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Friday, May 28, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, May 28 to June 8 (and events beyond)

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Yes, it’s true -
There are more ACOUSTIC AMERICANA / ACOUSTIC RENAISSANCE music performances EVERY week in the Los Angeles area than the COMBINED TOTAL of ALL OTHER KINDS OF MUSIC!
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The Guide needs your support to continue to bring you NEWS, EVENT LISTINGS, and to offer you FREE TICKETS through the coming summer. We can only do that if we are still here! We have CDs and DVDs for you to choose, in return for your support - see the #1 News Feature, below, for what you can do, NOW, 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 – and free concert and event tickets.
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Here’s this week’s News Features - and all the events…
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Tied to the Tracks
ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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MAY 28 to JUNE 8 edition (and events beyond, through 2010)
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NEWS FEATURES
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1) ARTISTS WITH GIGS IN THE GUIDE, & OUR READERS: WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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We enjoy giving-away free tickets to great concerts (as we did in May for the wonderful event at the GRAMMY Museum, “An Evening with Chris Hillman,” who brought as his sideman, Herb Pedersen; and we gave-away tickets last summer for Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and “Squeezefest” - the L.A. Accordion Festival - and more).
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We like bringing you all the events, every week.
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We like helping artists spread the word about their gigs, and increasing their fan base as more listeners happily discover how good these musicians are.
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But the time it takes to do all that is putting us in the poorhouse.
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The Guide really, really needs your support (EVERY reader’s support, EVERY artist’s support whose gigs are listed here). We’ve been up-front about it – it takes over 30 hours each week to do this, and that amount of time is steadily increasing as the number of acoustic music performances increases. We need sufficient support from YOU, our readers and artists who benefit from being listed here, for the Guide to continue. Frankly, when the day arrived – May 17 – for the decision to be made, it was a tough call NOT to end eight years of publication at the end of May. For now, we’ve committed to continue publishing the Guide THROUGH THE MONTH OF JUNE.
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Right now, the Guide is only safe through June, because – in spite of the massive amount of email we get with all these gig announcements – we have received far too little tangible support from most of you, who tell us we are important in getting the word out there about your shows, and that you love the Guide and you plan your evenings and weekends by using it.
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We need to hear from YOU before the end of May, or the Guide will shut-down. If that happens, we will concentrate on radio (good for a few whose music gets played, bad for everyone else, whose gigs and recorded music will go unnoticed in the absence of the Guide. Doing the Guide is how WE keep track of all these artists, as well as making everyone else aware of what they’re doing.)
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Our sincere 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. But we need to hear from many more people. We need to hear from YOU. Your $25 goes to support the Guide, and you’ll 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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Yes, we still DO have CDs and DVDs for you to choose, in return for your support! YOU are why we spend so much time eadch week making the Guide THE most comprehensive source for live acoustic music performances in the Los Angeles region, with national and global news of festivals, artists’ events, music conferences, and more.
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SEND US a check for $25, AND RIGHT AWAY, email us to say you’ve done that, with the subject of “GUIDE THANK YOU.” Send the email to tiedtothetracks@hotmail.com. In that email, or another one with the same title, tell us you want the DVD + CD of your choice, or what 3 CDs of your choice that you want in return for your support. (Include your snail-mail address.) The catalogue of what’s available is at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/support-guide-and-get-some-great-dvds.html
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Mail your check for $25, made-out to “Tied to the Tracks,” and mail it to:
Tied to the Tracks
PO Box 5427
Pasadena CA 91117-5427
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Meanwhile – but we’re only committing to continue through June – we will continue to invite artists to tell us about their acoustic gigs – hopefully with all the info, like where and when and what time and who else is in the lineup and an interesting fact or two – and to please send it in our format (which almost no one does).
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As long as we continue to publish, we will continue to bring you ALL the news and the most complete and thorough Guide to acoustic music events, PLUS ticket give-aways for GREAT shows!
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PLEASE NOTE the operative words here – “as long as we continue to publish” – it’s really up to you whether that continues to happen beyond the end of June!
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2) MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND’S FESTIVALS!
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Whether it’s Cajun & zydeco squeezebox and fiddle, or Celtic bagpipes and drums (complete with kilt & kit), or honky-tonk alt country, or an eclectic mix that fully represents the diverse musical culture of Topanga Canyon, it all happens this long weekend in Southern California. Plus, there are even more events beyond the Guide’s standard area of coverage, and this edition tells you about those, as well.
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There are two key festivals operating only Saturday and Sunday, and one that runs all three days, and one pseudo-festival on Saturday only, or a road trip or tin bird can get you to one of America’s best festivals that runs for an extended MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. Festival season continues full-force with these events:
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9 am-5 pm Annual “SCOTSFEST” at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa. LOTS of Celtic music on several stages, pipe and drum band competitions, authentic Scottish haggis and more food, many vendors, and more, at this big-deal festival. More at www.scotsfest.com. Runs Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30.
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Nearby in the same fairgrounds complex at noon (on Saturday only) is the “WEST COAST ROCKABILLY SHOWDOWN” competition is a pseudo-festival 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. “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. (See “LOCAL FESTIVALS” section for May 29; runs Sat, May 29 and Sat, Jun 5.)
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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, 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. The lineup includes GRAMMY Nominee LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS and many others, including BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO, T-LOU & THE SUPET HOT ZYDECO BAND, CEDRIC WATSON & BIJOU CREOLE, THE PINE LEAF BOYS, ACADIANA, THEO & THE ZYDECO PATROL, ROSIE LEDET, ARTHUR ADAMS BAND, CANDYE KANE, ELVIN BISHOP, THE MANNISH BOYS, JACKIE PAYNE-STEVE EDMONSON BAND, and more. (Runs Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30; see “LOCAL FESTIVALS” section, either day.)
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10 am-7 pm TOPANGA DAYS is the only local music festival that runs all three days (Sat-Sun-Mon), on multiple stages at the Topanga Community House & Fair Grounds, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. Lots of music each day, CANNED HEAT, AMILIA K. SPICER, TONY GILKYSON, MARIA MCKEE, KILLING CASSANOVA, THE MARIETTA JAMES, CITY FRITTER, many Americana bands playing throughout the weekend. Saturday, one of L.A.'s finest, TONY GILKYSON, plays at 3 pm; Maria McKee at 4 pm; Canned Heat at 5:30 pm. ZIGGY MARLEY plays Sunday afternoon, followed by “Tied to the Tracks” performing guests CITY FRITTER, followed by an all-star jam (and there will be plenty of stars there, to take part). More at www.topangadays.com; www.topangadays.com/music.html. $20 gen’l, children and seniors $10, free for age 5 and under.
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In Seattle, and one of the year’s ultimate road trips, is the Fri-Mon, May 28-31, annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL” at Seattle Center (the former World’s Fair site). It’s the largest free music event in North America, and routinely offers more than 20 simultaneous stages, plus a great many workshops. It’s a beautiful setting and a delightful and astonishing immersion in folk-Americana music. The vast expanses of sound-reinforced stages and charming venues come alive for an extended Memorial Day weekend. It’s so much fun, it hurts not to be there. Plus, if you are in Washington State, you can split your time among several festivals! See our Saturday and Sunday “Best-Out-of-Town Events.”
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3) TIPPY CANOE & HER UKULELE HIT L.A. THIS WEEKEND
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Oh, the uke. The little four-string instrument, in the hands of a real player, is always impressive and a lot of fun. You can’t help but smile when it’s played well. Here in the Guide and, as performing guests on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” we’ve celebrated 102-year-old ukulele master BILL TAPIA, and charming young Baltimore-based uke player / vocalist VICTORIA VOX.
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Now, Oakland based songbird and ukulele artist TIPPY CANOE (aka Michele Kappel-Stone) is in L.A. for shows May 29 & 30. Check the YouTube link for a song from her record, “Parasols and Pekingese,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjYTO-iTqec
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TIPPY CANOE gets great media:
"Ms. Canoe's old-timey sensibility adds a charming flair to her rollicking folk-pop repertoir and fits nicely with Portland's penchant for bluegrass-tinged tunes."- Portland Tribune.
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"What makes Tippy Canoe a must see is that she's a celebration. No matter your mood, you'll walk away with a smile. It's cheaper than therapy. It's a first date. It's stag night." - Off The Record Blog, San Francisco Chronicle.
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In a Spin Magazine piece, “Rapid Ear Movement, A Review of the 12th Annual Noise Pop Festival,” Rob Harvilla wrote, "A jovial lass sings and strums a ukulele. Her stage name is Tippy Canoe. My journey has not yet begun, and already we’re trapped in a deleted scene from Mulholland Drive."
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TIPPY CANOE plays Saturday, May 29, 8 pm, at the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St, L.A. 90026, with a lineup that includes FUNERAL CLUB and THE HERE AND NOW. Then, Sunday, May 30, TIPPY CANOE plays the “Grand Ole Echo” series in Echo Park, in a lineup with DEAD ROCK WEST, FUNERAL CLUB, and VICKI HILL. No cover, donations requested. More on TIPPY CANOE at www.TippyCanoe.net and www.myspace.com/tippycanoe
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4) CONDUCTED BY MAESTRO… DARTH VADER-!?
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Last Saturday, May 22, brought a pair of fun events within walking distance inPasadena. The annual ROSE CITY ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL featured an ACOUSTIC COURTYARD stage that ran all afternoon until midnight, and the PASADENA POPS kicked off their summer concert series with a free concert for the community on the steps of the iconic Pasadena City Hall.
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The ACOUSTIC COURTYARD featured some fine “New Folk” female singer-songwriters, some of renown, others virtual unknowns. It was booked by ANNETTE CONLON of web radio’s “Nette Radio” (listed each week in the Guide). Two members of the “Seven Lisa’s” ensemble group did a set, as LISA NEMZO was joined by LISA O’KANE. Then, AMY RAASCH performed a fine set to the approval of the crowd. (All three have been heard on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”) STACY ROBIN brought a trio. Things were continuing in fine form when we made a temporary departure for another event, a few blocks’ walk away. (Read on, because we came back.)
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We found a well-attended gathering in Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall, where the streets were blocked-off. It was time for the PASADENA POPS annual season kick-off with “Music Under the Stars,” featuring the PASADENA POPS playing Souza’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” and John Williams’ “Star Wars” themes. Under the baton of Pops’ maestra RACHAEL WORBY, the free concert delighted an audience arrayed in a vast sea of assorted folding chairs. The Pops performed with guest artists DENNIS McNEIL (he has extensive Broadway and Hollywood vocalist credits), the LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS, and the DONALD BRINEGAR SINGERS.
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The surprise appearance of DARTH VADER, just as “his” theme began, was great theatrics. He entered imperiously, strode the main aisle, then ascended the podium to take the baton and conduct the orchestra’s performance of the remainder of the “Star Wars Suite.”
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The sound system here was masterful. It was a number of rather small speakers atop pole stands, and the perfectly-mixed sound was distributed so evenly that the actual source seemed to pleasantly surround the audience, with no echo from the nearby tall buildings. Bravo.
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Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who kicked off the evening’s festivities, commented, “The large number of persons [here]… is a tribute to the popularity of this event and the growing awareness of its availability.” That, in a town that has one of two of Southern California’s Levitt Pavilions - www.levittpavilionpasadena.org - with its fine free summer music season, plus the Pasadena Senior Center’s - www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org - free acoustic music season on the same stage (but not in the Levitt’s website.) For info and tix for the coming season of the Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops, go to www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call 626-793-7172.
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Returning to the ACOUSTIC COURTYARD, we caught a fine set by KAREN HART, who has debuted her originals at the L.A. Music Center, in additiuon to performing on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and at Folk Alliance.
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The big surprise of the night was KELLY LOVE JONES, from New Orleans. She had bought a one-way ticket to L.A. to, as she said, “see what I can make happen.” She made her original music happen, complete with entertaining storytelling and stage banter, and in a broad spectrum that appealed across the age spectrum. If ODETTA and LENNY KRAVITZ had a love child, it could be Kelly Love Jones. At press time, we are uncertain how long she will be performing in the L.A. area this trip, but if you see her name on a marquis or in a lineup, go.
