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Friday, June 11, 2010

Acoustic Americana Music Guide, June 11 through 22 (and events beyond)

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The new edition of the Guide is chockfull of events, artist workshops, all-things-acoustic from traditional to acoustic renaissance music, and even the summer’s offerings of accessible classical music. But we may be nearing the end of our information highway.
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We give up. We’ve been letting you know that The Guide needs your support to continue to bring you NEWS, EVENT LISTINGS, and to offer you FREE TICKETS through the coming summer, and that we can only do that if we are still here. Some of you have responded with a check for $25, in return for THREE CDs of your choice, or for our professionally-produced live concert DVD + one CD of your choice. The Guide needs FAR more support than we’ve received. But we’ve made our case to you. Our mailing address is below. Unless we receive a wave of support from our readers and the musicians whose gigs appear in the Guide, then we are giving up. No more appeals from us for your support, and no more Guide after the end of June. It’s up to you.
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Here are this week’s News Features - and all the events…
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ACOUSTIC AMERICANA
MUSIC GUIDE & NEWS
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June 11 through 22 edition (and events beyond, through 2010)
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NEWS FEATURES
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Before we get to all of this week’s news, we need to focus on OUR OWN news, and whether we can continue to do this…
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1) FINAL APPEAL FROM THE GUIDE
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As we said in this edition’s intro, we give up. We’ve been letting you know that The Guide needs your support to continue to offer you FREE TICKETS through the coming summer, and to bring you MUSIC NEWS, EVENT WRITE-UPS, and REVIEWS, and we can only do that if we are still here.
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Some of you (to whom we are grateful) have responded with a check for $25, in return for THREE CDs of your choice, or for our professionally-produced live concert DVD + one CD of your choice. Honestly, The Guide needs to hear from MANY more supporters. But we’ve made our case to you. Our mailing address is below. It’s simple: Unless we receive a wave of support BEFORE THE END OF JUNE from our readers and FROM THE MUSICIANS WHOSE GIGS APPEAR IN THE GUIDE, then we are giving-up. No more appeals from us for your support, no more free tickets from us for concerts and events, and, NO MORE GUIDE AFTER THE END OF JUNE. It’s up to you.
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Write your check for $25, made-out to “Tied to the Tracks,” and mail it TODAY to:
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Tied to the Tracks
PO Box 5427
Pasadena CA 91117-5427
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Then email us with a subject of “Guide thank you” and tell us which CDs you want (or the DVD + CD). Last chance.
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2) BELA FLECK DOCUMENTARY SCREENS FREE, SATURDAY AT SKIRBALL
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“THROW DOWN YOUR HEART,” BELA FLECK’s documentary film about the banjo, screens Saturday, June 12, at 2 pm at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl L.A.; 310-440-4578; www.skirball.org. It’s rare that a Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick is a music film screening, but there’s ample reason why.
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The film follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck to Africa as he plumbs the little-known African roots of his instrument. As Fleck ventures across Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali, he finds common ground with musicians from diverse backgrounds and creates some of the most meaningful music of his career.
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Years ago, BELA FLECK challenged himself to musically take the banjo where it had never gone. He continues to do that with countless breakthrough performances. Widely known as leader of BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES and alum of the NEW GRASS REVIVAL, his annual two-hour ensemble set at the “Telluride Bluegrass Festival” with SAM BUSH, EDGAR MEYER and others from each year’s headliners is talked about and remembered with awe for years, even decades. (Your editor fondly remembers their Telluride sets from the early ’90s.) Together with becoming the innovative virtuoso of the banjo, Bela is a foremost authority on its centuries-long history and many forms through many cultures. Anyone who plays or enjoys the banjo – or bluegrass or Appalachian Mountain music or deep down delta blues or most other forms of traditional Americana – or world music – must see this film. No reservations needed, screening is free.
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You may want to make a day of it; see the next News Feature to learn why.
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3) “JEWS ON VINYL” EXHIBITION AT THE SKIRBALL, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5
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There’s an added incentive to attend the screening this Saturday at the Skirball. It’s the special exhibition, “JEWS ON VINYL,” on view through Sep 5. Co-curators JOSH KUN and ROGER BENNETT traveled the country “to rescue thousands of vinyl LPs that trace the vibrant pop music history of Jews in America.” This “multisensory exhibition” features music by NEIL DIAMOND, BARBRA STREISAND, IRVING "FABULOUS FINGERS" FIELDS, and more. It’s included with museum admission; tix available at the door.
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4) “SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL” IS SUNDAY – NOT THE ONE YOU EXPECT…
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No, not the same one. But a very good one, nonetheless.
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We know, you’re thinking of the still-on-hiatus event that reigned for many years, sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society. That’s not the one, though that IS coming back as a one-day Equinox Festival, this fall (but that’s a story for another time).
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So, this Sunday, June 13, starting at noon, is a different “SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL” with a truly wonderful lineup. It has FISHTANK ENSEMBLE, WHEN PIGS FLY, JESSICA FICHOT BAND, SLIGO RAGS, storyteller LESLIE PERRY, plus MICHAEL McCARTY & LINDA KING PRUITT, plus a children's area, jam sessions, and more. And it’s all at the MUCKENTHALER CULTURAL CENTER IN FULLERTON.
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“The Muck,” as its afficianadoes call it, has a good history of supporting live music, and we’ve included them in The Guide for several years. Here’s their location and website, to get more info: Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av (1 blk W of Euclid, 2 1/2 mi N of the 91 Fwy), Fullerton 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org.
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5) PETE SEEGER BANJO GOES TO AUCTION, FOR MUSICIANS’ UNION FUND
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Yep, Pete has actually played this banjo, and he signed it. Folksinger-songwriter JOHN McCUTCHEON wrote to tell us, “Thanks to the generosity of the Deering Banjo Company, we’re auctioning off a brand-new Pete Seeger-style longneck Vega banjo – the kind Pete has played for years. TOM CHAPIN and I trucked over to PETE & TOSHI SEEGER’s house last month and Pete spent an hour or so playing the banjo and signed the head.” (See a video of all this at http://folkmusic.com/news.)
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The auction begins on ebay on Monday, June 14th and will run for ten days.
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McCutcheon explains, “Local 1000 is mounting their very first fundraising initiative for the Fund, and it’s an amazing one. For the past dozen years or so, I’ve been honored to serve as the president of AFM Local 1000, the musician’s union local that has provided traveling musicians in the acoustic music field their very first access to things like health care, a pension, instrument insurance, the ability to leverage important change in their profession. Local 1000 has provided an Emergency Relief Fund for members who find themselves back on their heels due to health issues, natural disaster, economic hard times. Like today. We’ve been able to provide help to members with terminal illnesses, those who lost homes in Katrina, and those who find themselves short on their rent payments. The Fund is entirely maintained by the donations of membership and those folks who want to see this kind of lifeline available to the musicians they love.”
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He concludes, “Here’s a chance to own a piece of history, a fabulous banjo, and help musicians all at the same time. Spread the news!”
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More info on the auction and Local 1000 is available at http://local1000.com/pete-seeger-signed-banjo-auction-set.html
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6) PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL REACHES CRESCENDO THIS WEEKEND
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The 32nd Annual “PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL” has been bringing numerous events across multiple musical genres throughout L.A. for the past few weeks, and it all concludes with multiartist concerts this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com/PlayboyJazz.
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Established in 1979, The Playboy Jazz Festival is internationally acclaimed, emerging as the West Coast's premier jazz event. Much of it is sold-out every year. The month-long annual affair culminates in one weekend in June at the Hollywood Bowl featuring jazz, Latin and world music. That’s weekend. Just about every jazz legend and major contemporary artist has performed for it during o, and in addition, the festival has showcased up-and-coming talent from around the world and from various genres. Its roots reach back to 1959 as a one-time landmark event in Chicago to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Playboy Magazine; it was revived in 1979 and remains one of the most unique festivals, celebrated for its forward thinking and creative programming. Past performers include Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Joe Williams, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, Etta James, Pancho Sanchez, Chris Botti, Arturo Sandoval, Brian Setzer, Gladys Knight, Joshua Redman, Chucho Valdes, Ozomatli and hundreds of others. If it’s too late for you to attend its events this year, plan early for next year. To REALLY experience the many aspects of the festival, contact the leader of its largest fan group, VINCENT LEINEN, at 818-342-9336 or e-mail him at BD754@lafn.org.
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7) INDIE L.A.: ACOUSTIC IS DOMINANT, BUT THAT’S NOT THE PERCEPTION
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What’s acclaimed and celebrated in mainstream local media has little to do with what’s being predominantly presented. If you’re a fan of acoustic Americana, folk Americana, world (indigenously-derived) traditional world music, electric Americana, any shade of folk music, or today’s vibrant acoustic renaissance, and you’ve been in Southern Cal any length of time, you already know that.
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Take the example of “Friday Night Sessions,” a free concert series at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles on the 2nd Friday of every month. The program includes performances by local emerging indie bands. The concert series is a collaborative effort by the Downtown Music Project, lafreebee, Isgoodmusic, SideCho Records, Dramaturgy Promotions, Casa Cocina & Cantina Downtown, and the bands themselves.
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Rolando Marin, whose lafreebee.com is a co-sponsor, describes the event as “An opportunity to see SXSW (South by Southwest) performers without having to fly to Austin. Catch a show by a future Coachella performer before they make it big.”
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The series promoters will tell you that recently, local bands like the AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT and SILVERSUN PICKUPS went from playing small local venues to sold-out arenas worldwide.
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The promoters declare, “Indie music is to Los Angeles today what grunge music was to Seattle in the ’90s. There’s an abundance of local talent and it’s thrilling to see these bands evolve and succeed. Every month, Friday Night Sessions will introduce a new line-up of bands you won’t want to miss.”
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That’s a loaded assertion. The Guide sees some truth there, but takes issue with it, to the extent that we prove each and every week that it is ACOUSTIC music that is dominant in the L.A. region – and dominant by orders of magnitude over all other live music performances in all other genres, combined. While most acoustic music is indeed indie, it’s not the music that’s headed for Coachella. More like Telluride and Kerrville and South Park and Walnut Valley and Weiser and the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, and dozens and dozens of summer music festivals across the globe, and literally hundreds of acoustic music-friendly venues here in the L.A. area (the Guide lists those hundreds of acoustic-friendly L.A. venues at http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/04/venue-directory-from-tied-to-tracks_16.html) and hundreds more acoustic-friendly venues across the US and Canada.
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Back to “Friday Night Sessions.” Pop culture (and more broadly-based) music source Flavorpill, describing the event, wrote, “If there is such a thing as a formula to L.A.’s culture of the moment, it might look like this: warm nights + outdoor venues + free tickets + local buzz bands. Friday Night Sessions takes over Downtown’s Cal Plaza once a month and brings you what they like to call ‘pre-Coachella’ next-big-thing lineups, and they’ve got a pretty good track record to back that up.”
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Flavorpill’s assertion is more thoughtful than it seems, since the subtext is that indie music is the source of the “next-big-thing.” True. Anyone who has looked at the record industry in the last decade knows that its single-paradigm infatuation with sh-thump-revolving-door-rehab-pop-tart-du-jour drivel is not an effective business model. But their focus is the road to Coachella, while ours is the road to dozens of acoustic festivals and hundreds of acoustic venues.
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But the idea of “local buzz bands” is what drives the (arguably) alternative media. The Los Angeles Downtown News says of “Friday Night Sessions,” (their capitalization) “DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – If you want to catch a few bands before they get big, check out the free concerts at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles.”
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Other notable mentions of the series include LA Weekly, L.A. Times, About.com, nbc.com, wiredla.com, OC Register, YELP, Metro, and the Press Telegram.
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Typical of the series or not, the June 11 lineup is:
THE NEW LIMB (www.myspace.com/thenewlimb)
RALPHEENE (www.myspace.com/ralpheene)
THE HUNTING ACCIDENT (www.myspace.com/huntingaccident)
HALLOWEEN SWIM TEAM (www.myspace.com/halloweenswimteam)
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The series presents concerts through the winter and spring months on the 2nd Friday of the month, and during the summer on the 2nd and the last Friday of every month.
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Performances begin 5-5:30 pm for the first two sets, take a “happy hour” intermission between sets, and resume at 10 pm for the last two sets. They’re outdoors on the Grand Avenue courtyard, adjacent to Casa Cocina & Cantina. (The concert moves indoors to Casa if the weather is uncooperative.) Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. While it’s officially free, if you want a table, you need to RSVP to Casa Downtown at www.opentable.com; mention “Friday Night Sessions” in your reservation, and get a complimentary drink while supplies last.
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Valet Parking at CASA is $8, and that’s cheaper than self-park; some street parking is available. California Plaza / Casa Cocina & Cantina is located at 350 S Grand Av, L.A. 90013; 213-621-2249.
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We encourage our folk-Americana and acoustic renaissance readers to partake of offerings like these. It’s always informative to see what is attractive to others, and trying to discern why. After all, the big record labels don’t do that any more for you.
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8) PRUDES? NO. BUT YOU NEED AWARENESS OF THE WEB’S WORD POLICE
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Here’s a freebie from what we include in artist consultations. It’s occasioned by a show coming to McCabe’s on Saturday, June 19, by the band JACKSH*T. The “Boys from Catoctin” are popular there, and the venue always welcomes ‘em back.
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Now, if you’re wondering why we use a “*” instead of the obvious missing letter, it’s because we want to maintain our rating and accessibility for “non-profane” web searches – that’s a factor for what sites appear in any regulated environment, and there are more of those than you think. And yes, it applies to band names and show promo, even when it’s something that has quotes around it. All of that applies to many more media outlets than this one.
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Some EDITORS will simply pass on listing a show if they cannot print the full name of the act. Some VENUES won’t book a band with a name they can’t put on their website, at the risk of losing their online rating status.
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Same with printed promo material from a venue or promoter, especially if they want to distribute it in family-friendly places – and that’s ‘purt near universally true if they’re a coffeehouse, or a music festival that’s family-friendly, or a festival financed by image-conscious sponsors, or local community organizations, or municipal governments.
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It matters to your exposure and outreach that websites with your gigs can be accessed from, for example, public libraries and schools.
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Some things to think about before you name your band “The Fu*kholes” or “A**wipes” or whatever… and yes, both those names (with letters in place of asterisks) really have been chosen by bands…file that under “What the hell were they thinking?!” (Oops, did that just cost us OUR rating?)
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In the bigger picture: Be positive, use appealing names and references; practice hard; study with someone who has skills and riffs and hot licks to teach you; collaborate with the best to be the best; play well every time you perform – and do everything you can to make your act as attractive as possible to the widest possible audience and the widest range of bookings and media coverage.
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9) TIX ALERT…
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KEITH URBAN with the AVETT BROTHERS will play a benefit for the GRAMMY Foundation®, on Fri, Jul 23, at the L.A. Tennis Center on the UCLA campus in Westwood. Doors at 6 pm. Tix, $75, $125, $150, $500, go on sale Jun 11 at 10 am at he usual places.
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10) FESTIVAL QUANDARY NEXT WEEKEND
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Even as you sort-out all the possibilities and tough choices among the many music offerings this weekend (including two chances to see Scotland’s OLD BLIND DOGS, and one each to see western star JUNI FISHER, and megastar DIONNE WARWICK) plus the rich musical offerings of the coming week, ya better save a few bucks for NEXT weekend. The Guide has all the details, since this edition includes the full presentation through June 22 (and hundreds of events BEYOND that).
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Here’s a quick teaser of ~
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“FESTIVALS, HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE:”
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Fri-Sun, Jun 18-20, Annual “HUCK FINN COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS JUBILEE” at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville.
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Fri-Sun, Jun 18-20, Annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Live Oak Camp, on Hwy 154, in the Santa Ynez Valley, near Lake Cachuma and Goleta.
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Sat, Jun 19, 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. Plenty of music and some genuine stars performing.
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Sat, Jun 19, Annual “JOHNNY CASH MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.
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Thu-Sun, Jun 17-20, 37th Annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” in Telluride, Colorado.
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Fri & Sat, Jun 18 & 19, Annual “ONE WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL” on Orcas Island in Puget Sound; catch a ferry from Seattle.
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Fri & Sat, Jun 18 & 19, Annual “CEILI AT THE ROUNDHOUSE FESTIVAL” at The Roundhouse, in Evanston, Wyoming.
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Thu, Jun 17-Sun, Jun 20, Annual “NXNE (North by Northeast) MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Toronto is a big-deal Canadiana music festival.
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Sat, Jun 19, “ARTS ON THE AVENUE” along the 400 block of Penn Av, West Reading, Pennsylvania.
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Sat & Sun, Jun 19 & 20, “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. (See the Guide’s listing.)
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Much more on all these festivals, plus the club gigs, coffeehouse shows, summer concerts indoors and out, and a whoooole lot more, are in the complete current edition of the Guide.
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RECENT NEWS FEATURES:
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June 3 edition’s News Features are available at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/06/acoustic-americana-music-guide-june-3.html
The topics are:
1) ARTISTS WITH GIGS IN THE GUIDE, & OUR READERS: WE NEED YOUR HELP!
2) A WEEK’S WORTH: CONCERTS, FESTIVALS, FREEBIES
3) ANOTHER L.A. OPEN MIC GOES GLOBAL WITH WEB SIMULCAST
4) WE ALL KNOW AMERICANA, BUT HOW ABOUT CANADIANA?
5) REVIEW: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FESTIVALS DELIVERED FUN & MUSIC
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May 28 edition’s News Features are available at:
http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2010/05/acoustic-americana-music-guide-may-28.html
The topics are:
1) ARTISTS WITH GIGS IN THE GUIDE, & OUR READERS: WE NEED YOUR HELP!
2) MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND’S FESTIVALS!
3) TIPPY CANOE & HER UKULELE HIT L.A. THIS WEEKEND
4) CONDUCTED BY MAESTRO… DARTH VADER-!? (including a review of the ACOUSTIC COURTYARD at the annual ROSE CITY ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL)
5) “CITY OF DREAMS” ARTISTS DO TENNESSEE FLOOD RELIEF VIDEO
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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 June 11, 2010 with MORE EVENTS ADDED; recurring events included in this edition through June 22, 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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5 pm OLD BLIND DOGS play the “Ojai Concert Series” SUMMER series at Dancing Oak Ranch, near Ojai.
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8 pm SLIGO RAGS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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8 pm ROBIN WILEY, ROB RIO, BOB CHEEVERS, and DUTCH NEWMAN & THE MUSICAL MELODIANS play the “FIRESIDE CONCERT” series in Newbury Park.
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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
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Fri, Jun 11; Sun-Sat, Jun 6-12, in Wisconsin:
Annual “STEELBRIDGE SONGFEST” in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, is a songwriting week followed by a music festival from Jun 10-13. Participating artists include VICTORIA VOX, PAT MacDONALD, MELANIEJANE, JAMES HALL, ERIC McFADDEN, and more. Info, www.victoriavox.bandcamp.com
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Fri, Jun 11, in Seattle, festival:
Annual “NOISE FOR THE NEEDY FESTIVAL” at many Seattle-area venues over several days (a wristband gets you into all of them) raises “massive amounts of dough” for charity, and this year’s recipient is “Teen Feed” (www.teenfeed.org).
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If you go, catch ALI MARCUS (www.alimarcus.com) who earned a “Listener Favorite” track on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks;” she performs at Retail Therapy on Capitol Hill around 6:30 pm Saturday. Ali says, “The extra-cool thing is, you can buy a ‘Capitol Hill Neighborhood Bracelet’ and get access to all seven venues that are part of the festival on Capitol Hill that night.” Detailed schedules and venue listings at www.noisefortheneedy.org/2010/news/tickets.php
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Fri, Jun 11, 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, Jun 11, 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, Jun 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, in Ojai:
5 pm OLD BLIND DOGS play the “Ojai Concert Series” SUMMER series at Dancing Oak Ranch, a beautiful park-like setting at a private home in the hills near Lake Casitas; reservations get directions at www.ojaiconcertseries.com or 805-665-8852, or tix available at several Ojai businesses (see the series website.)
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Venue has “a large beautiful stage (that doubles as a gazebo the rest of the year) under the oaks in a lovely quiet canyon off Hwy 150 (half way between Carpinteria and Ojai). The seating area is a large grassy gentle slope, so bring deck chairs and a blanket (we will also have chairs if needed). Performance features “a full sound system and concert lighting to make for a truly memorable musical experience.”
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In both 2004 and 2007, the Dogs have taken home the coveted “Folk Band of the Year” honor at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Indeed, since forming in 1990, the Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland's roots revival. Taking their name from an old-timey American song, the band has developed its own trademark style, with dynamic percussion and bluesy harmonica fueling the delicately-phrased melodies of traditional songs.
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The OLD BLIND DOGS are Scottish music legends, one of the premier Celtic bands in the UK. From the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of the UK's roots revival and are one of Scotland’s most loved traditional folk bands. Their energetic sound includes soaring fiddle, stirring pipes, dynamic percussion, and polished vocals that add vitality and energy to traditional Celtic songs. With fiddle, mandolin, guitar, electric bass, bouzouki, pipes, whistles and drums, these four lads light up the night. They play in Ojai Friday, and at Caltech in Pasadena on Saturday, then they’re off to other states to perform.
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Fifteen years is a long time in the life of any band and most who reach that milestone are content to rest on the tried and true formulas that have worked in the past. Not so for Scotland's Old Blind Dogs, whose newly released “Four on the Floor” takes them bravely in many new directions. The tracks on “Four on the Floor” run the gamut from contemporary songs such as Ewan McColl's "Terror Time" and Davie Robertson's "Star O' The Bar" to tunes from Brittany and Galicia, to tunes found, as many a favorite Dog's tune has been, in "dusty old books". As to the title, fiddle player JONNY HARDIE claims that it "is just a reference to there being four of us on the stage now, as far as I'm concerned – but everyone has their own theories – everything from manual gear boxes to us falling around a lot! You decide."
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5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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Fri, Jun 11, 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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6-9 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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7 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS AT CALIFORNIA PLAZA” is a free concert series under the stars at CASA Cocina & Cantina, (located at California Plaza / Grand Performances), 350 S Grand Av, Los Angeles 90013; 213-621-2249. California Plaza and its famous water court fountains are nestled beneath L.A.’s tallest skyscrapers, a pedestrian mall walk from MOCA, and offer a majestic surrounding for sight and sound. Seating is available at Casa’s Outdoor Lounge and Concert Courtyard. Live musical performances maye be acoustic or electric from just about any genre, so check before you go. Presented by Casa Downtown and lafreebee.com. Enjoy a complimentary drink while supplies last if you call to RSVP in advance at Casa Downtown (number above). Valet parking is $8 (that’s cheaper than self-parking). Some street parking is available. Event is free.
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7-11 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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7:30 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, Jun 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm SLIGO RAGS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). Named among the top acoustic bands in L.A. (by Larry Wines in his annual “Top Ten / Best of the Year” for Folkworks Magazine), and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for “Best Folk Band,” this dynamic 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. 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.” Venuer impresario Bob Stane promises, “Money Back Guarantee if you are not delighted.” Tix, $18.
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8 pm ROBIN WILEY, ROB RIO, BOB CHEEVERS, and DUTCH NEWMAN & THE MUSICAL MELODIANS play the “FIRESIDE CONCERT” at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd (at Borchard), Newbury Park 91320. Show and series info, contact Bob Kroll at 805-499-3511 or folksgr1@aol.com; addt’l info, www.songmakers.org/fireside.htm.
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ROBIN WILEY earned a “Listener Favorite” track on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” a few years back. BOB CHEEVERS is a veteran troubadour who performs all over the world and sends his fan list an entertaining running narrative of his travels. DUTCH NEWMAN & THE MUSICAL MELODIANS play charming music of the early 20th century (and he’s from the same talented family as siblings TRACY NEWMAN and original SNL cast member LARAINE NEWMAN). This is a fine bargain for a first-rate lineup. Tix, $7 at door, and be early for good seats and just to get in, as these shows sell-out.
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Fri, Jun 11 (late addition to their schedule):
8 pm KAREN ELSON at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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XL recording artist KAREN ELSON, whose brand-new debut album “The Ghost Who Walks” (produced by husband JACK WHITE of THE WHITE STRIPES) “is taking the world by storm,” according to McCabe’s booker Lincoln Myerson, who continues, “This is an extremely buzz-worthy show that is sure to sell out quickly!”
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Flavorpill says, “On her debut album, Mrs. Jack White and former supermodel Karen Elson offers a collection of dark, country-tinged tunes that belie the fact she was ever known for anything else.”
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Produced by White in his Nashville-based Third Man Studios, “The Ghost Who Walks” features murder ballads and, says Myerson, “Tales of lost love reminiscent of everyone from Cat Power and Jenny Lewis to PJ Harvey. The record includes two tracks originally written for Elson's superb political cabaret troupe the CITIZENS BAND.”
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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 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 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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Fri, Jun 11, 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 TONIGHT, June 11. No cover.
