime music shows:
> May 29, 3-6 pm “MARITIME SHOWCASE” on Northwest Court stage, including PINT & DALE, SHANGHAIED ON THE WILLAMETTE, SANGER & DIDELE, THE CUTTERS, NORTH BY WEST.
> May 29, 6-7 pm “CHANTEYS & SONGS OF THE SEA” on Northwest Court stage, with PHILIP MORGAN.
> May 29, 7- 8:30 pm “HISTORIC NORTHWEST TUGBOAT SONGS” on the Shaw Room stage, including JON PFAFF, MARY GARVEY, CHRIS ROE, JON BARTLETT, JONATHAN LAY, MARIIDE, LA FAMILLE LEGER, and others tba.
> May 29, 5:50 pm SHIFTY SAILORS on the Fountain Lawn Stage; info, www.shiftysailors.net
> May 31, 1:30 pm COVENTRY on the Northwest Court Stage; info, www.myspace.com/coventryband
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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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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, festival:
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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Sat-Mon, May 28-31, in Washington state, festival:
Annual “JUAN DE FUCA FESTIVAL” in Port Angeles, includes maritime music from THE WHATEVERLY BROTHERS on Mon at 3:30 pm. Info, www.thewhateverlybrothers.com
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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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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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"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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Tue, Jun 1:
8:30 pm PRESTON SMITH plays The Foundry, 7465 Melrose Av, Hollywood. Preston performed at Barbra Streisand’s wedding. What more do you need to know to want to see him? Check out the new online article about Preston’s “Life of Musical Journeys” at http://travelingboy.com/archive-travel-tim-prestonsmith.html. As for the venue, he tells us, “Great food, full bar, patio. Just west of La Brea.”
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Wed, Jun 2:
7:30 pm CROOKED STILL plays The Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Bl, West Hollywood; 310-855-0350; www.largo-la.com.
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"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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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, in Poway (San Diego area) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
10:30 am-5:30 pm annual “SAM HINTON FOLK FESTIVAL” with KEN GRAYDON, JOE RATHBURN, BROOKE MACKINTOSH & SVEN-ERIK SEAHOLM, GREGORY PAGE, ALLEN SINGER & DANE TERRY, MARK JACKSON, PATTY HALL, TRAILS & RAILS, more, in Old Poway Park, Midland Road, Poway; 858-566-4040. Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage www.sdfolkheritage.org
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Sat & Sun, Jun 5 & 6, in Washington state:
Annual “SEATTLE GREENFESTIVAL” at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA;includes maritime and other acoustic music. info, www.greenfestivals.org/seattle
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The Green Festival is held around the country. In Seattle, ot brings in thousands of people for a weekend of presentations, panels, films, entertainment, browsing exhibitor booths and information tables. The Guide was told, “Except for a few of us who participate, ocean and fisheries issues have basically been overlooked. After our Bluefestival last fall, we have been invited to help broaden the scope of Green Festival in Seattle. We are also laying groundwork for the second annual Bluefestival in October in Seattle, so hope you can join us at one or both events.”
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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, Jun 5:
8 pm MAI DOI TODD plus SIMONE WHITE 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 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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Sat, Jun 12:
8 pm GARY LUCAS plays an acoustic evening 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 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 :
11:30 am-9 pm 24th annual “LONG BEACH BAYOU & MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL” at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, featuring Cajun, zydeco & blues music with GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE, Grammy nominees LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS, MARK ST. MARY LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND, T-BROUSSARD & THE ZYDECO STEPPERS, COREY LEDET & HIS ZYDECO BAND, BAYOU BROTHERS, LIL POOKIE & THE ZYDECO SENSATIONS, CREOLE BELLE CAJUN DANCE BAND and more on the Bayou Stage, plus on the Blues Stage ZAC HARMON, guitarist TITO JACKSON, LAURIE MORVAN, ARTWORK JAMAL, DENNIS JONES, vocalist SWEET BABY J'AI, BLUE DICE, SAI WHAT BAND, OREO DIVAS SALUTE TO MOTOWN, GREGG YOUNG featuring vocalist ANDREA PALM, and others,.with food, dancing, Mardi Gras Parade led by NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND, kids activities and more, presented by Rainbow Promotions, LLC with a portion of the profits benefitting Comprehensive Child Development.
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There’s continuous dancing on a large covered dance floor at the Bayou Stage, and quick and easy dance workshops for all ages are included with admission. You’ll find crawfish and watermelon eating contests. The colorful “French Quarter” has a cultural arts & crafts marketplace and delicious gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies, red beans & rice, and other Cajun & Creole cuisine. Children can create costumes for the parade in the Kid’s Bayou Tent that offers free arts & crafts, and a Teen Corner has additional games and activities. Everyone is invited to bring a mask or costume for the parade; the adult with the most original costume wins 2 Bayou Fest T-shirts.