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There were others on the bill at the ACOUSTIC COURTYARD, and we surely missed some we would have enjoyed, including the late-night closing set by VK LYNN. But we were satiated from an amazing few hours of totally free music. (The other stages of the Rose City Rocks Festival aren’t free, only the Acoustic Courtyard is, and the Pasadena Pops do only one free show a year.)
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The next night, Sunday, brought the TROUGH RECORDS SHOWCASE at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, where a good time was had by all. (Including your editor, the night before his most recent eye surgery.) But that’s a story for another edition.
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5) "CITY OF DREAMS" ARTISTS DO TENNESSEE FLOOD RELIEF VIDEO
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In the aftermath of the horrendous flood in early May that caused more than $1 billion dollars of damage to Nashville and many other areas of Tennessee and took the lives of at least 30 people, MICHELLE WRIGHT has joined together with many other American and Canadian country artists in a project to raise money and awareness for the Red Cross Tennessee flood relief effort. The artists recorded a song titled "City of Dreams," written by VICTORIA BANKS, and they filmed an accompanying video, both now available online at www.cityofdreamsnashville.com. Participants include WRIGHT & BANKS, numerous American artists including PAM TILLIS, BUDDY JEWELL, RACHEL PROCTOR, DANIELLE PECK & MARCUS HUMMON, and fellow Canadians JASON BLAINE, LISA BROKOP, GEORGE CANYON, DERIC RUTTAN, AND DAVE & KORTNEY WILSON. The "City of Dreams" video starts airing in the next few days on CMT, GAC and CMT Canada. All proceeds from donations and from the sale of the song and video will benefit the Nashville Red Cross.
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RECENT NEWS FEATURES:
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May 21 edition’s News Features are available at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/05/acoustic-americana-music-guide-may-21.html
The topics are:
1) TO THE ARTISTS WHO APPEAR IN THE GUIDE, & TO ALL OUR READERS
2) CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN WERE SPLENDID AT GRAMMY MUSEUM
3) FESTIVALS! FOR ALL ACOUSTIC TASTES, NEXT TWO WEEKENDS
4) R.I.P., LEE THOMPSON
5) “NATIONAL TAKE YOUR KIDS TO THE PARK AND LEAVE THEM DAY”
6) WHO ARE THESE KIPKALYA’S, AND WHY DO THEY PREY ON ARTISTS?
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May 15 edition’s News Features are available at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/05/acoustic-americana-music-guide-may-15.html
The topics are:
1) WIN TIX FROM THE GUIDE: CHRIS HILLMAN AT GRAMMY MUSEUM, MAY 20!
2) 50th ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL
3) “5th EVER” ANNUAL “LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL” IS MAY 13-15
4) GRAMMY MUSEUM HAS TOP-NOTCH EVENTS THIS MONTH
5) SAN BERNARDINO'S 2010 BICENTENNIAL PARADE
6) FINAL EDITION LOOMS, ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE
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May 7 edition’s News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/05/final-edition-looms-acoustic-americana.html
The topics are:
1) DYLANFEST REACHES ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY WITH MAY 8 EVENT
2) UKE NEWS
3) LAWIM COMPILATION CD BENEFITS HAITI AT MAY 12 EVENT
4) NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE GETS $35,000 NEA GRANT, READIES FOR FESTIVAL
5) SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL IS A MODEL EVENT
6) HEALTH CARE BATTLE CONTINUES, WITH NEW TRACY NEWMAN SONG
7) AUSSIE ACOUSTIC ARTIST DOES WORLD TOUR, WITH LOTS OF RADIO
8) LAST CHANCE TO SAVE THE GUIDE
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April 30 edition’s News Features are available at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/04/final-edition-acoustic-americana-music.html
The topics are:
1) CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL, SOUTH PASADENA ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR, & PLENTY OF CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND
2) HOW ABOUT A SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL DOUBLE-HEADER, MAY 8 & 9?
3) LAST WEEK’S BIG FESTIVALS DELIVERED ON PROMISES
4) PBS TO TAPE “THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND” FOLK SPECIAL
5) IBMA WOMEN FEATURED IN JAPAN, & A MISSY RAINES SAM BUSH TEAM-UP
6) TEHACHAPI GETS NEW ACOUSTIC MUSIC VENUE
6a) PAYING GIGS IN TEHACHAPI
7) WILL THE GUIDE HAVE A FUTURE? IT’S IN YOUR HANDS (DVDs & CDs FOR YOUR SUPPORT)
8) THE ACOUSTIC MUSIC NEWS IS MOVING TO ACOUSTICMUSIC.NET – WITH OR WITHOUT THE GUIDE – IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU…
9) OOPS – WHEN LINKS DON’T LINK TO WHAT’S INTENDED…
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The latest edition of the Acoustic Americana Music Guide is available at www.acousticmusic.net or at
www.acousticamericana.blogspot.com or by links from the News-only edition at www.nodepression.com/profile/TiedtotheTracks
or by following any of many links on the web to get to one of those sites.
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Entire contents copyright (c) © 2010, Larry Wines. All rights reserved.
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Updated May 28, 2010 with MORE EVENTS ADDED; recurring events included in this edition through June 8, with FRESHLY updated listings of many upcoming events through the rest of 2010.
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Now, here’s what’s happening…
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(1) Friday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL” at Seattle Center (the former World’s Fair site) in Seattle, WA; runs Fri, May 28-Mon, May 31.
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6 pm ”THE MUSEUM SESSIONS: SUMMER AMERICANA HOOTENANNY” at the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St, Santa Monica 90405. The new series presents local Americana and rock acts, free, on the Museum Lawn. Tonight is CITY FRITTER and PAUL CHESNE BAND.
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7 pm ELI BARSI from Canada, with JOHN CUNNINGHAM and special guest JOHN BERGSTROM at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center in Newhall.
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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 in La Mesa (San Diego area); they’re en route to the “Simi Cajun / Creole Festival.”
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8 pm SLIGO RAGS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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(2) Friday’s RADIO & TV SHOWS
~ that feature live performance-interviews with acoustic musicians, and selected other acoustic music shows (mostly on-line, simulcast from radio stations elsewhere) are listed, in all their abundance, at
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/03/fridays-radio-web-radio-tv-acoustic.html
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A special event:
Fri, May 28; on web radio:
7 pm (Pacific) DEBBIE HENNESSEY does a live interview and takes listener questions and requests on “HOMEGROWN RADIO” at www.lmme.info/webradio. She’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Debbie says, “I'm really looking forward to talking with you all and sharing some new music. Next month we'll be releasing ‘Hallelujah’ as a digital single via iTunes. In addition to the song that I'm so proud of, I shot the photo we are using in the artwork and it's one of my favorites.” More at www.debbiehennessey.com
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(3) Friday’s “BEST OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS”
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Fri, May 28, in San Diego; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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, in Seattle; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE 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 more than 20 simultaneous stages, plus a great many workshops. It’s a beautiful setting and a delightful and astonishing immersion in folk-Americana music. The vast expanses of sound-reinforced stages and charming 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 for the flavor of the region:
> 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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(5) Friday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Fri, May 28, 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, May 28, 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, May 28, 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, May 28, every Fri:
5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6 pm ”THE MUSEUM SESSIONS: SUMMER AMERICANA HOOTENANNY” at the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St, Santa Monica 90405. The series presents local Americana and rock acts. Free, on the Museum Lawn. Bring a blanket, picnic, dogs, kids.
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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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6:30-10:30 pm BIG AL plays piano every week at Me ’N’ Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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6:30 pm "FUN & GAMES NIGHT” at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994. They tell us, “Come and play a mean game of Scrabble or one of our other games or just be social. $5 cover.”
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“SAN PEDRO SHANTY SING” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. Audrey Coleman wrote in FolkWorks, “If you arrive at the official start time, you'll find a chair at the table and friendly people who will let you look at their shanty books so you can sing along. No singing background required. Many of the twenty or so shanty fans who gather around the long wooden dinner table in the restaurant's cozy upstairs meeting room are volunteers with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. They sail ‘tall ship’ sail boats for youth training programs run by the Institute. For them, learning the songs that powered the labor on the 19th century clipper ships has become an extension of learning to sail the ships themselves. Added attractions are Alan's pennywhistle and concertina, Jeff's banjo, Kim's collection of flutes, and Dustin and Lindsay's robust baritone voices. When the table fills up, more chairs are set up around the room. And the Guinness flows freely till about 10:30 pm.” Venue is celebrated in the Yahoo! Travel Guide as “the only Authentic British Restaurant in the South Bay of Los Angeles.”
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Fri, May 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm ELI BARSI with JOHN CUNNINGHAM and special guest JOHN BERGSTROM at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, 24265 Main St (aka San Fernando Rd on older maps), Newhall 91321; www.scvoutwest.com; 877-340-9378 or 661-255-7087. ELI BARSI is a fine performer from Saskatchewan, Canada, and a multiple award winning western, gospel, country and folk performer. Out West is located on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall. Recommended artist donation, $20.
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7-10 pm SARAH STANLEY, UNCLE TOM, BRYAN CHAN, at More Art, Inc, 0667 White Oak Av, Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899; www.moreart.us. More Art, Inc is a great supporter of the arts, and has a small intimate performance room.
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SARAH STANLEY, www.myspace.com/sarahstanleymusic, plays 7-7:45 pm; Sarah is a seventeen year old singer-songwriter who plays acoustic guitar. She has been playing for 4 years and writing for about 2. Even though she is just starting, she has p good stuff.
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UNCLE TOM, www.bluepower.com, plays 7:45-8:30 pm. This is the trio of JOHN RHYS, EDDIE PONDER, & STEVE SMITH. Drawing from many years of musical experience these guys really lay it down. Of particular note John has and still is wearing many hats, as singer-songwriter, recording engineer, founder of the BluePower website, and more. Eddie the percussionist has a rich history with being on the road with Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, sessions with the Coasters and was part of the group THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. Steve fills in the group with great harmonica.
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BRYAN CHAN, slide/blues, www.scvblues.org, plays 8:30-9:15 pm; playing in the Delta Blues style with his own thought processes involved, Bryan says he is “Always trying to achieve the goal of giving blues music the heart, soul and respect it deserves.” See his You tube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcrIBv1ug4c
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BARRY CULLISON, www.barrycullison.com, plays 9:15-10 pm; actor, musician, singer-songwriter, Barry always brings to the table great songs with complex guitar playing. Country, rock and blues are his main influences.
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7-11 pm DAN ROTEN plays his acoustic guitar and original songs at Bean Town, 45 N Baldwin Av, Sierra Madre; www.beantowncoffeebar.com; 626-355-1596. Alas, Dan’s presence is not a return to the lost concert series at the coffeehouse venue that was, for many years, a New Folk landmark. Dan is the last of the Mohicans there, playing only originals so the venue is not hit with music industry fees for live music performances. Standard coffeehouse fare, pastries, sandwiches available. No cover.
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7-9:30 pm ROB KLOPFENSTEIN “& guests joining him at the piano,” at the Whale and Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro; 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com. No cover charge for bar or dinner patrons.
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7 pm SONGMAKERS “BELL ARTS SONG CIRCLE” at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Av, Ventura; www.songmakers.org
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7:30 & 9:30 (two shows) LLEW MATTHEWS with KRISTIN KORB as his side player (reverse of usual) at The Radisson Los Angeles Westside Hotel, 6161 W Centinela Av, Culver City 90230; 310-649-1776, X 4137. Kristin is the beauty who plays upright bass and double as a first-rate jazz vocalist. She’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” She tells us, “The Instigator is at it with a sextet this Friday. I can't wait to see what he has in store for all of us. I'm getting there early so I don't miss a thing!” Reservations strongly recommended to guarantee seating. Validated parking. No cover, but $15 food & beverage minimum.
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7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Fri, May 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SLIGO RAGS 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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Named among the top acoustic bands in L.A. by the Guide’s editor in his annual feature for FolkWorks Magazine, and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this high-energy ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences.