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Fri, Jun 11, 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 PAUL JUSTIN performs for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Marie, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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2 pm “THROW DOWN YOUR HEART,” BELA FLECK’s documentary film about the banjo, at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A.
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4-5 pm MICHAEL HERALDA’S “AZTEC STORIES” music and spoken word program invoking Native Americana Indian legends and spirituality, at Granada Hills Branch Library in Granada Hills.
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7:30 pm OLD BLIND DOGS play the Caltech Folk Music Series in Pasadena.
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7:30 pm “JERRY BURGAN & FRIENDS...FOLK SONGS & STORIES” – the surviving co-founder of WE FIVE – at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7:30 pm JACK TEMPCHIN plays the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont.
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8 pm LAURENCE JUBER returns to Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play The Fret House in Covina
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8 pm BACKYARD BLUES BAND (fronted by MARIO VALENS, younger brother of the late RITCHIE VALENS), plus opening act THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, at the Arcadia Blues Club in Arcadia.
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(Time tba, ck w/ venue) ROSE'S PAWN SHOP plays their SoCal Record Release Party for the new CD "Dancing On The Gallows," at Spaceland, 1717 Silverlake Bl, Silverlake
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WEB TV: Sat, Jun 12, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” The monthly event is simulcast on the web at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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Sat, Jun 12, in San Diego:
7:30 pm JUNI FISHER plays the “San Diego Folk Heritage” series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas (San Diego); 858-566-4040; www.sdfolkheritage.org. Juni has won just about every award that exists in Western music, and she has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” to the delight of listeners. (She perfoms tomorrow afternoon at the Autry Museum in L.A.; more in that write-up.) More at www.junifisher.net.
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Sat, Jun 12; world music, in Escondido (N San Diego County):
8 pm NANAHUATZIN FOLKLORICO DANCE COMPANY performs at the California Center For The Arts, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido; 800-988-4253; www.artcenter.org.
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Annual “CARSON CITY RENDEZVOUS” in Mills Park, Carson City, NV; www.carsoncityrendezvous.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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Sat, Jun 12, in Seattle, festival:
Annual “NOISE FOR THE NEEDY FESTIVAL” at many Seattle-area venues (a wristband gets you into all of them) raises “massive amounts of dough” for charity, and this year’s recipient is “Teen Feed” (www.teenfeed.org).
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If you go, catch ALI MARCUS (www.alimarcus.com) who earned a “Listener Favorite” track on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks;” she performs at Retail Therapy on Capitol Hill around 6:30 pm Saturday. Ali says, “The extra-cool thing is, you can buy a ‘Capitol Hill Neighborhood Bracelet’ and get access to all seven venues that are part of the festival on Capitol Hill that night.” Detailed schedules and venue listings at www.noisefortheneedy.org/2010/news/tickets.php
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Annual “STEELBRIDGE SONGFEST” in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, is a songwriting week followed by a music festival from Jun 10-13. Participating artists include VICTORIA VOX, PAT MacDONALD, MELANIEJANE, JAMES HALL, ERIC McFADDEN, and more. Info, www.victoriavox.bandcamp.com
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11 am-3 pm annual “BRENTWOOD VILLAGE SUMMER FESTIVAL” is a FREE family fun day with live music, a vintage car show, pony rides / petting zoo / pet adoption, face painting (which we don’t get, at all), a clown, a magician, food vendors, an art show and a variety of artisan vendors, store specials, and more. Brentwood Village is located near Barrington Av & Sunset Bl, about a 1/2 mile north of the main commercial center of Brentwood. It’s just down the road from the Getty Museum. More at www.brentwoodvillage.org. Free.
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The 32nd Annual “PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL” has been bringing numerous events across multiple musical genres throughout L.A. for weeks, and it all concludes with multiartist concerts this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com/PlayboyJazz.
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Established in 1979, The Playboy Jazz Festival has become internationally acclaimed, emerging as the West Coast's premier jazz event. Sold out every year, it is a month-long affair culminating in one weekend in June at the Hollywood Bowl featuring jazz, Latin and world music. Virtually every jazz legend and major contemporary artist has performed for it, and in addition, the festival has showcased up-and-coming talent from around the world and from various genres. Its roots reach back to 1959 as a one-time landmark event in Chicago to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Playboy Magazine; it was revived in 1979 and remains one of the most unique festivals, celebrated for its forward thinking and creative programming. Past performers include Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Joe Williams, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, Etta James, Pancho Sanchez, Chris Botti, Arturo Sandoval, Brian Setzer, Gladys Knight, Joshua Redman, Chucho Valdes, Ozomatli and hundreds of others. If it’s too late for you to attend its events this year, plan early for next year. To REALLY experience the many aspects of the festival, contact the leader of its largest fan group, VINCENT LEINEN, at 818-342-9336 or e-mail him at BD754@lafn.org.
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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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Pete was among the winners in mandolin at last year’s Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He says, “There's no way I'm getting out and playing music 8:30 am every Saturday.” So check Pete’s myspace page to see if they’ll be there. Sharon plays flute. Free.
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Sat, Jun 12, 2nd Sat, every month:
11 am EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER plays their monthly “KLEZMER BRUNCH” at The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052. This raucous and very musical band has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they combine Eastern European klezmer music with plenty of influences from the Jewish experience in America, making for a very unique brand of Americana and traditional klezmer music. More at www.extremeklezmer.com. Venue was named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue” in FolkWorks’ annual review in 2008.
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11 am-12:30 pm “PACIFIC SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP” with G. F. MLELY, at Theater & Cabaret, 1535 Termino Av, Long Beach 90804. Info, Billie Kalua, songwriters@jazcraft.net or 562-494-9627. Ongoing, began Mar 31, 2007. $15 per workshop, minimum 4 workshops payable in advance; pre-registration required.
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1 pm monthly “CELTIC & TRADITIONAL MUSIC JAM” in Green Valley Lake, CA; info and location, www.green-valley-lake.com and www.green-valley-lake.com/Calendar.htm.
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Sat, Jun 12, 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 12; music film screening; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2 pm “THROW DOWN YOUR HEART,” BELA FLECK’s documentary film about the banjo, at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl L.A.; 310-440-4578; www.skirball.org. It’s rare that a Guide “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick is a music film screening, but there’s ample reason why.
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The film follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck to Africa as he plumbs the little-known African roots of his instrument. As Fleck ventures across Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali, he finds common ground with musicians from diverse backgrounds and creates some of the most meaningful music of his career.
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Years ago, BELA FLECK challenged himself to musically take the banjo where it had never gone. He continues to do that with countless breakthrough performances. Widely known as leader of BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES and alum of the NEW GRASS REVIVAL, his annual two-hour ensemble set at the “Telluride Bluegrass Festival” with SAM BUSH, EDGAR MEYER and others from each year’s headliners is talked about and remembered with awe for years, even decades. (Your editor fondly remembers their Telluride sets from the early ’90s.) Together with becoming the innovative virtuoso of the banjo, Bela is a foremost authority on its centuries-long history and many forms through many cultures. Anyone who plays or enjoys the banjo – or bluegrass or Appalachian Mountain music or deep down delta blues or most other forms of traditional Americana – or world music – must see this film. No reservations needed, screening is free.
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You may want to make a day of it, because there is a special exhibition, “JEWS ON VINYL,” on view through Sep 5. Co-curators Josh Kun and Roger Bennett traveled the country to rescue thousands of vinyl LPs that trace the vibrant pop music history of Jews in America. This multisensory exhibition features music by Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Irving "Fabulous Fingers" Fields, and more. Included with Museum admission; tix available at the door.
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Sat, Jun 12, 2nd Sat, every month; in Tehachapi:
2-5 pm Monthly “FIDDLE JAM” at Veterans Hall, 125 East F Street, Tehachapi. Second Sat, every month. Info: Leslie Schoenberg, California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 3, 661-821-0800. Every second Saturday, fiddlers and pickers are all welcome to join in the fun and learn some new fiddle tunes. All ages welcome as well as those who want to listen and tap their toes; www.tehachapi.com.
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Sat, Jun 12, 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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4-5 pm MICHAEL HERALDA’S “AZTEC STORIES” music and spoken word program invoking Native Americana Indian legends and spirituality, at Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Av, Granada Hills 91344. Info, 818-368-5687. Always a fine performance with many instruments made from indigenous materials, copied from ancient drawings. Michael says it’s “Open to all interested listeners and participants. It will be a one-hour program with lots of interactive segments.”
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Michael has some special news. He says, “Lynette Yetter, a friend of mine who now lives in Bolivia, asked me to share some thoughts regarding my work with the ‘Aztec Stories’ project. She writes articles and conducts interviews for a blog site (Blog Critics.org) that is published via the Internet. Lynette is one of a number of musicians who have performed with me over the years and she also recorded some tracks on my second CD titled ‘Tonalmachyotl - The Memory Stone.’ She sent me a list of questions to consider for the interview and over the course of a few weeks I addressed them. I invite you to visit the web site to read the interview. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me. You can also add your comments on the blog site.” The interview is available at http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/an-interview-with-musicianstoryteller-michael-heralda/
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4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, Jun 12, 2nd Sat, every month; in Lake Elizabeth & web simulcast:
5-10 pm “EAST OF NOWHERE JAM & POTLUCK” at a private residence in Lake Elizabeth 93532; call for info & directions, 661-724-1064. Sponsors say, “Bring your axe, your voice, your ears and something to eat and/or drink. We’ll have a ball!” The monthly event is simulcast on the web at http://lakesandvalleys.camstreams.com.
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6:30 pm Blues legend BERNIE PEARL plays a monthly duet show with pianist DWAYNE SMITH at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. This is Bernie & Dwayne’s every-second Saturday show, and Bernie usually plays this one electric. He was great performing live acoustic on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” in March 2007. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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6:30-10:30 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS CONCERT at Me ‘n’ Ed’s Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl (at Carson), Lakewood; 562-421-8908.
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Sat, Jun 12, 2nd Sat every month:
7 pm “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” monthly charity-benefit showcase with a full lineup of performers, at The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; 310-450-6052; www.thetalkingstick.net. Performing host MARK ISLAM says, “All of the performers, [make] good on their promise to busk their hearts out… new songs & everything… a Who's Hoot.” Past lineups have included Grammy winners / nominees and a Village Voice OBIE Award winner. Mark continues, “There's no shortage of acoustic eclecticism in Los Angeles.” More on Grassroots Acoustica, and lineup for tonight’s show, at www.grassrootsacoustica.org. Venue was named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue” in FolkWorks’ annual review in 2008. No cover charge, but every show is a benefit for a nonprofit or charity.
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Sat, Jun 12, in Tehachapi:
7 pm JAMES LEE STANLEY, singer-songwriter extraordinaire, and one of the funniest guys we know, returns to Tehachapi to play the new Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994. Doors at 6:30 pm; tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 12, 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 12, 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 12, 2nd Sat, every month:
7-9:30 pm Monthly “SATURDAY [MUSIC] WORKSHOPS” series at the Valley Life Improvement Center, 10667 White Oak Av (at Chatsworth St), Granada Hills 91344; 818-366-9899. Info & reservations, www.moreart.us; 818-428-1377. Produced by CATHY SEGAL GARCIA, a major figure on the L.A. jazz scene. Cathy says, “Nibbles and such available on site for purchase.”
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Sat, Jun 12, 2nd Sat, every month:
7 pm SONGMAKERS “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in Mission Hills (north SFV); info and location, www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Jun 12, 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 12, 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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Sat, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm OLD BLIND DOGS play the Caltech Folk Music Series in Remo Auditorium, 322 S Michigan Av, on the Caltech Campus, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). (www.folkmusic.caltech.edu).
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In both 2004 and 2007, the Dogs have taken home the coveted “Folk Band of the Year” honor at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Indeed, since forming in 1990, the Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland's roots revival. Taking their name from an old-timey American song, the band has developed its own trademark style, with dynamic percussion and bluesy harmonica fueling the delicately-phrased melodies of traditional songs.
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The OLD BLIND DOGS are Scottish music legends, one of the premier Celtic bands in the UK. From the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of the UK's roots revival and are one of Scotland’s most loved traditional folk bands. Their energetic sound includes soaring fiddle, stirring pipes, dynamic percussion, and polished vocals that add vitality and energy to traditional Celtic songs. With fiddle, mandolin, guitar, electric bass, bouzouki, pipes, whistles and drums, these four lads light up the night. They play in Ojai Friday, then Caltech Saturday, then they’re off to other states to perform.
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Fifteen years is a long time in the life of any band and most who reach that milestone are content to rest on the tried and true formulas that have worked in the past. Not so for Scotland's Old Blind Dogs, whose newly released “Four on the Floor” takes them bravely in many new directions. The tracks on “Four on the Floor” run the gamut from contemporary songs such as Ewan McColl's "Terror Time" and Davie Robertson's "Star O' The Bar" to tunes from Brittany and Galicia, to tunes found, as many a favorite Dog's tune has been, in "dusty old books". As to the title, fiddle player JONNY HARDIE claims that it "is just a reference to there being four of us on the stage now, as far as I'm concerned – but everyone has their own theories – everything from manual gear boxes to us falling around a lot! You decide."
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Sat, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm “JERRY BURGAN & FRIENDS...FOLK SONGS & STORIES” – the surviving co-founder of WE FIVE – at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). Venue impresario Bob Stane received the following in aletter: “Recently, I enjoyed the distinct pleasure of bringing Jerry Burgan & Tholow Chan to the Colorado Springs area. Their ‘Songs & Stories’ concert enthralled the capacity audience at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. Jerry and friends take a musical journey leading from familiar pop songs of the late ’50s to an exploration of his folk roots and experiences as the surviving co-founder of WE FIVE, the group that had a million-selling hit record with the folk-rock classic, ‘You Were On My Mind’.” Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm JACK TEMPCHIN plays the Gelencser House Concert series in Claremont; www.gelencserhouseconcerts.com. Reservations get directions at 909-596-1266 or singfolk@yahoo.com. He’s a legendary songwriter who wrote many top hits for the EAGLES and for that band’s individual members for their solo albums, from “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to “Already Gone” and “Smuggler’s Blues” and many more. His recent show at the Coffee Gallery was sold-out and among his best performances that we’ve seen. If that energy is any indication, Jack Tempchin is on a roll. And how do you beat the intimacy of a house concert when hearing legendary songs performed live by the guy who wrote ‘em?
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Sat, Jun 12, every Sat:
7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often with very impressive performing guests.
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Sat, Jun 12, every Sat:
7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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Sat, Jun 12; 2nd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm “LOS ANGELES MENSA FOLK SONG SING” at a private residence in L.A.; contact Alan Stillson at 818-884-4284 for info.
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Sat, Jun 12, every Sat:
MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel bar, 1401 S Oak Knoll Av, Pasadena; 626-568-3900. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Fri & Sat residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Start time varies; call venue.
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Sat, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LAURENCE JUBER returns to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583.
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LAURENCE JUBER is a two-time Grammy award-winning acoustic guitarist, and known for his electric work as lead guitarist in PAUL McCARTNEY's band, WINGS. He was voted "Guitarist of the Year" by the readers of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and named one of the top acoustic guitar players of all time by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Laurence has released 14 critically acclaimed solo albums featuring his celebrated arrangements of popular tunes and genre-crossing compositions. His newest CD, “Wooden Horses,” is loaded with groove-driven originals shaded in jazz, blues, rock and folk flavors.
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At the “CONCERT FOR HAITI,” the charity benefit for Haitian earthquake relief produced by The Guide in January, he backed many artists, leading the event’s house band ensemble of LAURENCE JUBER (guitar), FREEBO (bass), TOM CORBETT (mandolin), MARK INDICTOR (fiddle), MARTIN "SONNY B" BENNETT (drums), joined by various artists from the day’s lineup. He’s phenomenal, consummately adaptable and oh so musical.
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Sat, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Sat, Jun 12:
8 pm monthly “SABRINA & CRAIG'S ACOUSTIC L.A.” brings “ALL NEW SONGWRITER'S IN-THE-ROUND NIGHT” with LISA TURNER, PAUL ZOLLO, RANDALL KIRBY, LINDY DICKERSON, JEANNIE WILLETS, JOHN M, ROBERT MORGAN FISHER, and performing hosts SABRINA & CRAIG, at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; 818-985-5916; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore. Series runs 2nd Sat, every month, with different guest recording artists, playing acoustic.
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Sat, Jun 12:
8 pm GARY LUCAS plays an acoustic evening at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 12, every Sat:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, Jun 12, every Sat:
8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. 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, Jun 12; world music & dance:
8 pm ARTE FLAMENCO DANCE THEATRE, AUBREY & LUMINA BELLY DANCE CO, CHRISTINA "HULA" HOM, JACKIE DUENAS (TAHITIAN), KAMALA & ORCHIDS AL SAHARA, LA TOYA (HIP HOP), ANA-LUPE MORODA (SPANISH CLASSICAL), MOSAICO MEXICAN FOLK ENSEMBLE, at the Aret Flamenco Dance Theatre - Center of Worldance, 230 W Main St, Alhambra 91801; 626-458-1234; www.clarita-arteflamenco.com.
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Sat, Jun 12, 2nd Sat, every month:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in the north SFV; for location, contact Bobbi Gore, 818-365-6418; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Jun 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Time tba ROSE'S PAWN SHOP plays their SoCal Record Release Party for the new CD "Dancing On The Gallows," at Spaceland, 1717 Silverlake Bl, Silverlake; 213-833-2843. They’re on a big tour, coming home in the midst of it for just one gig – to release their new CD – they’ve been called “the Los Angeles Del McCoury meets Mick Jagger bluegrass-Americana sensation,” and they are a lot of fun. Check with venue for performance time. More at www.rosespawnshop.com
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9 pm CITY FRITTER plays the release show for their latest EP, "BIG CITY BREAKDOWN," at Joxer Daly's, 11168 W Washington Bl, Culver City 90232. They’ve performed live, twice, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and now JEWELS & JOHNNY NATIONS (CITY FRITTER) tell us about the new EP and the show: “We'll play the whole darn thing - all 5 songs in a row - then we'll play a nice long set with LOTS of special guests.... then we'll play the whole darn thing – AGAIN. So come early or come late,
you'll get to hear the whole darn thing either way! No cover, and a mere $5 sends you home with your very own limited edition hard copy of our newest blockbuster: ‘BIG CITY BREAKDOWN,’ exploring the edgier, rock & roll flavor of the Fritter.”
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Johnny adds, “Oh yeah. We'll also be celebrating Jewels' BIRTHDAY so....
BE THERE!” More at http://cityfritter.com/l/een3z1/5474329; http://cityfritter.com,
http://cityfritter.com/l/8psdij/5474329; http://cdbaby.com/Artist/CityFritter,
http://cityfritter.com/l/t5e4ck/5474329; http://itunes.apple.com/artist/city-fritter/id192506648. No cover.
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9 pm COLDWATER CANYON band performs 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, Jun 12, 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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Noon “SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL” with FISHTANK ENSEMBLE, WHEN PIGS FLY, JESSICA FICHOT BAND, SLIGO RAGS, storyteller LESLIE PERRY, MICHAEL McCARTY & LINDA KING PRUITT, plus children's area, jam sessions, and more, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton.
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2-4:30 pm JUNI FISHER, plus JERRY HALL & TRICK SHOT and a special guest appearance by MONTY MONTANA JR. in the Wells Fargo Theatre at the Autry National Center / Autry Museum in Griffith Park, L.A.
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3-5 pm THE DUSTBOWL CAVALIERS plus FRANK FAIRFIELD open this year’s “FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” co-sponsored by the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest organization and the National Park Service, at Peter Strauss Ranch near Agoura Hills.
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6:30 pm IAN WHITCOMB & FRED SOKOLOW with DAVID JONES on bass, at Cantalini's in Playa Del Rey.
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7 pm ANNE HILLS, plus the performing duo JUDSON & MARY, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7 pm LESLIE & THE BADGERS plus ELENI MANDELL play a double-bill for the new “$10 SUNDAYS IN JUNE” series at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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Annual “CARSON CITY RENDEZVOUS” in Mills Park, Carson City, NV; www.carsoncityrendezvous.com. Features SOURDOUGH SLIM and many others. More at www.sourdoughslim.com
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Annual “NOISE FOR THE NEEDY FESTIVAL” at many Seattle-area venues over several days (a wristband gets you into all of them) raises “massive amounts of dough” for charity, and this year’s recipient is “Teen Feed” (www.teenfeed.org).
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5 pm CANDYE KANE with SKIP HELLER at Eastlake Village Music Walk in Chula Vista (San Diego); info, www.candyekane.com.
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Noon “SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL” with FISHTANK ENSEMBLE, WHEN PIGS FLY, JESSICA FICHOT BAND, SLIGO RAGS, storyteller LESLIE PERRY, MICHAEL McCARTY & LINDA KING PRUITT, plus children's area, jam sessions, and more, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton; 714-773-1311; www.themuck.org. This is an absolutely wonderful lineup at a venue that has a long commitment to acoustic music. We expect it will be a first-rate good time.
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The 32nd Annual “PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL” has been bringing numerous events across multiple musical genres throughout L.A. for weeks, and it all concludes with multiartist concerts this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com/PlayboyJazz.
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Established in 1979, The Playboy Jazz Festival has become internationally acclaimed, emerging as the West Coast's premier jazz event. Sold out every year, it is a month-long affair culminating in one weekend in June at the Hollywood Bowl featuring jazz, Latin and world music. Virtually every jazz legend and major contemporary artist has performed for it, and in addition, the festival has showcased up-and-coming talent from around the world and from various genres. Its roots reach back to 1959 as a one-time landmark event in Chicago to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Playboy Magazine; it was revived in 1979 and remains one of the most unique festivals, celebrated for its forward thinking and creative programming. Past performers include Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Joe Williams, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, Etta James, Pancho Sanchez, Chris Botti, Arturo Sandoval, Brian Setzer, Gladys Knight, Joshua Redman, Chucho Valdes, Ozomatli and hundreds of others. If it’s too late for you to attend its events this year, plan early for next year. To REALLY experience the many aspects of the festival, contact the leader of its largest fan group, VINCENT LEINEN, at 818-342-9336 or e-mail him at BD754@lafn.org.
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(5) Sunday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Sun, Jun 13, 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 13, 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 13, every Sun:
10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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Sun, Jun 13:
11 am Matinee Kids' Show with BEETHOVEN'S WIG at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497; www.mccabes.com. More at www.beethovenswig.com. Tix, $8, and kids under age 2 are free.
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Sun, Jun 13, 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 13, every Sun:
11:30 am-1:30 pm JAMES McVAY, MICHAEL MULDER, & VALERIE LANDSBURG perform acoustic music at Pat’s Topanga Grill, 1861 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga; 310-455-0533. Performance is on the restaurant’s covered porch, and is year-round, weather permitting. Venue serves breakfast and lunch. No cover.
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Sun, Jun 13, in OC; festival; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Noon “SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL” with FISHTANK ENSEMBLE, WHEN PIGS FLY, JESSICA FICHOT BAND, SLIGO RAGS, storyteller LESLIE PERRY, MICHAEL McCARTY & LINDA KING PRUITT, plus children's area, jam sessions, and more, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton; 714-773-1311; www.themuck.org. This is an absolutely wonderful lineup at a venue that has a long commitment to acoustic music. We expect it will be a first-rate good time.
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Sun, Jun 13, 2nd Sun, every month:
Noon-3:30 pm monthly BLUEGRASS JAM at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake, Altadena 91001; www.coffeegallery.com. These jams are the second Sunday of every month. Info: David Naiditch, 626-797-1827; french10@pacbell.net. Host David Naiditch's wonderful instrumental CD has been heard on radio's "Tied to the Tracks." David says, “Pickers, grinners, and fans of bluegrass are invited.” The jam is always free.
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Sun, Jun 13, 2nd Sun, every month; near Goleta:
Noon “TUCKER'S GROVE OLD TIME & BLUEGRASS JAM” at Tucker's Grove County Park, near the intersection of Cathedral Oaks and Turnpike Rd, in "Noleta" (between Santa Barbara and Goleta). After entering the park, go to the right about 1/3 mile to the Kiwannis Meadows section. Hosted by Alan Aleksander (constatty@aol.com.) this jam from the early ’70s was recently reinstated. Goes from noon, "until."
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Sun, Jun 13, 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 13, 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 13, 2nd Sun, every month:
1-4 pm “FOLK SONG JAM” sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) at the Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl, Encino; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. Singalongs, new in Sep ’09, feature “all kinds of folk and folk music,” free and open to the public (street parking on Sunday is free, as well). Song circle is led by Janet Cornwell, a seasoned folk singer and song leader with a genuine love for sharing traditional songs. Free.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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Sun, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2-4:30 pm JUNI FISHER, plus JERRY HALL & TRICK SHOT and a special guest appearance by MONTY MONTANA JR. in the Wells Fargo Theatre 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. Juni has won just about every award that exists in Western music, and she has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” to the delight of listeners.