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Rainbow Lagoon Park is on the N side of Shoreline Dr, between Shoreline Village Dr & Linden Av. The park is on grass, bordered by water and has a fine view. Bring a blanket, low-backed lawn chair, sun-block, hat and evening sweater. Small canopies welcome in the back or sides of stage areas. No outside food or drinks. No private sound systems or audio/video recordings allowed.
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More on the performers ~
Cajun & zydeco artists:
www.genodelafose.net
http://ritmoartists.com/Geno/gallery_gd.htm
www.tbroussard.com
www.myspace.com/coreyledetandhiszydecoband
www.lisahaley.com/presskit_01.html
www.creolebelles.com
www.myspace.com/lilpookieandthezydecosensations
www.gigmasters.com/Zydeco/MarkStMary
www.bayoubrothers.net/index.html
www.orleansjazzband.com
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Blues artists:
www.titojackson.com
www.zacharmon.com
www.dennisjonescentral.com
www.lauriemorvan.com/press_photos.html
www.artworkjamal.com
www.sweetbabyjai.com/pressphotos.htm
www.oreodivas.com
www.greggyoung.com
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Festival runs 11:30 am-9 pm Sat, 11:30 am-8 pm Sun. Pay parking available ($10) on the Marina Green Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park, or park free downtown and walk. Hotel Maya, located at 700 Queensway Dr offers special Bayou Festival room rates ($109) at 562-435-7676.
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Tix: adults, $25 advance, $30 gate; seniors (age 60+) $20; students (ages 13-17) $10; children age 12 & under are free. (Under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult; proof of age required at gate.) VIP tickets are $65 and include backstage access, reserved seating, one meal and two alcoholic beverages. More info at 562-424-0013 or www.longbeachbayouandmardigrasfestival.com
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Sat, Jun 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
SOLD OUT - 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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Sun, Jun 27:
11 am RANDY KAPLAN plays a “KIDS MATINEE SHOW” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $8 (kids under age 2 are free).
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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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Sun, Jul 11:
11 am HUG TREES / TOM FREUND & FRIENDS play a “MATINEE KIDS SHOW” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $8 (under age 2 is free).
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Jul 16, in Redlands:
8:15 pm KEN O'MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS play a full two-hour show at the “Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival” in Redlands. Ken tells us, “This will be a very special concert under the stars in the historic Redlands Bowl -- and is free to the general public. Seating is open and picnicking on the grounds before the 8:15 pm show is a tradition.” More information at www.redlandsbowl.org
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Jul 17:
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.
2010 winner, Alternative Roots Magazine's Song Contest.
In addition, Gary received consideration for two Grammy Awards in 2009.
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Jul 18-22, in Colorado:
Annual “ROCKYGRASS ACADEMY” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/rga. Check for open classes at http://shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
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For a week each year before the ROCKYGRASS festival begins, Planet Bluegrass offers their academy, with everything from small classes taught by world-class professional musicians, to sessions on group jamming, vocal coaching, songwriting, one-on-one instruction, and more. The curriculum features a broad variety of electives including learning fiddle tunes, practice techniques, writing instrumentals, accompaniment, improvisation, and musical history. Evenings feature band scrambles, barbecues, and plenty of jamming for novice through advanced ability levels. Many Academy students return year after year, creating long-term relationships with budding musicians from all over the world.
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Instrument Classes are taught by RockyGrass Festival performers - world-class bluegrass musicians representing several generations of the music's history and future. These talented musicians spend the week teaching instrument classes, leading jams, and sharing their wealth of musical experience. Typically, these include three levels of instrument instruction for guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, as well as classes in banjo (Scruggs-style and clawhammer) and dobro.
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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:
11 am MELISSA GREEN plays a “MATINEE KIDS SHOW” at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $8 (under age 2 is free).
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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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Oct 3:
“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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With three stages, an Instrument Petting Zoo to let kids get some hands-on feel, workshops, many with the goal of getting kids interested in learning to play and letting them know where to get lessons.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 tress 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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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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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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2 comments:

寶皓 said...

志不立,天下無可成之事。........................................

domenicl_drapeau060799 said...

與人相處不妨多用眼睛說話,多用嘴巴思考,..................................................