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Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.”
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Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After," was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine’s reviewer, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” was called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News, and was named one of the top 10 albums of 2007 in FolkWorks.
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"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show." - Music Connection.
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"…A ‘money back, no-questions-asked-if-you-are-not-thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up-tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles." - Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Tix, $18.
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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 LIVERZ-N-LUNGZ, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750825&s=93914888. LIVERZ-N-LUNGZ play at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $10.
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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 28, every Fri, through the summer:
8-10 pm “ACOUSTIC SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” at Scissors Paper Rock Hair Salon & Boutique, 1864 N Allen Av, Pasadena; www.scissorspaperrocksalon.com; 626-825-1846. Features local artists as well as bands from as far away as Little Rock. Begins Jun 11. No cover.
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Fri, May 28, 4th Fri, every month:
8-10 pm “OUT-OF-THE-BLUE” songwriter showcase at the venue named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue,” The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; 310-450-6052; www.thetalkingstick.net. This monthly event is specifically cited as a reason for the venue’s 2008 co-win in FolkWorks. It’s a lineup of invited songwriters (often some prominent ones) whose individual sets each include a song written to the unique pre-assigned theme of tonight’s event. Though former performing host DANIEL McFEELEY has moved to Australia, and originator FRANKLIN SPICER is no longer hosting, the popularity of this event enables it to continue. Venue has good sandwiches, soups, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Fri, May 28, every Fri, in Temecula:
8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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9:30 (two shows, first at 7:30) LLEW MATTHEWS with KRISTIN KORB as his side player (reverse of usual) at The Radisson Los Angeles Westside Hotel, 6161 W Centinela Av, Culver City 90230; 310-649-1776, X 4137. She’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Kristin is the beauty who plays upright bass and double as a first-rate jazz vocalist. Reservations strongly recommended to guarantee seating. Validated parking. No cover, but $15 food & beverage minimum.
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Annual TOPANGA DAYS is the only local music festival that runs all three days (Sat-Sun-Mon), on multiple stages at the Topanga Community House & Fair Grounds in Topanga Canyon.
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9 am-5 pm Annual “SCOTSFEST” at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Runs Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30.
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10:30 am-8 pm annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN/CREOLE FESTIVAL” at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley. Runs Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30.
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Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL” at Seattle Center (the former World’s Fair site) in Seattle, WA; runs Fri, May 28-Mon, May 31.
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8 pm THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS at Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, at the Arcadia Blues Club in Arcadia.
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Sat, May 29; Fri-Mon, May 28-31, in Seattle; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE 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 more than 20 simultaneous stages, plus a great many workshops. It’s a beautiful setting and a delightful and astonishing immersion in folk-Americana music. The vast expanses of sound-reinforced stages and charming 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 for the flavor of the region:
> 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-Mon, May 29-31, in Washington State; festival:
Annual “JUAN DE FUCA FESTIVAL” in Port Angeles, WA, includes maritime music from THE WHATEVERLY BROTHERS on Mon at 3:30 pm. Info, www.thewhateverlybrothers.com
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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, Sun, Mon, May 29-31; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
10 am-7 pm TOPANGA DAYS is the only local music festival that runs all three days (Sat-Sun-Mon), on multiple stages at the Topanga Community House & Fair Grounds, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. Lots of music each day, CANNED HEAT, AMILIA K. SPICER, TONY GILKYSON, MARIA MCKEE, KILLING CASSANOVA, THE MARIETTA JAMES, CITY FRITTER, many Americana bands playing throughout the weekend. Saturday, one of L.A.'s finest, TONY GILKYSON, plays at 3 pm; Maria McKee at 4 pm; Canned Heat at 5:30 pm. ZIGGY MARLEY plays Sunday afternoon, followed by “Tied to the Tracks” performing guests CITY FRITTER, followed by an all-star jam (and there will be plenty of stars there, to take part). More at www.topangadays.com; www.topangadays.com/music.html. $20 gen’l, children and seniors $10, free for age 5 and under.
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9 am-5 pm Annual “SCOTSFEST” 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, many vendors, and more, at this big-deal festival. More at www.scotsfest.com
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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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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, May 29;Jun 5; pseudo-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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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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Sat, May 29, 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 29;Jun 5; pseudo-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. See today’s “Local Festivals” section for more info.
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1-4 pm “SONGSALIVE! SPRING PICNIC” at Sherman Oaks Park (actual meet spot TBD); www.meetup.com/songsalive. Songsalive! Pres Gilli Moon tells us, “Come join us in our Spring PICNIC where musicians and songwriters can get together and have a casual music and song circle. Others welcome of course. This is where we can jam together, present live songs and lock into making relationships with others in our group. Also a great way to ask questions about Songsalive! and how we can help you with your songs. What to bring: Bring your own picnic lunch and food to share, picnic blankets, instruments (note there is no power at this stage so come self-sustaining). Free of course, and we hope those of you who aren't members of Songsalive! will become one soon :) www.songsalive.org/join. Please RSVP to let us know you're coming, through.”
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Sat, May 29, 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 29, 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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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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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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6-9 pm KRISTIN KORB & TODD JOHNSON play ”HANG TIME” at Thelma's Morning Café, 22876 Copper Hill Dr, Santa Clarita 91350; 661-263-8283. She’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Kristin is the beauty who plays upright bass and double as a first-rate jazz vocalist.
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Sat, May 29, 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 29, last Sat, every month; in Lancaster:
6:30-10 pm CONTRA DANCE with live music by DANANCE BAND at its new location, Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster; info, 661-733-8106 or rm.trochim@verizon.net. Band includes FRANK JAVORSEK (longtime teacher at Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor), & DOUG MOON (banjo player, former Captain Beefheart guitarist). Please bring a snack or dessert to share in the potluck. $6 per adult, $2 for ages 14 and younger. Live caller.
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7 pm GRACE 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”). GRACE is four women singing a cappella. They are well known for their tight harmonies, vibrant energy and imaginatively reinvented mix of music; blues from the ’20s, doo-wop of the ’50s and ’60s, jazz, classic rock and contemporary choices. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “In other words, a little something for everyone. This group of seasoned performers share their own unique brand of blending in honor of an instrument like no other - the voice.” Tix, $ 15.
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Sat, May 29, 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 29, 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 29, in Tehachapi:
7 pm MIKE OLIVER on jazz sax at Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994. Doors at 6:30 pm, $5 cover.
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Sat, May 29, 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 29, runs May 15-Jun 5:
Annual “SPRING MUSIC SERIES” at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; www.bostoncourt.org 626-683-6883. Series brings folk, jazz, classical, opera, electronic. Scheduled shows include DWIGHT TRIBLE & JOHN BEASLEY, HITA PLITMANN, NEVENKA EASTERN EUROPEAN FOLK ENSEMBLE.
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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 29, 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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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 29; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS bring their Western Music and top 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.
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What a last couple of years it’s been for The Tumbling Tumbleweeds! Since their debut in July 2007 (your editor was there) they went on to capture the 2008 Academy of Western Artists’ “Will Rogers Award” for “Western Music Group of the Year” and the Western Music Association’s “Crescendo Award” for “Most Promising Talent,” along with the “Marilyn Tuttle Best in Show Harmony Award.” Their debut album, “The Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” reached #1 on the “Top 10” Cowboy/Western Music Charts and received critical acclaim as well as radio airplay all around the World, after the world premiere of its pre-release tracks on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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The Tumbling Tumbleweeds began as a tribute to the Sons of the Pioneers and they continue in their quest to pay homage to that rich musical legacy with a show complete with singing, humor, storytelling and a bit of fancy western footwork. In addition, they write and perform their own original songs in the style of that and other groups that have inspired them. With a blend of western heritage and movie nostalgia they are “Family Entertainment” through and through. The Coffee Gallery Backstage remains a special place to The Tumbling Tumbleweeds for giving the group their first real “break” and they return every few months to their old Altadena stomping grounds with their special brand of Western musical entertainment, bringing some new songs, laughs and plenty more rip roarin’ Western cowboy fun and good times. More at www.thetumblingtumbleweeds.com
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Sat, May 29, every Sat; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750826&s=93914888. ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS play at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $20.
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8 pm TIPPY CANOE, plus FUNERAL CLUB, and THE HERE AND NOW, play the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St, L.A. 90026.
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The little four-string instrument, in the hands of a real player, is always impressive and a lot of fun. You can’t help but smile when it’s played well. Here in the Guide and, as performing guests on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” we’ve celebrated 102-year-old ukulele master BILL TAPIA, and charming young Baltimore-based uke player / vocalist VICTORIA VOX.
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Now, Oakland based songbird and ukulele artist TIPPY CANOE (aka Michele Kappel-Stone) is coming to L.A. for shows May 29 & 30. Check the YouTube link for a song from her record, “Parasols and Pekingese,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjYTO-iTqec
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"Ms. Canoe's old-timey sensibility adds a charming flair to her rollicking folk-pop repertoir and fits nicely with Portland's penchant for bluegrass-tinged tunes."- Portland Tribune.
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"What makes Tippy Canoe a must see is that she's a celebration. No matter your mood, you'll walk away with a smile. It's cheaper than therapy. It's a first date. It's stag night." - Off The Record Blog, San Francisco Chronicle.
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In a Spin Magazine piece, “Rapid Ear Movement, A Review of the 12th Annual Noise Pop Festival,” Rob Harvilla wrote, "A jovial lass sings and strums a ukulele. Her stage name is Tippy Canoe. My journey has not yet begun, and already we’re trapped in a deleted scene from Mulholland Drive."
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Sat, May 29:
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. Performances at 3 and 8 pm today.
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Sat, May 29, every Sat:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for some advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Advance tix, reservations, recommended (club is now holding tables only until 8:30 pm).
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Sat, May 29:
CANCELLED: 8 pm FISHTANK ENSEMBLE at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; www.folkmusiccenter.com; 909-624-2928. Due to a family emergency, Fishtank Ensemble cancelled their show. If you purchased a ticket please contact the Folk Music Center. And remember the venue’s monthly Open Mic this Sunday, May 30, 6:30 pm (doors and sign-up at 6 pm). $1 cover.
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Sat, May 29, fifth Sat of the month (when there is one):
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “TAKE THE FIFTH HOOT” in Studio City; for location, contact Rich & Jo Lewis, Takethe5thHoot@songmakers.org; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, May 29, 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 29, 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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9:30 pm THE LUCKY STARS at the Redwood Bar & Grill, 316 W 2nd St, Los Angeles 90012.
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Annual TOPANGA DAYS is the only local music festival that runs all three days (Sat-Sun-Mon), on multiple stages at the Topanga Community House & Fair Grounds in Topanga Canyon.
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9 am-5 pm Annual “SCOTSFEST” at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Runs Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30.
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10:30 am-8 pm annual “SIMI VALLEY CAJUN/CREOLE FESTIVAL” at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley. Runs Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30.
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Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL” at Seattle Center (the former World’s Fair site) in Seattle, WA; runs Fri, May 28-Mon, May 31.
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7 pm ABE LAGRIMAS, JR., world-class uke player, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE 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 more than 20 simultaneous stages, plus a great many workshops. It’s a beautiful setting and a delightful and astonishing immersion in folk-Americana music. The vast expanses of sound-reinforced stages and charming 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 for the flavor of the region:
> 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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Annual “JUAN DE FUCA FESTIVAL” in Port Angeles, WA, includes maritime music from THE WHATEVERLY BROTHERS on Mon at 3:30 pm. Info, www.thewhateverlybrothers.com
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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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4-6:30 pm “RUNNING DOG SHANTY SING,” held the last Sunday of every month, at Running Dog Guitars / Sound Guitar Repair, 118 N 35th St, Suite 105, Fremont, WA. Hosted by Rick Davis & Cat Fox. Sea Chanties (shanties) are fun to sing and the choruses are always easy-to-learn sing-alongs. The hosts tell us, “The building is tall, grey cinderblock and green metal. Suite 105 is in the back, facing the alley between 36th and 35th. Parking available on the street. Over 21 years of age please. Potluck beverages and snacks.” Free.