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JUNI FISHER’s latest CD, “Gone For Colorado,” co-produced by RICH O’BRIEN, is a self penned family history in song that topped the Western Music charts, was awarded the Western Music Association’s 2009 “Traditional Album of the Year.” The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum awarded it the “Wrangler Award for Most Outstanding Western Album” of 2008, their top honor in Western Music. The album features outstanding harmony vocals from another top Western Music award-winner, PATTY CLAYTON, and includes songs contributed by GARY McMAHAN and IAN TYSON. Your editor adds that seeing Juni perform live is always a memorable experience.
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Today’s show is presented by the Western Music Association. More at www.junifisher.net. Tix $20 gen’l, $15 for WMA mbrs.
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Sun, Jun 13, 2nd Sun, every month, in Lancaster / Palmdale:
2-5 pm monthly “AV FOLK MUSIC CLUB CIRCLE” is returning to homes for its potluck and jamfest (no longer at the Health Tree Coffee Lounge & Café.) They tell us, “Bring your instruments and voices and join in.” Held every month on the second Sunday. Info and location, 661-339-2655.
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Sun, Jun 13, 2nd Sun, every month:
2:30-3:30 pm “TUESDAY MUSICALE CLUB SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT” in the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101; www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/events. Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Program & performer info, contact Celeste French, 818-790-1739.All ages, free.
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Sun, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
3-5 pm THE DUSTBOWL CAVALIERS plus FRANK FAIRFIELD open this year’s “FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” co-sponsored by the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest organization and the National Park Service, at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy (2 blks from Troutdale Rd), in Santa Monica Mtns Nat’l Rec Area, near Agoura Hills; 818-382-4819. Set in an outdoor amphitheater under the shade of the giant old oaks. Park free in the lot just past the bridge and walk back over the bridge to the ranch entrance. Bring a picnic and a cushion or blanket for the earthen or wood bench seating. Fun and free.
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More at www.myspace.com/thedustbowlcavaliers and www.myspace.com/frankfairfield
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Here’s the schedule for the rest of the series:
On Jul 11, it's BORDER RADIO and PLOW.
On Aug 8, it's THE HABERDASHERY ENSEMBLE and PAUL STATMAN.
On Sep 12, it’s THE MURPHY FAMILY, THE WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND and MURPHY'S FLAW, the best of the 50th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest’s award-winning bands, plus a few surprises.
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In addition, TBFC presents free folk-singing programs at various public libraries. Info on the full range of the organization’s activities available at www.topangabanjofidle.org - go to “Free Concerts” for detailed info on the artists in the Strauss Ranch series.
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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, Jun 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, every Sun:
5 pm COLDWATER CANYON band for listening & dancing, and WEEKLY COMPLIMENTARY BBQ, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13:
6 pm MARINA V opens for WANG CHUNG at the “Valley Cultural Center Summer Concert Series” at Lou Bredlow Pavilion, Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Bl, Woodland Hills; www.valleycultural.org; 818-704-1358. The lovely Marina says, “Bring your picnic, bring your kids and dogs, and let's wang chung! Try to get there early to park. I'm on at 6 pm sharp, my set is only 30 mins, with Nick on acoustic guitar & bass drum, and Ben Eisen on bass. After the show, come hang out with me and give me a hug. Deal?” More at www.MarinaV.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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Sun, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30 pm IAN WHITCOMB & FRED SOKOLOW with DAVID JONES on bass, at Cantalini's, 193 Culver Bl, Playa Del Rey; 310-821-0018; www.cantalinis.com.
Grammy-winner Ian Whitcomb has become a virtuoso of charming early 20th century music, and Fred Sokolow is a renowned roots musician. We’ve seen ‘em performing together and they deliver a fine show. They have something of a residency here (it’s an Italian restaurant), and it’s a place they especially enjoy playing.
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Sun, Jun 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm ANNE HILLS, plus the performing duo JUDSON & MARY, at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; 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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ANNE HILLS has become one of the better-known voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving a long chain of awards and recognitions for her live performances and overall artistry. These include, most recently, the 2009 “Bound for Glory” live radio show award (Ithaca, NY) and as far back as 1997, she was named “Kerrville Folk Festival Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her benefit work won her the 2002 “Kate Wolf Award,” and the “Carole Robertson Award.” Anne continues to deliver a captivating solo show.
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Sun, Jun 13 (late addition by the venue) ; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm LESLIE & THE BADGERS plus ELENI MANDELL play a double-bill for the new “$10 SUNDAYS IN JUNE” series at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $10.
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7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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Venue serves vegan & omnivore “comfort food,” fruit smoothies and organic coffee & tea beverages. Entertainment (of various kinds) every night, usually beginning 9:30-10 pm, after the shows in the surrounding theatre district. Venue has a beautiful piano and a house guitar for musician use, or bring your own instrument. They say, “We welcome people to come by and play anytime - you never know when the Muses might appear!” They tell us, “We are always looking for piano players & musicians to accompany the singers and spoken word artists (or to come in and jam with us).” Email them to be added to their roster, at TheMuses@CafeMuseLA.com. Early arrival recommended; $5 minimum on food & drink in lieu of cover.
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Sun, Jun 13, 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 13, 2nd Sun, every month:
7-10 pm monthly “WORLD MUSIC SERIES” at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052. Series has presented highly regarded local and touring artists. Venue offers sandwiches, salads, coffeehouse beverages. Venue was named as co-winner for “Best Free (no cover) Acoustic Music Venue” in FolkWorks’ annual review in 2008. $10 cover.
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Sun, Jun 13, 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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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 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm 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. This evening is a fund-raiser AND REQUIRES TICKETS and proceeds 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 CHUCK MEAD (former member of BR549) on Aug 26. Full calendar of the various series (on different nights of the week, early to mid-summer) at the Levitt website.
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Tonight, the park will be completely fenced-off, and this show REQUIRES tickets! (ONLY this show, of everything here this season, requires admission, since it’s a benefit that finances the rest of the series). Tix for tonight’s show are available on the venue’s website, and range from $40-75.
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Sun, Jun 13, 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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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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The editor is recovering from eye surgery, so we are making “picks” only sporadically at this time. Please explore all the events in the Guide’s extensive listings and you’re sure to find plenty of tempting offerings!
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7:30-9:30 pm “THE MAGIC INGREDIENT METHOD OF SONG WRITING” with BILL BURNETT, begins tonight at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena. (Series runs every Monday through Jul 26.)
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Mon, Jun 14, 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, Jun 14, 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 14, 2nd & 4th Mon every month, in Ventura:
6 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Zoey’s Café, new location, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001; dinner reservations, advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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Mon, Jun 14, every Mon, during the summer:
7 pm 3rd annual “J.A.M. SESSIONS AT THE FORD” is a free series that includes Israeli and Mexican folk, swing, contemporary and Korean traditional dance, hula, samba, taiko drumming, Afro-Peruvian, Afro-Cuban percussion, and more, at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre (aka Ford Amphithetre), 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-461-3673; 323-GO1-FORD; www.FordTheatres.org; box dinner orders 310-652-3797. Theater.
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Tonight brings the KESHET CHAIM DANCE ENSEMBLE: “ISRAELI INSPIRATIONS” celebrating “the infectious joy and energy of Israeli folk dance and find out the true meaning of ‘L’Chaim!’ – ‘To Life!’.” More at www.kcdancers.org.
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This is a free and interactive series, but it is not what most musicians would recognize as a “jam session.” Check the Ford’s site for info on each program, as they vary widely. Eleven Monday nights between May 24 and September 13 center-around movement and drumming, and a painting session, “Self Portrait a la Frida Kahlo,” is a bonus event. Though free, you should reserve a space; if you do that online there is a small fee, so do it by phone.
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7-10 pm CORONA BLUEGRASS JAM at Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Av (at Ontario Av), Corona. Info, contact Todd Holtkamp, 951-347-2597 or onetoad@adelphia.net. Todd says, “Open Jam, all levels welcome. Having a good time is mandatory. If the weather is good we will be outside in front of the main building. If the weather is bad we will be inside.”
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“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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7:30 pm OPEN MIC at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; Web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com. This is named as the “Best Acoustic Open Mic” in L.A. AND the “Best Web Simulcast,” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. Kulak’s provides all necessary connections for acoustic stage, plus a baby grand piano. Hosted by LISA TURNER. Sign-ups 7-7:15 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Performers may choose (in advance) to purchase a multi-camera DVD of their performance. One (max length 3-4 minute) song per performer. Info, www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtml. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Mon, Jun 14; every Monday through Jul 26; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:
7:30-9:30 pm “THE MAGIC INGREDIENT METHOD OF SONG WRITING” with BILL BURNETT, begins tonight at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena. (First session at CGB, then it will move to another nearby place.)
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BILL BURNETT is an accomplished professional songwriter of depth, versatility and accomplishments (check him out at www.billburnettsongmine.com). His years of writing songs for countless performers, TV shows and the stage, have led him to develop a method to seek-out magic ingredients that make songs spring to life. The series’ promo promises:
• Learn the 20 tricks of kicking your own butt and finding your own magic.
• Master the Ten Tenets of Anti-Boredom.
• Uncover the magic hiding in your own fingers, piano keys, voice, heart and mind.
• Study songs from masters of all persuasions, like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Rodgers & Hart, Yip Harburg, Randy Newman, and discover their tricks for creating magic.
• Revisit the fundamentals of rhyme, rhythm, melody, harmony and structure – the lost art of song craft.
• Then apply all this to your own work and write better songs.
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Series producer DUANE THORIN says, “This exciting 7 week course will change the way you write. Magic. That’s the ingredient that makes the difference between ordinary songs and world-class classics. And it’s the one thing most songwriters overlook when they write. Space is limited. It is $30 per session, with a full 7 week program being $160 if they want to do that. Each session will examine the best works and magic of certain fine songwriters, much as Bill does on the Songmine site, and then will get a lot more hands-on as the workshop goes on, discussing the myriad ways to make songs eloquent, interesting, and yes, magical.”
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Mon, Jun 14, every Mon:
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 “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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Mon, Jun 14, 2nd & 4th Mon every month:
8-9 pm “MONDAY NIGHT POETRY” at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena 91104 ; info, www.home.earthlink.net/~mondaynightpoetry/; contact Don Kingfisher Campbell, mondaynightpoetry@earthlink.net or 626-744-7272. Featured poets and open readings; sign-up by 8 pm. They say, “This is your chance to share your poetry with the public and to hear professional poets performing their newest creations.” Accessible to people with disabilities, and handicapped parking available. Adults, free.
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Mon, Jun 14, every Mon:
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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Mon, Jun 14, every Mon:
ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, Jun 14, every Mon:
8:30 pm CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing, followed by the weekly “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by Chad Watson, 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." After the Chad Watson Band performs, the ”Talent Night” competition runs from 9:45 pm to closing. 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 14, 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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Mon, Jun 14, every Mon:
9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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9:30 pm Weekly “SINGER SONGWRITER EVENING” hosted by PRESTON SMITH (Preston Smith & the Crocodiles) at Lucy's 51, 10149 Riverside Dr (just E of Cahuenga, at Forman), Toulca Lake. "Preston is a singing, guitar and harmonica playing virtuoso of blues and jazz, which makes him a great fit. His stuff is upbeat, intelligent and classy, He's known for his widespread appeal to a variety of audiences and some say his music knows no boundaries. While Smith's songwriting skills have received a big thumbs up from critics all over the map, his live gigs are legendary." - John Sollenberger, The Pasadena Weekly.
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Mon, Jun 14, every Mon:
10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com. L.A.’s legendary blues woman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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7 pm “AN EVENING WITH JUNI FISHER” with openers RED RIVER WEST, at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center, in Newhall (Santa Clarita).
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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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6:30 pm “BLUEGRASS NIGHT” sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS), at Fuddruckers, 340 3rd Av, Chula Vista (San Diego area); www.socalbluegrass.org.
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9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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6-9 pm “BBQ TUESDAY” with live original acoustic music at Mary's Market & Canyon Café, in Sierra Madre Canyon, 561 Woodland Av, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4534. Not an open mic; acts are booked in advance. Cozy venue, yummy food!
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6 pm Weekly BLUEGRASS JAM at Curley’s Café, 1999 E Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill; 562-424-0018.
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6-8 pm ARANA MUSIC LESSONS at IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Bl, Eagle Rock; 323-257-2512; www.imixbooks.com. For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by Caesar Castro, El Jarochelo.
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6-8:30 pm SANDII CASTLEBERRY & RON DAIGH, folk fest faves, at Giovanni's, Pizza, Pasta & More, 26900 Newport Rd #112, Menifee 92584; 951-672-8080. Info, www.sandiicastleberry.com.
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6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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7 pm “AN EVENING WITH JUNI FISHER” with openers RED RIVER WEST, 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.
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2009 WMA Female Performer of the Year
2009 WMA Album of the Year-'Gone For Colorado'
2008 Cowboy & western Heritage Museum Wrangler Award for “Gone For Colorado”
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7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Jun 15 - BARBARA MORRISON
Jun 22 - LARRY GOLDINGS
Jun 29 - DOWNTOWN JAZZ PROJECT
Jul 6 - RED HOLLOWAY
Jul 13 - PONCHO SANCHEZ AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND
Jul 20 - TOMMY CASTRO BAND
Jul 27 - ROYAL CROWN REVUE
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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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 15, 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 or www.myspace.com/backporchattheunurban.
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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 “BLUEGRASS AT THE BRAEMAR” series brings TWO FRETS LOWER as this month’s bluegrass recording act, to the BASC (Bluegrass Association of Southern California) show at Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Bl, Tarzana 91356. (Take 101 Fwy to Reseda Bl, exit S, go 2 1/2 miles up the hill to the entrance on the right.) Show has a $5 cover that includes coffee, tea, or soda; or, dinner is an optional “ever changing” buffet complete with beverages and dessert for $15 (tax and tip included). Buffet served beginning at 6:30 pm. Bar service available. Ample seating, safe, secure free parking. Info: contact Joy Felt, (during the day), at 818-705-8870 or bascinfo@socalbluegrass.org. Info on the band, www.myspace.com/2fretslower.
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7:30-11 pm “THE HEART OF WESTERN MUSIC” live performance for national cable & satellite TV broadcast, followed by western dancing and instruction, and performances by western music recording artists, at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705; www.club705.com. The TV show broadcasts every week at 7:30 pm, live on Direct TV (Channel 86) and Dish Network (Channel 230) and on cable systems that carry “In Country TV.”
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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 HORSE OPERA at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). Venue impresario Bob Stane calls them, “real honky-tonk music from Austin. This four piece band is rocking dance halls and beer joints all over the great state of Texas, bringing their own brand of classic country sound. Heavily influenced by 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s country, the band has crafted a sound all their own, while remaining true to the roots of honky-tonk music. The dual guitar, bass and drums combo dishes up traditional and original tunes to move your feet.” Tix, $15.
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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 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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7:30 pm TOMMY EMMANUEL plays Anthology, 1337 India St, San Diego; 619-595-0300; www.anthologysd.com. More at www.tommyemmanuel.com.
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Wed, Jun 16, 3rd (and 1st) Wed, every month:
10:30 am “STORYTIME FUNLAND” for kids at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. It’s an interactive story and music hour with Daniel, Hayley & Mindy. Venue is in the July ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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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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Wed, Jun 16, 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 16, every Wed (extended indefinitely):
7-9 pm “WINE & SONG” series hosted by award-winning songwriter BRAD COLERICK, with two or more different recording artist guests each week, at WineStyles, 1007 Mission St, South Pasadena 91030. Brad describes the venue as “a wonderful little wine bar in my sleepy town of South Pasadena.” Each week’s guest artists are revealed on the venue’s website. DAVE MORRISON, SEVERIN BROWNE, STEPHANIE BETTMANN & LUKE HALPIN, and numerous other talented artists have played the series since its first installment on Oct 7, 2009. Brad says, “Songwriters, If your schedule finds you open on a Wednesday evening in the L.A. area, please get in touch.” Brad Colerick has performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and his originals have been recorded by Suzy Boggus and the late Johnny Cash. Venue offers wine by the glass or bottle, and a menu of tasty light fare that’s much more affordable than the wine. More at http://wineandsong.com. No cover.
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7-10 pm weekly OPEN MIC at the Talking Stick, 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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Wed, Jun 16, 3rd Wed, every month:
7:30-10 pm monthly “SONGWRITER'S NETWORK SHOWCASE” with about 15 performing songwriters, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001. Songnet’s monthly showcase brings an assortment of accomplished artists trying-out new songs, talented up-and-comers, and others. It provides performing songwriters and other musicians an opportunity to perform their originals on a professional stage, for songwriting peers, in a supportive atmosphere. Info on attending or performing and on the organization, at www.thesongnet.org. Pre-register to perform, or arrive before 7:30 pm for any spots that may remain. Coffeehouse fare available. Free entry, $5 suggested donation.
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7:30-9:30 pm twice-monthly “COWBOY WESTERN JAM” at El Trocadero, 24274 Main St (at Market), Newhall 91321; 661-284-6615; www.eltrocaderosteakhouse.com. (Many maps show the street name as San Fernando Rd; the part where the venue is located was renamed Main St in 2007.) Event moved to this venue in Sep, 2008. This is the event that was held at Rattlesnake Slim’s until that venue had a fire, and before that, it was held for years at Vincenzo’s Pizza. All pickers invited. No cover.
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7:30-10 pm “SOUTH BAY BEAT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” series at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705. Based on their opening bookings, this is a wonderful series with musicians who have played all over the world, sharing stages with big names in the music biz. Call them for tonight’s lineup. All ages, no cover.
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7:30-10:30 pm “SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT” with STRUFF & TERRY, and Musical Guests at Tango D'Amore, 19524 Nordhoff St #3, Northridge 91324; shared parking with Guitar Center; 818-727-7399; www.tangodamore.com. Lineup always includes hosts Struff & Terry (www.struffandterry.com) and others, sometimes unknown, sometimes rather well-known. $5 cover.
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7:30-10 pm OPEN MIC at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Cyn Bl, Canoga Park 91303; 818-884-5905. Every Wednesday, hosted by Melinda Gibson. 7 pm sign-ups. Get your set recorded on CD for $10 (optional). Snacks and drinks available. No cover, tip jar for artists.
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Wed, Jun 16, every Wed, in Simi Valley:
7:30-11:30 pm SONGMAKERS “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” jam session in Simi Valley; for location, contact M. Gregory, info@songmakers.org or 805-579-6416. More at www.songmakers.org/hoots/simi_valley_hoot.htm.
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MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. L.A.’s legendary blueswoman plays an every-Wednesday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. $3-7 cover. Start time varies; call venue.
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Wed, Jun 16, 3rd 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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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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8-10 pm “DALE LaDUKE'S SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC NIGHT” with this week’s guest artist, at Arnie's Café, 6864 Foothill Bl, Tujunga 91042; 818-951-9089. This replaces Dale LaDuke’s previous series here, that ran the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month; it’s now every Wednesday night, starting in August. New format is an Open Mic from 8-9 pm, with signups at 7:30 pm, first come, first serve. Each Open Mic performer gets a sheet of paper to write-down and rate every performer except him/her self. At the end of the Open Mic, the top-rated Open Mic’er participates in a song circle with Dale LaDuke and a guest artist. Venue offers tasty Italian food, and you can bring your own wine, with no corkage fee. No cover, artists perform for tips.
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8 pm “LAPTOP LYRIC SING ALONG” on the Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; info, 626-398-7917; www.coffeegallery.com. Donna Barnes-Roberts says, “Now, what makes this SingALong special is that we are using everyone's laptops to show the lyrics we want to sing!” She’s started a blog, www.cgsingalong.blogspot.com with songs that may be chosen, including links to the lyrics on the web. Donna adds, “That way, everyone who brings a laptop with WiFi can see the lyrics we are singing.”
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Everybody knows the world-famous Coffee Gallery Backstage, with its parade of professional acts. Now, Duane Thorin hosts this new weekly series, wherein invited artists lead sing-alongs, assisted by other musicians who drop by and want to play. Donna says, “There will be a few musicians to keep us together, but this event is not about showing what a great soloist you are - it is about everyone enjoying themselves, and singing - whether or not everyone is in tune (and I expect there will be sour notes - joy is not always pretty).” Duane adds, “Public invited to sing and play along to songs we all know and love. Musicians and singers welcome! We’ll start with all the Beatles songs and go forward and back from there. No sign up, just show up, sing from the audience or move up front to play along as well. The Coffee Gallery now features soup and sandwiches in the evening, plus coffee drinks, white and dark hot chocolate, pies, smoothies, smiles and good company.” This does NOT take the place of scheduled shows in the Backstage – it’s in addition to scheduled shows there. No cover.
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8 pm “WHISKEY DICK WEDNESDAYS” at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Bl (1 blk E of Crescent Hgts), West Hollywood. This is a roots / honky-tonk night, and talented artists like MICHAEL ANN play this series, which offers 5 cent beer and 10 cent shots of whiskey and other booze, “where the west is still very wild. Say howdy to the craziest party there could ever be,” their promo says. Other nights there are anything but Americana music, and do not offer such incredibly cheap liquor. Fubar is a well known gay bar. Info from whiskeydckfubar@aol.com. No cover.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at The Pig 'n Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; www.pignwhistle.com. Sign-ups at 7:30, show at 8 pm.
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8 pm OPEN JAZZ JAM at Hip Kitty Jazz / Fondue, 502 W First St (in the Packing House complex), Claremont 91711; www.hipkittyjazz.com; 909-447-6700. Beautiful venue, serves food, beer & wine, 25 mins E of Pasadena off the 210 Fwy.
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8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free line dance lessons with Kathy, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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CANCELLED: 8:30-11:30 pm “WEDNESDAY NITES JAM JUICERS with Trio Accompaniment” series at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243.
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9 pm-midnight “PRO BLUES JAM SESSION” hosted by 21st CENTURY BLUES band, at the Azteca Restaurant and Bar, 717 S San Gabriel Bl, San Gabriel 91776; 626-287-4645. (New Mar 11, 2009.)
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9 pm-1 am “EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION” at Giovanni Ristorante, 21801 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills 91364; 818-884-0243; www.giovanniristorante.com. With CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA and the “Same great trio accompaniment.” It’s a jazz-oriented open jam, singers and players welcome, and they list the “ingredients” as “amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes,” in a place to “greet old friends and meet new ones.” Cathy says, “Ask the bartender for the special ‘Giovanni Jazz Jam Juice’ - it was created by us!” More at www.cathysegalgarcia.com. No cover charge, but come prepared to eat and drink.
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Early in the pre-dawn morning of this day in 1972, a group of burglars was caught in the office of the Democratic National Committee, rifling files and copying, stealing, and perhaps planting false documents, wiretaps, and electronic bugs. The office was located in the Watergate Hotel and Office complex in Washington, D.C. Eventually, investigative journalists, most prominently young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post – eventually followed by the Senate Watergate Committee under the leadership of North Carolina Senator and Constitutional scholar Sam Ervin – proved the burglars were funded and directed by CREEP, the Committee to Re-Elect the President, and by the Nixon White House, and that President Richard M. Nixon had conspired to secretely order and then cover-up the Watergate break-in and other crimes. Once it was clear that the votes existed in the Congress to impeach and convict him of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” as defined by the Constitution, Nixon was forced to resign, the only president in US history to do so.
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37th Annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” opens in Telluride, Colorado.
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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-Sun, Jun 20, in Canada:
“NXNE (North by Northeast) MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Toronto is a big-deal Canadiana music festival. More info at http://sixshooterrecords.com/six_site/Canadiana
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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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(5) Thursday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu:
11 am-2 pm “VAN NUYS FARMER'S MARKET” with live music performances, in the Van Nuys Civic Center behind the Los Angeles City Hall annex building and in front of the City Library, 14410 Sylvan St, Van Nuys 91401.
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11:30 am-3 pm weekly “7+FIG FARMERS MARKET” at 7th & Figuroa, downtown L.A.; 213-955-7157; www.7fig.com. Held on the beautifully landscaped upper plaza, above California Pizza Kitchen. Certified Gourmet Farmers Market, open-air, with vendors, lunches, produce, kettle korn, fresh flowers, honey, fresh breads, tamales, olives, dried fruits, nuts, crepes, crafts, and live music (varies each week). Entertainment is free.
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4 pm-late New “PARADISE STORE TWICE-WEEKLY BLUEGRASS / MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM” at Paradise Store, N of Santa Barbara on Hwy 154 for 9.5 mi; right on Paradise Rd, 1/2 mile to the store. Directions, www.paradisestoresb.com/directions.asp
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Wed’s include BBQ; Thu’s are a “Mountain Fiddle Hootenanny.” Both hosted by MARK LEWIS. More at www.paradisestoresb.com/entertainment.asp?cmth=2&cyer=2009
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Thu, Jun 17, 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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4:30-5:30 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113.