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10 am-7 pm TOPANGA DAYS is the only local music festival that runs all three days (Sat-Sun-Mon), on multiple stages at the Topanga Community House & Fair Grounds, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. Lots of music each day, CANNED HEAT, AMILIA K. SPICER, TONY GILKYSON, MARIA MCKEE, KILLING CASSANOVA, THE MARIETTA JAMES, CITY FRITTER, many Americana bands playing throughout the weekend. Saturday, one of L.A.'s finest, TONY GILKYSON, plays at 3 pm; Maria McKee at 4 pm; Canned Heat at 5:30 pm. ZIGGY MARLEY plays Sunday afternoon, followed by “Tied to the Tracks” performing guests CITY FRITTER, followed by an all-star jam (and there will be plenty of stars there, to take part). More at www.topangadays.com; www.topangadays.com/music.html. $20 gen’l, children and seniors $10, free for age 5 and under.
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9 am-5 pm Annual “SCOTSFEST” 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, many vendors, and more, at this big-deal festival. More at www.scotsfest.com. Runs Sat & Sun, May 29 & 30.
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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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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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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 30, 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 where there are real, full-size 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 LOS FABULOCOS WITH KID RAMOS play the “SUNDAY SPRING CONCERT” series at the 41st annual Orange County Market Place, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa; www.ocmarketplace.com; 949-723-6660.
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A “WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE WEEKEND” happens the weekend before the swap meet closes for the annual Orange County Fair. On Sat, Jul 10, THE SUMMER OF LOVE performs, and on Sun, Jul 11, WOODSTOCK MUD plays; 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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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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1:30 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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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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, every Sun, through the spring & summer:
5-9 pm “THE GRAND OLE ECHO” country & roots series today brings TIPPY CANOE, plus DEAD ROCK WEST, FUNERAL CLUB, and VICKI HILL, to The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; www.myspace.com/thegrandoleecho.
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The little four-string instrument, in the hands of a real player, is always impressive and a lot of fun. You can’t help but smile when it’s played well. Here in the Guide and, as performing guests on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” we’ve celebrated 102-year-old ukulele master BILL TAPIA, and charming young Baltimore-based uke player / vocalist VICTORIA VOX.
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Now, Oakland based songbird and ukulele artist TIPPY CANOE (aka Michele Kappel-Stone) is coming to L.A. for shows May 29 & 30. Check the YouTube link for a song from her record, “Parasols and Pekingese,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjYTO-iTqec
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"Ms. Canoe's old-timey sensibility adds a charming flair to her rollicking folk-pop repertoir and fits nicely with Portland's penchant for bluegrass-tinged tunes."- Portland Tribune.
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"What makes Tippy Canoe a must see is that she's a celebration. No matter your mood, you'll walk away with a smile. It's cheaper than therapy. It's a first date. It's stag night." - Off The Record Blog, San Francisco Chronicle.
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In a Spin Magazine piece, “Rapid Ear Movement, A Review of the 12th Annual Noise Pop Festival,” Rob Harvilla wrote, "A jovial lass sings and strums a ukulele. Her stage name is Tippy Canoe. My journey has not yet begun, and already we’re trapped in a deleted scene from Mulholland Drive."
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TIPPY CANOE plays Sat, May 29, 8 pm, at the Echo Park Film Center, and Sun, May 30 at the “Grand Ole Echo” series in Echo Park, in a lineup with DEAD ROCK WEST, FUNERAL CLUB, and VICKI HILL. More on TIPPY CANOE at www.TippyCanoe.net and www.myspace.com/tippycanoe
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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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Sun, May 30, 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 30, last Sun, every month:
5:45 pm OPEN MIC at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica; 310-828-4497; www.mccabesguitar.com.
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6-8 pm CLIFF WAGNER & THE OLD NUMBER 7 play their “Sunday Happy Hour” residency at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. You’ve seen them on TV, as final-round finalists on “America’s Next Great Band,” and they made it to #29 on the Americana charts at the close of 2008. Bluegrass-Americana music and drink specials on the West Side. More at www.oldnumber7.net.
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7 pm ABE LAGRIMAS, JR. – “Specializing in uke and Island stuff. World class player,” 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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ABE LAGRIMAS, JR. has headlined the NY Uke Fest, the Windy City Uke Fest in Chicago, the Southern California Ukulele Showcase, the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, the Filipino-American Jazz Festival in Los Angeles and recently returned this past February from the Philippine International Jazz Festival in Manila.
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In 2005, he released his debut album entitled "Dimensions" featuring his skills as a uke player. The album gained rave reviews and was nominated for both the Hawaii Music Awards and the Hawai’i Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. That was soon after Abe picked up the ukulele for the very first time in March 2003 and did his first gig just two weeks later. But then, Abe is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who began his musical journey playing drums at the age of four.
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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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Sun, May 30, 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 30, last Sun, every month; in the OC:
7-9 pm monthly “ORANGE COUNTY SONGSALIVE! SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” at Spires Restaurant (in the Meeting Room), 13030 Goldenwest Av (crnr of Garden Grove Bl), Westminster 92683; 714-636-0442; event info, 714-333-8222 (Rodney). Songwriting workshop, critique session and songwriting exercises. Event gathers songwriters to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the global Songsalive! songwriting communities. First half is an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each (on tape, CD or live) followed by a guest speaker or industry discussion in the second half, with time to talk and network. Moderated by Rod O'Riley. Directions, info, www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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Sun, May 30, 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 30, last Sun, every month:
7:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Av, Claremont; 909-624-2928. Sign-ups at 7 pm. $1 cover.
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7:30-10 pm “SUNDAY NIGHT SONG & VARIETY SHOWCASE” is the new OPEN MIC on The Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917. Everybody knows the world-famous Backstage, with its parade of world-class and renowned professional acts – this is the weekly FREE stage in the front of the coffeehouse, “out front,” where you can buy coffeehouse treats and beverages. This series, hosted by Duane Thorin, an experienced performer and soundman who runs the mic levels, the series welcomes “singers, songwriters, and other talents.” Signup starts at 7 pm, and does not close through the night. Duane says, “Plan on two songs at a time, however on busy nights, it may go into a one-song rotation. Stay and repeat if there is time and room on the bill. There is no entry or cover fee, and we hope you will join us for coffee or a snack while you’re there, peruse the artwork for sale on the walls, and invite friends to this comfortable and well known music venue.”Free.
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8-11 pm “LAWRENCE LEBO'S SUNDAY NITE LIVE" is her new Sunday night residency and artist “pro showcase” (with invited artists sitting-in), at Milano's Café; 6075 Reseda Bl, Tarzana 91335; 818-609-0822. World-class blueswoman Ms. Lebo is joined by notable recording artist guests and the “Lebo House Band” of NICK KIRGO (Otis) on guitar and DENNY CROY on upright bass. In addition, many talented friends of the group drop-in to join the band. This just may be the West Valley's hottest new showcase. Milano's Cafe is a hip new venue in the West Valley, featuring “fusion Middle Eastern cuisine,” and an espresso/juice bar. It is located adjacent to the Orange Line at Reseda Bl and Oxnard St. More at www.lawrencelebo.com
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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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Annual TOPANGA DAYS is the only local MUSIC FESTIVAL that runs all three days (Sat-Sun-Mon), on multiple stages at the Topanga Community House & Fair Grounds in Topanga Canyon.
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Annual “NORTH WEST FOLK LIFE 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 more than 20 simultaneous stages, plus a great many workshops. It’s a beautiful setting and a delightful and astonishing immersion in folk-Americana music. The vast expanses of sound-reinforced stages and charming 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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> 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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Annual “JUAN DE FUCA FESTIVAL” in Port Angeles, WA, includes maritime music from THE WHATEVERLY BROTHERS on Mon at 3:30 pm. Info, www.thewhateverlybrothers.com
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10 am-7 pm TOPANGA DAYS is the only local music festival that runs all three days (Sat-Sun-Mon), on multiple stages at the Topanga Community House & Fair Grounds, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. Lots of music each day, CANNED HEAT, AMILIA K. SPICER, TONY GILKYSON, MARIA MCKEE, KILLING CASSANOVA, THE MARIETTA JAMES, CITY FRITTER, many Americana bands playing throughout the weekend. Saturday, one of L.A.'s finest, TONY GILKYSON, plays at 3 pm; Maria McKee at 4 pm; Canned Heat at 5:30 pm. ZIGGY MARLEY plays Sunday afternoon, followed by “Tied to the Tracks” performing guests CITY FRITTER, followed by an all-star jam (and there will be plenty of stars there, to take part). More at www.topangadays.com; www.topangadays.com/music.html. $20 gen’l, children and seniors $10, free for age 5 and under.
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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 “SONGS AND VERSE OF LOVE AND PEACE AND WAR AND REMEMBRANCE” for Memorial Day, with DUANE THORIN (Bohemian Sole Rustler) and BILL BURNETTE (Backboners) and others, 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”). Any $ donations will be used for the construction of the venue’s new “Front Stage.”
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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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7:30 pm “BLUEGRASS SONG SCHOOL” at the Blueridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; 818-282-9001; www.pickinparlor.com.
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8 pm THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, with mandolin phenom EVAN MARSHALL opening, 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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This is one of L.A.’s most successful monthly residencies. They don’t simply bring superb harmonies, fantastic musicianship and humor. They are one of, if not "the" most historical Western band in the world. The Riders Of The Purple Sage (from their original members to the current lineup) have 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 highly-skilled musicians, playing instruments that include five-string banjo, hot lead guitar, twin fiddles, steel guitar, bass, drums, the occasional concert harp, and they are consummate vocalists. While keeping alive the tradition of the original Riders' sound, they continue to write and perform new material that carries on and builds upon their signature style. Adding a strong swing influence (ala Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys), their performances appeal to listeners and dancers of all ages. Today’s Riders bring together hot swing riffs with smooth harmonies that, at the end of the show, always leave the audience wanting more. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “Their sound and show makes you feel that all is well in the West.” Writing in FolkWorks, Larry Wines said of one of their live shows that they were “ethereal and orchestral. They exceeded musicianship. They exceeded their genre.” Bob Stane adds, “You owe it to yourself to see this most amazing and amusing exhibit. Forget what you think you like and don’t like. See The Riders Of The Purple Sage.” Tix: $19.99.
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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 “OPEN MIC” at Viva Fresh Cantina (aka Viva Cantina), 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.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 shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Monday 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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7:30 pm CROOKED STILL performs at the “Acoustic Music San Diego” series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176.
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They’re an acclaimed string band, and here are a few examples of that:
"A highly skilled outfit with an ingenious flair for steering traditional music in unexpected directions...rarely have musings about death, misadventure and murder sounded so lovely." - The Boston Globe.
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"O'Donovan. Aoife O'Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a blusier Alison Krauss, she's about to become the newest darling of the Americana set..." - USA Today.
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"Still Crooked is an elegant package of superbly crafted musical styles taking country/folk as the deep foundation and veering off into exciting and exhilarating directions." - All Music Guide.
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Tue, Jun 1, 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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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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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, Jun 1, 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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“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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“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 “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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7:30 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM SCHOOL 2” at the Blueridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; 818-282-9001; www.pickinparlor.com.
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8 pm-midnight KRISTIN KORB with her KK3 trio at Charlie O’s, 13725 Victory Bl, Van Nuys 91401; 818-989-3110. Kristin is the beauty who plays upright bass and double as a first-rate jazz vocalist. She’s performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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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 Fresh Cantina (aka Viva Cantina), 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-845-2425 or 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 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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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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10:30 am “STORYTIME FUNLAND” for kids at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. It’s an interactive story and music hour with Daniel, Hayley & Mindy. Venue is in the July ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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12:30 pm “YUCAIPA UKERS,” THE YUCAIPA UKULELE GANG, an ‘off-shoot’ of the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (LLUS), meets every Wed (recently changed; was 10:30 am). Info, loc, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org.
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3-7 pm “ROOTS MUSIC JAM SESSION” with TOM SAUBER at the Sierra Madre Farmers' Market, in the parking lot behind the shops on the south side of Sierra Madre Blvd., just west of Baldwin Av, in Sierra Madre. Take Baldwin Av exit N from 210 Fwy. Turn W off Baldwin onto Mariposa and you'll see the tents. Tom tells us, “It won't take the place of Frank & Joe’s [the long-gone Wed night jam] and I know it's not convenient for most, but it's something as long as the weather's nice.” Info, masaw48@earthlink.net
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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4:30 pm “STORY TIME FUN LAND” at Stories Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, 90026; 213-413-3733; www.storiesla.com. “StoryTimeFunLand” is an interactive music and story telling hour for the toddler set, and Café specials are featured for the hour.
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MOVED TO FRIDAYS: 5-8 pm “CLAREMONT WEDNESDAY GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St, Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm.
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Wed, Jun 2, 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, Jun 2, 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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Wed, Jun 2, 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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; 310-450-6052; www.thetalkingstick.net. Alternating hosts TOM & BYRON or ELLEN. Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Venue has coffeehouse fare and good sandwiches. Venue was named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue” in FolkWorks’ annual review in 2008. 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 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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They’re an acclaimed string band, and here are a few examples of that:
"A highly skilled outfit with an ingenious flair for steering traditional music in unexpected directions...rarely have musings about death, misadventure and murder sounded so lovely." - The Boston Globe.
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"O'Donovan. Aoife O'Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a blusier Alison Krauss, she's about to become the newest darling of the Americana set..." - USA Today.
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"Still Crooked is an elegant package of superbly crafted musical styles taking country/folk as the deep foundation and veering off into exciting and exhilarating directions." - All Music Guide.
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Wed, Jun 2, 1st Wed, every month:
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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
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, Jun 2, 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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
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, Jun 2, 1st Wed, every month:
8 pm THE BROMBIES bring bluegrass to Viva Fresh Cantina (aka Viva Cantina), 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com. This fun and rolickin’ BG band, who often bring guest musicians, play a residency here the first, third (and occasional fifth) Wed of every month.
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Wed, Jun 2:
8 pm PETE KALMUS does a solo acoustic show at Room 5, 143 N La Brea Bl (2nd Floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A.; 323-938-2504; www.amalfiristorante.com. Pete won one of the competitions at the 2009 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. Venue is 21+; $6 cover.
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Wed, Jun 2, 1st Wed, every month:
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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” SERIES at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks 91423; info, www.cafecordiale.com/music.html; www.myspace.com/cordiale; dinner reservations, 818-789-1985. This series has good lineups. One night included the late Duane Jarvis performing with Heather Waters; another brought Michael Ann & Alexandra Bustamante. Manda Mosher did a memorable show at 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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
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, Jun 2, 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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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
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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Wed, Jun 2, recurring:
8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
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, Jun 2, every Wed:
9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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Wed, Jun 2, every Wed:
9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists RICK CUNHA (Jennifer Warnes, Smothers Bros, Ian Matthews, Mother’s Boys), plus MARK ISLAM (Harley Smith, and host of “Grassroots Acoustica” charity series), at Arnie's Café in Tujunga.
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Thu, Jun 3, every Thu:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Thu, Jun 3, 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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Thu, Jun 3, every Thu:
4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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Thu, Jun 3, 1st Thu, every month:
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 “FOUNTAIN VALLEY BLUEGRASS JAM” at Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley 92708; 714-965-1125. It’s described as “Open Mics and Jams,” and as an “open bluegrass jam, all pickers welcome, all grinners welcome!” Event info, Shelah Spiegel, 714-962-5083 or ifiddler@yahoo.com. Free.
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Thu, Jun 3, every Thu:
6-9 pm “BURGERS, BEER, & BLUES” series brings good acoustic blues performers to the tent adjacent to the weekly South Pasadena Farmer’s Market, sponsored by and directly outside the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com.
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Thu, Jun 3, 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 RICK CUNHA (Jennifer Warnes, Smothers Bros, Ian Matthews, Mother’s Boys), plus MARK ISLAM (Harley Smith, and host of “Grassroots Acoustica” charity series), at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe; www.arniescafe.com. The excellent House Band includes DEBRA DOBKIN, ED TREE, DAVE FRASER, MARK “POCKET” GOLDBERG, and “BROTHER’ RANDY SACKS. Venue serves complete dinners, 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 Garcia 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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Thu, Jun 3, every Thu, summer & fall:
16th season of “THURSDAY NIGHT MUSIC” at Zona Rosa Caffe, 15 S El Molino, Pasadena; www.myspace.com/zonarosacaffe; 626-793-2334. 2010 series includes CAVA, JAVIER VERGARA, DEPT. OF WATER & POWER (aka DWP, of course), SANTA SANA, more; concludes with their “Dia de los Muertos” event in late October. Schedule and more at their website.
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Thu, Jun 3, every Thu:
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, Jun 3, 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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7:30 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM SCHOOL 1” at the Blueridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; 818-282-9001; www.pickinparlor.com
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8 pm SHAKEDOWN MAMBO & BUDDY ZAPATA Y EL TRIO FRIO 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 “A Night of Rediscovered, Unearthed and Redefined Roots Music...The Junkshop meets the Fonkshop.”
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SHAKEDOWN MAMBO was forged by the coming together of cultural traditions from many countries, including Africa, France, Spain, the Caribbean, Latin America and Native American Indians, some heartfelt new music started simmering in both Louisiana and Mississippi seasoned with New Orleans. The group’s RICK SOLEM has a dynamic and inventive keyboard style all his own. He is, all by his very own self, destined to be listed as one of the masters of American roots piano playing. PHIL BLOCH is one of the premier rhythm & blues drummers in Los Angeles, with an ongoing schedule of studio and live playing, producing and songwriting. His infectious, New Orleans-influenced grooves are as sought after. Tix, $15.
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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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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; www.hyperiontavern.com; 323-665-1941. 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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Thu, Jun 3, 1st & 3rd Thu, every month:
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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JIM CURRY and his band perform his “JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW” with the Phoenix AZ Symphony.
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Fri, Jun 4, 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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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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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 Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; 310-450-6052; 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. Venue was named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue” in FolkWorks’ annual review in 2008. $2 cover.
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6:30-10:30 pm BIG AL plays piano every week at Me ’N’ Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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7 pm DAN CRARY - “A MAN OF STEEL (STRINGS, THAT IS)” at World of Strings, 1738 East 7th St, Long Beach 90813; 562-599-3913. When he picked up the guitar as a little kid, DAN CRARY never imagined that it would become the universal instrument it has become in his lifetime. “For three years, I was the only kid I knew who played the guitar,” Dan recalls. “Now, I hardly know anyone who doesn’t play!” Today Dan Crary is known internationally for his memorable concerts, a couple-dozen award-winning recordings, pioneering work as a founder of the “Flatpicking” method of guitar, and his world-touring concerts in over thirty countries.
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Fri through Sun, Jun 4-6, at DIFFERENT L.A. venues, Crary presents “TWAAANG,” featuring his signature playing and many of his great stories from the guitar’s long and “somewhat outrageous” past. It’s a multi-media concert, with archival films and rare photographs to help tell the stories. The music looks back to some of the greats that created the current age of the guitar, including Jimmie Rogers, Doc Watson, Hank Snow, The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, and many others. In a world of differences where it’s hard to find common ground, Dan Crary’s “TWAAANG” is a concert that celebrates both the beauty and universality of the steel-string guitar. As Guitar Player Magazine put it:“…incredible dexterity and tongue-in-cheek humor; must be heard to be believed.” More at www.dancrary.com.
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7-11 pm DAN ROTEN plays his acoustic guitar and original songs at Bean Town, 45 N Baldwin Av, Sierra Madre; www.beantowncoffeebar.com; 626-355-1596. Alas, Dan’s presence is not a return to the lost concert series at the coffeehouse venue that was, for many years, a New Folk landmark. Dan is the last of the Mohicans there, playing only originals so the venue is not hit with music industry fees for live music performances. Standard coffeehouse fare, pastries, sandwiches available. No cover.
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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, Jun 4, 1st & 3rd Fri, every month:
7-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays piano at Vitello’s Restaurant 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City 91604; 818-769-0905. Marc says, “Great place for Italian grub.” He delivers fine piano (and elsewhere, vocals). Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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Fri, Jun 4, first Fri, every month:
7 pm “FIRST FRIDAYS ON ABBOT KINNEY ART WALK” with art and music all the boulevard, including Altered Space Gallery, 1221 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice 90291; 310-452-8121; www.alteredspacegallery.com. Free.
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Fri, Jun 4, 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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7 pm SONGMAKERS “PENNY LANE SONG CIRCLE” in Port Hueneme; location and info at www.songmakers.org.
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7-11 pm “AV SONG CIRCLE” at a private home in Lancaster. Please bring a snack and/or something to drink. Jam will follow main session. Details at http://desertsong.net or call for location and directions, 661-948-6716.
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Fri, Jun 4, every 1st & 3rd Fri, in San Clemente:
Blues legend BERNIE PEARL’s residency at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. Switching his four-year residency there to alternate Fridays; on second Saturdays, Bernie will continue to play electric with pianist Dwayne Smith. He was great performing live on “Tied to the Tracks” in March, ‘07. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Fri, 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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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 “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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7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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7:45 pm “TOPANGA PEACE ALLIANCE FILM NIGHTS” at Yoga Desa, 120 Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga 90290. It’s in the Pinetree Center, across from the Post Office, Old Topanga, and Abuelita's, 4 miles N of PCH, 8 miles S of the 101 Fwy. This series presents films you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, always with a theme of peace, social justice, or environmental awareness. Snack potluck at 7:45; bring wine, cheese, dip, fruit or crackers. Film starts at 8 pm. Please do not disturb the yoga class in session before the movie. Tonight’s film, other info, at www.topangapeacealliance.org or 310-455-9389. No one turned away for lack of funds; requested donation, $10.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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8 pm Violin & Guitar duo MORWENNA LASKO & JAY PUN 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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“This duo is a force. The music comes from the heart, and bristles with excitement and inventiveness… Much of the country and world hasn’t tuned in yet, but they will. One listen is all it takes.” - Aer Stephen, WTJU’s “Folk & Beyond.”
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Check-out their new live YouTube videos:
“The Wen,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=at-hEwOcFzA
“Sheba's Tea,” w/ Hope Clayburn on sax, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=71tG7J4EeU4
“B-Loose,” with Matt Horn on vocals, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIVYSdeAfjQ
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8 pm BB CHUNG KING & THE BUDDAHEADS, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750827&s=93914888. BB CHUNG KING & THE BUDDAHEADS play at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $15.
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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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8-10 pm monthly “FIRST FRIDAY” show, each month with one or more recording artist guests; hosted by SEVERIN BROWNE at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; live simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. The series features performing guests (one or more recording artists) and the “First Friday Band,” with SEVERIN BROWNE, MIKE BISCH, DAVID STONE, JEFF KOSSACK, AARON WOLFSON, ALEX DEL ZOPPO and GARY POPENOE. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Fri, Jun 4, every Fri, through the summer:
8-10 pm “ACOUSTIC SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” at Scissors Paper Rock Hair Salon & Boutique, 1864 N Allen Av, Pasadena; www.scissorspaperrocksalon.com; 626-825-1846. Features local artists as well as bands from as far away as Little Rock. Begins Jun 11. No cover.
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8 pm “LIVE AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Series info and schedules at www.LiveattheMerc.com or 951-491-9053. Tix at www.temeculatheater.org. Every Friday, it’s “exclusive, intimate performances from the best bands - in Temecula's best club space,” known as "The Merc," in a series presented by Full Value Entertainment. One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, it now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Doors at 7:30 pm for the best seats. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “NORTH COUNTRY HOOT,” in Northridge; for location, contact Ann, NorthCountryHoot@songmakers.org or 818-993-8492; www.songmakers.org.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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7 pm KEN O’MALLEY returns for a solo show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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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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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, it brings thousands of people to a weekend of presentations, panels, films, entertainment, and to browse 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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This year, there are arts, culture and music and hope that some “fisher poets” and seafaring musicians will be part of the event. Musicians and fisher poets can apply to perform at www.greenfestivals.org/apply-to-perform. Event runs Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm.