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5:30-7:30 pm THE SALT MARTIANS play bluegrass for Happy Hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State St, Santa Barbara; 805-899-3900 for dinner reserv. The band is TIM MULLINS, KEN GASTON, AARON DOUGLAS and often MIKE MULLINS. Artists’ info, www.saltmartians.com. Full bar & food. No cover.
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6-9 pm “BURGERS, BEER, & BLUES” series brings good acoustic blues performers to the tent adjacent to the weekly South Pasadena Farmer’s Market, sponsored by and directly outside the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena; 626-441-2443; www.eatatfirefly.com.
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Thu, Jun 17, 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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6-9 pm “BLUEGRASS JAM IN THE OC” at Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley 92708; 714-965-1125. It’s described as “Open Mics and Jams,” and as an “open bluegrass jam, all pickers welcome, all grinners welcome!” Event info, Shelah Spiegel, 714-962-5083 or ifiddler@yahoo.com. Free.
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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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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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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu:
7 pm CHARANGOA SALSA DANCE at Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Pl, City of Commerce; 323-723-9856; Fay@charangoa.com; www.charangoa.com. Every Thu. Includes dance class with Miguel, 7-8 pm; dancing to live music, 9 pm-1:30 am. It’s reported that there are lots of great dancers & surprises. Free.
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Thu, Jun 17, 3rd Thu, every month:
7-10 pm “BEACH CITIES FOLK MUSIC CLUB” at a private home in Manhattan Beach; for info & loc, 310-376-8760, Aprilstory@aol.com, www.beachcitiesfolkclub.org. Hosts say, “Please bring yummy snacks, drinks to share. Since we meet on a weeknight, we ask that you respect the ending time and leave at 10 pm.” Coordinator is April Halprin Wayland.
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7 pm monthly “AGOURA BLUEGRASS JAM” in the Kid's Ministry Building at Gateway Church, 29646 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills.
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Thu, Jun 17, 3rd Thu, every month; in Camarillo:
7-11 pm SONGMAKERS “CAMARILLO HOOT” in Camarillo; for location, contact TJ Zeiler, Songmaker93010@gmail.com or 805-482-0029; www.songmakers.org.
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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu:
7-11 pm OPEN MIC NIGHT on “The Main Stage” at Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Bl, L.A. The inaugural event was Apr 12. Sponsors say, “This event repeats every Thursday night. Singers, spoken word, guitar players, drum soloists, almost anything that makes the crowd applaud...”
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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu; in Lancaster:
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 17, 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 17, third Thu, every month:
7:30-10:30 pm “MUSIC INDUSTRY GUEST SPEAKER” at L.A. SONGWRITERS CO-OP monthly meeting, at The Pig & Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Bl (1 blk E of Highland), Hollywood. Event info, 323-551-1000; www.SongwritersCoOp.com. Meets here every 3rd Thu, hosted by ALEX DEL ZOPPO. Info: info@songswritersCoOp.com; 323-551-1000. More at www.SongwritersCoOp.com. Get feedback from songwriting professionals and your peers on what's working in your original song and how to make it even better. Bring 15 to 20 copies of your lyrics (with chords if possible) and your music on CD or tape or play it live. Meetings start promptly. $5 admission fee.
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Thu, Jun 17, 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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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu:
7:30-9:30 pm IRISH SET DANCING CLASSES in Los Feliz area; social dancing for adults every Thursday. Info & location: www.michaelpatrickbreen.com.
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Thu, Jun 17, 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 INCENDIO at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). Incendio is a very big deal, a widely-acclaimed world-guitar-fusion trio. Their name, in both Italian and Spanish, means “fire,” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which conjures-up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – INCENDIO is multiple award-winning musician JIM STUBBLEFIELD (guitar), LIZA CARBE (bass and guitar), and JEAN-PIERRE DURAND (guitar). Tix, $20.
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Thu, Jun 17, 3rd (and 1st) Thu, every month:
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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Thu, Jun 17, recurring:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu:
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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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu:
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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Thu, Jun 17, 3rd Thu, every month:
9 pm-midnight “100% ACOUSTIC 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 venue has an all-acoustic series every Thursday, and it goes old time for a jam led by Triple Chicken Foot every 3rd Thursday. The Thursday series has its own web page at www.myspace.com/hyperiontavernallacoustic - complete with weekly lineups for all those other Thursdays. “The Foot” has twice performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The Foot’s Ben says, “The Hyperion Tavern Old-Time Jams welcome everybody from beginners to people who have been playing their whole lives. If you love this music and want to learn some good tunes and meet wonderful people all while drinking beer grab your instrument (whatever it may be) and come on down to one of these nights. It's free except for the beer. Please buy some refreshments and tip your bartender.” No cover.
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Thu, Jun 17, every Thu:
9 pm PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES play their residency at The Office, 3516 W Victory Bl (at Hollywood Wy), Burbank. Preston says, “Great sound, great food, wine and beer!” New residency, began Apr 9, 2009.
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9 pm BEGINNERS SON JAROCHO CLASS with CESAR CASTRO from VeraCruz, at Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony). Learn to play jarana, string instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose sones (songs); gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music. For children, teens & adults. Venue has a mic and stage lights. Info, www.myspace.com/besskepp. $3 cover.
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9:30 pm Pianist DANNY HOLT “& friends” at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). Called "exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times, pianist Danny Holt performs across the globe in concert halls, clubs, art galleries, churches, living rooms, and wherever else he can find a piano and someone to listen. Whether playing classical music, experimental music, minimalist grooves, or pop/rock, Danny is consistently praised by critics for his energy, wit, and vibrancy. Twice a month, Danny performs here with his invited guests. More at www.dannyholt.net and www.myspace.com/dannyholtmusic
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37th Annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” continues in Telluride, Colorado.
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Noon-10 pm Annual “HUCK FINN COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS JUBILEE” opens at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville.
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Annual “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL” at Live Oak Campin the Santa Ynez Valley, near Lake Cachuma and Goleta, opens today.
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8 pm JIM LAUDERDALE at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.
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8 pm Guitar wizard ROBBY LONGLEY, with special guest JILL FREEMAN, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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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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8-10 pm SUGARBEAT, the new trio of REBECCA SAYRE, RACHEL PEARL, KRISTIN PORTER, headlines tonight’s lineup of “LISA TURNER AND FRIENDS” at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood.
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7:30 pm J. D. SOUTHER plays the Acoustic Music San Diego concert series, 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Two-tier tix include one option with dinner and a premium seat, another option that’s concert-only. (He’ll be in Pasadena tomorrow night with KARLA BONOFF.) More at www.jdsouther.net.
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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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Annual “ONE WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL” on Orcas Island in Puget Sound; catch a ferry from Seattle, and catch HANK CRAMER peforming maritime music of the Pacific Northwest.
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Annual “CEILI AT THE ROUNDHOUSE FESTIVAL” at The Roundhouse, in Evanston, Wy; www.fburls.com/94-1Wc57eiO/t/cid/630330/sid/93182310. Headliners include OLD BLIND DOGS, and MOLLY’S REVENGE with MOIRA SMILEY (VOCO). John, Stuart, Pete, and David (MOLLY’S REVENGE) tell us, “ We'll be joined by MOIRA SMILEY at this festival, and if that's not enough, we're honored to join our friends from OLD BLIND DOGS at this one. We'll be doing several joint workshops with members of Old Blind Dogs including pipes and whistles with DAVID BREWER and ALI HUTTON, fiddle with JONNY HARDIE and JOHN WEED, and vocals with MOIRA SMILEY and AARON JONES, and we're headlining the Friday night concert. We look forward to seeing you on the road!”
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“NXNE (North by Northeast) MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Toronto is a big-deal Canadiana music festival. More info at http://sixshooterrecords.com/six_site/Canadiana
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Fri-Sun, Jun 18-20, in Victorville; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
Noon-10 pm Annual “HUCK FINN COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS JUBILEE” opens 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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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, every Fri:
Morning show (after 8:30 am) HEATHER LOCKIE & FRIENDS with violin, cello, clarinet, and voices, at Stories, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213-413-3733. Venue is in the Jul ’09 ish of Sunset magazine (p.22). Summer afternoon or summer evening you can enjoy the back patio with an iced Americano, peppermint green iced tea, freshly-baked root beer flavored cookie, or an assortment of popsicles, ice cream bars and other frozen treats.
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11 am-5 pm “FREE FRIDAYS” at the LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, 2300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach 90803; 562-439-2119; www.lbma.org. The museum is atop a hill overlooking Long Beach harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include the Miller Education Center in the Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house built in 1912, a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, museum store, Masterson Atrium, and oceanfront gardens. There are extensive educational programs for children and adults plus changing exhibitions that include festivals, music programs, and special events. Current programs at www.lbma.org/exhibits.html. Museum admission is free every Friday, with support form the L.A. County Arts Commission (www.lacountyarts.org); all other days, admission is $7 adults, $6 students & srs over age 62 (current I.D. required); always free for mbrs and children under age 12.
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5-8 pm “CLAREMONT GREEN MARKET” features acoustic music inside and outside the Packing House in the new West Claremont Center, 532 W First St (just W of Indian Hill), Claremont 91711; www.claremontpackinghouse.com/home.htm. This was formerly on Wednesdays, and has switched to Fridays. A resident musician here is RON ELY, who plays authentic and original songs of the sea, and more, at Bonita & Yale Av. More at www.myspace.com/ronely. Ron tells us, “It's all about ‘going GREEN,’ and should be promoted and supported. They’ve expanded with a Farmer's Market each Friday evening, outside this same venue, the Packing House, a fully rehabilitated old building, a real packing house, and Historical Landmark. It's put-on by the non-profit ‘Claremont Forum,’ (www.claremontforum.org) that sponsors the "Prison Library Project," sending books to those incarcerated.”
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5:30-10 pm “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” along Myrtle Av, in old downtown Monrovia. It’s year-round and weekly, a street festival and farmers market, that’s been running 17 years. KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND plays 8-10 pm at 412 S Myrtle Av; contact Jennifer Ranger, 877-365-5744. RON ELY does authentic and original maritime songs most weeks, usually at Myrtle Av & Colorado or Myrtle Av and Lemon Av, on the North end of the festival. Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely. There’s lots of other music throughout old town Monrovia, several acoustic performers each week – singer-songwriters, duos or bands – plus specialty vendors, lots of food, and local merchants. Event is large during the summer when it includes a carnival (rock climbing wall, balloon man, bubble man, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) It scales-down from 4 blocks to 2 blocks during winter months, following the Christmas holidays. Myrtle Av exit, N of 210 Fwy, free parking, free event.
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6-9 pm DAVE OSTI and DEANNA COGAN jam-out on acoustic classic rock tunes every Friday at the Mayan Bar, 311 W Foothill Bl, Monrovia.
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6-8 pm OPEN MIC at Fendi's Café, 539 East Bixby Rd (near Atlantic), Long Beach; 562-424-4774.
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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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Blues legend BERNIE PEARL’s residency at Iva Lee's in San Clemente. Switching his four-year residency there to alternate Fridays; on second Saturdays, Bernie will continue to play electric with pianist Dwayne Smith. He was great performing live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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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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7-10 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 18, every 3rd (& 1st) Fri, in Lancaster:
7 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS in Lancaster, meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E Avenue J, Lancaster. Call Walter or Paula at 942-6893 for info. Organizers say, “If you can walk, you can do this social dance. It's great fun, and beginners are welcome.”
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7:30-10 pm “DANCE DOWNTOWN” brings “LINE DANCING & TWO STEP” to the outdoor summer series on the L.A. Music Center Plaza, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org. Dance under the stars, get free dance lessons, listen to live music or DJ’s, meet new people or bring a partner and dance the night away. First come, first served, donations welcome, free admission.
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Remaining events in the schedule (6:30-10 pm except as noted):
Jun 18 Line Dancing & Two Step (Special time 7:30 pm to 10 pm)
Jul 2 Bollywood/Bhangra
Jul 16 Argentine Tango
Jul 30 Zydeco
Aug 13 Disco Night
Aug 27 Throwback Night - 60’s Dances
Sep 10 Samba
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Fri, Jun 18, every Fri:
7:30 pm “OPEN MIC” at the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Bl (at 33rd), Santa Monica; 310-315-0056; www.unurban.com
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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, 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.
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The current edition of FolkWorks (www.folkworks.org) has this to say:
“Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the first ‘Honors and Awards Show’ held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.
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“He is among Nashville's ‘A’ list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait.” Tix $15.
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Fri, Jun 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm Guitar wizard ROBBY LONGLEY, with special guest JILL FREEMAN, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; 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 question is often asked, in all seriousness, “ROBBY LONGLEY, THE MOST PHENOMENAL GUITARIST IN THE WORLD?” He is a solo virtuoso, playing dynamic, demonstrative guitar. Early in his performing career, he won first place in eight guitar competitions in less than two years. His self-developed fingerstyle technique, performed on a nylon string guitar, won out over some of the top seeded rock guitarists in the world. Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “If you want fireworks with your guitar, we recommend ROBBY LONGLEY.” The4 Guide heartily concurs.
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Plus, JILL FREEMAN, professional singer-songwriter for over 20 years. Her solo album, "Songs about Sex and Depression", released on Magic Records, received rave reviews and resulted in placement of her songs in several motion pictures. Tix, $20.
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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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8-10:30 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play an every-Friday residency at the Tam O'Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz 90039; www.lawrysonline.com/tamoshanter_gen_info.asp; 323-664-0228. Venue serves ale & sandwiches. Band member Mark Romano says, “Great food, drinks, dancing, and of course, music!” More at www.theploughboys.com. All ages, no cover.
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8 pm THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND plus a headliner, most Fri & Sat nights, with BBHB opening for “some of the best blues music headliners in the industry,” at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue claims, “This is the greatest house band in America. Members over the years have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, The Jeff Healey Band and influences from John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison and Eric Burden.” Fri & Sat nights bring local blues bands as well as national acts. Acts booked include Chris Cain, Lil Charlie and the Nite Cats, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza, James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Duke Robillard, Guitar Shorty, Gary Hoey, Wumbloozo, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and more. Website has lineups for specific dates and a tix link. Venue serves dinner Fri & Sat, 7 pm-2 am. 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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8-10 pm SUGARBEAT, the new trio of REBECCA SAYRE, RACHEL PEARL, KRISTIN PORTER, headlines tonight’s lineup of “LISA TURNER AND FRIENDS” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com (named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166).
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SUGARBEAT, mid-way along their June 11-22‏ California tour, plays two Southern Cal dates, here tonight and in Claremont on Sat, June 19 (at 7 pm). Singer-songwriter and band member REBECCA SAYRE tells us, “Something really cool happened last Christmas. I met these two jazzy, guitar-playing, beautiful, songwriting divas! Only, they don’t act like divas at all, and after one gig together back in January, at the Bluebird Café [in Nashville], we decided to form a trio.”
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And they’re attracting attention: “SUGARBEAT is just plain fun, sweet, and groovy – not to mention totally infectious. Nice blends of jazz, blues, pop, and swing. Inventive backup vocals with sophisticated harmonies, framed by crisp, hooky rhythms and tasteful riffs on their electric guitars.” - Ron Browning, Nashville Performance Coach.
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Fri, Jun 18, 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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8:30 pm “OPENING NIGHT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL” including annual honors presentations, this year for DONNA SUMMER, THE CARPENTERS. & JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA, THOMAS WILKINS, conductor, and DONNA SUMMER, inductee; The Carpenters, inductee, accepted by RICHARD CARPENTER; JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, inductee; HERB ALPERT, presenter.
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8:30-11 pm THE SCREAMING EARWIGS, with TOM & PATRICK SAUBER, STEVE LEWIS and MIKE SAUBER, play the monthly CONTRA DANCE at the War Memorial Hall, 435 S Fair Oaks Av, South Pasadena. Dance instruction at 8 pm.
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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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Just LOCALLY, there are MANY amazing offerings (and see “Best Out-of-Town Events” for more):
> “LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL,” north of Santa Barbara
> “HUCK FINN COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS JUBILEE” bluegrass festival, on the Mojave River, near Victorville
> “JOHNNY CASH MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura
> “FETE DE LA MUSIQUE” / “MAKE MUSIC PASADENA,” in and around Pasadena
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ALL WEEKEND, there’s the annual start-of-summer dilemma, whether to spend Friday and both weekend days at HUCK FINN or LIVE OAK, or one day at each. And this year, a pair of one-day Saturday festivals get into the act in Ventura and Pasadena…
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The one you may not know about is TODAY: it’s the traditional French “FETE DE LA MUSIQUE” day of free music. It has come to be celebrated all over the world, including today’s local counterpart, “MAKE MUSIC PASADENA,” on numerous stages all day long in and around Old Town Pasadena. Performers include KARLA BONOFF, JD SOUTHER, and KENNY EDWARDS. Then, after enjoying a day of free music, there are several wonderful ways to conclude a full day of music in the area, though most of those will cause you to purchase a ticket to any of many wonderful shows – in Pasadena or beyond, for any of the many acoustic venues throughout Southern California. As the date for “MAKE MUSIC PASADENA” gets closer, local sources will likely reveal additional info and details of stage locations and lineups. We list as much as we know here in the Guide, as far in advance as possible. We’ll include as many late updates as we can. (As shows are booked for SOME stages, details are added at www.makemusic-pasadena.org.)
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37th Annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” continues in Telluride, Colorado.
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9:30 am-10 pm Annual “HUCK FINN COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS JUBILEE” continues at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville.
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All-day “MAKE MUSIC PASADENA” returns as the local component of the worldwide “FETE DE LA MUSIQUE” This year brings six stages of music in Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District, plus additional local venues. KARLA BONOFF, JD SOUTHER, and KENNY EDWARDS headline one show.
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7 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS featuring Grammy-winner IAN WHITCOMB, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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7 pm THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS at Out West Western Boutique & Cultural Center in Newhall (Santa Clarita).
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7 pm SUGARBEAT, the new trio of REBECCA SAYRE, RACHEL PEARL, KRISTIN PORTER, plus musical guests LARRY & RHONDA JACKSON, play the Claremont Center for Spiritual Living in Claremont.
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7:30 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the Lord of the Strings Concert Series at the Dana Point Community House.
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7:30 pm PASADENA POPS annual “FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” tonight with CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE as the Pops debut their new outdoor venue, the Events Lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
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7 pm J. D. SOUTHER, KARLA BONOFF, & KENNY EDWARDS play the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena Concerts in the Park” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena.
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8 pm STEVE FERGUSON plus FREEBO at Boulevard Music in Culver City.
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8 pm BERKLEY HART, the multi-award-winning San Diego-based duo, play the “BONEY MOUNTAIN HOUSE CONCERT” series in Newbury Park.
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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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Sat, Jun 19; Fri & Sat, Jun 18 & 19, in Wyoming:
Annual “CEILI AT THE ROUNDHOUSE FESTIVAL” at The Roundhouse, in Evanston, Wy; www.fburls.com/94-1Wc57eiO/t/cid/630330/sid/93182310. Headliners include OLD BLIND DOGS, and MOLLY’S REVENGE with MOIRA SMILEY (VOCO). John, Stuart, Pete, and David (MOLLY’S REVENGE) tell us, “ We'll be joined by MOIRA SMILEY at this festival, and if that's not enough, we're honored to join our friends from OLD BLIND DOGS at this one. We'll be doing several joint workshops with members of Old Blind Dogs including pipes and whistles with DAVID BREWER and ALI HUTTON, fiddle with JONNY HARDIE and JOHN WEED, and vocals with MOIRA SMILEY and AARON JONES, and we're headlining the Friday night concert. We look forward to seeing you on the road!”
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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. (See today’s “Local Festivals” listing.)
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Sat, Jun 19; Thu, Jun 17-Sun, Jun 20, in Canada; festival:
“NXNE (North by Northeast) MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Toronto is a big-deal Canadiana music festival. More info at http://sixshooterrecords.com/six_site/Canadiana
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Sat, Jun 19, in Pennsylvania; festival:
“ARTS ON THE AVENUE” along the 400 block of Penn Av, West Reading, Pennsylvania, is free, all day; past “Tied to the Tracks” guest VICTORIA VOX performs 4-5 pm. More at www.victoriavox.bandcamp.com
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat every month; in Port Townsend, WA:
5:30-8 pm monthy “PORT TOWNSEND CHANTEY SING” at the Courtyard Café (formerly Bread n Roses), 230 Quincy St, Port Townsend; 360-379-3355. Info, Tugboat Bromberg, 360-990-4873 or 360-598-1497. The “call and response” form of these work songs of the sea makes them easy to learn and fun to sing.
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(4) Saturday’s LOCAL FESTIVALS – hold on to your hat! ~
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Fri-Sun, Jun 18-20, in Victorville; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick; festival:
9:30 am-10 pm 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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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 tonight’s show at 8 pm, which doubles as the summer season-opener for the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena series, 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 Old Town’s 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 performs there, as well as L.A.-based Latin rockers MONTE NEGRO.
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Sat, Jun 19, in Ventura; festival:
10 am-6 pm Annual “JOHNNY CASH MUSIC FESTIVAL” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.
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On the “Get Rhythm Stage” are:
Rockabilly Legends ROBERT GORDON with the SLIM JIM PHANTOM TRIO, W.S. "FLUKE" HOLLAND, original drummer for JOHNNY CASH & THE TENNESSEE THREE, plus, BIG RIVER, WITH A BIBLE & A GUN, JIMMIE RAY & CYNDI CANTRELL, & THE CASH PROPHETS.
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The Johnny Cash Music Festival has added a second stage, dubbed the "Hey Porter Stage." Performing there are SHAUN KAMA & THE KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER, STEVE SOTO AND THE TWISTED HEARTS, KACEY CUBERO, BIG TWEED, THIRTEEN STARS.
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“Thousands of fans are expected to converge upon the Ventura County Fairgrounds to celebrate ‘Johnny In June’," says their promo… (ah, that remark can be taken two ways…) “and enjoy live music from true legends of the Rocka-Billy Music scene, as well as local, up and coming bands which will all perform in tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter. Hot Rod cars, a ‘Pin-up Pageant’ contest with ‘fabulous prizes,’ food, beer and wine and a few surprises are all in store for attendees.” More at www.johnnycashmusicfestival.com or call Holly at 408-410-4401. Tix, $20.
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(5) Saturday’s “LOS ANGELES AREA ACOUSTIC MUSIC PERFORMANCES” and related events:
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Sat, Jun 19, every Sat:
8-10:30 am FREE ACOUSTIC CONCERT at Strings Music Store, 146 N Glendora Av, Ste 101, Glendora 91741; 626-914 4100. Sometimes featuring VIN FIZ FLYER. Another in a series of MORNING concerts. Free entertainment, tips only, in a great place, with nice people and good music. Vin Fiz Flyer tells us, “Old town Glendora is a kinda sleepy small Midwest town plopped into Southern California. These early morning concerts sound like a wacky idea, but they’re well-attended by musicians as well as music lovers! A car club meets at the Cafe next door every Saturday for breakfast, and they park their assorted ‘babies’ out front for you to peruse too. Come on by and start your weekend out right.” Check with venue to see if there is a concert scheduled for today.
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Sat, Jun 19, recurring:
8:30 am DARK & STORMY BAND (with the Hinkley Soaring duo of PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) bring their catchy songs and voices to the Pasadena Farmer's Market. More at http://myspace.com/petekalmus.
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Pete was among the winners in mandolin at last year’s Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He says, “There's no way I'm getting out and playing music 8:30 am every Saturday.” So check Pete’s myspace page to see if they’ll be there. Sharon plays flute. Free.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
10 am RON ELY performs sea chanteys and original and classic folk music at Boutique Mystique, 532 W 1st St, Claremont 91711. Ron tells us, “This is a new event, 10 am-6 pm. The venue features vintage 40’s, 50’s, 60’s guitars and amps, glass and china, jewelry, comic books, records (LPs, 45s, 78s), fresh flowers and exotic plants, fresh fruit and veggies, RON ELY’s music and more. Call 213-361-9322 for vendor info or booth space rental info. Ron says you can “get in on the ground floor” here. No cover.
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Sat, Jun 19, 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, Jun 19, 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 19, every Sat, in Temecula:
2:30 pm “GOSPEL AT THE MERC” music series at The Mercantile, 42051 Main St, Temecula 92590. Every Saturday afternoon, it’s “a variety show and features traditional, contemporary and jazz influenced Gospel music. Each week will showcase different soloists and Gospel mime dancers,” in a series presented by Lillian Crawford. Series info, www.americantowns.com/ca/temecula/events/gospel-at-the-merc-2009-07-18
One of Temecula's beautifully restored original buildings, The Merc now serves as a performance venue that hosts music four days each week. Gen’l admission, $15; srs/student.military discounts available.
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Sat, Jun 19, recurring:
4-6 pm SHAPE NOTE / SACRED HARP, “The Learners Group” in Santa Monica. Call Laura for location: 310-450-3516.