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JIM CURRY and his band perform his “JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW” with the Phoenix AZ Symphony.
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Sat, Jun 5; pseudo-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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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, Jun 5, recurring:
8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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11 am-12:30 pm “PACIFIC SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” with G. F. MLELY, at Theater & Cabaret, 1535 Termino Av, Long Beach 90804. Info, Billie Kalua, songwriters@jazcraft.net or 562-494-9627. Ongoing, began Mar 31, 2007. $15 per workshop, minimum 4 workshops payable in advance; pre-registration required.
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Sat, Jun 5, 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, Jun 5, 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, Jun 5, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
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4 pm “CHARITY AUCTION” at Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Bl, Hollywood; 323-245-6400. Host Brently Heilbron presides over the event, bringing a good time and money for a variety of charitable causes.
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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6-10:30 pm monthly “PICKIN’ NIGHT” at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; www.pickinparlor.com; 818-282-9001. Beginner’s Jam 6-7:30 pm (main store); Intermediate Jam 6-7:30 pm in their additional space at 17824 Chatsworth St, 2 doors E of the main store; Open Jam 7:30-10:30 pm in main store.
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Sat, Jun 5, 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, Jun 5, 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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Sat, Jun 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm KEN O’MALLEY returns for a solo show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-689-4144; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). In this intimate environment, Ken will share more music and stories of Ireland and will talk about the next Ireland tour. His resonant baritone voice is marvelous, and his engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over thirty years. In his solo performance, Ken transports his audience to his beloved Ireland through heartfelt singing and vivid storytelling. Find out why the Irish News calls this consummate entertainer “without question, . . .the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California.” Tix, $18.
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Sat, Jun 5, 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, Jun 5, 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, Jun 5, 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, Jun 5, runs May 15-Jun 5:
Annual “SPRING MUSIC SERIES” at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; www.bostoncourt.org 626-683-6883. Series brings folk, jazz, classical, opera, electronic. Scheduled shows include DWIGHT TRIBLE & JOHN BEASLEY, HITA PLITMANN, NEVENKA EASTERN EUROPEAN FOLK ENSEMBLE.
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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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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, Jun 5, 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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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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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 DAN CRARY - “A MAN OF STEEL (STRINGS, THAT IS)” at the CTMS Folk Music Center, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino 91316; advance tix, www.socalbluegrass.org or 310-390-4391. When he picked up the guitar as a little kid, DAN CRARY never imagined that it would become the universal instrument it has become in his lifetime. “For three years, I was the only kid I knew who played the guitar,” Dan recalls. “Now, I hardly know anyone who doesn’t play!” Today Dan Crary is known internationally for his memorable concerts, a couple-dozen award-winning recordings, pioneering work as a founder of the “Flatpicking” method of guitar, and his world-touring concerts in over thirty countries.
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Fri through Sun, Jun 4-6, at DIFFERENT L.A. venues, Crary presents “TWAAANG,” featuring his signature playing and many of his great stories from the guitar’s long and “somewhat outrageous” past. It’s a multi-media concert, with archival films and rare photographs to help tell the stories. The music looks back to some of the greats that created the current age of the guitar, including Jimmie Rogers, Doc Watson, Hank Snow, The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, and many others. In a world of differences where it’s hard to find common ground, Dan Crary’s “TWAAANG” is a concert that celebrates both the beauty and universality of the steel-string guitar. As Guitar Player Magazine put it:“…incredible dexterity and tongue-in-cheek humor; must be heard to be believed.” More at www.dancrary.com.
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Sat, Jun 5, 1st Sat every month:
8-10 pm monthly “JUKE JOINT GANG” show at the venue named in FolkWorks as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue,” The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; 310-450-6052; 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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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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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 BLUES LABEL, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750828&s=93914888. BLUES LABEL plays at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $10.
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Sat, Jun 5; an electric show that’s interesting:
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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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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Sat, Jun 5, 1st Sat, every month:
8 pm monthly “OPEN MIC” at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus, Covina 91723; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar to get in. Sign-up starts at 7:30, show at 8 pm. They tell us, “If there aren't enough slots for everybody, we'll make a list for the next month, and call you at 7:30. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. We'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show.” $1 cover.
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Sat, Jun 5, 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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Sat, Jun 5, 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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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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Today in history is as significant as any date can be.
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On Tuesday, June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord – the Normandy Invasion – D-Day – took place as the Allies landed on the beaches and paid a terrible price in lives, to invade Nazi-controlled Europe, to begin the land war that would return the nations of the European continent to their own peoples.
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In 1968, Senator Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy died of gunshot wounds to the head, received the night before, after winning the Democratic Presidential Primary election in California. Instead of a second President Kennedy who would have quickly ended the Viet Nam war, the nation got Richard Nixon, who greatly expanded that war, to no purpose other than compounded tragedy.
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(1) Sunday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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7 pm PAT DONOHUE (“A Prairie Home Companion” guitarist/songwriter) at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Otherwise, the editor is recovering from eye surgery, so we are not making “picks” at this time. Please explore all the events in the Guide’s extensive listings and you’re sure to plenty of tempting offerings!
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See the complete listings below for all the details.
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Sun, Jun 6; Sat & Sun, Jun 5 & 6, in Washington State; festival:
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, it brings thousands of people to a weekend of presentations, panels, films, entertainment, and to browse 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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This year, there are arts, culture and music and hope that some “fisher poets” and seafaring musicians will be part of the event. Musicians and fisher poets can apply to perform at www.greenfestivals.org/apply-to-perform. Event runs Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm.
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(5) Sunday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Sun, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, every Sun:
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, Jun 6, 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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Sun, Jun 6, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, Jun 6, 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 where there are real, full-size 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, Jun 6, 1st Sun, every month, during the summer:
Noon-3:30 pm “AMERICANA FAMILY FESTIVAL” at the Bowers Museum, N Main St, Santa Ana 92706. Different musicians each month. Free.
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Sun, Jun 6, every Sun:
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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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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Sun, Jun 6, 1st Sun, every month:
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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Sun, Jun 6, recurring:
1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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Sun, Jun 6:
2 pm matinee, DAN CRARY - “A MAN OF STEEL (STRINGS, THAT IS)” 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”). When he picked up the guitar as a little kid, DAN CRARY never imagined that it would become the universal instrument it has become in his lifetime. “For three years, I was the only kid I knew who played the guitar,” Dan recalls. “Now, I hardly know anyone who doesn’t play!” Today Dan Crary is known internationally for his memorable concerts, a couple-dozen award-winning recordings, pioneering work as a founder of the “Flatpicking” method of guitar, and his world-touring concerts in over thirty countries.
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This is a multi-media concert of the stories, pictures, and most of all, the music of the world’s most popular instrument, the steel-string guitar. Dan Crary tells how the steel-string guitar rose from deep obscurity in the ’40s and ’50s to become the world musical instrument today, central to almost every culture, every nation, almost every kind of world music. Dan Crary puts it all together in “TWAAANG; The Stories of the Steel-String Guitar.”
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“A night to remember!” — Mike Shirkey, KUAF Good Folk Concerts. “Absolutely wonderful!” — Jim Curley, Mountain Music. “Perfect! Thanks for a great concert.” - Sue Birney, Southwestern College.
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Fri through Sun, Jun 4-6, at DIFFERENT L.A. venues, Crary presents “TWAAANG,” featuring his signature playing and many of his great stories from the guitar’s long and “somewhat outrageous” past. It’s a multi-media concert, with archival films and rare photographs to help tell the stories. The music looks back to some of the greats that created the current age of the guitar, including Jimmie Rogers, Doc Watson, Hank Snow, The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, and many others. In a world of differences where it’s hard to find common ground, Dan Crary’s “TWAAANG” is a concert that celebrates both the beauty and universality of the steel-string guitar. As Guitar Player Magazine put it:“…incredible dexterity and tongue-in-cheek humor; must be heard to be believed.” More at www.dancrary.com. Tix, $15.
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Sun, Jun 6, 1st Sun, every month:
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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, recurring:
3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING in West L.A. Call for location, 310-557-1927.
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Sun, Jun 6, 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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Sun, Jun 6, recurring:
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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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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Sun, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm PAT DONOHUE (“A Prairie Home Companion” guitarist/songwriter) 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”). The late Chet Atkins said, “Donohue is one of the greatest finger pickers in the world today." PAT DONOHUE, "the" resident guitar-entertainer-genius on "A Prairie Home Companion," does his annual solo show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. He is staying-over in Los Angeles after the big "Prairie Home Companion" Hollywood Bowl concert, to play his favorite jewel box showroom in the area. You might even get him to play “Sukiyaki” and “So You Want To Play Guitar.” This guy is a star and the show will sell out. Tix, $20 (a steal).
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Sun, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, 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, Jun 6, every Sun:
8-11 pm “LAWRENCE LEBO'S SUNDAY NITE LIVE" is her new Sunday night residency and artist “pro showcase” (with invited artists sitting-in), at Milano's Café; 6075 Reseda Bl, Tarzana 91335; 818-609-0822. World-class blueswoman Ms. Lebo is joined by notable recording artist guests and the “Lebo House Band” of NICK KIRGO (Otis) on guitar and DENNY CROY on upright bass. In addition, many talented friends of the group drop-in to join the band. This just may be the West Valley's hottest new showcase. Milano's Cafe is a hip new venue in the West Valley, featuring “fusion Middle Eastern cuisine,” and an espresso/juice bar. It is located adjacent to the Orange Line at Reseda Bl and Oxnard St. More at www.lawrencelebo.com
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Sun, Jun 6, 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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(1) Monday’s “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” picks:
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8 pm “WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY RIVERBOAT SHOW: LET’S GET ON BOARD THE SHOWBOAT” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Seriously, this group always delivers a fine show, one of the best unknown acts in L.A. Tix, $15.

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Otherwise, the editor is recovering from eye surgery, so we are not making “picks” at this time. Please explore all the events in the Guide’s extensive listings and you’re sure to plenty of tempting offerings!
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Mon, Jun 7, 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; 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, Jun 7, 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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Mon, Jun 7, every Mon:
“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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Mon, Jun 7, every Mon:
“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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Mon, Jun 7, 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, Jun 7, 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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7:30 pm “BLUEGRASS SONG SCHOOL” at the Blueridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; 818-282-9001; www.pickinparlor.com.
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8 pm “WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY RIVERBOAT SHOW: LET’S GET ON BOARD THE SHOWBOAT” 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”). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, It’s Mississippi Make Believe with the scummy crew of The Coffee Gallery Queen as we paddle “up the river” (what an unfortunate phrase) having musical comedy fun all the way. Don’t play cards with anyone and keep your purses and wallets in sight all the time. WILL RYAN, and his poop deck show folk, sing and dance and sell strange cure-all concoctions to the unwary and the desperate. There will be gamblers and cowboys, pickers and grinners, dance hall singers and some of the funniest songs and bits this side of the great divide.
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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 “OPEN MIC” at Viva Fresh Cantina (aka Viva Cantina), 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com.
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ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, Jun 7, every Mon:
8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by GORDON GILGES at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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Mon, Jun 7, every Mon:
9-11:30 pm “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” weekly at Celtic Arts Center’s shared location, Theatre Unlimited, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com. Schedule every Monday 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, Jun 8, 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, Jun 8, 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, Jun 8, 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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Tue, Jun 8, 2nd Tue, every month:
7:30-8:30 pm “SONGSALIVE L.A. / SHOUT IT OUT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90046; www.genghiscohen.com; 323-653-0640. Hosted by Bob Leggett. Four performers in a song circle, each plays three songs in a round. Songsalive members get preference. Artists may have other musicians play with or for them (i.e. if primarily a singer not a musician). Artists may apply online at the Songsalive Showcase application page, www.songsalive.org/showcases. Cover is $8, or $5 with flyer from website www.songsalive.org/losangeles.