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Sat, Jun 19, 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, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS featuring Grammy-winner IAN WHITCOMB, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; 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 chance to grab a time machine and frolic with the Ukulele Chanteuse and her all-star musician pals, as they bring back to life "obscure, naughty and lovely tunes” of the 1910s, ‘20s & ‘30s, delivering a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits, and late ragtime gems. These merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads. More at www.janetklein.com. Tix, $20.
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Sat, Jun 19; a SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS 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. Since their premiere just five years ago, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds have captured the 2008 Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers Award” for “Western Music Group of the Year” and the Western Music Association “Crescendo Award” for “Most Promising Talent” along with the WMA’s “Marilyn Tuttle Best in Show" Harmony Award. FolkWorks Magazine named them one of the Top 10 Live Acoustic Acts in Southern California. Their tight harmonies, sparkling stage performance and a great song selection will take you back to the Golden Age of the Singing Cowboy. Doors at 5:30 pm. Suggested donation is $20, and includes refreshments.
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Sat, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm SUGARBEAT, the new trio of REBECCA SAYRE, RACHEL PEARL, KRISTIN PORTER, plus musical guests LARRY & RHONDA JACKSON, play the Claremont Center for Spiritual Living in Claremont (N of Pomona); info and directions, www.claremontcsl.org/calendar/event.html.
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SUGARBEAT, mid-way along their June 11-22 California tour, plays two Southern Cal dates, here tonight and Kulak’s Woodshed last night. Singer-songwriter and band member REBECCA SAYRE tells us, “Something really cool happened last Christmas. I met these two jazzy, guitar-playing, beautiful, songwriting divas! Only, they don’t act like divas at all, and after one gig together back in January, at the Bluebird Café [in Nashville], we decided to form a trio.”
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And they’re attracting attention: “SUGARBEAT is just plain fun, sweet, and groovy – not to mention totally infectious. Nice blends of jazz, blues, pop, and swing. Inventive backup vocals with sophisticated harmonies, framed by crisp, hooky rhythms and tasteful riffs on their electric guitars.” - Ron Browning, Nashville Performance Coach.
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Take a listen and catch a video at www.reverbnation.com/thesugarbeat. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat every month; in Lancaster:
7-9 pm monthly “DESERT SONG PRODUCTIONS FEATURED ARTIST / OPEN MIC” series at the Cedar Centre Theater, 44845 Cedar Av, Lancaster 93534. The series launched Jan 17, ’09 with a group that scored a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Featured artist(s) perform 7-8 pm, followed by the OPEN MIC, 8-9 pm, where you can show off your own talents. Each open mic participant pays $5, and a panel of judges awards the pot to the best open mic performance. This event at this venue looks permanent, after a series of things at several venues. If you’re in the High Desert, go support it. Event info and lineup at http://desertsongfest.org .
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Sat, Jun 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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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Sat, Jun 19; a SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm TERRI HENDRIX with LLOYD MAINES play the Living Tradition music series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim; reservations 949-646-1964 or steve@psitech.com; series and show info, www.thelivingtradition.org. More at www.terrihendrix.com.
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TERRI HENDRIX plays mandolin, harmonica, and guitar; LLOYD MAINES plays dobro, mandolin, and guitar. The San Diego Union-Tribune's George Varga rated them among the top ten "Best of 2005 Live Shows," writing, "Simplicity is more than a virtue for the earthy Hendrix, an operatically trained West Texas troubadour, and multi-instrumental wiz Maines."
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Mary Skilton, writing in the Chicago Sun Times, said "Folk, pop, country, blues, Latin, and country swing. None of it evades Terri Hendrix, who has a fresh enthusiasm and a divine voice, which equals an electric stage presence."
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Kerry Dexter in Music Road Blogspot commented, "Terri Hendrix has a direct and unique voice in folk music -- sort a combination of beat poet, political commentator, and insighful musician. She's been spreading the musical gospel for a good few years now, running her own record company and building a dedicated fan base that spans generations and countries. Along the way she's written a Grammy winning instrumental for the DIXIE CHICKS and among her accomplishments, created an award winning children's album. Her latest release, ‘The Spiritual Kind,’ has songs of friendship, change, love, acceptance, and connection in tracks that include ‘Acre of Land,’ ‘If I Had a Daughter,’ and ‘What Is the Color of the Soul,’ along with a right-on cover of ‘Pastures of Plenty’."
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Dexter didn’t mention their other Dixie Chicks connection: Lloyd is the father of NATALIE MAINES. They’re in town to play the Live Oak Music Festival, north of Santa Barbara, and they don’t get to Southern Cal very often.
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Sat, Jun 19, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. play the Lord of the Strings Concert Series at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point; 949-842-2227; www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. (One of two venues used by the series.) 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.
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Sat, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm PASADENA POPS annual “FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” tonight joined by CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE as the Pops debut their new outdoor venue, the Events Lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Rachael Worby conducts the POPS. Gates open for picnicking at 5:30 pm. Pre-concert family activities with Kidspace Children’s Museum begin at 5:30 pm on the Southwest lawn inside the venue.
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They tell us, “We'll fill the sky with an explosion of color and delight your senses with your favorite music from Carmen, Firebird, and Swan Lake, to Bohemian Masquerades, Saber Dances and Toreadors - all paired with Cirque de la Symphonie's noveau-style artists.”
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Sat, Jun 19, every Sat:
7:30-10:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES weekly bluegrass concert at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24500 Lyons Ave, Newhall; 661-259-6733. (Lyons exit, just off I-5.) This a long-running series, often with very impressive performing guests.
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Sat, Jun 19, every Sat:
7:30 pm “RANCH PARTY” evening of country & Americana roots music performances, on the West Patio Stage, Original Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. Presented by EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. Performers have included DAVID SERBY, GRANT LANGSTON, 29 MULES, BOB WOODRUFF, OLD BULL, PSYCHEDELIC COWBOYS, PAUL CHESNE, NICOLE GORDON, and BUCKSWORTH. Parking: 2 hours free with validation from EB’s Beer & Wine Bar. $3 for the third hour; $1 for each additional 20 minutes; $15 max. Addt’l parking at The Grove, next door. Get validation for their structure from Grove merchants. No cover.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30-9:45 pm “UP THE TRAIL FROM TEXAS” Music/Art Showcase created & hosted by singer-songwriter MARK MORAN, at Tex Mex Grill, 2256 Route 66 (at Amelia Av), Glendora 91740. It’s a monthly music/art showcase featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriters in country, folk, pop, jazz, blues, and film music genres, and Mark adds, “And artists that have a vision of love, nature, healing or inspiration.” More at www.mythicalbird.net and www.myspace.com/mythicalbird
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm LOS ANGELES WOMEN IN MUSIC (LAWIM) presents “YOUNG TALENT NIGHT” at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm “COFFEE HOUSE AT THE ONION” OPEN MIC at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Av, North Hills. A great place to showcase your new stuff. Coffee and cookies available by donation. (No longer on Fridays.) No cover.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:30 pm SONGMAKERS “ONION BAGEL OPEN STAGE & JAM” at Temple Beth Torah, 16651 Rinaldi St, Granada Hills. Info, www.songmakers.org
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
7:45 pm monthly “ARC JAM MUSIC NIGHT” at Activites for Retarded Children (ARC), 6456 Whitsett, North Hollywood; 818-762-4365; www.arcandadults.com
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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, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm J. D. SOUTHER, KARLA BONOFF, & KENNY EDWARDS play the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena Concerts in the Park” series at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Pasadena, Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St (really Walnut & Raymond) Old Pasadena; 626-683-3230; www.levittpavilionpasadena.org.
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KARLA BONOFF was born and raised in Southern California, and she was a songwriter by the age of fifteen. She and her sister Lisa were writing songs and playing as a duo titled THE DAUGHTERS OF CHESTER P named after their father, Dr. Chester Paul Bonoff. She had already fallen in love with the guitar and studied with FRANK HAMILTON of the famous folk group, THE WEAVERS. By age 16, Karla and her sister Lisa auditioned for Elektra Records. An 11-song demo, recorded by Doors' engineer BRUCE BOTNICK, was recorded but no deal came of this first effort. Fortunately for Karla, her efforts persisted and others in the record industry saw what so many since then know and recognize as something very special.
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There’s more on the musicians playing this show in the current edition of FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org
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Series runs early-to-mid-summer, several themed nights each week, and includes an “American Music Series,” a children’s series, and a world music series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket; some bench seating available on the sides. Ride the Gold Line light rail to Memorial Park Station, and save expensive parking and gas. Nice outdoor venue. Free show. More at www.jdsouther.net and www.karlabonoff.com and www.kennyedwards.com. Free.
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Sat, Jun 19; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm STEVE FERGUSON plus FREEBO at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583.
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Freebo has gone from high profile bass player (Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr) to award winning singer-songwriter ('07 L.A. Music Awards "Best Folk Artist,” '08 Posi Award "Most Uniting Song," '07 South Florida Songwriting Contest). Now firmly in the Folk/Acoustic world, he tours nationally as a solo artist with his acoustic guitar. His songs of life, love, politics, and dogs span many styles, and his soulful earnestness creates intimacy with his audience. At the “CONCERT FOR HAITI” benefit for Haitian earthquake relief sponsored by The Guide, in addition to his solo set, he was part of the amazing HOUSE BAND ensemble of LAURENCE JUBER (guitar), FREEBO (bass), TOM CORBETT (mandolin), MARK INDICTOR (fiddle), MARTIN "SONNY B" BENNETT (drums). He’s a wonderfully innovative musician with fine originals.
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Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide. Doors at 7:30 for advance ticket holders and the best seats. More at www.hornguys.com (Steve Ferguson) and www.freebomusic.com (Freebo).
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Sat, Jun 19; in Newbury Park; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BERKLEY HART, the multi-award-winning San Diego-based duo, play the “BONEY MOUNTAIN HOUSE CONCERT” series in Newbury Park. Reservations get directions at music@brandick.com. Info, www.brandick.com/Boney-Mountain-Home.htm. JEFF BERKLEY & CALMAN HART are among the best musicians working the New Folk / Acoustic Americana scene, with fine originals and marvelous vocal harmonies. They’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and earned a “Listener Favorite” there. More at www.berkleyhart.com.
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Sat, 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 (late addition by the venue to its schedule):
8 pm JACKSH*T returns to McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; tix, 310-828-4497. The “Boys from Catoctin” are popular here, and the venue always welcomes ‘em back. (If you’re wondering why we use a “*” instead of the obvious missing letter, it’s all explained in this week’s New Features, with some points to consider for every musician and their music career.) 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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Sat, Jun 19, every Sat:
8-10 pm ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE, singer-songwriter or band, at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood; 818-766-9913; info / web simulcast at www.kulakswoodshed.com - named for “Best Web Simulcast” in “The Best of 2008 / Top Ten” in FolkWorks, at www.folkworks.org/content/view/35788/166. All artists donate their performances; venue is supported by donations, and asks $10 per attendee in lieu of a cover charge.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, ODD-numbered months only; in the OC:
8-11 pm DULCIMANIA with NORM JACOBSON & BARBARA GERSHMAN each on hammered dulcimer, & BRAD MOORE, at Alta Coffeehouse, 506 31st St, Newport Beach; info, Norm Jacobson, jacobson@ics.uci.edu and more at http://us.mc510.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=jacobson@ics.uci.edu. The band says, “the coffee and food are great.” No cover.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
8 pm “JAVA WITH JAVELYN INDIE MUSIC NITES” at the Unurban Café, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica. This event is a pre-booked artist showcase, not an open mic. Javelyn holds a companion event every 1st Fri with an opne mic, at another venue, at 6:30 pm; see that calendar listing. Info, www.javawithjavelyn.com.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month, in Camarillo:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “CARS AND GUITARS SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo; for location, contact Pat Cronin, CarsAndGuitarsSongCircle@songmakers.org or 805-236-7954; www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, ODD-numbered months only:
8 pm-midnight SONGMAKERS “SOUTH BAY HOOT” in Redondo Beach; for location, contact info@Songmakers.org or 310-376-0222. www.songmakers.org.
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Sat, Jun 19, in Mentone:
9 pm DARCIE RICKERT & THE RUFFNECKS plus THE MILL CREEK BOYS as the Ruffnecks record their first live album, at Mill Creek Cattle Co. Smokehouse & Saloon, 1874 Mentone Bl, Mentone (San Bernardino County); 909-389-0706. Venue is 21+, with a full bar and is known for its BBQ.
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9 pm LIVE MUSIC & DANCING for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Check their website for tonight’s performers. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded every Saturday by free line / couple dance lessons with Charlotte, 7-9 pm. No cover.
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Sat, Jun 19, 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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Sat, Jun 19, 3rd Sat, every month:
9 pm “CALIFORNIA POP & JAZZ COUNCIL FEATURED ARTIST NIGHT” with three featured artists, at Giovanni Risorante, 21801 Ventura Bl (at Topanga Canyon Bl), Woodland Hills; www.giovanniristorante.com; 818-884-0243. Reservations on Saturday are a must. Venue has award-winning Southern Italian cuisine, plenty of free parking. Food available entire night. CATHY SEGAL-GARCIA says, “Amazing musicians, scintillating singers, vivacious vibes, old friends and new ones…” No cover.
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37th Annual “TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL” concludes in Telluride, Colorado.
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9:30 am-10 pm Annual “HUCK FINN COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS JUBILEE” concludes at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville.
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(check w/ venue for time) LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, GRAMMY Nominee, play the “Descanso Gardens Concert” series at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.
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Monthly “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN CAL JAM SESSION” at the Autry National Center (Autry Museum) noon-3 pm at, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park with SPECIAL EVENT at 3:30 pm for artist AL SHELTON’s 90th birthday.
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7 pm “PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC” arrives with a concert with PLAYING FOR CHANGE, BAABA MAAL, YEASAYER, TINARIWEN, & FOOL’S GOLD, at the Hollywood Bowl.
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Sun, Jun 20, in San Diego:
7:30 pm BILLY JOE SHAVER plays the Acoustic Music San Diego series at 4650 Mansfield St, San Diego 92116; www.amsdconcerts.com; 619-303-8176. Two-tier tickets: one includes dinner and a premium seat, the other is gen’l admission to the concert. Check the series’ website. More at www.billyjoeshaver.com.
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Sun, Jun 20, in San Diego:
8 pm CANDYE KANE and THE STONE RIVER BOYS play the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solano Beach (San Diego); 858-481-9022; www.bellyup.com.
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Sun, Jun 20; 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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“NXNE (North by Northeast) MUSIC FESTIVAL” in Toronto is a big-deal Canadiana music festival. More info at http://sixshooterrecords.com/six_site/Canadiana
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9:30 am-10 pm Annual “HUCK FINN COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS 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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Sun, Jun 20; starts Fri, Jun 18, 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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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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9 am-1 pm “CLAREMONT FARMER'S MARKET” has live acoustic music in downtown Claremont. RON ELY plays original and traditional songs of the sea, folk, Americana, and more on 2nd St between Yale Av and Indian Hill, in old downtown Claremont. Ron says the market offers “the best of fresh fruits and veggies, jewelry, crafts in a picturesque setting by the San Gabriel Mountain foothills. Great restaurants and unique shops are adjacent to the market.” Artist’s info, www.myrecordlabel.net/ronely.
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10 am-2 pm LIVE MUSIC at WEST L.A. FARMERS MARKET, 11360 Santa Monica Bl (at Corinth); www.westlafarmersmarket.com. Includes free raffle for Farmers Market fresh food. A nice, permanent band shell stage and good sound system distinguish this one. Usually the first act performs from 10 or 10:30 am-noon, there’s a second act noon-1 pm, a break for the raffle of market goodies, and the final act performs 1:15-2 pm. This is a well-structured event. Free wifi at the farmers market and throughout the West L.A. Civic Center Plaza, and Free kids crafts table operated by volunteers 9 am-2 pm, both sponsored by West L.A. Neighborhood Council www.wlanc.com. When you are on the plaza with your laptop, select wlancwifi as your free wireless network. Free event. Map to free parking, www.westlafarmersmarket.com/Location.htm.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 323-848-5100.
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10 am & 1 pm “GOSPEL BRUNCH” at House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim; 714-778-2583.
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11:30 am-1:30 pm JAMES McVAY, MICHAEL MULDER, & VALERIE LANDSBURG perform acoustic music at Pat’s Topanga Grill, 1861 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga; 310-455-0533. Performance is on the restaurant’s covered porch, and is year-round, weather permitting. Venue serves breakfast and lunch. No cover.
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Sun, Jun 20, 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 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
(check w/ venue for time) 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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Sun, Jun 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick (for the 3:30 pm event):
Noon-3 pm Monthly “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN CAL JAM SESSION” is really a song circle, and named in FolkWorks as co-winner of L.A.’s “Best Monthly Listening Room Series” - on the Heritage Court Stage in the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; 818-971-5002; www.museumoftheamericanwest.org. WMA California Chapter meeting follows. All performing musicians (whether or not they are Autry members or WMA members) get in free, and each may bring one guest. In addition, on WMA jam days at the Autry, all WMA members (whether or not they are perfoming) are admitted free (w/ WMA membership ID) and get access to the jam and to all the museum galleries for the whole day. Award-winning performing songwriter JOYCE WOODSON says, “You can have lunch there at the Golden Spur [café] first, then stop by for some music.” Info on event and participating at www.westernmusic.com/chapter-california.html and there’s more on WMA at www.westernmusic.org. This is a very well-attended, very popular song circle, wherein each performer or group does a song in turn, possibly backed instrumentally by others in the circle. Its expansion from two hours (1-3 pm) to three hours (noon-3 pm) came at the invitation of the Autry, beginning in May, 2009. Museum gen’l adm $9 adults, $3 kids age 12 and under (under age 3 is free).
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AL SHELTON has been renowned as the "Cowboy Artist to the Stars" for decades. Today is a performance by, and reception for, this musician, visual artist, and western leathercraft artist, for his 90th birthday (!) and to launch the three-month showing of his artwork in the museum’s “Imagination Gallery” beginning today. Jeffrey Richardson, Associate Curator of Film and Popular Culture, will be on hand to highlight Al's work. Al Shelton's fine art print series will be displayed and available for purchase today. In addition, the Leather Craft Guild is participating, demonstrating their work. Hands-on leather stamping activities will be a part of the program for all.
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The special reception for AL SHELTON begins at 3:30 pm. Refreshments served and Al will entertain with a few selected cowboy songs. Actor CLIFF EMMICH will recite “Blasted Broncs,” a poem he wrote and was inspired by Al's artwork.
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PAUL MARSHALL (I See Hawks in L.A.) is Al’s special musical guest, to perform a few songs with Al. (See last line of first paragraph for museum entry fee info; those who perform in the Jam get-in free, with one guest each; WMA and Autry members are free.)
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Sun, Jun 20, 3rd Sun, every month:
Noon-3 pm SONGSALIVE! monthly “LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP,” with music industry guest speaker, at The Finnish Center, 10701 Magnolia Bl (E of Vineland), North Hollywood 91601; 818-506-3850 for directions only. Each monthly workshop features a music industry guest speaker, in a setting for songwriters to gather, share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting community. The first half of each session is an in-the-round workshop, where each writer presents one song, on tape or CD or live. The second half includes the guest speaker and an industry discussion, with time to talk, enjoy coffee and network. Hosted by Paul Lawrence Moyer. Info on guest speaker, or pre-registration, at 310-238-0359 or www.songsalive.org/losangeles for rules, speakers & what to bring. (Event now held on 3rd Sundays, changed from 1st Sundays.) These events start promptly. $5, or free for Songsalive! members.
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Sun, Jun 20, 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 20, 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 20; not music, but cool:
1-5:30 pm CHARLOTTE DEAN art show at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Bl, Venice 92091; www.thetalkingstick.net; 310-450-6052. Includes readings of Charlotte’s short stories at 3 pm. Charlotte is the daughter of Emmy Award winning writer (and musician) TRACY NEWMAN. Tracy promises this wil be “Very funny. Food, drink, good work.”
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Sun, Jun 20, 3rd Sun, every month:
1-5 pm SONGMAKERS “EAST VALLEY HOOT” in Van Nuys; for location, contact Barbara Greenspan, EastValleyHoot@songmakers.org or 818-780-5979; www.songmakers.org.
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1:30 pm WELSH CHOIR, for location, contact Rutthy: 818-507-0337.
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3 pm monthly “CELTIC JAM SESSION” sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) at the CTMS Center for Folk Music, 16953 Ventura Bl (the building in the park), Encino; 818-817-7756; www.ctmsfolkmusic.org. Specific info on the event, www.web.me.com/kathleenbawn/SFLA_Tunes/Session_Info__.html.
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Sun, Jun 20, recurring:
3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE SINGING in West L.A. Call for location, 310-557-1927.
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Sun, Jun 20, recurring:
3-5:30 pm JAZZ COMPOSERS WORKSHOP at Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove; 323-222-4740; rockroseart@yahoo.com; www.rockrosegallery.com. Every Sunday.
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3-5:30 pm SHAPE NOTE/SACRED HARP meets in West L.A.; call Pat Keating for info & loc, 310-557-1927.
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Sun, Jun 20, 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 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
3:30 pm “AL SHELTON’s 90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, PERFORMANCE, AND ART EXHIBITION OPENING,” at the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; www.museumoftheamericanwest.org; 818-971-5002.
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AL SHELTON has been renowned as the "Cowboy Artist to the Stars" for decades. Today is a performance by, and reception for, this musician, visual artist, and western leathercraft artist, for his 90th birthday (!) and to launch the three-month showing of his artwork in the museum’s “Imagination Gallery” beginning today. Jeffrey Richardson, Associate Curator of Film and Popular Culture, will be on hand to highlight Al's work. Al Shelton's fine art print series will be displayed and available for purchase today. In addition, the Leather Craft Guild is participating, demonstrating their work. Hands-on leather stamping activities will be a part of the program for all.
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The special reception for AL SHELTON begins at 3:30 pm. Refreshments served and Al will entertain with a few selected cowboy songs. Actor CLIFF EMMICH will recite “Blasted Broncs,” a poem he wrote and was inspired by Al's artwork.
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Come early for the monthly “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN CAL JAM SESSION,” from noon to 3 pm on the museum’s Heritage Court Stage; it’s a song circle (all welcome who bring cowboy / western songs or cowboy poetry), and it’s named in FolkWorks as co-winner of L.A.’s “Best Monthly Listening Room Series.” Museum gen’l adm $9 adults, $3 kids age 12 and under (under age 3 is free).
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Sun, Jun 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 3rd Sun, every month; in the OC:
5-7 pm ONE FOOT IN at Java Joe's, 4973 Yorba Ranch Rd (in strip mall at Yorba Linda Bl & Yorba Ranch Rd), Yorba Linda 92887; 714-970-7988. They are RUSS LEWARK, MICHAEL R. GARDNER & JEFF NEWELL, joined by KEVIN GORE to form the quartet, then by drummer T.J. TARRANCE DeFRIEZ for the big band. They’re a fun rootsy string band, they’ve performed live on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks,” and they tell us, “We're excited about now doing regular monthly performances at Java Joe's in Yorba Linda… playing in the early evening for those that have to work the next day. Come out and gather with us against the cold, cruel world. We want to sing away your troubles. Bring 'em on down.” As for the venue, the guys say, “Mmmmm, wine & beer & coffee & tea & atmosphere & company at Java Joe's alone is worth the trip. Chuck, the owner, only serves what he likes to drink and his good taste really shows. Come, sit on a comfy couch, have a slosh and groove to the sounds of One Foot In!” More at www.onefootin.com
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Sun, Jun 20, 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 20, 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 20, 3rd Sun, every month; in Arroyo Grande:
5:30-8:30 pm "BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION" at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E Grand Av (at Brisco), Arroyo Grande; 805-481-4015. Hosted by Roger Siminoff; info, siminoff@siminoff.net. All welcome.
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Sun, Jun 20, 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 20, 3rd Sun, every month:
6-10 pm “GRIMM / BIG FISH / PRO BLUES JAM” at The Big Fish, 5230 San Fernando Rd, Glendale; 818-244-6442. With KATHRYN GRIMM on guitar & vocals, BILL ORR on bass & vocals, FRANKIE SALEMMO on drums. Other musicians take part by invitation from Kathryn, in advance, at grimmmusic@yahoo.com. "Grimm hosts the Pro Blues Jam the third Sunday of each month, to give professionals and amateurs a chance to shine. Her guitar licks are explosive and her singing divine." - Joyce Rudolph, Los Angeles Times. Billy Hulting (Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, Dwezill Zappa) says Kathryn Grimm "...sings like an angel, plays guitar like the devil." Kathryn tells us, “Bill [Orr] has just started a myspace page for the Big Fish Jam. Pleeeaaasseee go visit, add it to you friends list and keep visiting to view the up-and-comers photos, [and learn about the] music and info about the Best Jam in Town.” It’s at www.myspace.com/bigfishjam.
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Sun, Jun 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC” arrives with a concert with PLAYING FOR CHANGE, BAABA MAAL, YEASAYER, TINARIWEN, & FOOL’S GOLD, at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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The Guide’s News Features for Nov 27, 2008, noted, “We usually put our music video picks near the end of each edition. Not this time. This one is remarkable, and memorable, and you’ll share it all over the planet. It epitomizes the transformative power of music. The link is for a segment from the PBS series, “Bill Moyers Journal.” You’ll see the segment from the show’s October 24 [2008] edition in which Moyers interviews MARK JOHNSON, the filmmaker and co-director of the remarkable documentary, “PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC.” Johnson is a Grammy award-winning producer and engineer and a film director who has worked with some of the most renowned musicians and producers in the field. Watch Moyers and Johnson and all those artistically perfect edited parts that magnify the power of the music, at www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10242008/watch3.html
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“Playing for Change, www.playingforchange.com, is a participatory musical movement intended, say its founders, to generate money to ‘help build schools, connect students, and inspire communities in need through music.’ In addition to their impressive production of the ‘Stand By Me’ video, another, of ‘Don't Worry,’ similarly produced, became available on Amazon and iTunes in late January [2009]. Similarly participatory videos of Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ and additional songs are due any minute as digital downloads. All of them are included in a film, and the soundtrack and DVD will hit stores April 28 [2009].
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“The ‘Stand By Me’ video is a clever, superbly crafted, and yes, inspiring compilation of musicians in iconic places around the world, each adding their part to the song. Watching creates a sense that the song is spreading a spirit of unity across cultures to people everywhere. It’s an effective and emotional experience. If you never thought of that song as folk music, you will now.
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“This speaks to the heart of everyone who understands the power of music to transform, to foster instant comprehension and understanding without equivocation or negotiation or intimidation or any need to maneuver or posture for power or control or anything but the sense of unity in spirit that music can enable.
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“If you don’t have tears of joy streaming down your face when you hear and watch a single, unifying piece of music performed by many artists through seamless clips from around the world, as close as Santa Monica, as far as anyplace distant you know, then we will be surprised. There are street musicians who play for the most elemental kind of change, and some far more prominent others, playing for profound change, and all of them singing ‘Stand By Me’ as you’ve never heard it. Even if you sing that song as part of your own show, trust us, you’ve never really heard it until now.
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“Following Moyers’ compelling conversation with Johnson, you’ll get another song, and we won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what that is. Of course, the entire film has a lot more music, and you can explore the site (www.playingforchange.org) built to spread the word about it, and about the developing string of little, internet-connected music schools being built because of it, around the world.”
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Happily, in mid-2010, the word continues to be spread with live concerts in major venues, including the show tonight at the Hollywood Bowl. Check venue’s website for advance tix. We do need to note that this is likely to be a very eclectic show, part-electric, part-acoustic.
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More on tonight’s show at www.playingforchange.com; www.baabamaal.tv; www.tinariwen.com; www.myspace.com/foolsgold.
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Sun, Jun 20:
7 pm THE LATE BLOOMERS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). DAN AMES, GAYLE BLUEMEL, ROSS (DEBE) JOHNSEN, & SCOTT SHEPHERD are The Late Bloomers, an acoustic folk-rock band with some intriguing originals in its repertoire. Now two married couples, they cut their teeth on the music of Dylan and Neil Young while still in high school in the sixties and have since found their own sound by putting their individual stamp on favorites from that era. All four are accomplished vocalists and pleasing harmonies dominate the sets. Tix, $18.
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Sun, Jun 20 (late addition by the venue):
7 pm SO MANY WIZARDS, THE BLANK TAPES, & MOSES CAMPBELL play a triple-bill for the new “$10 SUNDAYS IN JUNE” series at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497. Tix, $10.
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Sun, Jun 20, every Sun:
7-8 pm JES HUDAK plays her weekly residency at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). JES HUDAK is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Her weapons of choice are the piano and her voice, and she has been known to wield a guitar from time to time. Her live performance “takes her audience on a journey through laughter and love and sadness and heartbreak. Her voice is powerful and soulful, and her songs are original, emotional, and real.” Artist info, www.jes-hudak.com and www.myspace.com/jeshudak
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Sun, Jun 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20:
8 pm BERT JANSCH plays The Largo at the Coronet, 366 N La Cienega Bl, West Hollywood; 310-855-0350; www.largo-la.com. More at www.bertjansch.com.
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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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(Moved this month to Jun 27… not tonight…) 8 pm “VARIETY NIGHT” is an OPEN MIC plus a guest recording artist, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. The LA Weekly rated Blvd. Music's “Variety Night” as the “Best Open Mic Night in L.A.”
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Sun, Jun 20, 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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2-4 pm “HEAR, HERE” at the Lost Souls Café, 124 E 4th St (down the gated alley), downtown L.A.; 213-617-7006; www.lostsouls.com. A weekly live benefit event of “whatever” kind of music, by and for www.killradio.org, which has daily internet radio and live webcasts on Fridays, Noon-2 pm. The “Kill Radio” webcast is a submission show; send them your CDs or mp3s for “guaranteed” airplay. All the info for that is at www.myspace.com/hear_here.
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6-10 pm MARC BOSSERMAN plays his residency at Parkway Grill, 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena 91105; reserv recommended, 626-795-1001 (or hang out at the bar). He delivers fine piano and vocals, and he composed a film score for a movie due out soon. Info, www.marcbosserman.com.
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6 pm “GYPSY SWING JAM” at Zoey’s Café, new location, 185 E Santa Clara St, Ventura 93001; dinner reservations, advance tix & info, www.zoeyscafe.com; 805-652-1137 or 805-652-0091.
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“PRO BLUES JAM” at Cozy's Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks; 818-986-6000 www.cozysblues.com. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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“ALL STAR PRO JAM” (blues, R&B, jazz, soul, etc.) every Monday at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica; 310-395-1676. Check with venue for tonight’s start time.
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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon, during the summer:
7 pm 3rd annual “J.A.M. SESSIONS AT THE FORD” is a free series that includes Israeli and Mexican folk, swing, contemporary and Korean traditional dance, hula, samba, taiko drumming, Afro-Peruvian, Afro-Cuban percussion, and more, at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre (aka Ford Amphithetre), 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-461-3673; 323-GO1-FORD; www.FordTheatres.org; box dinner orders 310-652-3797. Theater.
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Mon, Jun 21, 3rd Mon, every month:
7 pm monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM” at 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.
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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 REFUGEES at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; 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 Refugees are all-star, multi-award winning musicians and songwriters, with nineteen solo albums and multiple Grammy Award nominations to their collective credit, highly entertaining, funny, a musically diverse intertwining of 3 successful artists - veterans of rock 'n' roll, pop, folk/acoustic, country and the road. Accomplished solo artists CINDY BULLENS, DEBORAH HOLLAND, & WENDY WALDMAN joined together as THE REFUGEES in 2007, and since that time have been wowing audiences and radio DJs alike with their soaring harmonies, indelible musicianship, and unforgettably humorous stage presence. Each of The Refugees has logged more than three decades in the industry, and they still know how to get an audience excited. Highly recommended. Tix, $15.
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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
8 pm “BLUE MONDAYS” brings NEW ORLEANS WEST and featured blues performers to Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A. 90016; www.faisdodo.com; 323-215-5212; (Adams & Cloverdale; exit La Brea S from 10 Fwy). Free red beans & rice with BBQ chicken.
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8 pm “KILLING CASSANOVA'S SALOON MONDAYS” series at The Bordello, 901 E First St, L.A 90012; www.bordellobar.com; 213-687-3766. Event info, scheduled performers, www.myspace.com/saloonmonday. Always a lineup of alt-country and roots bands, often with names you recognize and already know you want to go see. The Bordello is the oldest bar and brothel in downtown Los Angeles, reflecting its legendary status as the theater of the unusual and provocative, and it is now the venue for “Killing Cassanova’s Saloon Mondays.” $3 cover.
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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
8 pm “ACOUSTIC MONDAYS” in-the-round showcase, guided by singer-songwriter JAY NASH, with different guest artists each week, at Room 5, 143 N LaBrea Av (2nd floor, above Amalfi Ristorante), L.A. 90036; 323-938-2504. Upscale, cozy atmosphere with affordable food. Full bar and menu.
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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
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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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
ON HIATUS: 8-11 pm blues legend BERNIE PEARL has long hosted the weekly BLUES JAM at M'Dear's, 7717 S Western Av (78th & Western), L.A. 90047; 323-759-2020; www.mdears.com. But, the series is on hiatus because the venue is remodeling. We’ll let you know when it returns. Artist info, www.berniepearl.com.
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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
8:30 pm “TALENT NIGHT” hosted by CHAD WATSON BAND for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Cash prizes, and some winners have gone on to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Free dance lessons 7-8:30 pm, "Two-Step with Ed." No cover.
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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
8:30 pm OPEN MIC at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, 9015 W Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; 310-278-4232. Sign-ups at 8, show at 8:30 pm.
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8:30 pm OPEN-MIC hosted by GORDON GILGES at Café Muse, 6547 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood 90038; www.cafemusela.com; 323-464-MUSE (6873). The venue tells us, ”There's a piano & guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you. Bring your music, your own instruments, your friends!” Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Comedy is now from 7:30-8:30 pm, with those sign-ups at 7:30 pm. They add, “We are trying to create a community of artists who support each other, so participants are encouraged to come early and stay as long as you can to show the love to your fellow open-mic-ers. You may even get to go up a second time. The night may even turn into a big music jam, so be prepared for anything! There's a piano and guitar you are welcome to use, the rest is up to you.”
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Mon, Jun 21, 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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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
9:30 pm “JJ SONG SALON” weekly singer-songwriter night at Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90048; 323-651-5433; www.lifeonwilshire.com. Grammy award winning producer JOHN JONES (Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Celine Dion) is the “JJ” who assembles an eclectic mix of performers for an evening of live acoustic entertainment. Complete list, with links, for this week’s performers at www.jjsongsalon.com. Each plays a short set, beginning at 9:30 pm. Dinner seating available starting at 6:30 pm.
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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
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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Mon, Jun 21, every Mon:
10:30 pm “BLUES JAM” with MISS MICKEY CHAMPION at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, L.A.; 323-295-9112; www.bluesbar.com. L.A.’s legendary blues woman plays an every-Monday residency. Artist info: www.mickeychampion.net. Event info, Info, info@bluesbar.com. No cover.
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Tue, Jun 22, in San Diego:
8 pm JOSH RITTER plus THE WATSON TWINS at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solano Beach (San Diego); 858-481-9022; www.bellyup.com. More at www.joshritter.com and www.thewatsontwins.com
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue; in Loma Linda:
9-11:30 am “LOMA LINDA UKULELE STRUMMERS” welcomes all, every Tuesday at the Loma Linda Senior Center, 25541 Barton Rd (behind the Civic Center), Loma Linda. (Sr Center at the far end of the parking lot.) Info, www.lomalindaukestrummers.org. Contact, Ginny Stone, 909 795 3841 or harryginny@hotmail.com.
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
4:30-6 pm SON JAROCHO CLASSES at East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, L.A.; 323-583-5113. Learn to play Jarana, a string Instrument from Veracruz; dance Zapateado; sing & compose Sones-songs; gain knowledge of Son Jarocho music; work sound & lights. Open to adults, children and teens. No cover, donations are accepted.
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
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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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
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 22, 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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Tue, Jun 22, 4th Tue, every month:
6-8:45 pm “COMMUNITY FOLK MUSIC JAM” led by Bea Romano & Jim, is a traditional folk music jam at the Barbara J. Riley Center, 7810 Quill St, Downey 90242; 562-904-7226. Event info, www.folkjam.org; 562-861-7049. All acoustic instruments and singers welcome, as are good listeners. Bea says, “It's a lovely facility. We hope you will join in the fun. There are plenty of armless chairs. Best of all, it's free!”
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Tue, Jun 22, 4th Tue, every month:
6 pm SONGMAKERS “THOUSAND OAKS SONG CIRCLE” at the Greenhouse Café, 652 Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks. Info, www.songmakers.org
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6:30-11 pm “SOUP JAM,” Don Rowan’s country & bluegrass jam, at 3240 Industry Dr, Signal Hill 90755. Info, contact Don, 562-883-0573. Acoustic instruments only, floating mic for voice; soup, donuts, coffee & tap water served. Loc is 1 mile S of 405 Fwy, 1.2 mi S of Long Beach Airport. Lakewood Bl South exit from 405, immediate right onto Willow for 1 mi (W), left on Redondo for 3/4 mile (S), right onto Industry Dr for 0.2 mi (W), building is first entrance for last building on the left; a fair-sized industrial building with high ceilings.
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Jun 22 - LARRY GOLDINGS
Jun 29 - DOWNTOWN JAZZ PROJECT
Jul 6 - RED HOLLOWAY
Jul 13 - PONCHO SANCHEZ AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND
Jul 20 - TOMMY CASTRO BAND
Jul 27 - ROYAL CROWN REVUE
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
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 22, every Tue; in the Inland Empire:
7 pm “LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY OPEN JAM” at Loma Linda University College Market Patio Pantry, 24905 Anderson St, (at Mound & Anderson St, near US Post Office, behind other buildings), Loma Linda. Every Tue in 2009.
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue; in Palmdale:
7 pm “TUESDAY JAVA JAM” ACOUSTIC NIGHT at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St.West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551; 661-272-9530. Butler's owners, Pam & David Logan, are long-time lovers and supporters of acoustic music. Indeed, Pam is an accomplished musician and a member of the BROWNE SISTERS, Celtic festival favorites who earned a “Listener Favorite” on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” The venue serves food and drink, featuring fresh-roasted coffee, in a rich, comfortable setting. Butler's music guy, Kevin Burton Smith, has had great success in attracting excellent acoustic music to Butler's.
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
7-11 pm SONGMAKERS “PBYC VENTURA HARBOR SONG CIRCLE” at Pierpont Bay Yacht Club, 1363 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura Harbor; loc & directions, www.pbyc.org. Event info, http://songmakers.org.
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
“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 22, every Tue; attend live or catch the TV broadcast:
7:30-11 pm “THE HEART OF WESTERN MUSIC” live performance for national cable & satellite TV broadcast, followed by western dancing and instruction, and performances by western music recording artists, at Club 705 / Ardmore Restaurant, 705 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach 90254; 310-372-9705; www.club705.com. The TV show broadcasts every week at 7:30 pm, live on Direct TV (Channel 86) and Dish Network (Channel 230) and on cable systems that carry “In Country TV.”
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
7:30 pm Weekly OPEN MIC at Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbecks), 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood 91601; www.MySpace.com/CahuengaGeneralStore; 818-985-5916. Venue offers sandwiches, coffeehouse fare. No cover.
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
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 KATY MOFFATT at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; 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 been a long time since she’s played here, or in L.A., for that matter. Though Katy lives in Southern Cal, she’s constantly on the festival and prestigious venue circuit, performing all over the world. She’s been called “America's Queen of the West” and praised as one of the originators of country rock. Katy got her start on the road as an opener for blues legend MUDDY WATERS, and she’s been the subject of a major feature story in the Wall Street Journal (how many musicians get ink there?) No wonder, she is a vocal powerhouse to be reckoned with, plus she’s a masterful guitarist and finger-picking phenom. With over 15 albums to her credit, Katy sings classic acoustic country rock songs of fractured love, plus country blues and heartfelt ballads. She’s performed live multiple times on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” and debuted an album there. Her newest CD, "Cowboy Girl," on Western Jubilee/Shanachie, has received rave reviews. Highly recommended. Tix, $18.
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Tue, Jun 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “THE DROP: ROBERT RANDOLPH” at the Grammy Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org. Be among the first to hear acclaimed pedal steel guitarist ROBERT RANDOLPH discuss his hotly-anticipated new album, “We Walk This Road” (Warner Brothers Records) on the day of its release. Before an intimate audience of 200 in the Museum’s GRAMMY Sound Stage, Randolph will field questions about the songwriting, instrumentation, and collaboration on the new album.
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Randolph and Burnett worked closely together as archivists, discovering songs – decade by decade – from the 20th century American music canon. The songs they uncovered, ranging from blues and rock to field recordings and gospel, serve as the inspiration for the 11 songs on “We Walk This Road.” Recorded at the Village Recorders and Electro Magnetic Studio, the album includes “If I Had My Way,” featuring BEN HARPER, and “Salvation,” featuring LEON RUSSELL. And there are ther “reinterpretations,” of Prince’s “Walk Don’t Walk,” and of Bob Dylan’s “Shot Of Love,” (featuring JIM KELTNER, who played drums on the original version) and of John Lennon’s “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama” (featuring DOYLE BRAMHALL II).
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
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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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
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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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue; in Laguna Beach:
8 pm weekly “SONGWRITER SHOWCASE” features guest artists and BETH FITCHET WOOD, who plays the opening set each week, at The Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Av, Laguna Beach; 949-494-3027.
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8 pm OPEN MIC at El Cid, 4212 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake 90029; www.elcidla.com. Hosted by MICHAEL McCARTHY the second and fourth Tuesdays, every month. A&R staff from “My Record Label” is on-site recruiting artists based on their original performances. Selected artists will receive an artist page on www.myrecordlabel.net along with a free 3-camera video shoot and professional audio mix of their performance. Sign ups at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. You can sign-up in advance online at www.myspace.com/openmicatelcid .
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Tue, Jun 22, every Tue:
8:30 pm LIVE MUSIC (artists tba) for listening & dancing at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St (Devonshire & Owensmouth), Chatsworth 91311; www.cowboypalace.com; 818-341-0166. Live music 7 nights a week, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Preceded by free swing dance lessons with Ed, 7-8:30 pm. No cover.
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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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(6) EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS / UPCOMING EVENTS / BUY TIX NOW
(updated June 10 - Check back frequently for more.)
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Wed, Jun 23:
7:30 pm WRECK 'N' SOW bring quality bluegrass to Café 322, 322 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-836-5414; www.cafe322.com. More at www.wrecknsow.com
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm TOM BREIDING, plus BRENNEN LEIGH opening, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). He has performed his material in venues from Times Square to Ventura Boulevard in recent months.
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Says TIM O’BRIEN, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter: “Tom Breiding's bluegrass flavored CD ‘The Unbroken Circle’ provides a much needed look at the story of the West Virginia coalfields. Like the best historical fiction, these true stories in song provide easy access to a culture whose trials and tribulations are too often ignored. Tom Breiding's epic songs echo the voices resonating from the coalfields of West Virginia, the mills of industrial Pittsburgh, and the Main Streets of small-town America.” More at www.tombreiding.com
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Plus, BRENNEN LEIGH, making her Coffee Gallery debut, from Austin, Texas, comes Brennen Leigh. Many have called hers the female country voice of this generation. Not since the days of Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Connie Smith has there been such a pure country voice. Originally from Minnesota, Brennen moved to Austin in 2005 and just four months later was voted Texas Music Awards’ “Best Female Vocalist.” More at www.myspace.com/brennenleigh. Tix, $15.
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Wed, Jun 23:
(call venue for time) BOYCE AVENUE arrives in Los Angeles to play The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood; www.theroxyonsunset.com; 310-276-2222. You may have seen them recently in the New Music Spotlight running on the homepage of YouTube.
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Boyce Avenue, the Florida-based trio consisting of brothers Alejandro (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian (guitar, vocals), and Daniel Manzano (bass, percussion, vocals) releases their self-produced major label debut entitled “All We Have Left,” on June 15, through Universal Republic Records. It's available now for pre-orders on iTunes. Boyce Avenue has amassed a huge global following through YouTube, with over 170 million views and 275,000 channel subscribers, and those numbers continue to grow. You can check-out the video for the single “Every Breath” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDVtokSmHQw&playnext_from=TL&videos=uUtUyM8nMAA&feature=featured
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What this band has been able to build on their own has been remarkable. In just over three years, and as an independent band through the end of 2009, Boyce Avenue amassed a worldwide online following, sold-out shows in major US markets and headlined tours in Europe and in the Philippines. They kicked-off their US headlining tour June 17.
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They’ve enjoyed over 700,000 single downloads and their YouTube video views exceed 170,000,000 (more cumulative views than Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift.) They have over 275,000 YouTube subscribers (more subscribers than Beyonce and Chris Brown) and over 125,000 Facebook fans, over 75,000 MySpace “friends” and 7,000,000 Myspace plays. Their plays on Last.FM exceed 1,000,000. Their sold-out or near-capacity European headline tours include shows in Hamburg, Cologne and Glasgow (Oct, 2009 / March, 2010). Their sold-out or near capacity shows in their first US headline tour include Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco (June-July, 2009). They’ve played to over 20,000 fans on 4-date headline tour in Philippines (Feb, 2009), received national media coverage and radio support for “Change Your Mind” and were in the Top 20 album sales for most of 2009.
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While their music isn’t for everybody, they’re quite a phenom, and you should know about this, their only L.A. show. More at www.YouTube.com/BoyceAvenue - www.Facebook.com/BoyceAvenue - www.MySpace.com/BoyceAvenue and www.BoyceAvenue.com
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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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Thu, Jun 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “BENEFIT FOR MUSICARES NASHVILLE FLOOD RELIEF FUND” with DAVE ALVIN, EXENE CERVENKA, SYD STRAW and many others, at The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; 213 413-8200; www.attheecho.com. More at www.grammy.com/musicares/nashvillefloodrelief.
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Thu, Jun 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm (it’s over at 9 pm, as there’s another, different, show here tonight)
JOHN McEUEN with MATT CARTSONIS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). He is a founding member of the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, McEuen is often called America's instrumental poet.
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“His stellar playing brings us musical photographs from his travels around the world..." - Country Weekly. More at www.johnmceuen.com
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He taught Grammy winner STEVE MARTIN to play banjo. Tonight, McEuen brings to the Coffee Gallery his guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle to create "An absolute aural feast" as Billboard Magazine characterized his live performance, with, as the Washington Post says, his "...thouroghly wacky and enjoyable performance." John’s stories and songs are so good that he did two hours on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Plus, John’s buddy in music, MATT CARTSONIS, on mandolin, guitar, and incredible vocals. More at www.myspace.com/cartsonicmusic. Tix, $20.
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Thu, Jun 24, every Thu; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Thu, Jun 24; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm 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. More on tonight’s show at www.dannavarro.com. Free.
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Thu, Jun 24:
9 pm METAMORPHIS does a special late show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). Venue impresario Bob Stane says of this group, “Robust improv. Good quality. See the pretty young things be funny and cute.”
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This show follows the early (7 pm) show here with JOHN McEUEN. Tix for the METAMORPHIS show are $10.
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Fri, Jun 25:
7 pm “GREASE SING-A-LONG” hosted by musician-actress DIDI CONN at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. Didi Conn played “Frenchy” in the movie… the L.A. Phil supplies the instrumental soundtrack for the sing-a-long.
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Fri, Jun 25; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOE CRAVEN presents “Jawbones, Canjoes, and Cakepans; the world of Joe Craven,” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; 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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JOE CRAVEN, Folk Alliance FAR-West "Best of the West" winner and DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET alum, is a very big deal act. Go. Highly recommended. If you’ve attended the Live Oak Music Festival of the Millpond Music Festival, you know him. He is a performing emcee every year at both.
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JOE CRAVEN was the recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance FAR-West "Best of the West" award, and for good reason. He is an inspired musical madman, coaxing melodies and rhythms from anything that has strings attached – or not – including violins, mandolins, tin cans, bedpans, gas cans, cookie tins, chamberlins, tenor guitars, panitars, mouthbows, charangos, banjos, canjoes, cuatros, bongos, buckets, berimbau, bundt pans, balalaikas, brake drums, bells, bottles, brush 'n box, oud, hambone, jawbone, water jugs, triangles, cajons, cymbals, spoons, ukuleles, and anything else near to hand.
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"A multi-virtuoso, Joe Craven displays a dazzling set of fiery chops on a literal cornucopia of instruments" - AcousticMusic.com
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Picture a stage that looks more like a yard sale; found objects from the natural environment as well as dumpsters, yard sales and thrift stores. Throw-in string and percussion instruments from around the world - and around the house. Connect this with a dash of technology involving plugging in electric bedpans and balalaikas and looping landscapes of sound - all created in the moment by Joe. Then toss rhythmically with some corny jokes, storytelling, a little theater thickener, a pinch of audience participation and - voila! Welcome to “The Joe Show”…Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar, mouth bow, banjo, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace, animal bones, squeeze toys, cake pans, waste cans, umbrella stands, martini shakers and himself. Joe has made music with folks from jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia to The Persuasions.