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7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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7:30 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM SCHOOL 2” at the Blueridge Pickin' Parlor, 17828 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills; 818-282-9001; www.pickinparlor.com.
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8 pm “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” at the 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”). Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs, Tix, $18.
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8-9:30 pm “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB” weekly series with KACEE and MICHAEL DOMAN, with different musical guests each week, at Molly Malone's, 575 S Fairfax Av, L.A. 90036; 323-935-1577; www.mollymalonesla.com. Began Jul 8, 2008. Michael says, “Tuesdays just got a whole lot better.”
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8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at Viva Fresh Cantina (aka Viva Cantina), 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; www.vivacantina.com; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444.
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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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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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9 pm-12:30 am “BLUES ROCK JAM” night at Music Club Shadow, 351 N Fairfax Av, L.A. 90048; www.mogul.am; reservations, 323-428-8471. Open for dinner at 7 pm; those not there by 9 pm lose priority seating. Venue has a capacity of 250, with ample free parking (wonderful news in this part of town!) and full dinner menu including exotic Russian cuisine and lighter fare, and full bar. Big patio for those still afflicted with smoking. Their goal is to present “great, energizing live music, local artists and bands as well as international acts.” They note, “As can be seen from the 2009 Grammy Awards, half the winners were indie artists. Club Shadow supports this trend.”
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Monday - Singer-Songwriter "Create" night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Tuesday - “Pro-Jam, Tribute/Cover Bands night,” 9 pm-12:30 am
Wednesday - “Platinum Divas Live!” night, 8 pm-12:30 am
Thursday - “Blues, Blues/Rock, Funk night,” 8 pm-12:30 am
Sunday - “Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, World Music” night, 8 pm-11:30 am
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Wed, Jun 9, and Wed, Jun 23:
9 pm SUSAN JAMES with her all-star band at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. Susan says it’s “a little 'non-residency' at the Cinema Bar to run through all the songs from my upcoming album, to be released the end of the year. Shows will start about 9 pm each night. I'll be playing two sets of songs, with my full band, which consists of PAUL LACQUES (I See Hawks in L.A.), JASON CHESNEY (Old Californio), SHAWN NOURSE (I See Hawks in L.A.), and of course me, SUSAN JAMES.” More at www.susanjamesmusic.com and www.myspace.com/susanjamesmusic
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7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists KEN O’MALLEY (award-winning Irish balladeer), plus DAVID SERBY (played inaugural Stagecoach Festival, records with his own band and with Ed Tree), at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe; www.arniescafe.com. The excellent House Band includes DEBRA DOBKIN, ED TREE, DAVE FRASER, MARK “POCKET” GOLDBERG, and “BROTHER’ RANDY SACKS. Venue serves complete dinners, 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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8 pm DANNY ESS PROJECT, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750829&s=93914888. DANNY ESS PROJECT plays at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $10.
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8-10 pm “ACOUSTIC SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” at Scissors Paper Rock Hair Salon & Boutique, 1864 N Allen Av, Pasadena; www.scissorspaperrocksalon.com; 626-825-1846. Features local artists as well as bands from as far away as Little Rock. Begins TONIGHT, June 11. No cover.
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8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. These guys are splendid. They bill themselves as “psychedelic hippie country rock,” but to our ears, they epitomize the best of today’s Americana, whether playing all-acoustic or partly electric. More at www.iseehawks.com. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 12, every Sat; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BACKYARD BLUES BAND (fronted by MARIO VALENS, younger brother of the late RITCHIE VALENS), plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750830&s=93914888. BACKYARD BLUES BAND plays at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $15.
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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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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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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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Sun, Jun 13:
DIONNE WARWICK headlines the “Under the Stars: benefit at and for Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The evening is a fund-raiser to support the summer’s free music at the venue, including this year’s “Patchwork of America” series, which will bring Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website.
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Tue-Thu (9 days), 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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Thu-Sun, Jun 17-20, in Colorado; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
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 ensemble 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 those assertions are 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, every Thu:
7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists PHIL PARLAPIANO (John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Rod Stewart, Lowen & Navarro), plus JOHN M, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe; www.arniescafe.com. The excellent House Band includes DEBRA DOBKIN, ED TREE, DAVE FRASER, MARK “POCKET” GOLDBERG, and “BROTHER’ RANDY SACKS. Venue serves complete dinners, Italian food, good coffeehouse treats and beverages. You can bring your own wine with no corking charge. No cover, donations to artists are welcome.
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Thu, 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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Fri-Sun, Jun 18-20, in Victorville; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
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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Fri-Sun, Jun 18-20, N of Santa Barbara; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
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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Fri, Jun 18, every Sat; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750831&s=93914888. ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS play at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $20.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 19 & 20; festivals, globally:
“WORLD MUSIC WEEKEND” celebrated globally, derives from the single-day annual celebration of “FETE DE LA MUSIQUE” in France. Look for events near you, or check-out “Make Music Pasadena,” the return for a third year of the French-inspired day of music. (Listing below.)
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Sat, Jun 19, in Ventura; festival:
Annual “JOHNNY CASH MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.
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Sat, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
All-day “MAKE MUSIC PASADENA” returns as the local component of the worldwide “FETE DE LA MUSIQUE” event from France and the “WORLD MUSIC WEEKEND” that it spawned. Last year, the Pasadena event was considerably scaled-down from its big first year. This year promises to be well worth the visit, with six stages of music in Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District.
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KARLA BONOFF, JD SOUTHER, and KENNY EDWARDS headline the event, doubling as the summer season-opener at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org.
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Be sure to see French-born L.A. chanteusse JESSICA FICHOT, a charming accordion player, headlining the “Alliance Francaise Stage” in Kendal Alley.
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Another stage is the “Mexican Revolution Stage,” with entertainment in cooperation with the official Mexican Bicentennial Celebration. Latin Grammy winner NATALIA LAFOURCADE will perform here, as well as L.A.-based Latin rockers Monte Negro.
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Sat, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
KARLA BONOFF, JD SOUTHER, and KENNY EDWARDS headline the day-long “MAKE MUSIC PASADENA,” doubling as the summer season-opener of the “Patchwork of America” concert series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org.
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Sat, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm THE DUO TONES bring their acoustic surf instrumentals to The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.pjmoto.com/specialty/duo_tones.php. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 19, every Sat:
8 pm SMOKIN JOE KUBEK, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750832&s=93914888. SMOKIN JOE KUBEK plays at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $20.
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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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Wed, 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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Wed, Jun 23:
9 pm SUSAN JAMES with her all-star band at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl (between Washington & Venice), Culver City 90230; www.myspace.com/thecinemabar; 310-390-1328; music series hotline 310-250-1317. Venue is 21+. No cover, bring $ for the tip jar. Susan says it’s “a little 'non-residency' at the Cinema Bar to run through all the songs from my upcoming album, to be released the end of the year. Shows will start about 9 pm each night. I'll be playing two sets of songs, with my full band, which consists of PAUL LACQUES (I See Hawks in L.A.), JASON CHESNEY (Old Californio), SHAWN NOURSE (I See Hawks in L.A.), and of course me, SUSAN JAMES.” More at www.susanjamesmusic.com and www.myspace.com/susanjamesmusic. (They’re here Wed, Jun 9 and tonight.)
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7-10 pm “POCKET GOLDBERG & FRIENDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” with this week’s guest artists JAMES LEE STANLEY (multiple award-winner in his own right, has recorded with Peter Tork, John Batdorf, Michael Smith), plus JOHN RHYS & UNCLE TOM (Sonny Geraci & Climax, Shades of Blue), at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl (at Marcus), Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089; www.myspace.com/arniescafe; www.arniescafe.com. The excellent House Band includes DEBRA DOBKIN, ED TREE, DAVE FRASER, MARK “POCKET” GOLDBERG, and “BROTHER’ RANDY SACKS. Venue serves complete dinners, 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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DAN NAVARRO (of LOWEN & NAVARRO) with STONEHONEY play the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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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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Fri, Jun 25, every Sat:
8 pm HOWLIN BLUES BOOGIE BAND, plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, as BBHB again opens 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. More on tonight’s show at on venue’s website. HOWLIN BLUES BOOGIE BAND plays at 10:30 pm. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $10.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 26 & 27, a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
11:30 am-9 pm 24th annual “LONG BEACH BAYOU & MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL” at Rainbow Lagoon Events Park, 400 E Shoreline Dr (between Shoreline Village Dr & Linden Av), Long Beach 90802. This outstanding and long-running festival features 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:
7:30 pm CAL PHIL’S “FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN” summer series begins tonight with “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” outdoors at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N Baldwin Av, Arcadia. The California Philharmonic Orchestra does a summer series of Saturday evening concerts here, and then repeats the show indoors on Sunday afternoon at the Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. This show features singer-actor BRIAN McKNIGHT and pianist BRYAN PEZZONE. You can bring a picnic dinner and your own bottle of wine, or whatever cuisine and beverages compliment your listening pleasure. This fine and fun series runs Jun 26 through Aug 21. Info & tix, 626-300-8200; www.calphil.org.
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Sat, Jun 26:
PERLA BATALLA plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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Sat, Jun 26, every Sat:
7 pm PAPAS GARAGE plays a special early set, with THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND playing the late-night sets, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This [THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND] 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. More on tonight’s show at http://srv.ezinedirector.net/?n=3750833&s=93914888. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am; tables held only until 8:30 pm. Five-dollar per ticket discount available for advance tix, through day-of-show purchases before 8:30 pm. Tix for tonight are $10.
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Sat, Jun 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ROY BOOK BINDER at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. The blues fingerstyle master does a workshop earlier in the day, plus tonight’s concert. More at www.roybookbinder.com. Tix, $15.
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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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Sun, Jul 27:
7:30 pm CAL PHIL’S indoor summer series begins today with “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” at the Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.. The California Philharmonic Orchestra does a summer series of Saturday evening concerts outdoors at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia, and then repeats the show indoors on Sunday afternoon at the Disney Concert Hall. This show features singer-actor BRIAN McKNIGHT and pianist BRYAN PEZZONE. This fine and fun series runs outdoors, Jun 26-Aug 21, and indoors, Jun 27-Aug 22. Info & tix, 626-300-8200; www.calphil.org.
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Thu, Jul 1; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm “AN EVENING OF MUSICAL WIT BY MUSICAL BRIT EARL OKIN” at the “Parlor Performances” series at Steinway Hall, 12121 W Pico Bl (one door W of Bundy under Fields Pianos, level P2); free parking; reserv, Jeannine@FrankEntertainment.com or 310-476-6735.
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It’s a special pre-Independence Day Concert by a man who has performed for the Queen of England and toured with PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS.
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Called “One of Britain's most dazzling Jews in Crown,” as a singer-songwriter, Earl recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London and toured with Paul McCartney. As a jazz musician and singer, he has performed at major festivals alongside such greats as the late Benny Carter and Stephane Grappelli, and his music-comedy put him in the Guinness Book of records for performances at the Edinburgh International Festival and made him one of the headline acts in London's “Dangerous Comedy” circuit. Earl's one-man show has delighted audiences all over the world.
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"Age does not matter for he appeals to all from 17 to senility. He's a joy! He is classic! He is a must!" Edinburgh Festival - Evening News.
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Wed, Jul 1:
DANIELLA COTTON plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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Thu, Jul 2:
FISHTANK ENSEMBLE plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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Jul 3-10, musical 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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Thu, Jul 8:
JOHN McEUEN (Nitty Gritty Dirt band) plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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Sat, Jul 10:
9 am-4 pm “MONTROSE ART WALK” in the 2300 & 2400 blocks of Honolulu Av, Montrose. Billed as, “Musicians playing, great family outing. Watch artists work while strolling along the tree-lined Honolulu Avenue.” Info, call Montrose Chamber of Commerce, 818-249-7171. Runs May 8, Jul 10, Sep 18, Nov 13.