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For almost 17 years, Joe was the highly respected multi-instrumentalist with the DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET. Joe held a challenging post as Grisman's percussionist and fiddler, sometimes swatting backbeats and trading licks on mandolin next to Grisman – at times all within one tune. And Joe is equally famous for displaying his joy through any musical workout. He's made a wide range of music with a wide range of artists including Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, The Alison Brown Quartet, Maria Muldaur, Vassar Clements, Psychograss, Rob Ickes, The Persuasions, and many, many others.
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"It is rare to find a musician with such talent…" - All Music Guide.
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Joe has made contributions to several Grammy nominated projects and performed music and sound effects on a wide variety of recordings, commercials, soundtracks, and computer games. As an educator, Joe's clinics, “Playshops,” camp and school presentations on music participation have captivated audiences around the country. He's worked with students from preschool to adult in a variety of settings – and even taught Coffee Gallery Backstage impresario Bob Stane to play the fiddle, on the spot. Bob says he had never even touched a fiddle, nor ever played any instrument, before that.
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"One of the most daringly inventive musicians working today." - Mandolin Magazine.
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Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as though you're part of the show itself. Joe is always looking for the next expression or breath or object to make music with. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. And Joe's openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he's been given make it all the more fun for him to share with his audience.
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"Joe Craven's fiddle and mandolin playing are outstanding." - Fiddler Magazine.
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"Joe Craven's playing will make your jaw drop in wonder and amazement. He' a dazzling soloist, his virtuosity matched by his ability to swing." - Paste Magazine.
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The western regional arm (FAR West) of Folk Alliance International (formerly known as the North American Folk Music & Dance Alliance) awarded Joe its highest honor "Best of The West" for 2009. Previous recipients have included The Kingston Trio, Rosalie Sorrels, U. Utah Phillips, and Lowen & Navarro. The award announcement was made in July 2009 and presented November 7, 2009, during the FAR West annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine, California – the same time and place where CGB impresario Bob Stane received the FAR West Ambassador Award, the organization’s highest honor for non-musicians. Wow. Both of ‘em, together again, in the same room… last time that happened, Joe taught Bob to play the fiddle, so what will Bob learn this time? Tix, $20.
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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. (He plays McCabe’s Jun 25, the Fret House Jun 26.) More at www.roybookbinder.com. 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 & Sun, Jun 26 & 27, in San Diego; festival; a SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
9 am-5 pm “SAN DIEGO SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES & GATHERING OF CLANS” with THE WICKED TINKERS, MOLLY’S REVENGE, BLACKWATERSIDE, GOLDEN BOUGH, and more, at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista (San Diego County) 92084. More at www.sdhighlandgames.org.
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Sat, Jun 26; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS” pick:
1 pm ROY BOOK BINDER at The Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; www.frethouse.com. The blues fingerstyle master does this workshop today, plus tonight’s concert. (He plays McCabe’s Jun 25, and does a concert here at the Fret House tonight at 8 pm.) More at www.roybookbinder.com.
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Sat, Jun 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm THREE FACES WEST ensemble of award-winning songwriters KEN GRAYDON, RODGER MAXWELL, & KEN WILCOX at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; venue phone 626-398-7917; info www.coffeegallery.com. (“the venue named in FolkWorks as L.A.’s best intimate acoustic listening room venue”). What happens when you blend traditional cowboy trail songs, folk music, love songs, train songs, poetry, border music, and award-winning songwriting with the vocal harmony and musicianship of three fine entertainers playing finger style guitar, 12 string guitar, and autoharp? You get Three Faces West.
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Venue impresario Bob Stane says, “You could call them the Three Baritones, but they call themselves Three Faces West. The synergy of these three makes an acoustic sound both warmly familiar and fresh. Hear them perform their well known original songs, cowboy trail songs, train songs, folk music from north and south of the border, love songs, and original poetry.”
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Individually, they headline at festivals. Together in this ensemble, in this venue, it should be a great show. Tix, $15.
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Sat, Jun 26; a SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm BELINDA GAIL in “An Evening with America's Western Sweetheart," 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. Belinda Gail is one of the most sought after singers performing Western music today. A vibrant and natural entertainer with a dynamic and captivating voice, Belinda stirs the emotions and visions of the West in the heart of every audience she embraces. It is no wonder that Belinda truly is "America's Western Sweetheart." Belinda's long list of awards and accolades include multiple "Female Performer of the Year" awards from the Western Music Association. Belinda has also received the Will Rogers Achievement award in the category of "Female Vocalist of the Year," presented by the Academy of Western Artists. She has performed live, multiple times, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.” Doors at 5:30 pm. Suggested donation is $20, and includes refreshments.
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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:
7:30 pm CAL PHIL, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, performs its “FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN” 2010 SEASON OPENER at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N Baldwin Av, Arcadia; info, tix, season subscriptions, 626-300-8200; www.calphil.org.
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Tonight’s theme is “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL,” presented as “A powerful patriotic performance,” with a program of GEORGE GERSHWIN’S “RHAPSODY IN BLUE,” TCHAKOVSKY’S “1812 OVERTURE,” AARON COPLAND’S “LINCOLN PORTRAIT” and “APPALACHIAN SPRING,” plus SOUSA MARCHES, with guest artists singer-songwriter-actor BRIAN McKNIGHT (his Grammy nominated album “Anytime” sold over 2 million copies) and pianist BRYAN PEZZONE.
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“The Arboretum is one of the most spacious and comfortable outdoor concert venues in the world,” says Mindy Kernc, Box Office Director. “Not only do its gardens showcase plants from around the world but the grounds are dotted with historic sites you’ll instantly recognize like the lagoon from the old Tarzan movies and the Queen Anne Cottage from TV’s ‘Fantasy Island.’ And, of course, there are the peacocks. One or two almost always try to ‘sing’ along with the music each concert!”
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“Fifteen years ago, Cal Phil began with a five-concert season of Cal Phil Festival on the Green,” says Founder and Music Director, DR. VICTOR VENER. “So, although our season has expanded to include concerts downtown at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Old Mill in San Marino, our performances at The Arboretum hold a special place not only in my heart but the heart of many of our musicians, who have been with us from the beginning.”
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The rest of the season looks like this:
“ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER GOES TO ITALY” on July 10;
“JOHN WILLIAMS & FRIENDS” on July 24;
“FRANK, TONY & THE MAESTRO: Cocktails to Classics” (songs of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett) on August 7;
“BEETHOVEN & BROADWAY” on August 20.
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Each outdoor concert is repeated the following day, indoors, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in downtown L.A.
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As for “Festival on the Green,” it’s a series of summer Saturdays with peacocks, picnicking, and plenty of music at the 127-acre park. Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnicking (you can bring your own wine or beverage of your choice), and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Plentiful pay parking on-site.
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Sat, Jun 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm PETER CASE (Plimsouls) plus opening act PHOEBE BRIDGERS, at the Folk Music Center & Museum, 220 Yale Av, Claremont 91711; 909-624-2928; www.folkmusiccenter.com.
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PETER CASE, in addition to his own recordings and those with his band, THE PLIMSOULS, was the subject of a 2-CD multi-artist tribute with many award-winning and famous musicians each recording one of his songs, in “A Case for Case.” He’s performed live, twice, on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” to the delight of listeners. He’s recovered from life-saving heart surgery, and he’s back in form and again delivering fine performances. More at http://www.myspace.com/petercase.
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PHOEBE BRIDGERS, tonight’s opening act, is a teenaged singer-songwriter who has already headlined her own shows at some rather famous venues. More on Phoebe and her music at http://www.myspace.com/phoebebridgers. Doors at 7 pm for the best seats, Tickets on sale now, and this show will sell-out. $15.
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Sat, Jun 26:
7:30 pm “ABBA FEST” at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. The L.A. Phil supplies the instrumental soundtrack for a performance of the Swedeish band’s hits by MEN ALIVE – THE ORANGE COUNTY GAY MEN’S CHORUS.
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Sat, Jun 26; a SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm 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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOE CRAVEN, Folk Alliance FAR-West "Best of the West" winner and DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET alum, plays “Russ & Julie’s House Concert” series in Oak Park (Thousand Oaks / Agoura Hills area); reservations get directions at 818-707-2179 or houseconcerts@jrp-graphics.com. Series and show info, www.houseconcerts.us.
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JOE CRAVEN was the recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance FAR-West "Best of the West" award, and for good reason. He is an inspired musical madman, coaxing melodies and rhythms from anything that has strings attached – or not – including violins, mandolins, tin cans, bedpans, gas cans, cookie tins, chamberlins, tenor guitars, panitars, mouthbows, charangos, banjos, canjoes, cuatros, bongos, buckets, berimbau, bundt pans, balalaikas, brake drums, bells, bottles, brush 'n box, oud, hambone, jawbone, water jugs, triangles, cajons, cymbals, spoons, ukuleles, and anything else near to hand.
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"A multi-virtuoso, Joe Craven displays a dazzling set of fiery chops on a literal cornucopia of instruments" - AcousticMusic.com
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For almost 17 years, Joe was the highly respected multi-instrumentalist with the DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET. Joe held a challenging post as Grisman's percussionist and fiddler, sometimes swatting backbeats and trading licks on mandolin next to Grisman – at times all within one tune. And Joe is equally famous for displaying his joy through any musical workout. He's made a wide range of music with a wide range of artists including Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, The Alison Brown Quartet, Maria Muldaur, Vassar Clements, Psychograss, Rob Ickes, The Persuasions, and many, many others.
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"It is rare to find a musician with such talent…" - All Music Guide.
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Joe has made contributions to several Grammy nominated projects and performed music and sound effects on a wide variety of recordings, commercials, soundtracks, and computer games. As an educator, Joe's clinics, “Playshops,” camp and school presentations on music participation have captivated audiences around the country. He's worked with students from preschool to adult in a variety of settings – and even taught Coffee Gallery Backstage impresario Bob Stane to play the fiddle, on the spot. Bob says he had never even touched a fiddle, nor ever played any instrument, before that.
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"One of the most daringly inventive musicians working today." - Mandolin Magazine.
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Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as though you're part of the show itself. Joe is always looking for the next expression or breath or object to make music with. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. And Joe's openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he's been given make it all the more fun for him to share with his audience.
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"Joe Craven's fiddle and mandolin playing are outstanding." - Fiddler Magazine.
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"Joe Craven's playing will make your jaw drop in wonder and amazement. He' a dazzling soloist, his virtuosity matched by his ability to swing." - Paste Magazine.
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Russ & Julie tell us, “With Joe Craven, we can guarantee one of the most interesting and entertaining musical experiences you'll ever have! Space for this House Concert is going very quickly as this is a rare Southern California appearance for Joe. Please RSVP soon if you wish to attend.”
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Russ & Julie add, “We will also have our usual ‘potluck’ style coffee and dessert buffet.” Show at 8 pm, doors open for the best seats at 7:30 pm. Donation is $15 per person, payable in cash at the door. All the money goes to the performer.
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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. (He plays McCabe’s Jun 25, the Fret House Jun 26.) 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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Sat, Jun 26; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm ANDY IRVINE, Irish music legend, plays the Caltech Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech Campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). Info and advance tix at www.folkmusic.caltech.edu.
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Andy Irvine, from Dublin, Ireland, has been hailed as "a tradition in himself." He’s a wonderful singer, master of things with 8 strings (bouzouki & mandolin), and fine songwriter. Andy has maintained both personal integrity and highly individualized performing skills throughout his 40+ year career. From SWEENEY'S MEN in the mid-’60s and the enormous success of PLANXTY in the ’70s, to THE Irish super group, PATRICK STREET since the ’80s, and his current “dream band,” MOZAIK, Andy has been a world music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians. More at www.andyirvine.com.
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(Plus, it’s time to get tix for the next show in the series, the TANNAHILL WEAVERS on July 17.)
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Sat, Jun 26:
8 pm DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. More at www.davidjacobs-strain.com.
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Sat, Jun 26:
8 pm 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.
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Perla Batalla lives, writes, and performs at the crossroads of English and Spanish speaking North America, with one foot in the roots of Mexican music and the other in various forms of American music. She always delivers an exciting show.
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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. More at www.perla.com. Free.
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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, Jun 27:
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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Sun, Jun 27:
7 pm GOLDFRAPP, ORQUESTA BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB® featuring OMARA PORTUONDO, & tUnE-yArDs, as “KCRW'S WORLD FESTIVAL” plays the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. Let’s face it: many of us would like to see anything associated with the namesake BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, but… how much are we willing to put-up-with to do that? KCRW will likely draw a crowd of its own “Becomes Eclectic” radio fans, people who actually seem to like “world beat.” But hardcore fans of indigenous/traditionally-based world folk music aren’t likely to pay the price and stay through the other acts. Take your chances… or not.
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Sun, Jun 27, usually the 3rd Sun, every month; rescheduled this month:
8 pm “VARIETY NIGHT” is an OPEN MIC plus a guest recording artist, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; 310-398-2583; www.boulevardmusic.com. The LA Weekly rated Blvd. Music's “Variety Night” as the “Best Open Mic Night in L.A.” There’s a performance by the featured guest artist, plus the pre-registered open mic-ers. Signups each month begin two Sundays ahead, at 1 pm, and continue until showtime unless all 8 slots are filled in advance. The night always includes a drawing for 2 hours of free studio time at Sunburst Recording for a lucky open mic-er. Performers may purchase a live recording of their stage performance for $8. Website has directions to venue and nearby recommended eateries. $4 cover.
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Tonight includes cowboy poet ROB GANDEL reciting his original poems at about 8:50 pm. If you haven’t yet experienced cowboy poetry because you fear too much of an immersion, here’s your chance for a quick sampler set into an evening of indie music.
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Mon, Jun 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick / “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:
7:30 pm “THE GREATEST EARS IN TOWN: THE ARIF MARDIN STORY,” with QUINCY JONES taking Q&A, as the documentary film gets its first L.A. screening in the “Reel to Reel” series at The GRAMMY Museum Sound Stage, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org. This critically-acclaimed documentary chronicles the life, career, and final recording sessions of the legendary ARIF MARDIN, one of the greatest record producers and arrangers of the past 50 years. Co-directed by JOE MARDIN, in tribute to his father, and DOUG BIRO (“Herbie Hancock: Possibilities”), the film is a companion to the NuNoise Records CD, “All My Friends Are Here,” completed after Arif Mardin’s death in 2006. The CD is set for release June 15, 2010. After the screening, JOE MARDIN and close family friend QUINCY JONES will take part in a panel discussion on the film and musical contributions of Arif Mardin. Doors at 7 pm. Admission is free, reservations required, ands seats will fill-up. Reserve your seats at 213-765-6830 or e-mail programs@grammymuseum.org.
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Tue, Jun 29, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Jun 29 - DOWNTOWN JAZZ PROJECT
Jul 6 - RED HOLLOWAY
Jul 13 - PONCHO SANCHEZ AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND
Jul 20 - TOMMY CASTRO BAND
Jul 27 - ROYAL CROWN REVUE
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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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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Thu, Jul 1:
8 pm 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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Fri, Jul 2; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm 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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Fri, Jul 2:
7:30 pm “JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” with VINCE GILL at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; www.hollywoodbowl.com; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232. The annual tradition brings inspiring, stirring patriotic music and special guest, country superstar singer-guitarist Vince Gill and the Bowl’s famous pyrotechnic display, accompanied by the L.A. PHILHARMONIC, JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL, conductor. Same show, including fireworks, runs all three nights (July 2-4). Why not go on the 2nd or 3rd, and you can catch another fireworks show someplace else on July 4th?
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Sat-Sat, 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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Sat, Jul 3:
7:30 pm “JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” with VINCE GILL at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; www.hollywoodbowl.com; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232. The annual tradition brings inspiring, stirring patriotic music and special guest, country superstar singer-guitarist Vince Gill and the Bowl’s famous pyrotechnic display, accompanied by the L.A. PHILHARMONIC, JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL, conductor. Same show, including fireworks, runs all three nights (July 2-4). Why not go on the 2nd or 3rd, and you can catch another fireworks show someplace else on July 4th?
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Sun, Jul 4:
7:30 pm “JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” with VINCE GILL at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; www.hollywoodbowl.com; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232. The annual tradition brings inspiring, stirring patriotic music and special guest, country superstar singer-guitarist Vince Gill and the Bowl’s famous pyrotechnic display, accompanied by the L.A. PHILHARMONIC, JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL, conductor. Same show, including fireworks, runs all three nights (July 2-4). Why not go on the 2nd or 3rd, and you can catch another fireworks show someplace else on July 4th?
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Tue, Jul 6, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Jul 6 - RED HOLLOWAY
Jul 13 - PONCHO SANCHEZ AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND
Jul 20 - TOMMY CASTRO BAND
Jul 27 - ROYAL CROWN REVUE
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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Tue, Jul 6:
8 pm “A GLORIOUS CELEBRATION” brings music and more fireworks (post-Fourth) to the “TUESDAY CLASSICS” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. Tonight, the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, GRANT GERSHON, conductor, is joined tonight by JESSICA RIVERA, soprano; CHRISTINE BRANDES, soprano; KELLEY O'CONNOR, alto; and the LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE. The program is Haydn, “Te Deum;” Vivaldi, “Gloria;” Poulenc, “Gloria;” Handel, "Hallelujah" Chorus with fireworks.
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Wed, Jul 7:
8 pm “JAZZ AT THE BOWL” series tonight brings FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE, TERENCE BLANCHARD with the LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATER, & RICHARD BONA to the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm JOHN McEUEN (Nitty Gritty Dirt band) with MATT CARTSONIS (Austin Lounge Lizards) at 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.
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JOHN McEUEN e is a founding member of the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, and he’s often called America's instrumental poet. “His stellar playing brings us musical photographs from his travels around the world..." - Country Weekly.
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He taught Grammy winner STEVE MARTIN to play banjo. Tonight, McEuen brings his own banjo – and his guitar, mandolin, and fiddle to create "An absolute aural feast" as Billboard Magazine characterized his live performance, with, as the Washington Post says, his "...thouroghly wacky and enjoyable performance." John’s stories and songs are so good that he did two hours on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks.”
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Plus, John’s buddy in music, MATT CARTSONIS, on mandolin, guitar, and incredible vocals.
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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 8:
8 pm “ZNAIDER PLAYS MOZART” at the “THURSDAY CLASSICS” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nikolaj Znaider, violin/conductor, performs a program of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 2,” Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,” and Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2.”
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Fri, Jul 9:
8:30 pm “A BEATLES CELEBRATION” is a “Weekend Spectaculars” series offering at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With special musical guests TODD RUNDGREN, PATTI AUSTIN, ROB LAUFER, BETTYE LAVETTE, & BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL and the HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA, THOMAS WILKINS, conductor. Runs Fri-Sun, Jul 9-11; 8:30 pm on Fri & sat, 7:30pm on Sun.
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Sat, Jul 10, in Wisconsin:
Annual “BASTILLE DAY FESTIVAL” includes performances by Grammy nominee LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS at 4 & 9 pm.
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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 creating 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. Longtime editor of the Acoustic Americana Music Guide, he 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, and at the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest, and more.
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Sat, Jul 10, in Big Bear; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6 pm “HOOTENANNY SATURDAY NIGHT” show with GEORGE GROVE (of the KINGSTON TRIO), JOE FRAZIER (of the CHAD MITCHELL TRIO),
ART PODELL (of the NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS), DAVID KEY, JIM MORAN, and others, at the Big Bear Convention Center at Big Bear Lake; 909-866-7239.
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Sat, Jul 10; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CAL PHIL, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, continues its “FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN” summer season at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N Baldwin Av, Arcadia; info, tix, season subscriptions, 626-300-8200; www.calphil.org.
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Tonight’s theme is “ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER GOES TO ITALY,” with a program of “Theatre’s Best, from London to Rome,” with music from “Phantom Of The Opera” • “Cats” • “Evita” • “Tosca” • “Aida” • “La Traviata” • “Jesus Christ Superstar” • “Nessun Dorma” • with singers ANGEL BLUE, MATHEW EDWARDSEN, RALPH CATO and the CAL PHIL CHORALE.
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“The Arboretum is one of the most spacious and comfortable outdoor concert venues in the world,” says Mindy Kernc, Box Office Director. “Not only do its gardens showcase plants from around the world but the grounds are dotted with historic sites you’ll instantly recognize like the lagoon from the old Tarzan movies and the Queen Anne Cottage from TV’s ‘Fantasy Island.’ And, of course, there are the peacocks. One or two almost always try to ‘sing’ along with the music each concert!”
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“Fifteen years ago, Cal Phil began with a five-concert season of Cal Phil Festival on the Green,” says Founder and Music Director, DR. VICTOR VENER. “So, although our season has expanded to include concerts downtown at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Old Mill in San Marino, our performances at The Arboretum hold a special place not only in my heart but the heart of many of our musicians, who have been with us from the beginning.”
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The rest of the season looks like this:
“JOHN WILLIAMS & FRIENDS” on July 24;
“FRANK, TONY & THE MAESTRO: Cocktails to Classics” (songs of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett) on August 7;
“BEETHOVEN & BROADWAY” on August 20.
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Each outdoor concert is repeated the following day, indoors, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in downtown L.A.
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As for “Festival on the Green,” it’s a series of summer Saturdays with peacocks, picnicking, and plenty of music at the 127-acre park. Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnicking (you can bring your own wine or beverage of your choice) or purchase dinner from the caterer (in advance, unless you want to take your chances they’ll bring extra), and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Plentiful pay parking on-site. Get advance tix at Cal Phil’s website.
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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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Sat, Jul 10:
8:30 pm “A BEATLES CELEBRATION” is a “Weekend Spectaculars” series offering at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With special musical guests TODD RUNDGREN, PATTI AUSTIN, ROB LAUFER, BETTYE LAVETTE, & BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL and the HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA, THOMAS WILKINS, conductor. Runs Fri-Sun, Jul 9-11; 8:30 pm on Fri & sat, 7:30pm on Sun.
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Sun, Jul 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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. Their children’s album was released last year to considerable fanfare. Sure, most children’s music is cloying and annoying, but this is a group of adept musicians and accomplished songwriters, so you should go. Tix, $8 (under age 2 is free).
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Sun, Jul 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
3-5 pm BORDER RADIO plus PLOW play the “FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” co-sponsored by the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest organization and the National Park Service, at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy (2 blks from Troutdale Rd), in Santa Monica Mtns Nat’l Rec Area, near Agoura Hills; 818-382-4819. Set in an outdoor amphitheater under the shade of the giant old oaks. Park free in the lot just past the bridge and walk back over the bridge to the ranch entrance. Bring a picnic and a cushion or blanket for the earthen or wood bench seating. Fun and free.
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KELLY McCUNE & BORDER RADIO recently returned from a three-year hiatus. They sound as great as ever, with their trademark prairie grass classics and originals, Kelly’s fine voice, Hollywood soundtrack favorite MARK INDICTOR’s fiddle, and a full acoustic string band. They’ve performed at festivals and headlined at many venues. This is a fine opportunity to see ’em for free.
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Here’s the schedule for the remaining shows in the series:
On Aug 8, it's THE HABERDASHERY ENSEMBLE and PAUL STATMAN.
On Sep 12, it’s THE MURPHY FAMILY, THE WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND and MURPHY'S FLAW, the best of the 50th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest’s award-winning bands, plus a few surprises.
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In addition, TBFC presents free folk-singing programs at various public libraries. Info on the full range of the organization’s activities available at www.topangabanjofidle.org - go to “Free Concerts” for detailed info on the artists in the Strauss Ranch series.
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Sun, Jul 11:
7:30 pm “A BEATLES CELEBRATION” is a “Weekend Spectaculars” series offering at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With special musical guests TODD RUNDGREN, PATTI AUSTIN, ROB LAUFER, BETTYE LAVETTE, & BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL and the HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA, THOMAS WILKINS, conductor. Runs Fri-Sun, Jul 9-11; 8:30 pm on Fri & sat, 7:30pm on Sun.
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Tue, Jul 13, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Jul 13 - PONCHO SANCHEZ AND HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND
Jul 20 - TOMMY CASTRO BAND
Jul 27 - ROYAL CROWN REVUE
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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Tue, Jul 13:
8 pm “FRENCH PASSION” is tonight’s “TUESDAY CLASSICS” offering at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. The LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS, conductor, is joined by MARTIN CHALIFOUR, violin, in a program of Saint-Saëns’ “Violin Concerto No. 3,” Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2,” and Debussy’s “La Mer.”
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Tue, Jul 13:
9 pm DARK & STORMY (PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) on the nice upstairs stage at The Airliner, 2419 N Broadway, L.A. 90031; www.myspace.com/theairlinerclub. Venue is a club / restaurant / bar, has free parking (at Ave 24 & Daly), and it’s 18+. (“Nice upstairs stage” is emphasized by Pete, who adds, “as opposed to the craptastic downstairs ‘stage’ wedged between the hotdog counter, a stack of speakers and the bathrooms.”) Pete won one of the mandolin competitions at the 2009 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. He adds, “Bar and patio in the back, actual stage in the front. Yes, they have beer and other remedies.” The Guide editor adds, Most nights here are “urban,” so be careful what night you go. Cover, $5.
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Wed, Jul 14:
8 pm “JAZZ AT THE BOWL” series brings SMOKEY ROBINSON & LIZZ WRIGHT at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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Thu, Jul 15:
6:30-6 pm DOO-WAH RIDERS bring their alt-country / country to the “Arcadia Summer Concerts in the Park” series, on City Hall west lawn, 240 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. Different show every Thu, 6:30-8 pm, early Jul to late Aug. Free “Kids Zone” with games,crafts, activities; inexpensive popcorn & sodas available. Free parking, free show.
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Fri, Jul 16:
8 pm 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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Thu, Jul 15:
8 pm “BELL PLAYS BRUCH” for the “THURSDAY CLASSICS” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS, conductor, joined by JOSHUA BELL, violin, in a program of Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1.”
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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.” Expect Ken to share a few tales of his recent trip home to Ireland. More information at www.redlandsbowl.org
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Fri, Jul 16; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm “WARNER BROS. PRESENTS BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY” for the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, GEORGE DAUGHERTY, conductor. We’ve seen this done before, and it’s an immersion in fun. Once upon a time, cartoons were choreographed and made superbly good use of music. None were ever better than the Warner Brothers cartoon franchise, with Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner & Coyote, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd. THIS is accessible live symphonic music. If you’re old enough to know these cartoons, go, and be impressed with dimensions you never fully appreciated as a kid. If you’re not old enough to know the WB cartoon catalog, go and you’ll understand why everyone older than you thinks modern cartoons are crap. Runs two nights, Jul 16 & 17.
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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, in Tehachapi:
7 pm Bakersfield-based HIGHWAY 65 brings bluegrass to Fiddler’s Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi 93561; www.grungehobbit.com; 661-823-9994. Doors at 6:30 pm; tix, $15.
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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.
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He’s a legendary songwriter who wrote many top hits for the EAGLES and for that band’s individual members for their solo albums, from “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to “Already Gone” and “Smuggler’s Blues” and many more. His recent show at the Coffee Gallery was sold-out and among his best performances that we’ve seen. If that energy is any indication, Jack Tempchin is on a roll. And how do you beat the intimacy of a house concert when hearing legendary songs performed live by the guy who wrote ‘em?
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Read Terry Roland’s interview with JACK TEMPCHIN in the current FolkWorks at www.folkworks.org/content/view/36660/106. More at www.tempchin.com. TIX, $15.
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Sat, Jul 17:
8 pm THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS play the Caltech Folk Music Society series in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech Campus, 322 S Michigan Av, Pasadena; 626-395-4652, or toll-free 888-2CALTECH (1-888-222-5832). Info and advance tix at www.folkmusic.caltech.edu.
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Sat, Jul 17; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm “WARNER BROS. PRESENTS BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY” for the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, GEORGE DAUGHERTY, conductor. We’ve seen this done before, and it’s an immersion in fun. Once upon a time, cartoons were choreographed and made superbly good use of music. None were ever better than the Warner Brothers cartoon franchise, with Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner & Coyote, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd. THIS is accessible live symphonic music. If you’re old enough to know these cartoons, go, and be impressed with dimensions you never fully appreciated as a kid. If you’re not old enough to know the WB cartoon catalog, go and you’ll understand why everyone older than you thinks modern cartoons are crap. Runs two nights, Jul 16 & 17.
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Sun-Thu, 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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Tue, Jul 20, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Jul 20 - TOMMY CASTRO BAND
Jul 27 - ROYAL CROWN REVUE
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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Tue, Jul 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
JAMES TAYLOR & CAROLE KING together at Honda Center, 2695 East Katella Av, Anaheim 92806. (Parking is $15-$40.) Tix went on sale Apr 4. If you caught the recent PBS special (shown only during pledge drives, of course, since that’s the only time PBS airs music shows) then you know that both are still in fine form on their ongoing tour, singing, playing piano and guitar, and sharing stories.
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Wed, Jul 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm LEE RITENOUR, DAVE GRUSIN, TAJ MAHAL, KEB'MO', JOHN SCOFIELD, & DIANNE REEVES play the “JAZZ AT THE BOWL” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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Thu-Sun, 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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Thu, Jul 22; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
6:30-8 pm MARIACHI DIVAS play the “Arcadia Summer Concerts in the Park” series, on City Hall west lawn, 240 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. Different show every Thu, 6:30-8 pm, early Jul to late Aug. Free “Kids Zone” with games, crafts, activities; inexpensive popcorn & sodas available. Free parking, free show.
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Fri-Sun, 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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Fri, Jul 23; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, in Ojai:
5 pm BLAME SALLY, the Bay Area-based all-girl folk rockers, play the “Ojai Concert Series” SUMMER series at Dancing Oak Ranch, a beautiful park-like setting at a private home in the hills near Lake Casitas; reservations get directions at 805-665-8852 or www.ojaiconcertseries.com or tix available at several Ojai businesses (see the series website.)
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This wild four-piece all-girl acoustic / electric powerhouse will light up the night on a nearly full moon evening.
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Venue has “a large beautiful stage (that doubles as a gazebo the rest of the year) under the oaks in a lovely quiet canyon off Hwy 150 (half way between Carpinteria and Ojai). The seating area is a large grassy gentle slope, so bring deck chairs and a blanket (we will also have chairs if needed). Performance features “a full sound system and concert lighting to make for a truly memorable musical experience.” Tix, $18 advance, $20 at the gate.
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Fri, Jul 23:
6 pm KEITH URBAN with the AVETT BROTHERS in a benefit for the GRAMMY Foundation®, at the L.A. Tennis Center on the UCLA campus in Westwood. Doors at 6 pm. Tix, $75, $125, $150, $500, go on sale Jun 11 at 10 am.
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Sat, Jul 24:
8 pm 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:
7:30 pm CAL PHIL, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, continues its “FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN” summer season at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N Baldwin Av, Arcadia; info, tix, season subscriptions, 626-300-8200; www.calphil.org.
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Tonight’s theme is “JOHN WILLIAMS & FRIENDS,” from the cinema to the opera house, featuring music from “Star Wars” • “E.T.” • “Superman” • “Schindler’s List” • “Lord of the Rings” • “Wagner: The Ring” • “The Terminal” • featuring lasers by YLS, plus cellist DENNIS KARMAZYN and clarinetist MICHAEL ARNOLD.
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“The Arboretum is one of the most spacious and comfortable outdoor concert venues in the world,” says Mindy Kernc, Box Office Director. “Not only do its gardens showcase plants from around the world but the grounds are dotted with historic sites you’ll instantly recognize like the lagoon from the old Tarzan movies and the Queen Anne Cottage from TV’s ‘Fantasy Island.’ And, of course, there are the peacocks. One or two almost always try to ‘sing’ along with the music each concert!”
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“Fifteen years ago, Cal Phil began with a five-concert season of Cal Phil Festival on the Green,” says Founder and Music Director, DR. VICTOR VENER. “So, although our season has expanded to include concerts downtown at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Old Mill in San Marino, our performances at The Arboretum hold a special place not only in my heart but the heart of many of our musicians, who have been with us from the beginning.”
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The rest of the season looks like this:
“FRANK, TONY & THE MAESTRO: Cocktails to Classics” (songs of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett) on August 7;
“BEETHOVEN & BROADWAY” on August 20.
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Each outdoor concert is repeated the following day, indoors, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in downtown L.A.
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As for “Festival on the Green,” it’s a series of summer Saturdays with peacocks, picnicking, and plenty of music at the 127-acre park. Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnicking (you can bring your own wine or beverage of your choice) or purchase dinner from the caterer (in advance, unless you want to take your chances they’ll bring extra), and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Plentiful pay parking on-site. Get advance tix at Cal Phil’s website.
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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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Tue, Jul 27, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Jul 27 - ROYAL CROWN REVUE
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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Wed, Jul 28; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA, DAVE HOLLAND BIG BAND, & DAVE DOUGLAS BIG BAND play the “JAZZ AT THE BOWL” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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Thu, Jul 29; world music:
6:30-8 pm UPSTREAM brings their Caribbean music with steel drums to play the “Arcadia Summer Concerts in the Park” series, on City Hall west lawn, 240 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. Different show every Thu, 6:30-8 pm, early Jul to late Aug. Free “Kids Zone” with games, crafts, activities; inexpensive popcorn & sodas available. Free parking, free show.
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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:
8 pm 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.
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The Kinkster is pundit, novelist, singer-songwriter, and pontificating cigar-chomping reprobate who scared the hell out of the Texas political establishment when he ran for governor with the slogan, “Why the hell not?” One of his novels, “The Mile High Club,” published pre-9/11, predicted that terrorists would hijack an airliner and fly it into the World Trade Center. His songs were covered by a who’s-who of the music world in a tribute album that won a Grammy. His hourlong performance-interview on radio’s “Tied to the Tracks” was a huge favorite with the show’s listeners. No word whether his sideman, Little Jewford, will join him tonight. (That, if you’re wondering, derives from the name of his band, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jew Boys.) Yep, he’s eccentric, and a whole lot of thought-provoking fun. 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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Tue, Aug 3, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Aug 3 - PETE ESCOVEDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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Tue, Aug 3:
8 pm “DUDAMEL CONDUCTS GERSHWIN AND BERNSTEIN” for the “Tuesday Classics” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor, and Gabriela Montero, piano, in a program of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Selections from ‘On the Town’.”
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Thu-Sat, Aug 5-8, in Montana:
Annual “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” festival in Big Sky, Montana, includes Grammy nominee LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS on Thu at 7 pm. Info, www.bigskyarts.org
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Thu, Aug 5:
6:30-8 pm COLD DUCK brings their ’70s Top 40 to the “Arcadia Summer Concerts in the Park” series, on City Hall west lawn, 240 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. Different show every Thu, 6:30-8 pm, early Jul to late Aug. Free “Kids Zone” with games, crafts, activities; inexpensive popcorn & sodas available.
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So, why are we listing a “ ’70s Top 40” cover-band? Well, lots of country-rock that became Americana not only originated then, but made the Top 10. (Let’s hope they take things in THAT direction, and not down the painful path of – ugh – disco.) Plus, August 5 is “National Night Out,” the crime prevention and awareness police-community partnership day, and it’s Arcadia’s 107 th birthday, so there will be free cake. (And bring $20 worth of receipts for purchases made in Jul & Aug within the City of Arcadia and they’ll give you a free tote bag so you won’t keep using plastic grocery bags.) Free parking, free show.
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
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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Sat, Aug 7; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm CAL PHIL, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, continues its “FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN” summer season at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N Baldwin Av, Arcadia; info, tix, season subscriptions, 626-300-8200; www.calphil.org.
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Tonight’s theme is “FRANK, TONY & THE MAESTRO: Cocktails to Classics,” featuring music made popular by FRANK SINATRA & TONY BENNETT. The program includes Saint-Saens “Introduction” and “Rondo Capriccioso.” • Rimsky-Korsakov “Scheherazade” • Elgar “Enigma Variations.” • featuring the song stylings of Broadway star KEVIN EARLEY, plus violinist DANIEL SHINDAROV.
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“The Arboretum is one of the most spacious and comfortable outdoor concert venues in the world,” says Mindy Kernc, Box Office Director. “Not only do its gardens showcase plants from around the world but the grounds are dotted with historic sites you’ll instantly recognize like the lagoon from the old Tarzan movies and the Queen Anne Cottage from TV’s ‘Fantasy Island.’ And, of course, there are the peacocks. One or two almost always try to ‘sing’ along with the music each concert!”
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“Fifteen years ago, Cal Phil began with a five-concert season of Cal Phil Festival on the Green,” says Founder and Music Director, DR. VICTOR VENER. “So, although our season has expanded to include concerts downtown at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Old Mill in San Marino, our performances at The Arboretum hold a special place not only in my heart but the heart of many of our musicians, who have been with us from the beginning.”
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There’s only one show remaining in the season after tonight. It’s “BEETHOVEN & BROADWAY” on August 20.
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Each outdoor concert is repeated the following day, indoors, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in downtown L.A.
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As for “Festival on the Green,” it’s a series of summer Saturdays with peacocks, picnicking, and plenty of music at the 127-acre park. Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnicking (you can bring your own wine or beverage of your choice) or purchase dinner from the caterer (in advance, unless you want to take your chances they’ll bring extra), and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Plentiful pay parking on-site. Get advance tix at Cal Phil’s website.
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Aug 8-12, in Colorado:
13th Annual “SONG SCHOOL” on the 14-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO; www.bluegrass.com/songschool. Immediately precedes the 20th Annual “ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL” on the same site.
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It’s “a place where you can explore and grow every aspect of your song-writing and creativity: melody, lyrics, performance, voice, story, guitar techniques… a place where you receive professional feedback, music business and recording tips.”
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It draws songwriters from around the country from beginners to professionals with busy tour schedules. Producers say, “We do it in community… bringing songwriting and creativity together …based on our shared love of music and support for each other.”
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The faculty includes internationally known songwriters, actors, music professionals, and songwriting peers who share their expertise on the art, craft and business of songwriting. Past instructors have included Josh Ritter, Melissa Ferrick, Peter Himmelman, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Zoe Lewis, Catie Curtis, Pat Pattison, Vance Gilbert, Steve Seskin, and many others. The program is elective-based and designed to be flexible, allowing students to focus on a variety of topics. A typical day offers early morning stretching followed by electives in performance, vocals, guitar, music business, and specialized topics. After a lunch break, choose a three-hour workshop on creative songwriting with one of seven instructors followed by another elective period. After dinner, students perform songs for each other in the ranch’s new Wildflower Pavilion and retire to the campground for song-sharing late into the night.
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Tuition includes four days and nights of workshops, open stages and campfire jams as well as on-site camping, BBQs, and a resource manual. Registration and info at 800-624-2422 or http://shop.bluegrass.com.
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Sun, Aug 8; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
3-5 pm THE HABERDASHERY ENSEMBLE and PAUL STATMAN play the “FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” co-sponsored by the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest organization and the National Park Service, at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy (2 blks from Troutdale Rd), in Santa Monica Mtns Nat’l Rec Area, near Agoura Hills; 818-382-4819. Set in an outdoor amphitheater under the shade of the giant old oaks. Park free in the lot just past the bridge and walk back over the bridge to the ranch entrance. Bring a picnic and a cushion or blanket for the earthen or wood bench seating. Fun and free.
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Here’s the schedule for the remaining shows in the series:
On Sep 12, it’s THE MURPHY FAMILY, THE WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND and MURPHY'S FLAW, the best of the 50th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest’s award-winning bands, plus a few surprises.
October is yet to be scheduled.
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In addition, TBFC presents free folk-singing programs at various public libraries. Info on the full range of the organization’s activities available at www.topangabanjofidle.org - go to “Free Concerts” for detailed info on the artists in the Strauss Ranch series.
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Sun, Aug 8:
7 pm 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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Tue, Aug 10, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Aug 10 - JOHN EGIZI GROUP
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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Wed, Aug 11; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm BB KING & BUDDY GUY play the “JAZZ AT THE BOWL” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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Thu, Aug 12:
6:30-8 pm WISE GUYS bring their Big Band-era show to the “Arcadia Summer Concerts in the Park” series, on City Hall west lawn, 240 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. Different show every Thu, 6:30-8 pm, early Jul to late Aug. Free “Kids Zone” with games, crafts, activities; inexpensive popcorn & sodas available. Free parking, free show.
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Thu, Aug 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick, in Idyllwild:
7 pm LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS, Cajun/Zydeco Album-of-the-Year GRAMMY nominees, play the Idyllwild Community Center, 26150 Hwy 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549. 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, Aug 12:
8 pm THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL, with DARK & STORMY opening, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; reservations 626-794-2424; 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 DUSTBOWL REVIVAL has been making plenty of waves wherever they play. We’ll have more on them later; in the meantime, check them out at www.myspace.com/znlupetin. DARK & STORMY (PETE KALMUS & SHARON KUNDE) arrived almost two years ago from the East Coast, and have been making the scene as a duo, following Pete winning one of the mandolin competitions at the 2009 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. Tix, $15.
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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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Fri, Aug 13; world music:
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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Fri, Aug 13; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm HARRY CONNICK JR. AND HIS BIG BAND play the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Runs Aug 13 & 14.
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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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Sat, Aug 14; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm HARRY CONNICK JR. AND HIS BIG BAND play the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Runs Aug 13 & 14.
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Sun, Aug 15:
7 pm 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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Tue, Aug 17, every Tue, through August:
7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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The summerlong “Hollywood & Highland Free Concert Series” presents a variety of jazz, from the genres that folkies like to the ones that only hardcore afficianadoes of “smooth jazz” find tolerable. Co-sponsored by Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM. These free concerts feature “some of the country’s top jazz performers.”
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Here’s the remaining schedule:
Aug 17 - LUCKY 7 MAMBO
Aug 24 - LUCY WOODWARD
Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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Event is free, and there’s an optional wine tasting donation of $10 to “Project Angel Food” that gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance. Seating is limited, so show up early. There is something available called a “Hollywood & Highland Center Elephant Card” that gets you discounts at retailers and restaurants throughout the Center.
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Wed, Aug 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
11:45 am LISA HALEY & THE ZYDECATS, Cajun/Zydeco Album-of-the-Year GRAMMY nominees, play the “Wild Wednesdays” summer series at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance 90503. 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, Aug 18; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8 pm “JAZZ AT THE BOWL” series brings TREY McINTYRE PROJECT, NEVILLE BROTHERS, PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, & THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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Annual “BIG BEAR COWBOY GATHERING” at Big Bear Lake, including the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center, 39707 Big Bear Bl, Big Bear Lake 92315; 909-866-4970; bblpac@citybigbearlake.com. With many award-winning cowboy / western performers and cowboy poets; more at www.bigbearcowboygathering.net
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6:30-8 pm HOT AUGUST NIGHTS brings their NEIL DIAMOND tribute show to close-out this year’s “Arcadia Summer Concerts in the Park” series, on City Hall west lawn, 240 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. Different show every Thu, 6:30-8 pm, early Jul to late Aug. Free “Kids Zone” with games, crafts, activities; inexpensive popcorn & sodas available. Free parking, free show.
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Fri, Aug 20; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm “TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR WITH FIREWORKS” for the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, BRAMWELL TOVEY, conductor; BAIBA SKRIDE, violin; USC TROJAN MARCHING BAND, DR. ARTHUR C. BARTNER, director. Runs Aug 20 & 21.
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Sat, Aug 21, workshop; an “EVENT-OF-THE-WEEK FOR ARTISTS:
1 pm “DEVELOP AND IMPROVE YOUR YODEL” by JUDY CODER presented by the Western Music Association, California Chapter, at the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A. 90027. Held in the classrooms adjacent to the museum’s Wells Fargo Theater.
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8 pm 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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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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Sat, Aug 21; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
8:30 pm “TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR WITH FIREWORKS” for the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, BRAMWELL TOVEY, conductor; BAIBA SKRIDE, violin; USC TROJAN MARCHING BAND, DR. ARTHUR C. BARTNER, director. Runs Aug 20 & 21.
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7 pm 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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7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” is free, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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Aug 31 - OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION
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8 pm 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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8:30 pm “JOHN WILLIAMS AND THE MUSIC OF THE MOVIES” for the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, JOHN WILLIAMS, conductor. Yep, Williams returns to conduct and showcase some of his own famously iconic film scores. Runs Aug 27 & 28.
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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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8:30 pm “JOHN WILLIAMS AND THE MUSIC OF THE MOVIES” for the “Weekend Spectaculars” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. With the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, JOHN WILLIAMS, conductor. Yep, Williams returns to conduct and showcase some of his own famously iconic film scores. Runs Aug 27 & 28.
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7-9 pm 7th annual “WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SERIES” concludes tonight with OSCAR HERNANDEZ & THE LA-NY CONNECTION, in the Central Courtyard on level 2, in the Hollywood & Highland Complex, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood 90028; 323-817-0220.
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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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Sun, Sep 5; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7:30 pm “THE BIG PICTURE: THE FILMS OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX” at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. In the “Special Performances” series, with the HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA, DAVID NEWMAN, conductor.
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Sun, Sep 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
3-5 pm THE MURPHY FAMILY, THE WIMBERLEY BLUEGRASS BAND and MURPHY'S FLAW, play the “FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” co-sponsored by the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest organization and the National Park Service, at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy (2 blks from Troutdale Rd), in Santa Monica Mtns Nat’l Rec Area, near Agoura Hills; 818-382-4819. Set in an outdoor amphitheater under the shade of the giant old oaks. Park free in the lot just past the bridge and walk back over the bridge to the ranch entrance. Bring a picnic and a cushion or blanket for the earthen or wood bench seating. Fun and free.
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Today is a much-anticipated show, with the best of the 50th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest’s award-winning bands, plus “a few surprises” are promised. This will be a fine show. You’ll get the virtuosity you expect from mainstage festival acts, conveniently packaged in a two-hour, free show.
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Sun, Sep 12; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
Annual “CELTIC ARTS CENTER CONCERT AT THE FORD” with KEN O'MALLEY opening for THE FUREYS & DAVEY ARTHUR, at the Ford Amphitheatre (aka John Anson Ford Amphitheatre), 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood 90068; 323-GO1-FORD; www.FordTheatres.org; box dinner orders 310-652-3797.
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Tickets on the Ford website are face value plus $3.50 per ticket. You can get them for face value plus a handling fee of only 50 cents per ticket, at www.celticconcert.com (or email fureysattheford@gmail.com). Group rates available at that site; 10% discount for parties of 8 or more, 20% discount for parties of 16 or more. Tix available at the same discounted price at the Irish Import Shop, 742 N Vine (at Melrose), Hollywood, or Shamrock Imports, 12514 1/2 Magnolia Bl (near Whitsett), Valley Village.
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
7 pm “¡VIVA MEXICO!” with OZOMATLI, LOS SUPER SEVEN, MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND, MARIACHI REYNA DE LOS ANGELES, & GRANDEZA MEXICANA FOLK BALLET COMPANY, is the only “mainstream” offering in “KCRW's World Festival” series at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Av, Hollywood; 323-850-2000 or 213-480-3232; www.hollywoodbowl.com. This will be a partly electric, partly-acoustic, partly traditional, partly world-beatish show, so be aware what you’ll encounter.
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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; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
“AMERICANA MUSIC FEST” sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Charitible Foundation at the beautiful Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. Info. www.americanamusicfestkw.org
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With three stages, an Instrument Petting Zoo to let kids get some hands-on feel, workshops, many with the goal of getting kids interested in learning to play and letting them know where to get lessons.This is the inaugural year for what’s already being called “a wonderful event, with multiple stages of scheduled acts, prestigious contests, and all-day jams under the oak tress and on the wooden boardwalks of the buildings in the movie-set old west town.” Yep, if any of that sounds familiar, it is indded the same site as the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest.
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Sat, Oct 9; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
4 pm ”2nd ANNUAL WHISTLE STOP RANCH FALL COWBOY ROUNDUP” with DAVE STAMEY, GARY ROBERTSON, and MICHAEL TCHERKASSKY, at Whistle Stop Ranch in Acton, CA (off the 14 Fwy, between Santa Clarita and Palmdale.) Sponsored by OutWest Marketing in Old Town Newhall. Gates at 4 pm, show at 7 pm. Event includes “cowboy grub and great entertainment” at Mike & Paulette Tcherkassky's Whistle Stop Ranch. This year's gathering will feature the Western Music Association's “Entertainer of the Year” DAVE STAMEY, talented poet and storyteller, GARY ROBERTSON and "Saddle Serenader" MICHAEL TCHERKASSKY (you’ve seen him playing guitar and singing on horseback at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival). $35 per person includes dinner and beverages. Order tix early, as last year sold-out. Updates, reservations, email list signup, at big.hat@sbcglobal.net
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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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Sun, Nov 7, in OC; a “SHOW-OF-THE-WEEK” pick:
2:30 pm CELTIC THUNDER at The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 East Katella Av, Anaheim; 714-712-2700; www.thegroveofanaheim.com. You’ve seen them on PBS, during pledge drives (the only time PBS brings you music shows…)
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Sun, Nov 7:
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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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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RADIO NEWS: the return from hiatus of the syndicated TIED TO THE TRACKS radio show is delayed, due to the producer / host’s ongoing recovery from eye surgeries. (At least he has time to listen to all those submitted CDs that arrive daily!) We’ll keep you posted.
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The editor continues to readapt to the computer following his eye surgeries, and is once again able to read - even if he sees everything like it’s in a funhouse mirror…
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PLEASE HELP!
Submit your gigs in our format! Otherwise, it takes many, many, MANY hours just to convert what you send into listings we can use, and we may not be able to unscrew the inscrutable in time to include your gig. Look at ANY write-up in the Guide, and follow the format you see there!
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WANT TO HELP EVEN MORE to keep the Guide going? Go to http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2009/10/guide-faqs-and-more.html
to find out HOW!
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