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Sat, Jul 10, workshop for artists; an EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK 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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All proceeds go to the WMA California Chapter. Tix $20 gen’l; $15 WMA or Autry members; $10 kids age 12 & under.
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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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Sat, Jul 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SUSIE GLAZE & HI LONESOME at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.susieglaze.com. Tix, $15.
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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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Fri, Jul 16:
ETTAN FINATAWA plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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Fri, Jul 16, in Camarillo:
8 pm MERLIN SNIDER plus LAURA ZUCKER play the “CAMARILLO CAFÉ CONCERT SERIES,” at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St (NE corner, Carmen & Burnley), Camarillo; info, 805-523-2682, email WhatsHappening@CamarilloCafe.com and website, www.CamarilloCafe.com. $10 at door (no presale). Sponsored by Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks District. Emcee is Gary Lynch.
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Fri, Jul 16, in Redlands; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Sat, Jul 17; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Sat, Jul 17; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JACK TEMPCHIN - hit songwriter for the EAGLES - at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com.
www.tempchin.com. Tix, $15.
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Jul 18-22, in Colorado:
Annual “ROCKYGRASS ACADEMY” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/rga. Check for open classes at http://shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
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For a week each year before the ROCKYGRASS festival begins, Planet Bluegrass offers their academy with everything from small classes taught by world-class professional musicians, to sessions on group jamming, vocal coaching, songwriting, one-on-one instruction, and more. The curriculum features a broad variety of electives including learning fiddle tunes, practice techniques, writing instrumentals, accompaniment, improvisation, and musical history. Evenings feature band scrambles, barbecues, and plenty of jamming for novice through advanced ability levels. Many Academy students return year after year, creating long-term relationships with budding musicians from all over the world.
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Instrument Classes are taught by RockyGrass Festival performers - world-class bluegrass musicians representing several generations of the music's history and future. These talented musicians spend the week teaching instrument classes, leading jams, and sharing their wealth of musical experience. Typically, these include three levels of instrument instruction for guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, as well as classes in banjo (Scruggs-style and clawhammer) and dobro.
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Vocal, Songwriting & Traditional Dance Classes are separate course tracks. And there’s a Kids Camp for children (ages 7-14) of registered Academy students, taught by the award-winning Bearfoot, the bluegrass band from Alaska, now in their seventh year of teaching.
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The academy offers a popular “Instrument Building Experience” where a few lucky participants have the chance to walk away with a hand-built instrument in just four days. All the instrument kits allow students to sample a variety of building techniques and materials during the process. Along with the mandolin family of instruments, this year offers two mandolin building graduates the chance to build a travel guitar. For the mandos, no building experience is required, just a good attitude and focus. The “Experience” has produced over 160 instruments built to date.
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Of course, if you go, you’ll surely want to stay for the ROCKYGRASS Festival, on the following three days. (See the Guide’s Jul 23-25 listing.)
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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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Jul 20:
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 22-24, in Colorado; festival:
Annual “TELLURIDE AMERICANA MUSIC WEEKEND” with JOE ELY, BAND OF HEATHENS, STACEY EARLE & MARK STUART, SAM BAKER, DARDEN SMITH, JASON EADY & THE WAYWARD APOSTLES, ROD PICOTT & AMANDA SHIRES. This is the newest of the summer music festivals in the spectacular high mountain environs of Telluride, home of the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival (though this one is not presented by the same producers.) Info, www.tellurideamericana.com
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Jul 23-25, in Colorado; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
38th annual “ROCKYGRASS” traditional bluegrass festival with DOC WATSON & DAVID HOLT, SAM BUSH BLUEGRASS BAND, TONY RICE UNIT, JESSE MCREYNOLDS & BOBBY OSBORNE, THE TRAVELIN' McCOURYS WITH TONY RICE, INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, THE SELDOM SCENE, SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111, BEARFOOT, MARK JOHNSON & EMORY LESTER, THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS, 49 SPECIAL, and more still to be announced, on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/rockygrass
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RockyGrass is held at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, Colorado - located along the wooded banks of the beautiful St. Vrain River, with sandy beaches accessible from the festival site. The historic quarry town of Lyons is 15 miles north of Boulder in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The town is known for its antique stores, restaurants, artists, and musicians. Numerous camping options nearby include on-site at the festival grounds, under the cliffs at Meadow Park (a quick five-minute walk from the festival), or at the Olson Campground (a 10-minute walk or via the free shuttle buses).
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Three-day passes and camping are on sale now, at http://shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
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Sat, Jul 24:
VERY BE CAREFUL plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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Sat, Jul 24; world music:
CONJUNTO HUEYAPAN, plus PRINCE DIABATE, and shamisens, play the “GRAND PERFORMANCES” series at California Plaza Fountain Court, 350 S Grand Av, LA; 213-687-2159; www.grandperformances.org.
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Sat, Jul 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STAN WEST at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. - acoustic blues - www.stanwest.com. Tix, $15.
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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; festival:
“2010 NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK CONFERENCE” in Los Angeles is the 5th annual conference. If the website information doesn't answer any questions you might have, contact Steven Henegar, Monologist & Storyteller, Truth & Lies Productions (www.stevenhenegar.net), at shenegar@sbcglobal.net - 714-662-5503 or 800-598-1852.
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Includes the annual “FRINGE FESTIVAL” with numerous 55 minute sets of “compelling, risky, experimental, and work-in-progress storytelling, with folktales, autobiography, performance art, stand-up, puppetry, dance and favorite long form stories.”
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Steven Henegar tells us, “Growing networks of performance venues all over the world have adopted this model and many storytellers are taking advantage of these venues to reach new audiences. The Conference Fringe encourages more storytellers to participate in American and Canadian Fringe Festivals by providing the opportunity for you to experience many aspects of a typical Fringe Festival including the selection process and performance framework.” More at www.storynet.org/conference/fringe.html
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Sat, Jul 31:
MALECO COLLECTIVE plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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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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Sat, Jul 31; world music:
8 pm ANCIENT FUTURE at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. More at www.ancient-future.com. Tix, $15.
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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; festival:
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; festival:
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 indie musicians 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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Aug 8-12, in Colorado:
13th Annual “SONG SCHOOL” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/songschool. Immediately precedes the 20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” on the same site.
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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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MAGNOLIA MEMOIR plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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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; festival:
20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” with ANI DiFRANCO, THE SWELL SEASON, RICHARD THOMPSON, GREG BROWN, THE WAIFS, MARC COHN, DAVID WILCOX, DARRELL SCOTT, LIZ LONGLEY, and more still to be announced, on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/folks.
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It's been twenty years since the first, modest, "summit on the song" in Estes Park. During that time the festival has moved to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, where it’s grown and developed, while remaining true to the producers’ initial vision for spending a glorious Colorado summer weekend celebrating stories and songs - from around the musical and geographic world.
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The festival opens with the prestigious “Folks Songwriter Showcase,” where a juried group of the most gifted new songwriters from around the world compete for a spot in the 2010 lineup. Songwriting workshops continue throughout the festival in the intimacy of the new Wildflower Pavilion. Music runs on the main stage from morning 'til after 10 pm each night, reinforced through a sound system the festival claims is “the best at any festival in the country.”
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Pack a picnic - you're welcome to bring in food and drinks, just no alcohol or glass. Or enjoy a wide variety of food options, from fish tacos to ice cream, dumplings to BBQ, from festival food vendors, as well as beer and wine, and free filtered local water. Numerous camping options nearby include on-site at the festival grounds or under the cliffs at Meadow Park, a quick five-minute walk to the festival. Parking is available at the Olson Property, a 10-minute walk or free shuttle bus ride to the festival grounds. Camping and festival tix are available at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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BASSEKOU KOUYATE and DENGUE FEVER play the “GRAND PERFORMANCES” series at California Plaza Fountain Court, 350 S Grand Av, LA; 213-687-2159; www.grandperformances.org.
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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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VIJAY IVER plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue Fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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Wed, Aug 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11:45 am LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS, 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, in Big Bear; festival:
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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LA SANTA CECELIA plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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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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Sat, Aug 21; world music:
NORTEC COLLECTIVE and MR. VALLENATO play the “GRAND PERFORMANCES” series at California Plaza Fountain Court, 350 S Grand Av, LA; 213-687-2159; www.grandperformances.org.
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CHRISTIAN SCOTT plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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CHUCK MEAD, former member of BR549, plays the “Patchwork of America” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, in Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, (really Raymond & Walnut), Pasadena 91103; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org. The summer’s free music series at the venue includes Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) with Stonehoney on Jun 24; Perla Batalla on Jun 26; Daniella Cotton on Jul 1; Fishtank Ensemble on Jul 2; John McEuen on Jul 8; Ettan Finatawa on Jul 16; Very Be Careful on Jul 24; Maleco Collective on Jul 31; Magnolia Memoir on Aug 8; Vijay Iyer on Aug 15; Dengue fever on Aug 20; La Santa Cecelia on Aug 21; Christian Scott on Aug 22; and former member of BR549 Chuck Mead on Aug 26. Full calendar of all the series at the venue’s website. Free.
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MATTHEW STONEMAN plays the “GRAND PERFORMANCES” series at California Plaza Fountain Court, 350 S Grand Av, LA; 213-687-2159; www.grandperformances.org.
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TURTLE ISLAND STRING QUARTET plays the “GRAND PERFORMANCES” series at California Plaza Fountain Court, 350 S Grand Av, LA; 213-687-2159; www.grandperformances.org.
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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, east of San Diego; festival:
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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Sat, Sep 18:
9 am-4 pm “MONTROSE ART WALK” in the 2300 & 2400 blocks of Honolulu Av, Montrose. Billed as, “Musicians playing, great family outing. Watch artists work while strolling along the tree-lined Honolulu Avenue.” Info, call Montrose Chamber of Commerce, 818-249-7171. Runs May 8, Jul 10, Sep 18, Nov 13.
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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, in Bear Valley (near Tehachapi); festival:
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; festival:
“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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Sun, Oct 17:
3:30 pm JULLIARD STRING QUARTET plays the “SUNDAYS WITH COLEMAN” 107th season (2010-2011), presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; series info 626-793-4191; www.colemanchambermusic.org. Season subscription (6 concerts) $108-$234; single-event tix $24-45.
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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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3:30 pm CALDER QUARTET plays the “SUNDAYS WITH COLEMAN” 107th season (2010-2011), presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; series info 626-793-4191; www.colemanchambermusic.org. Season subscription (6 concerts) $108-$234; single-event tix $24-45.
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9 am-4 pm “MONTROSE ART WALK” in the 2300 & 2400 blocks of Honolulu Av, Montrose. Billed as, “Musicians playing, great family outing. Watch artists work while strolling along the tree-lined Honolulu Avenue.” Info, call Montrose Chamber of Commerce, 818-249-7171. Runs May 8, Jul 10, Sep 18, Nov 13.
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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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Sun, Jan 23, 2011:
3:30 pm CLAREMONT TRIO with NOKUTHULA NGWENYAMA, viola, plays the “SUNDAYS WITH COLEMAN” 107th season (2010-2011), presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; series info 626-793-4191; www.colemanchambermusic.org. Season subscription (6 concerts) $108-$234; single-event tix $24-45.
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011:
3:30 pm BORODIN QUARTET plays the “SUNDAYS WITH COLEMAN” 107th season (2010-2011), presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; series info 626-793-4191; www.colemanchambermusic.org. Season subscription (6 concerts) $108-$234; single-event tix $24-45.
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Sun, Mar 20, 2011:
3:30 pm SCHUMANN TRIO plays the “SUNDAYS WITH COLEMAN” 107th season (2010-2011), presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; series info 626-793-4191; www.colemanchambermusic.org. Season subscription (6 concerts) $108-$234; single-event tix $24-45.
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3:30 pm REBEL plays the “SUNDAYS WITH COLEMAN” 107th season (2010-2011), presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; series info 626-793-4191; www.colemanchambermusic.org. Season subscription (6 concerts) $108-$234; single-event tix $24-45.
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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 comment:

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